Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 03-31-16Approved 4-7-16
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016
67 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning; Aaron Crandall; Trish Iaccarino; Sarah Kuba; Michael Moscicke; Heather McFadden, Chair; Robert Newsom; Deb Shapiro
Guests: Michael Bernard-Donals, Sarah Mangelsdorf, Jake Smith
The meeting was called to order at 2:08 p.m.
The minutes of March 24, 2016, were approved.
• Chair Heather McFadden reported the Advisory Council for the Titling and Compensation Study has its first meeting scheduled for April 14.
Heather M, Heather D. and Kevin met with Mark Walters, Catharine DeRubeis, and Meghan Owens regarding the policy on title changes. They will be bringing this policy to ASEC for review.
Patti Brennan, chair of the Committee on Committees, met with the University Committee to discuss the Information Technology Committee. There was a consensus that more members with technology expertise are needed along with an equal number of users. There was also interest in clarifying the function of the committee.
In regards to the Budget Committee draft, the changes ASEC made regarding removal of the word “advisory” from the title of the committee and the language about the chair were not part of the draft that will go to the Faculty Senate. The rest of the changes were accepted.
• Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels shared a slightly modified version of an email regarding the role of academic staff in performance evaluations.
Heather D. also reported that she has had numerous emails and calls from academic staff in the School of Medicine and Public Health regarding a hold on academic staff pay adjustments since December. Heather D. has been in contact with the Office of Human Resources regarding this issue.
Guest: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost
ASEC discussed the Titling and Compensation Study Advisory Council with the Provost. She is a co-chair of the advisory council. The actual study is anticipated to take 18-24 months.
ASEC also discussed the annual promotional exercise for academic staff. It is a cooperative exercise between the Office of Human Resources and academic staff governance that has been done on an annual basis. ASEC discussed the need for this type of exercise to continue.
The Provost talked about evaluations for non-Dean executive positions that report to her. She has an annual discussion regarding performance with these employees including what the person worked on, what they accomplished, and ways to improve going forward.
Guest: Michael Bernard-Donals, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff
Michael reported he is working on a project regarding academic staff and university staff compensation. He has a lot of data regarding faculty compensation, but does not have the same type of data for academic staff and university staff compensation. Two possible sources for data include the Department of Workforce Development and CUPA-HR. In order to compare compensation, a crosswalk would need to be created between the UW-Madison titles and the titles used in those studies.
He is planning to look at internal data to start his work in this area. He may look at the number of adjustments for the different employee classes. For internal data, he could look at averages and the percent of salaries above and below the average.
• April Assembly Agenda
ASEC reviewed the Assembly agenda for April. Motion to move the new ASPP changes to the May agenda (Shapiro). Seconded. Approved. Motion to approve the modified agenda (Newsom). Seconded. Approved.
• WISELI survey
Heather D. shared the updated survey along with some preliminary comments from Jenn Sheridan. ASEC made additional changes to the survey. ASEC would like to take the survey prior to Jenn’s visit with ASEC in mid-April.
• Category B salary compression
ASEC discussed category B salary compression issues. They discussed putting together an ad hoc committee to look at these issues. The committee could meet over the summer and come back with recommendations in the fall. Robert and Bruno will work on drafting a charge for this committee.
Meeting adjourned at 4:24 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff