32nd Faculty Senate

Vol. 32, No. 11

February 12, 1998

I. Roll Call.

Present: Barmore, Claflin, Egle, Haupert, Host, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, Lazinger, MacDonald, L. Nelson, J. Parker, N. Pati, Prucha, Reithel, D. Riley, Roskos, Shanks, Snowberg, Socha, P. Taylor, Willey, Wingate.

Excused: Duquette, Grant.

II. Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the January 29, 1998, meeting were approved as distributed.

III. Chair�s Report.

A. The updated Adjunct & Clinical Faculty Appointments policy is on file in the Senate Office.

B. The Guidelines for the 1998-99 UW-La Crosse Unclassified Pay Plan have been received in the senate office. One-third of the pool will be distributed for merit/market awards to departments/units. The remaining two-thirds of the pool will be distributed for solid performance.

C. Dr. Joyce Shanks distributed copies of the January 1998, UW-LaCrosse NCATE Continuing Accreditation Report. She reminded Senators that the NCATE will be on campus March 14-18, and is scheduled to meet with governance groups on March 17th at 2:00 p.m. in 325 Graff Main Hall. She urged everyone to attend and to read the 25 page report which contains important background information.

D. Provost/Vice Chancellor Lambert reported that, two UW-LaCrosse students have been accepted to the Council on Undergraduate Research; the first ever undergraduate research day will be held on campus 4/3/97; at the Board of Regents meeting the UW-LaCrosse proposed program in German Studies presented by Drs. Stroud and Magerus received an enthusiastic response, Dr. Scott Cooper demonstrated the Bioweb interactive tool, and Dr. Bill Cerbin previewed a video for the North Central Accreditation on assessment. Dr. Lambert confirmed that Governor Thompson will be present for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Health Science Center on March 4th, at 3:00 p.m. and encouraged Senators to attend. Lastly, Dr. Lambert assured Senators that contrary to the Racquet headlines, the Textbook Rental is not in crisis.

IV. Approve Nominees for the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Computing, Networking, and Information Technology Search Committee.

M/S/P to approve the following Senate Executive Committee nominees to serve on the search committee for the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Computing, Networking, and Information Technology: Karin Bast, John Castek, and Steve Senger. (voice vote with abstentions)

The Senate asked that Chair Haupert communicate with the Chancellor that if possible, she use one of her committee appointments to represent the broad spectrum of faculty interests in the area of computing and technology.

The agenda was reordered to consider item VI.

VI. Proposed Changes to UWL 3.06 Renewal of Appointments and Granting of Tenure.

M/S/P to remove from the table. (voice vote)

UWL 3.06 Renewal of appointments and granting of tenure

1) Renewal of appointments and granting of tenure require probationary faculty to be reviewed at three levels in the following order:

1) department
2) college dean
3) chancellor

The process advances as the department�s decision and the dean�s recommendations are forwarded, in writing, to the chancellor. The timing of the reviews is determined by the university�s Personnel Schedule Deadlines.

2) The probationary faculty member shall be notified in writing within seven days after each decision or recommendation at each reviewing level.

3) When a negative renewal/tenure decision or recommendation is made at any reviewing level, the provisions of UWS 3.07/UWL 3.07 on reconsideration and UWS 3.08/UWL 3.08 on appeal shall apply.

4) The initial review of probationary faculty shall be conducted by the tenured faculty of the appropriate department in a manner determined by the tenured members. If there are no tenured members in the department, the appropriate supervisor who is tenured shall make the determination. Department procedures for review, criteria for retention and tenure, and the weighting of criteria shall be documented and on file in the appropriate dean�s office. Any changes to department procedures, criteria, and their weighting during the six month period preceding the review shall not be applicable to the review.

5) The department chair shall give written notice of the department review to the probationary faculty member at least 20 days prior to the date of the review. The probationary faculty member may present written and oral support for renewal. The requirements of sub chapter IV of Chapter 19, Wisconsin Statutes concerning open meetings of governmental bodies shall apply.

6) An affirmative decision by the department or a successful appeal of a negative department decision is required for renewal and tenure.

7) The department shall forward the decision and the vote results to the appropriate dean (or other administrative officer). The dean shall submit to the chancellor a written recommendation either affirming or not affirming the department decision. The dean�s criteria for renewal and tenure shall be consistent with department criteria. Further, the dean shall take the magnitude of the faculty vote into account when making the recommendation.

8) Following a nonrenewal decision at the department level, and reconsideration and appeal that do not reverse the decision, the department�s decision and the vote results shall be forwarded to the appropriate dean (or other administrative officer). The dean shall submit to the chancellor a recommendation either affirming or not affirming the department decision. The dean�s criteria for renewal and tenure shall be consistent with department criteria. Further, the dean shall take the magnitude of the faculty vote into account when making the recommendation.

9) Following an affirmative decision at the department level, but a nonrenewal recommendation at the dean level and reconsideration and appeal that do not reverse the recommendation, the process advances to the chancellor.

10) If the department�s decision and the dean�s recommendations are both positive, the chancellor�s decision should be positive unless there are compelling reasons for a negative decision. A faculty member who is denied renewal/tenure at this stage may request the reasons in writing within 10 days. Written reasons shall be provided to the faculty member within 10 days of the receipt of the request. The reasons then become part of the official personnel file of the faculty member.

    M/S/P to amend paragraph 6 by striking the words "or a successful appeal of a negative department decision". (show of hands: 6-yes, 5-no, 1-abstain)

    M/S/P to further amend paragraph 6 by inserting the phrase "or a successful reconsideration by the department that reverses an earlier nonrenewal decision". (voice vote with abstentions)

    M/S/F to amend the last three sentences of paragraph 7 to read: The dean�s criteria for evaluating an individual�s performance when making a recommendation for renewal and tenure shall be consistent with department criteria. The dean may also consider the needs and mission of the department, college, and university when making the recommendation. Further, the dean� (voice vote with abstentions)

    M/S/F to amend paragraph 7 by inserting the following before the last sentence: A nonrenewal recommendation based on programmatic need, budget, tenure density, or enrollment must be supported by university and college mission statements and/or strategic planning priorities. (show of hands: 6-yes, 15-no, 0-abstain)

    The main motion to approve UWL 3.06 Renewal of Appointments and Granting of Tenure, as amended, PASSED. (roll call vote)

      Yes: Barmore, Claflin, Egle, Haupert, Host, Lazinger, MacDonald, Nelson, Pati, Prucha, Reithel, Riley, Roskos, Snowberg, Socha, Taylor, Wingate.

      No: Kraemer, Krajewski, Shanks, Willey.

V. Proposed Revisions to the Articles of Faculty Organization and the Faculty Senate By-laws.

The proposed changes to the Articles and By-laws reflect the recent academic reorganization.

    M/S/F to amend Article IV.B.1. Faculty Senate Membership, by allocating one At-Large position to the School of Education. (show of hands: 3-yes, 16-no, 2-abstain)

VII. Old Business.

Chair Haupert distributed the Academic Priorities Committee report regarding the College of Business Administration proposal for a B.S. in Management Information Systems.

    M/S/P to table. (show of hands: 14-yes, 6-no, 1-abstain)

VIII. New Business.

IX. Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Submitted by,

Laura Nelson