CALS Committees

CALS Committees are an important part of shared governance at UW-Madison. Shared governance is a unique aspect of campus life that gives academic staff, university staff, faculty and students the opportunity to take part in making significant decisions concerning the operation of the university.

If you would like to be considered for current and future committee openings in the college, please complete the committee interest survey. Indicating your interest is not in any way binding. As seats open up on your committees of interest, a member of the Dean’s Office may contact you to further explore your potential participation.

For consideration in 2018-19, please complete the survey by March 1, 2018.

+Academic Planning Council

CALS Academic Planning Council website

Guidelines for submitting materials to APC

Jeri Barak-Cunningham, Faculty (2020)
William Barker, Ex Officio
Nikki Bollig, Ex Officio
Katherine Curtis, Faculty (2018)
Guy Groblewski, Faculty (2020)
Sundaram Gunasekaran, Ex Officio
Carol Hillmer, Ex Officio
Hasan Khatib, Faculty (2020)
Paul Mitchell, Faculty, (2019)
Michael Peters, Ex Officio
Sarah Pfatteicher, Ex Officio
Douglas Reinemann, Ex Officio
Jon Roll, Academic Staff (2018)
Douglas Sabatke, Ex Officio
Dietram Scheufele, Faculty (2019)
Angela Seitler, Ex Officio
John Shutske, Faculty (2019)
Douglas Soldat, Faculty (2019)
Richard Straub, Ex Officio
Alan Turnquist, Academic Staff (2020)
Timothy Van Deelan, Faculty (2018)
Kathryn VandenBosch, Ex Officio, Chair
Karen Wassarman, Faculty (2019)
Marv Wickens, Faculty (2018)
Heidi Zoerb, Ex Officio

Charge and Function
The Academic Planning Council is established in accordance with Section 3.08 of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Policies and Procedures. The council advises the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences on:

  1. Developing strategic and long-range plans.
  2. College program reviews and future development or contraction of academic programs.
  3. Factors relevant to the capacity of the college to fulfill its mission.
  4. Budgetary planning and resource allocation.
  5. Policies related to responsibilities of the departments, centers, institutes and the college for instruction, research, and public service.
  6. Diversity initiatives to ensure excellence in education, research and outreach.

Rules Governing Procedures

    1. Agendas of APC meetings will be posted at least five days prior to the meetings.
    2. Any council member may add items to the agenda before five days prior to the meeting.
    3. Items may be added to the agenda at the meeting under New Business, but no action may be taken on items not on the previously noticed agenda.
    4. Minutes of the APC meetings are available on the APC website.
    5. Faculty and staff will be emailed once a year that agendas and minutes are available on the APC website.
    6. Notice of all CALS committee membership is distributed to faculty at the beginning of the academic year.
    7. In accordance with FPP 3.08.B.2.b, the elected members of the CALS APC shall review the structure and functions of the APC, every five years. The last review was submitted in spring of 2013.

Membership
The committee will have 14 members elected from the following areas/divisions:

Division 1: 2 members representing Animal Science, Biological Systems Engineering, Food Science, and Dairy Science
Division 2: 2 members representing Entomology, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and Soil Science
Division 3: 2 members representing Agricultural and Applied Economics, Community and Environmental Sociology, Landscape Architecture, Life Sciences Communication, and Urban and Regional Planning
Division 4: 2 members representing Agronomy, Plant Pathology, and Horticulture
Division 5: 3 members representing Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Nutritional Science
Extension: One faculty in CALS with an Extension appointment
Academic Staff: Two academic staff members in CALS with a 50% appointment or more

    • The Dean or his/her designee.
    • The Dean or his/her designee will serve as chair of the committee.
    • Committee members terms will be for three years.
    • A quorum is defined as any 8 members.
    • Election of committee members:
      • A call for nominations will be made. Nominations can be made by any faculty member within a represented area/division. Nominees must be voting faculty members within the same represented faculty area/division. Nominations for academic staff may be made by any member of the academic staff.
      • Election of the representatives to the APC will be held. All faculty in CALS are eligible to vote for one candidate in each faculty area/division represented on the ballot. All academic staff in the college may vote for the academic staff representatives.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Sarah Pfatteicher.

