UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that the Chancellor’s Expanded Cabinet met. Topics discussed included the Board of Regents meeting, to be held on our campus later this week, and UWM enrollment status. Positions on the Rules and SSEA Committees still need to be filled for 2019-20.
UC discussed voting rights that were mistakenly granted to a nonacademic staffperson in CHS, and which contradict UWM Policies and Procedures.
Possible changes and clarifications to the post-tenure review policy were discussed.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor attended the Faculty Reps meeting last week. Leave reporting processes were discussed. UW System President Ray Cross attended and participated in a discussion about the UW-Whitewater Chancellor search. The Program Monitoring Policy is still being developed and will be circulated in fall. President Cross is still pushing to fund the pay plan. President Cross has been discussing with the legislature the impact of transfer of technical college credits to UW System schools. An ad hoc committee on building safety is being developed; John Reisel will represent UC on this committee.
Chancellor Mark Mone attended, and discussed the upcoming Board of Regents meeting on campus in June; there should be much discussion about the budget. Requests for the UWM campus have gone through a rigorous vetting process over a period of time, and are supported by the BOR. There is a list of priorities regarding capital projects, and the UWM Chemistry building is at the top of the list.
Chancellor Mone and campus representatives have been working with major supporters to lobby legislators and promote the campus; this appears to be working well. The Chancellor has asked UW System for a meeting of all campuses involved in the System restructuring, to discuss a request for more time and more funding.
UC Member Bettina Arnold reported that APBC is meeting once more this academic year, later this week.
UC Member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that visits by the candidates for the CGS Dean position wrap up this week.
UC Member John Reisel reported that Economic Benefits also meets later this week.
UC Member Mark Schwartz reported that an external candidate for Library Director has withdrawn from the search.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he attended the Budget Model Support Team meeting. The impact of funding streams on fringe benefits and changes in accounting strategies were discussed. Fringe rates will change next year. Also, the new budget process does not include funds being carried forward, so how that will be addressed was discussed.
Provost Johannes Britz reported that candidates for the CGS Dean position are visiting this week and next. Library Director candidates are visiting next week.
UC Member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that CGS Dean candidates are visiting campus this week and next.
UC Member John Reisel reported that the pay plan memo was distributed by campus administration without consulting with the Economic Benefits Committee.
UC Member Mark Schwartz reported that GFC is revising policies regarding requirements for graduate student grade point average, considering that academic probation no longer exists.
UC Member Kathy Dolan was unanimously elected UC Chair for 2019-2020.
Implementation of post-tenure review policy was discussed, and major issues were identified. Ideas to assist implementation and clarify procedures and timelines were generated. UC will work on these issues over the summer, with a revised policy forthcoming.
The UC summer meeting schedule was determined. UC will meet on the following dates: June 4, June 25, July 9, July 30, August 13. All meetings will be held at 1 pm in Lubar N456. Weekly meetings will resume with the start of the fall contract, beginning August 20.
The UC wishes everyone a happy and productive summer.
Most business today was personnel-related, conducted in closed session.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that the Dean of Students has assembled a Dean of Students Advisory Board, to act as an informal sounding board for issues that arise. Also, Tina Freiburger and John Reisel have won election to the UC; both will serve three-year terms.
UC Member John Reisel reported that the Policy Advisory Group met, and there are several revised SAAPs on the agenda for the next Faculty Senate meeting.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that the Chancellor’s Extended Cabinet met yesterday – several announcements for partnerships are forthcoming. The keynote speaker for May graduation will be Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio. An update on state budget and capital budget was provided. The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center is opening next week. Enrollment for Fall 2019 is steady. University staff elections have been completed.
UC Member Bettina Arnold reported that there was a discussion in APBC discussed that if no budget is passed, there will be a default to last year’s budget. GFC is still trying to continue to determine what happens with TA and RA tuition benefits and hiring of PAs under the new budget model.
UC Member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the Provost has approved three candidates for on-campus interviews, to be conducted the weeks of May 6th and May 13th.
