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Join our faculty

The three types of faculty membership in the Nelson Institute are: (1) Faculty, (2) Governance Faculty, and (3) Executive Committee.

Basic faculty appointments in the institute are consistent with UW-Madison Faculty Policies and Procedures, which allows a faculty member to be associated with a department without governance rights or a continuing departmental commitment.

Members of the Nelson Institute’s Governance Faculty and Executive Committee have stronger ties and greater responsibilities to the institute. See Organization.

A UW-Madison faculty or staff member who wishes to join the Nelson Institute Faculty should submit a letter stating the nature of her/his interest and a current curriculum vitae to the institute director, who will forward it to the institute’s Executive Committee for action at its next scheduled meeting. Letters should be addressed to:

Director
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
550 North Park Street, 122 Science Hall
Madison, WI 53706-1491

To submit a request by e-mail, send it to the Director’s Office.

Members of the Nelson Institute Faculty serve renewable three-year terms. They may serve on standing committees that allow their participation but are not required to do so.

By simple majority vote of the Executive Committee, the Nelson Institute Faculty includes faculty members who:

  • Advise one or more Nelson Institute undergraduate certificate students
  • Serve as a major professor for a Nelson Institute graduate student
  • Teach a course that fulfills requirements for one or more Nelson Institute academic programs
  • Participate in Nelson Institute research center activities
  • Participate in Nelson Institute community relations activities

By simple majority vote of the Executive Committee, the Nelson Institute Faculty also may include:

  • Other faculty members whose scholarly interests and activities intersect with those of the institute, who are recommended for membership by the Nelson Institute director or the chair of the institute’s Academic Programs
  • Academic staff members whose scholarly interests and activities intersect with those of the institute, who are granted renewable zero-dollar appointments in the institute, and who are recommended for membership by the Nelson Institute director or the chair of the institute’s academic programs