August 26, 2005




TO:                  T.J. Brooks, Convener

                        Promotion, Tenure, & Salary Committee (PTS)


FROM:            Carmen Wilson, Chair

                        Faculty Senate


RE:                   Committee Charge for 2005-2006 Academic Year


This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the Promotion, Tenure, & Salary Committee for the 2005-06 academic year.  As the convener of the PTS Committee it is your responsibility to arrange as soon as feasible an organizational meeting, the primary purpose of which is to elect a chairperson and a secretary.  Please share this memo with the committee members either at the organizational meeting or, if you prefer, prior to that meeting.


Primary responsibilities of the chairperson include:

o       promptly informing the Senate office (5-8018) the results of the election of officers and any changes in committee membership.*

o       organizing and conducting meetings.

o       completing a year end report on the PTS activities to be submitted to the Senate Office no later than May 31, 2006.


*The committee chairperson should carefully review the policies on committee attendance and the role of alternates on pgs. 10-11, of the 8-27-01 Articles & By-laws materials distributed by Jennifer Wilson's office. 


Primary responsibilities of the secretary include:

o       recording minutes of each meeting.

o       sending meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers ( so that the minutes can be posted on the faculty senate website. 


In the event the committee chooses to rotate secretarial duties, please designate one person to be responsible for e-mailing the meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers.  Sibbie has already created an e-mail distribution list of committee members which includes Sibbie to facilitate communication with faculty senate.


Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

  1. Studying and recommending policies and procedures used in the university concerning salary, promotion, and tenure.
  2. Collecting and disseminating information on procedures employed within the university in matters concerning promotion, tenure, and salary.


Membership of the committee shall consist of nine faculty members, none of whom shall have any designated administrative responsibility, and none of whom shall be members of the academic staff.  The committee shall elect its chairperson.


In addition to the committee’s normal duties, I ask that the committee consider and report on the following special charges: 

o       Report to senate the final recommendations about salary compensation methods employed by colleges for faculty teaching in J-term, May-term, and summer school, and make recommendations (relative to a uniform university policy) as necessary.  Please plan to submit this report to senate no later than October 13, 2005.

o       Consider the following recommendations from JPC

·        five years at rank of Assistant Professor be required for promotion to Associate Professor,

·        five years at rank of Associate Professor be required for promotion to Professor, and

·        to determine whether a residency requirement (time in service at UW-L) ought to be specified for eligibility for promotion. This continues to be a matter in which the JPC has interest and will welcome attention and action.

·        Please plan to submit this report to senate no later than December 8, 2005.

o       Investigate the role of department faculty, deans, and the Provost in retention recommendations and decisions. Report on both policy and current practice.  Please plan to submit this report no later than March 9, 2006.


If you have questions or concerns regarding these charges, please contact me at any time during the year.


Finally, if the Senate Executive Committee or I can assist your committee in any way during the year, please do not hesitate to ask.