Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes

3:00 p.m. – 327 Graff Main Hall

April 28, 2009


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

Visitors: Kathleen Enz Finken, Bob Hoar


1.  Minutes from the April 21, 2009 SEC meeting were approved. 


2. Centennial Celebration in October 2009

            UW-L’s Centennial will be celebrated with a week of activities culminating in major events during Homecoming weekend in October.  There will be a speaker that Friday and a banquet event on Saturday evening.  The event needs to break even, with offset revenues coming from banquet admission fees.  SEC discussed the following possible faculty programming options:

§         Faculty research presentations

§         Emeriti faculty presentations/anecdotal recollections with reception

§         Gathering oral histories (via Chuck Lee’s UW-L Centennial Oral History Project)


3. Collective Bargaining

            The Oshkosh Senate passed a resolution favoring flexibility in creating bargaining units.  ASPRO has a compromise resolution allowing more flexibility.


4.  Provost’s Action Items

Re. Ruthann Benson’s rank status: the Chair of Theater Beth Cherne is working with B. Hoar to devise a process for reviewing R. Benson’s possible promotion. 

We will move ahead with a search for an interim to fill the CLS Assoc. Dean/Dir. of the School of Arts and Communications position;  a national search will be conducted for the final position.


5.  Instructional Designer (ID) Position

S. Crutchfield wrote a letter expressing concerns that the ID job description posted on the HR website did not conform to the position description supported by Faculty Senate.  The HR site job description was posted in error.  The ID Search and Screen Committee is committed to hiring an ID who can work with all instructional formats.


6. Recruitment and Retention Fund

            PTS hasn’t yet submitted a report/recommendation on the RRF.  Working with the Deans, the Provost has made her decisions on the uses of the funds for next year. 


7.  Mission Statement Committee

            The committee will make its final recommendation of a new Select Mission Statement to the Provost and Chancellor.  This could be brought up in the fall as part of the Centennial Celebration.


8.  Academic Staff and Emeriti Parking

            As of July 2008, academic staff emeriti do not receive lifetime free parking, while faculty emeriti continue to receive this perk.  This is a morale issue for some academic staff.


9. Senator

Senator-elect Bradley Butterfield will take a one-term leave of absence for fall term, to return in the Spring.


10.  Leadership in Senate

            There was some discussion of who might take up leadership positions in the Senate next year.


11. Committee Charges and Coordination of Activities

            There needs to be better communication between Senate and Administration regarding faculty committee charges so that no committees work at cross purposes to one another. 


12.  Adjournment at 4:12 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Susan Crutchfield