Faculty Senate


May 4, 2006                                                                                                                                                                                                325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 40, No. 17                                                                                                                                                                                           3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

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

      Excused: Johnston-Rodriguez


II.  Minutes

Minutes from the April 20, 2006 and April 27, 2006 meetings were approved as distributed.


III. Reports.

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


General Education – The general education committee has withdrawn the structure proposal for the time being.  One of the primary reasons for the withdrawal was the NCA exit interview.  While the NCA team indicated they have significant concerns about general education, they did not specify exactly what the concerns were.  Therefore, it seemed prudent to wait for the final report to assure that the concerns are addressed.  Additionally the committee would like your feedback about components of the proposal.  Specifically they are interested in what components you support, do not support, or about which you have not decided.  Most importantly, they are interested in your questions and concerns about those components you do not support or are undecided, as well as your comments about those components you do support.  They have developed a short, online survey that senators need to complete by Friday, May 12.  The committee plans to have a subcommittee address the identified issues this summer and bring a motion or motions to senate early next fall.  Wilson met with the committee last Monday, and as she reminded them, she reminded senators that we as faculty are fully responsible for the curriculum.  We will need to heed the NCA recommendations and work diligently to address their concerns.  Wilson stated that she hopes that we will work to assure we have a program that best serves our students. 


IAS – The IAS committee unanimously approved the following motion: 


The IAS Committee believed that it had developed a workable draft of a universal workload policy for Instructional Academic Staff.  It is obvious after meetings with the college deans and the Provost that this workload policy cannot be implemented in the spirit with which it was written and that a significant number of IAS will be disadvantaged by the workload policy in its current form.  The IAS committee attempted to negotiate with the Provost to arrive at a universal workload policy, but cannot endorse it in its current form.  Therefore, the IAS committee would like to withdraw the workload policy draft at this time and continue to study this issue next year.  


Additionally, the committee would like the chancellor to approve the career progression and titling policies for immediate implementation.  These policies have been approved by the senate earlier this year.  The provost has been clear that the policies about titling and career progression will not be approved without a policy on workload. 


Given the timing, the senate executive committee approved the motion brought forward by the IAS committee about the workload policy as well as a motion to ask the chancellor for immediate implementation of the titling and career progression policies.  Wilson has sent letters from the SEC to the chancellor and provost about these motions. 


Dean of SAH Wilson asked the Provost about the progress on the search on Wednesday.  The Provost told her that she has not taken action yet, but that when she does she will notify the applicants first, then the committee and then the rest of the campus.   


B.  Faculty Representative’s Report – A faculty representative’s meeting was held last Friday at UW Madison where the following were discussed.  A counter proposal to UWS 7 has been made via UW-Madison that other campuses have endorsed.  The tax payer protection amendment and definition of marriage amendment will be issues in the legislator soon.


C.  Student Association Representative’s Report – Ryan Vanloo, student association representative, introduced senators to student Jacob Rome who will serve as the student association representative for next year.  Ryan also updated senate on issues that student senate has discussed recently. 


IV.  Approval of List of Graduates


M/S/P to approve the May/August 2006 list of graduates contingent upon the successful completion of requirements for their respective degrees. 


V.  Report from the Committee on Faculty Committees.  Dick Sullivan, chair of the committee on committees, summarized the work done by that committee this year.  He distributed a faculty senate committee assignments list. 


M/S/P to approve the distributed list of committee members.



VI.  Proposed Changes to the Articles and By-laws.

This was a second reading of proposed changes to the Articles and By-laws.


M/S/P to approve the bylaws pending approval of the articles by the full faculty. 



VII.  Academic Program Review – Physics. – Gary Konas, chair of the APR subcommittee, reviewed the APR recommendations for the Physics program.  He also highlighted that the program is 7th in the nation in regards to number of physics majors and the largest in the system.  He also highlighted the concern regarding securing funds to upgrade the planetarium, which is used for classroom and also community service. 


M/S/P to accept the academic program review of the Physics Program.



VIII.  General Education.  Emily Johnson discussed that the survey will be given to senators of both the 40th and 41st faculty senate.  Johnson stated that the feedback will be used by a group over the summer to incorporate changes, provide justification etc… and a report will be given to faculty senate no later than October 1st.  Senators expressed concern that this issue does not need to be rushed.  They stated that faculty support is needed to have a new structure passed.  Johnson thanked the summer 2005 design team for their work.  She stated that we need come to a consensus on needs of students and to have a program that can be assessed.  Communication has happened with the proposal and some broad agreement on some basic things of the proposal has occurred. 



IV.  Adjournment.

      The meeting adjourned at 5:17 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary