Faculty Senate


October 12, 2006                                                                                                                                                                                                    325 Graff Main Hall

Vol. 41, No. 4                                                                                                                                                                                                         3:30 p.m.


I.       Roll Call.

      Present:  Abler, Ahmed, Brokaw, Clow, Cravins, L. Dickmeyer, Galbraith, S. Grunwald, K. Hoar, Hunt, M. Jackson, S. Kelly, S. Krajewski, C. Miller, P. Miller,  Olson, Senger, Shanks, Straker, C. Wilson

      Excused: Choy, Crutchfield, Knox, S. Smith


II.  The minutes from Sept 14, 2006 and Sept 28, 2006 were approved as distributed.


III.  Reports.


A.  Chair’s Report


Chancellor Search: 

The committee will be meeting with President Reilly and the Regents on October 18 to present the names of the 5 finalists, which should then be released by October 20.  Candidates are scheduled to be on campus October 23 through 27 – meetings with governance groups are scheduled for 4:30 to 5:15 each day in 259 Cartwright.  Open forums are scheduled each day at 3:15 to 4:15 in Annett Recital Hall. 


Chancellor’s Communication Council update

·         Tobacco Free Campus:  Pat Karpinski, the Chair of the Academic Staff Council will be heading up a Tobacco Free Campus Committee.  Last spring, the hospitals and the higher education institutions met to discuss the possibility of going “tobacco free.”  Representatives from a medical facility in the cities met with the group to discuss how they were able to be successful in their efforts to go tobacco free.  WTC, Gundersen and Franciscan will be tobacco free in January 2007.  UW-L will be investigating the possibility, the challenges, etc.  If you are interested in this project, serving on the committee, please contact Pat.

·         Library Coffee Shop:  The coffee shop is scheduled to open sometime late this semester or early next semester.


New 5-Year Joint Review Protocol

This protocol is posted on the Provost’s website.  All programs are to be reviewed on or around the 5th anniversary of their implementation.  Under the new guidelines, programs submit a copy of the executive summary from the original entitlement to plan, a copy of the authorization to implement, and a 5 page self-study.  In general, the new guidelines reduce the report and allow for an APR report to replace the 5-year report if the APR report is done close enough in time to the 5-year report due date and if the APR report sufficiently addresses the criteria of the 5-year report.


Tim Wise Brown Bag Lunch Presentation for Staff, Faculty, and Administrators

October 18, 2006

Noon – 1:00 pm

339 Cartwright Center


Beyond Diversity: Using Institutional Power for Racial Equity

This discussion, geared towards faculty, staff and administrators, seeks to examine the ways that persons in positions of authority (in the class, or larger college environment) can use their influence to promote and produce racial equity in a higher ed setting. Whether through pedagogical approaches, funding priorities, admissions policies, programming, or other mechanisms, professionals have the opportunity to make a real difference in the creation of equitable institutional structures: the benefits of which are also addressed in this dialogue.


Tim Wise is among the most respected anti-racist writers and educators in the U.S., having spoken in 48 states and on over 400 college campuses. 


Mary Gayle Pifer

Chair Wilson recognized Mary Gayle Pifer, who died on September 30.  Her significant contributions as a faculty member at UW-La Crosse were highlighted.  Mary Gayle joined the Foreign Languages (now modern languages) department at UW-L in 1974.  She ultimately served several terms as the Chair of that Department and served two terms on the Faculty Senate.  In addition, Dr. Pifer was a leader in the development of the Amity Program at the UW-L which annually brings to the University a minimum of five advanced students from different international cultures and languages to work with university students. Dr. Pifer was also instrumental in working with the University to bring international scholars from diverse countries, including Norway, China and Latvia to campus. One of Dr. Pifer’s more significant contributions to UW- La Crosse was the implementation of the Institute Of English As A Second Language.  Dr. Pifer contributed to the continued development of a global perspective and understanding by introducing the campus and the community to multiple international cultures through the Institute.  Indeed, in 1991, Dr. Pifer was named “Outstanding Woman” of the year by the YWCA for her contributions in promoting multi-cultural relations.


B.  Interim Chancellor Report – Interim Chancellor Liz Hitch and Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Bill Colclough presented drafts of two timelines related to growth and access.  One shows tentative dates in the growth and access planning process from 2006-2007 and the other shows tentative dates in the growth and access implementation plan from 2007-2011.  Feedback was welcomed on these two documents.  There was then general discussion regarding growth and access in which it was emphasized the space needs in Cowley Hall and the idea of UW-L advertising to a greater extent.  In relation to the advertising, administration has been discussing this issue with the faculty in the Marketing Department.  Due to student interest in UW-L this is deemed not a significant concern at this point. 


C.  Faculty Representative’s Report – UW System faculty representatives met September 29th in Madison.  The issues that were discussed were UWS 7, criminal checks on all new UW System employees as of December 2006, and a Legislative Audit Bureau audit of sick leave reports.  Furthermore, Cora Marrett is leaving her position as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs in December and President Reilly has requested feedback on how or if to restructure that position.  Also it was reported that many technical colleges are beginning to offer two year academic programs, similar to the UW System Colleges and there is now discussion in the two year colleges to go to three year colleges. 


