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University Committee Meeting Minutes 2019-09-23
University Committee Meeting MinutesMinutes approved 09/30/2019
Minutes for September 23, 2019
approved as corrected September 30, 2019
members present: Campagnola, Halverson, Sandgren, Ventura, Warfield (chair),
Others: Jack O’Meara, Amol Guyol, Heather Daniels, Bill Tishler, Michael Bernard-Donals, Jane Richard, and those in the text below
Terry Warfield called the meeting to order at 1:31 p.m. Wolf presented
highlights of the meeting of the University of Wisconsin Faculty
Representatives held September 20, particularly system’s policy on chancellor search
committees, and a proposal to re-vamp pay schedules. The UC meeting of
September 16, 2019 were approved as corrected.
Halverson moved to
approve the faculty senate document updating Faculty Policies & Procedures language in 9.07 (clarifying the
role of the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities in grievance
cases). It was seconded and all were in favor.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Steve Ackerman, on the 5th
anniversary since the office was formed, commemorated several successful
projects, including: expanding matching grants (mainly for lab equipment),
cluster hires (often brings research funding),
Provost Karl Scholz
remarked on the record-breaking freshman class of 7500, which put a strain on
housing and other services; next year’s target will likely be several hundred
Scholz has reservations
about the draft guidelines around teaching professor title, mainly that the requirement
that the instructor must have a Ph.D., and must do scholarship on teaching as
well as teaching. A lively discussion ensued.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank
encouraged all to attend the imminent Faculty of Color reception, the Hamel Music
Center will have a soft opening, and the
The discussion moved to
the Honorary Degrees process. A request came to the Committee on Honorary
Degrees to rescind an honorary degree—the last time this happened was 1917! The
general consensus is that the process to rescind an honorary degree might
reflect the process to award one, that is, tentatively, the department should put
together a strong case for rescinding, which would be presented to the
Committee on Honorary Degrees for vote, if CHD agreed, the request would go to
the University Committee/Chancellor, then on to the Board of Regents. A
discussion on various options ensued.
Board of Regent’s chancellor search policy was revisited. A passionate
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 2:53 p.m.
The Honorary Degree process to rescind a degree was continued. The UC moved
into executive session to discuss the search and screen process for the
Secretary of the Faculty position.
Sandgren moved to reconvene
in open session. It was seconded, and Warfield adjourn the meeting at 3:00.