About the Advisory Council
The Professional Staff Advisory Council represents all South Dakota State University professional staff members (non-faculty exempt) as a function of the shared governance principles of SDSU.
Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 2 p.m. via Zoom.
Role of the Advisory Council
The Professional Staff Advisory Council is a body of peer-elected professionals representing staff in the areas of academics, athletics, business/finance/administration, extension, research and student affairs. The council fosters the collegial exchange of ideas; promotes the recognition, interests and concerns of Professional Staff; advises senior administration and the university community; and actively collaborates with other representative bodies in the shared governance of South Dakota State University.
The Professional Staff Advisory Council meets the second Monday of each month at 2 p.m. We welcome all Professional Staff to join these meetings in Wagner Hall, room #236. Professional Staff can also attend the meeting via Zoom.
Agendas, Minutes, By-laws and Constitution
SDSU Professional Staff may access the Council Agendas, Approved Minutes and Professional Staff Advisory Council By-Laws and Constitution through the employee portal (login required).
- Awards Committee
- Diversity Advocacy Committee
- Events Committee
- Elections Committee
Ad Hoc Committees
- Access and Engagement Committee
- Development and Retention Committee
- Evaluation Committee
- Recognition Committee
A program to recognize and reward exceptional performance, leadership and contribution to the SDSU community by individual members of professional staff at South Dakota State University was established in 2012 by the Professional Staff Advisory Council and funded by the F. O. Butler Foundation Board of Trustees. Overall, the main purpose of this program is to highlight and celebrate the broad range of roles and accomplishments of professional staff employees within their unit, college, university and outside of SDSU.
Four awards will be granted annually in two different categories: Outstanding Professional (3) and Rising Star award (1). Given annually, cash stipend of $1,500 is provided for the three awards Outstanding Professional awards.
Outstanding Professional Award
The Outstanding Professional award recognizes professional staff members who strive to exemplify South Dakota State University’s core values as a land-grant institution. Three professional staff members are chosen annually to each receive a plaque and $1,500 stipend, provided by the F.O. Butler Foundation Board of Trustees, during the Professional Staff Advisory Council Annual Meeting held in March.
All regular, professional staff (non-faculty exempt) members who have been employed with SDSU in a professional staff role for three or more years are eligible for consideration. Recipients must be SDSU employees at the time of the annual meeting to receive the award. Prior recipients of this award (under its current or former name) are not eligible. Previous nominees not awarded are eligible; however, an updated nomination packet must be submitted.
Rising Star Award
The Rising Star award recognizes superior professional achievement by a professional staff member within the first three years of employment at SDSU. One professional staff member is chosen annually to receive a plaque and stipend, supported by university leadership, during the Professional Staff Advisory Council Annual Meeting held in March.
All regular, professional staff (non-faculty exempt) members who have been employed with SDSU in a professional staff role for less than three years are eligible for consideration. Recipients must be SDSU employees at the time of the annual meeting to receive the award. Prior recipients of the Rising Star award are not eligible. Previous nominees not awarded are eligible; however, an updated nomination packet must be submitted.