+Agricultural Research Station Committee

Agricultural Research Stations website

William Barker, Ex Officio
Scott Chapman, Academic Staff (2020)
David Combs, Faculty (2018)
Julie Dawson, Faculty (2019)
Philip Dunigan, Ex Officio
Nancy Esser, Academic Staff (2020)
Amanda Gevens, Faculty, Chair (2020)
Carrie Laboski, Faculty (2018)
Brian Luck, Faculty (2019)
John Parrish, Faculty (2018)
Michael Peters, Ex Officio
Douglas Sabatke, Ex Officio
David Stoltenberg, Faculty (2019)
Richard Straub, Ex Officio
Philip Townsend, Faculty (2020)

Charge and Function
The Agricultural Research Stations Committee advises the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences on:

  • Provision of facilities and support for the faculty-led research programs of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Education, Outreach and Extension activities that follow
  • Support of faculty and staff-led, individual and interdisciplinary research activities that develops new knowledge addressing specific problems of importance to Wisconsin’s agriculture and environment, focusing on food and food systems, bioenergy and bioproducts, healthy ecosystems, changing climates, health and wellness, and economic and community development.
  • Acting as regional ambassadors to promote public engagement through instruction, outreach and science literacy to the local and regional community.

Meetings

  • Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the Chair, and occur typically twice per semester.
  • Select members of the Dean’s administrative team are regarded as Ex-Officio members of the Committee.
  • Minutes of the meetings will be made available to all faculty and staff.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Research Bill Barker.

+Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors website (password needed)

Rachel Adler, (2019)
Mauricio Avila, (2019)
Dave Daniels, (2018)
Terry Droessler, (2019)
Jennifer Gregor, (2019)
Dan Groh, (2020)
Louise Hemstead, Chair Elect (2022)
Tom Janczewski, WALSAA representative (2018)
Tom Klevay, (2019)
Paul Ludden, (2018)
Shelly Mayer, (2018)
Karen Metzler, (2018)
Matthew Mikolajewski, (2018)
Karl Newman, (2018)
Robert Reiter, Chair (2020)
Jeff Renk, (2019)
David Ryder, Past Chair (2018)
Chris Salm, (2020)
Craige Scott, (2020)
Tom Skatrud, (2018)
Bill Staudenmaier, (2020)
Marjeta Urh, (2019)
Rebecca Verhulst, (2018)

Function/Charge:

The Board of Visitors for the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) serves as an outside advisory group to the dean of the college. Members will have attained prominence in agriculture, life sciences, natural resources or social sciences and are chosen because of their value in fulfilling the Board of Visitors objectives.

The board has the following main objectives:

  1. To provide a sound external perspective and important link between the agriculture, life sciences, natural resources and social sciences communities and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
  2. To participate actively in CALS on-going development efforts by:
    • Contributing to CALS
    • Assisting in fund-raising efforts
    • Familiarizing yourself with UW and CALS gift programs
    • Considering CALS in your estate plans
  3. To provide an advocacy network for the college.
  4. To select recipients of the CALS Distinguished Alumni Award.

The board functions at the pleasure of the dean.

Membership:

Total board membership is between 15-25 individuals. Membership on the board shall be for a term of 3 years, renewable for an additional term (total 6 years). Invitations for renewal are at the discretion of the dean. There are two exceptions to the term rule:

  1. One member of the board will be a special representative appointed by the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA). The WALSAA representative will serve a two year term and must hold a position on the WALSAA Board of Directors throughout the term.
  2. Service on the Executive Committee for the CALS Board may extend beyond two three-year terms.

New members of the board will be appointed annually by the dean upon recommendations of the Executive Committee. The new members will be formally announced at the spring meeting.

In the selection of candidates for the board, the following criteria will be considered. The candidate will:

  1. Be well known in his or her field of work,
  2. Have demonstrated a commitment to the college,
  3. Have exhibited leadership in areas that relate to the work of the college,
  4. Add some area of expertise to the board, and
  5. Have the ability to influence others on behalf of the college.

Members of the board will become emeritus board members at the conclusion of their terms and will be formally recognized for their service at the fall meeting.

The officers of the board shall consist of the chair, the chair-elect, and the immediate past chair and shall serve as the executive committee of the board. Candidates for the position of chair and chair-elect are selected by the dean. The chair and chair-elect serve two-year terms and are to be chosen from members of the board who have been present for at least two meetings of the board.

Membership on the Board of Visitors is recognition of personal and professional achievement. The college acknowledges the need for active participation of board members in all the board’s stated goals. Appointment should be considered among the highest distinctions given by the college.

Meetings:

Meetings will be scheduled at least twice yearly. Detailed agenda and supporting materials will be provided for each meeting.

