The Roots of Academic Staff Governance

“The spirit of participation in university affairs by all interested groups has a long and honored history, but formal statutory recognition of governance rights for the academic staff was necessary to institutionalize participation and the process of integrating into that spirit continues down to this day” (A Vision Shared,

In a session at the 2011 Academic Staff Institute titled “Roots of Academic Staff Governance,” John Mather, Linda Newman, and Bill Steffenhagen, emeritus UW-Madison academic staff members,  spoke about the challenges academic staff faced before shared governance became a reality 25 years ago.

To see a time line of campus governance on the UW-Madison campus, please visit:

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