33rd Faculty Senate

Vol. 33, No. 11

February 11, 1999

I.  Roll Call.

Present: Bange, Betton, Duquette, Egle, Grant, Haupert, Host, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, LeDocq, Majak, L. Nelson, Nyatepe-Coo, Prucha, Snowberg, Stroud, P.Taylor, Vanvoorhis, Vogt, Wingate.

Excused: Roskos, Willey.

II.  Approval of Minutes.  M/S/P (18-0-3 by voice vote) to approve the minutes of the January 28, 1999, meeting of the Faculty Senate with one correction on p. 3: "M/S/F (7-10-4  by show of hands) to charge the Senate Executive Committee to check on the evaluation process being used for the General Education Program. . ."

III.  Reports.

A.  Chancellor's Report.  As Chancellor Kuipers was in Washington, D. C., there was no Chancellor's Report.

B.  Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report.  Interim Provost/Vice Chancellor Hastad said that, at present, he did not have any items of importance on which he needed to report to the Senate.

C.  Chair's/Faculty Representative's Report.   Chair Bange reported that, at the most recent Faculty Representative's meeting in Madison, the topic for discussion was the 1999-2001-pay plan.   Both UW System and the Board of Regents are supporting the proposed 5.2% raises per year, but this proposal is by no means a certainty.   The raise proposed for other state employees is 2%.  He also announced that he would be meeting with the Promotion, Tenure, and Salary Adjustment Committee to discuss the problem of salary compression.  He noted that in general the state legislature is growing tired of faculty complaints about this problem and about comparisons showing UW System salaries to be lower than salaries at comparable institutions.  Finally, he announced that UW-L has received permission to suspend academic program reviews for one year so that the Academic Program Review Committee can revise its review process.

IV.  Proposed revisions to Faculty Senate Bylaws-- Second Reading.  Because the revisions were discussed at the last Faculty Senate meeting, there was no discussion and the Senate immediately voted on the following motion.

M/S/P (18-0-1 by show of hands) to adopt the proposed revisions to the bylaws.  The full text of these revisions was appended to the Minutes of the January 28, 1999, Faculty Senate meeting.

V. Proposed Biology/Microbiology Reorganization into Two Departments.  Dr. Ron Rada, Associate Dean of the College of Science and Allied Health, and Dr. Mike Winfrey of the microbiology faculty were present to answer questions raised by Senators.   After discussion, the following motion was considered.

M/S/P (20-0-1 by show of hands) to approve the division of the Department of Biology and Microbiology into two separate departments, the Department of Biology and the Department of Microbiology.

VI.  Proposal to Increase Promotion Salary Adjustments.  Because the proposal was forwarded to the Senate from the Promotion, Tenure, and Salary Committee, it was considered to be moved and seconded.

M/S  that the promotion salary adjustments proposed by the Dean's Council be endorsed ($1500 for Associate Professor and $2000 for Professor) to take effect for the 1998-1999 promotion cycle, with adjustment amounts to be increased cumulatively each year by the percentage of the salary package.  Increments should be applied annually as soon as the salary package becomes effective.

In discussion, the following amendment to the motion was proposed.

M/S to amend the motion so that salary adjustments for promotion be applied to all faculty equal to their rank of their most recent promotion at UW-L.

After further discussion, it was moved to table the motion to amend.

M/S/P (20-0-1 by show of hands) to table the amendment to the main motion.

Discussion returned to the main motion, upon which the Senate then acted.

M/S/P (20-0-1 by show of hands) that the promotion salary adjustments proposed by the Dean's Council be endorsed ($1500 for Associate Professor and $2000 for Professor) to take effect for the 1998-1999 promotion cycle, with adjustment amounts to be increased cumulatively each year by the percentage of the salary package.  Increments should be applied annually as soon as the salary package becomes effective.

VII.  Open Forum on the Responsibilities/Compensation/Evaluation/Election of Department Chairpersons.   Department chairpersons as well as concerned faculty and administrators were invited to speak at the forum.  A set of eight questions focused on specific issues of concern was widely circulated prior to the meeting.

1.  Does the university ask too much of department chairs by pushing all personnel matters in the fall semester?
2.  Should all department chairs be assured of at least 50% release time?
3.  Would it be better if newly elected chairs began their terms in June rather than September?
4.  Is a mechanism for training/mentoring newly elected chairs an idea worth pursuing?
5.  Should all department chairs receive a specified summer session appointment?
6.  Should department chairs receive a salary add-on during the terms of their service?
7.  What role, if any, should the deans have in the evaluation of department chairs?
8.  What role, if any, should the deans have in the election of department chairs?

The following persons made statements at the forum: 

  •  Dr. Jac Bulk, Chair, Sociology/Archaeology Department
  •  Dr. George Huppert, Chair, Geography/Earth Science Department
  •  Dr. John Betton, former Chair, Management Department
  •  Dr. Pat Wilder, Chair, Physical Therapy Department
  •  Dr. Betsy Morgan, Chair, Psychology Department
  •  Dr. Dick Snyder, Chair, History Department, representing the College of Liberal Studies Chairs' Council.  Dr. Snyder also presented his own points of view.
  •  Dr. Ken Winter, Chair, Accountancy Department
  •  Mr. Randy Hoelzen, Chair, Library Department
  •  Dr. Pam Rogers, Chair, Political Science and Public Administration Department
  •  Dr. Tom Claflin, Chair, Biology and Microbiology Department
VIII. Old Business.  There was no old business.

IX. New Business.  There was no new business.

X.  Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
 
 

Submitted by

Dr. Laura L. Nelson,