Responsibility for Expenses

Board members are responsible for travel costs and overnight accommodations.  For those needing overnight accommodations, we arrange for a block of rooms at local hotels.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for External Relations and Advancement Heidi Zoerb.

+CALS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

CALS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee website

Charge and Function
The Animal Care Committee serves as one of five institutional animal care committees on the campus. It represents the college and assures its compliance with the PHS policy for humane care and use of laboratory animals. The committee advises the dean on procedures and policies regarding the use and care of animals to support the research, teaching, and outreach functions of the college. The committee should communicate with the Dean’s Office via the Director of Animal Programs. The CALS Animal Care Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Review at least once every six months the committee’s portion of the institutional program for humane care and use of animals, using the Guide or Ag Guide as a basis for evaluation.
  • Inspect at least once every six months all animal facilities in the college, including satellite facilities, using the Guide &/or Ag Guide as appropriate, as a basis for evaluation.
  • Review issues involving the care and use of animals in the college.
  • Make written recommendations to the Dean of the College and to the Institutional Official regarding any aspect of the animal program, facilities, or personnel training.
  • Review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or withhold approval of new or proposed significant changes to protocols regarding the use of animals in research, teaching and outreach activities as set forth in the PHS Policy.
  • Notify investigators in writing of its decision to approve or withhold approval of those sections of applications or proposals related to the care and use of animals, or of modifications required to secure committee approval as set forth in the PHS Policy.
  • Be authorized to suspend an activity involving animals as set forth in the PHS Policy.

The CALS Animal Care Committee will utilize the following procedures:

  • This committee must meet monthly. The RARC will maintain minutes of meetings including attendance.
  • Animal facilities must be inspected at least once every six months by at least two voting committee members. For colleges or schools with more than one facility, the committee member conducting the site visit shall not be associated with the facility visited.
  • The facility evaluation reports will be addressed to the Institutional Official but delivered to the RARC office for compilation and transmittal.
  • Recommendations formulated by a committee regarding changes in the animal care and use program or other animal use issues will be directed to the Institutional Official, who will make recommendations to the chancellor.
  • A single Animal Use Protocol Review form has been established for utilization by all committees at UW-Madison. RARC is responsible for receiving review forms, record keeping and distribution to the appropriate committee for review, and notifying investigators of approval or other decision. All new protocols go to Full Committee Review, exceptions are granted by chair for extenuating circumstances. Protocol renewals and or amendments can go to committee vote for Designated Review; any individual committee member may request full committee review during the review process. Refer to All-Campus Policy, 2002-020 at RARC web site for more detail.
  • The following circumstances or actions taken as listed in the PHS Policy will be reported in writing to the Institutional Official. Any serious noncompliance with the PHS Policy, any serious deviations from the provisions of the Guide, any suspension of an activity.

Membership
In general, ten members including at least three academic staff members will be recommended for appointment by the Director of Animal Programs to staggered three-year terms. The Chancellor maintains responsibility and authority for IACUC appointments for campus. At least one member of the committee must be represented by a citizen at large, and a second member represented by a non-scientist. The chair should be appointed annually by the Associate Dean for Research—usually from the senior members of the committee.

Meetings
The committee shall meet on a monthly basis and more frequently as required.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Research Bill Barker.

+Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI)

Committee on Academic Staff Issues website

Scott Anderson, Academic Staff (2018)
Adam Borger, Academic Staff (2019)
Beth Button, Academic Staff (2019)
Paul Daniels, Academic Staff (2019)
Patrick Flannery, Academic Staff (2018)
Benjamin Futa, Academic Staff, Co-Chair (2020)
Carol Hillmer, Ex Officio
Michelle Miller, Academic Staff (2020)
Jamie Nack, Academic Staff, Co-Chair (2019)
Astrid Newenhouse, Academic Staff (2018)
Janet Newlands, Academic Staff (2018)
Tamala Noll, Academic Staff (2020)
Joan Parrish, Academic Staff (2018)
Sara Rodock, Academic Staff (2020)
Jon Roll, Ex Officio
Richard Straub, Ex Officio
Alan Turnquist, Ex Officio

Purpose: The Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI) shall advise the dean on the formulation and review, and shall be represented in the development, of all policies and procedures concerning academic staff members of the college, including personnel matters.

