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The functions of the UC are established in FPP 6.54.B.
The UC meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters and as needed throughout the summer and during the winter and spring breaks. The UC chair decides on meeting times, traditionally all afternoon on Mondays. Four members constitute a quorum.
The meeting agenda is prepared by the UC chair with the assistance of the secretary of the faculty and distributed to committee members in advance of the meeting. Members of the University Committee may place items on the agenda by submitting a written or oral request to the chair in advance of the posting of the agenda. Materials for the meeting are normally distributed at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.
The Office of the Secretary of the Faculty provides support to the UC. The secretary of the faculty attends all UC meetings and maintains committee records. The first item on the agenda of regularly scheduled UC meetings is the approval of minutes of any meeting(s) whose minutes have not already been approved.
Decisions of the UC are made by consensus or, if formal votes are taken, by majority rule. Formal votes are recorded in the minutes. The committee may include minority views in its written communications. UC members are free to express minority views individually either in writing or orally.
The chancellor, provost, vice chancellor for finance and administration, vice chancellor for research and graduate education, vice chancellor for university relations, and chief diversity officer have standing invitations to attend UC meetings and may present items of interest to the committee. Other senior administrators and committee chairs also meet regularly with the UC to present information or answer questions.
Items are generally discussed by the entire committee; however, the UC may decide to appoint subcommittees to investigate agenda items and/or prepare draft reports to bring before the committee as a whole.
The UC chair for the coming year is elected by the committee members early in the Spring Semester. The chair assumes duties on 1 June, the starting date of the new committee. Normally, the incoming chair will be in the final year of the three-year term of service. (In some cases he/she may have replaced someone else part of the way through this term, and therefore might not have served two full years at the start of the third year of that term.)
The UC holds an annual planning meeting that normally takes place close to 1 June. At the planning session the committee: 1) discusses its operating procedures for the coming year; 2) discusses committee assignments; 3) establishes the role of and expectations for committee members; 4) reviews the chair selection procedure to be followed in the spring; and 5) identifies and sets priorities for initiatives. The meeting also serves as an orientation session for new UC members.
According to the by-laws of PROFS, Inc. and Faculty Document 262(a), the members of the UC serve as the PROFS Board of Directors, and as such, are responsible for overseeing the activities of the PROFS' Steering Committee. Because PROFS is not a governance body and thus not subject to the same open meetings and public records requirements as the UC, PROFS Board meetings are scheduled and conducted separately (but often sequential with) UC meetings.
Pursuant to FPP 6.06.H., the UC appoints, subject to confirmation by the senate, appropriately qualified faculty to fill vacancies on elected faculty committees until the vacancies are filled at the next annual election. When a vacancy occurs on the University Committee, the UC shall make the appointment only after consultation with the Committee on Committees or members of the COC when it is not possible for the COC to convene in a timely fashion.
In hearing grievances, the University Committee will conduct a preliminary inquiry in order to determine the nature and scope of the case. This preliminary inquiry may be conducted by the committee as a whole or by the UC chair.
If a case does not appear to be unduly complex or time-consuming, the UC will ordinarily decide to hear the case itself and to make its own recommendations for a resolution of the matter.
If, however, the case appears to be complex, time-consuming, or otherwise unusually difficult, the University Committee may establish a fact-finding panel for that case.
The panel should normally consist of three to five members of the tenured faculty who have no direct interest in the grievance and no impermissible relationship with any of the principal parties in the case. The UC will designate a chair of the panel. The panel shall have the same authority as the UC to seek documents and to hear testimony considered relevant to the grievance.
After concluding its deliberations, the panel should transmit to the University Committee a written report with whatever recommendations it deems appropriate for a fair and reasonable resolution of the grievance.
In every case final responsibility for resolution of the grievance shall rest with the UC.
CIC Faculty Representative: Amy Wendt
Committee on Committees (two members): Ruth Litovsky and Barb Bowers
Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits Commission: Amy Wendt
Faculty Consultative Committee on Financial Emergency (two members): Tom Broman and Anja Wanner
PROFS Board of Directors (all members)
PROFS Steering Committee (three or more members): Tom Broman, Ruth Litovsky, Rick Amasino
Rule Waivers (two new members): Barb Bowers and Rick Amasino
University Academic Planning Council: Anja Wanner
UW System Faculty Representative: Tom Broman
6.54. THE UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE.
MEMBERSHIP. The University Committee consists of six faculty members, two elected each year for three-year terms. No more than three members of the University Committee shall be from a single school or college, and at least one member shall be from each division.
On its own initiative, makes studies and recommendations to the faculty or administration concerning educational policy. The administration is encouraged to ask the University Committee for advice. The University Committee may give advice directly to the administration, or refer a matter to the faculty for discussion.
Advises on procedures that involve the faculty in making decisions on the organization or reorganization of interdepartmental or interdisciplinary programs of instruction, research, and service, or the creation of new colleges, schools, or institutes involving significant educational programs.
Examines any actions taken relating to the university by the Board of Regents, the Board of Visitors, the various faculties or faculty committees, or by other bodies or individuals related to the university.
Consults with appropriate administrative officers on budget matters and reports thereon to the faculty.
Prepares the agenda for committee-of-the-whole discussion or consideration of matters of general interest to the faculty.
Makes timely reports to the faculty on matters completed, pending, or projected.
Advises on the appointment of faculty members of search and screen committees and on the procedures used by these committees.
Appoints members of appointed faculty committees after consultation with the chancellor.
Serves as the faculty's grievance committee under 8.15. and UWS 6.02, except for matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities.
Serves as the executive committee of the senate, unless the senate elects another executive committee. In preparing the agenda for senate meetings pursuant to 2.08., if an item has been added to the agenda by request of a senator or ten faculty members, and if the University Committee believes that there is substantial doubt on whether the item falls within the purview of faculty governance as defined in Chapter 1.20. of this document, the following statement shall be printed in the agenda immediately preceding the item itself: "Although the University Committee doubts whether the following agenda item falls within the purview of faculty governance, it has been placed on the agenda so that the senate may consider and decide that question." In such a case, the agenda item shall not be taken up unless the senate by a majority vote determines that it is appropriate for senate consideration.
Maintains liaison between faculty and other shared governance bodies.
Receives reports as specified by these rules.
Performs other functions assigned to it within these rules.
Richard M. Amasino
Professor; Biochemistry (CALS); biological sciences division; faculty member since 1985.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Teaching Professor and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. His research focus is to understand how plants perceive seasonal cues such as changing day-length and temperature and use such cues to determine when to flower. His educational efforts include teaching general biochemistry, serving as the director of energy education and outreach for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, and serving as principal investigator for a USDA-funded project on sustainable energy education with the College of the Menominee Nation. He has served on numerous campus committees including search and screen committees for several campus deans, CALS academic planning, research advisory, and strategic planning committees, and has chaired the campus biological safety committee.
Professor; School of Nursing; social studies division; faculty member since 1984.
Rodefer Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing. An active researcher and educator, Bowers has extensive campus experience, including elected and appointed service on university and health sciences committees including Social Studies Divisional Committee (chair), Administrative Redesign, Student Academic Misconduct, Campus Planning, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Executive Committee and the Community Academic Partnership Steering Committee. A scholar on aging and health, Bowers co-founded the Law School Center for Patient Partnerships and through the Division of Continuing Studies, created a statewide education program for long-term care workers. Professor Bowers also brings a long history of collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health, having served as a member of multiple task forces and advisory groups currently and in the past and is a co-founder of the Wisconsin Partnership Program, a health and social services program for low-income older adults and people with permanent disabilities.
2016 election statement: The University Committee serves a vital role in preserving academic freedom as it oversees and protects the rights and responsibilities of faculty, and is the most significant point of interaction between faculty and administration. I would bring to the work of the University Committee an important perspective grounded in an understanding of the many facets of the university as well as the intersection between the university and the community (including the Wisconsin Department of Health Services).
Professor; History of Science (L&S);social studies. Faculty member since: 2007
Committee on Committees, 2008-2012 (chair); Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefites, 2013-2014; Faculty Senate, 2006-2009, 2011-2014, District 82; Faculty Senate alternate, 2004-2006, 2009-2012, District 82; Graduate School Research Committee (A&H), 2002-2005; Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee, 1998-2002 (chair); Steering Committee for PROFS inc., 20011-2014; Schurz (Carl) Memorial Professorship Committee, 2011-2013
2014 Election statement: Public higher education is in a unique moment of transition, and the challenges that confront us in defining our role will surely persist well beyond the current financial shortfall emergency. My desire to serve on the University Committee arises from a commitment to sharing in the interesting and challenging decisions that await us in the next several years. The recent discussion of how the administration of research and the Graduate School is but one of the several important issues on which the University Committee will be called on to make the faculty?s voice heard. I cannot claim to be more qualified than other candidates for election, in terms of dedication to the UC's function and willingness to take on the work it entails. In fact, my years of experience in the Faculty Senate and as a member of the Committee on Committees suggest that people who agree to stand for election to the UC are already a highly self-selected cohort. I can claim that my academic background (graduate work in agronomy/plant physiology on the one hand, European history/history of science on the other) and my current experience in teaching the history of medicine puts me in a good position to appreciate how truly diverse the various parts of a major research university are. I hope to put some of that perspective to good use on the UC.
Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders (L&S) and Surgery Division of Otolaryngology (SMPH); biological sciences. Member of the faculty since 2001. Faculty senator, 2001-2003. Biological Sciences Divisional Committee, 2013-2014 & 2015-2017. Committee on Women at the University, 2010-2016 (Chair 2012-2014). Ad-Hoc Diversity Planning Committee, 2013-2014 (Faculty Co-chair). Ad-Hoc anti bullying climate and culture committee, 2013-2014. Women Faculty Mentoring Program, 2002-present. Conflict of Interest Committee, 2005-2011. L&S New Faculty Welcome, 2012, 2013, 2014. Postdoctoral Mentoring Program, 2013-2014.
2015 Election statement: I consider it an honor to serve on shared governance committees, especially the University Committee which plays such an important role in representing our faculty. I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with members of our community and the administration on the important issues that our campus is grappling with. My contributions will be informed through my experiences of balancing a federally funded research program with teaching, mentoring and service. In addition, I am passionate about our campus’ need for diversity and inclusion in all areas.
Professor, Department of English (L&S); arts and humanities. Member of the faculty since 2000. Current associate chair of the English Department. Current member of the Divisional Committee (A&H). Budget Model Development Committee. Language Sciences Program Planning Committee. Hilldale Awards Committee (A&H). Former member of the Graduate School Research Committee (A&H) and the Faculty Senate.
2015 Election statement: My interest in serving on the University Committee stems from my deep appreciation of faculty governance. In all committees I served on I have been impressed by the intellectual energy and dedication colleagues bring to the decision-making process. My work on the Budget Model Development Committee has given me the opportunity to learn about the needs and challenges of using resources across campus responsibly, fairly, and effectively. As a former member of the A&H Graduate School Research Committee, I learned first-hand about the excellence of research on this campus. In my current position as associate chair of the Department of English I am in charge of the undergraduate curriculum and acutely aware of enrollment trends. As a current member of the A&H Divisional Committee I regularly read dossiers from outstanding junior faculty who have committed their career to the University of Wisconsin and who need to be assured of the university’s commitment to them. The challenges ahead of us are obvious. We can only confront them if we resist being turned against each other – university against public, sciences against humanities, research against teaching. I would be honored to continue my service to the University of Wisconsin as a member of the University Committee.
Amy Wendt (chair)
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ENGR); physical sciences. Divisional Executive Committee, Physical Sciences, 2011-2014; Faculty Senate alternate, 2013-2014, District 36; Graduate School Research Committee (PS), 2002-2007; Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) Co-director; College of Engineering Equity and Diversity Committee. FORMERLY: Graduate School Research Comm. (PS), Library Committee, University Book Store Academic Excellence Awards Committee; College of Engineering Diversity and Climate Committee; College of Engineering Engineering Beyond Boundaries; Library Committee, 2000-2001; University Book Store Academic Excellence Awards Committee, 2005-2007
2014 Election statement: A UW-Madison faculty member since 1990 in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department (Physical Sciences Division), I have served on the Physical Sciences (Tenure) Divisional Executive Committee and the Graduate School Research Committee, and I have served a four-year term as Co-chair of the ECE Dept. As Co-director of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) since 2007, I have also played an active role in programs designed to enhance climate and diversity across campus, including workshops for search committees and department climate workshops. These opportunities, along with ongoing research collaborations that cross college and division boundaries, have led me to an ever-growing appreciation for the many ways colleagues across campus contribute to the successes of the institution, and for the power of shared governance. It would be an honor to serve as a member of the University Committee, and if elected I would draw on these experiences and serve as a thoughtful advocate for the interests of the university community.
Susan Babcock, 2009-2012
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering (ENGR); physical sciences. Member of the faculty since 1990. Current department chair. Former associate director, Materials Science Program. Current member: CIC Academic Leadership Program; Materials Science Program Faculty Advisory Committee. Former member: Divisional Executive Committee (chair); Graduate School Research Committee. 2009 Election Statement: The experiences of having served as chair of an engineering department, as a faculty member in an interdisciplinary program, and as a member of the Graduate School Research Committee and the Physical Sciences Divisional Executive Committee have opened my eyes wide to vastness of the resource that the UW-Madison faculty constitutes. As a member of the University Committee, I would strive to honor the traditions of faculty governance to both care for and cultivate that resource for the betterment of the university in achieving its core missions of teaching, research and service.
