Nominations & Elections-Staff Council - Carnegie Mellon University

Nominations & Elections


To learn about the candidates, please visit the 2017 At-large Nominees page.

Important dates

Nomination Period Noon Feb 28 - 5pm March 17
Deadline to Accept/Decline Nominations and
(optional) Upload Photos/Bios
5pm March 31
Elections Period Noon April 10 - Noon April 21

Staff Council conducts elections of campus representatives on an annual basis. Elections for Divisional Representatives are held biennially and elections for At-Large Representative are held in alternate years. All full-time and part-time Carnegie Mellon staff who are not represented by Faculty Senate or a collective bargaining unit are eligible for nomination. Staff Council seeks representatives from all departments and areas and encourages you to nominate yourself!

What is Staff Council?

How Does Staff Council Benefit Me?

Staff Council provides a forum for you to voice the concerns of staff.  Members work closely with Carnegie Mellon administrators to address current issues and develop the best solutions for the majority of staff.  Staff Council is a great way to meet new people and learn about important issues that face the University.

How Does Staff Council Operate?

Staff Council representatives are elected for a two-year term. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at noon.  Representatives are expected to actively participate in meetings and on standing committees. They are responsible for maintaining the communication link between Staff Council and staff.  (Current Officers and Representatives).  Staff Council Officers for 2017-2018 will be elected at the Staff Council General Body meeting on May 18, 2017.

What Do Committees Do?

Committees work on issues and prepare recommendations to the council. Staff Council standing committees are: Benefits, Communications, Constitution, Elections, Food Drive, Relations & Grievance Advisory, Kennywood, Rewards & Recognition, Take Our Daughters/Sons to Work, Sustainability, and Wellness.

Staff Council Duties and Responsibilities

There are three main responsibilities of a staff council representative:

  1. Communication with Constituents

    The Staff Council representative’s most important role is to serve as a conduit to your constituents, providing important information about opportunities for personal and professional development, ways to become more involved on campus, and university policies which affect staff members.
  2. Service on a Committee

    The work of Staff Council is accomplished through committees. A committee structure is a time- honored way to spread the responsibilities among all members. You are required to serve on one standing committee, but you are free to serve on additional committees.
  3. Attendance at Meetings

    Be present at General Body meetings so that you remain informed for your constituents. Absence from four meetings within the Staff Council business year (August – July) without appropriate notice is cause for dismissal from Council. Prior notice about an absence should be directed to the president and/or secretary.


Staff Council officers the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Elections for officers is held every year in May with the exception of the Chair who automatically becomes Chair after serving as Vice Chair. Officer Position Descriptions (.pdf; version 2014)

Version: Feb. 23, 2016