    1. Responsibilities of the CASI include, but are not limited to:
        1. Formulating and reviewing college policies and procedures concerning academic staff members
        2. Representing academic staff members in the development of all college policies and procedures concerning academic staff members
        3. Providing advice to the dean on college program decisions likely to affect promotional opportunities or lead non-renewal or layoff of academic staff members
        4. Developing opportunities for participation of academic staff members in department and unit governance.
        5. Developing opportunities for recognition of academic staff member contributions to the excellence of the college.
        6. Reviewing campus policies and procedures and recommending implementation and monitoring strategies for the college administration.
        7. Communicating the CALS CASI activities to the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff and other appropriate entities.
    2. Membership
        1. Size
          1. The CALS CASI shall consist of 13 voting members. Ten shall be elected by the academic staff of the college to represent particular groups (wards) of academic staff. When a ward race has only one candidate, the election process can be waived and the candidate named a member of the committee, if there is unanimous support for the candidate among existing CASI committee members. The remaining three members shall be appointed at-large by the Dean of the College. The Dean’s appointments shall ensure a broadly representative committee. All members shall be academic staff holding an appointment within the college.
          2. Ex officio members of the committee shall include the Dean or Senior Associate Dean; the Associate Dean of Human Resources; and one or both of the academic staff members on the college’s Academic Planning Council.
        2. Terms of Office
          1. Membership terms shall be 3 years for each elected and appointed position, with the exception of initial terms, which shall be staggered.
          2. No member, elected or appointed, may serve more than 1 consecutive term of 3 years. However, after rotating off the committee for at least one year, an individual may be re-elected or appointed for additional terms. An individual joining the committee by a term of less than 3 years may seek re-election.
          3. Terms begin on July 1 and end on June 30.
          4. Mid-term vacancies will be filled by action of the CASI. Appointees shall serve out the remaining term of the vacancy.
        3. Election Processes
          1. The process of selection shall foster representation of all academic staff within the college. Elected seats shall be apportioned among voting wards based on functional areas of academic staff and related to ASA districts.
          2. Timing. Elections shall be held annually in the spring semester for 1/3 of the elected positions. One third of the Dean’s appointees shall be made each year.
          3. Slate. The Nominations subcommittee will solicit candidates from each ward and administer the nomination process. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others. Individuals being nominated by someone else must accept the nomination.
          4. Elections. Balloting will be done in a confidential manner. Only individuals from each ward may vote for that ward’s representative; no crossover voting is allowed.
          5. Wards are designed to ensure representation of staff with different functions and from a spectrum of academic areas within CALS. Since wards are based upon Academic Staff Assembly (ASA) districts, as those districts are altered; the ward structure of the CALS CASI will need to be updated. The Dean or the Dean’s designee shall maintain the Representation Chart. As districts change, the chart will be updated.
            • The accompanying Representation Chart shows ward composition in detail, but wards can be summarized as follows:
              • Ward I – category B Scientist titles (1 representative)
              • Ward II – category B instructional staff (1 representative)
              • Ward III – category B Researcher titles (1 representative)
              • Ward IV – category A professional/ mgr. titles in basic sciences (3 representatives)
              • Ward V – category A professional/ mgr. titles in applied sciences (2 representatives)
              • Ward VI – category A professional/ mgr. titles in outreach, social sciences, academic services, and college administration (2 representatives)
              • Ward VII – at-large; appointed by Dean (3 representatives)
            • Chair: The Dean or Dean’s designee shall chair the Committee. A Co-Chair and Co-Chair Elect shall be elected annually from the CASI membership at the first meeting of the year.
    3. Procedures
        1. Meetings
          1. One per month during academic year
          2. The Dean or designee shall schedule a meeting of the CASI within a reasonable time if requested to do so by at least one-third of committee members.
        2. Agendas – The preparation of the meeting agenda will be the responsibility of the Chair or the designee, in consultation with the vice chair. Members of CASI may submit items for the agenda anytime prior to 48 hours before the scheduled meeting.
        3. Minutes – Minutes will be prepared for each meeting of the whole. Minutes are not required for meetings of the sub-committees. The responsibility for keeping the minutes will be decided at the first meeting of each academic year.
        4. Quorum, Voting – A quorum is considered to be a simple majority of the voting members (7). A vote may not be taken without a quorum present.
        5. Annual reports – The annual report will be the responsibility of the communications subcommittee. It will be compiled over the summer and available on the web page for viewing by interested parties.
        6. Records of the committee – The committee’s record will reside with the Office of the Dean.
    4. Subcommittees
        1. Standing subcommittees – The following subcommittees are established in accordance with these by-laws of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Committee on Academic Staff Issues. The membership and appointments to these committees rests with the Nomination Subcommittee, with the approval of the CASI. The subcommittees shall be chaired by a member of the CASI but other members may be academic staff who are not part of the current CASI.
          1. Awards/ Prof. Development – In general, this standing subcommittee will be responsible for the professional development and awards programs.
          2. Communications – In general, this standing subcommittee will be responsible for establishing and monitoring the efforts to maintain communication with CALS academic staff. This would include, but is not limited to, managing our web site and overseeing the updates of districting of the CASI. This subcommittee will also be responsible for the CASI Annual Report.
          3. Personnel Procedures, Compensation & Governance – In general, this subcommittee is responsible for monitoring the compensation and personnel policies and procedures of the College, for providing recommendations for changes and improvements of these policies and procedures, and for providing information on the policies and procedures and opportunities for participation of academic staff in college and departmental governance to academic staff in the College.
          4. Nominations/Mentoring – In general, this subcommittee is responsible for ensuring that academic staff positions for membership in the CASI, membership on CASI subcommittees and appointments to other standing committees within CALS have qualified nominees. Developing and managing a mentoring program for new academic staff in the college is included within the scope of this subcommittee.
        2. Ad hoc – The CASI will employ subcommittees to address specific issues of interest to the academic staff of the college.
    5. Bylaws Revisions – Any revision or amendment to the by-laws will require a two-thirds majority of the voting members (9).