UC Member Mark Schwartz reported that a revision to FD 2793 establishing the Milwaukee Organization Representing the Faculty Senate (MORFS) will move through the Codification Committee and Rules Committee and will be placed on the Agenda for the next Faculty Senate meeting. UC endorses and supports the development of MORFS.
Academic Staff Senate Chair Kristin Roosevelt updated the UC on differential workload policy discussions. The AS Senate has been working to bring the academic staff of the College of General Studies under AS policy 104, and transition to a more consistent long-term contract for employees working over 50% FTE. Also, the AS workload policy has been presented to all Deans and to the Academic Staff Leadership Council. All schools and colleges should have a workload policy on file by July 1.
Dean Brett Peters, College of Engineering and Applied Science, provided an update on continuing needs for departmental augmentation in Material Science and Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.
Devi Shastri, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, attended. She is UWM’s new contact at the Journal Sentinel, and she is completing her first month with the newspaper. She covers higher ed across the state, both public and private colleges and universities. She is responsible for both smaller daily stories and larger “big picture” stories. Her editors are especially interested in research-based stories. Story ideas discussed include the Freshwater Collaborative, what is happening with the state budget and the impact on UW System campuses – including the limbo of the proposed UWM Chemistry building in capital expenditures. Another idea is exploration of the impact of the tuition freeze on UWM and other UW System colleges.
The Student Association Senate has asked for UC support of a resolution of support for open textbook opportunities for courses. The UC has agreed to endorse their proposed resolution, which should be on the agenda for the next Faculty Senate meeting.
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.
Chancellor Mark Mone attended and provided an update on the budget. The State Building Commission did not advance any recommendations to the Joint Finance Commission on the capital budget. The Chancellor and UW System President Ray Cross believe that the Chemistry building will remain at the top of the priority list for capital projects, and the Chancellor hopes that the Union will also remain high up on the list as well. They will advocate for these projects. Chancellor Mone will announce a System-wide initiative to prevent sexual misconduct on campuses, with our campus as the springboard for the initiative. The Freshwater Collaborative is moving along and appears to have significant institutional support. There will be a new Chancellor and Provost at UW-Whitewater, and UW-Stout has announced the development of a search committee for a new Chancellor.
There was a discussion about the routing of cases requesting consideration of faculty discipline or dismissal. Suggestions to provide clarification in the process included the provision of training for deans and department chairs, and that deans confer with the Provost prior to forwarding dismissal cases to the Chancellor. Protection of students was also discussed.
John McCune, vice president of Student Affairs for UWM student government, and Kristin Woodward, UWM Libraries, presented to UC on ideas to make course materials more affordable at UWM by increasing open textbook use by faculty and instructional staff. Results from a student survey were presented, and the Open Textbooks initiative was discussed. Grants are available for individual faculty who wish to transition to open textbook use. McCune and Woodward suggested Faculty Senate support of a Student Association resolution advocating for open textbook use.
UC member John Reisel reported that the Rules Committee finalized the Faculty Senate agenda for next week. There will be a AAUP resolution discussed at that meeting.
UC member Bettina Arnold reported that the Budget Model Working Group has presented to APBC and is still working on integrating CGS with rest of campus. The Department of Education is auditing UWM.
UC member Mark Schwartz reported that the Library Director Search and Screen Committee met and developed a list of finalists which has been forwarded to the Provost.
UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the CGS Dean Search and Screen Committee will be conducting Zoom interviews with semifinalists later this week and early next week.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that Dean of Students Adam Jussel is developing a student advisory committee to provide feedback to the Dean of Students office on various initiatives and programs; faculty representation will also be solicited for this committee. Also, the Program Monitoring Policy Plan is being revised for circulation and consideration in the fall. O’Connor attended the Chancellor’s Employee Learning and Development Advisory Committee (CELDAC) meeting, at which Tim Danielson reported on trainings available through HR. Finally, the Faculty Representatives were contacted by a legislator’s office; this request was forwarded to UW System.
The UC discussed the need to clarify procedures used when faculty waive their rights to a tenure and promotion hearing in their 6th year, and subsequent procedures to be used in year 7. UC will recommend that the Codification Committee clarify this process.
Provost Johannes Britz reported that a list of several candidates for Health Sciences Dean has been forwarded to him for consideration.
UC member John Reisel reported that Policy Advisory Committee met and discussed a revised SAAP on extended incompletes for undergraduates; this will be brought to the Faculty Senate at their next meeting.
UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the Search and Screen Committee for the CGS Dean met and narrowed down the pool of recommended candidates to 8. This list will be forwarded to the Provost for review. Once the Provost approves a list of semifinalists, these people will be invited for Zoom interviews.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he attended a debriefing of APBC’s budget presentations and process with each of the school and colleges. The dynamic of presenting both unadjusted and adjusted results did not garner positive feedback from academic units. O’Connor also reported that the Pay Plan Working Group has been meeting to develop guidelines for a potential pay plan, based on the last pay plan guidelines. One issue is that solid performer designation was not grievable by faculty in the last exercise; UC will push for this to be grievable in future pay plan evaluations.
O’Connor reported that a list of faculty under consideration for the HBSSW Dean Search and Screen Committee has been forwarded to the Provost.
The campus will begin to implement filtering software to limit access to problematic content, such as explicit sexual content. Researchers working in areas requiring access to websites impacted by the filters will still be able to do so but will need to work through the filters.
The status of capital projects on UWM and other System campuses is up in the air right now, due to the failure of the Governor’s state budget to be passed.
Regarding last week’s on-campus shooting at the Peck complex, the investigation has been turned over to the Oak Creek Police Department. Currently, little information is being provided about the incident other than what we already know, to minimize interference in the investigation. Because of this, Campus is limited in being able to address rumors on social media until the investigation is complete.
UC member John Reisel reported that the Economic Benefits Committee met and discussed the Titling and Total Compensation Study, and concerns of CGS faculty.
UC member Dev Misra reported that SSEA completed and submitted the report evaluating the Dean of the Graduate School.
UC member Mark Schwartz reported that the Library Director S&S committee met yesterday and screened candidates.
UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the CGS Dean S&S Committee are reviewing applications, and will meet next week to discuss them and decide on a list of semifinalists for Zoom interviews. The position announcement closes on Thursday.
UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that the Faculty Representatives Committee will be serving as an advisory board to the Title and Total Compensation Group. O’Connor reported that the committee was briefed on the implications of the state budget for UW System schools, and also discussed sick leave reporting. They also received an update on the status of the Program Productivity Monitoring Policy, which has undergone revisions and still needs to be approved; the new draft was planned to be released on March 22.
The Education reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Karen Herzog, has retired. Chair O’Connor suggested the UC meet with whomever is the new Education reporter. O’Connor also provided updates on UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater.
Chancellor Mark Mone attended, and briefed the committee on the Chancellor’s Retreat, held yesterday. The Chancellor’s goals for the retreat were to increase awareness of where higher education is today and how this will impact UWM, and to request assistance with communicating this to the rest of the campus. Ideas on how to enhance engagement and awareness campus-wide were generated and discussed.
Professor Nadya Fouad attended to provide an update on the Male Allies Initiative. The Male Allies Initiative involves several elements: 1) the first Male Allies workshop (held); 2) another Male Allies workshop to be held on April 25 and 26, and 3) training for Male Advocates; applications are being solicited, for which the deadline is March 25th. The Woman’s Advisory Board will work with the action plans the Male Advocates will be developing. Listening sessions will be offered to women on campus as well. This work will help us move towards applying for an ADVANCE (institutional transformation) grant from NSF, targeted towards women in STEM.
The committee discussed a replacement for a faculty member augmenting the EC of Translation, in L&S.
UC member Dev Misra reported that SSEA met and was close to finalizing the report on the Dean of the Graduate School.
UC member Mark Schwartz reported that the Library Director Search Committee had their screening meeting, telephone interviews will be held in several weeks.
UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the CGS Dean search is progressing; applications are being received and reviewed by the S&S Committee members. Applications will be discussed at the next meeting, to be held the first week in April.
UC will not be meeting during the week of spring break. The next meeting will be on March 26.