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Faculty Senate Minutes 2022-03-07
Minutes approved 04-04, 2022
Chancellor Rebecca Blank called the online meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. with 155 voting members present (109 needed for quorum). Memorial resolutions were offered for Professor Emeritus Norman H. Beachley (), Professor Emeritus Jost Hermand ( ), Professor Emeritus Olvi Mangasarian ( ), and Professor Emeritus David Slautterback ( ).
Chancellor Rebecca Blank reminded the Senate that campus is removing masking requirements as of March 12 as both UW-Madison and Dane County case levels continue to fall. Masks and testing will continue to be available the remainder of the spring semester. The university will continue to monitor cases closely and will reimpose a masking mandate if necessary.
The Wisconsin legislature has been considering several bills that would affect UW-Madison. Senate Bill 557 would allow campus to invest cash reserves in short-term investments; Assembly Bill 775 would allow planning for a new engineering building; and Senate Bill 605 would allow health sciences professional schools to begin their semesters prior to September 2. Two bills in the legislature (Senate Bill 409 and Assembly Bill 884) would restrict academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus. Chancellor Blank has asked Governor Evers to.
will be on May 13 and 14 this year with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, current ambassador to the United Nations, as the keynote speaker. The Chancellor acknowledged the ongoing situation in Ukraine and indicated that has expressed support for its Ukrainian students and all those affected by the conflict.
University Committee Chair Eric Sandgren announced that the Women’s Faculty Mentoring Program has been renamed the by their advisory committee to reflect the program’s commitment to support women, trans, and non-binary faculty on their path towards tenure.
Missy Nergard, Director of Sustainability, provided an update on sustainable procurement. They have been working on a zero-waste initiative, which falls under sustainable procurement, and had six undergraduate students prepare a campus assessment on campus waste. UW-Madison is joining the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. There is also a UW System working group looking at similar programs at peer institutions and other organizations.
In response to the request of the Faculty Senate for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) to divest from fossil fuels, Mike Knetter, CEO and Executive Director of WFAA, reported that a work group will explore an ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) framework for WFAA. He stated that their fossil fuel holdings are minimal, and they feel their best way to advance social change is through their mission. They have raised millions for environmental initiatives on campus and plan to launch a new project to support the university’s sustainability priorities. They also issued a .
The minutes of the meeting were approved by consent. Also approved by consent were changes to Faculty Policies and Procedures (FPP), standardizing membership information for the Health Care Advisory Committee and Retirement Issues Committee ( ). Paul Kelleher (District 82, Medical History & Bioethics) presented the Health Care Advisory Committee annual report for 2020-2021 ( ), and Cliff Robb (District 43, School of Human Ecology) and Carol Hulland presented the Retirement Issues Committee annual report for 2018-2020 ). There were no questions on these reports.
University Committee chair Eric Sandgren moved approval of the 2026-2027 academic calendar and the proposal to maintain a 5-year “rolling academic calendar” (). The motion was approved.
Professor Adrian Treves (District 107, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies), chair of the Committee on Disability Access and Inclusion, moved approval of a resolution on an accessible and inclusive campus (). The resolution was seconded, amended, and approved.
Professor Mathew Hitchman, faculty senator for District 64, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, moved approval of a motion to support an academic staff resolution on the state pay plan distribution (). The motion was seconded and approved.
University Committee member Lauren Papp moved approval of an amendment in FPP 7.16.D.4 to clarify the appeals timeline for promotion from associate professor to professor (). The motion was approved.
Blank adjourned the meeting at 4:36 pm.