Monday, May 4, 2009

Report to Alumni and Foundation Boards

Greetings from the Senate of Academic Staff! Our senate is nearing the end of another year. How time flies! Following are some of the items we have been working on since my last report:

  • Endorsed the draft revisions to mission, vision, and values statements of the university.
  • Continue to working on a recommendation to provide more contract security for primarily teaching academic staff who have been at Stout many years.
  • Approved revisions to our academic staff personnel committee bylaws.
  • Providing feedback on the framework for distributing budget cuts
  • Expressing dissatisfaction with the Governor’s proposed collective bargaining bill which would separate faculty from the academic staff and forbids us from joining the same bargaining units.

We are also getting ready for our senate elections. This is my third and final year serving as chair of our senate. It has been an honor to represent this senate and university in my role as chair. I also appreciate the important role you play in shaping the direction of the University and have very much enjoyed meeting many members of your board. Thank you for your support and I hope we can find a way in which we can work together in some capacity in the future.

Dennis Shaw, Chair
Senate of Academic Staff