March 5, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he attended the CELDAC meeting last week, which is part of the Cultures and Communities Initiative. The meeting entailed discussion of the committee charge, and schedule of future meetings. He also attended the panel arranged by the Milwaukee Press Club last week. He will attend the Faculty Reps meeting this Friday.

Provost Johannes Britz reported that a UWM professor has been charged with several counts of sexual assault of two UWM students, and was reported in several news outlets over the past several days. UWM policies and procedures for addressing faculty misconduct are being followed. The UC discussed what support can be provided to departments when faced with a difficult situation between a faculty member and students; the Dean of Students’ Office was suggested as a resource for departments faced with these issues.

There is a meeting of the UW System Provosts tomorrow, at which the Freshwater University proposal and cross-system recruitment of students will be discussed. The Board of Regents will be meeting Thursday and Friday at UW-Madison. Provost Britz will be a panelist on the Student Success Collaborative panel (1 hour), to be held during the BOR meeting.

UC member John Reisel reported that the agenda for the next Senate meeting is not yet full. There was also a Policy Advisory Committee meeting the week prior, at which members of the Development office met with the members of the committee to discuss taking a number of their SAAPs and combining them into a more streamlined set of documents. The Policy Advisory Committee also discussed the campus budget at this meeting.

UC member Dev Misra reported that the Nomination Committee met last week and is developing a slate of nominees for the upcoming election for university committees, for the 2019-20 academic year.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that AAFEC met last week and is developing a series of resources to be made available to faculty search committees to enhance diversity in faculty recruitment.

Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement Joan Prince attended to discuss enhancing recruitment efforts for faculty of color.

February 26, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that the Milwaukee Press Club has organized an event, “Behind the Headlines: UW System, Time for Transformation?”, with several panelists representing UW System taking questions from press representatives. UC Chair O’Connor will be one of the panelists, along with UWM Chancellor Mark Mone, UW System President Ray Cross, and a UWM student representative. The panel will be conducted at the Lake Express Ferry Terminal from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 27th. The Panel beings at noon.

Chair O’Connor reported that he has been appointed to the CELDAC (Chancellor’s Employee Learning, Development and Advisory Committee), supporting learning and development for UWM employees. He has also been asked to be a member of the Pay Plan Work Group, tasked with preparations to implement a pay plan, should it be approved by the state Legislature. O’Connor also attended the Chancellor’s Extended Cabinet meeting this week, where the Governor’s budget for UW System and how it could impact UWM were discussed. The budget as proposed does not include outcome-based funding. O’Connor will also attend the Faculty Reps meeting on the 8th.

UC member Dev Misra reported that the Nominations Committee will be meeting tomorrow. The SSEA is still in process of scheduling meetings.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the Affirmative Action in Faculty Employment Committee (AAFEC) will be meeting tomorrow, examining practices that can be used to enhance diversity hiring.

Professor Emerita Margo Anderson attended to discuss faculty dismissal hearing procedures.

February 19, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he met with Chancellor Mark Mone, and discussed the Chancellor’s Retreat, the Freshwater Collaborative, and student union seg fees. He would also like to create a group that thinks outside the box regarding what the university could look like in 30 years.

Provost Johannes Britz attended, and reported that the Freshwater Collaborative is garnering some positive attention from legislators. He will meet with faculty from UWM-Waukesha next week. The CHS Dean search is proceeding with candidate visits this week and next. The HBSSW Dean search committee is being formed. Weaknesses of the current PTR policy were also discussed with the Provost.

UC member Mark Schwartz reported that efforts to get approval of a funding mechanism for MORFS – similar to PROFS at UW-Madison – appear to be moving forward. If successful, this will likely be presented to Faculty Senate at the April meeting.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj attended the meeting of CHS Dean candidate Cheryl Bailey with the Chancellor’s Extended Cabinet earlier today.

APBC Chair Tina Freiburger attended, and discussed the rollout meetings of the new budget model with the schools and colleges, and the central units.  Methods to improve the process were discussed.

