Faculty Senate

                                        

March 23, 2006                                                                                                                           325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 40,  No.12                                                                                                                           3:30 p.m.

                                       

I.       Roll Call.

      Present:  Clow, Cravins, Galbraith, Gongaware, S. Grunwald, Heim, K. Hoar, Hunt, Knox, S. Krajewski, B. Riley, D. Riley, Senger, Shanks, S. Smith, Straker, R. Sullivan, C. Wilson.

      Excused: Choy, Johnston-Rodriguez, S. Kelly

 

II.     Minutes.

      Minutes from March 9, 2006 meeting were approved as distributed.

 

III. Reports.

  1. Chair’s Report – Chair Wilson updated senate on the following items.

 

Searches

  • Director of School of Education – Committee recommendations have been distributed to the Dean of CLS.
  • Dean of SAH – Governance meetings are at 9:15 Friday, March 24th, Wednesday & Thursday the week of March 27th (all in senate chambers). 
  • Assistant to the Chancellor – Four candidates will interview on campus the week of March 27th.  These schedules will be announced in the Campus Connection on Monday.  Open forum meetings will be at 2:15 p.m. March 27-30 in Cartwright. 

 

Extra Senate Meeting Given the amount of business, SEC has scheduled an extra senate meeting on April 13.  Agendas will follow.   

 

Congratulations! The College of Liberal Studies will give Recognition of Excellence Awards to three faculty on April 5th, including senator Tim Gongaware, sociology and archaeology, the award for research/scholarship/creative endeavors.  The award ceremony will be held in Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts. A reception precedes the presentation at 6:15 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Lobby. Entertainment will be provided by the departments of music and theatre arts. The All Student Juried Art Show will be on exhibit in the University Gallery.

 

Electronic Voting Voting is proceeding nicely – Wilson reminded senators to encourage people to vote through Friday, March 31.  A few people have contacted the senate office because they were unable to vote.  The senate office has been able to fix all reported problems.

 

IV. Motions from Senate Executive Committee

 

Search & Screen Committee nominees:

A total of 66 people were nominated, 51 people accepted the nomination.  Wilson distributed a list of 18 faculty members for senate review.  President Reilly has requested that the nominations reflect the diversity of the campus with respect to academic disciplines, tenured and untenured faculty, gender, and ethnicity.  If approved, Wilson will submit the names of the 18 faculty members, with a brief background statement for each person to President Reilly for his consideration.  He will name the committee and committee chair April 10.  The sources of information he will use to make his selection are not known.  The SEC brings forward the motion to approve the distributed list of names for membership on the Chancellor Search & Screen Committee.

 

 

Name

Department

Donna Anderson

Economics

Jac Bulk

Sociology/Archaeology

Billy Clow

Theater Arts

Jon Davies

Educational Studies

Anne Galbraith

Biology

Mark Gibson

Exercise & Sports Science

Sandy Grunwald

Chemistry

Roger Haro

Biology

Bob Hoar

Mathematics

Deb Hoskins

Women, Sexuality, and Gender Studies

Tom Kernozek

Physical Therapy

Bruce Riley

Mathematics

Steve Senger

Computer Science

Joyce Shanks

Educational Studies

Gary Walth

Music

Joe Tiffany

Sociology/Archaeology

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

History

Carmen Wilson

Psychology

 

 

M/S/P to approve the list as distributed.

 

 

UWS 7:

In response to Regent Spector’s, chair of the Committee Regarding Faculty/Academic Staff Disciplinary Process, request, the SEC has drafted a response to UWS 7 Procedures for Dismissal of Faculty in Special Cases.  The response indicates that changes to UWS 4 Procedures for Dismissal could accomplish the same results.  In addition, problems with UWS 7 include vague language, as well as, a timeline and procedures that, at a minimum, challenge due process.  The SEC moves that the response be endorsed by senate and forwarded to Chancellor Hastad, Regent Spector, Senior Vice President Marret, Regent Crain, and Regent Smith. 

 

M/S/P to endorse this response and forward it to the stated people. 

 

 

Naming of the Senate Chambers:  Dr. Carl Wimberly presented a brief history of Dr. Robert Voight’s time at UWL.  In 1969 Dr. Voight joined the political science department.  He chaired the department and in 1973 was appointed Dean of Letters and Science.  He served for one year as interim Vice-Chancellor and in the mid 1980s he retired from UWL.  Dr. Voight was an outstanding teacher and was very active in shared governance.  He chaired faculty senate in 1970-1971. 

 

SEC moves to name 325 Graff Main Hall the “Robert Voight Faculty Senate Chambers.”  M/S/P to approve the motion. 

