Faculty Senate Minutes 2017-05-01
Minutes approved October 2, 2017
Chancellor Rebecca Blank called the meeting to order at 3:33 p.m. with 143 voting members present (110 needed for quorum). Memorial resolutions were offered for Professor Emeritus Seymour Abrahamson (Faculty Document 2678), Professor Emeritus John Berbee (Faculty Document 2679), Professor Emeritus Robert Cole (Faculty Document 2680), Professor Emeritus Jack Ferver (Faculty Document 2681), and Professor Emeritus Hugh Iltis (Faculty Document 2682).
Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims presented an update on diversity and inclusion at UW-Madison entitled “Forward Together: A New Era for Diversity and Inclusion.” There was one comment on how best to advance diversity and inclusion in light of other forces, to which both Sims and Blank responded. Chancellor Blank provided updates on the close of the academic year, upcoming commencement events, the announcement of two UW-Madison Carnegie Fellows, and her recent visit to Washington, DC, which included attendance at the American Association of Universities (AAU) annual meetings, testimony to a congressional panel on over-regulation, and a meeting of Big10 chancellors with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Blank also provided updates on research funding, campus efforts arising from the AAU sexual assault survey, the state budget, legislation related to speech, appointments of new directors for the Arboretum and the State Lab of Hygiene, and the approval of the campus post-tenure review policy by the Board of Regents. There were four comments, regarding sexual violence and training, basic research funding, and regulations. The minutes of the meeting of April 3, 2017 were approved. Chancellor Blank thanked outgoing University Committee members Amy Wendt (2016-2017 chair) and Tom Broman for their service, and welcomed incoming chair Anja Wanner and new members Steve Ventura and Terry Warfield.
Associate Professor John Hall (History) presented the annual report of the Officer Education Committee (Faculty Document 2683). There were no questions or comments. Professor Parmesh Ramanathan (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented the annual report of the Advisory Committee for the Office for Equity and Diversity (Faculty Document 2684). There was one question, with responses from several people, on conflict of interest. Professor Irwin Goldman (Horticulture) presented the annual report of the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities (Faculty Document 2685). There were no questions or comments. University Committee Chair and Professor Amy Wendt (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented the report on elections to faculty committees (Faculty Document 2686) and thanked everyone who helped her during her year as UC chair, concluding with an exhortation to all faculty to get involved in the rewarding work of governance. There were no questions or comments.
Associate Vice Chancellor and Professor Jan Greenberg (Social Work) presented the results of an IRB (Institutional Review Board) survey, which reviewed PI (principal investigator) experiences with human subject regulatory mechanisms and recommendations for improvements (Faculty Document 2687). There were two questions, relating to streamlining ARROW (Application Review for Research Oversight at Wisconsin) and user fees. Associate Dean and Professor Greg Downey (Journalism & Mass Communication) presented a proposal to merge the Departments of Urban & Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture into the Department of Planning & Landscape Architecture (Faculty Document 2688) and a proposal to rename the Department of Zoology to the Department of Integrative Biology (Faculty Document 2689. There were no questions or comments on either proposal.
Associate Professor Ellen Samuels (Gender & Women’s Studies) moved adoption of a resolution in support of transgender students, faculty, and staff (Faculty Document 2690). The motion was seconded and several people spoke in favor of the resolution. The resolution passed unanimously by voice vote. The meeting was adjourned at 5:29 p.m.
Steven K. Smith
Secretary of the Faculty