35th Faculty Senate

Vol. 35, No. 12

May 3, 2001


I. Roll Call.

Present:  Bange, Barmore, Barnd, Brooks, Cravins, Doering, Gendreau, Heim, Hench, Hollenback, S. Kelly, R. LeDocq, Majak, Marx, Monte, Odulana, Senger, Stroud, R. Sullivan, Zellmer.
Excused:  Claflin, Tyser, VanVoorhis.

II. Approval of Minutes.

The minutes of the April 19, 2001, meeting were approved as distributed.

III. Reports.

Chancellor Hastad informed the senate that budget negotiations at the System level continue, and he congratulated the senate on an outstanding year.

Interim Provost/Vice-Chancellor Ron Rada shared his thoughts on the upcoming search for the Provost/Vice-Chancellor.  He informed the senate that he does not aspire to be a provost and therefore will not be applying for the position.  He accepted the interim position because he was asked to serve the University in this role.  For the same reason he has agreed to serve as the interim for another year.  However, he doesn't want to be considered a "lame duck."  He is committed to providing continuity and leadership in the P/VC office and to help "set the table" for the new Provost/Vice-Chancellor.

There was no faculty representative's report.

IV. Approve the Spring 2001, Graduation List.

M/S/P to approve the list of Spring 2001 graduates contingent upon the successful completion of the requirements for the respective degrees.

V. Committee on Faculty Committees Report.

Senator Kelly presented the committee appointments for the 2001-02 academic year.  In making assignments, the committee gave priority to faculty who had completed one or more years of satisfactory service on committees.  Where appropriate, the committee also sought to create as much balance as possible based on faculty rank.  Consideration was also given to gender and race.  Furthermore, the committee tried not to assign a faculty member to more than one faculty committee, however in some instances this was unavoidable.  The committee attempted to give committee assignments to as many faculty as possible giving special consideration to those faculty who had volunteered for at least three committees.

M/S/P to approve the Faculty Committee Appointments for 2001-02.  (voice vote)

VI. Forum on the Qualities the Faculty Seeks in the Provost/Vice-Chancellor.
Chair Bange encouraged the search and committee to consult with the acting provost as he has indicated a willingness to answer any questions the committee might have with respect to the position.

Senators Cravins and Hollenback distributed the following list of Qualifications We Would Like to See in a Candidate for Provost…

(1) We believe that the candidates ought to have the rank of FULL professor.  RATIONALE:  this ensures that they have had lengthy immersion in both teaching and research before entering into full-time administrative responsibilities.

(2) We believe that a successful candidate should have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and a demonstrated record of excellence in scholarship.

(3) We believe that each candidate should have a clearly articulated educational philosophy--to be more specific, they should clearly define for the faculty at UW-L (a) what intellectual horizons and skills they believe an undergraduate education in a comprehensive university ought to develop in its students AND (b) what role that they think general education should play in that undergraduate educational process.

(4) We believe that the committee ought to be especially vigilant in rejecting any candidate who they have reason to believe will only stay here for a few years and then move on to a more prestigious administrative position.  We have had far too much high-level administrative turnover in the last few years.

(5) We believe that the committee ought to ensure that potential interviewees have a demonstrated respect for tenure and faculty governance.  To verify this, the committee ought to make telephone inquiries of faculty members not listed as references from the candidate's home institution.

(6) We believe that the committee ought to weed out those candidates who adhere to the notion that the university is a "business" and that its students are "customers."  The university is not a "business"--it is a community of teachers and scholars dedicated to the quest for knowledge regardless of whether or not that knowledge is immediately useful or profitable.  Furthermore, a university is also a community of teachers who fulfill their vocation by awakening and quickening in their students a love of learning for its own sake.  Enkindling this intellectual excitement and sense of wonder at both the beauty of the world and the creative ingenuity of humankind is something far more sublime and important that "customer satisfaction."

(7) We believe that the committee ought to seek candidates who are committed to building bridges between not only the sciences and the humanities but also the other disciplines and colleges of the university.

Mike Haupert, a current member of the Provost/Vice-Chancellor Search/Screen Committee, raised a procedural issue regarding the election vs. the appointment of the committee chair.  He distributed a copy of the sample search/screen procedures for the senate to review.  His concern is that the committee and more importantly the institution not open itself up to possible criticism.  After considerable discussion the senate approved the following motion:

M/S/P that in the future, when the Chancellor makes appointments to the various search/screen committees that he/she appoints the convener with a recommendation that the convener ought to be elected chair.  (voice vote)

M/S/P that the faculty senate endorses the list of essential attributes in the P/VC candidates as presented by Senators Cravins and Hollenback.  (unanimous voice vote)

VII. Second Reading – By-laws for Curriculum Committees.

B. The Academic Planning Committee

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

1. Maintaining and updating the procedures and criteria used to review proposals for new or revised academic programs. Any changes in procedures or criteria are subject to the approval of the Faculty Senate. The procedures shall provide opportunity for input from those areas of the University that would be affected by the proposed program. The criteria shall take into consideration the needs of students and society, the mission of the university, the necessity for quality academic programs, and the availability of the necessary resources.

2. Receiving and reviewing proposals for all new academic programs, including emphases, concentrations, minors, majors, graduate, and special programs. Receiving and reviewing proposals for new or revised courses or for program revisions that have resource needs that cannot be met by the proposing department and college, or have implications for long-range academic planning.

a. The review shall include consulting with the Chancellor, the Provost/Vice Chancellor and the academic dean of the proposing college regarding the availability of resources within the college to fund the proposal.

b. If it is determined that adequate resources are not available within the college, APC shall request that the Provost/Vice Chancellor forward to APC a report detailing available resources in the other academic colleges and in the non-academic units of the university. The Provost/Vice Chancellor shall include recommendations on what available resources might be most appropriately used to fund the proposal.

c. The committee shall forward its recommendations to the Faculty Senate.

3. Formulating long range academic plans and reviewing externally generated academic planning initiatives for recommendation to the Faculty Senate.

4. Receiving and reviewing proposals to eliminate academic programs and forwarding its recommendations to the Faculty Senate.

The regular membership of the committee shall consist of nine full time faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor, having no designated administrative responsibilities, each with a minimum of four years experience at UW-L or tenured status. This membership shall include three faculty from the College of Liberal Studies and two faculty from each of the following academic units:  the College of Science and Allied Health, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education. Terms of membership shall be three years and be staggered so that three members complete their terms and are replaced each year. The committee shall elect its chairperson. If the committee is meeting as described in 2.b. above, then the membership of the committee shall be temporarily expanded (if necessary) in order to provide a representative from the proposed new or revised program. If the committee is meeting as described in 4. above, then the membership of the committee shall be temporarily expanded (if necessary) in order to provide a representative from the program proposed for elimination. Any temporary member shall have no designated administrative responsibilities and shall be selected through procedures established by the committee.
 

K. The Graduate Curriculum Committee

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

4. Evaluating various curricular proposals by an established set of criteria, taking into consideration the needs of students and of society, the mission of the university, the necessity for quality programs, and the ability of the department and college to meet the resource needs of the proposal.
 

W. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

5. Evaluating curriculum proposals by a hierarchical set of criteria, taking into consideration the needs of students and of society, the mission of the university, the necessity for quality programs, and the ability of the department and college to meet the resource needs of the proposal.
 

I. The General Education Committee

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

4. Evaluating general education proposals within the established program structure, taking into consideration the needs of students and of society, the mission of the University, the necessity for quality general education, and the goals of the program.
 

M/S/P to approve as presented. (voice vote)  This constitutes a second reading.

VIII. Bylaw to Permit Remuneration for Department Chairs – Second Reading.

VIII. Remuneration of Department Chairpersons

A. Salary adjustment for chairpersons

1. There will be a fixed chairperson's stipend paid to each department chairperson in the form of additional lump sum compensation during the academic year.  The amount of the fixed stipend shall be reviewed periodically by the Promotion, Tenure and Salary Committee.

2. Chairpersons shall be evaluated annually by their departments in accordance with current university policy applicable to faculty evaluation and merit pay.

B. Reduction of Load

1. Department chairpersons are to be assigned a reduced load depending on department size

a. A reduction of one-quarter time for a chairperson of a department with fewer than 10 full-time faculty positions.
b. A reduction of one-half time for a chairperson of a department with 10 or more full-time faculty positions.

2. Exceptions to the preceding guidelines are permitted when justified by the volume of departmental business or by other university responsibilities held by the chairperson.  Such exceptions shall be arranged in consultation with the chairperson's dean.

M/S/P to approve (voice vote) This constitutes a second reading.
 

IX. Academic Program Review – Medical Laboratory Science Program (Department of Clinical Sciences).

Jess Hollenback, Chair of the Academic Program Review Committee, reviewed the conclusions/recommendations section of the report.  He reported that the self-study was very well done with clear responses to questions, and an outstanding assessment instrument in place.  Carol McCoy, Director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, which is only two years old, reported that last year the department received a 5-year accreditation.

M/S/P that the Faculty Senate endorse the report.  (voice vote)

X.  New Business.

M/S/P to commend David Bange for three-years of exemplary service as Faculty Senate Chair.

The meeting adjourned with a round of applause at 5:10 p.m.