Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 04-06-17Approved 4-20-17
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017
55 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning; Aaron Crandall; Jenny Dahlberg; Sarah Kuba; Michael Moscicke; Mallory Musolf; Robert Newsom; Kevin Niemi, Chair
Guests: Russell Dimond, Heather McFadden, Jake Smith, Mark Walters
The meeting was called to order at 2:03 p.m.
The minutes of March 30, 2017, were approved.
Guest: Heather McFadden, academic staff member of Title and Total Compensation Advisory Council
Heather M. reported that last week she attended a strategic planning meeting to develop a comprehensive change management and communications plan for the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) study. The meeting included the UW-Madison members of the Title and Total Compensation Advisory Committee as well as other selected campus stakeholders. Heather reported that the Mercer consultants were trying to understand UW-Madison including campus interest in the study and concerns. The group stressed transparency and that there was a lot of anxiety about what this study means for employees and their positions. There were concerns on campus that the solution has already been prepared for campus and concerns about what the processes look like and how engagement will occur. The group emphasized that UW-Madison was different from other universities and shared governance is very important here. There was a long discussion about what was done in HR Design that worked well.
Chair Kevin Niemi reported that Heather D. was trying to set up a joint meeting with the university staff regarding the TTC. Bruno and Kevin will attend the meeting once it is scheduled.
Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels reported that the Faculty Senate approved a resolution similar to the one the Academic Staff Assembly approved on Faculty Assistant salaries. Steve Smith, Secretary of the Faculty, contacted her about whether ASEC sees any issues with the University Committee approving blanket waivers for academic staff who teach independent study research credits or very short instructional programs (a couple weeks). ASEC felt that the rules around the waivers were too restrictive.
• White Paper from Working Group on Academic Staff Worklife Survey
Members of the working group presented the completed white paper. The paper includes both data and quotes to tell the story. Russell agreed to present the paper at the Assembly on Monday.
• May Assembly Meeting Agenda
ASEC reviewed a preliminary agenda for the May Assembly meeting. There is a lot of scheduled business for the meeting including three votes on recommendations from reports and a resolution regarding transgender members of the UW-Madison community. The Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Staff Degree Requirements will present their report.
• HR System Features to Maintain/Preserve
ASEC discussed the importance of the following features in the current human resources system: Distinguished prefix; tuition reimbursement; limited/academic staff classification consistency (using limited titles appropriately); maintaining current job security; clear promotional timelines; ALRA with an earlier start date if initial vacation allocations are reduced.
• Topics for Provost
Response to the white paper
Where does money taken from summer tuition go?
Meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff