Wisconsin Idea Seminar: Become a student of Wisconsin life

The Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a five-day traveling study tour that immerses forty UW–Madison faculty, academic staff, and administrators in the educational, industrial, social, and political realities of Wisconsin. Begun in 1985, the seminar introduces and promotes the Wisconsin Idea and our commitment to use university expertise and resources to address the problems of the state.

The 2017 seminar route is currently being planned. The 2016 route included stops at a Wisconsin business, dairy farm, Native American reservation, UW System campus, tourism destination, state correctional institution, and a Milwaukee high school. Experts from UW-Madison will join us for bus lectures throughout the week.

Who may apply?

  • New faculty members
  • Recently tenured faculty members
  • New deans and department chairs
  • Lead academic staff with statewide responsibilities

CALS departmental chairs and directors should submit nominations to Therese McHenry in the CALS Dean’s Office by February 2, 2017. The Dean’s Office will then review and forward all forms to the Provost’s Office by the seminar program’s February 15, 2017 deadline.

For more information, read the call for nominations or visit the seminar’s website.