A&S Advisory Committee for Students (ASACS) – departmental call for nominations



                The Arts and Sciences Advisory Council for Students (ASACS) is seeking nominations, including self-nominations, of students who would be interested in serving on the Council for the 2013-14 academic year.  To that end, we ask that department chairs circulate this call for nominations to undergraduate and graduate student in their department as soon as possible.  It would be particularly helpful if undergraduate and graduate advisors would call this opportunity to the attention of students whom they believe would be particularly effective members of this Council and encourage them to apply.

ASACS provides a student perspective on planning and budgeting issues for the College of Arts and Sciences.  The group, which consists of approximately 10 undergraduates and 2 graduate students, meets on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 in the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office to discuss a broad range of issues.  During the 2012-13 academic year, ASACS submitted recommendations to both the Dean and the Provost’s Advisory Committee for Students on issues ranging from merit based faculty salary increases to the number of teaching assistants in the college.  ASACS seeks to include a diverse range of student perspectives in its conversations, and to bring about tangible changes to the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the University.

The time commitment involved in serving on ASACS is substantial.  The Council meets at least every other week during term, and generates its own agenda.  Applicants should ensure that they are available to meet on Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00.  It has proved just too difficult to schedule meetings at any other time.  Bob Stacey, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, attends most of the Council’s meetings, except when the Council chooses to meet without him.  Although Council members are not strictly “representatives” of any particular student group (that is the role of ASUW), they are encouraged to solicit and present to the Council the views of as wide a cross-section of students as possible.

Students interested in applying to be members of ASACS for the 2013-14 academic year, should submit to Margie Ramsdell (mhr@uw.edu), Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences, a letter of application, no longer than two pages, detailing their qualifications for serving on the Council, listing topics they are interested in having ASACS discuss during the upcoming year, and their views on what the role of ASACS should be within the College of Arts and Sciences.  New members will be chosen by the continuing members of ASACS at the Council’s meeting on Friday, October 18th.  Ms. Ramsdell needs, therefore, to receive all applications BY 5:00 pm ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17TH.


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