Faculty Senate


May 8, 2008                                                                                                                          Robert C. Voight Faculty Senate Chambers

Vol. 42, No. 17                                                                                                                      325 Graff Main Hall – 3:30 p.m.


I.   Roll Call

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

Excused: S. Brokaw, C. Miller


II. The minutes of April 24, 2008 meeting were approved.


III. General Education Committee (GEC):  General Education Director Position description recommendations

The GEC unanimously passed the following motions.


1) A 0.25 re-assignment for GEC chair for both semesters, 1/9 salary stipend for summer, starting July 1, 2008 - This would require bylaw changes to spring election of chair & elimination of current director position.

 2) Duties associated with coordinating UWL 100 should be allocated a 0.25 reassignment for one semester during the academic year 

 3) Duties associated with coordinating the Writing Emphasis and Writing in the Major Program and (WE/WIMP) should be allocated a 0.25 reassignment for one semester during the academic year.


It was unclear who would choose these positions.  It was intended that the chair would be elected by the GEC committee and the Provost has historically appointed the other two positions.


There were concerns that the GEC chair would receive a salary when other chairs would not.  The difference noted was that this included directing a program.  This would be similar to  how the chair of Faculty Senate is treated.   Bylaws would need to be changed so elections could be done early to grant the chair released time.  Eligibility for the chair of the GEC would remain the same.  To be a chair, the Committee on Committees would need to first assign the person to the GEC committee.  The chair would still be elected each year.  It was suggested that one could have a popular vote for the GEC chair from all faculty.  The Senate does not have the power to pay someone.  The Provost would need to be consulted.


Vote to table (10- yes, 8-no)


IV. Reports


A.   Chair’s Report


SEC Activities

Bob Hetzel updated the SEC on changes Human Resources (HR) is making in response, in part, to the evaluation the Senate did of HR last fall.  For example, the office is working to find ways for the “not intended for renewal” phrase in contract letters to be a bit less abrupt.  They also are finding places where they can be more service oriented. 


Billy Clow and Janie Spencer discussed the special baccalaureate degree options (See item IX below.)


The Economics Department faculty have requested that Senate consider putting Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI's) online.  Due to time constraints, the SEC decided to pass this recommendation to next year’s SEC.


Evaluation of Administrative Offices

Approximately 25% of faculty/IAS have completed the most recent phase of the evaluation of administrative offices thus far.  This survey is for faculty and instructional academic staff only as they are the people the Faculty Senate represents and thus, this survey will not represent all perspectives on campus.


Closing note from Carmen

"I would like to say it has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as Faculty Senate chair these last three years.  I have heard rumors that some people might suggest Senate is more about talk than action.  While we certainly have had vigorous debates at times, shared governance is one of the features that helps make UW-L the excellent place it is.  I can think of several examples of actions the Senate has taken based on recommendations of hard working committees during the last three years that will make real, positive differences in people’s lives – like titling and career progression for IAS, part-time tenure track options, and the partner/spousal hiring policies.  The general education road has been a rough one, but we have made progress – we have a set of student learning outcomes, recently mapped to the current curriculum, and are progressing with assessment.  In addition, we have accepted 21 academic program review reports, passed 14 policy/procedural changes, approved 10 new programs/emphases/certificates, chosen faculty and IAS for 8 administrative search and screen committees, and sent 5 resolutions to System.  I am sure there is a partridge in a pear tree somewhere in there.  I am pleased to pass the gavel to Joe Heim next year, and know that he and the rest of the Senate Executive Committee will continue to work for the best of all who learn and work here.  Thanks to all of you for your work and dedication to UW-L."


B.  Chancellor

There has been no new word on the State budget.


C.  Faculty Representative’s Report

A joint meeting with instructional academic staff (IAS) and faculty was held May 2, 2009.  Shared governance guidelines were passed.  President Reilly is interested in passing a policy for a recruitment and retention task force.  Job security for IAS was discussed.  Numbers of IAS and the possibility of non-tenure faculty positions were also discussed.  New policies would need to be formed before non-tenure faculty positions could be introduced.  This would allow some people to use the title Assistant Professor rather than instructor.  Information on how faculty and chancellor salaries compared to other institutions was distributed. 