Bradford Barham, 2009-2012; chair 2011-2012
Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics (CALS); social studies. Member of the faculty since 1987. Current department chair. Current co-director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies. Former faculty senator. Former member: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Academic Planning Council; Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award Committee; Tinker-Nave Committee. 2009 Election Statement: My research, outreach and instructional ties across CALS and the broader campus are based on my interests in economic and environmental issues related to sustainable growth and poverty reduction. I am eager to work specifically on the tuition remission issue and broader concerns related to recruitment, financing and training of graduate students.
Michael Bernard-Donals; 2011-2014; chair 2013-2014
Professor, English (L&S); arts and humanities. Member of the faculty since 1998. Former department chair. Current member: Campus Planning Committee; Divisional Executive Committee (vice-chair). Former member: Graduate School Fellowships Committee; Letters and Science Equity and Diversity Committee; Reaccreditation Steering Committee; Reaccreditation Theme Team (co-chair); Research-Service Grant Review Committee. 2011 Election Statement: The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a unique place, at least in part for these two reasons: first, it takes seriously its role as a public institution that serves the public good; and second, it sees a strong system of faculty governance as crucial to its strength. As a member of the university community since 1998, I've worked hard in several roles to continue these traditions of solidarity and transparency. At a time when the university is threatened with a further decrease in resources and is poised to enter into a new relationship with the people of the state, it is more important than ever to vouchsafe the continued strength of the UW-Madison by ensuring that the voice of the faculty is heard as we move forward.
Patricia Brennan, 2003-2006; chair 2005-2006
Professor, Nursing (School of Nursing), Industrial Engineering (College of Engineering); Social Studies Division. Member of the faculty since 1996. Former member: Committee on Women in the University (co-chair); Campus Planning Committee; Graduate School Research Committee; Graduate School Dean Search and Screen Committee. 2003 Election Statement: A key role of the University Committee is to aptly facilitate all faculty governance bodies of the campus (Faculty Senate, Chapter 6 committees, appointed committees, etc.) in matters in which faculty have a voice. The University Committee has the responsibility to be pro-active in insuring the academic integrity of the campus, both scanning for opportunities to ensure faculty input in university direction as well as assuring fair deliberation of critical issues among the governance bodies. Critical issues facing the faculty over the next three years include guiding budget and personnel decisions in an era of financial restraint, balancing governance across faculty, academic staff, classified staff and administrative stakeholders, and fostering our long tradition of academic excellence. I hold joint tenured appointments in the School of Nursing and the College of Engineering that have given me a broad perspective on interdisciplinary research, different teaching models, and the promotion and tenure processes in both the social studies and physical sciences divisions. My experiences of seven years in departmental, college and university governance activities provides an excellent background for analysis of important issues as well as a viable network of colleagues for counsel and consultation.
Philip Brown, 2000-2004; chair 2002-2003
Professor, Geology and Geophysics (College of Letters and Science); Physical Sciences Division. Member of the faculty since 1981. Former faculty senator. Former chair: Department of Geology and Geophysics. Former member and chair: Physical Sciences Divisional Executive Committee. Former member: University Academic Planning Council; Committee on Committees. Current member and former chair: University Committee. 2002 Election Statement: I am committed to the shared governance system of this university and feel that the University Committee is the most significant place a faculty member can make a contribution. Grappling with difficult issues and trying to distill them to their essence for the Faculty Senate provides deep insights into how the Madison campus operates and how it fits in the UW System. Issues surrounding tenure, state support for higher education, and the evolving relationship between faculty, academic staff, classified staff and the students are at the forefront of defining the Madison campus' place in the state and on the national educational scene.
Judith Burstyn, 2008-2011; chair 2010-2011
Professor, Chemistry (L&S), Pharmacology (MED); physical sciences. Member of the faculty since 1990. Current chair, Inorganic Division, Department of Chemistry. Current member: Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities (former chair); Women Faculty Mentoring Program Advisory Committee; Chemistry Biology Interface Training Program Advisory Committee. Former faculty co-director, Women in Science and Engineering Residential Learning Community. Former member: Divisional Executive Committee (chair); College of Letters and Science Dean Search and Screen Committee; Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Search and Screen Committee; Chemistry Graduate Curriculum and Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate Committee. 2008 Election Statement: One of the great strengths of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is our system of shared governance. If elected to serve on the University Committee, I will uphold the high standards of the university, in scholarship and teaching, and work to ensure that UW-Madison remains one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. The new millennium presents substantial challenges and opportunities; my goal will be to ensure that the needs of all units of our great institution are met, in order that we may continue to excel in educating the State of Wisconsin, "sifting and winnowing" ideas, and solving the world's most vexing problems.
Mary (Molly) Carnes, 2004-2006
Professor, Medicine (Medical School), Affiliate with Psychiatry, Industrial Engineering; Biological Sciences Division. Member of the faculty since 1985. Director, Center for Women's Health Research and Co-Director, Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI). Former faculty senator. Former member: Biological Sciences Strategic Planning Committee; School of Pharmacy Dean Search Committee. Current member: Committee on Women in the University; Campus Planning Committee. 2004 Election Statement: As a physician, I assess and integrate information from multiple domains to derive a diagnosis and work toward a plan of care in partnership with a patient and other members of a multidisciplinary team. My field of Internal Medicine, in particular, prides itself on striving to implement only interventions where scientific evidence supports improved outcomes. I have been delighted to discover that these same skills and values apply to the administration of complex organizations. I bring to the University Committee these skills along with 20 years of experience developing and leading multidisciplinary research, educational, and clinical initiatives. I am ever astounded by the quality of the students, faculty, and staff at UW-Madison and pleased to have the opportunity to provide service to an institution whose principles resonate with my own.
Murray Clayton, 2002-2005; chair 2004-2005
Professor, Statistics (College of Letters and Science) and Plant Pathology (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences); Biological Sciences Division. Member of the faculty since 1984. Former associate chair: Department of Statistics. Recipient: CALS Award for Excellence in Teaching; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Former member and chair: Followup Committee to the 1993 Faculty Gender Equity Pay Exercise; Biological Sciences Division Tenure Committee. Former member: Committee on Women in the University; Search Committee for Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Compliance; Search Committee for Dean of the School of Pharmacy; Department of Zoology External Review Committee; Academic Program Review Committee for Department of Medical Sciences. Current chair: Masters of Biometry Executive Committee. Current associate chair: Department of Plant Pathology. Current member: University Academic Planning Council; Committee on Committees; University Committee. Statement: In the recent past I have served as a member and chair of the tenure committee for the Biological Sciences Division, and I am currently serving on the University Committee. These experiences have underlined for me the importance of the faculty's role in shared governance. To me, the notion of faculty governance involves both process and responsibility. The former includes the set of rules and procedures that facilitate the direct involvement of faculty in governance. These are hollow, however, unless faculty likewise fulfill their responsibility to help create, maintain, and enact governance legislation. I believe that the excellence of our institution and its diversity of endeavors, accomplishments, and people, are best achieved through a governance structure in which faculty play an active and essential role.