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Human Resources Carol Hillmer.

+Council on Teaching and Learning

NOTE: The Council on Teaching and Learning is on hiatus during the 2017-18 year.

Charge and Function

  1. To provide leadership, advice, and recommendations on teaching and learning that foster a collegial and collaborative education environment.
  2. To develop and execute teaching and learning opportunities for CALS faculty, staff and postdoctoral and graduate students.
  3. To review value, availability and use of instructional technologies for course delivery in classrooms and distance learning.
  4. To identify, showcase and recognize teaching excellence.
  5. To coordinate council activities with other teaching and learning entities on campus.
  6. To evaluate instructional facilities and resources to strengthen CALS teaching and learning infrastructure.
  7. To identify and promote programs and services to enhance student advising.

Membership

  1. The chair shall be appointed annually by the dean.
  2. The committee members shall be nominated annually and appointed by the dean to staggered three-year terms. Committee members may be reappointed for one additional three-year term. In general, the membership will be:
    1. Four faculty members
    2. Two academic staff
  3. Two student members; one undergraduate to be designated by the CALS Student Council, and one graduate student appointed by the dean with demonstrated interest in teaching and learning
  4. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her designee, ex officio

Meetings

  1. Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair.
  2. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his/her representative will meet regularly with the committee, or as necessary, for conduct of the committee.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Sarah Pfatteicher.

+Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee website

Nicholas Balster, Faculty (2019)
Jeri Barak-Cunningham, Faculty, Chair (2018)
Nikki Bollig, Ex Officio
William Engels, Faculty (2019)
Brian Gould, Faculty (2018)
Timothy Paustian, Academic Staff (2018)
Shiela Reaves, Faculty (2019)
Monica Theis, Academic Staff (2020)

Charge and Function

  1. To provide leadership for systematic assessment of academic programs.
  2. To examine curricular needs and make recommendations on broad issues of curricular change and the educational opportunities available to students in CALS.
  3. To review and recommend ways to improve out-of-classroom learning experiences such as internships, undergraduate research experiences, service learning and volunteering.
  4. To act upon new courses, course prerequisites, and proposed new or revised curriculum.
  5. To monitor student learning in implementation of the curriculum.
  6. To review curricular policies, procedures and academic rules.
  7. To interact with other special committees dealing with certificate and degree programs which need curricular oversight.
  8. To maintain appropriate contact with the Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee and the Academic Planning Council.

Membership

  1. The chair shall be appointed annually by the dean from among the faculty or staff members of the committee.
  2. The committee members shall be appointed by the dean to staggered three-year terms. Committee members may be reappointed for one additional three-year term. In general, the membership should represent the breadth of disciplines in the college and will include:
    1. At least five faculty members
    2. Two members of the instructional academic staff
    3. Two student members to be named by the CALS Student Association
    4. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs or his/her designee, ex officio and non-voting
  3. For the purposes of this committee, quorum shall be defined as a majority of the voting faculty and academic staff committee members, i.e. four (4) members.

Meetings

  1. Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair.
  2. The dean or his/her representative will meet regularly with the committee, or as necessary, for conduct of the committee.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Sarah Pfatteicher.

