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Discovering P

Update from the Council of Academic and Professional Administrators

By Pam Stenhjem

Brief, Feb. 14, 2007

Academic professional and administrative (P&A) employees are one of the most diverse employee groups at the University of Minnesota. We number between 4,000 and 5,000 individuals across the state, and our abilities, skills, responsibilities, and contributions to the University represent a broad array of talent, education, and training. P&A employees are responsible for an eclectic blend of job duties that includes teaching, research, program design and implementation, as well as administrative and program support. We write grants, secure funding, train professionals both locally and nationally, and generate countless publications both internally and externally in such venues as peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.

The Council of Academic and Professional Administrators (CAPA) understands and recognizes the vast contributions of P&A employees at the University and is currently sponsoring three activities to recognize the talent and value they bring to the University and its strategic positioning initiative.

CAPA welcomes and encourages every P&A employee to take part in these three activities. Your voice can be heard and your accomplishments shared.

Survey to show P&A value to the U

CAPA will conduct a short and important survey regarding the value and contributions made by P&A employees across the University of Minnesota.

As part of the strategic positioning initiative, the Office of Metrics and Measurement is collecting data on the faculty and on students to capture their contributions to and work at the University. However, very little, if any, of the data reflects the extensive contributions of P&A employees.

CAPA believes P&A employees are critical to the University of Minnesota achieving its goals and that the value and contributions of P&A employees must be captured, reviewed, and used on a regular basis, along with information about faculty and students, in order to create a comprehensive picture of the elements that create a world-class research university.

We hope all P&A employees will choose to take part in the survey process when the survey is distributed by e-mail. We want to stress that the purpose of this survey is to gather positive information that reflects the value, contributions, and excellence of P&A employees.

Outstanding Unit Award - call for nominations

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the CAPA Outstanding Unit Award. This award is designed to recognize University units that are exemplary in their support of P&A staff. It also acknowledges the work of the P&A staff members within these units who have made distinguished contributions to the mission of the unit and University.

A unit that wins the award will receive $1,000 to support a unit-centered P&A professional development activity, a plaque, and public recognition. For details, contact Pam Stenhjem, chair, CAPA Professional Development and Recognition Committee, 612-625-3863 or Nomination guidelines, selection criteria, and a nomination form can be found online. The deadline to submit nominations is March 20.

P&A Spring Recognition Event - mark your calendars

In coordination with presentation of the Outstanding Unit Award, the P&A Spring Recognition Event will be held Friday, April 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m., after the monthly CAPA meeting. This event is an opportunity for CAPA to recognize the extensive contributions and work of P&A employees at the University and to provide those employees with a chance to celebrate their accomplishments. Please mark your calendars--details and invitations will be sent soon. Good food and a good time are sure to be had by all!
Pam Stenhjem is an educational specialist in the Institute on Community Integration. She chairs the CAPA Professional Development and Recognition Committee.