February 5, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he attended the Faculty Reps meeting last week. The pay plan, Program Monitoring Policy, a new Teacher Education Task Force, the UW-Whitewater Chancellor search, Title and Compensation Review, and PTR were discussed. A revision to the Program Monitoring Policy to come in spring will focus on campuses providing data to system providing data, rather than system providing data to campuses on their programs.

Provost Johannes Britz attended, and reported that the Board of Regents meeting is this week; the Provosts will also be meeting. Provost Britz presented updates on the status of a new Chemistry building, as well as Building A in NWQ.

UC member Mark Schwartz reported that a meeting with the Governor’s policy director was fruitful in discussing implementing a funding mechanism for UW-Milwaukee’s MORFS, which will serve in a similar role as PROFS does for UW-Madison faculty. Schwartz will be meeting with UW System President Ray Cross in the near future.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the CGS Dean search committee met last week and approved the position description and ad copy for the search. The ad will be posted shortly.

January 29, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he will attend the Faculty Reps meeting this coming Friday; the PTR process will be discussed at that meeting. Christine Roberson attended and answered questions about PTR cases that have gone to the Divisional Committees thus far. UC members will be attending the Academic Leadership Council meetings with each of the CHS Dean candidates when they each visit campus over the next several weeks.  He will solicit for a faculty member to sit on the student independent election commission.

UC member Bettina Arnold reported that APBC continues to discuss the new budget model; last week the budget for Central Support and Infrastructure was presented.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that AAFEC met last week, and the CGS Dean Search committee will meet for the first time on Feb. 1st, to begin the search process.

Names were generated as suggestions for chairing the HBSSW Dean Search and Screen Committee. UC Member Devendra Misra will represent UC on the committee.

Richard Marcus presented a song he composed in consideration as a new school song.

UC discussed pros and cons of various strategies for disbursement of a potential pay plan.

January 22, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he met with Chancellor Mone earlier in the day and discussed the AAUP resolution regarding program productivity monitoring. They have also identified a new appointee for the Chancellor’s Advisory Task Force on LGTBQ+ Issues, Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, and another for an opening on FRRC, Joe Austen.

Provost Johannes Britz reported that Stan Stojkovic will be stepping down as Dean of the HBSSW. The search and screen committee for that position will be constructed and convened in May.

The CHS search and screen committee for Dean has four finalists that are moving forward.

The CGS Dean search and screen committee will meet on Feb. 1st to begin planning.

The position description is complete for Library Director.
Gisele Durham, Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, is stepping down to take a position at George Mason University.

UW System President Ray Cross will be attending Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting. The Provost will be meeting with APBC to discuss the new budget model. He also has asked the Deans for clarification of teaching loads for academic staff, as they are sometimes unclear and vary across schools.

Academic Staff Senate Chair Kristin Roosevelt reported that the ASC has been working on workload policies across schools and colleges, highlighting the rationale for different workloads. ASC has been working with L&S to establish wording for contracts based on Chapter 104. Academic Staff Senate will be updated on new policies regarding reference checks for hires. The Hearing and Appeals Committee is looking at revamping their intake forms.

UC member John Reisel reported that the Rules Committee met last Wednesday to revise the Faculty Senate agenda for this Thursday’s meeting.

UC member Bettina Arnold reported that APBC met with the finance people last week and discussed the budgets for the school and colleges. Budgets for each school/college are tied to a metric based on enrollment and completion, and research funding.

UC member Kathy Dolan reported that there are four finalists for the CHS Dean search, who will be visiting campus in February.

UC member Mark Schwartz reported that ads are developed as is position description for the Library Director search.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the College of General Studies search and screen committee will meet February 1st. Draft materials (advertising and position description) have already been distributed to committee members.

January 15, 2019

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that UW System President Ray Cross will attend the January 24th Faculty Senate meeting; the Rules Committee will amend the agenda for the meeting to facilitate a question and answer period with President Cross. The resolution on program productivity pending for the Faculty Senate meeting was discussed and wording changes suggested, and names were identified from faculty preference lists for potential membership on the Chancellor’s Advisory Task Force on LGTBQ+ Issues. Work load policy for Mechanical Engineering was discussed, and referred back to the department as an internal matter.

