Dept Governance

Department Meeting Schedule

The next department meeting will be held virtually at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. All department members, including graduate students and postdocs, are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Past Meeting Minutes

Past Leadership Council Meeting Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I request a change to our department?

This content was first published as A Message from the Chair (Judith N. Burstyn), April 2021 Badger Chemist News Alert.

One thing that makes our department unique is the ability of one person or group of people to recognize an issue or need and address it through a governance system. In many businesses or academic institutions, one person, or a small group of people, make decisions based on their limited knowledge and observations. In our department, we have a governance setup that can function to help turn one person’s idea into a plan or process improvement.

As you can see on the Department Governance page of our intranet we are organized into a system of committees, which address a variety of needs – including everything from graduate admissions to facility decisions. Our committees include representation from graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, staff and faculty. Though many companies and/or departments are guided only by a small group of people, we have the benefit of learning from many different perspectives.

You may notice that each committee is associated with a different operational component of the department. These components are the chair’s office, the research program, the graduate program, the undergraduate program and department administration. Each committee is supported by the leader of that operational component, an associate chair or director. That leader represents the interests of the associated committees as part of the department Leadership Council, which means that the committees and all of the people who serve on them are closely linked to the high-level department decisions. For example, the Associate Chair for the Graduate Program supports the Graduate Program Oversight Committee, the Graduate Admissions Committee, and others.

You might think that the department chair makes all of the decisions, but in fact the committees through the leadership team have a lot to do with the direction of the department. Here’s how that process might work:

  • One person, with a suggestion takes that idea to the appropriate committee.
  • The committee discusses the idea and formulates a plan for implementation. That plan may include things like information on resources needed, how the change will affect others and a timeline. The committee may vote to send the plan to their Leadership Council representative so that the leadership team sees it as an official proposal.
  • The Leadership Council reviews the proposal and may send it back to the committee with advisement or move it forward to the department. If the proposal returns to the committee, the committee may address the leadership team’s concerns and answer questions, resubmit the proposal.
  • Proposals that move on to the department are presented, typically by a representative of the committee, for discussion at a department meeting, where everyone has the opportunity to address their concerns and ask questions. The proposal may be put up for a vote. If the department accepts the proposal, it may move to higher levels of administration, such as the College of Letters & Science for approval.

The length of the process required to move a proposal forward may be related to the resources needed to fulfill the objective. Proposals that cost a lot are likely to take longer and may not be possible to implement. The department has a fixed amount of money to fulfill its mission, with surprisingly little beyond that dedicated to paying the salaries of our many wonderful employees.

I encourage you to think creatively in solving department problems, working with the committees, associate chairs and directors, and to engage actively in department governance. There aren’t a lot of steps in bringing an idea from one person or group to the attention of department leadership. Our system is designed to incorporate as many voices as possible, allowing everyone the opportunity to play a role in the direction of the Department of Chemistry.

Chair-Associated Top-Level Departmental Committees

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DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

  • Burstyn, J.N., Chair (Department Chair)
  • Blackwell, H., (Assoc. Chair Grad. Prog.)
  • Landis, C. (Associate Chair Undergrad Program)
  • Nathanson, G. (Associate Chair Research)
  • Egan, P. (Administrative Director)
  • Sanders, M.J. (Executive Director)
  • Brunold, T.C., (at large)
  • Choi, K.-S., (at large)
  • Schmidt, JR (at large)
  • Schomaker, J.M. (at large)

ADVANCEMENT

  • Burstyn, J.N., Co-Chair
  • Bair, K., Co-Chair (UWFAA)
  • Driscoll, K.L.
  • Egan, P.
  • Landis, C. (Chair Elect)
  • Lyles Flick, T.
  • Sanders, M.J.

