CALS Committees

CALS Committees are an important part of shared governance at UW-Madison. Shared governance is a unique aspect of campus life that gives academic staff, university staff, faculty and students the opportunity to take part in making significant decisions concerning the operation of the university.

If you would like to be considered for current and future committee openings in the college, please complete the committee interest survey. Indicating your interest is not in any way binding. As seats open up on your committees of interest, a member of the Dean’s Office may contact you to further explore your potential participation.

Academic Planning Councilexpand_more

CALS Academic Planning Council website

Charge and Function

The Academic Planning Council is established in accordance with Section 3.08 of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Policies and Procedures. The council acts as an advisory body to the dean in decision-making in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences on:

  • Developing strategic and long-range plans.
  • College program reviews and future development or contraction of academic programs.
  • Factors relevant to the capacity of the college to fulfill its mission.
  • Budgetary planning and resource allocation.
  • Policies related to responsibilities of the departments, centers, institutes and the college for instruction, research, and public service.
  • Diversity initiatives to ensure excellence in education, research and outreach.

Rules Governing Procedures

  1. Agendas of APC meetings will be posted at least five days prior to the meetings.
  2. Any council member may add items to the agenda before five days prior to the meeting.
  3. Items may be added to the agenda at the meeting under New Business, but no action may be taken on items not on the previously noticed agenda.
  4. APC membership and agendas and approved minutes of the APC meetings are available on the APC website.
  5. In accordance with FPP 3.08.B.2.b, the elected members of the CALS APC shall review the structure and functions of the APC, every five years. The last review was submitted in spring 2021.

Guidelines for Submitting Materials to APC

Submitting materials: Academic program proposals are submitted through Lumen Programs or Lumen Structures to the CALS College Admin Reviewer queue. Prior to being submitted to the CALS College Admin Reviewer queue, appropriate approvals at the department level must be documented in the Lumen proposal. This signifies that the required reviews have been completed at the department level and that the chair accepts the budgetary and academic implications of the proposal. All other items for APC consideration can be sent from the chair’s office to the Office of the Dean.

Deadlines: Materials must be received at least two weeks before the meeting date, three weeks is preferable. Earlier submission is better to allow time for review and to ensure the package is complete. Proposals will be placed on the agenda as meeting time allows, on a first come basis. Incomplete proposals cannot be placed on the APC agenda.

Membership

The council will have twelve elected faculty and two elected academic staff members. Council members terms will be for three years. Quorum is defined as any 8 voting members.

Members will be elected from the following areas/divisions:

Division# RepresentativesDepartment
Division 12 representativesAnimal and Dairy Sciences
Biological Systems Engineering
Food Science
Division 22 representativesEntomology
Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Soil Science
Division 32 representativesAgricultural and Applied Economics
Community and Environmental Sociology
Life Sciences Communication
Division 42 representativesAgronomy
Horticulture
Plant Pathology
Division 53 representativesBacteriology
Biochemistry
Genetics
Nutritional Sciences
Extension1 representativeAny CALS faculty with extension funding
Academic Staff2 representativesAny academic staff in CALS with a 50% appointment or more.

For council members who resign, retire, or have an extended absence that leaves them unable to participate in APC for several months, substitutions are allowed.

  • For division representatives, the department chair will identify a substitute faculty member. If unable to do so, other department chairs within the division may provide a substitute.
  • For the Extension representative, the CALS associate dean of extension and outreach will identify a substitute.
  • For academic staff representatives, the CALS Committee on Academic Staff Issues will provide a short list of nominations from which the dean will select a representative.

Any permanent substitution will complete the original term of the person whom they replace.

The dean or his/her designee will serve as chair of the council. The dean and associate deans are ex officio members of the council.

Election of Council Members

A call for nominations will be made during the spring semester. Nominations can be made by any faculty member within a represented area/division. Nominees must be voting faculty members within the same represented faculty area/division.

Election of the representatives to the APC will be held during the spring semester. All faculty in CALS are eligible to vote for one candidate in each faculty area/division represented on the ballot.

Nominations for academic staff may be made by any member of the academic staff. All academic staff in the college may vote for the academic staff representatives.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Executive Assistant Tara Darga.

