32nd Faculty Senate

Vol. 32, No. 10

January 29, 1998

I. Roll Call.

Present: Barmore, Duquette, Egle, Grant, Haupert, Host, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, Lazinger, MacDonald, L. Nelson, J. Parker, N. Pati, Prucha, D. Riley, Roskos, Shanks, Snowberg, Socha, P. Taylor, Willey, Wingate.

Excused: Claflin, Reithel.

II. Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the December 11, 1998, meeting were approved as distributed.

III. Chair�s Report.

A. The UWL Institutional Biosafety Policy has been signed by the Chancellor. This policy covers the handling of biological materials. Additionally, the IB Committee consists of five members with expertise in recombinant DNA technology and/or general biological safety concerns. At least two of the members are non-university personnel.

B. The Legislative Committee has passed a bill eliminating the 5-yr vesting requirement for employees hired after 1990. Bill now goes before full assembly and if passed, will go to the Governor.

C. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UW-Madison has grant funds available to bring faculty doing research/teaching to come to Madison for up to 10 days (through July 1998) to consult with Southeast Asian specialists. Additional information regarding these grant funds is available in the faculty senate office.

D. A call for faculty nominations to serve on the search and screen committee for the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Computing, Networking, and Information Technology will appear in next week�s Campus Connection.

E. Chancellor Kuipers encouraged the senators to attend the ground breaking ceremony for the new allied health building on March 4th at 3:00 p.m.

F. Provost/Vice Chancellor Lambert reported that, the strategic budget and planning process continues with the 2nd draft scheduled to be distributed next week to the Joint Budget Committee; the Joint Promotion Committee has completed the bulk of its work with recommendations being forwarded to Chancellor Kuipers later today; the administration continues its work on separating budgets, office suites, and units affected in the recent college reorganization; and, Dr. Lambert encourages participation in the Community of Science program.

IV. Approval of Replacement Member for Joint Legislative/Regents Relations Committee.

M/S/P to approve the Senate Executive Committee nomination of Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted to the Joint Legislative/Regents Relations Committee, replacing James Parker who has resigned. (voice vote)

V. Proposed Change in By-laws for Committee Structure.

M/S/P to reorder agenda to consider VIII. New Business. (voice vote)

VIII. New Business.

A. M/S/P the SEC recommendation to remand to the Articles and By-laws Committee, the creation of a faculty committee for undergraduate research. (voice vote)

B. M/S the SEC recommendation to remand to the Articles and By-laws Committee, the creation of a joint committee on advising and retention.

M/S/P to table the motion.

C. Provost/Vice Chancellor Lambert distributed his plan Organizing the Provost�s Staff as a Team in Support of Student Learning together with a flow chart of the proposed reorganization.

VI. Proposed Changed to UWL 3.06 Renewal of Appointments and Granting of Tenure.

UWL 3.06 Renewal of appointments and granting of tenure.

(1) Renewal of appointments and granting of tenure require probationary faculty to be reviewed at three levels in the following order:

1) department
2) college dean
3) chancellor

The process advances to the chancellor as written the department�s decision and the dean�s recommendations are forwarded, in writing, to the next chancellor. The timing of the reviews is determined by the university�s Personnel Schedule Deadlines.

(2) The probationary faculty member shall be notified in writing within seven days after each decision or recommendation at each reviewing level.

(3) Reconsideration (UWL 3.07) and appeal (UWL 3.06) of a nonrenewal decision may be made at three levels. At any level, if the reconsideration or appeal of a nonrenewal decision results in a reversal of the decision, the process advances to the next level. When a negative renewal/tenure decision or recommendation is made at any reviewing level, the provisions of UWS 3.07/UWL 3.07 on reconsideration and UWS 3.08/UWL 3.08 on appeal shall apply.

(4) The initial review of probationary faculty shall be conducted by the tenured faculty of the appropriate department in a manner determined by the tenured members. If there are no tenured members in the department, the appropriate supervisor who is tenured shall make the determination. Department procedures for review, criteria for retention and tenure, and the weighting of criteria shall be documented and on file in the appropriate dean�s office. The Any changes to department procedures, criteria, and their weighting shall not be changed during the six month period preceding the review shall not be applicable to the review.

(5) The department chair shall give written notice of the department review to the probationary faculty member at least 20 days prior to the date of the review. The probationary faculty member may present written and oral support for renewal. The requirements of sub chapter IV of Chapter 19, Wisconsin Statutes concerning open meetings of governmental bodies shall apply.

(6) An affirmative decision by the department or a successful appeal of a negative department decision is required for renewal and tenure.

(7) Following an affirmative department decision, tThe department�s recommendation shall be forwarded the decision and the vote results to the appropriate dean (or other administrative officer). The dean shall submit to the chancellor a written recommendation either affirming or not affirming the department decision. The dean�s shall use only department criteria for renewal and tenure shall be consistent with department criteria when formulating the recommendation. Further, the dean shall take the magnitude of the faculty vote into account when making the recommendation.

(8) If both the department�s decision and the dean�s recommendations are both positive, the chancellor�s also decision should be positive unless there are compelling reasons for a negative decision. A faculty member who is denied renewal/tenure at this stage may request the compelling reasons in writing within 10 days. Written reasons shall be provided to the faculty member within 10 days of the receipt of the request. The reasons then become part of the official personnel file of the faculty member.

(9) Following a nonrenewal decision at the department level, and reconsideration and appeal that do not reverse the decision, the department�s recommendation decision and the vote results shall be forwarded to the appropriate dean (or other administrative officer) who shall forward the decision to the chancellor. The dean shall submit to the chancellor a recommendation either affirming or not affirming the department decision. The dean�s shall use only department criteria for renewal and tenure shall be consistent with department criteria when formulating the recommendation. Further, the dean shall take the magnitude of the faculty vote into account when making the recommendation.

(10) Following an affirmative decision at the department level, but a nonrenewal decision recommendation at the dean level and reconsideration and appeal that do not reverse the decision recommendation, the process advances to the chancellor level.

(11) Following a nonrenewal decision at the department and dean levels, and reconsideration and appeals that do not reverse the decisions, the process advances to the chancellor level.

M/S/F to eliminate the last sentence in (7) and (9) and delete "and the vote results" in items (7) and (9). (voice vote with abstentions)

M/S/F to eliminate in (7) and (9) "and the vote results" and insert "when available" in the last sentence of items (7) and (9). (voice vote with abstentions)

M/S/P to move paragraph (8) to paragraph (10). (voice vote with abstentions)

M/S/P to table until the next meeting.

VII. Old Business.

IX. Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Submitted by

James Parker, Secretary