POST-TENURE REVIEW

  • Nathanson, G., Chair, Assoc. Chair Research
  • Cavagnero, S.
  • Smith, L.
  • Driscoll, K. (admin support)

FACULTY RECRUITING

  • Sibert, E., Chair, Fall
  • Ediger, M., Chair, Spring)
  • Buller, A.
  • Fredrickson, D.
  • Schomaker, J.
  • Widicus Weaver, S.
  • Cavagnero, S. (CDEI faculty recruiting action team)
  • Boydston, AJ (CDEI Steering Cmte chair)
  • Driscoll, K. (administrative support)
  • Horsfall, C. (Human Resources support)

FACULTY SENATE

  • Goldsmith, R.
  • Stowe, R.
  • Weix, D.J.
  • (vacant)
  • John Berry (alternate)

CLIMATE, DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STEERING

CDEI Steering Committee Page

  • Boydston, A.J., Co-Chair (Faculty)
  • Bates, D., Co-Chair (Academic Staff)
  • Driscoll, K. (admin support, Wellness/Prof Devel subcommittee chair)
  • Horsfall, C. (Dept HR, Chair University Staff Cmte)
  • Shanks, R. (Academic Staff Cmte Chair)
  • Blackwell, H. (Assoc. Chair for Grad. Prog. & Chair, GPOC)
  • Burstyn, J. (Department Chair)
  • Eisenhart, J.M. (Board of Advisers)
  • Higgins, Peyton (GSFLC Co-Chair)
  • Ediger, M. (Faculty at-large)
  • Schwartz, M.P. (Academic staff at-large)
  • Barta, C. (Undergraduate representative)
  • Lemire, Beatriz (University staff, at-large)
  • Howe, Morgan (postdoc)
  • Jones, Z. (graduate student, at large)
  • Sibert, E., Chair, Faculty Recruiting Cmte (fall only)
  • Yoon, T., Chair, Graduate Admissions Cmte (fall only)

CDE&I STANDING COMMITTEES

  • FACULTY & STAFF WELLNESS & PROF DEVEL
    • Driscoll, K., Chair
    • Andrea, A.
    • Dang, A.
    • Horsfall, C. (staff, HR specialist)
    • Cavagnero, S. (faculty)
    • Stowe, R. (faculty)
  • POST-DOC COMMUNITY
    • Weix, D. (Co-chair, faculty)
    • Knapp, S. (Co-chair, staff)
    • Horsfall, C. (dept HR, hiring practices)
    • Clauss, A. (career opportunities)
    • Jones, Corey (post-doc)

CDE&I ACTION TEAM(S) 2020-2021

  • FACULTY MENTOR TRAINING ACTION TEAM
    • Boydston, A.J. (Faculty, Co-Chair)
    • Barta, C. (staff Co-Chair)
    • Jenkins, C. (staff, CBIT)
    • Pazicni, S. (Faculty, junior)
    • Janicki, Tesia (grad student, Climate Survey lead)
    • Smith, A. (WISCIENCE, CIMER, campus mentor training program)
  • GRAD RECRUITING & RETENTION ACTION TEAM (CHOPS, CATALYST, BRIDGE, DIVERSITY RECRUITMENT PARTICIPATION, Chemistry-CBE REU on Renewable Energy)
    2020-2021 focus is on bringing all graduate recruitment & retention initiatives together under the umbrella of the graduate program

    • Blackwell, H. (Assoc. Chair for Grad. Prog., Co-Chair)
    • Clauss, A. (Dir. Grad. Prog., Co-Chair)
    • Mathewson, T. (admin support)
    • Bates, D. (acad staff, Bridge co-director, CHOPS)
    • Hamers, R. (faculty, Bridge co-director)
    • Yoon, T. (grad admissions cmte chair)
    • Barta, C. (CATALYST co-director, mentor training)
    • Buller, A. (faculty)
    • Hofstetter, H. (academic staff)
    • Akana, Michelle (graduate student)
    • Campbell, Meghan (graduate student)
    • Bakhtiari, Maryam (graduate student)
  • FACULTY RECRUITING & RETENTION ACTION TEAM
    • Boysdston, A.J. (Co-Chair, Climate, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering Cmte)
    • Ediger, M. (Co-Chair, Faculty Recruiting Cmte)
    • Cavagnero, S. (faculty at-large)
  • STAFF RECRUITING & RETENTION ACTION TEAM
    • Bates, D. (Co-Chair, Climate, Diversity & Inclusion Steering)
    • Horsfall, C. (Co-Chair, HR specialist)
    • Lemire, Beatriz (University staff)

Research-Associated Departmental Committees

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COMPUTING/ NETWORKING

  • Schmidt, J.R., Co-Chair
  • McGuire, P.B., Co-Chair
  • Bates, D.M.
  • Hamers, R.J.
  • Silver, A.C.
  • Yang, Y.
  • Yethiraj, A.
  • Lim, A. (grad student)
  • Roberts, J. (grad student)

SEMINAR / COLLOQUIUM

  • Nathanson, G., Co-Chair
  • Driscoll, K., Co-Chair
  • Bertram, T. (analytical path)
  • Choi, K.-S. (materials path)
  • Goldsmith, R. (pchem path)
  • Landis, C. (or Hermans, I.) (inorganic path)
  • Martell, J. (chembio path)
  • Pazicni, S. (chem ed path)
  • Wickens, Z. (organic path)
  • Knott, Samantha (grad student)
  • Tabang, Dylan (grad student)
  • Hanson, M. (admin coordinator)

MAKER SPACES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Bertram, T., Co-Chair
  • Myers, S.R., Co-Chair
  • Drier, T.O.
  • McClain, R.L.
  • Shanks, R.B.
  • Thompson, B.
  • Wickens, Z.
  • Woods, C.
  • Longley, V.

INSTRUMENTATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

DOCUMENTS

MEMBERS

  • Berry, J. F., Co-chair
  • Fry, C. G., Co-chair
  • Cavagnero, S.
  • Choi, K.-S.
  • Guzei, I. A.
  • Hofstetter, H.
  • Gellman, S.
  • Sanders, M. J.
  • Vestling, M. M.
  • Wang, T.
  • Schneider, Brett (grad student)

Instrumentation ACTION TEAM(S) 2020-2021

  • Bender Center (BC) Operations Action Team
    • Berry, J. F., Co-chair
    • Fry, C. G., Co-chair
    • Clewett, C.
    • Guzei, I. A.
    • Hofstetter, H.
    • Nathanson, G.
    • Shanks, R.
    • Vestling, M. M.
  • BC EPR/SQUID/Mössbauer
    • Hofstetter, H., Chair
    • Berry, J. F.
    • Brunold, T. C.
    • Clewett, C.
    • McMahon, R. J.
    • Shanks, R. B.
  • BC Mass Spec
    • Vestling, M. M., Chair
    •  Coon, J. J.
    • Chmiel, Alyah, grad student support TA
    • Hu, Yun (Bob), grad student support TA
    • Schomaker, J. M.
    • Shanks, R. B.
  • BC NMR
    • Fry, C. G., Chair
    • Cavagnero, S.
    • Clewett, C.
    • Hofstetter, H.
    • Landis, C. R.
    • Vine, L. (grad student support/TA)
  • BC Xray
    • Guzei, I. A., Chair
    • Berry, J. F.
    • Choi, K.-S.
    • Fredrickson, D. C.
    • Shanks, R. B.
    • Wheaton, A. (grad student support/TA)
  • Catalysis Center
    • Landis, C. R., Chair
    • Clewett, C.
    • Hermans, I.
    • Shanks, R. B.
  • Keck Center
    • Wang, T., Chair
    • Buller, A.
    • Cavagnero, S.
    • Doody, C. (grad student support/TA)
    • Hofstetter, H.
    • Martell, J.
    • Vestling, M. M.
  • Materials Instrumentation
    • Choi, K.-S., Chair
    • Borgatta, J. (grad student support/TA)
    • Clewett, C.
    • Guzei, I. A.
    • Hamers, R. J.
    • McClain, R.

Graduate Program-Associated Departmental Committees

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GRAD PROG OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

  • Blackwell, H., Co-Chair (Assoc. Chair Grad. Prog.)
  • Clauss, A.W., Co-Chair (Director Grad. Prog.)
  • Mathewson, T. (Grad. Prog. Coord., admin support)
  • Sanders, M.J. (exec dir)
  • Fredrickson, D. (inorg path)
  • Gellman, S. (chembio path)
  • Jin, S. (materials path)
  • Pazicni, S. (chem ed path)
  • Smith, L. (analytical path)
  • Weix, D. (organic path)
  • Zanni, M. (pchem path)
  • Wood, S. (grad student)
  • Golden, K. (grad student)

GRAD STUDENT- FACULTY LIAISON COMMITTEE

Leadership & Faculty

  • Hacha, Brandon, co-Chair
  • Higgins, Peyton, co-Chair
  • Buller, A.R.
  • Clauss, A.
  • Mathewson, T.
  • Yoon, T.

GSFLC Outreach Sub-Committee: Paige Kinsley, Head

GSFLC Professional Development: Meranda Masse, Head

GSFLC Community Building Sub-Committee: Katie Kruszynski, Head

GSFLC Wellness Sub-Committee: Cassie Doody, Head

GSFLC Treasurer: Megan Nieszala

GRAD RECRUITING EVENTS TASK FORCE

  • Bertram, T., Co-Lead
  • Clauss, A.W., Co-Lead
  • Mathewson, Taylor (admin leader)
  • Hanson, M. (coordinator lead)
  • Lemire, B. (coordinator support)
  • West, O. (coordinator support)
  • Van Buskirk, Jonathan (grad student)
  • Whitworth, Isabella (grad student)

GRAD ADMISSIONS

  • Yoon, T., Faculty Co-Chair
  • Clauss, A.W., Co-Chair
  • Mathewson, Taylor (admin leader)
  • Bates, D. (CDEI representative)
  • Analytical: Ying Ge, Lingjun Li
  • ChemBio: Andrew Buller, Tina Wang, Sam Gellman
  • ChemEd: Ryan Stowe
  • Inorganic: Danny Fredrickson, Jeff Martell, John Berry
  • Materials: Bob Hamers, Song Jin
  • PChem: Etienne Garand, JR Schmidt, Yang Yang
  • Organic: Zach Wickens, Dan Weix, Tehshik Yoon
  • Graduate Students: Zach Armstrong (Zanni), James Langford (Yang), Peyton Higgins (Buller)

ACS BRIDGE PROGRAM STEERING

  • Bob Hamers (faculty, co-Chair)
  • Desiree Bates (staff, co-Chair)
  • Beatriz Lemire (admin support)
  • Arrietta Clauss (Dir. Grad. Prog.)
  • AJ Boydston
  • Judith Burstyn
  • Mark Ediger
  • Dan Weix
  • Susanna Widicus Weaver
  • Tehshik Yoon

TEACHING COMMITTEE

(Crosses over with Undergraduate Program)

  • Burstyn J., Co-Chair
  • Pesavento, T. Co-Chair (campus instructional liaison)
  • Strnad, S. (administrative support)
  • Fredrickson, D. (inorg path)
  • Gellman, S. (chembio path)
  • Jin, S. (materials path)
  • Pazicni, S. (chem ed path)
  • Smith, L. (analytical path)
  • Weix, D. (organic path)
  • Zanni, M. (pchem path)
  • Blackwell, H. (Assoc. Chair Grad.)
  • Landis, C.R. (Assoc. Chair Undergrad.)
  • Hamers, J.S. (Dir. Undergrad.)
  • Clauss, A. (Dir. Grad.)
  • Sanders, M.J. (Exec. Dir.)

Undergraduate Program-Associated Departmental Committees

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UNDERGRAD PROG OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

  • Landis, C., Faculty Co-Chair
  • Hamers, J.S., Staff Co-Chair
  • Strnad, S. (admin support)
  • Barta, C.
  • Brunold, T.
  • Doolittle, P.S.
  • Lipinski, K. (grad student)
  • Pesavento, T.
  • Sibert, E.L. (fall) / Schmidt, JR (spring)
  • Weix, D.
  • Wendt, M.A.

ICOOP (INSTRUCTIONAL CONTINUITY)

  • Landis, C., ( Co-Chair, faculty)
  • Pesavento, T. (Co-Chair, staff)
  • Bain, R.
  • Blackwell, H.
  • Brunold, T.
  • Doolittle, P.
  • Hamers, J.
  • Hill, N.
  • Wilkinson, C.
  • Sibert, E.

UNDERGRAD LABORATORIES

  • Wendt, M.A., Chair
  • Block, S.B.
  • Bowman, M.
  • Doolittle, P.S.
  • Ellison, A.
  • Esselman, B.J.
  • Gustin, L.
  • Hill, N.J.
  • McClain, R.L.
  • Wilkinson, C.C.

UNDERGRAD RELATIONS

  • Barta, C., Chair
  • Bowman, M.D.
  • Doolittle, P.S.
  • Hamers, J.
  • McCullough, K.
  • Weaver, J.
  • Strnad, S.

