The Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a five-day traveling study tour that immerses forty UW–Madison faculty, academic staff, and administrators in the educational, industrial, social, and political realities of Wisconsin. Begun in 1985, the seminar introduces and promotes the Wisconsin Idea and our commitment to use university expertise and resources to address the problems of the state.
The 2017 seminar route is currently being planned. The 2016 route included stops at a Wisconsin business, dairy farm, Native American reservation, UW System campus, tourism destination, state correctional institution, and a Milwaukee high school. Experts from UW-Madison will join us for bus lectures throughout the week.
Who May Apply
- New faculty members
- Recently tenured faculty members
- New deans and department chairs
- Lead academic staff with statewide responsibilities
Deans of schools, colleges, and divisions recommend candidates for selection to the Provost’s Office. By mid-April, approximately 40 people from a cross-section of schools and colleges and disciplines will be selected to participate.
To Apply or Nominate
- Submit a Pre-Nomination web form.
- Circulate Nomination form for signatures.
- Your Dean’s office will forward the nomination to the Provost’s Office.
- Nominations due February 15, 2017.
"I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family in the state."UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904