Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 03-02-17Approved 3-9-17
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017
53 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning; Aaron Crandall; Jenny Dahlberg; Sarah Kuba; Michael Moscicke; Mallory Musolf; Robert Newsom; Kevin Niemi, Chair; Deb Shapiro
Guests: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Heather McFadden, Kristen Roman, Jake Smith
The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m.
The minutes of February 23, 2017, were approved.
Guest: Heather McFadden, UW-Madison academic staff member of the Titling and Total Compensation Advisory Council
Heather McFadden reported on her experience with the council so far. The group has been meeting by teleconference and will have their first face-to-face meeting in March. She is hopeful that there will be more time devoted to discussion of issues and questions than there has been so far. Heather suggested to Kevin that he should invite members of the consulting firm and others to the Academic Staff representatives meetings for updates and feedback. She urged ASEC to be as involved as possible in the UW-Madison process.
Guest: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost
ASEC discussed with the Provost ways that academic staff shared governance could be involved in the Titling and Total Compensation Project. The Provost was happy with the selection of Mercer as the consultant. They have done lots of work in higher education. Mercer also advocated having a separate project team for UW-Madison.
Provost Mangelsdorf talked briefly about the state budget. It is too early to know what will happen. Students are working on the issue of opting out of student fees. These fees pay for things like athletics (on other campuses), the Rape Crisis Center, tutoring programs, etc.
Chair Kevin Niemi reported the first of the town hall meetings on districting logic went well. There were five attendees. People brought good questions with them, and there was a good discussion of the issues. Kevin also reported on the Academic Staff Institute, which was held on Wed, March 1. He, Heather and Jake received a lot of positive feedback on the event, and the keynote speaker, Michael Johnson, was well received.
Kevin received a letter from Mary Luther inviting academic staff governance to name one member to the Campus Collaboration Team. ASEC can discuss this request at their next meeting.
Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels collected some story ideas on CASIs for the Communications Committee academic staff newsletter. Jim Rogers will serve as an academic staff reviewer for the Meyerhoff Award through ASM.
• ASPP Changes-Chapter 6
Heather presented the proposed change to ASPP chapter regarding method of notification of academic staff of dismissal for cause. The change will put ASPP in line with UW System Administrative Code. It is scheduled to be on the March Assembly Agenda.
• March Assembly Agenda
Motion to approve the agenda (Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
Guest: Kristen Roman, UW-Madison Chief of Police
ASEC talked with the new chief about shared governance and its involvement on campus. Chief Roman discussed her desire to eventually set up advisory groups of some type to consult and provide input to the police department. She is not yet sure of the timeline or any particular structures at this point. She believes that the department is in good shape. What the future holds depends on deepening and expanding on the relationship between the police department and the campus. She wants to take current practices for input and feedback and take them to a different level.
There is a perception on campus of strain in trust between the UW police department and communities of color. Other issues that will need to be addressed are sexual assault and alcohol; creating a more diverse department; paying attention to officer wellness and health as well as responding to people with mental illnesses or mental crises.
Meeting adjourned at 4:18 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff