Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 09-28-17Approved 10-5-17
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017
53 Bascom Hall
Members Present: Bruno Browning; Jenny Dahlberg; Beth Giles; Mallory Musolf; Kevin Niemi, chair; Jim Rogers; Deb Shapiro; Lindsey Stoddard Cameron
Guests: Mary Luther, Sarah Mangelsdorf, Jake Smith
The meeting was called to order at 2:01 p.m.
The minutes of September 21, 2017, were approved.
ASEC Chair Kevin Niemi reported that there was very little turnover on the academic staff representatives group for UW System. During their first meeting, Shenita Brokenburr gave a presentation on the Title and Total Compensation Study. They also talked with Jim Henderson, who has a big agenda this fall. He is working on the performance metrics and instructional workload data. He has three working groups on system transfer policies, advising, and internships/undergraduate research. He is also working on reports to the governor including student screening, campus leadership, and free speech expression.
Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels met with Patrick Sheehan regarding employee investigations. Heather suggested that ASEC may wish to bring forward a change to ASPP regarding the ability of academic staff to have someone else present during an investigatory meeting. Right now, practice around campus on this varies.
The skills workshop for Assembly Representatives and Alternates was held on Monday, September 25. There were five people in attendance, and the workshop was well received.
Motion to Convene in Closed Session Pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c), and (f) discuss appointments to the University Research Council. (Stoddard Cameron). Seconded. Approved.
Motion to Convene in Open Session. (Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
Guest: Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost
Provost Mangelsdorf discussed concerns regarding two documents from the Board of Regents, one about freedom of expression, and the other about the UW System and Chancellor hiring process. ASEC shared that they will be writing a response to both policies with their concerns.
Guest: Mary Luther, Office of Human Resources
They are in the middle of conducting various employee forums. They just held an online forum with at least 269 people. They are pleased with turnout and the feedback they have been receiving so far.
There is an ad hoc group meeting about clinical faculty looking at terms and conditions of employment, governance perspective, etc. They have surveyed other Big 10 universities about their clinical faculty. They want to equalize things like terms and conditions of employment and school/college governance before working on other things like titles for these employees.
Meghan Owens is managing the Job Family Functional Teams. A preliminary plan of timelines and agendas has been prepared. They have added facilitation instruction for the team leads and also have facilitators available to meet with team leads as needed. As suggested during the last meeting Mary had with ASEC, Ron Harris will be meeting with the Working Group when they meet with the Functional Team leads.
Catharine DeRubeis is heading up the group working on JDExprt. They are also examining which markets to look at for benefits comparison.
Motion to appoint Kevin Niemi and Sainath Suryanarayanan to the University Research Council (Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
• Appointment to Ad Hoc Committee on Instructional Titles
Motion to appoint Deb Shapiro to the Ad Hoc Committee on Instructional Titles (Browning). Seconded. Approved.
• October Assembly Agenda
Motion to approve October Assembly Agenda (Dahlberg). Seconded. Approved.
• UW System Freedom of Expression Policy feedback
ASEC reviewed a draft response to the policy. Motion for Heather, Kevin and Beth to work on a finalized version of a memo that contains the language changes that are being requested as well as the issue with discipline being inflexible and send the final version to UW System from ASEC (Stoddard Cameron). Seconded. Approved.
• UW System Administrative Hiring Work Group Recommendations
ASEC reviewed a draft response to the policy revisions. Motion for Heather, Bruno and Lindsey to work on a finalized version of a memo and send the final version to UW System from ASEC (Giles). Seconded. Approved.
Meeting adjourned at 4:28 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff