34th Faculty Senate

Vol. 34, No. 14

April 13, 2000


I. Roll Call.

Present: Bange, Barmore, Duquette, Grant, Heim, Hench, S. Kelly, Kraemer, Majak, Monte, L. Nelson, Nyatepe-Coo, D. Riley, P.Taylor, Voiku, Wingate.

Excused: LeDocq, Prucha, D. Sullivan, VanVoorhis, Vogt.

II.  Minutes.

The minutes of the March 23, 2000, meeting were unanimously approved by voice vote.

III.  Reports.

A.  There was no Chancellor's Report.

B.  There was no Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report.

C.  Chair and Faculty Representative's Report: Chair Bange called senators' attention to copies of a memo from Chancellor Kuipers in which she approved various faculty emeriti benefits and privileges recommended by the Faculty Senate, but with some modifications for which she had provided reasons.  He also explained that UW System would be conducting a survey of faculty in the near future; he provided senators with copies of this survey and asked them to share their copies with colleagues as well as urge colleagues who receive these surveys from UW System to respond to them.  Finally, he announced that, due to requests from a number of  faculty, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee's approval of SAH 105 will be reviewed by the Faculty Senate.

IV.  General Education Committee's Report and Recommendations to the Faculty Senate.

This report had been presented to the Senate by Dr. Mary Hampton, current chair of the General Education Committee, at its previous meeting.  At that  time it was moved and seconded to appoint a director for the General Education Program at a minimum of 50% release time.  At the conclusion of its previous meeting, the Senate had voted to table this motion.

M/S/P (15-0-1 by voice vote) to remove the motion from the table.

Dr. Mary Hampton again joined the Senate and briefly presented some information in response to the previous meeting's discussion.   She stressed that the charge to her committee was to review information already collected by previous committees, not to gather new information.  Investigation of other institutions in the UW System found "the same chaos we have here" and many different arrangements being used to run comparable programs.  She stated that institutions with strong programs generally have some type of leadership in place.   A lengthy discussion followed in which many questions were raised and various concerns expressed.   Important questions included the following.

How would course content and procedures related to General Education be affected by appointment of a director?   While no clear answer to this question was provided, Dr. Hampton stressed that assessment of student learning in the program is an ongoing need, and Dr. Betsy Morgan, member of the committee, stated that the director would act much like a department chair in organizing and coordinating necessary activities.

To whom would the director be responsible and to whom would the director report?  At first, discussion seemed to be conflating these two issues.  It was stressed that curriculum is a faculty responsibility and so the director would need to be responsible to the faculty through faculty governance.   It was also suggested that the most appropriate person to whom the director could report would be the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

What power would the director have?   Discussion expressed a concern that, without power, the director would have no means for grappling with problems in the program and effecting needed changes.  Some senators were also concerned that individual faculty might not approve of the ways in which a director might use power.

How will the director be appointed?   What duties and responsibilities would the director have?   There was consensus that a job description is needed stating explicit duties and responsibilities as well as measurable criteria for evaluating the director's performance.   Chair Bange indicated that the new Executive Committee of the next Faculty Senate could spend time during the summer working on a proposal that would include the appointment process and the job description.  It was suggested that the selection committee should consist of members from the current General Education Committee and some or all of the academic deans.

Near the end of the discussion, Senator Riley made a statement in which he reported that he had polled a number of his colleagues and found that they were not in favor of appointing a director.  He noted that not all people perceive the same problems with the program.   He considers appointment of a director to be "a desperation move" and fears that even someone who tries hard in the position will not be able to change anything.  He agreed that a job description is needed with criteria for success and progress.   Chair Bange reiterated that this could be drafted during the summer by the new Faculty Senate's Executive Committee.  Senator Hench suggested that there should be on going involvement by the Faculty Senate in setting up the position and monitoring progress.  At this point the question was called and there was no further discussion.

M/S/P (11-4-1 by roll call vote) to appoint a Director of the General Education Program with a minimum of 50% release time for the position.
 

YES:  Barmore, Duquette, Grant, Hench, Kelly, Kraemer, Majak, Monte, Nelson, Nyatepe-Coo, and Wingate.
NO:   Heim, Riley, Taylor, and Voiku.
ABSTAIN: Chair Bange.
V. Recommendation from the Graduate Council to increase the maximum number of graduate credit hours that can be earned in summer semester from 8 to 9.

