Shared Governance

Shared governance gives representation to academic staff, university staff, faculty and students, who all take part in making significant decisions concerning the operation of the university. Shared governance is a unique and important aspect of life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

How to participate

There are numerous opportunities to participate, either by serving on one of the shared governance bodies, committees or by offering input to representatives.

People participate for a variety of reasons — in short and longer-term opportunities ranging from search committees to board service. Some who participate serve for many years, while others opt to serve for shorter periods of time.

Participating in shared governance is an opportunity for people across campus to come together to share ideas, make a difference and gain professional experience.

Each governance group has its own procedures for appointing members to the various opportunities. Please consult the links below for more information.