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Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 02-03-22
4:30 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2022
Members Present: Donna Cole, Jenny Dahlberg; Tim
Dalby, chair; Mallory Musolf; Lindsey Stoddard
Cameron; Bill Tishler
Guests: Lesley Fisher, Karl Scholz
The meeting was called to order at 2:02
The minutes of January 27 were
Tim Dalby, ASEC Chair, met with
Adrian Lampron, ASM Chair, as part of the regular
meeting between shared governance chairs. They discussed ASM’s work on
organizing student shared governance at a Systemwide level and working with
Vice Provost John Zumbrunnen on increased flexibility for students and for
courses. Regarding the Chancellor search and screen process, it is anticipated
that finalist visits will take place in early May. On Wednesday, Tim, Mallory,
Jenny, and Jake met with Lucien Gerondeau from the Office of Strategic
Consulting to provide feedback on lessons learned regarding the implementation
of the TTC Project.
Jake Smith, Secretary of the
Academic Staff, reported on a meeting that was held with UW’s State Relations
team, wherein updates were provided on a number of
bills that are in various stages of consideration by the Legislature. This
year’s Academic Staff Institute will be held on April 13. At the February 7
meeting of the Faculty Senate, there will be a first reading of a motion to
support the Assembly’s resolution on pay plan distribution. This will likely be
up for a vote at the March Senate meeting. Jake will be attending interview
sessions for the HR community and shared governance for the Director of Talent
Management finalists. Jake met with Assistant Vice Provost Kelly Rupp regarding
the latest iteration of the campus climate survey.
Stephanie Elkins reported on the
recent meeting of the Librarians’ Assembly. Issues of consideration included
masking in the libraries as well as the administration of Discretionary Compensation
Funds and Performance Bonus Funds.
Guest: Karl Scholz, Provost
ASEC raised concerns brought
forward by colleagues outside of Dane County regarding masking policies and
lower vaccination rates in some areas of the state. Provost Scholz discussed
how policies are attached to spaces as opposed to individual employees. ASEC
encouraged the Provost to consider additional
communication around this topic to our colleagues outside of campus.
Regarding the Office of Youth
Protection, this office will be remaining within the Division of Continuing
Studies. Interim Director Aphra Mednick has provided excellent knowledge and
connections in this effort. The goal is to build structure in the place that is
responsible for the majority of the activity in that
area. While compliance is a factor, the majority of
the work is taking place within DCS. The structure will be built so that there
are clear links between the Office of Compliance, the Division of Continuing
Studies, and the Provost Office.
On the question of his perspective
on acclimation of new leadership, Provost Scholz discussed that the
Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, Matt Mayrl, is focused on transition planning.
VCFA Chief of Staff John Horn is doing the same for the Vice Chancellor for
Finance and Administration position.
Provost Scholz thanked ASEC for its
feedback on the campus climate survey. The Provost Office has made improvements
to the survey draft based on this feedback, as well as from a
number of other stakeholders. The intended window for distribution of
this survey is from March 29 – April 19.
Provost Scholz updated ASEC on working
groups formed within Deans Council on a number of
issues. Some ASEC members recently had a productive meeting with the subset of
deans focused on diversity efforts for staff. Collaborations are ongoing in
these areas. The metrics group is working on the right location for a succinct
set of indicators to measure campus-wide progress. The best practices group has
focused on the work of the associate deans/chief diversity officers within
schools/colleges/divisions. Chief Diversity Officer LaVar Charleston and his
office are doing a great deal in this space as well.
On the topic of some requests for
hybrid classes, Provost Scholz discussed the different ways in which in-person
classes and remote classes are structured. The desire to have both is
understood, but this would be asking instructors to double their efforts. We
will continue not to ask instructors to teach in dual modalities for the same
course. Instructors need to be accommodating to students who aren’t
able to attend classes. Administration continues to discuss these issues
with ASM, as well as with instructors in the context of flexibility.
Motion to Convene in Closed Session
Pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c), and (f) to Discuss Appointments to TTC
Appeals Panels, the Committee for Women in the University, and the Districting
and Representation Committee (Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
Motion to Reconvene in Open Session
(Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
– for vote
to appoint Jenna Alsteen to the Committee for Women
in the University and Max Coller to the Districting
and Representation Committee (Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
Motion to appoint Amihan Huesmann, Stephanie
Trigsted, and Chelsea Wimmer (Academic Services and Student Experience);
Kristin Larson (Advancement); Heather Simmons (Animal Care Services); Jason
Timm and Veronica Scott (Compliance, Legal, and Protection); Pamela Barrett
(Facilities and Capital Planning); Sharon Gehl and Michael Moll (Health and
Wellness Services); Erin Cook, Jessica Liegel, and Samantha Noordhoek (Human
Resources); Steve Devoti, Alice Spalitta,
and Andrew Turner (Information Technology); Stephanie Elkins (Public
Broadcasting); Jacalyn McHugh, Scott Nolin, and Dagna
Sheerar (Research); Jenny Dahlberg and Molly Mitchell
(Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts); and J. Richard Freese, Nathan
Jung, and Parthy Schachter (Teaching and Learning) to the TTC Appeals Panels (Stoddard
Cameron). Seconded. Approved.
Assembly Meeting Agenda – for vote
Motion to approve the February
Assembly Meeting Agenda (Stoddard Cameron). Seconded. Approved.
OHR – TTC updates (titles in
review, appeals numbers), update on benefits component; access to lessons
learned report, compensation connection with work modality (different
structures based on remote/hybrid/in-person)
Meeting adjourned at 4:39 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Jake Smith,
Secretary of the Academic Staff