Agricultural Research Stations Committeeexpand_more

Agricultural Research Stations Committee website

Charge and Function

The Agricultural Research Stations (ARS) Committee advises the dean on procedures and policies regarding the use and management of the ARS research facilities to support the research, teaching, and outreach functions of the college. The committee should communicate with the Office of the Dean and Director via the director of the Agricultural Research Stations. The committee should advise on at least the following:

  • Short and long-range physical plant planning for facilities.
  • Periodic review of each ARS as requested by dean, ARS director, and/or ARS Committee.
  • Review annual summary reports of ARS as provided by the ARS director.
  • Review of more detailed reports as requested by dean, ARS director, or ARS Committee.
  • Make recommendations and assist in the development of plans for utilizing these facilities for all three phases of the college mission – research, teaching, and extension/outreach.
  • Make recommendations regarding the development of advisory committees for the ARS as deemed appropriate by the committee.

Membership

  • The committee is comprised of 7 faculty members, 2 academic staff members (at least one of whom is from an ARS), and 1 university staff member.
  • Committee members are appointed by the associate dean for research to staggered three-year terms, with the ability to renew for one additional three-year term.
  • The associate dean for research also appoints the committee chair, who will be a committee member who has served at least one year and who may serve up to two additional three-year consecutive terms as chair.
  • No more than two committee members may hold primary appointments in the same academic department.
  • The committee will have a minimum of three ex officio members that include the associate dean for research, the assistant dean for facilities, planning, health and safety, and the director of the Agricultural Research Stations.

Meetings

  • Meetings will be called as necessary by the committee chair and occur typically twice per semester.
  • Minutes of the meetings will be made available to all faculty and staff.

Voting

Once committee membership for the academic year has been finalized, quorum shall be determined as greater than 50% of voting members. Once quorum is met, a motion is passed with a simple majority of those in attendance. Ex officio members are non-voting committee members.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate  Dean for Research Troy Runge.

Board of Visitorsexpand_more

Board of Visitors website

Charge and Function

The Board of Visitors for the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) serves as an outside advisory group to the dean of the college. Members will have attained prominence in agriculture, life sciences, natural resources or social sciences and are chosen because of their value in fulfilling the Board of Visitors objectives.

The board has the following main objectives:

  1. To provide a sound external perspective and important link between the agriculture, life sciences, natural resources and social sciences communities and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
  2. To participate actively in CALS on-going development efforts by:
    • Contributing to CALS
    • Assisting in fund-raising efforts
    • Familiarizing yourself with UW and CALS gift programs
    • Considering CALS in your estate plans
  3. To provide an advocacy network for the college.
  4. To select recipients of the CALS Distinguished Alumni Award.

The board functions at the pleasure of the dean.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for External Relations and Advancement Heidi Zoerb.

CALS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committeeexpand_more

CALS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee website

Charge and Function

The Animal Care Committee serves as one of four institutional animal care committees on the campus. It represents the college and assures its compliance with the PHS policy for humane care and use of laboratory animals. The committee advises the dean on procedures and policies regarding the use and care of animals to support the research, teaching, and outreach functions of the college. The committee should communicate with the Dean’s Office via the Director of Animal Programs. The CALS Animal Care Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Review at least once every six months the committee’s portion of the institutional program for humane care and use of animals, using the Guide or Ag Guide as a basis for evaluation.
  • Inspect at least once every six months all animal facilities in the college, including satellite facilities, using the Guide &/or Ag Guide as appropriate, as a basis for evaluation.
  • Review issues involving the care and use of animals in the college.
  • Make written recommendations to the Dean of the College and to the Institutional Official regarding any aspect of the animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
  • Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of new or proposed significant changes to protocols regarding the use of animals in research, teaching and outreach activities as set forth in the PHS Policy.
  • Notify investigators in writing of its decision to approve or withhold approval of those sections of applications or proposals related to the care and use of animals, or of modifications required to secure committee approval as set forth in the PHS Policy.
  • Be authorized to suspend an activity involving animals as set forth in the PHS Policy.

