Wisconsin Idea Seminar, May 16-20, 2016

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 2016 seminar route is currently being planned.  The 2015 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

Selection Process

Deans of schools and colleges 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. Download the nomination form
2. Complete the form and submit it to your Dean's office as soon as possible.
3. Your Dean's office will forward the nomination to the Provost's Office. 

To ensure consideration, COMPLETED forms must be received by the Provost's Office by March 15.  

Note: Completed forms include signatures of your department/division chair and dean. 


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:

Catherine Reiland
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