Message from Associate Dean for HR Hope Broadus

Additional guidance and information was issued on May 21, 2020 and is available here

Dear colleagues,

At 12:22 pm today, Chancellor Rebecca Blank released an announcement about the financial impact of the pandemic and actions that will occur at UW–Madison, including furloughs.

This is difficult news by any measure. Here at the School of Medicine and Public Health, we are in this together and we will navigate our path through this latest financial challenge by relying on the same teamwork that drives all of our efforts, every day.

Today and tomorrow, our administrative units – including the SMPH HR team – are learning about these measures and how they will be implemented. As you have questions, please consult the campus COVID-19 website first. That website will be your best source of general, up-to-the-minute information for university employees. For questions that are specific to your role, appointment, or unit in SMPH, please contact We will seek out information and respond as quickly as we can. Within the next 24 to 48 hours, we will also be releasing an FAQ with details that are specific to SMPH.

I will host two WebEx sessions on Wednesday, May 6 to provide an overview of the campus-wide furloughs and related topics. Details will be provided in an upcoming SMPH COVID-19 Update e-mail, but if you would like to mark your calendars now, the first session will be in the morning of May 6 (likely from 8:15-9:00 am), and the second one in the afternoon likely (likely from 2:15 pm-3:00 pm). Additional webinars will be hosted by the SMPH HR team in the near future on specific topics such as management and supervision, wellness techniques during times of financial stress, resources for parents and guardians, questions about benefits, and more. If you have a topic to suggest, please contact

When the university shifted to a primarily telecommuting mode last month, SMPH colleagues rose to the challenge with resourceful, creative approaches that have been adopted widely. Your ideas are valuable now as well. As this process moves forward, please share ideas about how you and your team are approaching furlough preparedness by submitting your thoughts to

Thank you for your partnership as we navigate this new challenge together.




Hope Broadus, JD
Associate Dean for Human Resources
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison
pronouns: she/her/hers