Mark Cook, 2011-2014
Professor, Animal Sciences (CALS); biological sciences. Member of the faculty since 1983. Former faculty senator. Current member: Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Steering Committee; Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Graduate Achievement and Curriculum Committee (chair). Former member: All Campus Animal Care and Use Committee; Biology Major Steering Committee; CALS Academic Planning Council; CALS Animal Care Committee (chair); University Academic Planning Council; UW System's Research to Jobs Task Force and Implementation Committees; UW Technology Transfer Committee. 2011 Election Statement: Our university is facing increased responsibilities to provide financial security and an improved quality of life for Wisconsin's citizens. UW-Madison's value to our stakeholders is best realized when faculty are unencumbered in their creation of new ideas, the discovery of new arts and inventions, the transfer of knowledge to their students, and the movement of their useful products beyond our campus. Faculty actively involved in intellectual pursuit, instruction, research and outreach are best positioned to assess issues that could limit faculty freedoms. As a faculty member who teaches every semester and has successful research and outreach activities, I seek service on committees that can support faculty freedoms. Serving on committees provided opportunities that have helped assure the continued ability of faculty to own and pursue their intellectual property; have allowed faculty to study animals in their research; have allowed meaningful teaching activities to flourish; and have helped smooth paths for faculty to transfer their intellectual property to private enterprise. As a member of the University Committee, I will continue to hold dear faculty academic freedoms.
Steven Cramer, 2004-2006
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (College of Engineering); Physical Sciences Division. Member of the faculty since 1984. Director of the College of Engineering Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory. Current and previous associate department chair. Former member: Physical Sciences Divisional Executive Committee (chair); Academic Program Review Committee (chair). Current member: Teaching Academy. 2004 Election Statement: During nearly 20 years on this campus, I have enjoyed working with faculty and staff at the departmental, college and university level to make this university a better place to study and to work. I have learned to respect the role we as faculty have on this campus in shaping our own environment. This period of increasing financial stress will challenge the University of Wisconsin-Madison to make difficult choices and find new ways to fulfill its multifaceted mission. I feel proactive faculty participation in shared governance is now most critical to ensure we continue to possess a unique environment for scholarship and discovery. The academic freedom we enjoy requires faculty diligence, participation in governance decisions and better communication of what we do to our constituencies - all at a time when faculty are asked to do more with less. I will be particularly sensitive on the University Committee to the issues of enhancing the working environment for scholarship and discovery in the face of financial pressures that may work to the contrary.
Julie D'Acci, 2001-2004
Professor, Communication Arts, Women's Studies (College of Letters and Science); Arts and Humanities Division. Member of the faculty since 1990. Currently associate chair Communication Arts. Former: associate chair Women's Studies; Vilas Associate; Kiekhofer Distinguished Teaching Award; Lilly Teaching Fellow; Tenure with Distinction; UW Women's Faculty Mentor. Current member: L&S Individual Majors Committee. Former member: Dean of Students Search and Screen; Lilly Teaching Fellow Selection Committee; Department of Comparative Literature Review Committee; Student Conduct Hearing Panel; Student Informal Adjudication Review; L&S Student Advisor Service. Speaker/Session Leader: School of Education Teaching Forum; L&S Teaching Assistant Training Session; UW Tenure Process Workshop. 2001 Election Statement: Deeply committed to Wisconsin's tradition of joint governance and to promoting communication at all levels of the university, I would welcome service on the University Committee. My background in the fields of communication, culture, and women's studies has fueled a dedication to issues of diversity and equity, as well as to inter-departmental and inter-school cooperation that I would bring to my duties. The work of the University Committee is specifically devoted to building the university community, and such work is vitally important to me.
Jim Escalante, 2004-2006
Professor, Art (School of Education); arts and humanities. Member of the faculty since 1989. Department chair (six years); acting director Chicano/a Studies Program (1994-96). Former faculty senate alternate. Former member Divisional Executive Committee (chair); Arts and Humanities Sub-committee for the North Central Accreditation (chair); Information Technology Committee; Campus Diversity Plan Oversight Committee; Campus Planning Committee; Consortium for the Arts; Anonymous Fund Committee; Humanities Research Institute Committee. Current member: University Committee; Committee on Committees; Honorific Modified Professorial Title Review Committee; PROFS, Inc. 2004 Election Statement: Having served on numerous campus-wide committees and campus-wide searches, I understand the significant role that the University Committee plays in campus governance. It is my belief that voices from all campus divisions play important roles in shaping the future of the university. It would be an honor to participate in the future planning of UW-Madison.
Jo Ellen Fair, 2012-2015; chair 2014-2015
Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication (L&S); arts and humanities. Member of the faculty since 1989. Current director, Global Studies Program; International Studies Major; Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy. Former director, African Studies Program; Chadbourne Residential College. Former Faculty Senate alternate. Current member: Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits; Center for the Humanities Advisory Board; Global Health Institute Advisory Group. Former member: Graduate School Research Committee; Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee (chair); Committee on Undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid. 2012 Election Statement: It took me more than a decade as a member of our faculty to begin to understand that the UW-Madison's commitment to faculty governance is not a rhetorical flourish left to us from bygone days, deployed mechanically now for promotional purposes. It is real. It is deeply envied by attentive colleagues at peer institutions. It is one of our greatest competitive advantages as smart academics around the country recoil from increasingly corporatized university governance structures and seek inspiration (and positions) in the few institutions such as ours that continue to work to the extent possible-via the principle of leadership from the talented faculty-to stay true to the idea of the university as a self-organized community of scholars. Vigilance about Wisconsin's faculty governance tradition is far more important now than ever. As a faculty member in a professional school that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, as a scholar who earned tenure in the social studies division but moved mid-career to the division of arts and humanities, and as a university citizen who has maintained a good balance of scholarly production, teaching, and service, I am well positioned and would be honored to represent my colleagues on the committee whose duty is safeguarding and exercising the faculty's governance power.
Dorothy Farrar Edwards
Professor, Kinesiology (EDUC); social studies. Member of the faculty since 2006. Department chair. member: Allen J. and Lydia Z. Shafer Awards Committee (chair); Ad Hoc Committee to Review Integrated Tenure Case Criteria; Divisional Executive Committee (chair); Social Behavioral Sciences IRB (former chair); SoE ED-GRS Committee. Human Research Protection Program Advisory Committee; ICTR Scientific Review Committee.
2013 Election Statement: I came to the University of Wisconsin in 2006 from Washington University in St. Louis. I continue to marvel at the exceptional climate and collegiality of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This climate is driven in large part by the value of scholarly work, the system of faculty governance, and commitment to the Wisconsin Idea. As a faculty member and active researcher, I lead multidisciplinary studies with faculty and students from the School of Education, the College of Letters and Science, the College of Engineering, and the School of Medicine and Public Health. My research on health disparities is supported by strong partnerships with communities of color here in Madison and in Milwaukee. I truly appreciate the freedom to work collaboratively without intra-institutional barriers. We face very real financial challenges which require sustained commitment to the values of academic excellence and shared governance. I believe that my experience will inform this process as we move forward. I would be honored to serve the university community as a member of the University Committee.
Aaron Friedman, 2001-2004; chair 2003-2004
Professor, Pediatrics (Medical School); Biological Sciences Division. Member of the faculty since 1981. Former member: Occupational Health Committee; Recreational Sports Board; Medical School Admissions Committee; Academic Staff Area Review Committee; Biological Sciences Divisional Tenure Committee (chair); Biological Sciences Strategic Planning Committee; Faculty Consultative Committee on Financial Emergency. Current chair: Pediatrics. Current faculty senate alternate. 2001 Election Statement: The University Committee is essential to faculty governance and crucial to the long-term success of a complex campus such as ours. My previous experience has clearly taught me the value of shared governance and broad consultation within the university. As we strive to develop a matrix relationship across campus with cluster hires, inter-departmental and even inter-school recruitment, the role for the University Committee becomes even more important. I consider service on the University Committee as one of the most important methods by which faculty can fashion the future of the university.
Gail Geiger, 2008-2011
Professor, Art History (L&S); arts and humanities. Member of the faculty since 1978. Department chair. Former faculty senator, alternate. Current member: Arts Institute Executive Committee. Former member: Chazen/Elvehjem Museum of Art Accessions Committee; Consortium for the Arts; Divisional Executive Committee; Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits; Graduate School Research Committee; Committee on Honorary Degrees; Humanities Research Institute Committee; PROFS, Inc. Steering Committee; Ad Hoc Committee to Review Prohibited Harassment Legislation; Undergraduate Research and Awards Committee; University Honors Committee; CIC Historically Black Institutions Committee (chair). 2008 Election Statement: Years ago while a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership seminar conducting a comparative study of twelve mid-western universities, I learned the importance of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's devotion to faculty governance. Central to that role is the University Committee's leadership in helping ensure our academic freedom and diversity in the pursuit of excellence in research, creative expression, teaching and service to the community and state. Now, at a time of such budgetary crises, the responsibilities of the University Committee grow still larger. Since the CIC seminar I have served on many committees devoted to campus-wide, cross-disciplinary issues, experience that has prepared me to serve on the University Committee. It would be an honor to serve and one I would welcome.
Linda Graham, 2006-2009, 2012-2013
Professor, Botany (College of Letters and Science)/Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; biological sciences. Member of the faculty since 1976. Current committee service: GNIES Water Resources Management graduate program (chair); Limnology and Marine Sciences graduate program (chair); faculty senator; Committee on Committees (past chair); Officer Education Committee; Cross College Biology Education Steering Committee; L&S Academic Planning Council. Former service: Botany Department chair; Divisional Executive Committee (chair); Biological Sciences Hearn Review Committee; Academic Staff Area Review Committee; University Press Committee; several L&S and CALS committees. 2006 Election Statement: My service to numerous university and cross-college groups has taught me how widely we value shared faculty governance. I have noted our system's strengths by comparison to others while serving as an external reviewer of programs at other academic institutions. I perceive that our system helps to explain UW-Madison's national and international prominence, because shared governance gives us all a voice in shaping our present and future. It would be a privilege for me to foster shared governance as a member of the University Committee.
Ann Hoyt, 2006-2009; chair 2008-2009
Professor, Consumer Science (School of Human Ecology); social studies. Member of the faculty since 1985. Current member: Campus Planning Committee; Council on Outreach (SoHE). Former member: Social Studies Divisional Executive Committee; Campus Planning Steering Committee; Provost's Advisory Committee on Distance Education; Provost Search Committee; Provost's Council on Outreach; Provost's Council on Outreach Subcommittee on Tenure Guidelines (co-chair); University Child Care Committee (chair); SoHE Academic Planning Council; several search committees; UW Credit Union Board of Directors (chair). 2006 Election Statement: I have abiding respect for the research, teaching and service missions of the university and will work to assure that the university continues to foster all areas of scholarly endeavor. One of our challenges as faculty members is to perpetuate efficient, strategic and responsible participatory governance. My teaching and service have focused on effective governance and strategic planning. It would be an honor to use these skills in service to the campus community.
Jane Hutchison, 2005-2008
Professor, Art History (College of Letters and Science); arts and humanities. Member of the faculty since 1964. Former department chair. Current faculty senate alternate. Former faculty senator. Former member: University Committee; Humanities Divisional Committee (three terms, former co-chair); Elvehjem Accessions Committee; Equity and Diversity Resource Center Advisory Committee; Memorial Library Committee; Wisconsin State Legislative Council Committee on Sources of Funding for the Arts, Wisconsin State Conference of AAUP (past president); Search Committee (Law School Dean). Current committee service: Officer Education Committee (chair); Ad Hoc Committee for Academic Freedom and Rights. 2005 Election Statement: Since the time of my original service on the University Committee during the merger (1972-74) of the Madison campus with the former Wisconsin state colleges, I have been active in the protection of the academic freedom ostensibly guaranteed by the University's Regents on the "Sifting and Winnowing" plaque affixed to the facade of Bascom Hall-freedom that played an important role in the foundation of national AAUP many years ago. That freedom can thrive only in a system of shared governance, and its preservation continues to be my chief concern.
Judith Leavitt, 2000-2004
Ruth Bleier WARF Professor, History of Medicine (Medical School); with joint appointments in Women's Studies (College of Letters and science), and History of Science (College of Letters and Science); Biological Sciences Division. Member of the faculty since 1975. Former Associate Dean for Faculty, Medical School. Former department chair. Former chair: Student Admissions Committee; Minority Students Admissions Committee; and the Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee in the Medical School. Former member: Selection Committee for the Humanities Research Institute; Student Promotions Committee; Committee on Day Care; System Task Force on the Status of Women (Madison Resource Board); Faculty Appeals Committee; Archives Committee; Memorial Library Committee; Honorary Degrees Committee; Advisory Committee of the Women Faculty Mentoring Program; Search Committee for Associate Dean of the Humanities in the Graduate School. Current member: Hunter Fellowship Committee (SHSW); Advisory Committee, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health; Search Committee for Women's Health Cluster hires. 2000 Election Statement: Fully committed to faculty governance, I see the University Committee as the epitome of this Wisconsin idea. Because of my appointment in both Medical School and L&S departments, biological sciences and the humanities, I bring a full range of experience with campus faculty issues and a belief in broad inter-college consultation. I look forward to service on this committee as a way of adding my voice to help improve faculty and student life on our campus.
Peter Lipton, 2010-2013
Professor, Neuroscience (SMPH); biological sciences. Member of the faculty since 1972. Current member: Curriculum Committee of the Neuroscience Training Program; Executive Committee of the Biology Major. Former member: Divisional Executive Committee (chair); Graduate School Research Committee; Committee on Honorary Degrees; Medical School Library Committee; Medical School Promotions Committee. 2010 Election Statement: I have been on the faculty since 1972 and during that time have split my time fairly equally between research, teaching and administrative tasks. In addition to the committees mentioned above I organized a petition of about 150 biology faculty in favor of stem cell research, which we published in the Wisconsin State Journal at the time that the Bush Administration made their ruling limiting research in the area. My research is in the areas of cerebral ischemia and learning. I am actively teaching two undergraduate/graduate courses in the neurobiology of memory and organize a student seminar course in neurobiology every semester. As chair of the Biological Sciences Strategic Planning Committee we engaged many cross-campus issues including minority recruitment, negotiating cross-campus funding of courses and equipment, coordinating initiatives in curriculum and hiring and building with deans and the chancellor's office. As the coordinator of the undergraduate neurobiology major I devote a great deal of time to ensuring student well-being, adequate course content, the honors program and many other aspects of this 175-member undergraduate 'major.' I know a fair bit, certainly not everything, about the way the university runs and am happy to provide whatever further help I can as a member of the University Committee.
Dennis Maki, 2007-2010
Professor, Medicine (School of Medicine and Public Health); biological sciences. Member of the faculty since 1974. Former faculty senator. Former member: Divisional Executive Committee (chair); advisory committees to the chancellor dealing with HIV infection / AIDS, biomedical waste disposal, chronic wasting disease, and biocontainment policies for research on biohazardous agents; School of Medicine and Public Health Faculty Tenure Appointments and Promotion Committee; SMPH Faculty Advisory Committee to the Dean; SMPH Academic Policy Council; SMPH Medical Student Promotions Committee; Governor's Emergency Preparedness Task Force and Advisory Council on HIV Infections / AIDS. 2007 Election Statement: I deeply cherish UW-Madison's long tradition of faculty governance and view service on the University Committee as the opportunity to help to make progress on some of the most important problems facing the university, especially preserving access for students, achieving diversity at all levels, improving our relationship with the state, and adapting our teaching and research to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society.
Robert Mathieu, 2005-2008; chair 2006-2008
Professor, Astronomy (College of Letters and Science); physical sciences. Member of the faculty since 1987. Director, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL); WIYN Observatory (former president, board of directors); National Institute for Science Education (former associate director); Distinguished Teaching award recipient. Former associate chair, Department of Astronomy. Former member: Undergraduate Education Committee; L&S Appeals Committee; Graduate School Research Committee (physical sciences); UW Re-accreditation Committee; Teaching Academy Executive Board. Current member: Divisional Executive Committee; Graduate School Academic Planning Council; Graduate Faculty Executive Committee; Teaching Academy. 2005 Election Statement: Over the last decade I have had the good fortune to work closely with faculty, students, academic staff, and administrators from almost every school and college at UW-Madison. I deeply appreciate our common commitment to the success of this great university, and to value highly the diversity of perspectives across the campus. I have found that a key to progress is open and vital communication, which creates rich collaborative opportunities and dispels false perceptions and barriers. A critical goal of faculty governance is to enhance our connectivity and align our strengths toward common goals. This is particularly critical in these challenging times when we all are being asked to accomplish more with less. I have extensive experience in fostering successful inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations, both in research and in education. As a member of the University Committee, I would seek to promote broad, inclusive solutions as we shape the future of the university. It would be an honor to be able to serve all of you on the University Committee.
M. Elizabeth Meyerand, 2013-2016; chair 2015-2016
Professor, (joint appointment) Biomedical Engineering (ENGR) and Medical Physics (SMPH); biological sciences. Member of the faculty since 1998. Current department chair (Biomedical Engineering). Former department graduate program chair. Current co-director, Clinical Neuroengineering Training Program. Current member: SMPH Equity and Diversity Committee; Women Faculty Mentoring Program Advisory Committee. Former member: CoE Equity and Diversity Committee; Divisional Executive Committee (Tenure; chair); Graduate School Research Committee; Institute for Cross-College Biology Education Steering Committee; SMPH Strategic Planning Committee. Former fellow, CIC Academic Leadership Program.
2013 Election Statement: As a faculty member with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine and Public Health and the College of Engineering, I have served on the Biological Sciences (Tenure) Divisional Executive Committee, the Graduate School Research Committee, and I am now a department chair in the College of Engineering. This broad set of experiences has given me a unique opportunity to recognize and appreciate a diversity of approaches to research, teaching, mentoring and problem-solving. If elected to the University Committee, I would endeavor to draw upon this appreciation for diversity in making well-informed decisions that uphold our valued tradition of shared governance, and move us forward as leaders and innovators in teaching, research and service.
Robert Miller, 2002-2005
Professor, Business (School of Business) and Statistics (College of Letters and Science); Social Studies Division. Member of the faculty since 1968. Current faculty senator. Former member: Budget Planning and Analysis Joint Subcommittee (chair); Social Studies Divisional Executive Committee; Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits (chair); Faculty Consultative Committee on Financial Emergency; Graduate School Academic Planning Council; Graduate School Faculty Executive Committee; PROFS, Inc. Steering Committee; Committee on Undergraduate Education (chair); University Honors Committee; Associate Dean School of Business Undergraduate Programs. Former department chair of Statistics (L&S); former department chair of Operations and Information Management (BUS). 2002 Election Statement: One of the keys to the UW-Madison "miracle" is our tradition of faculty governance. The increasing complexity of the campus, its educational programs and its constituencies makes the process of faculty governance more important and more difficult than ever before. I believe the University Committee is essential to that process. My goal in seeking to serve on the committee is to ensure that, where appropriate, the faculty exert its authority, give its advice and exercise its responsibilities. As a member of the committee, I will seek to engage in the diligence, consultation, collaboration and goodwill needed to maintain our vital tradition of faculty governance.
Ann Palmenberg, 2010-2012
Professor, Biochemistry (CALS); biological sciences. Member of the faculty since 1987. Current director, Institute for Molecular Virology. Former faculty senator. Current member: Biotechnology Center Advisory Board (chair). Former member: Athletic Board; CALS Gender Equity Planning and Advisory Committee; Divisional Executive Committee; Graduate School Fellowships Committee; Graduate School Research Committee; Institutional Advisory Committee on Outside Activities; Provost Committee on Wisconsin Idea Endowment. 2010 Election Statement: As a graduate student, postdoc, scientist and faculty member of the UW community for almost 40 years, my personal and professional character, indeed, my career and my life, have been directly shaped by the outstanding opportunities I've been accorded here. This university has taught me that with privilege comes responsibility. Difficult service commitments are part of that responsibility and integral to faculty governance. Our great institution now faces unprecedented challenges to educational access, budget management, research preeminence and the Wisconsin Idea. With common sense, integrity, creativity and hard work, I believe our faculty can meet those challenges and resolve them. I would be honored to join the University Committee to help make that happen.
