Wisconsin Idea Seminar, May 19-23, 2014

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.

Wisconsin Idea Seminar 2013 GroupThe 2014 seminar tour will include stops at the Aldo Leopold Shack and Legacy Center, Baraboo; Emmons Blaine Dairy Cattle Research Center, Arlington; Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau, for program on Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association; Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital, Weston; Rhinelander District Library for program on School of the Arts at Rhinelander; Holiday Acres Resort, Rhinelander; Lac du Flambeau reservation; Nicolet College, Rhinelander; Great Lakes Kraut, Bear Creek; Red Granite Correctional Institution, Red Granite; and Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, Milwaukee. 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

Selection Process

By March 1, all nominations are due in the Dean's Offices. Space is limited and early nominations are encouraged. After nomination forms are submitted, deans 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

Complete the nomination form and submit to your dean by March 1. Early applications are recommended.


Funds are provided by the deans of the Schools and Colleges and by a grant from the Evjue Foundation.

Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Joyce Crim, Director
Wisconsin Idea Seminar

Office of the Provost
University of Wisconsin-Madison
150 Bascom Hall
Phone: (608) 262-0380

For assistance during the seminar dates, contact the Provost's Office: (608) 262-1304.



I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family in the state.


Charles Van Hise, 
President, University of Wisconsin, 1906