Academic Staff Council Committees

2013-2014 (updated 9/11/13)

Academic Staff Council Committees
        Bylaws, Election, and Policies/Procedures
        Professional Development
        Salary and Personnel Policies
        Search and Screen Appointments
        Title Review
        Non-Instructional Hearing Body
        Consultative Layoff
        Non-Instructional Grievance

Miscellaneous Committees
        Parking Appeals
        Student Misconduct
        International Education

Conference/University Committees
        Joint Planning and Budget
        Joint Legislative/Regents Relations Committee
        Joint Minority Affairs
        Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability

Student Association Committees
        Athletics

(C) = Convener

Bylaws, Election, and Policies/Procedures
The committee shall elect a chairperson and a recording secretary from its membership.

Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
        1.  Recommend Bylaw changes to the Council for approval.
        2.  Conduct Council elections as described in Bylaws IV.
        3.  Recommend changes in the UW - La Crosse Staff Handbook for consideration by the Council.

Members:
Must have at least 4 members, one of which must be a member of the ASC.

Each term shall be 3 years in length, except the term of the member who represents the ASC.  That member’s term is a yearly appointment.

1.  Council Rep: Joshua Rybaski (2014)

2.  Andrea Higgins  (2014)

3. Will Harmon (2015)

4. Scott Holzem (2015)

Alt: Carla Burkhardt

Alt:

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Professional Development
The committee shall elect a chairperson and a recording secretary from its membership.

Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
        1.  Develop and maintain institutional plans for the administration of academic staff professional development
             funds.
        2.  Receive and review academic staff professional development proposals and recommend funding.  No
             member of the Professional Development Committee shall participate in the approval of his or her own
             request for professional development funds.
        3.  Review UW-La Crosse and UW System professional development policies and procedures and recommend
             changes.
        4.  Review UW-La Crosse and UW System policies on fee reimbursement for employment-related coursework
             and recommend changes.
        5.  Disseminate professional development information to the academic staff.
        6.  Develop additional professional development opportunities for academic staff through research of
             additional funding mechanisms and consultation with the UW-La Crosse Foundation.
        7.  Receive and review Academic Staff Excellence Award applications.  Committee members nominated for
             the award are excused from the committee for the duration of the process.  If a majority of committee
             members are nominated, the Academic Staff Council shall appoint additional members to complete the
             process.

Members:
Must have 6 members.  One must be an ASC rep.  There must be a committee member from each of the operational areas, and two at-large.

Each term shall be 3 years in length, except the term of the member who represents the ASC.  That member’s term is a yearly appointment.

1.  Council Rep:  Andrea Higgins (2014)

2. Sheila Wirkus  (2014)

3.  Cari Mathwig Ramseier  (2014)

4. Heather Holm (2015)

5.  Christine Hayes  (2014)

6.  Lynette Lo  (2014)

Alt: Ingrid Peterson

Alt: Annette Valeo

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Salary and Personnel Policies
The committee shall elect a chairperson and a recording secretary from its membership.

Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
        1.  Recommend changes in UW-La Crosse academic staff policies and procedures for consideration by the
             Council.
        2.  Review UW-La Crosse and UW System salary guidelines as requested by the Academic Staff Council and
             recommend procedures for distributing salary and discretionary funds for academic staff salary adjustments
        3.  Review procedures and develop criteria for evaluating academic staff personnel.  Recommend policies for
             staff titles, length of contracts, probationary leading to indefinite appointments, evaluation, retention, and
             promotion.
        4.  Review employment conditions and policies and make recommendations concerning changes.

Members:
Must have 6 members.  One must be an ASC rep.  There must be a committee member from each of the operational areas, and two at-large.

Each term shall be 3 years in length, except the term of the member who represents the ASC.  That member’s term is a yearly appointment.

1.  Council Rep: Pat Markos (2015)

2   Nancy Arens (2016)

3. Troy Richter  (2014)

4. Matt Evenson  (2014) 

5.  John Davis (2015)

6. Doug Salmon  (2014)

Alt: Healther Jett

Alt: Terry Wirkus

 

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Search and Screen Appointments

Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
      
 1.  Seek nominations from all academic staff for each Chancellor's Administrative Search and Screen
             Committee or other University-wide search.
        2.  Review and recommend a pool of candidates for each search and screen committee to the Academic Staff
             Council Executive Committee.

Members:
There must be 5 members.  One must be an ASC rep.  There must be one member from each of the four operational areas.

The term of each regular member shall be staggered two-year terms.

1. Council Rep: Joshua Rybaski (2014)

2  Will Van Roosenbeek (2014)

3.  Ingrid Peterson (2015)

4.  Mary Beth Vahala (2015)

5. Tracy Noyes (2014)

Alt: Will Harmon

Alt: Diane Sasaki

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Title Review Committee

Members:
There must be seven members.  One must be an ASC rep.  One must be an HR representative.  All members on this committee must have senior, director, or program manager III titles.

The six academic staff members shall each serve a staggered three-year term.

1  Council Rep: Pat Markos (2014)

2.  HR Rep: Joy Gutknecht

3  Tracy Noyes (2016)

4. Guy Herling (2016)

5. Troy Richter (2014)

6. David Johnson (2016)

7.  Faith Wagner (2016)

Alt: John Palmer

Alt: open

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Non-Instructional Hearing Body
Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
       
1.  The committee shall participate in dismissal for
                a.  cause hearings (as discussed in UWS and UW-L 11.03)
                b.  layoff appeals (As discussed in UWS and UW-L 12.04),  and
                c.   complaint hearings (as discussed in UWS and UW-L 13.01)
             for members of the non-instructional academic staff.  Procedures for these activities are discussed in the
             following sections.

UWL 13.01 Complaints.

(1) Responsibilities for Charges, Hearing Requests, Due Process, Procedural Guarantees: The Chancellor shall review and act on the types of complaint specified in this chapter by the procedures specified in UWS 11.02. The rules for request for a hearing shall be those specified under UWS 11.04. The rules for adequate due process and procedural guarantees shall be those specified under UWS 11.05, 11.06; UWL 11.05-11,07; and corresponding Academic Staff Council bylaws, while substituting in these rules for dismissal the concept of severe sanctions other than dismissal.

(2) Hearing Body: The standing committee to hear complaints shall be the same hearing body established under UWS 11.03, by UWL 11.03, and the Academic Staff Council bylaws. (X, A).

(3) Procedures and Recommendations: At least two-thirds of the members hearing the case must concur in a finding of misconduct and in a recommendation of severe sanctions if such a finding and recommendation are to be reported to the Chancellor. Otherwise, a finding of no serious misconduct warranting severe sanctions shall be reported. The hearing body may by majority vote of those hearing the case recommend a minor sanction. If the hearing body finds sanctions are not warranted, it shall recommend dismissal of the complaint. The hearing body may recommend referral to appropriate officials or groups for informal resolution of remaining issues.

(a) The hearing body shall transmit its finding of fact and recommendations in writing to the Chancellor and the academic staff member involved within ten calendar days after the conclusion of its proceedings.
(b) Following the final decision of the Chancellor, the academic staff member involved shall not be charged again for the same instance(s) of alleged misconduct.
(c) Within ten calendar days after the transmittal of the findings and recommendations of the hearing body, the academic staff member or the complainant may file written objections with the Chancellor.
(d) Any objections must be based solely on the record as developed at the hearing before the hearing body.
(e) The Chancellor shall render a decision as soon as practical after the expiration of this latter ten-day period and shall transmit the decision to the academic staff member, the complainant, and the hearing body. If the Chancellor does not accept the committee recommendation, he/she shall provide for the hearing body a written statement of the reasons for his/her disagreement. Failure to accept the hearing body's recommendations shall be rare, and the reasons compelling.

Members
There must be 9 members.  An ASC rep is not necessary.

The term for regular members shall be three years in length.  Three regular members shall be replaced each year.  Alternates may be replaced each year.  They shall serve no more than three consecutive years as alternate members.  Regular members shall continue beyond their three-year term for any cases initiated during their term of office.  For such cases, they shall serve until all hearings and reports are completed.  Alternate members shall replace regular members who resign from the committee, university, or aren’t renewed by the university.  They shall also replace (temporarily) regular members who are disqualified for a particular hearing, due to bias, conflict of interest, extended illness, or leave of absence.  The ASC may assign new members or other temporary appointees to the hearing with the consent of both parties.

1. Tracy Noyes (2016)

2.  Terry Wirkus (2016)

3   Becky Vianden (2014)

4  Scott Stine  (2014)

5.  Andrea Higgins  (2014)

6.  Catherine Kolkmeier (2015)

7.  Nancy Arens (2014))

8. Amelia Dittman (2015)

 9. Guy Herling (2015)

alt: Heather Jett

alt: open

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Consultative Layoff
The committee shall elect a chairperson and a recording secretary from its membership.

Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
       
1.  The committee shall consult with the chancellor, to give consideration to layoff decisions for reasons of
             budget or of program, to make recommendations regarding the necessity of layoffs, and to recommend
             possible methods of avoiding layoffs.
        2.  The chancellor shall make available to the committee financial and other needed information.  If the
             Faculty consultative Layoff Committee is meeting on layoff problems, the two committees shall
             interchange information and ideas through liaison representative.
        3.  For exceptions to layoff procedures, see UWS 12.03.

Members:
There must be 6 members.  Three must be appointed by the ASC and the Chancellor must appoint three.  No ASC rep is necessary.

The term shall be three years in length.  Two members (one selected by the chancellor and one selected by the ASC) will be replaced each year.  The committee shall be convened at least six months prior to appropriate notice periods for layoffs.

Active:
        1.  Patrick Barlow  (2014)
        2.  Andrea Higgins  (2014)
        3.  Cynthia Carlson (2016)

Chancellor-appointed:
        1.  TBD
        2.  TBD
        3.  TBD

Alternates
         

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Non-Instructional Grievance
The committee shall elect a chairperson and a recording secretary from its membership.

Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
       
1.  The committee shall investigate and conduct hearings on grievance following procedures delineated in
             UW-L 13.02.  If the committee finds that administrative action is warranted, it shall recommend to the
             chancellor one of the following:
                a.  warning
                b.  private, formal apology
                c.  public, formal apology
                d.  temporary letter of reprimand (removed from personnel file within twelve months)
                e.  permanent letter of reprimand
                f.  reassignment of duties, including a change of supervisor and/or change of physical environment
                g.  correction of personnel benefits
                h.  salary adjustment, including appropriate retroactive adjustments
                i.  award of personnel benefits

Members:
There must be 9 members.  No deans/directors are permitted to serve.  No instructional academic staff are permitted.  No ASC members are permitted.  A minimum of 6 members will hear the grievance.

The term shall be 3 years in length.  Two members shall be replaced each year.

1. Amelia Dittman (2014)

2. Ingrid Peterson (2015)

3. Peter Stovall (2015)

4. Diane Sasaki (2016)

5.  Victor Hill (2016)

6.  Heather Jett (2016)

7.  Faith Wagner (2016)

8.  Damien Parks (2016)

9.  Open

Alt:  Open

Alt: Open

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Parking Appeals
Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
There must be one academic staff member on this university committee with one alternate.  The term shall be two years in length.  Hears appeals for parking violations.
 

1   Brad Quarberg (2015)

Alt: Cynthia Carlson

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Student Misconduct
Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
        1.  To serve, as called upon, as a member of the tribunal in hearing student misconduct cases.

1.  Sharie Brunk (2015)

Alt: Michelle Stertz

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International Education
Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
        1.  Involves curricular and planning decisions regarding UW-L courses that are offered in study abroad programs for UW-L students.

Members:

1. Mary Beth Vahala (2014)

Alt:  Jason Bertrand

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Joint Planning and Budget
Duties and responsibilities of the committee are outlined on this website http://www.uwlax.edu/chancellor/jointcomm.html

Members:
There must be 6 academic staff on this committee, one of which shall be the VC of the ASC.

1. Council Rep: Aaron Koepke (2014)

2. Penny Tiedt (2015)

3. Doug Salmon (2015)

4. Troy Richter (2016)

5. Louise Janke (2016)

6. Diane Sasaki (2016)

alt: Matt Evenson
alt: Kim Blum

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Joint Legislative/Regents Relations Committee
The committee shall elect a chairperson and a recording secretary from its membership.

Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
       
1.  Increase awareness among legislators and regents about the contributions of academic staff, faculty and
             students to the university, as well as issues of concern for academic staff, faculty, and students.
        2.  Increase awareness among academic staff, faculty, and students about legislative and regent issues that
             affect the university in general, and campus academic staff, faculty, and student governance groups
             specifically.
        3.  Assist campus governance groups in researching legislative or system-related actions that potentially
             impact academic staff, faculty, and students, and make recommendations to the campus governance
             groups.
        4.  Actively advocate on behalf of the university on legislative and regents issues.
        5.  Coordinate efforts with other campus legislative activities.
        6.  Encourage information-sharing and joint activities with academic staff, faculty, and students at other
             campuses.

Members:
There must be 3 academic staff on this committee.  One shall be the UW System AS Rep, and the other two shall be academic staff members approved by the ASC.

Terms for the UW-System AS Rep shall be one year.  Other appointees shall each serve a three-year staggered term.

1. Council Rep: Joshua Ryabski (2014)

2. Karolyn Bald (2015)

3.  Natalie Solverson (2015)

alt: Chris Stindt

alt: Kim Blum

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Joint Minority Affairs
The Committee shall elect its chairperson.

Duties and responsibilities of the committee are outlined on this website http://www.uwlax.edu/chancellor/jointcomm.html

Members:
There must be 3 academic staff on this committee.

1. Susan Niedzwiecki-Pham (2014)

2. Ingrid Peterson (2015)

3. Damien Parks (2015)

alt: Nicole Jablonski

alt: Jessica Thill

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Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability
The Committee shall elect its chairperson.

Duties and responsibilities of the committee are outlined on this website http://www.uwlax.edu/chancellor/jointcomm.html 

Members:
There must be 2 academic staff on this committee.
 

1.  Matt Evenson  (2014)

2.  Larry Sleznikow (2014)

Alt:  Victor Hill

Alt:  Kathy Elgin

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Athletics
Responsibilities of the Committee are the following:
       
1.  Helps determine policy and budget for the athletics program related to student segregated fees. (http://www.uwlax.edu/sufac/)

Members:
 

1. Frank Tierney (2014)

2. Joel Dettweiler (2015)

Alt: Will Harmon

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