Dr. Garth Tymeson, Director of University Graduate Studies, joined the Senate to explain the Graduate Council's reasons for this recommendation.  The institution of the three and four week sessions during Summer Semester make it more possible for graduate students to enroll in three courses worth 3 credit hours each.  Graduate students in the Physical Therapy program are already approved to take 12 credit hours during the summer.  Graduate students in other programs often earn more than 8 credit hours.  Last year 23 non-PT graduate students earned more than 8 credit hours, and 12 of them had 9 credit hour work loads.   He stated that many graduate students need to make significant progress during the summer and want the option to take 9 credit hours without special permission; he also stressed the maturity of graduate students.   Senator Barmore asked if this would include credits earned in May Term, and Dr. Tymeson said that it would not.  Senator Kelley expressed a concern that allowing students to earn so many credit hours in a short period of time is not compatible with a quality program.  Dr. Tymeson pointed out that the decision to allow three and four week course formats was the faculty's and asserted that graduate students should be able to handle this work load.   Various
senators asked for information about current limits on credit hour workloads for both undergraduate students.

M/S/P (9-2-5 by show of hands) to revise p. 26 of the 1999-2000 Graduate Catalog to read as follows:  "Maximum allowable loads are 15 credits per semester and 9 credits during the regular 8 week summer session (excluding May term).  No more than 6 credit hours are allowed in a 4-week summer session."

VI.  Recommendations from the Academic Priorities Committee concerning approval of new academic programs.

A.  M/S/P (14-0-1 by show of hands) to approve entitlement to plan a new major in Biochemistry.   During discussion Senator Duquette raised questions expressing his concern about available resources.  Dr. Todd Weaver of the Chemistry Department responded that at present no new faculty are needed until the program grows beyond its current capacity of roughly 100 students and stated that there would be no increased S& E costs to either the Chemistry Department or the Biology Department.

B.  M/S/P (13-1-1 by show of hands) to approve creation of a new minor in Applied Geography.   Senator Duquette again raised questions about available resources over the long term.  Senator Wingate of the Geography and Earth Science Department informed the Senate that there is much demand on the job market for graduates with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) training.  He also noted that this minor is not intended for Geography majors but for majors in other disciplines.  There was brief discussion about the computer skills needed by students electing this minor.

C.  M/S/P (14-0-2 by show of hands) to approve creation of a new minor in Ethnic and Racial Studies.   There was very brief discussion of the history of development of this minor and its relationship to Plan 2008.

VI. Second reading of recommendation from Articles and Bylaws Committee concerning changes in Faculty Bylaws for the Graduate Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Council.

Chair Bange pointed out that the first reading of the bylaw change occurred one year ago.  At that time, changes were proposed that concerned only the distribution of seats on these bodies.  Since that time, the Graduate Council has suggested alternative changes.  Those changes were now under consideration in the recommendation before the Senate.  Dr. Helen Skala, current chair of the Articles and Bylaws Committee, joined the Senate for discussion of the recommendation.  She informed the Senate that the motivation for the changes is difficulty in filling seats on these two bodies.  Dr. Garth Tymeson, Director of University Graduate Programs, spoke in favor of the motion.  After brief discussion, the Senate acted on the motion on the floor.

M/S/P (11-1-3 by show of hands) to approve the following changes to the Faculty Bylaws:
 

 K.  The Graduate Council (The Graduate Policies Committee)
 Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:
   (unchanged)

Membership of the committee shall include eight graduate faculty chosen so that the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Science and Allied Health, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education are each represented by at least one faculty member.  At least one representative from each college shall be either a graduate program director (having no additional administrative responsibilities) or a member of a department participating in a graduate program.  In addition, the director of university graduate studies, the chair of the graduate curriculum committee, and two graduate student shall serve as members.  The academic deans or their designated appointees, and the registrar shall serve as administrative consultants to the committee.  The committee shall elect its chairperson.  The director of university graduate studies shall serve as convener.

L.  The Graduate Curriculum Committee
Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:
  (unchanged)

Membership of the committee shall consist of twelve members of the graduate faculty and four graduate students.  The faculty membership shall include at least two representatives from each of the following academic units:  the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Science and Allied Health, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education.  Each of these units shall be represented by one student member.  The provost/vice chancellor, registrar, director of university graduate studies, director of the library and academic deans shall serve as administrative consultants to the committee.  The committee shall elect its chair.

VII. First reading of recommendations from the Promotion, Tenure, and Salary Committee on Remuneration and Release Time for Department Chairs.

