Instructional Academic Staff (IAS) Final Report
June 4, 2009
The IAS Committee began the 2008-2009 academic year with the following special charges:
- Collaborate with Kerrie Hoar, Chair of the IAS Committee last academic year and the Human Resources Office to complete work on the draft of the revised Personnel Policies Handbook.
- Continue to monitor the Academic Staff Professional Development grants to ensure that IAS continue to be considered for this grant.
- Continue to work with the IAS liaison to ensure information regarding IAS issues is posted on the IAS website and ensure that IAS are notified of any policy changes that might directly impact them.
Revision of the Personnel Policies Handbook:
The revisions of UW-L 8, 9,11, 12, and13 suggested by the 2007-2008 IAS Committee (see Senate website http://www.uwlax.edu/facultysenate/43index.htm ) were approved by the current IAS Committee in October, and, after review by Human Resources and Administration, were approved by the Faculty Senate on March 5, 2009. The IAS resolutions regarding the revisions to UW-L 10 regarding IAS contract types and including a resolution suggesting changes to IAS contract language to incorporate salary, position description and removal of the “renewal is not intended” clause were tabled pending further discussion by administration, HR, and IAS representatives. At the April 23rd Faculty Senate meeting all IAS Committee recommendations regarding the Personnel Policies Handbook revisions were withdrawn pending direction from UW System Legal and resolution of these revisions in view of the unique IAS faculty status at UW-L.
Academic Staff Professional Development Grants:
As these grants are dispersed through the Academic Staff Council, and Instructional Academic Staff at UW-L are governed by Faculty Senate, there is some contention as to whether IAS are even eligible. See Committee Concern #1 below.
Position Description and Individual Development Plan (IDP):
The 2008-09 IAS Committee spent much of the fall semester revising the Position Description and Individual Development Plan (IDP) templates to better suit the needs of instructional academic staff. The revised templates were reviewed by several department chairs and completed with the collaboration of the Office of Human Resources. Faculty Senate recommended adoption and immediate implementation of these templates for IAS at the March 5, 2009 meeting; although as of this writing they have not been posted to the HR website.
Collective Bargaining Resolution:
The IAS Committee submitted a resolution to the Faculty Senate that would have stated that the Faculty Senate at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse opposes any legislative proposals that would establish an academic staff collective bargaining unit separate from the faculty collective bargaining unit on the same campus. This resolution was not voted on by the Senate, although it was discussed at two consecutive meetings (April 9 and April 23, 2009). See Committee Concern #2 below.
Suggested Charges for 2009-2010:
1. The IAS Committee should continue to work with Kerrie Hoar, previous chair of the committee and the Human Resources Office to complete work on the draft of the revised Personnel Policies Handbook.
2. The Committee should continue to work with the IAS liaison to ensure information regarding IAS issues is posted on the IAS website and ensure that IAS are notified of any policy changes that might directly impact them. In addition, the Committee should work with the liaison to ensure that IAS workload issues are being addressed.
3. (From last year’s Final Report) The recently adopted changes in SEI score submission could be interpreted to separate ranked faculty from IAS in SEI mean calculations. This would have an impact in those departments that have a small number of IAS (e.g., Microbiology and Biology currently have only one or two IAS). In addition, career progression guidelines ask for a departmental SEI mean. During its initial implementation phase, this new SEI process should be monitored to assess its impact on IAS and to ensure that it does not conflict with career progression policies.
1. As mentioned above, since Academic Staff Council disperses the Academic Staff Professional Development Grants and there is some dispute as to whether IAS are even eligible for these grants, the IAS Committee suggests that Faculty Senate consult with the Provost to determine which pool of grants instructional academic staff should apply for.
2. Although the 43rd Faculty Senate declined to take an official stand on collective bargaining, our committee believes this issue needs serious attention. We are in a unique situation at this campus, as we are the only IAS in the UW system which is governed by Faculty Senate and as such recognized as faculty. If the governor’s budget bill is passed with the compromise amendment reached by ASPRO, AFT and legislators, collective bargaining will become a reality. In that case IAS at UW-L may be forced into official Academic Staff status and be therefore potentially excluded from faculty bargaining units. The IAS Committee thus recommends that Faculty Senate investigate the implications of the creation of collective bargaining units for UW-L instructional academic staff.
Elise Denlinger, IAS Committee Chair