ACS STUDENT CHAPTER

  • Bowman, M., Advisor

ALPHA CHI SIGMA

  • Maynard, J.H., Advisor

FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS TEAM

  • Doolittle, P.S, (Co-Chair, staff)
  • Schomaker, J., (Co-Chair, faculty)
  • Barta, C.A.
  • Ellison, A.
  • Landis, C.
  • Lyles, T.
  • McCullough, K.
  • Wendt, M.
  • Egan, P. / Sanders, M. (financial allocation)

TA AWARDS TEAM

  • Brunold, T., Chair
  • Hamers, J.S., Co-Chair
  • Block, S.B.
  • Doolittle, P.S.
  • Ellison, A.
  • Esselman, B.J.
  • Gustin, L.
  • Hill, N.J.
  • Lamont, L.
  • Weaver, J.
  • Wendt, M.A.
  • Wilkinson, C.C.

TEACHING COMMITTEE

(Crosses over with graduate program)

  • Burstyn J., Chair
  • Pesavento, T. Co-Chair (campus instructional liaison)
  • Strnad, S. (administrative support)
  • Fredrickson, D. (inorg path)
  • Gellman, S. (chembio path)
  • Jin, S. (materials path)
  • Pazicni, S. (chem ed path)
  • Smith, L. (analytical path)
  • Weix, D. (organic path)
  • Zanni, M. (pchem path)
  • Blackwell, H. (Assoc. Chair Grad.)
  • Landis, C.R. (Assoc. Chair Undergrad.)
  • Hamers, J.S. (Dir. Undergrad. Prog.)
  • Pesavento, T. (Dir. Undergrad. Instruct.)
  • Clauss, A. (Dir. Grad. Prog.)
  • Sanders, M.J. (Exec. Dir.)

Administration-Associated Departmental Committees

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CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS (COOP)

  • Burstyn, J.N., Chair
  • Blackwell, H., Associate Chair, Grad. Prog.
  • Landis, C., Associate Chair, Undergrad. Prog.
  • Nathanson, G, Associate Chair, Research
  • Driscoll, K. (admin support)
  • Egan, P. (dept mgr)
  • Goldsmith, R. / Hermans, I. (safety cmte chair)
  • Lyles Flick, T. (communications)
  • McMahon, R. (facilities chair)
  • Nielsen, J. (building mgr)
  • Pesavento, T. (instructional continuity liaison)
  • Sanders, M.J. (finance mgr / exec dir)
  • Silver, A.C. (IT operations)

SAFETY

  • Goldsmith, R. Faculty Co-Chair (fall)
  • Hermans, I., Faculty Co-Chair (spring)
  • McClain, R., Staff Co-Chair
  • Barta, C.
  • Berry, J.F.
  • Bradley, M.
  • Chandra, T. (UW safety)
  • Egan, P. (Administrative Director)
  • Garand, E.
  • Hill, N.J.
  • Horsfall, C. (HR)
  • Nielsen, J. (Building Manager)
  • Roy, M. (graduate student)
  • Weix, D.

FACILITIES/BUILDING

  • McMahon, R.J., Chair
  • Moore, J.W., Co-Chair
  • Nielsen, J. (building manager)
  • Sanders, M.J.

WEBSITE

Website Committee Page

COMMITTEE CHARGE
The Department of Chemistry Website Committee oversees technologies and general content guidelines for the department’s external website, intranet, other departmentally associated sites, and digital signage through effective solutions that responsibly use department resources.

MEETING SCHEDULE
This committee meets either quarterly or as needed.

MEMBERS

  • Lyles Flick, T., Co-Chair
  • Silver, A.C., Co-Chair
  • Andrea, A.M.
  • Egan, P.
  • Goldade, B.P.
  • Hamers, R.J.
  • Hu, B.
  • McGuire, P.B.
  • Orr, V.
  • (graduate student)

ACADEMIC STAFF

  • Shanks, R.B., Chair
  • Dang, A.
  • Drier, T.O.
  • Hill, N.
  • Reitz, T.A.
  • Sanders, M.J.
  • Schwartz, M.P.
  • Weaver, J.
  • Tatarsky, A.

UNIVERSITY STAFF

  • Horsfall, C.J., Chair
  • Casperson, K.
  • Egan, P.
  • Johnson, H.
  • Meyers, N.
  • Myers, S.