D.  Student Association Representative’s Report

No report.


V.  Academic Program Review (APR):  History


Recommendations from the Academic Program Review Committee: The Department of History functions at a high level of success in its curriculum offerings, faculty research and scholarship, assessment and program development.


As noted in the Dean's letter, it is recommended that the Department:

1.  Continue to submit requests for new faculty lines

2.  Provide a class scheduling plan several semesters into the future

3.  Develop assessment plans specific to the Public History minor

4.  Continue to be attentive to collegiality in the Department and develop a more effective mentoring program for junior faculty and faculty of color


There are no serious areas to address (with great immediacy).  The Department should continue on its current well conceived path and undergo its next Academic Program Review in the next regularly scheduled cycle.


The need in American History has been addressed with a new hire.


M\S\P to accept the APR report


VI.  Ad Hoc By-law Committee:  Recommended Requirement Wording  – second read


Recommended Requirement Wording was approved.


VII.  Joint Promotion Committee (JPC) recommendations:  changes in Appendix B

Changes made after the document was distributed were the following:

In Table A, Education Requirement for Associate Professor and Professor would read “Earned doctorate degree or accepted terminal degree where appropriate in the field”. 

In Notes, item 9 will be removed. 


Change in Table A, Years in rank for Associate Professor, would read “A minimum of three (3) years completed in rank as Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse shall be required for eligibility for promotion to Associate Professor.

Change in Table A, Years in rank for Professor, would read “A minimum of two (2) years completed in rank as Associate Professor as the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse shall be required for eligibility for promotion to Professor.



Table recommendations from JPC and pass document with JPC changes and all changes noted above.


VIII.  Undergraduate Curriculum Committee(UCC)


A.  Math major with emphasis in Actuarial Science

M\S\P as presented


B.  Art minor with 2D emphasis


C.  Art minor with 3D emphasis

M\S\P both the 2D and 3D emphasis as presented


IX. Special Baccalaureate Degree Option Proposal

Honorary Degrees - are awarded to those who have demonstrated cause to be honored.  This degree is available to only a select group of highly deserving individuals who merit special recognition for exceptional achievement and distinction in a field or activity supporting the mission of the University. 

Extraordinary Degrees - are awarded to students who are deceased during his/her course of study at UW-L but not in their final semester.  Awarding of an Extraordinary Degree recognizes achievement of the deceased student while at UW-L and acknowledges the loss to the university, family and friends, and extends to them the opportunity to share in the success of the deceased student.

Posthumous Degrees - are awarded to students who are deceased prior to but nearing formal completion of all degree requirements of the programs being pursued.


Committee Structure 

This proposal would establish one committee to administer all applications and proposals.  The committee shall be designated annually as follows: the UW-L Executive Director of the Alumni Association, who shall chair and convene the Committee, and two representatives from each college and two members of the Alumni Association board of directors, to consider and evaluate each application.  The Executive Director of the Alumni Association would remain as a permanent member and the representatives from each college and the alumni association would rotate on three-year appointments.


A friendly amendment was accepted to consider giving the Posthumous degree for students in their final year rather than just for those in there final semester.  Wording would be changed to reflect this in the wording of the Extraordinary degree.



Table the Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS) version and accept CAPS recommendations along with proposed changes noted in the friendly amendment.


X.  Committee on Faculty Committees (COC) Report

Some committees have large numbers of requests for assignment and some committees were difficult to fill.   There were not enough requests to fill all committee assignments needed.  Electronic submissions may help.


 COC recommended that descriptions of joint committees and student committees be included on the sign up sheet.  Time of student meetings tend to be late at night and faculty should be told this before they volunteer for such service. 


COC recommended that it may be worth considering to allow IAS member to serve on both the Hearing and Complaints, Grievances, Appeals and Academic Freedom (CGAAF) committees.


SEC may need to appoint someone for the Academic Initiative Oversights Committee.



Accept COC committee assignments as distributed.


XI. Approval of graduation list

Accept list distributed.

XII. Old Business


XIII. New Business


XIV. Adjournment


The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Kelly