Academic Staff: Fall welcome message from CALS Committee on Academic Staff Issues

The following message was recent sent to CALS academic staff members by Nik Hawkins, chair of the CALS Committee on Academic Staff Issues: 

Dear Colleagues,

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI) would like to welcome you to the 2021-22 academic year! We have all been dealing with uncertainly for the past year and a half, but we bring hope and eagerness into this upcoming semester.

The CALS CASI represents academic staff across the college, and is an important part of shared governance at UW-Madison.

CASI representatives, who meet monthly during the academic year, advise the CALS Dean’s Office on the development of policies and procedures that impact academic staff. In the past year, we have worked on developing a set of best hiring practices for academic staff, given Academic Staff Excellence Awards, and been involved with the development and implementation of research professor and teaching professor titles.

We have met once this year and discussed a variety of topics. Minutes from those meetings, along with more information about CASI including past annual reports, are all available on our website (

If you wish to share ideas or concerns with your CASI representatives, or if you have questions, you can find a list of CASI members at We encourage you to become informed about issues affecting CALS academic staff. Additionally, please let us know if you are interested in becoming involved in CASI — we are looking for 3 new representatives.

Finally, we are pleased to inform you about CALS Academic Staff Networking Event! This event will take place in early January, and it will be an opportunity to meet and welcome new staff to the college, interact with colleagues, find common ground/mutual support, and find shared issues of concern. Watch your inbox for more details and registration information.


Nik Hawkins
CASI Chair
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Phone: 608.890.3912