Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes

327 Graff Main Hall – 3:00 p.m.

April 14, 2009


Present:  Joe Heim, Rebecca LeDocq, Susan Crutchfield, Brian Udermann;

Visitors: Kathleen Enz Finken, Bob Hoar


1.  Minutes from the April 7, 2009 SEC meeting was approved. 


2. DES


Motion, to reaffirm the SEC’s March 10, 2009 motion regarding the DES: “SEC support[s] temporarily suspending the bylaws of the DES until no later than June 1, 2011 and support[s] restructuring the reporting line of the Director of the School of Education to address concerns of the DPI.”

M/S/P (4/0/0)


3. Collective Bargaining Resolution from the IAS Committee

            There is a lot of confusion about which version of the resolution the IAS Committee supports.  E. Denlinger and G. Cravins will be asked for approved versions from the IAS Committee and TAUWP, respectively.  Also, there needs to be clarity on how the bargaining units would actually be created—would in fact, IAS be separated form teaching faculty, or would teaching IAS be grouped with faculty because their job description involves teaching?  This discussion will be tabled until we hear more from the IAS Committee.


4. IAS Policy Proposal for Chapter 10

            There is no word from System on the Chapter 10 Policy status.  This will be on the Senate agenda for April 23.


5. Search and Screen Committee for the Director of the School of Education

            Request for nominations were sent out.


6.  PTS on Star Fund

            A recommendation on the fund will come from the PTS Committee and will be on the Senate agenda for next week.


7.  Associate CLS Dean and Director of School of Arts and Communications

            The SEC prefers a permanent position with a national search.   Is there a necessity to do a national search for an associate dean?  The Provost explained that such a practice is unusual and that Assoc. Dean positions are often used to develop the expertise of people on campus.  Discussion ensued. 


8.  Full Professor Status for Ruthann Benson as Dean

Usually when a newly hired dean comes to UW-L with any rank lower than full Professor, that candidate meets with her content department and the department decides whether the candidate should be offered a higher rank.  Are there any rules about handling an internal candidate in this way?  Discussion ensued.  There was some concern that in this case a matter of promotion would be handled in the department rather than through a joint committee.  Do we support a process by which R. Benson could be conferred with Professor status?  Yes. 


9.  University Relations Director Position Cut

A faculty member expressed concerns about this position being cut.  It was decided that this was out of order for Senate business.  A more appropriate venue would be the Academic Staff Council.   


10.  DES, part 2

            The SEC reported to the Provost that it had reaffirmed its decision to support her suspending the DES bylaws.  A letter to this end will be sent to every member of the DES. There is still no word from DPI about conditional approval of the teacher education program.


11.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Susan Crutchfield