April 16, 2019

Provost Johannes Britz reported that a Dean of the College of Health Sciences has been hired. We discussed potential changes to the Post-Tenure Review policy around remediation plan development for faculty who do not meet expectations in their post-tenure review. Three finalists for Library Director have been identified and contacted for campus visits. Finalists for the NML Data Science endowed professorship are visiting campus last week and this week.

UC member John Reisel reported that the Economic Benefits Committee met, and learned that the manager of the UWM flexible spending accounts will be changing for next year. John was elected co-chair for the 2019-20 academic year.

UC member Kathy Dolan reported that the College of Health Sciences has completed the interview process for a new Dean, and a candidate has been officially hired.

UC member Mark Schwartz reported on the progress of the MORFS (Milwaukee Organization Representing the Faculty Senate) initiative. This 501-c-6 organization is being developed to work similarly to PROFS at UW-Madison. MORFS will publicly represent and advocate for the UWM Faculty Senate, and the UC will essentially act at the Board of Directors of MORFS, similarly to how PROFS is structured in Madison. PROFS involves faculty choice to provide financial support through payroll deduction; there is support from the Governor’s office for faculty payroll deductions for MORFS as well. Both UWM administration and Legal Affairs are aware of the development of MORFS. Schwartz is developing an item about MORFS for the agenda at the May Faculty Senate meeting; the Senate will be asked to support this process so development of the organization can continue to move forward.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the CGS Dean Search and Screen Committee completed Zoom interviews this past week and will meet today to develop a list of proposed finalists to forward to the Provost for his consideration.