University of Wisconsin–Madison



Under the challenging circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project announced a minimum three-month extension to the project timeline on March 24, 2020. As key decisions are finalized and new information becomes available, the TTC Project Team will update dates and content in the Resource Library.

Coming Events

Manager/Supervisor Training Opportunities

Training is available for managers and supervisors to discuss new job titles and position descriptions with your employees:

  • Manager/Supervisor Training: Learn about the TTC Project and your role in the project’s implementation through this virtual training. Register here
  • Engaging Your Employees in the TTC Conversation: Enhance your communication skills and prepare for conversations with employees about new job titles and position descriptions by attending this virtual practice session. This additional training builds upon the foundational knowledge in the above Manager/Supervisor Training. Upcoming sessions are available in May June, and July. Register here

Spring 2020 All-Campus Forum

All UW–Madison employees are invited to attend an informational update on the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project.

The TTC Project will offer the next scheduled all-campus forum as a recorded webinar published the week of June 11. Shifting to this format will allow the content to be viewed when it best suits the needs of our campus community. We will gather questions and respond back to the questions in a FAQ that will be updated and linked to the TTC Project website. More details will be communicated, as we approach the event.

If you need ASL interpretation or other accommodations, please email as soon as possible.

To view recordings of previous all campus forums, visit the TTC Project Resource Library.

Any questions from employees can be sent to Thank you for your interest and support!

Professional Development

Fully Prepared to Lead

Fully Prepared to Lead is a comprehensive, competency-based development program designed to help individuals master the knowledge, skills, and tools for effective leadership. Participation is free to UW–Madison employees and open to everyone—it is not limited to those in formal supervisory or management roles. Upcoming relevant offerings include:

  • Understanding and Leading Change
  • Face-to-Face Communication: Beyond the Basics
  • Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback


Thrive@UW–Madison is a series of courses facilitating the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities that support participants in gaining a better understanding of themselves, their organization, and campus. Participation is free to UW–Madison employees. Upcoming relevant offerings include:

  • Thriving in a Time of Change
  • Active Listening to Support Effective Communication

Employee Career Development

A critical role of a manager is to support employee growth and development within the work setting. These courses provide an overview of the manager role in the stages of employee career development.

Overview: Managers Supporting Employee Career Development

Creating Time and Space for Employee Career Development


Past Events & Training

February Forum 

February 11  – 26, 2020

Get updates on the TTC Project and how it will impact you:

  • Learn about the updated project timeline
  • Find out about progression and promotion
  • Get information about official title notification letters and appeals

February 2020 Forum Presentation Slides (PDF)

February Forum Video (YouTube)

Employee Benefits and Resource Fair

October 8, 2019

Discussion and in-person sessions offered employees a description the next steps in the TTC project.

July Forums

July 9–11, 2019

New information will be shared, so even if you have attended a previous forum, you are encouraged to join us for this event or watch the recording.

Find out how the project will impact you in the future.

July Forum Presentation Slides (PDF)

July Forum Video (YouTube)

00:00 – Welcome & Project Overview (Chief Human Resource Officer Mark Walters & TTC Consultant Shana Ullsvik)
04:23 – Important Project Clarifications & Timeline (TTC Consultant Shana Ullsvik)
08:00 – Standard Job Descriptions (TTC Manager Brian Steen)
14:48 – Position Descriptions (Compensation and Titling Director Meghan Owens)
21:09 – How Compensation is Determined (Compensation and Titling Director Meghan Owens)
23:12 – Benefits Update (Director of Employee Services Diane Blaskowski)
33:41 – Learning Opportunities & Outreach (TTC Learning Specialist/Instructional Designer Tina Ngo)
39:13 – Wrap Up/Review (TTC Learning Specialist/Instructional Designer Tina Ngo)
43:20 – Questions and Answers Q&A

November 2019 Forums

  • Learn about manager and employee engagement
  • Find out about the UW Title and Standard Job Description (SJD) Library and new standard job descriptions

November Forum Presentation Video (YouTube)

November Forum Presentation Slides

23:17 – Title and Standard Job Description Library
28:30 – Business Titles
32:00– Employee Conversations

44:55 – Appeals Process  
49:15 – Promotion and Progression 

54:30 – Benefits Enhancements

59:20 – Training and Other Resources 


Please NOTE: Details around the project timeline have been updated since the November Forums. More information can be found on the TTC Project website here:

September Trades Forums

September 26 and 30, 2019

New information about the TTC Project will be shared, including: 

  • Learn about progress to date and next steps
  • Find out how the project will impact you
  • A pay and benefits discussion
  • Bring your questions

The forums are open to all UW–Madison trades employees. No registration is required. Please schedule time with your supervisor to attend.

Trades Forum Presentation Slides (PDF)

April Forums

April 16, 2019 – April 23, 2019

Learn how the TTC Project benefits your UW career, how it helps the university be a more attractive employer, and project next steps.

Much of the content may be review if you’ve attended a previous TTC forum.

April Forum Presentation Slides (PDF)

April Forum Video (YouTube)

00:00 – Welcome
01:05 – Why TTC & Why Now?
16:14 – Titles & Standard Job Descriptions
28:46 – Market Analysis
32:40 – Benefits
37:19 – Learning Opportunities & Outreach
40:01 – Progress & Recap
48:54 – Open Q&A

Employee Benefits and Resource Fair

October 9, 2018

Discussion and in-person sessions offered employees a description of the upcoming Benefits Preferences Survey and the next steps in the TTC project.

Job Description Orientations

April 23 – May 11, 2018

In-person and online sessions gave employees an introduction to the process for creating standard job descriptions.

TTC Fundamentals for HR Representatives

September 21 – October 30, 2018

In-person sessions giving HR reps the knowledge to answer questions, coach, and support employees.

Job Group & Sub-Group Listening Sessions

November 27 – 30, 2017

In-person and online listening sessions offered employees the opportunity to provide input on job groups and sub-groups.

Job Group Forums

September 13 – October 10, 2017

In-person and online sessions for employees to learn about the Title and Total Compensation Project and provide suggestions on job groupings definitions.

Stakeholder Interviews

March 21 – April 13, 2017

In-person sessions for stakeholders to share perspectives on the current approach to titling and total compensation and the desired future state of the program.