Staff Council

Staff Council

The IU School of Education Staff Council strives to support and inspire staff by identifying shared initiatives and collaborating on committees related to professional development, community outreach, and more.


Get involved and have fun with Staff Council by joining one or more of our many committees. To volunteer or learn more, please email Caree Jent ( We are always looking for new ideas and energy!

Staff Council committees are open to all School of Education employees. You don’t have to be a council member—only an employee of the School of Education—to join!

Chair: Kim Dunning

  • Coordinates School of Education volunteers for local community events including:
    • Any Soldier
    • Blood Drives
    • Coat Drives
    • Food Drives
  • Advertises events within the School of Education
    • Example: Fliers, emails and atrium glass enclosure
  • Raises funds (if applicable)
    • Asks for monetary donations
  • Looking for walkers/runners to participate in local 5Ks as part of our team. Also looking into a partnership with a local nursing home.

Chair: Nancy Boatner

Operates a “Help Desk” in the School of Education Atrium or some other public area during the first 2 days of classes for both the Fall and Spring semesters to help new and returning students with questions and concerns about schedules, room numbers, faculty offices, bus information, etc.

Chair: Cyndi Alley

The holiday auction is an annual winter event at which donated items are auctioned off in order to raise money for local charities.

  • Plans and executes the holiday auction.
  • Delivers the funds to a chosen charity or charities.

Chair: Caree Jent

  • Conducts annual Staff Council membership elections
  • Makes recommendations to the Staff Council related to procedures for filling elected positions.

Chairs: Tyna Hunnicutt

The goal of the Partners in Education program is to establish a mentoring relationship between members of the SOE staff and students in the Bloomington area.

The Partners in Education committee plans and organizes monthly campus and community activities for the students from September through May.

Chair: Caree Jent

This committee plans the following:

  • Fall Social event
  • Spring Awards Luncheon
  • Spring Event (traditionally picnic)
  • Other social events for the SoE staff

Chair: Jodi Adkins

  • Publicizes and awards money for materials, conferences, and workshops that promote professional development of staff members. 
  • Coordinates other staff development activities.

Chair: Caree Jent

  • Welcomes new employees.
  • Acknowledges employee milestones.
  • Assists Social Events Committee in preparing awards for the spring event.

Chairs: Marlene Gardner and Christine Richards

The goals of the staff retreat are professional development, building relationships, teamwork and network with fellow employees.

  • Plans, organizes and manages the annual Staff Retreat

Chair: Andy Bosk

  • Maintains the Staff Council intranet site.
  • Works with other staff council committees to meet the technology needs of the activities of the Staff Council.

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