D.  Student Association Representative’s Report – Student association liaison, Jake Rome, updated senate on important student senate issues.  Their new initiative, Operation River Watch, developed with the local police department is currently underway.  They are making contact with Viterbo and WTC to determine if their students also want to join the effort of patrolling the river front.  They also passed a resolution against the constitutional amendment against gay marriage. 


IV. Open Forum:  The open forum discussing “What it means to be a member of our educational community.  What are the roles and responsibilities of a “professor”?  What are the roles and responsibilities of senate and senators?  How can we encourage people to participate in the important decisions and activities of campus?” opened with the following remarks from Chair Wilson. 

“One of my top priorities as senate chair has been to keep the campus informed about various happenings and events.  My hope is that not only will people be knowledgeable about what is going on, but that they might also become involved in important campus activities and decisions.  We continually have trouble filling committees, attendance at meetings and events can always improve.  Why is this?  And what can we do about it?  The immediate answer, of course, is that we all are extremely busy, often with completing our primary mission:  teaching students.  But, the complete answer likely is much more complex.  The answer, at least in part, centers on how we define ourselves, in other words “what is a professor (with a small p)?”  Quite fortuitously, after the senate executive committee’s discussion of this question, the Chronicle published an article by Stanley Katz asking essentially the same question.  Katz writes,


“The new environment for higher education has created a situation in which professorial worlds are multiple, complex, and conflicting. I think I am not simply being nostalgic . . . when I assert that we have lost something along the way. We have lost a sense of commonality as professors, the sense that we are all in this together.”


Katz might suggest that our challenges to keep people involved could be because we have

“. . .  lost our sense of belonging to an ascertainable and manageable community of teacher-professors. Along the way, we have lost our commitment to the particular universities in which we work.  . . . . Since we have so little loyalty to our particular universities, we are less likely to serve them well, either in the classroom or in the performance of other necessary functions.”


He goes on to propose that we might begin to fix our most “profound problems” by being clearer about how we see ourselves, by inquiring into our own situation.  We obviously will not answer the question today, but perhaps our discussion will serve to instigate more such conversations. So, we ask, what is a professor?


General Discusssion:

What is a professor?  Comments from the senate included the following:

·        Because we have obtained PhD we are students of someone and have inherited something.  We have a school of thought in a particular discipline.  We all have students that we are collectively connected to in a discipline.  We teach because we found a discipline so interesting that it caused us to make a career choice. We are striving to teach students the things that we have learned and have a responsibility to act in accordance. 

·        It is under challenge right now in Wisconsin.  It is so foreign to people who are doing the budgets.

·        Via the term professor, we are professing our commitment to the discipline.  It occurs at various levels – the student is level 1.  The next level is the obligation to the institution and then the society.  What we struggle with is wanting to do that, not knowing how to do that, not hearing from society that we should do that, and not hearing from the institution that it is valued. 


How do you communicate with your colleagues and your peers?  A comment focused on sitting down in their offices and discussing the issues and listening to opinions.  It is felt that is our duty.  The senate chair emails have helped to elicit discussions. 


Discussion also focused on the time constraints and how this can decrease participation in discussions.  The balance between teaching, scholarship and service was discussed.  A potential problem for lack of participation could be low moral and the lack of appreciation (departmental, college or university).


V.  SEI Policies and Procedures Proposal – This comes as a motion from SEC to approve the distributed SEI policies and procedures for use in a pilot study during the 2006-2007 academic year.  Departments would volunteer to participate in the study and feedback would then be collected and analyzed.  Changes, based on the feedback, would be made and the campus would potentially incorporate the SEI policy and procedures in Fall 2007, pending final approval.  SEI data would not be used for personnel decisions (promotion/retention) until Fall 2008.    


Questions and comments on the policy and procedures included the following:

  • A statement on “a variety of courses” would be evaluated for promotion may not be applicable to some faculty and many academic staff who may someday also seek promotion. 
  • It was pointed out that the data on how gender affects SEI scores is mixed. 
  • Most of the studies on SEIs that were sited in the document deal with undergraduate programs.  Correlations between SEIs and particular factors are not as well studied for graduate and professional programs. 
  • Students may have trouble interpreting question 1.  It will be interesting to pay attention to this during the pilot study. 
  • It was also pointed out that departments will NOT be limited to these five questions and are encouraged to include other questions. 


M/S/P (unanimous) to approve the SEI policies and procedures for use in a pilot study.


VI.   Change of Department Chair Start Date – Currently newly appointed chairs assume duties at the start of the fall semester.  Chairs were asked their preference for start dates:  June 1, July 1 or what is currently in place.  The majority suggested July 1st so that end of the year reports can be finished and several months will be available to prepare for fall.  Many also expressed a desire for a one month overlap between the outgoing and incoming chairs.   


M/S/P to change the start date from the first day of the semester to July 1st.


IX.  Adjournment.

      The meeting adjourned at 5:13 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Sandy Grunwald, Secretary