The central and lakeshore residential area of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is pictured in an aerial view during autumn on Oct. 12, 2013. At top is Lake Mendota and Picnic Point. Prominent campus buildings include, from left to right, the Wisconsin Energy Institute, the DeLuca biochemistry complex, Microbial Sciences, Bock Laboratories, Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, Agricultural Hall, Nancy Nicholas Hall, McArdle Cancer Research Building, Van Hise Hall and the Medical Sciences Center. The photograph was made from a helicopter looking northwest. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

The UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking a new director to oversee the Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) program. FISC is a 16-week, hands-on educational program that prepares people to work in agriculture and related fields. The curriculum includes courses in soils, crops, dairy, meat animals, agricultural engineering, farm business planning, agribusiness, human relations and communications. Established in 1885, FISC is the oldest continuously-running program of its kind.

The director is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the program, ranging from marketing, recruitment and admissions, to academic policies, budgeting and strategic planning.

The full job announcement is available online at The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2018. Questions about the position can be directed to CALS Senior Associate Dean Dick Straub, who is serving as chair of the search committee, at (608) 890-0225 or

During the search for a permanent director, Cindy Fendrick will serve as interim director of the program. She took the reins from Jessie Potterton, who led FISC for four years.