Faculty Senate Minutes 2019-03-04
Minutes approved 04-03, 2019
Chancellor Rebecca Blank called the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m. with 135 voting members present (110 needed for quorum). Memorial resolutions were offered for Professor Emeritus Robert Dott ), Professor Emeritus Terry Howard (), Professor Emerita Susan Nitzke ( Professor Emeritus Johnny Pendleton (), Professor Emeritus Dwayne Rohweder (), and Professor Emeritus Richard R. Smith (). Chancellor Blank reported on the state budget outlook and process, referring people to for the most recent information. She also provided updates on recent searches and noted that UW was ranked number one by NSF in the number of Ph.Ds granted. She concluded with an update on the , which recently held the grand opening of a new location in Milwaukee.
Associate Professor Corinna Burger (Neurology) presented the annual report for the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee (). Professor Dorothy Farrar-Edwards (District 31, Kinesiology) presented the annual report for PROFS, Inc. ( ). Professor Claude Woods (District 48, Chemistry) presented the annual report for the Retirement Issues Committee ( ). Professor Emeritus Chuck Snowdon presented the annual report for the Ombuds office ( ). There were no questions or comments on any of these reports.
Professor Rick Amasino (University Committee, Distrtict 120, Biochemistry) moved adoption of, which specifies that appeals of discipline imposed under FPP Chapter 9 must be filed within 30 days. There was one question as to how 30 days was decided on (it is standard across campus for similar situations) and how it compares to current practice (it will be as long or longer than almost all cases up to now). The motion passed by voice vote without dissent. Professor Amasino presented Faculty Documents and for another discussion. The UC and the originating committee are open to changes in the resolutions but wanted to promote discussion on the merits and/or problems with the general concepts rather than specific wording. Thus, although additional documentation accompanied these resolutions, they remained in the same format as presented for discussion in November. Comments focused primarily on the Professor of Practice and concerns that a title series that did not require a degree could risk diluting the meaning of “professor.” This and other feedback will be incorporated into these documents as they are brought forward for vote in April.
Chancellor Blank ceded the chair to Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf for the balance of the meeting. Assistant Professor Jenna Loyd (District 57, Geography) presented, a resolution calling for transparency around TIAA investments, for a first reading. A couple of comments in support of the resolution also suggested modifications that will be taken into consideration when this item returns for a vote in April. Provost Mangelsdorf adjourned the meeting at 4:51 p.m.
Steven K. Smith
Secretary of the Faculty