Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 09-03-15
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015
67 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning; Aaron Crandall; Trish Iaccarino; Sarah Kuba; Heather Mc Fadden, Chair; Robert Newsom; Kevin Niemi; Deb Shapiro
Guests: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Jake Smith
The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Kevin Niemi at 2:00 p.m.
The minutes of August 27, 2015, were approved.
- Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels reported that Heather M. discussed the possibility of two positions for academic staff on the search and screen committee for Vice Chancellor for University Relations with the Chancellor, and this request was turned down. Some concern has been expressed regarding the purpose of Patrick Sims’ kitchen cabinet and the role of the shared governance committee. Heather M. will contact his office about this issue. There is interest in adding academic staff to the University Curriculum Committee. This will be on the ASEC agenda for next week. Heather D. provided an update on guests visiting ASEC.
Guest: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost
The Provost discussed a couple of issues regarding the academic year calendar. The two large issues are holding finals the day of commencement and not having a 4 week session prior to the 8 week summer session. The whitepaper distributed shows the constraints on how the academic calendar is set including state law, regent policies and faculty policies. The Faculty Senate will need to approve changes to the calendar. The Faculty Senate will vote this year to revise the currently approved academic calendar to meet the following conditions: 1. The fall semester will start the Tuesday after Labor Day except when Labor Day falls on September 7, then the fall semester will start on September 2. 2. Spring graduation will be on the second Saturday in May. This means that the spring semester will start either the Monday before Martin Luther King Day or the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Day.
Ad Hoc Committee on Changes to FPP Chapter 6: Sarah Kuba reported that the ad hoc committee had prepared a draft report. It currently has six recommendations: define and identify faculty and joint/shared gov committees; review committees regularly; equity in representation on joint governance committees (according to the interest of the various groups); limit the use of advisory committees; clarify procedures for ad hoc committees; and define or create operational practices. The committee expects to be done in the next several weeks.
- September Assembly Meeting and Resolution
- There was a motion to approve the agenda (Iaccarino). Seconded. Approved.
- There was a motion to approve the resolution on fetal tissue research (Browning). Seconded. Approved. (Moscicke abstained).
- Review of Priorities Assigned to ASEC
- ASEC reviewed the priorities assigned to the committee. They removed three priorities: HR Design engagement plan, exploration of family leave, and merit pay. They altered two priorities: one on new human resources system and another on shared governance.
- Next ASEC Meeting, September 10, 2015 – for decision
- October Assembly Agenda
- Topics for Darrell Bazzell
- Guest: Michael Bernard-Donals, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff