Strategic Inititiatives 2021-22


The Iowa State University (ISU) Professional and Scientific Council (Council) continually strives towards service, advocacy, and representation of the Professional and Scientific Employees of ISU. As part of this service, advocacy, and representation, the Council—in communication with all Professional and Scientific Employees of ISU—identifies strategic initiatives important to Professional and Scientific employees, and the greater ISU community. 

Council engaged in a 2021-2022 strategic initiative planning session during ad-hoc committee meetings held in the last weeks of July, 2021. Council will work to address these 2021-22 priorities in addition to, or in conjunction with, the Council priorities of: Serving as the voice of P&S employees in the shared governance structure; investigating and responding to P&S employee concerns; providing professional development opportunities for P&S employees; honoring P&S employees; representing P&S employees; encouraging P&S employee engagement.

The strategic initiative ideas, suggestions, and comments provided by councilors during the July 2021 ad-hoc committee meetings were condensed by the Council Executive Committee during their retreat on July 19, into five strategic initiatives, which include:


  • Expanding efforts with university leadership to improve employee engagement, retention, and satisfaction through meaningful supervisor training with a focus on the fundamentals of being a supervisor at Iowa State University, addressing basics such as: creating and maintaining an inclusive environment, supervisory processes in hiring and onboarding practices, recruiting diverse candidates, robust employee evaluations, and standardizing compensation across departments and divisions.


  • Advocating for a revised University budget model that prioritizes annual performance-based increases for P&S employees with a satisfactory performance review, ensuring that competitive, market-driven salary increases are a recurring, budgeted expense through secured funding; without sacrificing or reducing existing leave policies, benefits, and services.


  • Continuing to build and cultivate the P&S employee experience to create a work environment where P&S employees are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other.


  • Expanding efforts to highlight the value of P&S employees and the advantages of including P&S employees in shared governance, including increasing P&S employee participation in large-scale university committees, and helping to connect employees with resources that highlight the value of P&S staff, such as university awards.


  • Aiding in addressing recruitment and retention inequities through active engagement in the discussion and decision-making process during the development of the 2022-2027 ISU Strategic Plan, ensuring that the interests of all Professional and Scientific employees are represented.


Council committees and vice presidents will reference ideas and suggestions collected from councilors as a foundation for the development of meaningful strategies to address priorities and initiatives.

These inititiatives were evaluated and summarized by Council president Chris Johnsen and the Professional and Scientific Council Executive Committee.This is not meant to be a finite list, and initiatives may evolve over time. If you have any questions regarding any of the initiatives or have suggestions for additional initiatives, please send them to the Professional and Scientific Council Executive Committee (