University of Wisconsin–Madison
Image of Rock Lake at sunset. Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Big Lake Tour: May 14–18, 2018



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.

In May, 2017, Wisconsin Idea Seminar participants visited a dairy farm, met environmental stewards and business owners, walked along the banks of the Mississippi River, explored the rolling hills of the Driftless Area, sparked ideas with colleagues during a visit to a UW-Stevens Point, and saw the spaces and places where many of our UW–Madison students come from.

Take a look back at the 2017 River Tour >>

Who May Apply

  • New faculty members
  • Recently tenured faculty members
  • New deans and department chairs
  • Lead academic staff with statewide responsibilities

Selection Process

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

  1. Submit a Pre-Nomination web form.
  2. Circulate Nomination form for signatures.
  3. Your Dean’s office will forward the nomination to the Provost’s Office.
  4. Nominations due February 15, 2018.
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UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904