34th Faculty Senate

Vol. 34, No. 2

September 9, 1999

I. Roll Call.

Present: Bange, Barmore, Betton, Duquette, Grant, Heim, Hench, S. Kelly, Kraemer, R. LeDocq, Majak, Monte, L. Nelson, Nyatepe-Coo, Prucha, D. Riley, R. Sullivan, P. Taylor, VanVoorhis, Vogt, Voiku, Wingate.

II. Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the May 6, 1999, meetings of the Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Senates were approved as distributed.

III. Reports.

A. Chancellor’s Report.  The Chancellor was at the Board of Regents meeting.

B. Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report.  The Provost was at the Board of Regents meeting.

C. Chair/Faculty Representative's Report.  Chair Bange first introduced the new senators and
briefly discussed some items of interest in the agendas for upcoming Senate meetings. He then reported on the Faculty Representatives meeting that he attended on September 2nd. Among the items discussed at the meeting were budgetary matters, including the 5.2% raise and the retirement multiplier, and Plan 2008. The Chair informed the Senate that from the discussions at the meeting, it seems that the 5.2% faculty raise, though not yet definite, seems to be relatively secure. Also, there has been some discussion about the possibility of increasing the retirement multiplier to 1.75 for years of service up to 1999. It would then revert back to the current multiplier of 1.6. In this way there would be some cost certainty for the retirement fund. In the discussion of Plan 2008, it was mentioned that one of the main criticisms of the plan has been that there is no funding with which to carry out the initiatives. The UW-System is confident that they will be able to raise significant funding for some of the Plan 2008 initiatives, pre-collegiate programs specifically, from the private sector.

IV. Approval of Committee Appointments.

Senate Executive Committee (SEC) recommendations for Faculty Senate appointees to the following committees were put before the Senate:

Joint Promotion Committee (4 new members appointed for 3-yr terms and a 1-yr replacement for Judith Green who has retired)

Three-year terms
James Finch
Charles Lee
Mark Sandheinrich
Greg Wegner
Two-year continuing terms
 Michael Haupert
 George Huppert
 Pam Rodgers
 William Zollweg
One-year continuing terms
 Tony Barkauskas (replaces Judith Green)
 Eric R. Kraemer
 Akorlie Nyatepe-Coo
 Gubbi Sudhakaran
 

Academic Priorities Committee (3 new members appointed for 3-yr terms; must be tenured, associate rank or higher, no administrative responsibilities, and 4 yrs experience at UWL.  Committee must have at least 3 faculty from CLS and 2 each from the other colleges)

 Three-year terms
 Pat DiRocco
 S. N. Rajagopal
 Curtis Reithel
 Two-year continuing terms
 Eric R. Kraemer
 Tom Krueger
 Pat Wilder
 One-year continuing terms
 Isolina Battistozzi
 Leslie Oganowski
 Niranjan Pati
 

Consultative Layoff Committee (3 new members for 3-yr terms and 1 member for a 1-yr term to fill a vacant position.  Committee must include representation from all ranks as well as a minimum of 3 faculty members from CLS, 2 from SAH, and at lest 1 from each of the other academic units.)

 Three-year terms
 Dan Duquette
 Sandra Krajewski
 Rebecca LeDocq
 Two-year continuing terms
 Barry Clark
 Dennis Fater
 Ed Wood
 One-year continuing terms
 Robert Carney (1-yr replacement for vacant position)
 Andy Matchett
 Sara Sullivan
 

Committee on Faculty Committees (5 senators for 1-yr terms)
Dan Duquette
Roger Grant
Eric Kraemer
Chris Prucha
Kim Vogt
 

Senate Elections Committee (3 senators for 1-yr terms)
Joe Heim
Susan Kelly
Akorlie Nyatepe-Coo

Faculty Ombudspersons (3 appointees for 1-yr terms)
David Bange
Susannah Lloyd
Laura Nelson

Parking Appeals Board (1 member and 1 alternate for 1-yr terms)
Michael Abler - member
Thomas Claflin - alternate

M/S/P (by voice vote) to approve the nominations.
 

