Academic Staff Council Minutes
November 14, 2001
Call to order at 3:00 p.m..
Approval of October minutes.
Members present: Marilyn Duerst, Emily Ronning, Larry Testa, Sue Walton, Steve
Luebke, Kathy Olsen, Ranee May, and Michael Stifter. Guests present: Leslie
Bleskachek, Tony Bredahl, Sandy Soares, and Mark Kinders.
Representatives Report (Tony Bredahl reporting):
- Distributed a sheet identifying four issues for UWRF Academic Staff that
was to be taken to the next reps meeting on 11/15/01 in Madison. The four
issues were Titling, Ideas on integrating non-tenure instructional staff into
departments, Campus position on awarding emeriti status to academic staff,
and UWRF pay plan distribution info.
- Merger with Faculty Senate: Kathy introduced Sandy who was invited to explain
her role in creating the new faculty/academic staff constitution. Clarification
that the term faculty has generally included academic staff, but for purposes
of clarity, it was delineated in the constitution. Sandy distributed a handout
that highlighted the substantive changes for the proposed constitution. An
additional change needed to occur in Article VI, p. 6 adding a C class. Clarification
that an Academic Staff person can be elected chair. Clarification that the
language of 55-45 (faculty to academic staff) may need to be added, but that
the proposed 17:1 ratio currently supersedes any other makeup of the new senate.
Addition to Article III, Section A should read “faculty and academic staff,”
as shall Article IV, Section C, 5b in lines 2 and 5. Kathy suggested a review
period of 3-5 years at which point Tony pointed out that Academic Staff can
choose their own form of governance meaning that at any point they can pull
out of the new senate. There was general optimism towards the proposal as
it was pointed out that trust and good will was intended. It was further
added that ratification here was the smaller of the two issues as the development
of the by-laws will be larger. Motion by May, Second by Duerst, unanimous
- Five Year and Out: amendment was approved in Madison with one slight change:
“Academic Staff” language replaced “. . . coaching.”
- Web Page information was circulated. Members are encouraged to review the
page. Stifter collected term information of all members to be added to the
Question asked as to whether salary letters went out yet. The
answer was no.
Bredahl mentioned that nominations were due soon for the System
Wide Academic Staff Award. Information was given to May. Ideas for nominations
should be given to her.
Adjournment at 4:12 p.m..
Next Meeting is Wednesday, 12/12 at 3 p.m. in the Kinnikinnic Room of the Student