Nominations & Elections-Staff Council - Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Council Elections

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!

2014 is a Divisional Election Year

Bookmark this page and check back often to follow the upcoming election.

Important dates
Nominations Mon. February 17 - Fri. February 27
Deadline to Accept/Decline Nomination Fri. March 6
(Optional) Candidates Upload Photo/Bio Mon. March 9 - Fri. March 20
Voting Mon. March 23 - Fri. April 3


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 2014-2015 will be elected at the Staff Council General Body meeting on May 15, 2014.

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 and Take Our Daughters/ Sons to Work.

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.

Information for Current At-Large Representatives

Any At-Large representative who is currently serving on Staff Council may self-nominate and run for a Divisional representative seat for the 2014-2016 term, without needing to first step down from their current At-Large seat.  Should they win the Divisional election, they will become a Divisional representative for their Division starting in August, 2014.  The Elections Committee will seek to replace the vacated At-Large seat by contacting the next person on the list of alternates.  If the At-Large representative running for the Divisional position loses their Divisional election, they may remain on Staff Council as an At-Large representative and serve the remainder of their two-year term. 

If you have questions about this or any other Staff Council Elections procedures, please contact Pattye Stragar, Chair of the Elections Committee, at pls@andrew.cmu.edu.

Version: Feb. 2, 2015