Grant Petty, 2012-2015
Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (L&S); physical sciences. Member of the faculty since 2000. Former departmental graduate program chair. Former Faculty Senate alternate. Current member: Coalition for Affordable Public Education (former co-chair). Former member: Ad Hoc Committee on Textbook Costs. 2012 Election Statement: Coming to this campus from another Big Ten university in 2000, I was instantly impressed by its culture of faculty, staff and student involvement in campus governance and by its strong institutional support for everything from the hard sciences, engineering, and business to the humanities and the arts. The collegiality and the wide-ranging intellectual energy that are hallmarks of this campus have made me feel at home, and I am very proud of its world-class research and public education missions. But the best qualities of UW-Madison are now under stress from political and fiscal pressures, both internal and external. I first became engaged in campus issues beyond my department on behalf of college affordability for students as a member of the student-faculty Coalition for Affordable Public Education (CAPE), then more broadly in response to proposed major structural changes on this campus that, to my mind, were being fast-tracked without fully informed input from the campus community. I look forward to continuing to defend and promote the unique UW-Madison tradition of shared governance, and I will be a staunch advocate for fair and informed decision-making in all matters that come before the UC.
Dietram Scheufele, 2012-2013
Professor, Life Sciences Communication (CALS); social studies. Member of the faculty since 2004. Current department director of graduate studies. Current member: CALS Equity and Diversity Committee (chair); Committee on Honorary Degrees; Honorific Modified Professorial Title Review Committee; University of Wisconsin Survey Center Steering Committee. Former member: CALS Academic Affairs Visioning Committee (chair); CALS Curriculum Committee; Cluster Hire/Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee; Divisional Executive Committee. 2012 Election Statement: UW-Madison ranks among the top private and public schools in this country. This is due to a unique balance between a strong commitment to faculty governance, maintaining world-class research programs across all colleges, and our ability to attract and retain the very best faculty and students in the world. The most important role for the University Committee is to work with faculty, governing bodies, and the administration toward upholding these basic principles, and to provide leadership that will help us navigate the challenges of changing budgetary realities and a rapidly changing world around us. As chair of the CALS Academic Affairs Visioning Committee, I worked with colleagues in multiple colleges and administrative units to create a new vision for what our academic affairs enterprise should look like in a world that requires us to prepare students for jobs and research expertise in areas that don't even exist yet. These challenges are ones that we are facing as a university more broadly, and I am looking forward to collaborating with stakeholders all across campus on innovative ways to ensure that UW maintains its status as a global leader in higher education.
William Tracy, 2006-2010; chair 2009-2010
Professor, Agronomy (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences); biological sciences. Member of the faculty since 1984. Department chair; Jung Outstanding Teaching Award recipient. Current member: Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits. Former faculty senator. Former member: Biological Sciences Division Tenure Committee; Financial Emergency Faculty Consultative Committee; Truman Scholarship Committee; Goldwater Scholarship Committee; Madison Plan representative to Tuskegee University College of Agriculture; CALS Dean Search and Screen Committee; CALS Academic Planning Council; CALS Scholastic, Policies and Actions Committee; CALS Curriculum Committee. 2006 Election Statement: It is often said the greatness of UW-Madison far exceeds expectations based on the State's resources. I believe a key to the greatness of our university is our system of shared governance. Shared governance allows creativity to flourish. Unfortunately, the continued future of shared governance is not a given. The University Committee plays a key role in ensuring that shared governance really works and will continue to work. It would be an honor to serve on this committee and work to protect and enhance shared governance and academic freedom.
The University Committee hears the following requests for rule waivers of Faculty Policies and Procedures (FPP): extensions of the tenure clock, all leaves of absence for probationary faculty, leaves of absence for tenured faculty that exceed one year or the equivalent of three semesters in three years, temporary assignments for probationary faculty where the time off the university payroll exceeds one year, conversion of probationary faculty appointments to academic staff appointments, changes between clinical and tenure tracks (see SMPH policy), and dual roles for academic staff. Any questions regarding rule waivers not addressed by the guidelines below should be referred to the secretary of the faculty (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University Committee generally meets every Monday afternoon during the fall and spring semesters and as needed throughout the summer and during breaks. The committee tries to accommodate all requests in as timely a fashion as possible. Departments and deans are requested to submit requests as soon as a need is known. Generally speaking, requests received by the secretary of the faculty by mid-week will be included on the next Monday’s agenda.
F. Policy for faculty track transfers for the School of Veterinary Medicine (PDF from the SVM, 4/29/2013)
New Hires (establishing probationary periods for new faculty positions). Faculty legislation provides for flexibility at the departmental and decanal levels in setting the tenure clock for new probationary faculty with prior service. FPP requires that when a person with prior service in a faculty position is hired, the department and dean shall determine how much of that previous service, if any, is to be counted toward the maximum UW-Madison tenure clock:
7.04.B. In calculating a person's maximum probationary period, provision shall be made for the appropriate counting of prior service at other institutions and at this institution. The departmental executive committee shall evaluate all such prior service, and shall determine, by mutual agreement with the dean, whether any or all of that prior service is equivalent to service at ranks of instructor or above in this university. All such equivalent previous service, but not to exceed three years, at one-half time or greater, shall be subtracted from the normal seven years, unless programmatic circumstances can be documented to justify otherwise. Prior probationary or tenure service at another institution while a candidate for a doctoral or equivalent terminal degree, by mutual agreement of the dean, the departmental executive committee, and the individual concerned, may be excluded in calculating the maximum probationary period.
Please consult with the secretary of the faculty if you have any questions regarding this legislation. Because of the personnel sensitivities and potential legal complications, it is imperative that the exact determination of the maximum probationary period be finalized and discussed with a candidate before an offer is made. Letters of offer should state the maximum probationary period that will be permitted.
In making initial tenure clock determinations, departments are advised to note the following statement from Faculty Legislation II-327 (Report of the Ad Hoc Tenure Clock Extension Committee):
It is assumed that it is the responsibility of departments to appoint faculty whose specializations, prior experience, and assigned responsibilities equip and permit them to compete successfully for tenure within the specified probationary period.In the unlikely event that it is necessary to request that the University Committee approve an extension of the tenure clock for a new hire, the department should provide the following items as a single PDF directly to the secretary of the faculty (please use the form below).
Current Probationary Faculty (includes faculty members under contract, even if actual appointment has not begun). Faculty may request an extension of the tenure clock as a result of childbirth or adoption (FPP 7.04.H.1.). These requests should be directed to the provost (email@example.com) and are not reviewed by the University Committee.
Requests based on disability or chronic illness, elder or dependent care, circumstances beyond the control of the faculty member (FPP 7.04.H.2.), or significant and substantial change in duties (FPP 7.04.H.3.) are reviewed by the University Committee and forwarded to the provost. FPP 7.04.H.2. allows for more than one request for reasons of elder or dependent care obligations, disability or chronic illness, or circumstances beyond the control of the faculty member when those circumstances significantly impede the faculty member’s progress toward achieving tenure. However,
the total, aggregate length of time for all requests granted to a probationary faculty member under 7.04.H.2 ordinarily shall be no more than one year.
This provides flexibility for departments/schools/divisions and the University Committee to review multiple requests from an individual on a case by case basis.