 

 

V.  International Education Committee – Tom Hench, chair of the IE Committee, presented a Step-by-Step Guidelines for Preparing “New” Study-Abroad Programs that was prepared by this committee.  It is a simplified set of steps, with rough timing guidelines, that faculty and academic staff can follow to prepare "study-abroad" proposals." It is hoped that this will be helpful for anyone wishing to prepare such a proposal. It is ready for distribution campus wide.

 

The International Education Committee Recommendation:  Members of the International Education Committee shall be appointed for three (3) year terms. Appointments shall be staggered so that no more than one-third of the committee turns over in any year.

 

Rationale for Recommendation: This change in committee appointments would better support efforts working toward the internationalization of UW-L. Because of the wide variety of international programs that the International Education Committee reviews, extensive experience in reviewing various programs and the approval process is required before committee members can assume proactive or leadership roles on the committee.

 

General comments regarding this recommendation were that this be appropriate not only for this committee but for several other faculty senate committee.  However, this can only happen if people are willing to serve for 3 years. 

 

Motion failed.

 

M/S that the senate chair give a charge to request that each committee review the stability of their membership. 

 

Comments focused on the idea that a committee could give senate information about their committees and how it could be improved.  Committees could provide comments on what they need for stability if they feel it is necessary.

 

Motion passed.

 

VI.  Instructional Academic Staff Committee Report – Kerrie Hoar, chair of the IAS committee, presented two sets of recommendations.  Senator Hoar first provided a brief history of the instructional academic staff committee and the history of the issues being presented. 

 

Titling Recommendation: 

    1. The IAS Committee recommends the adoption and use of both the Lecturer and the Clinical Professor title series.  The IAS Committee unanimously agreed on the title rank descriptions shown in Attachment A.   These title rank descriptions are based on the UWS title series outlined in UPG #1. 

 

M/S/P to approve Titling Recommendation a.

 

    1. The IAS Committee recommends that this new titling system be implemented immediately in order to be accurately reflected on the 2006-07 AY contracts for both new hires and current IAS.  Current IAS will meet with their department chair to determine which title series and rank best fits that individual.  When necessary, salary would be adjusted so that the IAS meets the minimum salary for the new title (see UPG 4.04 Attach. 3).  When the current salary exceeds the minimum salary for the new title, no adjustment in salary will be necessary.

 

M/S/P to approve Titling Recommendation b.

 

  1. Career Progression:
    1.  The IAS Committee unanimously agreed on and recommends the adoption of the General Policies and Criteria for career progression outlined in Attachment B. 

Note:  Attachment B is posted on the faculty senate webpage.

 

General comments focused on that it is essential to acknowledge IAS contributions.  Attachment B states the general criteria just to be eligible for career progression.  IAS would need to apply for this advancement similar to faculty going up for promotion.  The details for this advancement would be worked out in the near future.  Furthermore, no one would be eligible for at least a year for career progression if proper titling is made this year. 

 

M/S/P to approve Career Progression Recommendation a.

 

    1. The IAS Committee further recommends that all details for career progression be in place for career progression applications beginning in Fall 2007.  The current Committee would request that the members of the 2006-07 IAS Committee be charged with working on the details of IAS career progression (e.g., timeline, required forms, CP committee membership, etc.)

 

M/S/P to approve Career Progression Recommendation b.

 

The committee was acknowledged by members of the senate for their hard work. 

 

IAS workload policy discussion – The IAS committee has worked with the Provost’s office on this issue.  The IAS committee has agreed that any policy should not benefit one sector of IAS, while disadvantaging another.  There were many issues about the proposed workload policy that were brought up at the university-wide open forum.  One concern of the IAS committee is the salary of IAS paid per credit.  If the base is raised from 12 to 15 then this may disadvantage these IAS.  The Provost has stated though that no one will be making less money than currently.  Comments were made that focused on if the terminology credit hour or contact hour should be used to define the workload policy. 

 

Wilson encouraged faculty senators to think about how this affects their programs and provide feedback and suggestions to the IAS committee. 

 

VII.  CGAAF Student Academic Non-Grade Appeals Policy – Terry Beck, chair of the committee, presented proposed changes to the Student Academic Non-Grade Appeals Policy.  The committee has worked to revise the policy to clearly define an informal process that is to be used initially to resolve student grievances.  This informal process includes help from Office of Student Life, which would inform students of where they should go with a grievance, referring to any department policy in place regarding this issue.   The committee feels strongly that faculty, chairs and deans be made more aware of this policy and that it is posted on Eagle Eye. 

 

M/S/P to adopt this new non grade academic student appeals policy.

 

 

VI.      Adjournment.

      The meeting adjourned at 4:58 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary