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.

December 4, 2018

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that he will be attending the Board of Regents (BOR) meeting in LaCrosse later this week. The BOR will be considering the UWS proposal for a pay plan and salary increases. UC Chair O’Connor will touch base with others in UWS regarding the Program Productivity Monitoring Policy proposal. He was contacted last week by the Wisconsin State Journal regarding the response to this by UWM Faculty Senate, comments of which were included in an article published yesterday. Chair O’Connor will ask UW System President Ray Cross to attend a Faculty Senate meeting in spring. He also met with the Chancellor’s Advisory LGBTQ Task Force; they are looking for additional members.

Provost Johannes Britz attended, and reported that he will be attending the Provosts’ meeting in LaCrosse on Wednesday, and anticipates discussing the restructuring of UW-Stevens Point, and the UWS Freshwater University proposal – faculty hires, student internships, and research opportunities and the partnerships are a key part of this proposal. Many UWS campuses are involved, including UWM. He also explained the process he is using to work with the schools and colleges in reviewing their budgets, in preparation for implementation of the new budget model.

The Provost will attend the BOR meeting later this week; several new programs (doctoral program in Occupational Therapy, Masters in African Diaspora Studies) will be discussed. The Dean search for the Lubar School of Business will be wrapped up this week; the comment period ends today. The Dean search for CHS is moving along. The searches for the Dean of the College of General Studies and the Library Director will begin shortly.

Awards and Recognition Committee Chair Joe Rodriguez attended to discuss concerns regarding observations of candidates for Undergraduate Teaching Awards from UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington County. Like other standing committees, the committee will seek to change the charter to also include members of the new CGS division. Preference sheets for nominations to this committee will include reference that travel to other campuses is a responsibility of committee members.

UC member John Reisel reported that the Economic Benefits Committee will be meeting in December to find out more about the rationale for the Benefits survey content and structure.

UC member Bettina Arnold reported that meetings of the Provost and APBC members with academic units on implementation of the new budget model continue. The committee is concerned with confidentiality in discussion about the budget model, and has consulted with Legal for guidance on this issue.

UC member Kathy Dolan reported that the CHS Dean search is progressing. Semi-finalist candidates have been identified, with whom Zoom interviews will be conducted in the early part of January.

UC member Laura Otto-Salaj reported that the Affirmative Action in Faculty Employment Committee (AAFEC) met to discuss the results of the climate survey conducted by the committee two years ago. Results underrepresent faculty of color and LGBTQ faculty, so the committee will conduct targeted data collection to increase the information gathered from those groups. This will occur sometime in spring.

November 27, 2018

UC Chair Kris O’Connor reported that the Chancellor’s Expanded Cabinet met and discussed the rollout of the new UW System reference check hiring policy. The Chancellor reported that the Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA) received a $500k grant to increase transferability and decrease barriers to institutional alliances. Also, there are some increases in enrollment and admission from this time last year. Applications from Illinois appear to be down from last year, perhaps due to less air time purchased by UWM for advertising in Illinois due to high advertising costs prior to the election. UC Chair O’Connor also met with the Chancellor to discuss student safety.

ASC Chair Kristin Roosevelt attended, and briefed UC that the Academic Staff Committee has been examining the workload policies of the College of General Studies and UWM main campus, and recognizes that there are different parameters involved in determining workload on the different campuses.

The revisions to UWM P&P Chapter 104 have been fully approved and will be presented to the Academic Leadership Council in December and the General Meeting of the Academic Staff held in spring.

UWM Senior Counsel Joely Urdan attended to discuss potential upcoming changes in federal and state laws and UWS policy to legal protections for complainants and accused persons under Title IX. These changes preclude making UWS Chapter 4 more restrictive in order to protect complainants.

UC member John Reisel reported that the last Lubar Dean candidate is on campus today. Also, the Economic Benefits survey has been rolled out.

UC member Kathy Dolan reported that today is the priority deadline for the Health Sciences Dean search. Semi-finalists for Zoom interviews will be determined shortly.

UC member Dev Misra reported that the SSEA survey has been finalized and will be coming out soon.