2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018
53 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning, vice chair; Aaron Crandall; Jenny Dahlberg; Beth Giles;
Mallory Musolf; Jim Rogers; Deb Shapiro; Lindsey Stoddard Cameron
Guests: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Jake Smith
The meeting was called to order at 2:04 p.m.
The minutes of May 3, 2018, were approved.
Bruno Browning reported that he and Heather met with Patrick Sheehan for an update from the Office of Human Resources. They discussed the TTC study and the merger with UW-Extension. The exact involvement of Huron Consulting in the TTC study is not yet settled. The person who takes Mary Luther’s place may be from Huron. The human resources side of the transition of UW-Extension to UW-Madison is looking good so far.
Heather Daniels reported that the working group comparing UW-Madison and UW-Extension academic staff policies held their first meeting. They reviewed the Distinguished Prefix policies, which led to a resolution on the Assembly agenda for May. There is another working group getting together this summer that will discuss how to work with issues post-transition and ensure fair representation from those employees formerly at UW-Extension.
The DCS course grants have been awarded. The Faculty Senate approved a new committee on Immigration and International Issues, which has 2 academic staff seats. It also approved a revised policy on academic staff advisors for graduate students. The policy would allow departments to have their own policies to allow academic staff to serve as the sole advisor for a graduate student.
ASEC has received a request from the Office of Human Resources for three academic staff to be appointed to a committee to make final recommendations to the Office of Human Resources for professorial titles. ASEC asked that those previously serving on ad hoc committees regarding this subject be asked about their interest in participating on this new committee.
Deb Shapiro reported that the UW System Representatives group talked about revamping their structure a bit and meeting more often. Jim Henderson gave his retirement speech.
Lori Reesor from Indiana University has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Aaron Crandall reported that the Campus Planning Committee has a thorough presentation about the Library Master Plan. They were also briefed about the L&S master plan, which is only conceptual at this point. L&S hasn’t had a new academic building since 1974.
Guest: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost
Sarah Mangelsdorf reported that the memo that came out from her and Brian Fox regarding outside activity reports and eligibility for a raise is from Regent policy. This eligibility requirement is new. The memo was only sent to employees who hadn’t completed it.
She has been unable to attend the Protest and Demonstration Advisory Committee meetings. The committee is currently reviewing the policy developed by the Dean of Students and UW Police Department.
•May Assembly Preparation
Deb will move the resolution regarding distinguished prefix, and Lindsey will move the years of service resolution.
•Feedback on Board of Regents Proposed Policy Change
The Board of Regents have asked for feedback regarding proposed changes to their policy on Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation. ASEC recommends three changes to the policy. The first would remove the addition of the word “unlawful” in front of the phrase discriminatory conduct. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the term is redundant in one place and in the second place, it makes it sound as if the Board of Regents approves of discrimination that is not unlawful. ASEC is also asking to change an “or” to “and” in regards to a sentence about the type of environment that the Board of Regents wants to maintain. The last comment that will be submitted is about changing the word “offensive” to “denigrating.” The word “offensive” is well defined in law, but the word being substituted is not.
•Academic Staff Chats
ASEC brainstormed ideas for next year’s Academic Staff Chats. Heather will take the ideas to Michael Bernard-Donals for discussion.
•Topics for Provost
ASEC decided it didn’t have any pressing items for the Provost.
Meeting adjourned at 3:59 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff