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IT Community Advocates

Charge

Propose and enact proposals to foster an inclusive, engaged, and productive IT community. This will be done through:

  • Being a voice for the GVSU IT community to raise concerns they are having to the VP of Information Technology and CDO as well as others on the IT Senior Leadership Team. 
  • Be a sounding board for  VP of Information Technology and CDO as well as others on the IT Senior Leadership Team.
  • Fostering engagement in the GVSU IT community through initiatives and events. 
  • Continuously seeking to improve the committee to be more inclusive, transparent and effective at communicating the concerns of IT employees to IT leadership.

Membership

Based on representation from the following IT areas: eLearning, IT services, Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise Applications, IT operations.  One additional member will participate and alternate membership from the following IT roles: Chief Information Security Officer, Data and Analytics, and Senior Director of IT Innovation and Research. 

  • As departments grow, increase membership
  • Membership numbers should be revisited every two years. 
  • Members can be self nominated or nominated by another member from their department. 
  • If a department doesn’t have someone nominated, the director of that department will seek a representative from their team.
  • Committee will have at least one member from the downtown campus. Expand geographic representation as needed.

Current Members

Karen Burchard, IT Services

Heather Hardy, IT Operations

Justin Melick, eLearning Technologies

David Van Sweden, Enterprise Architecture

 

Term Length

  • 2-year terms starting January 1st.
  • New members recruited by IT leadership in conjunction with IT Community Advocates by October 1st of previous year.
  • New members meet with the existing committee between November-December with a minimum of two meeting times to facilitate a smooth transition.

IT Community Advocates Anonymous Concern Submission Form

If you have a concern that you would like the IT Community Advocate Team to anonymously bring up with the IT leadership team please fill out this form.


IT Community Advocate Team Communications

Spring and Fall all IT events

  • Announce IT updates in person
  • IT mingle, snacks, games, etc...

Biannual updates via email

  • January and July 
  • Inform IT about work the committee has been doing over the past 6 months

Special Initiatives 

  • to be determined by the committee at that time based on feedback from colleagues.

IT Service Awards - Employee Recognition

Annual awards that will acknowledge outstanding service and provide a time to celebrate these individuals within the Information Technology Division. The awards program, under the leadership of Information Technology Community Advocates (ITCA), brings peer endorsement and recognition to professional accomplishments.

  • Service Excellence – is to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond professional responsibilities in contributing his/her expertise and service to the GVSU community, a professional organization or the local/national/international community.
  • Innovation – is to recognize individuals who have innovative ideas and practices that benefit Information Technology and the University.  This could include methods to improve cost-efficiency, changes in procedures, creating new programs or services, or leading new initiatives.
  • Leadership – is to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions that have influenced positive change at GVSU. This could include members who have shown adaptability, mentorship, exceptional teamwork, motivation, and lasting other contributions. 

Nomination Requirements: Anyone may submit a nomination (a form will be on this page in the coming months) for an employee on the nomination form on the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology web page. Nominations are due by June 30 each year.  The nominations will be provided to ITCA to review and they will select the award recipients.  ITCA will create a rubric to evaluate submissions to decide the winners.

Recognition: Award recipients are recognized each year at fall startup.  Each recipient will receive an individual award for each category and their name will be added to the annual perpetual plaque for each category.  Highlights of their accomplishments will also be added to the employee recognition page on the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology web page.

2021 Award Recipients