About PROFS

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PROFS is a voluntary, non-profit organization of UW-Madison faculty. Formed in 1976 by the Faculty Senate, PROFS is supported by monthly contributions equal to one-tenth of one percent of one’s salary.

PROFS is not a union, but does advocate on behalf of UW-Madison faculty before state legislators, the governor, the Board of Regents, members of Congress and the public.

PROFS works on behalf of the faculty to maintain and improve:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Faculty governance
  • Protection of tenure
  • State support for the university’s operating budget
  • New buildings and maintenance
  • Federal support for research
  • Retirement benefits

PROFS follows state legislative and federal issues that affect UW-Madison faculty, testifies before legislative committees, arranges to meet with legislators in their offices, and corresponds with the governor, members of Congress, and other public officials.

The University Committee, the executive committee of the Faculty Senate, serves as the PROFS Board of Directors. A Steering Committee oversees PROFS activities and determines PROFS positions and actions on the issues. The Steering Committee counts previous University Committee members and members of the Faculty Senate among its members. Complete membership rosters are on the left. The PROFS by-laws are available here.

PROFS employs a lobbyist, Jack O’Meara. Jack is a graduate of UW-Madison and has worked extensively in both the Wisconsin Legislature and Congress. He can be reached at 608-294-8746 or jack@omearapublicaffairs.com.

Michelle Felber serves as PROFS’ administrator and website/social media editor. She can be reached at 608-263-9273 or mfelber@secfac.wisc.edu. The PROFS office is located at 258 Bascom Hall.