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—has identified a number of strategic initiatives important to Professional and Scientific employees, and the greater ISU community. These initiatives were initially identified during the July 2017 Council meeting, and have been evaluated and summarized by Jessica Bell (Professional and Scientific Council President) and the Professional and Scientific Council Executive Committee. These initiatives are organized by their connection to the purpose of the Professional and Scientific Council, as identified in the Constitution of the Professional and Scientific Council (items in bold below). This is not meant to be a finite list, and initiatives will evolve over time. If you have any questions regarding any of the initiatives below or have suggestions for additional initiatives, please send them to the Professional and Scientific Council Executive Committee (email@example.com).
Professional and Scientific Council Purpose:
Identify the needs of our constituents, provide information and advice in response to those needs.
Recommend policies and procedures to the administration that benefit Professional and Scientific Employees.
Assists in fulfilling the mission of Iowa State University
University Human Resources:
Continue to develop relationships with university administrators, UHR, etc. to meet strategic initiatives, acting in partnership to move constituents concern forward.
Review and make suggestions on when term/continuous are appropriate.
Research, review and make suggestions for Supervisory Evaluations
Increase involvement in professional and scientific classifications and compensation review by educating employees and requesting monthly updates from council’s rep at this table.
Advocate for the development of comprehensive supervisor training
Advocate for a culture shift where professional development is encouraged and employees are valued.
Workplace Environment/ Non-Financial benefits
Investigative implementation of current policies, review for needed revisions, recommend needed policy changes, and provide guidance on existing policies including but not limited to
Continue to promote P&S employee benefits as viable part of compensation.
Continue to investigate, participate in, and promote WellBeing efforts.
Continue to take action to incorporate diversity and inclusion in our work, our language, and our community.
Continue to embrace and promote Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.
Advocate for a budget model with revenue streams that allow our University to thrive and continue to make Iowa, and the world a better place.
Research and analyze regents’ institutions and peer institutions employee salaries.
Continuing communications with other regents’ institutions on employee issues including salary.
Continue to advocate for salary increases.
Investigative implementation of modern and updated family leave policies, review for needed revisions, recommend needed policy changes, and provide guidance on existing policies including but not limited to: