Run for UAA Staff Council; nomination deadline extended to May 5, 2017

by Michelle Saport  |   

Do you want to be more involved in our UAA community? Here is your chance! Run for the UAA Staff Council and join a body of your peers who share a commitment to making UAA a positive place for staff.

What is the UAA Staff Council? The council is composed of 21 voting members comprised of administrative, classified, professional, and technical employees of University of Alaska Anchorage and its community campuses.

Vision statement Staff Council aspires to be the premier facilitator in the creation of the finest professional environment for UAA staff.

Mission statement Our mission is to support staff by serving as the primary connection between staff and university leadership, providing a venue to participate in the governance process, and the dissemination of timely information.

Core values

  • Equity: Ensuring the fair treatment of unrepresented staff.
  • Advocacy: Giving a voice to staff in decisions that impact the (UAA) community. We value open lines of communication and collaboratively working with leadership to improve the lives of staff at UAA.
  • Leadership: Facilitating forums to share best and promising practices as well as development opportunities to benefit staff and meet the needs of the UAA community.
  • Recognition: Highlighting the work and contributions of staff, and telling the story of what we are doing to support student success, retention and the university mission.

Visit the UAA Staff Council to nominate yourself or a colleague. Please complete one nomination form per person. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations will be accepted through May 5, 2017.

Elections Elections for council members will occur online during May 2017. Council members will take office on July 1. After the April election, the council elects officers from its membership in June.

Meetings Council meetings are held the first Thursday of every month during the academic year from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 302 (location is subject to change). Note: We traditionally have not met in January, but the council this year decided to hold a non-mandatory "ice-breaker" meeting in January so the council can get ready for the year ahead. All meetings are open to the public and classified employees are encouraged to attend.

Staff council member expectations As a member of the UAA Staff Council, you will have to meet the following:

Membership Term Members are elected for a two-year term.

Meeting attendance Be present at meetings so that you remain informed for your constituents. Members who are in Anchorage are highly encouraged to attend the meetings in person. Absence from three meetings within the academic year without appropriate notice is cause for dismissal from council. Prior notice about an absence should be directed to the co-presidents and/or Governance Office.

Service on a committee The work of Staff Council is accomplished through committees. A committee structure is a time- honored way to spread the responsibilities among all members. You are required to serve on one standing committee during your second year, but you are free to serve on additional committees.

Communication with constituents Members should make themselves known to their constituents and be willing to hear concerns, receive information and suggestions, and communicate these effectively to the council. In turn, members must keep their constituents well informed of the work of the council and matters that the administration wishes to communicate to the council.

Time commitment Members are expected to attend the two-hour monthly council meetings. Additional time away from their job will be required if a member participates on a committee as well as assisting on council events. Also, member must take in account amount of time for driving and parking.

Supervisor's support The supervisor understands that should the employee be elected, he/she will be required to take time away from his/her regular job duties in order to effectively serve on the UAA Staff Council. They support his/her nomination and agree to allow required time away from his/her regular job duties to fulfill his/her council commitment.

Visit the UAA Staff Council to nominate yourself or a colleague.

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