University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 04/01/2019
Approved Minutes for March 25, 2019 Approved April 1, 2019, with a copyedit
UC members present: Amasino (chair), Bowers, Campagnola, Ventura, Warfield, Wolf
Others present: S. Smith, J. Richard, E. Sandgren, J. Smith, H. Daniels
Chair Rick Amasino called the meeting to order at 1:01 p.m. The minutes of the meeting of March 11, 2019, were approved with corrections. Archives Committee chair Joe Kemnitz presented that committees annual report, accompanied by Archivist Katie Nash. Kemnitz reported that news is all good and that transition (after almost complete turnover in Archives staff) has turned out very well. Nash indicated that the big current grapple is the absorption of Extension, which has created a statewide effort of training and information dissemination. Both physical and digital space is running low. Discussion on this and other issues. The UC recommended appending records information materials to the Archives annual report.
The UC reviewed and discussed a memo to the chancellor about the administrative and leadership structure of the Division of Extension. A revised letter was unanimously approved and will be sent later in the week. The University Committee reviewed the Senate agenda and related materials, including proposed Academic Staff titles, incorporation of current Extension faculty into the UW-Madison Faculty Senate, and FPP language on joint appointments. In particular, the UC discussed at length the pros and cons of including or excluding the “assistant” prefix to the Research Professor title, eventually agreeing to include it with explanation and context. The UC also made several detailed changes to the document on joint appointments, which will get a first reading at senate.
The UC reviewed some draft language on the recording of presentations by finalists (along with Q&A) for high-level positions, eventually abandoning it entirely in favor of new verbiage to be drafted by Amasino. Some concern about loss of face-to-face experience/option during finalist interviews if questions have to be writing. Ample discussion throughout. Everyone agrees that most important thing is to foment most open dialogue possible with widest accessibility. Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf discussed the Senate agenda with the UC and reported on the upcoming presentation to the Board of Regents by Vice Provost for Enrollment Steve Hahn. Mangelsdorf also reported on the HLC accreditor visit currently taking place.
Director of Precollege and Youth Programming and Compliance Prenicia Clifton, accompanied by John Miller (OSC) and Jeff Russell (DCS), reported on the draft Pre-College/Youth Programming slated to roll out campuswide on April 5th. Goal is intentionality of compliance through ownership, increased compliance oversight, and becoming industry leaders. Discussion ensued.
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 2:37 p.m. The UC reviewed and unanimously approved a one-semester tenure clock extension. Warfield moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and passed and at that same time, 2:46 p.m., Amasino adjourned the meeting.