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 (pands-exec@iastate.edu).

Professional and Scientific Council Purpose:

Priority

Ways Addressed

Identify the needs of our constituents, provide information and advice in response to those needs.

  • Emailed all constituents in July 2017 with request for issues and/or needs
  • P&S Employee Representation on the Iowa State University Presidential Search Committee.
  • Council President meeting with new university OMBUDS Officer to establish communication about constituent needs. OMBUDS Officer invited to Peer Advocacy Committee meeting to discuss collaboration opportunities when addressing needs of constituents.

Recommend policies and procedures to the administration that benefit Professional and Scientific Employees.

- Policies and Procedures Committee Chair represents P&S Employees on the Policy Library Advisory Committee

Assists in fulfilling the mission of Iowa State University

  • P&S Employee Representation on the Iowa State University Presidential Search Committee.
  • P&S Councilor serving on the Campus Climate Committee and involved in development and review of Campus Climate Survey in response to Goal 4 of the ISU Strategic Plan.
  • The Professional and Scientific Council Executive Committee participated in the interviews of the four University Presidential Candidates.

 

University Human Resources:

Priority

Ways Addressed

Continue to develop relationships with university administrators, UHR, etc. to meet strategic initiatives, acting in partnership to move constituents concern forward.

  • Stacy Renfro was appointed to the Improved Service Delivery Committee as the Professional and Scientific Council Representative.
  • Amy Ward was appointed to fill the newly created Professional and Scientific Council Seat on Technology Enterprise Advisory Committee (TEAC).
  • Professional Development Committee Completed the transition to Learn@ISU (a partnership with UHR) for our recorded Seminar Series Events. All future recordings of Council Seminar Series Events will only be available through Learn@ISU.

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.

  • Tera Lawson was appointed to the University Human Resources Extended Project Team as the Professional and Scientific Council Representative
  • Peer Advocacy, Compensation and Benefits, and Professional Development Committee Chairs met with Emma Houghton to discuss content for 9/19 UHR presentation on the P&S Classification and Compensation Project
  • Professional Development Committee worked with Emma Houghton to coordinate a Professional and Scientific Council Seminar Series Event on the P&S Classification and Compensation Project on October 10th. The session was recorded and posted in Learn@ISU for all campus community members to review. A summary of the event and posting instructions was distributed in the Council newsletter.
  • President and President –Elect discuss progress and impacts with UHR Classification and Compensation Director during monthly meetings.

Supervisory Training:

Priority

Ways Addressed

Advocate for the development of comprehensive supervisor training

  • President and President –Elect talked with UHR about supervisor training.
  • President and President –Elect talked with Sr. VP and Provost about supervisor training.

Advocate for a culture shift where professional development is encouraged and employees are valued.

- President and President –Elect talked with UHR about professional development culture shift.

Workplace Environment/ Non-Financial benefits

Priority

Ways Addressed

Investigative implementation of current policies, review for needed revisions, recommend needed policy changes, and provide guidance on existing policies including but not limited to

  • Flex Time
  • Holiday Flex Policies (for culture inclusivity) [Holiday policy]
  • Benefits for employees who are also students.
  • Policies governing gym use, health insurance, etc.

Continue to promote P&S employee benefits as viable part of compensation.

- Highlighted benefits Open Change Period and Resources to help make changes in November 2017 Newsletter.

Continue to investigate, participate in, and promote WellBeing efforts.

  • Access to affordable health facilities
  • Access to affordable childcare

 

Inclusion:

Priority

Ways Addressed

Continue to take action to incorporate diversity and inclusion in our work, our language, and our community.

- President and President –Elect met with Senior Vice President and Provost and following the meeting the Executive Committee provided a list of ways to include P&S Employees in diversity and inclusion efforts.

Continue to embrace and promote Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

 

Salary:

Priority

Ways Addressed

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.

  • President invited and involved in University Budget Advisory Committee meetings with Interim President Allen.
  • Presented at Tuition taskforce open forum in fall 2017.

Research and analyze regents’ institutions and peer institutions employee salaries.

- In-person meeting held with staff representatives from UNI and Iowa.

Continuing communications with other regents’ institutions on employee issues including salary.

- In-person meeting held with staff representatives from UNI and Iowa.

Continue to advocate for salary increases.

Family Leave:

Priority

Ways Addressed

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: