The Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside met on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 In Molinaro Hall D 132. The meeting was called to order at 3:35 P.M. by Prof. Frances Kavenik, Chair.
Senators present were Susan Funkenstein (Art), Carmel Ruffolo (Bio Sci), David Wright (Business), Tsun-Mei Chang (Chemistry), Theresa Castor (Communication), Susan Lincke (Comp Sci), Susan Takata (CRMJ), Walter Graffin (English), Zhaohui (George) Li (GEOS), William Miller (HPEA), Laura Gellott (History), Gail Gonzalez (Modern Languages), Amy Bourterse (Music), Anne Gurnak (Political Science and Law), Terry Chi (Psychology), Seif Da'Na (Sociology/Anthropology), and Linda Crafton (Teacher Education). Economics, Geography, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, and Theater Arts were not represented. Also present were University Committee members Christine Evans, Frances Kavenik, Mary Lenard, Gregory Mayer, Dennis Rome and Anne Statham. The Chancellor was present, as were the Interim Provost and Interim Associate Provost. Bonnie Peterson (Academic Staff Committee Chair) was present. The PSGA President was absent. Evelyn Zepp was present as Secretary of the Faculty. Guests were Dirk Baldwin, Bill Blanchard, Don Cress, Ann Marie Durso, Mary Louise Edwards, Lee Goldesberry, James Hastings, Bryan Lewis, Penny Lyter, Kelly McFatter, Steve McLaughlin, DeAnn Possehl, M. Scott Thompsen, and Gary Wood.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2007 (PSF # 29/2006-7) were
approved as submitted, except for the notation that Prof. Chang represented Chemistry
instead of Prof. Allen.
REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE CHAIR:
Prof. Rome reported that the Criminal Background checks are going forward, in spite of widespread disapproval. Administrator Evaluation (Greenfield, Klaver, McLaughlin, and Streeter) are going out soon. A demonstration of electronic voting will have to be postponed until Fall.
REPORT OF THE CHANCELLOR:
The Chancellor reported, relative to Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech., that campuses are open by their nature. We have a trained police force. It is very difficult to close down a campus. In the Cabinet meeting, there was discussion on how to respond to a number of crises, including a pandemic. We send our sympathies to our colleagues.
The pay plan goes to the Regents in June.
Thanks to everyone. We had the best Regents’ meeting visit to a campus in a long time. The student presentations were outstanding.
Prof. Lincke asked how faculty should react.
The Chancellor replied that there should be a communication from someplace on campus,
although it may not be clear what should be done: lock a classroom, move out, lock-down
the campus? There are only three uniformed police on duty during the day. It would be
good for the Senate to sponsor a session on the faculty response to any disaster. Feel free
to e-mail with any suggestions. If someone threatens suicide or if you have any other
concerns, bring them to someone.
The Senate observed a moment of silence in honor of the Virginia victims.
The following written question was received:
Could someone explain the shortfall in our raises, where the principal increase is only there on the May and June paychecks—why this happened, what it means?
The Chancellor and Interim Provost responded that there will be another ½ % on July 1st. This is nothing in our power—the Legislature apportioned the money as a mechanism to save money. There will be nothing on the Student Success Initiative in the first year.
Prof. Takata posed an oral question: we are still using the old divisional categories in elections. Some have shrunk, some have grown. Some are artificial. Is it time to examine this?
ANNUAL REPORTS--2005-6 FACULTY COMMITTEES:
Reports from the Committee on Research and Creative Activity and the Academic Policies Committee were received and filed.
COMMITTEE REPORT--First-Year Experience Committee: Lori Allen
Prof. Allen listed the members of the Committee.
She reported on the various action groups formed to work on Student Success --Honors,
University Seminar, Common Read, At-Risk (Conditional Admissions).
She shared a chart which contrasts student responsibility in high school and college.
She reported that Phi Eta Sigma is an honor society for first-year students only—23
students were inducted last Fall.
There is a pilot project on Learning Communities and Peer Mentoring.
Targeted University Seminars were created, in coordination with ACSK 083 and 090—the
students stay together as a cohort. The assessment piece established controls for gender,
ethnicity and admission status. Students in communities performed better in ACSK 083.
There was not a significant difference in 090.
She then outlined the Action Plan of the committee:
1. Expand the program
2. Expland the Seminar contact time (not credits)
3. Provide better integration with ACSK 083 and 090.
There will be planning sessions during Summer 2007.
For the Phase II Orientation, the program has been reduced. There is a need for faculty
willing to design and lead discussions. The Program will start in SAC not Comm. Arts. The
common read, The Laramie Project, will be introduced in Phase I, discussed in Phase II,
and will be a Fall theater production.
For the At-Risk group (ACT below 18, bottom ½ H.S. rank), an intensive program is being
planned (the First Year Academy).
The full report will be appended as soon as it is received.
Dean Cress asked if there could be an exemption on the loss of the Phase II Tuesday for classes that meet one day in the evening.
Prof. Allen said that many departments have moved those kinds of classes to Wednesday. she added that if the format is continued, this can be examined.
There was no old business.
a) Approval of May-August graduates
Resolved, that the Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside approve the
graduating class of June-August 2007.
The motion was APPROVED on a voice vote, with no nays and no abstentions.
b) Dean Schnaubelt—Request for faculty to respond to the questionnaires about their areas of expertise—Dirk Baldwin, Anne Statham
There will be a survey on-line for faculty areas of expertise, with 12-14 questions.
This is a request which has come from a lot of community people.
Ms. Peterson asked if the Academic Staff would be included. Prof. Baldwin replied that that
was a good question and that they should be.
c) Ann Marie Durso—Governance e-mail
Prof. Gonzalez asked about a problem that the Advising Center had had with an e-mail which was delayed for weeks.
Ms. Durso replied that she was not aware of this delay. The e-mail is in such a state of transition here.
Prof. Lenard asked which lists are moderated.
Ms. Durso responded that the moderator is an aspect of the “Mailman” software system. For
all faculty, all student, and all staff lists, the intent was to ensure that messages are
Mr. Goldesberry mentioned that last year we were running out of space. Additional storage
area was purchased, but the system continues to grow and we will be out of space again
Prof. Statham asked whether there is a way for the governance list to not have restrictions on
Ms. Durso replied that there are physical constraints. Every other UW does the same thing—
they do not put attachments on messages (they put a link). Attachments get stored on
everyone’s mail. We paid $60,000 for that storage area.
The conversation was suspended in order that the rest of the business might be completed.
d) Professor Rome—Electronic voting
This issue will be taken up in the Fall.
e) Applied Health Science Major—CAP
Resolved, that the Faculty Senate approve the Applied Health Science major, as
described in Agenda Document # 5.
Professor Takata, Chair of CAP, yielded the floor for the presentation of the resolution to Prof. Lyter.
Prof. Lyter explained that the idea for the major was directed at students in BIOS and HPEA for
whom neither major addressed what they needed (Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, etc.).
Most of the courses are already offered; it was just a question of grouping them.
Prof. Graffin asked about the means of assessment relative to the GPA.
Mr. Lewis said that professional health programs have GPZ requirements.
The motion was APPROVED on a voice vote, with no nays and one abstention.
f) Creation of the Center of Health Sciences—CAP
Resolved, that the Faculty Senate approve the creation of a Center of Health Sciences, as described below:
Proposal for the Creation of a Center of Health Science
We propose the creation of a Center of Health Sciences that will serve as the governing body of this new major. The Applied Health Science major/program will be housed in a Center of Health Science. The program will be governed by a steering committee comprised of staff from the departments of Biological Sciences and Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, with the potential to add members from other participating departments as the need arises. There will be a director who will oversee the administrative needs of the program and will also sit on the steering committee.
Prof. Wood asked if the Director would come from the Faculty.
Dean Cress responded that it would be a faculty member or a staff member from one of the disciplines involved.
The motion was APPROVED on a voice vote, with no nays, and no abstentions.
g) Amendment to UWPF Chapter 1 (The University Faculty and the Faculty Senate), 1.07 (2)—University Committee
Resolved, that the Faculty Senate approve the changes to UWPF Chapter 1, 1.07 (2) as described below, to be effective in the 2007-2008 academic year.
1.07 Meetings of the Faculty Senate
(2) Regular Meetings
The Senate shall convene for regular meetings on the Tuesday of the 3rd, 8th, and 13th week of classes each semester from 3:30 to 5:00 P.M. Any permanent change in the day or hour of the regular meetings shall be approved by the Senate during the year preceding the effective date of the change.
The motion was APPROVED on a voice vote, with no nays and no abstentions.
h) Resolutions of Appreciation for Retirees
Prof. Kavenik read the resolutions of appreciation for:
David Beach, Psychology
Carl Lindner, English
Donald Piele, Mathematics
Carol-Lee Saffioti-Hughes, English
Carol Tebben, Political Science and Law
The 5:00 hour having been reached, Prof. Statham moved to extend the meeting by ten minutes. The motion passed 0-2-0.
The motion to approve the resolutions was APPROVED on a voice vote with no nays and no
The discussion on governance e-mail was resumed.
Ms. Durso explalined that with targeted lists, there may be some overlap.
Prof. Mayer asked why names could not be placed on the arcane codes, since no one
knows what they mean and you don’t know how to respond.
Ms. Durso said that remote access is coming. She noted that student e-mail had been
moved off the Parkside system. She repeated that the e-mail is not supposed to be used
as a publishing system. Other UW campuses have fewer lists and do not allow
Prof. Rome moved to extend the meeting by another 10 minutes. The motion was approved 0-1-0.l
Mr. Goldesberry noted that Mailman has unusual restrictions. Copies to others must be
put in the blind cc: not the cc:, which it sees as a list.
Ms. Durso said that they are no happier with this than anyone else, but it is what we have
to work with now.
Prof. Lenard pointed out the difficulties involved in using Ranger Mail.
Ms. Durso pointed out that approval is required by Policy #75 for mail to all students, all staff, and all faculty (McLaughlin, Streeter, Greenfield). Marketing and political activity are against the law. Blanket approval for certain areas can be obtained.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 P.M.
Submitted by Evelyn Zepp, Secretary of the Faculty