University Committee Meeting Minutes 2019-06-10
University Committee Meeting MinutesMinutes approved 06/24/2019
Minutes for June 10, 2019 Approved June 24, 2019
members present: Campagnola, Halverson, Sandgren, Ventura, Warfield (chair), Wolf
present (in addition to those noted below): S. Smith, Heather D., J. Smith, M.
Felber, J. Richard, G. Bump, M. Mayrl
new chair Terry Warfield called the meeting to order at 1:01 p.m. He then
provided an overview of UC attendance at Fac Rep and BoR meetings moving
forward (Kirsten Wolf and Paul Campagnola will split) and an update on the
annual UC get-together (will not be in the dead of winter). Secretary of the
Faculty Steve Smith called attention to the TSARC response response to last semester’s
UC decided to place this item on the October Senate agenda for information. As
this was his first official UC meeting as a member, Eric Sandgren commented
that he has particular in interest in shared governance, a safe and supportive
environment, and administrative burden. The minutes of the meeting of May
20, 2019, were approved with one typographical adjustment.
lobbyist Jack O’Meara briefly described how PROFS works for the benefit of new
UC members and reported on the PROFS response to the recent JFC cutting of $75M
from the UW part of the state budget. Consternation and discussion ensued. The
UC discussed a working document on activities supporting probationary faculty,
especially those with joint appointments. Ample discussion ensued; UC strongly
endorses moving forward on all activities, but notes need to be clear about
options, nuances, role of mentor vs reviewer, and other details. Primary goal
should be clarification of expectations.
UC approved the general contents of a draft charge for a working group on
practice-related titles, to be fleshed out once a committee is in place. The UC
also approved the following as a general charge for a working group on
promotion to full professor: “Review October 2016 guidance memo on promotion to
full professor and determine what from that memo and/or related materials
should be incorporated into FPP.”
Once membership confirmed, group can be charged.
Board chair Peter Miller followed up on an issue that has arisen periodically
over the last couple of years: the fact that UW's FARs turn over more
frequently than those of our peers. Attaching the FAR(s) to an active AB role puts additional
premium on their time. There also tends to be something of a learning curve
such that longer terms as FAR bring certain advantages. UC agrees that we
should explore ways to be clearer about distinguishing between the two co-FARs
that would represent an extension of faculty voice, including potentially some
aspect of ex officio connections. Much discussion, which will continue into
next year. Sandgren asked about football and long-term injury and Miller
updated UC on UW’s leading role in scholarly study of concussions as well as in
taking action on results.
Vice Provost Casey Nagy provided an update on last efforts before Extension
merger becomes final on July 1. All transition activities still on track. Some
functions will continue as they are beyond transition date. Nagy provided much
detail; with regard to faculty: (1) Division of Extension will continue to use
existing PTR/promotion criteria for one AY, conditional on use of UW-Madison
procedures and on limiting reviews/promotions only to those truly eligible. (2)
Emeriti faculty from Extension will transfer over as emeriti faculty of
Madison, under the auspices of the Senate resolution conferring full privileges
of faculty on Extension faculty. UC concurs on both points. Extension will not
be subject to initial rollout of new campus youth safety requirements because
it is simply not feasible to roll those out that quickly to that broad a group.
Extension already has protections for vulnerable populations in place, which
will be reviewed in light of new policy. Some discussion of faculty and dean
Rebecca Blank reported that we have received our official notice of
reaccreditation. She also updated the UC on staffing changes and the upcoming
June 18 dedication of a plaque recognizing the UW’s presence on Ho-Chunk land.
Blank reported on recent BoR meeting (new leadership comprised of Madison alums,
presentation on Freshwater Science, etc.) and on state budget (JFC not only
slashed amount, but also created approval requirements for every expenditure).
State role in micromanaging expenditures calls into question why we even have a
Board. At a time when the state economy is perhaps stronger than ever in our
lifetimes, this is a devastating development, particularly in light of where it
seemed things were. Nevertheless, this is worse for other campuses than for us.
Blank reported on upcoming WARF, WFAA, and Research Park board meetings, and
responded to a question from Sandgren about China-US tensions by acknowledging
nobody knows how this will develop, but the prospects for continued educational
collaboration are bleak. Blank concluded by noting that recent announcements on
fetal tissue research will not have an immediate impact on campus, but are
Sandgren moved to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c)
and (f) to discuss personnel matters. The motion was seconded and passed at
3:02 p.m. The UC considered and unanimously approved three 2-year clinical-initial
clock extensions, two 1-year clock extension for medical reasons, and a 5-year
extension of a leave of absence (for a total of just under 10 years). The UC
developed a list of nominees for working groups on (1) promotion to full and
(2) practice-related titles. The UC approved the ITC’s selection of incoming
chair and assigned its own members to UC-based seats on various committees. Warfield
moved to reconvene in open session to adjourn. The motion was seconded and
passed at 3:51 p.m., at which point Warfield declared the meeting adjourned.