University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 01/14/2019
Approved minutes for January 14, 2019 Approved January 28, 2019
UC members present: Amasino (chair), Campagnola, Warfield, Wolf
UC members absent: Bowers, Ventura
Others present: S.
Smith, J. Richard, M. Felber, H. Daniels, M. Mayrl, M. Bernard-Donals
Chair Rick Amasino called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Terry Warfield 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 1:00 p.m. The UC discussed potential candidates for the provost search and screen and for a de novo committee and approved one tenure clock extension, one leave of absence extension, and one dual role waiver request. The latter was approved contingent on a clarification regarding funding. Warfield moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and passed at 1:18 p.m. The minutes of the meeting of January 7, 2019, were approved.
PROFS lobbyist Jack O’Meara reported on a letter from state legislative Republicans to Governor Evers about areas of collaboration. The letter did not mention education. PROFS is setting up meetings with local delegation to state government. O’Meara also reported on potential legislation in the new session, including the Mark Cook Bill. Discussion ensued. Interim Vice Provost Casey Nagy provided an update on the Extension merger and broader System restructuring. Both DLE’s transition into DCS and Coop’s into a new division are likely to go to the UAPC for discussion soon and a vote in April. All activities continue on schedule; by April 1, all HR functions will be moved over to campus; volunteer management continues to be a delicate area; faculty transition workgroup continues to work on tenure homes and academic structure.
Dean of the Graduate School Bill Karpus provided updates on graduate student funding (all grad student competition, Knapp funds, AOF funds, competitive counteroffer program all on track) and on the conversion of the former TAA contract into a new policy manual (phase one, recommendations for policy language, is now with leadership; phase two, grievances, is ongoing with the committee). DGS working with provost and VCFA to set minimum TA stipends for coming year.
Warfield 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 2:01 p.m. With the provost and chancellor, the UC discussed a memo from a dean who disagreed with a faculty committee decision on a personnel matter. Discussion got quite detailed about the specific case while also touching on some broader policy issues. The UC will meet with the dean to debrief if desired, as well as with the committee chair. UC also committed to studying in more depth the particular situation of joint appointments. Paul Campagnola moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and passed at 2:31 p.m.Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf provided brief updates on searches. Chancellor Rebecca Blank also commented on searches and her upcoming schedule. Vice Provost for Diversity Patrick Sims introduced professors Ruth Litovsky, Naomi Chesler, Hannah Eldridge, and David Crook, who discussed the Diversity Liaison Project. Using a slide presentation [, the faculty members briefed the UC on the history and context of the DLP and discussed both specifically and more broadly how to enhance faculty commitment and involvement in diversity and inclusion. Discussion was ample and the group will also make a presentation to the Faculty Senate in March. The UC concluded with an open discussion about the general issues raised earlier regarding joint appointments. Amasino adjourned the meeting at 3:26 p.m.