Aerial view of central campus in autumn 2013. 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.