Faculty Senate


September 27, 2007                                                                                                                                       325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 42, No. 3                                                                                                                                               3:30 p.m.


I.          Roll Call.

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

Excused:  A. Olson


The minutes from April 26, 2007, May 8, 2007, and September 13, 2007 were approved.


II.         Reports.

A. Chair’s Report


SEC Activities

The SEC has launched the evaluation of administrative offices survey.  So far, about 20% of faculty and instructional academic staff have responded. 


The SEC has finalized its executive summary and detailed summary of the General Education Committee's motions on proposed modifications of the University Core to date.  The SEC will be disseminating these documents early next week followed by a brief global survey to get a sense of how the campus community feels about these proposed revisions. 


Provost Search

The application deadline for the Provost search is September 28, 2007.  Currently, the committee has received over 50 applications.  Screening of applications will begin in mid-October.  The committee plans to conduct initial interviews with a smaller pool of candidates and then select finalists to visit campus.  While they have not set on-campus interview dates, they hope to have the visits completed by the end of November.


M/S/P Ronda Knox to replace Jodie Vandenberg-Daves on JPC for 3years.


B.  Chancellor


The cost for the proposed stadium project has increased from $15.6 million up to $17.1 million.  So far the Foundation has collected $10.5 million in pledges.  The Chancellor will require the Foundation to have pledges for all needed funds.  The University will not borrow money it does not have pledged for this project. 


The Chancellor also said the issue of the loss of housing due to the academic building replacing some dorms needed to be address seriously. 


The Chancellor stated his ranking of priorities with growth and access being the first, the new academic building being second and the stadium project being third.


A concern was voiced by a member of the Senate; with the budgets for the stadium and the academic building, it may be a long wait before UW-L could work on the science building project.  It was pointed out that originally the science building had been a higher priority than the academic building, but items were reordered at a later date.  The Chancellor hoped that the State would reevaluate the process of having its universities earn part of the funds for buildings.  That may work for UW-Madison, but not so well for other universities in the system.  He also talked of the need to improve the fine arts building.


The Chancellor stated that the Foundation needs to better engage the faculty both in fund raising and in setting priorities.  He also hopes the Foundation will do more work in recruiting funds outside of the local area. 


The question was asked on the role of the consultant for the Foundation.  The Chancellor said that with the deadline for collecting funds for the stadium coming up in February, at this time, the consultant is concentrating on that project.  The University will evaluate the value of having a consultant in the future. 


C.  Faculty Representative’s Report

The first Faculty Representative's meeting will be Friday, September 28, 2007.


The President has signed a document that will help with Pell Grants and help to cut interest on student loans.  This will be good for our students.


D.  Student Association Representative’s Report

Kyle O’Brian (a junior) is the new Student Association Representative to Senate.  So far, the Student Senate is discussing what to do with the Pepsi contract money.  Kyle also hopes to further explore student attitudes toward the growth and access plan.


III.       Introduction:  Ray Abhold, Associate Dean, College of Science and Health


Ray Abhold visited the Senate.  He said his job is going well and he invited faculty to visit with him.


IV.       Briefing:  Parent Philosophy, Paula Knudson, Dean of Student Development and Academic Services


Paula Knudson passed out a draft of the UW-L Parent/Guardian Notification Policy Philosophy.   She encouraged the Senate to review the policy and make any desired comments, modifications and motions related to it.


She also distributed information on the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).  In general, she encouraged faculty to leave family contact matters to the Student Life Office.


V.        NCUR, April 16-18, 2009 - UW-La Crosse


Gubbi Sudhakaran presented information on the April 2009 NCUR conference to be held at UW-La Crosse and the benefits of hosting the event.  This is the largest undergraduate symposium in the nation with about 2000 students and 500 faculty attending.  Last year 23 UW-L students attended this conference (10 in science and 13 in other areas).


There will be a need for 40 - 50 classrooms for the conference on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, 2009.  Since classes will be in session, accommodations will need to be made.  Rooms will be assigned by the start of the spring 2008 semester.  Solutions may include alternate class activities that do not require classroom space and assistance in finding classrooms for displaced classes that require an alternate room to meet. 


This is a self-supporting conference.  Much committee work is needed to run the program.  Early work has begun.  Any ideas for entertainment in April in Wisconsin would be appreciated.

For more information, please contact Gubbi Sudhakaran, Penny Tiedt or Karen McLean.


VI.       Senate Executive Committee motion for revisions to the Committee on Faculty Committee by-laws


M/S/P  The following items will be sent to the Articles and By-laws Committee to be included in the by-laws for the Committee on Faculty Committees:

            a.         On Senate committees with 8 or fewer faculty members, no more than one                                  member from any given department may serve.

            b.         On Senate committees with 9 or more faculty members, no more than two                                   members from any given department may serve.

            c.         The one exception to the above conditions pertains to the Budget Review                                     Committee. Since the Vice-Chair and the At-Large Member of Faculty Senate                                   becomes members of the Joint Planning and Budget Committee and the Articles

                        and By-laws Committee after the rest of the membership is determined, the

                        department affiliation of these members will not affect the eligibility of other

                        members already selected for the committee. If alternates are selected at a later

                        date, the department affiliation of these will be considered.


Some Senators felt the Committee on Faculty Committees still needs a prioritized list to use when filling memberships.  Others felt this would make the work too difficult and that the flexibility is needed in order to get the best committee memberships.  This issue was not fully discussed in order to act on the motion.


An exception to the above motion needs to be made for the Teacher Education Committee.  This will be forwarded to the Articles and By-laws Committee.


The issue of the value of service on campus was raised.  This was not discussed fully in order to focus on the motion.


VII.      Senate Executive Committee nominations for Instructional Academic Staff Career Progression Committee



IAS Career Progression Committee nominees:

George Arimond (Professor)

Ashley Burrowes (Associate Professor)

Elise Denlinger, Convener * (Senior Lecturer)

David Howard (Associate Professor)

Tom Reinert (Senior Lecturer)

Melissa Wallace (Senior Lecturer)

*IAS Committee representative.


Non-IAS members will only serve for one year.


VIII.     Old Business.


IX.       New Business


X.         Adjournment.

            The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Kelly, Secretary