The CALS Animal Care Committee will utilize the following procedures:

  • This committee meets every third Thursday of each month. The RARC will maintain minutes of meetings including attendance.
  • Animal facilities must be inspected at least once every six months by at least two voting committee members. For colleges or schools with more than one facility, the committee member conducting the site visit shall not be associated with the facility visited.
  • The facility evaluation reports will be addressed to the Institutional Official but delivered to the RARC office for compilation and transmittal.
  • Recommendations formulated by a committee regarding changes in the animal care and use program or other animal use issues will be directed to the Institutional Official, who will make recommendations to the chancellor.
  • A single Animal Use Protocol Review form has been established for utilization by all committees at UW-Madison. RARC is responsible for receiving review forms, record keeping and distribution to the appropriate committee for review, and notifying investigators of approval or other decision. All new protocols go to Full Committee Review, exceptions are granted by chair for extenuating circumstances. Protocol renewals and or amendments can go to committee vote for Designated Review; any individual committee member may request full committee review during the review process. Refer to All-Campus Policy, 2002-020 at RARC web site for more detail.
  • The following circumstances or actions taken as listed in the PHS Policy will be reported in writing to the Institutional Official. Any serious noncompliance with the PHS Policy, any serious deviations from the provisions of the Guide, any suspension of an activity.

Membership

In general, ten members including at least three academic staff members will be recommended for appointment by the Director of Animal Programs to staggered three-year terms. The Chancellor maintains responsibility and authority for IACUC appointments for campus. At least one member of the committee must be represented by a citizen at large, and a second member represented by a non-scientist. The chair should be appointed annually by the Associate Dean for Research—usually from the senior members of the committee.

Meetings

The committee shall meet on a monthly basis and more frequently as required.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate  Dean for Research Troy Runge.

Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI)expand_more

Committee on Academic Staff Issues website

Purpose: The Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI) shall advise the dean on the formulation and review, and shall be represented in the development of, all policies and procedures concerning academic staff members of the college, including personnel matters.

I. Responsibilities of the CASI include, but are not limited to:

  • A. Formulating and reviewing college policies and procedures concerning academic staff members.
  • B. Representing academic staff members in the development of all college policies and procedures concerning academic staff members.
  • C. Providing advice to the dean on college program decisions likely to affect promotional opportunities or lead to non-renewal or layoff of academic staff members.
  • D. Developing opportunities for participation of academic staff members in department and unit governance.
  • E. Developing opportunities for recognition of academic staff member contributions to the excellence of the college.
  • F. Reviewing campus policies and procedures and recommending implementation and monitoring strategies for the college administration.
  • G. Communicating the CALS CASI activities to the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff and other appropriate entities.
  • H. Contributing to a sense of community among academic and university staff in college.

II.  Membership

A.  Size

1. The CALS CASI shall consist of 11 academic staff and 2 university staff members with voting privileges as appropriate. Ten members shall be elected by the academic and university staff of the college to represent groups (wards) of academic and university staff. When a ward race has only one candidate, the election process can be waived, and the candidate named a member of the committee if there is unanimous support for the candidate among existing CASI committee members. The remaining three members shall be appointed at-large by the dean of the college. The dean’s appointments shall ensure a broadly representative committee. All members shall be academic or university staff holding an appointment within the college.

2. Ex officio members of the committee shall include the dean or senior associate dean; the associate dean for human resources; the director of human resources, a representative from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and one or both academic staff members on the college’s Academic Planning Council.

B. Terms of Office

1. Membership terms shall be 3 years for each elected and appointed position, except for initial terms, which shall be staggered.

2. No member, elected or appointed, may serve more than 1 consecutive term of 3 years. However, after rotating off the committee for at least one year, an individual may be re-elected or appointed for additional terms. An individual joining the committee for a term of less than 3 years may seek re-election.

3. Terms begin on July 1 and end on June 30.

4. Mid-term vacancies will be filled by the action of the CASI. Appointees shall serve out the remaining term of the vacancy.

C. Election Processes

1. The process of selection shall foster representation of all academic and university staff within the college. Elected seats shall be apportioned among voting wards based on academic and university staff related to job titles and organized by job functions.

2. Timing. Elections shall be held annually in the spring semester for one-third of the elected positions. One-third of the dean’s appointees shall be made each year.

3. Slate. The Nominations and Mentoring Subcommittee will solicit candidates from each ward and administer the nomination process. Candidates will be identified by the results of the college-level self-interest survey.

4. Elections. Balloting will be done in a confidential manner. Only individuals from each ward may vote for that ward’s representative; no crossover voting is allowed. When a ward race has only one candidate, the election process can be waived, and the candidate named a member of the committee if there is unanimous support for the candidate among existing CASI committee members.

5. Wards are designed to ensure representation of staff with different functions and from a spectrum of academic areas within CALS. Since wards are based upon titles, as those titles are altered; the ward structure of the CALS CASI will need to be updated. The dean or the dean’s designee shall maintain the representation chart. As titles change, the chart will be updated.

6. The accompanying representation chart shows ward composition in detail, but wards can be summarized as follows:

Ward 1: 2 representatives from the following job functions:  Academic and Student Experience, Communications and Marketing, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Outreach Education and Community Engagement, Public Broadcasting, and Advancement

Ward 2: 1 representative from the following job functions: Administration, Financial, Hospitality Services and Sales, Human Resources, Libraries, Archives and Museums, Sponsored Programs Grants and Contracts, Facilities and Capital Planning and Information Technology

Ward 3: 4 representatives from the following job functions: Animal Care Services, Compliance Legal and Protection, Health and Wellness Services and Research with at least one representative holding Scientist or Research Professor or Associate Professor title and all from different units (department, lab, center)

Ward 4: 1 representative from the following job functions: Teaching and Learning

Ward 5: 2 representatives from CALS University Staff (all job functions) 

Ward 6: 3 at-large academic staff representatives appointed by the Dean.

Chair: CASI leadership is a two-year commitment (Year 1: Chair-elect; Year 2: Chair).  CASI academic staff members may self-nominate for the chair elect position at the first meeting of the year and achair-electshall be elected annually from the CASI membership before the second  meeting of the year.  The current chair will coordinate the nominations and elections.

III. Procedures

A.     Meetings

  • 1. One per month during the academic year. All members will try to attend in person but can join remotely if circumstances do not allow them to be on campus.
  • 2. The dean or designee shall schedule a meeting of the CASI within a reasonable time if requested to do so by at least one-third of committee members.

B. Agendas. The preparation of the meeting agenda will be the responsibility of the chair or the designee, in consultation with the chair elect.

C. Minutes. Minutes will be prepared for each meeting of the whole. Minutes are not required for meetings of the sub-committees. The responsibility for keeping the minutes will remain with the Dean’s office.

D. Quorum, Voting. A quorum is a simple majority of the members. A vote may not be taken without a quorum present including members who join either in person or remote.

E. Annual reports. The annual report and five-year self-study will be the responsibility of the Communications Sub-committee. A one-page report that details annual activities and membership of the committee  will be compiled and available on the web page for viewing by interested parties annually by July 1. A five-year self-study report will be completed as requested by the Secretary of Academic Staff.

F. Records of the committee. The committee’s record will reside with the Office of the Dean including a log of the CASI roster.

IV.  Subcommittees

A.     Standing subcommittees. The following subcommittees are established in accordance with these bylaws of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Committee on Academic Staff Issues. The membership and appointments to these committees’ rests with the Chair, with the approval of the CASI. The subcommittees shall be chaired by a member of the CASI. Subcommittees for current members and subcommittee chairs will be determined at the last meeting of the year, effective for the next year.  New members will be added to subcommittees at the first meeting of the year.

  • 1. Awards and Professional Development. In general, this standing subcommittee will be responsible for the professional development and awards programs.
  • 2. Communications. In general, this standing subcommittee will be responsible for establishing and monitoring the efforts to maintain communication with CALS academic staff. This would include, but is not limited to, managing our website. This subcommittee will also be responsible for the CASI annual report and the five-year self-study report.
  • 3. Personnel Procedures, Compensation and Governance. In general, this subcommittee is responsible for monitoring the compensation and personnel policies and procedures of the college, for providing recommendations for changes and improvements of these policies and procedures, and for providing information on the policies and procedures and opportunities for participation of academic staff in college and departmental governance to academic staff in the college. This committee will review the bylaws annually.
  • 4. Nominations and Mentoring. In general, this subcommittee is responsible for ensuring that academic and university staff positions for membership in the CASI within CALS have qualified nominees. Developing and managing a mentoring program for new academic staff in the college is included within the scope of this subcommittee.
  • 5. Ad hoc. The CASI will employ subcommittees to address specific issues of interest to the academic staff of the college.

V.  Bylaw Revisions

Revisions to the bylaws, including districting, will be proposed annually by the Personnel Procedures, Compensation and Governance committee. Any revision or amendment to the bylaws will require a two-thirds majority of the members.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact HR Director Veronica Law.

Community Wellness Committeeexpand_more

CALS Wellness Initiative website

The CALS Wellness Committee provides education and opportunities to support and promote the health and well-being of the CALS community. Membership is open to faculty, academic staff, and university staff. Meetings are scheduled on a monthly basis and the time commitment is minimal. This is a volunteer-based committee consisting of members who would like to support the CALS community in pursuit of health and well-being goals through the seven dimensions of wellness.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Rosalia (Rosie) Gittens

Curriculum Committeeexpand_more

Curriculum Committee website

Charge and Function

  1. To provide leadership for systematic assessment of academic programs.
  2. To examine curricular needs and make recommendations on broad issues of curricular change and the educational opportunities available to students in CALS.
  3. To review and recommend ways to improve out-of-classroom learning experiences such as internships, undergraduate research experiences, service learning and volunteering.
  4. To act upon new courses, course prerequisites, and proposed new or revised curriculum.
  5. To monitor student learning in implementation of the curriculum.
  6. To review curricular policies, procedures and academic rules.
  7. To interact with other special committees dealing with certificate and degree programs which need curricular oversight.
  8. To maintain appropriate contact with the Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee and the Academic Planning Council.

Membership

  1. The chair shall be appointed annually by the dean from among the faculty or staff members of the committee.
  2. The committee members shall be appointed by the dean to staggered three-year terms. Committee members may be reappointed for one additional three-year term. In general, the membership should represent the breadth of disciplines in the college and will include:
    1. At least five faculty members
    2. Two members of the academic staff
    3. Two student members to be named by the CALS Student Association
    4. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs or his/her designee, ex officio and non-voting
  3. For the purposes of this committee, quorum shall be defined as a majority of the voting faculty and academic staff committee members, i.e. four (4) members.

Meetings

  1. Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair.
  2. The dean or his/her representative will meet regularly with the committee, or as necessary, for conduct of the committee.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Mitchell.

Dairy Innovation Hub UW-Madison Steering Committeeexpand_more

UW-Madison Dairy Innovation Hub Steering Committee

The Dairy Innovation Hub, which launched in 2019, is a $7.8 million per year investment by the State of Wisconsin to build a world-class talent pool and enable bold discoveries to ensure that Wisconsin’s dairy community is at the global forefront in producing nutritious dairy products in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable manner. Allocated funding supports initiatives at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls. Each campus has formed a steering committee to impact local decisions.

The UW-Madison steering committee is comprised of faculty and staff representing the four focus areas of the Hub (Steward Land and Water Resources, Enrich Human Health and Nutrition, Ensure Animal health and Welfare and Grow Farm Businesses and Communities) and provides feedback on call for proposals (faculty, staff, equipment, and research); reviewing proposals and making funding decisions, or contributing reviewers to the review panel for proposals; provide advisory input to the faculty director on priority use of funds; and identifying stories for communication. Members of the steering committee are not excluded from Hub funding opportunities, but will be excused from reviewing proposals competitions to which they have submitted.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Dairy Innovation Hub Faculty Director Heather White.

Department Chairsexpand_more

Charge and Function

In addition to their responsibilities for their units, the department chairs and center/institute directors provide the dean counsel and unit administrative leadership on:

  1. Strategic and long-range plans.
  2. College program reviews and future development or contraction of academic programs.
  3. Budgetary planning and resource allocation.
  4. Policies related to responsibilities of the departments, centers, institutes, and the college of instruction, research, and public service.
  5. Personnel recruitment, training, management, and affirmative action.

Two subcommittees will be established from the department chairs to:

  1. Select the honorary recognition award recipients.
  2. Create and maintain the department chairs handbook.

Membership

  1. The committee is comprised of all department chairs. Center and institute directors are invited when appropriate.
  2. The dean or his/her designee will serve as chair of the committee.

Meetings

  1. Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair.
  2. The dean’s administrative team will meet regularly with the committee.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Interim Senior Associate Dean Irwin Goldman.

Equity and Diversity Committeeexpand_more

Equity and Diversity Committee website

Charge and Function

The Equity and Diversity Committee advises the dean on issues of equity and diversity affecting the college. Examples of issues include: recommendations regarding a grievance procedure for students, academic staff, and faculty; procedures in hiring searches to ensure greater diversity among the college’s faculty and staff; recruitment and retention of minority students; minority student programs; retention programs for at-risk students; other issues as deemed appropriate by the committee. The committee shall perform reviews of specific complaints of inequity in the college and report to the dean.