UC member John Reisel reported that the Rules Committee met and established an agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting next week, which will be amended due to the visit by UW System President Cross. The Economic Benefits Committee met and discussed the benefits survey completion rate, which is 29% at UWM. Benefits cannot be cut by System because they are controlled by ETF.

Awards and Recognition Committee Chair Joe Rodriguez attended to brainstorm methods of recognizing nominees for teaching awards. The committee recommended that a letter be sent to all nominees informing them of their nomination, and that the nomination could be recorded on Digital Measures and CVs.

December 18, 2018

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that our R1 status has officially been renewed. He attended the Faculty Reps meeting last week, at which the Program Productivity Monitoring process was discussed. At that meeting, UW System President Ray Cross discussed the rationale for changing the process. The Faculty Reps were also told that they would comprise an Advisory Council on Title and Total Compensation; reps had many questions about this.

The Benefits survey window for completion has been extended until December 21st due to low completion rates. The survey was discussed at the Faculty Reps meeting, and there were a lot of questions about the survey.

Provost Johannes Britz reported that the news about our R1 status was released early; our next renewal will occur in three years. The Chancellor of UW-Whitewater has resigned, as has the Provost of UW-Madison. The Provost has also reached out to a candidate for the Lubar School of Business Dean position, and negotiations are underway. Yesterday the administration served coffee, hot chocolate and snacks to the students. The next several weeks are anticipated to be quiet, in recognition of the holidays and semester break.

UC member Bettina Arnold reported that APBC will continue with budget planning activities in January.

UC will not meet again until January 15th, 2019. The University Committee wishes everyone the happiest of holidays, and a great New Year.

December 11, 2018

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that the Provost is launching a search for the new Director of Libraries, which will proceed similarly to a Dean search. The Board of Regents (BOR) approved the MA in African Diaspora Studies and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate at last week’s meeting. Chair O’Connor will be inviting UW System President Ray Cross to a future Faculty Senate meeting; potential topics for discussion with President Cross were generated, including: the impact of UW-Madison’s changing targets for in-state and out-of-state student enrollment on enrollment at the other System campuses; use of outside consultants vs. internal experts; program productivity monitoring; pay gaps between administrators and faculty and staff; GPR funding for UWM; thoughts on a common GenEd curriculum across campuses; and the budget for restructuring the system and the structural deficits for receiving campuses.

The search for a new Director of Libraries will begin shortly. The Provost has requested names of faculty who could serve on the Search Committee; the UC generated a list of names. Mark Schwartz will serve as the UC representative on the committee.

Chancellor Mark Mone attended and reported that, at last week’s BOR meeting, the Regents gave support for the 3% + 3% compensation package. This will next go to the WI Legislature. The BOR also supported the demolition of Building A at NWQ, and agreed to a waiver for the relocation of the Norris Health Center to NWQ. The waiver allows for this to be paid for by segregated fees beginning in 2022. This has been approved by the Student Association. The Provosts also heard the presentation of the Freshwater University proposal.

The Title and Total Compensation group discussed the Employee Benefits Survey. The group is trying to simplify titles for the system. The Chancellor explained that one purpose of the survey was to explore the desirability of benefit options, including some that are not currently provided. Members of the UC raised concerns that the Benefits Survey seems to force choices of benefits, and also that the survey structure may not result in data that accurately reflects how employees feel about benefits options. The UC also discussed finding another Faculty Senator to sit on the Chancellor’s LGTBQ+ Advisory Task Force, as was requested at the last Faculty Senate meeting.

UC member Kathy Dolan reported that Zoom interviews of semi-finalists for the position of the Dean of the College of Health Sciences will take place in early January. The Search Committee is meeting on January 15th to recommend candidates for in-person interviews, which will occur in February.

UC member Mark Schwartz reported that Jason Pushkar will be the new Associate Dean of the Graduate School; the GFC will need to select a new chair.