Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 01-26-17Approved 2-2-17
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017
53 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning; Aaron Crandall; Jenny Dahlberg; Sarah Kuba; Michael Moscicke; Mallory Musolf; Kevin Niemi, Chair; Deb Shapiro
Guests: Jambul Akkaziev, Michael Bernard-Donals, Denny Hackel, Laurent Heller, Stella Isenbuegel, Mary Luther, Anya Nesterchouk, Parthy Schachter, Jake Smith
The meeting was called to order at 2:04 p.m.
The minutes of January 19, 2017, were approved.
Chair Kevin Niemi reported that a concealed carry strategy meeting was held with shared governance groups on campus. The meeting consisted of a review of what the different groups had been doing on this issue. The group will reconvene when a bill is actually introduced.
Finalists for the Dean of the School of Business will be visiting campus in mid-March.
Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels has no report.
Aaron reported that the Committees on Academic Staff Issues (CASIs) on the west end of campus (SMPH, Nursing, Pharmacy, Vet Med) are working on holding a joint meeting.
Guest: Michael Bernard-Donals, Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff
Michael Bernard-Donals provided ASEC with some updates. The Family Leave Committee will be charged the week of January 30. He will be leading the meeting and talking about the charge. The committee will need to elect a chair. Michael will work with that chair during the duration of the committee. Revenue neutrality is still the goal of suggested policies.
He provided an update on performance management. School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is not currently tracking evaluations at the school level. There was a complaint about supervisors from SMPH receiving raises without completing the required performance evaluations of those they supervise. The College of Letters and Science has also not implemented the new performance evaluation policy in some departments. This illustrates how important it is to have a tracking system for evaluations for everyone across campus.
Michael also reported that the Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits will be looking at various tools to provide compensation outside the state pay plan. It is possible that the tools which are developed could be used for staff as well.
Guest: Laurent Heller, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Vice Chancellor Heller briefly talked about the situation between UW-Oshkosh and its foundation. UW-Madison has good strong controls. For the first time, financial statements will include UW Foundation. WARF is not including in the statements due to an exemption.
In regards to the Amazon deal, it is likely that there will be a plan available in a couple weeks. Vice Chancellor Heller will bring it to governance groups for their feedback. The revenue generated by any deal would be unrestricted in its use.
The Office of Human Resources has been working to analyze the Faculty Assistant pay issue. They are doing some benchmarking and talking to departments that have Faculty Assistants. He is generally supportive of making some adjustments to the minimum. This title will be looked at during the upcoming Titling and Total Compensation study.
The stipend for standard TAs will rise by 3.5% for next year.
ASEC asked about the details regarding the tuition reduction in the state budget. Laurent responded that they will be very important, but are unknown at this time.
• Faculty Assistants
The faculty assistants gave a short presentation to ASEC. They will be attending the February Assembly meeting to give a similar presentation. They would like to have the Faculty Assistant pay minima to match TA pay minima and adjust both rates to match inflation.
• February Assembly Agenda
An agenda item has been submitted for a small group of Faculty Assistants to present information about their pay minima at the Assembly. Other items include presentation of the various committee slates, endorsement of the Research Misconduct Policy and discussion of districting.
• Nomination Committee slate
ASEC received two more names from the solicitation of academic staff. ASEC members recruited a couple additional candidates. The slate will be finalized at next week’s meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 4:14 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff