Faculty Senate

                                        

November 29, 2007                                                                                                                               Robert C. Voight Senate Chambers

Vol. 42, No. 7                                                                                                                                       325 Graff Main Hall – 3:30 p.m.

           

                                       

I.   Roll Call.

Present:  M. Abler, R. Ahmed, S. Brokaw, L. Dickmeyer, J. Heim, K. Hoar, D. Hoskins, K. Hunt, S. Kelly, R. Knox, A. Loh, C. Miller, J. Miskowski, P. Miller,  S. Senger, S. Smith, G. Straker, R. Sullivan, B. Udermann, C. Wilson

Excused:  J. Anderson, V. Crank, S. Crutchfield and A. Olson,

 

II.   Approval of Minutes

The minutes of November 15, 2007 were approved.

 

III.   Reports.

           

A.   Chair’s Report

General Education Assessment & Director

The SEC has been discussing the General Education Assessment Task Force proposal and thinking about ways the proposal might be modified to address the concerns raised by senators.  The SEC has been talking with Interim Provost Colclough about the assessment coordinator position and working to separate that position topic from the rest of the proposal as much as possible.  The SEC has also briefly discussed the general education director position, with the following questions in mind:

  1. Do we need a general education director?
  2. What would such a person’s responsibilities be?
  3. To whom would that person report?
  4. How much time would be required to do the job?

The SEC will be meeting with Anne Galbraith, Bill Colclough, and Emily Johnson on December 13, 2007 to continue that discussion.

Student Referendum

The student association is conducting a referendum about the Growth, Quality, & Access proposal.  The voting opened yesterday and will continue through 8:00 p.m. tonight.

UW-L New Year’s Challenge

Some students have been promoting "The UWL New Year's Challenge,” stemming from "A Complaint Free World".  Essentially, the challenge is to refrain from complaining for 21 days.  Carmen suggested that we as senators think carefully about what we would like to have happen.  Sometimes, it seems, we are quick to criticize a proposal or a thought, but fail to follow up with ideas for change.  As a challenge, senators are encouraged to be proactive and solution focused. 

List of December Graduates

M/S/P to approve the list of December 2007 graduates contingent upon the successful completion of requirements for their respective degrees.

 

B.     Chancellor

The Chancellor was unable to make the meeting.

 

C.     Faculty Representative’s Report

November 15, 2007 was the last Faculty Representative’s meeting.  There was a discussion on shared governance and the need to orient members of the Board of Regents on these principles.  The committee developed guidelines for involving faculty in critical decisions taken by the UW Administration and/or the Board of Regents.  There is an effort to formalize shared governance procedures by establishing Faculty Representatives as a decision making body.

 

There may be a new sick leave policy that will involve colleague coverage changes.  There may also be a penalty if one is more than ten days late in reporting sick leave.

 

A pay plan has come out of JOKER (2% June 2007, 2% June 2008 and 1% April 2009).  This may be increased with tuition or returning to JOKER at a later date. 

 

Employees at UW-River Falls do not have the option of getting health care in the River Falls area.  They currently need to travel to Stout.

 

            D.   Student Association Representative’s Report

The Student Senate is working on a partnership with a German University.  More information will be forwarded to Faculty Senate soon.

 

IV.   Articles and By-Laws:  (second read)

The following By-Law changes were proposed based on charges from the Senate.

M/S/P  (as a group)  All changes below were approved.

 

            A.  General Education Committee

Charge:  Develop by-law language for the General Education Committee to elect its chair.

 

H. The General Education Committee

Membership of the committee shall consist of nine faculty, none of whom shall have any designated administrative responsibility, and one student appointed annually by the Student Association. Consecutive appointments may be allowed for up to five years.  The faculty membership shall include at least two representatives from each of the College of Liberal Studies and the College of Science and Health, and at least one representative from the College of Business Administration.  One alternate shall be provided for each appointed member, and so far as possible, representation of appointed members and alternates shall be rotated with respect to departments and schools.  In addition, the Director of the General Education Program shall be a member of the committee.  The provost/vice chancellor, the registrar, and the academic deans shall serve as administrative consultants to the committee. The committee shall elect its chair.

 

            B.  Research & Grants Committee

Charge:  Develop by-law language for the Research and Grants committee to “inform grant applicants of their award.  Applicants who do not receive money shall be given reasons for their denial.”

 

Q. The Research and Grants Committee  

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

1. Establishing written guidelines and screening and selection procedures for research proposals.

2. Establishing written procedures for evaluating and ranking research proposals.

3. Receiving and evaluating research proposals from members of the faculty.

4. Apportioning institutional funds for research and informing grant recipients of their awards.

5. Providing applicants who did not receive grant money reasons for denial.

6. Advising the coordinator of gifts and grants in the solicitation of grant monies.

7. Providing the UW-L Foundation with a list of committee faculty members from which it may select advisory members for its Grants and Review Committee.