Dr. Barry Clark, current chair of the Promotion, Tenure, and Salary Committee, reviewed the following three recommendations.

1. SALARY ADJUSTMENT FOR CHAIRPERSONS

Current Policy: There will be no bonus or special consideration attached to a department chairpersonship during the academic year.

Recommended Policy: Department chairs shall receive additional compensation of $1800 during the academic year. They may elect to receive this money as a temporary increment to their salary, as a tax-free professional development account, or as a combination of the two.

Rationale:  Additional compensation during the academic year makes the compensation of department chairs more closely commensurate with their responsibilities. The level of compensation is independent of department size because many of the chair’s responsibilities are uniform across departments.

2. REDUCTION OF LOAD

Current Policy: 
1. Department chairpersons are to be assigned a reduced load depending on department size:
a. A reduction of one-quarter time for a chairperson of a department with fewer than 10 full-time faculty positions.
b. A reduction of one-half time for a chairperson of a department with 10 or more full-time positions.
2. In those cases where a department has 20 or more full-time faculty positions or where the volume of departmental business justifies it, a chairperson may be assigned a load reduction greater than specified above.

Recommended Policy:

1. Department chairpersons are to be assigned a reduced load depending on department size:

a. A reduction of one-quarter time for a chairperson of a department with fewer than 8 full-time faculty positions.
b. A reduction of one-half time for a chairperson of a department with 8 to 15 full-time faculty positions.
c. In departments with 16 or more full-time faculty positions, a chairperson may be assigned a load reduction greater than specified above.
2. Exceptions to the preceding guidelines are permitted when justified by the volume of departmental business or by other university responsibilities held by the chair. However, all such exceptions shall be arranged in consultation with the appropriate dean.

Rationale:   Lowering the department size thresholds for release time makes the amount of release time more closely commensurate with the responsibilities of department chairs.
 

3. SUMMER APPOINTMENTS

Current Policy:
No written policy; left to the discretion of deans. Typical pattern is 0.2 to 0.3 FTE for smaller departments and 0.5 to 0.75 FTE for larger departments.

Recommended Policy:

1. In addition to any teaching responsibilities, department chairpersons are to be granted summer appointments depending on department size:

a. A summer appointment of 0.4 FTE for a chairperson of a department with fewer than eight full-time faculty positions.
b. A summer appointment of 0.5 FTE for a chairperson of a department with 8 to 15 full-time faculty positions.
c. A summer appointment of 0.6 FTE for a chairperson of a department with 16 or more full-time faculty positions.
2. Exceptions from the preceding guidelines are permitted when justified by the volume of departmental business or by other university responsibilities held by the chair.  However, all such exceptions shall be arranged in consultation with the appropriate dean.

Rationale:  Increasing the size of summer appointments makes summer compensation more closely commensurate with summer responsibilities of department chairs.

Extensive discussion followed.

M/S  to amend Recommendation 1. Salary Adjustment for Chairpersons to read as follows.

Recommended Policy:  Department chairs shall receive additional compensation of $3000 during the academic year.  They may elect to receive this money as a temporary increment to their salary, as a tax free professional development account budget transfer to a university professional development account, or as a combination of the two or to hire a part time instructor to provide additional release for the chair.

After substantial discussion of the amendment, further alteration of the recommendation was proposed as an amendment to the amendment.

M/S/P (8-3-4 by show of hands) to amend the amendment by striking "as a temporary increment to their salary."

Discussion returned to the original amendment, now altered.  After some discussion of parliamentary procedure, Chair Bange clarified that voting down the altered amendment would return the motion on the floor to the original language proposed by the PTS Committee.  The question was then called.

M/S/F (3-8-4 by show of hands) to amend the first recommendation to read as follows.

Recommended Policy:  Department chairs shall receive additional compensation of $3000 during the academic year.  They may elect to receive this money as a temporary increment to their salary, as a tax free professional development account budget transfer to a university professional development account, or as a combination of the two or to hire a part time
instructor to provide additional release for the chair.

M/S/F (by voice vote) to amend Recommendation 2. Reduction of Load (1.a. and b.) to read as follows:  "Department chairpersons are to be assigned a reduced load following a simple linear in relation with department size."

At this point in the meeting, the body lost its quorum.  Chair Bange conducted two quick straw polls, which indicated that most senators still present opposed compensation of department chairs but supported increasing release time.
 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura L. Nelson, Acting Secretary