2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015
67 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Marwa Bassiouni; Bruno Browning, Trish Iaccarino; Sarah Kuba; Heather McFadden, Chair; Michael Moscicke; Robert Newsom; Deb Shapiro
Guests: Gary Brown, Jenny Dahlberg, Bill Elvey, Jon Hoffman, Jason Jankoski, Mary Jukuri, Sarah Mangelsdorf, Lesley Moyo, Brian Smalkoski, Jake Smith, Stan Szwalek, Aaron Williams
The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m.
The minutes of April 23 were approved with a change.
• ASEC Chair Heather McFadden reported that the University Committee met with the Provost and talked about concerns with the international travel policy. There were concerns about how a recent decision was made about travel to Kenya. Darrell Bazzell reported that there has been some discussion about clinical faculty being excused from the performance management policy. There was also a discussion about retirement incentives and whether the Retirement Issues Committee could work on this issue. Heather M. mentioned that the Faculty Policies and Procedures Chapter 6 document will be discussed at Faculty Senate, but not voted on. The language inserted in the document and attributed to ASEC is actually from a draft ASM document. Heather M. distributed the final draft language for the Athletic Board Search and Screen policy. She also distributed a draft email to academic staff representatives about ASEC’s activities related to the budget this spring.
• Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels reported that results from the CASI survey are in, and they will be shared with ASEC shortly. She also was asked to meet with someone from the Nursing CASI. This person inquired how to request an Assembly district for the School of Nursing. Heather asked for a petition or survey showing a majority of nursing academic staff supported such a concept along with a formal request for a single district.
Guest: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost
Provost Mangelsdorf talked about the idea of starting the spring semester earlier. She is working with Steve Cramer on a whitepaper that will lay out the pros and cons associated with this change. The calendar has already been moved so that final exams are not held on commencement. The Compensation and Economic Benefits Committee co-chairs answered questions about their whitepaper on compensation and titling. There was also discussion regarding the Category A salary cap.
In regards to the Library Consolidation Project, the current working group is charged with gathering information about the campus libraries, their uses and funding, but not ultimately deciding what consolidation will occur. The majority of libraries are housed in departments, schools or colleges. Libraries would only be closed in collaboration with the unit that houses them. There is a lot of talk in the library literature about repurposing library space into active learning space. This could be one result of the project. Another possibility is to better utilize staff rather than staffing underutilized spaces. Many of these staff have advanced degrees in the area they support. ASEC suggested using the Assembly and the Secretary of the Academic Staff office to advertise campus forums.
• May Assembly Agenda and Resolutions
Motion to approve the Resolution on Dedicated Funding Stream for UW System and Resolution on Category A Salary Maxima. Seconded. Approved.
Motion to approve the May Assembly Agenda. Seconded. Approved.
• Performance Management Updates
ASEC discussed the idea of exceptions to the Performance Management Policy. Motion that ASEC accepts the Performance Management Policy as written doesn’t allow for exceptions. Seconded.
Amended to add at the end “and the Policy would need to be amended in order for exceptions to be made.” Seconded. Amendment approved.
Vote on amended motion. Motion fails.
Motion that the Performance Management Policy is what was passed by the Academic Staff Assembly, and it applies to academic staff as written in the policy. Seconded. Motion approved.
• Recruitment, Assessment and Selection (RAS) policy
The RAS policy was rejected by the Classified Staff Congress without any changes. ASEC members had several questions to ask Mark and Anjali during next week’s ASEC meeting.
• Next ASEC Meeting, May 7, 2015 – for decision
-Assembly PreparationGuests: Gary Brown, Bill Elvey, Jon Hoffman, Mary Jukuri, Brian Smalkoski, Stan Szwalek, Aaron Williams
-Guests: Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Michael Bernard-Donals, Anjali Sridharan and Mark Walters, Office of Human Resources
The campus master plan will focus on the areas of open spaces, transportation, stormwater uses, and utilities. ASEC provided thoughts and suggestions in relation to these subjects as well as other areas.
Meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff