Provost Gronert updated the UC on several topics including:
- His office (in collaboration with other groups) is messaging the university on various COVID-related policies. Most importantly that students should not be required to provide doctor’s notes for medical excuses.
- He intends to start an informal search for an interim Dean of the new College of Arts and Architecture. The plan is to appoint two faculty each from the PSOA and SARUP, together with two faculty from elsewhere on campus and a representative from the Provost’s office. These would solicit applications, interview candidates, and submit recommendations to his office. The UC thought that the proposed process sounded fine, but requested that he ensure that a diverse group of applicants are encouraged to apply.
AVC Fessahaye briefed the UC on a new organizational development website that would be a one-stop shop for resources for non-discipline-specific professional development. The website would assist UWM employees identify and work toward their own professional goals.
Lastly, UC representatives were chosen for the forthcoming ZCPH (Dolan) and SFWS (McHenry) Dean searches.