Membership of the committee shall consist of the provost/vice chancellor (or his/her designated representative) and nine faculty members. Members of the faculty who submit research proposals during a given year shall not be members of the committee during that year. The coordinator of gifts and grants shall serve as an administrative consultant to the committee for grants advisory purposes. The committee shall elect its chair.

 

            C.  Joint Promotion

Charge:  Update the Joint Promotion Committee bylaws to accurately reflect how information about the promotion process is disseminated. This recommendation was prompted by the following considerations:

1.      UW-L no longer has an Employee Handbook and information about promotion in A Guide to Faculty Promotions and Portfolio Development at UW-La Crosse, which is located on the HR website.

2.      The JPC no longer publicizes its procedures in the Campus Connection, rather they are in the aforementioned guide on the HR website.

3.      The JPC should be obliged to publicize its informational meeting in the Campus Connection.

 

N.  The Joint Promotion Committee

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include reviewing promotion files subject to the following rules of operation:

1. The committee members shall use the general performance and achievement criteria that are described in “A Guide to Faculty Promotions and Portfolio Development at UW-La Crosse” (the most current version of which is posted on the HR website http://www.uwlax.edu/hr/promo-resources.htm).  Criteria include teaching, research, professional and public service, and contributions to the university. The committee shall provide guidelines for the submission of departmental criteria and other data supporting candidacy for promotion. Following the establishment of rules and procedures and prior to submission of candidate application, the Joint Promotion Committee shall hold a meeting for eligible candidates to describe the promotion process. The Joint Promotion Committee shall publicize this meeting in the Campus Connection.

 

V.  PTS: recommendations about remuneration for department chairs

 

PTS Recommendations for the Faculty Senate: 

At a meeting of the PTS Committee on October 11th, the Committee approved the following recommendations:

·        Retain the Deans’ flexibility in determining the percentage release time from teaching for department chairs.  This recommendation recognizes the fact that circumstances in various departments change over time including, among others, the challenges wrought by hiring new faculty and responsibilities in periodic accreditation processes. 

·        Propose an increase in the academic year remuneration from $200 to $300 per month thus raising the grand total from $1800 to $2700.  This recommendation is made with the observation that seven years have passed since the Faculty Senate’s original recommendation for the academic year remuneration for department chairs came into being.   The recommendation is also forwarded with the realization that faculty salaries have remained stagnant in recent years.  Nevertheless, the Committee believes that department chairs deserve a higher academic year remuneration after receiving $1800 over the last seven years.     

·        Compensation should be reviewed every two years with the biennial budget.

 

M/S/P to approve the above recommendations.

 

VI.  Evaluation of Administrative Offices results

 In the spring 2007 semester, the SEC began an evaluation of administrative offices.  The evaluation consisted of two phases.  In the first phase, faculty and instructional academic staff were asked to respond to three questions:  1) What would you like to see more of? 2) What would you like to see less of?  3) What should stay the same?  Respondents were provided a list of all administrative offices included in the overall structure of UW-L.  They had the option of answering the three questions on as many or as few offices as they chose.  During the summer 2007, the SEC reviewed the responses and identified emerging themes.  These themes were shared with the respective offices.  The SEC then created questions based on the themes for six offices:  Affirmative Action & Diversity, the Office of Sponsored Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (Graduate Studies/Grants & Contracts), Human Resources, Faculty Senate, Information Technology Services, and the Office of International Education.  These offices were included since they received the most comments from respondents for offices with non-interim leadership.  The SEC generated questions were shared with the respective offices for their review and comment.  Offices also were encouraged to add questions if they wished.  The final survey included five to seven rating-scale type questions (anchored at 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree) for each office.  The results of the second round of evaluation were distributed to the Senate.

 

Al Thompson sent a response to Senate for the Affirmative Action and Diversity Office and V.J. Agarwal gave a short oral response for the Scholarly and Creative Activities (Graduate Studies/Grants & Contracts) office.

 

The Senate has no authority over some of these offices, but the Senate could request that the Chancellor ask these offices to respond to this feedback and develop a plan to address concerns that were raised.  It may help if offices follow up with a request for comments that address concerns.

 

VII.  Reorganization Evaluation Task Force

SEC Nominations for the Reorganization Task Force Membership 

            Ray Abhold

            Patricia Ardovino

            Barbara Gibson

            Paula Knudson

            Robert Krajewski

            Enaldo Oliveira

            Bradley Seebach, Convener

 

M/S/P to approve the membership for the Reorganization Task Force.

 

VIII.  Adapted Physical Education Minor Proposal

The proposal is to change the 15-credit APE Concentration to a 24-credit APE minor.  Six credits are necessary already for many students.  The additional 3-credit course would be a SPE 424/524 Classroom Management/Positive Behavioral Strategies. Item 2 in the LX form, should be changed to “A 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA is maintained in the minor.”

 

M/S/P to approve the Adapted Physical Education Minor proposal as amended.

 

IX.  Old Business

X.  New Business

XI.  Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Kelly