Membership

Appointments are made by the dean on an annual basis to staggered three-year terms. In general, the membership will be constituted by:

  1. Minimum six faculty. Maximum eight faculty.  A faculty member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  2. Two academic staff. An academic staff member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  3. Two university staff. A university staff member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  4. Two undergraduate students to be appointed by the CALS Student Council or referral by a faculty member. Students commit initially to a 1 year term.  Prior to the end of the spring semester, students shall be offered the opportunity to continue for a second or third term, depending upon their interest and availability. Students serve no more than 3 consecutive terms.
  5. Minimum two graduate students. Maximum four graduate students.  Students commit initially to a 1 year term.  Prior to the end of the spring semester, students shall be offered the opportunity to continue for a second or third term, depending upon their interest and availability. Students serve no more than 3 consecutive terms.
  6. One postdoctoral trainee. There are three types of postdoctoral trainees at UW–Madison (research associates, postdoctoral fellows and postdoctoral trainees) and any qualify for this appointment. Postdoctoral trainees commit initially to a 1-year term. Prior to the end of the spring semester, postdoctoral trainees shall be offered the opportunity to continue for a second or third term, depending upon their interest and availability. Postdoctoral trainees serve no more than 3 consecutive terms.
  7. Minimum two ex officio members to include: the CALS associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, and an additional designee from the CALS office for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Voting

Once committee membership for the academic year has been finalized, quorum shall be determined as a simple majority of the voting membership.

Meetings

Meetings will be scheduled on a monthly basis.  Additional meetings may be scheduled as necessary by the chair, or at the request of the dean.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Louis Macias.

Research Advisory Committeeexpand_more

Charge and Function

The Research Advisory Committee will provide a mechanism for continuing faculty participation in management of the funding that supports CALS research program. The committee will enrich the management and planning activities of CALS Research Division and Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station by making recommendations to, and responding to recommendations from the Office of the Dean. The committee will receive the ad hoc peer reviews of research proposals submitted to CALS Research Division/Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station and make funding recommendations based on scientific merit and programmatic priorities. The committee will also advise on the design and implementation of new research initiatives. The committee will operate as a review panel in the management of the college’s competitive grants program for allocating research funds. The review panel function will require intense effort. The committee will provide mechanisms for continuing participation of faculty and others in setting the research agenda for the college. The committee will participate in the formulation and review of policies that will govern the program and administration of the Research Division/Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. The following are examples of the policy issues that the Research Advisory Committee will be called upon to address.

  • Advise on the existing review process for distribution of formula funds.
  • Assist in development of new multi-disciplinary/multi-principal investigator programs.
  • Advise on the balance of allocation of funding for single- and multi-principal investigator projects.
  • Advise on existing or future policies affecting involvement and funding of principal investigators with minor or no experiment station appointment and principal investigators with large extramurally funded programs.
  • Advise on the allocation of formula funds for support of research infrastructure.
  • Advise on the use of formula funds to support regional projects.
  • Analyze and advise on the implementation of recommendations from other committees.
  • Advise on the development of programmatic units that can position the college to tap new sources of funds to support research and research infrastructure.
  • Advise on strategies to enhance the visibility, stature, and strength of the experiment station.
  • Advise on the annual Pound Research award recipient.

Membership

The committee is comprised of at least 10 faculty members. Committee members are appointed by the associate dean for research to staggered three-year terms, with the ability to renew for one additional three-year term. The associate dean for research also appoints the committee chair, who will be a committee member who has served at least one year and who may serve up to one additional three-year term as chair.

The associate dean for research and members of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station as designated by the associate dean for research will serve as ex officio members.

Meetings

The committee will meet each fall, winter, and spring with the Associate Dean for Research and staff of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. The agenda for these meetings will be set by consultation.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Research Troy Runge.

Research Professor Appointment and Promotion Committeeexpand_more

The membership for the Research Professor Appointment and Promotion Committee is still being determined and will be posted when available.

Charge and Function

The Research Professor Appointment and Promotion Committee evaluates the qualifications of candidates submitted by departments and centers for appointments to and promotions within the research professor titles and advises the dean or their designee, currently the Senior Associate Dean, on the suitability of the candidates. The committee may seek input on candidates (beyond what has been submitted by departments and units) from subject-matter experts among UW-Madison faculty, UW-Madison research academic staff, or from outside the university.

Membership

  1. Size
    1. Voting members: two tenured faculty and two academic staff representing the breadth of the college.
    2. Ex officio member: the HR director of CALS Human Resources.
    3. Initially, there will be no research professors available to serve on the appointed committee but future academic staff committee members are expected to be research professors.
  2. Terms of office
    1. Appointments are made by the dean or their designee on an annual basis to staggered three-year terms.
    2. No member, with exception of the ex officio member, may serve more than one consecutive term of three years.
    3. Terms begin on July 1 and end on June 30.
    4. Committee members are not required to have appointments in CALS although it is expected that the majority of committee members will be from CALS.
  3. Committee Chair
    1. The ex officio member shall serve as the committee chair.

Voting

A quorum is considered to be a simple majority of the voting members (3). A minimum of three votes is required to advance an appointment or promotion recommendation to the dean or their designee. If there is a 2-2 vote, the appointment or promotion recommendation of the committee is to deny the nomination.

Meetings

A meeting will be scheduled during each semester of the academic year. Additional meetings beyond this may be scheduled as necessary by the chair, or at the request of the dean or their designee.

Bylaw Changes

Any proposed bylaw changes must be agreed upon by both the Research Professor Appointment and Promotion Committees and submitted to the dean or their designee for approval.

Administrative Support

Administrative support will be provided by the CALS Dean’s Office.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate  Dean for Research Troy Runge.

Scholastic Policies and Actions Committeeexpand_more

Charge and Function

  1. To take appropriate academic actions based upon a student’s academic attainment, e.g., drop status, strict probation, or others.
  2. To conduct appeals of individual students encountering academic difficulty or making special requests for course substitutions, or other academic matters.
  3. To act upon graduation problem cases, as delegated by faculty action.
  4. To examine college and university academic policies and procedures and make recommendations for improvement.
  5. To maintain appropriate contact with and make recommendations for improvement to the Curriculum Committee.

Membership

The committee members shall be appointed by the dean to staggered three-year terms, renewable once. In general, the membership will be constituted by:

  1. At least four faculty members
  2. At least two academic staff
  3. Three assistant deans of Academic Affairs
  4. The Associate and/or Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs (Chair)

Meetings

Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair. A subcommittee of the Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee will oversee issues arising in Farm and Industry courses. An individual appointed by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will chair this committee. The subcommittee will consist of four to six members appointed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Mitchell.

Teaching Professor Appointment and Promotion Committeeexpand_more

The membership for the Teaching Professor Appointment and Promotion Committee is still being determined and will be posted when available.

Charge and Function

The Teaching Professor Appointment and Promotion Committee evaluates the qualifications of candidates submitted by departments and centers for appointments to and promotions within the teaching professor titles and advises the dean or their designee, currently the Senior Associate Dean, on the suitability of the candidates. The committee may seek input on candidates (beyond what has been submitted by departments and units) from subject-matter experts among UW-Madison faculty, UW-Madison instructional academic staff, or from outside the university.

Membership

  1. Size
    1. Voting members: two tenured faculty and two academic staff representing the breadth of the college.
    2. Ex officio member: the HR director of CALS Human Resources.
    3. Initially, there will be no teaching professors available to serve on the appointed committee but future academic staff committee members are expected to be teaching] professors.
  2. Terms of office
    1. Appointments are made by the dean or their designee on an annual basis to staggered three-year terms.
    2. No member, with exception of the ex officio member, may serve more than one consecutive term of three years.
    3. Terms begin on July 1 and end on June 30.
    4. Committee members are not required to have appointments in CALS although it is expected that the majority of committee members will be from CALS.
  3. Committee Chair
    1. The ex officio member shall serve as the committee chair.

Voting

A quorum is considered to be a simple majority of the voting members (3). A minimum of three votes is required to advance an appointment or promotion recommendation to the dean or their designee. If there is a 2-2 vote, the appointment or promotion recommendation of the committee is to deny the nomination.

Meetings

A meeting will be scheduled during each semester of the academic year. Additional meetings beyond this may be scheduled as necessary by the chair, or at the request of the dean or their designee.

Bylaw Changes

Any proposed bylaw changes must be agreed upon by both the Teaching Professor Appointment and Promotion Committees and submitted to the dean or their designee for approval.

Administrative Support

Administrative support will be provided by the CALS Dean’s Office.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Mitchell.