Office of Academic Affairs

Staff Steering

The mission of the Staff Steering Committee (SSC) is to give all members of the staff the opportunity for a voice and engagement in the governance of the Southwestern community.

The Staff Steering Committee is a representative body of non-faculty employees that provides a forum for all staff and works to strengthen the lines of communication across the University, to discuss issues of importance to staff, to develop common approaches to them, and to advise the staff as a whole.

The Staff Steering Committee’s information about their activity and projects, and information is available on the website:

Staff Steering Committee 

SSC meetings are held monthly during the academic year and staff are welcome to attend. Notices of meeting times and locations are shared through the Staff Steering Committee Google Calendar, Campus Notices, and email. Meeting Minutes and Agendas may be accessed from the Staff Steering Committee website and on the Staff Steering Committee [SSC] shared drive on your Google Drive.

To contact the Staff Steering Committee, please send an email to:

Staff Training and Development Fund

The Southwestern University Staff Training and Development Fund was established to provide the opportunity for staff to gain new skills and knowledge that will enhance their performance and benefit their department and the university. Such opportunities might include the following:

  • Conferences, workshops, seminars, webinars, and certifications
  • Travel and accommodations for off-campus courses and workshops
  • Special projects, including research and publication

The Staff Steering Committee, which oversees the Staff Training and Development Fund, may also use funding to provide campus-wide training for staff if the need and/or opportunity arises. More information about the fund and the application process may be found at: Staff Training and Development Fund Application Process

Suggestion Box

The Staff Steering Committee (SSC) would like your constructive suggestions and ideas! Please visit the Suggestion Box to submit your recommendations. Thank you!

Free School

Free School is a way for staff and faculty to share their talents with others in a fun way to build community. Free School classes typically start in mid-May and run through the May and some into June. Participation is free and supplies will be provided through the Free School program. There are no grades or evaluations, it’s just learning for the joy of it. Plan to join in the fun and learn something new.