Academic Staff Executive Committee Minutes 10-19-17Approved 10-26-17
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 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: Rebecca Blank, Ron Harris, Laurent Heller, Jake Smith
The meeting was called to order at 2:01 p.m.
The minutes of October 5, 2017, were approved with corrections; and the minutes of October 12, 2017, were approved as distributed.
ASEC Chair Kevin Niemi reported that ASEC has been asked to submit a nomination for the Vice Provost for Libraries Search and Screen Committee following a request by Kevin. Mary Luther reported to the University Committee on the Title and Total Compensation Study. Sue Babcock and Chad Allen Goldberg also attended the meeting as faculty representatives on various committees. They urged the faculty to become involved in the study. The benefits fair went well with some good conversations. The fair was busy late morning and late afternoon.
Secretary of the Academic Staff Heather Daniels reported that she met with Andrea Cool, the Secretary for the UW-Extension faculty and staff governance. Andrea shared that there will be approximately 300 or so academic staff who would move to UW-Madison.
Guest: Rebecca Blank, Chancellor
Chancellor Blank shared that the memos on compensation had been sent out. The memos clearly stated that departments/units should be transparent on the process for how the funds will be distributed. She would like to hear if there are places where this is not happening.
The pay plan for next year will need to be determined by the beginning of April. The administration will decide what percentage will be distributed to those meeting expectations and what percentage can be distributed with discretion for merit.
In regards to the reorganization of the UW-Extension and UW Colleges, cooperative extension would come back to UW-Madison. It was here until the late 1960s. UW-Madison currently has about 95% of the faculty who are associated with Extension. The campus has a lot of resources to offer UW-Extension. The biggest challenge will be integration of the staff and faculty.
There are a number of bills being considered at the state capitol that would affect UW-Madison. These include bills on fetal tissue, the construction of dorms, abortion training, and the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences.
Guest: Laurent Heller, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Laurent Heller announced that UW System just came out with their report on the UW foundations. UW-Madison and UW Foundation look good in the report. The study looked at every transaction during a 7-year period.
They are working on a strategic plan for the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. Laurent asked ASEC for feedback and comments on the draft they have put together. The plan will provide a roadmap for the next 2-3 years.
• October Assembly Meeting Debrief
ASEC discussed the personnel matter presented at the October Assembly meeting. ASEC decided that Kevin should read a statement from ASEC regarding conduct at Assembly meetings at the November Assembly meeting. Bruno Browning and Lindsey Stoddard Cameron agreed to write something.
• November Assembly Meeting
ASEC will take a look at the climate resolution that is going before the Faculty Senate to see if this is something the Assembly should consider. ASEC also is considering resolutions regarding the recent Board of Regents actions on Freedom of Expression and Hiring Process for Chancellors and UW System Administrators. There are no guests scheduled to present at the November Assembly meeting.
• Discussion of VCRGE Proposal for Research Professor Title
ASEC discussed the proposal and agreed that the Ad Hoc Committee should continue to work on a proposal. ASEC agreed to send a response to Marsha Mailick and Nadine Connor about this. In general, ASEC felt that the proposal too closely mirrored how faculty positions are administered in human resources.
Meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Academic Staff