Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 10-18-12
2:00-4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012
Bascom Hall Conference Room #67
Members present: Daña Alder, Vice-Chair; Marwa Bassiouni; Heather Daniels, Past-Chair; Heather McFadden, Robert Newsom, Jeff Shokler, Chair; Erin Silva.
Members not attending: Denny Hackel, Jim Maynard
Guest: Karen Tusack (CEBC)
The meeting was called to order at 2:01 p.m.
The ASEC minutes for Thursday, October 11, 2012, were approved as distributed.
Daña announced that the UW System Academic Staff Leadership Conference is scheduled for July 25-26 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison.
ASEC commended the role of Academic Staff Governance in restoring Route 80 bus service to Bascom Hill; Jim Maynard’s review of the Sullivan report, and the article detailing the work of Denny Hackel and his colleagues on the Global Hawk unmanned drone (see http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/news/articles/1580).
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS:
CEBC: Karen Tusack: CEBC continues to make progress on the layoff document and is working with the Ad Hoc Committee on Budget Issues, Policies, and Strategies; Steve Stern, and Steve Lund to determine a list of metrics for Critical Compensation Fund evaluation. ASEC asked that protected (confidential) data be requested in aggregate.
Chair – Jeff Shokler: ASEC asked Jeff to thank the Ad Hoc HR Design Committee for their outstanding work to date. The committee will not be formally dismissed until the HR Strategic Plan is finalized for the Board of Regents. Jeff discussed his conversation with Jeff Russell regarding the Educational Innovations committee.
Interim Secretary of the Academic Staff – Jo Ann Carr: The consultants’ report on transportation issues will be shared with ASEC as drafts are received by campus. The Committee on Women is addressing a number of issues impacting academic staff including salary equity for child care staff, access to sick child care services, and flexible work schedules for instructional staff who are new parents. The HR working group is addressing data integrity issues resulting from the HRS implementation.
PROVOST UPDATE: Paul Deluca: ASEC had requested that the Provost review the SMPH requirement that all employees obtain a flu shot. The Provost noted that the Center for Disease Control recommends that all employees who come in contact with patients be required to be vaccinated and that SMPH felt that they had no way to draw the line on which staff come into contact with patients. ASEC shared academic staff concerns regarding where the waiver will be filed, what the disciplinary procedures and outcomes are, and the lack of consultation with governance. The Provost indicated that he would work on addressing these issues.
The Provost distributed guidelines on political activity from the U.W. System and indicated that voter registration by staff is legal if it is non-partisan and does not interfere with the work environment.
The Provost also responded to an ASEC question regarding the Sullivan report by indicating that the Be Bold report from Competitive Wisconsin has the potential for greater impact on campus.
ASEC inquired about the status of the College of the Arts proposal. The Provost responded that the University Committee is developing a timeline so that the proposal can be presented to the faculty senate in April. On a related topic the Provost discussed the need for the music performance hall as current inadequate spaces cannot be easily upgraded.
In response to a question regarding the International Studies program, the Provost indicated that the international studies program in Florence is not affordable in the way it is currently configured.
3:15 BUSINESS [Daña Alder chaired the meeting from 3:30-3:59]
• HR Design Resolution: ASEC discussed the first draft of the proposed resolution and addendum.
• Annual reports for 2011-2012: ASEC discussed draft three was reviewed and requested that the final report will include a list of committee members for 2011-2012.
• Priorities document for 2012-2013: ASEC reviewed and approved with minor corrections.
• Next ASEC Meeting, October 25, 2012: Business will include the HR Design Resolution; the Annual Report.
• Convene in Closed Session Pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c), and (f) [Moved by Heather McFadden. Seconded by Robert Newsom. Approved]
- Committee Appointments/Recommendations– for decision.
Moved that Margaret Helin and Robert McGrath be recommended to the Interim Chancellor for appointment to the Distinguished Prefix Review Committee. [Moved by Marwa Bassiouni. Approved by Erin Silva. Approved.]
- Reconvene in Open Session [Moved by Robert Newsom. Seconded by Heather McFadden. Approved.]
The meeting was adjourned at 3:59 p.m.
Submitted by Jo Ann Carr, Interim Secretary of the Academic Staff