Staff Council Representatives mingle at the 2019 Staff Council Retreat.

Standing Committees

The Staff Council is composed of four Standing Committees which work to address staff concerns on a wide range of issues while building community at UVM.

Committees are composed of elected Staff Council Representatives and volunteer participants. Membership is open to non-represented staff, faculty, retirees, and students. Participation on a Staff Council Standing Committee is a great opportunity for those who wish to expand their knowledge of the University while working to address the needs and concerns of staff. Each Committee has a distinct area of focus to provide effective advocacy on specific issues, and provides opportunities for multiple opinions and views to be heard and considered. The majority of the work of the Staff Council occurs within these committees.

Apply to serve on a committee

Compensation, Benefits, and Budget Committee (CBB)

The committee shall be responsible for monitoring and reviewing all matters that deal with non-represented staff compensation as they relate to conditions of employment. It shall work to educate and communicate to non-represented staff on the University’s budget practices and salary raise pools as well as changes, additions or deletions to benefits.

The committee shall collaborate with University leaders, units, departments, governance bodies, students, staff, faculty or any other group created to address these matters to ensure transparency and equity while promoting effective problem resolution and efficient use of University resources.

Specific responsibilities of this committee include, but are not limited to:

  • Annual Compensation Recommendation
  • Communications on specific compensation issues, including benefits
  • Communicate monthly to the Staff Council and the non-represented staff community (e.g. monthly committee summary)
  • Work collaboratively with the Staff Council Office
  • Collaborate with other Standing Committees when appropriate and necessary

2020-21 Shared Leadership:

The chair or co-chairs, elected by the committee in the first meeting of the year, share the responsibilities of generating agendas, facilitating meetings, and attending Executive Board meetings in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Members:

Community Engagement Committee (CE)

The committee shall be responsible for being an ally and advocate for members of the UVM community who are striving to integrate social justice into diversity and inclusion, sustainability, housing affordability, food security, poverty relief, and child welfare. The committee shall collaborate with subject matter experts from existing UVM departments and programs who are otherwise unaffiliated with Staff Council to create and lead relevant educational and promotional campaigns. In addition, the committee shall organize, coordinate, and promote community service opportunities within the UVM and greater Burlington community.

Specific responsibilities of this committee include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting UVM departments and programs with identifying and creating relevant educational campaigns
  • Assisting with the implementation of educational campaigns through the use of both online (social networks, blogs, etc.) and offline approaches (distributing flyers, participating in community events or conferences, etc.)
  • Advising UVM administration on policies and procedures related to above topics
  • Maintaining and posting a list of volunteering opportunities for UVM staff
  • Maintaining and making determinations on the Staff Council Community Service Award program
  • Tracking the number of hours the committee members are dedicating to the work and the number of employees who engaged with the programs

2020-21 Shared Leadership:

The chair or co-chairs, elected by the committee in the first meeting of the year, share the responsibilities of generating agendas, facilitating meetings, and attending Executive Board meetings in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Members:

Personal and Professional Development Committee (PPD)

The committee shall be responsible for monitoring and reviewing all matters that deal with personal and professional development of non-represented staff as they relate to conditions of employment. It shall work to promote the continued education of non-represented staff through training and enrichment opportunities sponsored by the university as well as outside vendors. The committee shall also address employee environment and facilities issues including ability and access concerns.

The committee shall collaborate with University leaders, units, departments, governance bodies, students, staff, faculty or any other group created to address these matters to ensure transparency and equity while promoting effective problem resolution and efficient use of University resources.

Specific responsibilities of this committee include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicate monthly to the Staff Council and the non-represented staff community (e.g. monthly committee summary)
  • Field occupational environment matters (e.g. parking, office environment, ergonomic assessment)
  • Promote personal development (e.g. work-life balance, retirement planning)
  • Promote professional development (e.g. training, workshops, conferences)
  • Work collaboratively with the Staff Council Office
  • Collaborate with other Standing Committees when appropriate and necessary

2020-21 Shared Leadership:

The chair or co-chairs, elected by the committee in the first meeting of the year, share the responsibilities of generating agendas, facilitating meetings, and attending Executive Board meetings in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Members:

Social Committee

The committee shall be responsible for planning and executing social and recreational activities for non-represented staff and the University community as well as providing community service opportunities within the university and in our larger community.

The committee shall collaborate with University leaders, units, departments, governance bodies, students, staff, faculty or any other group created to address these matters to ensure transparency and equity while promoting effective problem resolution and efficient use of University resources.

