UW Oshkosh allows University Staff to request a comprehensive review of a position to ensure the appropriate title is assigned and truly reflects the duties based on the specifications provided by UW System Administration. A Titling Committee was formed within the human resources department in order to review each request made and to come to a decision regarding the assigned title.
Why is there a formal process in place?
The title change process was established to provide University Staff an opportunity to ensure their position titles are an accurate reflection of the duties being asked of them.
How does it work?
A University Staff member and their supervisor or Department Chair must mutually decide to request a title change based on an evolution or change in duties. The pair must review and revise the position description of the position being reviewed.
- Once the position description has been updated, a Title Change Request Form must be completed. This outlines the differences between the current position description and the revised position description, and the new title being requested.
- The form needs to be routed for signatures as listed on page 1 and the Titling Committee will review the request upon receipt.
- The Titling Committee will follow up with the supervisor or Department Chair first before notifying the employee about the committee’s decision. Once the supervisor or department chair is notified, the Titling Committee will follow up with a formal letter noting the decision.
- Based on the decision made, the employee and/or supervisor may appeal the committee’s decision. To appeal a decision, the supervisor of Department Chair must call a member of the Titling Committee to state their decision to appeal. The Titling Committee member will assist by explaining the remaining options.
Who sits on the Titling Committee?
The Titling Committee consists of Shawna Kuether, Jo Fenrich, Shannon Lemke, and Karen Steinhofer.