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Faculty Senate Minutes 2013-05-06

University of Wisconsin--Madison

shared governance document
May 6, 2013
Audio Recording

The meeting was called to order by Interim Chancellor David Ward at 3:31 p.m. with 169 voting members present.

1. Memorial resolutions were presented for:

Professor Emeritus Deane C. Arny. faculty document 2413
Professor Emeritus George E.P. Box. faculty document 2414
Professor William Wallace Cleland. faculty document 2415
Professor Emeritus E. Michael Foster. faculty document 2416
Professor Emeritus Jerome L. Kaufman. faculty document 2417
Professor Emeritus William E. Saupe. faculty document 2418
Professor Emeritus Loris H. “Bud” Schultz. faculty document 2419
Professor Neil Lancelot Whitehead. faculty document 2420
Professor Emeritus Warren C. Young. faculty document 2421

2. Announcements/Informational Items.

Chancellor Ward spoke about recent news reporting regarding UW System-wide fund account balances.

Professor Mark Cook thanked Chancellor Ward for serving as interim chancellor during the past two years, and he thanked Professor Peter Lipton for serving on the University Committee during past three years.

Professor Cook reminded senators to communicate with their department faculty about Rosh Hashanah and the 2013 fall semester calendar, and he updated the senate on the proposed College of the Arts. 

Professor Greg Downey presented an update on the UW Flexible Option initiative. 

Associate Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab presented an update from the Committee on Undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid.  There were several questions and comments.

Professor Brad Barham presented an update on the Administrative Excellence initiative and the results of the Huron Consulting Group’s recommendations.  There were two questions.

Professor Cook asked the senate to grant permission for Ms. Eleni Schirmer and Mr. Jason Lee from the Teaching Assistants’ Association to speak about graduate assistant wages.  There were no objections.

3. Question Period.
Chancellor Ward responded to several questions presented by Assistant Professor Noah Feinstein (District 27) on behalf of Professor Chad Goldberg (District 71) regarding non-academic misconduct charges facing students who participated in a non-violent sit-in in the chancellor’s office on April 29.


4. The minutes of 8 April 2013 were approved as distributed.


5.Chancellor Ward called attention to the Report of Elections to UW-Madison Faculty Committees for 2013-2014. faculty document 2422
There were no questions or comments.

6. Professor Marlys Macken submitted for informational purposes the Campus Diversity and Climate Committee Annual Report for 2012-2013. faculty document 2423
There was one question.

7. Professor David Noyce submitted for informational purposes the Campus Transportation Committee Annual Reports for 2010-2012. faculty document 2424
There were several questions and significant discussion.

8. Associate Professor Richard Keller submitted for informational purposes the Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits Annual Report for 2011-2012. faculty document 2425
There were several questions and comments.

9. Professor John Sharpless submitted for informational purposes the Officer Education Committee Annual Report for 2012-2013. faculty document 2426
There were no questions or comments.

10. Chancellor Ward announced that the Recreational Sports Board Annual Report for 2012-2013 will be deferred until the October senate meeting. faculty document 2427

11. Professor Richard Straub submitted for informational purposes the Committee on Retirement Issues Annual Report for 2012-2013. faculty document 2428
There were no questions or comments.


12. Associate Professor Bruce Barrett moved to adopt his Resolution Regarding Climate Change and Fossil Fuels Divestment. faculty document 2429

The motion was seconded.

Professor Barrett spoke about the resolution.

There were several comments.

Professor Brian Fox (District 6) moved to refer the resolution for study by an ad hoc committee
to be established by the University Committee, and for the committee to report back to the
senate in the fall.

The motion to refer was seconded.

The motion to refer passed by hand vote.

The meeting adjourned at 5:51 p.m.

Andrea Poehling
Secretary of the Faculty

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