Specific responsibilities of this committee include, but are not limited to:

  • Promote events, activities, and community service opportunities
  • Communicate monthly to the Staff Council and the non-represented staff community (e.g. monthly committee summary)
  • Work collaboratively with the Staff Council Office
  • Collaborate with other Standing Committees when appropriate and necessary

2020-21 Shared Leadership:

The chair or co-chairs, elected by the committee in the first meeting of the year, share the responsibilities of generating agendas, facilitating meetings, and attending Executive Board meetings in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Members:

Other Staff Council Committees

Executive Board

The Executive Board shall consist of the Staff Council President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, the Standing Committee chairpersons and vice-chairpersons, two additional members elected annually by the Staff Council from among its regular membership at the first committee meeting of the new Council year. In the event that a committee Chairperson or Vice Chairperson cannot attend, the chairperson or vice-chairperson is recommended to choose to send another member of the committee to serve in his/her place.

The Executive Board shall exist for the purpose of hearing reports, discussing university policy questions, advising the Staff Council President, approving the agenda for Staff Council Meetings, maintaining parliamentarian procedure, maintaining bylaws, developing and updating Staff Council policies and procedures, monitoring Staff Council presidential, vice-presidential and representative elections, monitoring and reviewing the staff emergency loan fund procedure, and making emergency loan application exceptions.

Specific responsibilities of the Executive Board include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicate on larger university issues and initiatives within and beyond the purviews of the Standing Committees when appropriate and necessary
  • Ensure communication by Staff Representatives on University wide committees, boards, and workgroups
  • Recommend Ad-hoc Committees as needed
  • Verify Staff Council President has appointed a parliamentarian at the beginning of each Staff Council year
  • Work collaboratively with the Staff Council Office
  • Collaborate with Standing Committees when appropriate and necessary

Chair

Members

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall receive nominations for the offices of Staff Council President and Vice President, shall establish and communicate procedures and deadlines for receipt of nominations, shall investigate each of the nominees to determine whether s/he is willing and qualified to serve, and shall present the qualified nominees to the University for the purpose of election.

Membership Application

The Staff Council Standing Committee Membership Form may be completed online.

Meeting Schedule

The Staff Council Calendar lists the dates and locations of all upcoming meetings.  

Time Release Policy

Meetings occur once a month for approximately one hour. The Time Release Policy for Community and Professional Service in the UVM Staff Handbook encourages supervisors to provide a reasonable amount of release time for non-represented staff to volunteer in this and other capacities.

Staff Council Committee Standards

Guidelines (PDF) for building effective, efficient, and respectful committee culture.

Other Bodies

Below is a list of Boards, Committees, and Work Groups which have Staff Council Appointed Representatives.

Athletic Advisory Board

Bethany Wolfe
Bethany.Wolfe@uvm.edu
656-2212
President's Office

Board of Trustees

Audit Committee

Mindy Kear
Mindy.Kear@uvm.edu
656-5336
Pediatrics

Committee on Budget, Finance & Investment

Renee Berteau
Renee.Berteau@uvm.edu
656-3753
College of Arts & Sciences

Sonya Stern
Sonya.Stern@uvm.edu
656-1986
Sponsored Project Administraton

Committee on Educational Policy & Institutional Resources

Amanda.McIntire@uvm.edu
656-4440
Human Resource Services

Socially Responsible Investing

Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council

Francis Churchill
Francis.Churchill@uvm.edu
656-5407

Environmental Safety

Vacant

Campus Master Planning

Anne-Marie Resnik
Anne-Marie.Resnik@uvm.edu
656-0463
Plant and Soil Science

Clean Energy Fund

Transportation & Parking Services

Pamela Carter
Pamela.Carter@uvm.edu
656-2666
College of Medicine

Anita Lavoie
Anita.Lavoie@uvm.edu
656-2918
VP Research Administration Office

Holly Pedrini
hpedrini@uvm.edu
656-5061
University Event Services - Davis Center

Marie Tiemann
Marie.Tiemann@uvm.edu
656-2214
Financial Reporting & Accounting Services

Traffic Board of Appeals

Traffic Board of Appeals

Guy Shane
Guy.Shane@uvm.edu
656-3385
Custodial Services

University Benefits

Alicia Ellis
aellis5@uvm.edu
656-3999
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Connie Russell
Connie.Russell@uvm.edu
656-9277
Custodial Services