Minutes passed May 23, 2016
UC members present: Broman, Edwards (chair), Litovsky, Wanner, Wendt, Bowers
UC member absent: Meyerand
Others present: S. Smith, J. Richard, J. O’Meara, H. Daniels, M. Felber, M. Mayrl
Acting chair Amy Wendt called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Ruth Litovsky 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 1:01 p.m. The UC discussed a grievance and met with the griever. Additional meeting will be required. Tom Broman moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and passed at 1:45 p.m. Wendt ceded the chair to Dorothy Farrar-Edwards.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick updated the UC on the IRB survey. Due to summer travel and 9-month appointment schedules and an August site visit, the survey will be postponed to the late summer or early fall. Ample discussion. Mailick and the UC also discussed the transition of the current University Research Committee to its FPP structure once the Senate makes the change official. Consensus to leave current committee on through spring 2017 elections and develop transition plan to be put in place at that time. Discussion about URC structure and impending Senate meeting.
Secretary of the Faculty Steve Smith called the UC’s attention to communications from an emeritus professor regarding faculty governance and the proposed budget committee. The minutes of the meeting of May 9, 2016, were approved. Michelle Felber (PROFS) indicated there is a steering committee meeting this week, not much to add beyond that.
Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf, recently thawed from commencement, discussed that event with the UC, as well as the upcoming senate meeting, summer activity levels on campus, changes in UC membership, the parental leave working group, departmental procedures for setting policy, definition of “faculty,” retention, how campus tours handle issues such as sexual assault, and use of research funds for images.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank thanked all involved with commencement, about which she has gotten many more comments on how fun it was than how cold it was. Blank also updated the UC on Russell Wilson’s brand manager’s nationwide publicity effort, Tommy Thompson’s acceptance remarks, and the honorary degrees dinner. The 104 proposals on diversity ideas are now being sorted into areas and prioritized; lots of interesting ideas, not all immediately implementable. Mayrl said that the most immediate one to move on is training housefellows. Discussion of proposal review process. Blank previewed her remarks at the Senate, including currently terrible state-university relations. Discussion about post-tenure review, UW System, and the possibility of reactivating the Badger Advocates. Much work to be done on changing the discourse, importance of faculty with connections throughout the state. Discussion of what to expect at Senate and upcoming WARF board meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 3:02 p.m.