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Faculty Senate Minutes 2019-02-04
Chancellor Rebecca Blank called the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m. with 138 voting members present (110 needed for quorum). Memorial resolutions were offered for Professor Emeritus Haskell Fain (), Professor Emeritus Fred Dretske ( ), Professor Emeritus Anthony Barresi ( ), Professor Emeritus Roger Boom ( ), Professor James Baughman ( ), and Professor Emeritus William Hachten ( ). Chancellor Blank addressed recent weather-related events, including the process for closures and the impact of flooding, and reported on ongoing leadership searches (provost, VCRGE, Business dean, UHS director, and Dean of Students). She also announced the creation of a VCSA-sponsored task force to review mental health resources on campus and make recommendations for a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of our students. Other updates from the chancellor included in Title IX investigations, increases in graduate assistant stipends, upcoming Black History Month programming, and a preview of the upcoming Madison-hosted Board of Regents meeting.
University Committee chair Rick Amasino reported that campus has a wealth of information on and experience with the best ways to measure productivity in higher education and that we are poised to mobilize this expertise should the issue of program productivity be raised again by UW System or others. There was a comment agreeing with the Board’s decision to allocate funds to chancellors in recognition of their service and a question about funding guarantees for graduate students. On the latter, Graduate School Dean Bill Karpus clarified that no changes have been made to the admissions process, which remains with the departments. What is being emphasized now is getting applicants the information they need to make a decision, including clear communication of what their funding will be; a 4- or 5-year guarantee is something to strive for, but unfunded students can still be admitted. The minutes of the meeting of December 3, 2018, were approved. The academic calendar through Spring 2026 was approved.
Professor Dan Vimont (Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, District 64) presented the annual report for the Committee on Committees () and nominations for election to the Committee on Committees. Prof. Vimont also identified slates still needing nominations and emphasized the importance of service. Professor Pete Miller (Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis) presented the Athletic Board annual report ( ). There was a question about head injuries and Chancellor Blank commended the Board for its safety audit. Professor Ankur Desai (Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences) presented the annual report for the Budget Committee ( ). There was one comment commending the committee for its work. Professor Joe Salmons (GNS; Jewish Studies; Linguistics, District 59) presented the annual report for the Information Technology Committee (ITC) ( ), thanking his predecessor for his many years on the committee and also looking forward to a productive relationship with the new CIO, who has already demonstrated shared governance awareness and engagement.
Steven K. Smith
Secretary of the Faculty