V. Proposed Guidelines for Recruitment and Hiring of Faculty.  Dr. Linda Host, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Recruitment and Hiring, joined the Senate for discussion of the proposed Guidelines for Recruitment and Hiring of Faculty.  She gave a brief presentation in which she gave an overview of the committee’s approach and what they see as significant changes from the old process. The committee researched state law and System policies to determine exactly what rights the faculty have in determining search and screen policies.  She informed the Senate that according to the law and System policy, the faculty are full partners with the administration in the recruitment and hiring process, although the Chancellor is the final appointing authority for faculty. Neither the faculty nor the administration can act unilaterally. She continued by pointing out some of the significant changes from the old policy. The new guidelines clarify the question of who is involved, when, and in what role during a search. The transfer and exchange of information between the Department search and screen committee, the Dean and the Affirmative Action Officer is done in a timely fashion.  The guidelines call for more dialog to facilitate communication and resolve problems throughout the process.

The Senate proceeded with questions and discussion of the proposed guidelines. Senator Nelson commended the committee for taking only six months to create the proposal. The rest of the Senate agreed.  Various questions/concerns were voiced by Senators including whether there would be a formal process for reviewing Department search and screen policies to determine whether they are consistent with these guidelines, why the Office of Advancement and External Relations is still involved in the advertising stage, a concern that there is no statement in the document specifically stating that Departments may rank their candidates (although nothing in the guidelines prohibits this), and concern over the possibly premature notification of candidates who are no longer being considered.

M/S      the Faculty Senate recommends adoption of this process to the Chancellor.

Discussion continued. There were several motions to amend the document.

M/S/P  (19-2-1 by show of hands)  Change Step 4), Part A to read "The Department determines which candidate(s) to recommend for hiring and the Department chair forwards the name(s) to the college Dean. If more than one candidate is recommended, the Department may rank its candidates. The Dean….."

M/S/P (by voice vote) to strike the introductory phrase, "If applicants decline the invitation to interview for the position, "  in Step 3), Part E.

M/S/P (by voice vote) Change Step 3), Part D to read "The Department shall then proceed to identify  a pool of candidates they wish to interview  and shall forward…."

M/S/P (by voice vote) Insert "or position" at the end of the first sentence in Step 2), Part C.

A vote was then taken on the main motion as amended.

M/S/P (by voice vote)  the Faculty Senate recommends adoption of this process, as amended, to the Chancellor.
 

VI. Audit-and-review Reports.

Glenn Knowles, chair of the Academic Program Review Committee, joined the Senate for questions on the audit and review reports.  A request to consider the various audit and review reports individually was granted by Chair Bange. There was little discussion on any of the audit and review reports.

A. Accountancy

M/S     to approve the audit and review report for the Department of Accountancy.

M/S/P (by voice vote) to table the report.

B. Finance

M/S/P (by voice vote) to approve the audit and review report for the Department of Finance.

C. General Honors Program

M/S    to approve the audit and review report for the General Honors Program.

M/S/P (by voice vote) to postpone consideration of this report until the September 30th meeting of the Senate.

D. Geography and Earth Science

M/S/P (by voice vote) to approve the audit and review report for the Department of Geography and Earth Science.

E. Management

M/S/P (by voice vote) to approve the audit and review report for the Department of Management.

F. Masters of Business Administration

M/S   to approve the audit and review report for the Master of Business Administration Program.

M/S/P (by voice vote) to postpone consideration of this report until the September 30th meeting of the Senate.

G. Nuclear Medicine Technology

M/S/P (by voice vote) to approve the audit and review report for Nuclear Medicine Technology

H. Political Science and Public Administration

Pam Rodgers, Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, pointed out some primarily typographical errors in the report.

M/S/P (by voice vote) to approve the audit and review report for the Department of Political Science and Public Administration as corrected.

I. Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

M/S/P (by voice vote) to approve the audit and review report for the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation.

J. Women’s Studies

M/S/P (by voice vote) to approve the audit and review report for the Women's Studies Department.

VII. Report and Recommendations on Academic Minors.

Senate review of this report was postponed until the September 30th meeting of the Faculty Senate.

VIII. Old Business.

There was no old business.

IX. New Business.

There was no new business.

X. Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:15 p.m.
 

Rebecca Lewin LeDocq, Secretary