Call for Nominations to Elected and Appointed Committees 2021-2022

To: Faculty in the Division of Biological Sciences

From: M. Suresh and James Stein, Co-Chairs, Biological Sciences Divisional Committee

Re: Call for Nominations to Elected and Appointed Committees

The Biological Sciences Divisional Committee invites you to nominate members of the division to serve on the following committees beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year:

Biological Sciences Divisional Committee
Graduate Faculty Executive Committee
University Research Council
Committee on Honorary Degrees
Campus Planning Committee
University Lectures
University Academic Planning Council

Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Each committee is limited to one faculty member per department.

Please send nominations to divisional@secfac.wisc.edu by 15 January 2021; we will continue to accept nominations until the vacancies are filled. Nominations should include the nominee’s name and department, confirm the nominee’s willingness to serve if elected or appointed, and identify the committee for which you are making the nomination.

Information about each committee follows:

Biological Sciences Divisional Committee

The Biological Sciences Divisional Committee, the executive committee of the Faculty Division of Biological Sciences, advises deans and directors about appointments and promotions to tenure, names Hilldale Award recipients and Hilldale Lecture Series speakers, and makes appointments to standing and ad hoc committees. Meetings are held during the academic year, on Fridays, beginning at 1:30 p.m. (committee members are asked to hold the full afternoon).

2021-2022 Meeting Dates

10 September
8 October
5 November
3 December
14 January
4 February
4 March
1 April
6 May

Four tenured faculty members will be elected to serve three-year terms. Divisional committee members from the Departments of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Genetics, Human Oncology, Nutritional Sciences, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Plant Pathology, Surgery, Surgical Sciences will continue their service in the 2021-2022 academic year. Faculty from these departments are not eligible for nomination.

Graduate Faculty Executive Committee

The Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) exercises the powers of the graduate faculty with respect to:

  • establishing, reviewing, and modifying graduate degree programs
  • setting standards for admission and degree requirements
  • evaluating and recommending actions on student appeals
  • other graduate education policy issues

Meetings are held during the academic year, typically on the second Friday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

One faculty member will be elected to serve a four-year term and one faculty remember will be elected to serve the remaining two years of an open term. GFEC members from the Departments of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences will continue their service in the 2021-2022 academic year. Faculty from these departments are not eligible for nomination.

University Research Council

The University Research Council provides advice and consultation to the leadership team of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) regarding the research enterprise on campus.

This committee meets once per semester and the committee members are polled for their availability.

One member of the division will be elected to serve a three-year term.

Committee on Honorary Degrees

The Committee on Honorary Degrees nominates candidates for honorary degrees from the university upon the recommendation of a department, school, or college. The committee typically meets one time in September/October; all other correspondence is done via email.

The divisional committee will appoint one nominated faculty member to serve a four-year term. Committee members from the Departments of Integrative Biology, Neuroscience, and School of Human Ecology will continue their service in the 2021-2022 academic year. Faculty from these departments are not eligible for nomination.

Campus Planning Committee

The Campus Planning Committee advises the chancellor on long-range development plans for facilities for research, instruction, recreation, parking, and other university functions. The committee meets monthly.

The divisional committee will appoint one nominated faculty member, who will serve a four-year term.

University Lectures Committee

The University Lectures Committee supports departments, academic programs and student organizations that bring distinguished lecturers to the UW-Madison campus. Lectures are intended to enrich the general intellectual and cultural life of the university community. The committee itself does not initiate lecture arrangements. Rather, it receives and acts on requests from eligible university groups that are interested in inviting outstanding speakers to the campus. The committee meets two or three times per year, and regularly reviews requests for lectures electronically.

The divisional committee will appoint one nominated faculty member to serve a four-year term.

University Academic Planning Council

The University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) advises the provost on major academic program decisions, long-term academic plans, and related developments. The council:

• provides for faculty, staff, and student participation in academic planning
• assures that appropriate review is given to proposals for new academic programs (majors, degrees, or certificates) and changes to academic programs
• makes recommendations on proposals associated with the creation, reorganization, or discontinuation of academic structures (centers/institutes, departments, schools/colleges)
• makes recommendations concerning the evaluation and review of academic programs
• provides governance oversight for the general education requirements and for assessment of student learning

The council also makes recommendations on policy related to all of these areas of action. It is among the most active and influential of all governance committees, and one of the few chaired by the provost (FPP Ch 6.52.).

The UAPC meets once per month during the academic year, typically on the third Thursday of the month from 3:30 to 5:00.
The divisional committee will appoint one nominated faculty member to serve a four-year term.

 

Contact Information

Michaela Aust
Office of the Secretary of the Faculty
University of Wisconsin – Madison
133 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380

Phone: (608) 263-5741
divisional@secfac.wisc.edu