Wisconsin Idea Seminar, 2013
The Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a wonderful professional development opportunity specially designed for faculty and academic staff. This five-day bus tour immerses forty UW-Madison participants in the educational, industrial, social, and political realities of Wisconsin. Started in 1985, the seminar introduces and promotes the Wisconsin Idea, the commitment to use university expertise and resources to address the problems of the state.
Stops on the 2013 seminar tour will include the Aldo Leopold Shack, Baraboo; Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo; UW-Fond du Lac; Boldt Construction, Appleton; the Oneida Nation; tourism and agricultural sites in Door County; Green Bay Correctional Institution, Green Bay; towns in the "German Holy Land;" CEO Leadership Academy, Milwaukee; and a discussion on urban education led by Dr. Howard Fuller at Marquette University, Milwaukee.
What your colleagues say about the Seminar:
"Don't miss this chance to meet so many interesting colleagues while taking a 'crash course' in the state and its resources." John Niles, College of Letters and Science
"The trip exceeded my wildest expectations and was life-changing in ways that I still can't fully articulate. It was probably the most worthwhile thing I have done in the last year, if not the last several years." Shannon Sparks, School of Human Ecology
"Of course we met dozens of wonderful Wisconsin residents....
The seminar gave me a much better understanding of the kinds of communities from which my students come and the kinds of issues they face." Eric Camburn, School of Education
" Be ready to learn a lot and have a very good time doing it." Jim Luedtke, College of Engineering
"This is an opportunity which is not to be missed. It is truly an educational experience providing a broad introduction to the strengths and challenges faced by the State of Wisconsin and its population." Sarah McAchran, School of Medicine and Public Health.
"GO, go go!! Yes, it's a big chunk of time; but you'll never forget the trip or regret the time commitment." Jeri Barak, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Who may apply
- New faculty members
- Recently tenured faculty members
- New deans and department chairs
- Lead academic staff with statewide responsibilities
By March 1, all nominations are due in the Dean's Offices. Space is limited and early nominations are encouraged. After nomination forms are submitted, the Dean recommends candidates for selection to the Graduate School. By mid-April, approximately 40 people from a cross-section of schools and colleges and disciplines will be selected to participate.
To apply or nominate
Complete the nomination form and submit to your dean by March 1 . Early applications are recommended.
Funds are provided by the deans of the Schools and Colleges and by a grant from the Evjue Foundation.
For additional information, look at our flyer or contact seminar staff below.
Joyce Crim, Senior Outreach Specialist
Professional Development and Engagement
UW-Madison Graduate School
333 Bascom Hall
Phone: (608) 265-5416 Fax: (608) 265-6742