Confidentiality of medical information. If a request for tenure clock extension is made for reasons of disability or illness, the chair/dean/director may contact the relevant Divisional Disability Representative (DDR) to request medical information to support the request. (Each school, college, and division has designated a DDR who is responsible for gathering any medical or confidential information required.) The chair/director/dean will work directly with the DDR who will make any requests for medical information. A faculty member may be required to provide the DDR with verification of a disability or medical condition from a treating specialist. The DDR will work with the chair/director/dean and the faculty member to make an individualized assessment of the precise work-related limitations resulting from the disability or illness, the nature of the problem that is generating the request, and the condition’s impact on progress toward tenure. The DDR will communicate with—and make a recommendation to—the department chair/dean/director regarding the request. The chair/director/dean then will consult with the executive committee to decide on the tenure clock extension. The DDR will share with the chair/director/dean and executive committee only what is essential for them to know to make a final determination on the tenure clock extension. The executive committee will be reminded that all confidential information should not be discussed or commented on outside of closed session. No information or question regarding the disability, medical condition, or medical information, however slight, should be mentioned/posed to any other party or to the person requesting the leave except through the DDR. The DDR will file all medical and confidential information in the confidential medical files, separate and outside of the departmental or divisional personnel file.
NOTE: When chairs are preparing the cases and dossiers of assistant professors for tenure and promotion, chairs should note any extensions of the probationary period in the chair’s letter; however, to maintain confidentiality, chairs should not cite the reasons for the extensions, regardless of the reason.
[For additional information on disability accommodation, please see UW Faculty Document 1159b]
All requests for tenure clock extensions should document that the situation significantly will or has impeded the faculty member’s progress toward achieving tenure. The following material should be sent as a single PDF to the secretary of the faculty (please use the form below). for transmittal to the University Committee and eventual referral to the provost.
B. Leave of absence or temporary assignment (probationary and tenured faculty).
Probationary Faculty. All requests for leaves of absence that substantially interrupt the ability of a probationary faculty member to establish, within the normal probationary period, a record that would warrant the granting of tenure require the approval of the University Committee (FPP 7.20.) and, by nature, are understood to include a tenure-clock extension (i.e., stop the tenure clock).
If a request for leave of absence is made for reasons of disability or illness, the same procedure outlined in “Confidentiality of medical information” above should be followed.
The following material should be sent as a single PDF to the secretary of the faculty (please use the form below) for transmittal to the University Committee and eventual referral to the provost.
Tenured Faculty. For tenured faculty members, leaves of absence that exceed one year or the equivalent of three semesters in three years require the approval of the University Committee.
If the request for leave of absence is for reason of disability or illness, the procedure outlined above in “Confidentiality of medical information” should be followed.
The following material should be sent as a single PDF to the secretary of the faculty (please use the form below) for transmittal to the University Committee and eventual referral to the provost.
The University Committee requests clear documentation that the appointment to the academic staff is temporary in nature (e.g., to cover teaching in critical courses until a new faculty member can be hired) or different in nature from a faculty position (e.g., appointment to a purely administrative position that is not normally filled by a faculty member). Former probationary faculty hired into academic staff positions are subject to all university open recruitment rules and the academic staff position should not be substantially similar to or connected to the former assistant professor role. Such academic staff appointments might occur at the level of the department, the college, or within an institute or center and would be initiated, respectively, by a department chair, a dean, or a director.
The following documentation should be submitted as a single PDF directly to the secretary of the faculty (please use the form below) for transmission to the University Committee.
A dual role academic staff appointment is one in which an academic staff member holds a full-time appointment in one role and subsequently, is appointed to a second role. For example, an academic staff member holds a "Scientist” appointment. This appointment represents a “research” role. Later, it becomes apparent that the Scientist has unique qualifications to teach a course or courses. This appointment represents a “teaching” or instructional role. In this example the dual role is teaching and research. Such appointments require University Committee approval (FPP 1.02.B., 1.03.A., 8.02.). The University Committee welcomes requests for rule waivers for academic staff members to take on a second area of responsibility, particularly in the case of those who have the ability to serve a unit’s teaching mission. If units can show a demonstrated need, and can ensure that in waiving the rule they are able to maintain a clear distinction between faculty and academic staff responsibilities, the University Committee will consider waivers for a period of up to three years, and will consider requests for the renewal of rule waivers in the case of academic staff who take on dual roles. The rationale for this process is spelled out in a memo from the University Committee to deans, directors, and chairs on May 13, 2014:
The university is at once experiencing shrinking faculty resources and other financial challenges at every level of the organization while, at the same time, experiencing demand for expanding its instructional efforts (including use of new delivery techniques) to both enhance the learning experiences of traditional students and to reach a broader spectrum of non-traditional students. These expanded activities will help us better serve students and connect practical state-of-the-art technology to classroom instruction. Expanded instructional activities require increased numbers and experiences of instructors. Among the talented academic staff already on the campus, there are certainly some excellent teachers who may be able to provide departments and units great strength in teaching.
Faculty Policies and Procedures (FPP) are clear that tenure-track and tenured faculty roles are teaching, research, and service (outreach). Further, as defined in FPP academic staff appointments are grounded in only one of the three faculty roles: research or teaching or service. As a result, a waiver is needed to grant an academic staff member, whose principal role is in one area, a dual role, so that they can undertake responsibilities in another area. If the UC agrees that a strong case has been made that an academic staff member agrees to contribute to the department’s mission in a second area, and that there is a demonstrable need for it, the UC typically grants a one-time waiver.
The University Committee wishes to ensure that the distinction between faculty – whose responsibilities include instruction, research, outreach, and administration – and academic staff –whose responsibilities typically are limited to one of those areas – remains clear. At the same time, it wishes to provide departments and units the ability to make the best use of the talented members of their academic staff, particularly in their teaching mission, should there be a demonstrated need.
To request a dual role rule waiver, submit the following as a single PDF to the secretary of the faculty (please use the form below) for transmission to the University Committee. (Departments in the College of Letters & Science should direct these requests to Cheryl Adams Kadera (firstname.lastname@example.org) for review/approval prior to submission to the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty.)
[Revised July 2016]
Recent Senate Resolutions
Resolution to Support UW-Madison Undocumented Students
Approved by the Faculty Senate, Dec. 5, 2016
Values Statement on Shared Governance
Approved by the Faculty Senate, May 17, 2016
Resolution on Actions by UW System and Board of Regents
Approved by the Faculty Senate, May 2, 2016
Resolution on Cultural Competency
Approved by the Faculty Senate, May 2, 2016
Resolution Regarding the UW-Madison Sexual Assault Climate Survey Task Force Report and Recommendations
Approved by the Faculty Senate, Feb. 2, 2016
Resolution Regarding Legislative Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research
Approved by the Faculty Senate, Nov. 2, 2015
Resolution on Concealed Carry
Approved by the Faculty Senate, Nov. 2, 2015