+Department Chairs

Department Chairs website (password needed)

William Barker, Ex Officio
Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication (2018)
Thomas Crenshaw, Animal Sciences (2018)
John Doebley, Genetics (2018)
David Eide, Nutritional Sciences (2018)
Jeremy Foltz, Agricultural & Applied Economics (2018)
Brian Fox, Biochemistry (2018)
Irwin Goldman, Horticulture (2018)
Gary Green, Community & Environmental Sociology (2018)
Sundaram Gunasekaran, Ex Officio
Alfred Hartemink, Soil Science (2018)
Carol Hillmer, Ex Officio
Charles Kaspar, Bacteriology (2018)
Patricia McManus, Plant Pathology (2018)
Susan Paskewitz, Entomology (2018)
Michael Peters, Ex Officio
Sarah Pfatteicher, Ex Officio
Scott Rankin, Food Science (2018)
Douglas Reinemann, Ex Officio
Mark Rickenbach, Forest & Wildlife Ecology (2018)
Troy Runge, Biological Systems Engineering (2018)
Douglas Sabatke, Ex Officio
Angela Seitler, Ex Officio
Richard Straub, Ex Officio
William Tracy, Agronomy (2018)
Kathryn VandenBosch, Ex Officio, Chair
Kent Weigel, Dairy Science

Charge and Function
In addition to their responsibilities for their units, the department chairs and center/institute directors provide the dean counsel and unit administrative leadership on:

  1. Strategic and long-range plans.
  2. College program reviews and future development or contraction of academic programs.
  3. Budgetary planning and resource allocation.
  4. Policies related to responsibilities of the departments, centers, institutes, and the college of instruction, research, and public service.
  5. Personnel recruitment, training, management, and affirmative action.

Two subcommittees will be established from the department chairs to:

  1. Select the honorary recognition award recipients.
  2. Create and maintain the department chairs handbook.

Membership

  1. The committee is comprised of all department chairs. Center and institute directors are invited when appropriate.
  2. The dean or his/her designee will serve as chair of the committee.

Meetings

  1. Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair.
  2. The dean’s administrative team will meet regularly with the committee.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Senior Associate Dean Dick Straub.

+Equity and Diversity Committee

Equity and Diversity Committee website

Erika Anna, Academic Staff (2020)
Thomas Browne, Ex Officio, Co-Chair
Jane Collins, Faculty (2018)
Julie Garvin, University Staff (2020)
Natalia de Leon Gatti, Faculty, Co-Chair (2019)
Laura Hernandez, Faculty (2019)
Carol Hillmer, Ex Officio
Rebecca Larson, Faculty (2020)
Bret Payseur, Faculty (2019)
Douglas Rouse, Faculty (2018)
Richard Straub Ex Officio
Abbey Thompson, Academic Staff (2018)
Anita Thompson, Faculty (2017)

Charge and Function
The Equity and Diversity Committee advises the dean on issues of equity and diversity affecting the college. The committee shall perform reviews of specific complaints of inequity in the college and report to the dean. Examples of issues include:

  • recommendations regarding a grievance procedure for students, academic staff, and faculty;
  • procedures in hiring searches to ensure greater diversity among the college’s faculty and staff;
  • recruitment and retention of minority students;
  • minority student programs;
  • retention programs for at-risk students;
  • other issues as deemed appropriate by the committee.

Membership
Appointments made by the dean on an annual basis. Members may be reappointed to the committee. In general, the membership will be constituted by:

  • Six faculty.
  • Two academic staff.
  • One university staff (non-represented).
  • Two undergraduate students to be appointed by the CALS Student Council.
  • One graduate student.
  • Four ex officio, a member of the CALS Human Resource Office, the Associate Dean for Administration, the vice dean and an assistant dean of Undergraduate Programs and Services.

Meetings
Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair, or at the request of the dean.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Senior Associate Dean Dick Straub.

+Facilities Planning Committee

Samer Alatout, Faculty (2020)
Kenneth Albrecht, Faculty (2019)
Daniel Heider, Academic Staff (2019)
Hasan Khatib, Faculty (2020)
Christopher Kucharik, Faculty (2020)
Katherine McMahon, Faculty (2018)
Beth Olson, Faculty (2018)
Joel Pedersen, Faculty, Chair (2018)
Troy Runge, Faculty (2019)
Ronald Russell, Academic Staff (2018)
Douglas Sabatke, Ex Officio
Erin Silva, Faculty (2019)
Richard Straub, Ex Officio

Charge and Function
The Facilities Planning Committee advises the dean concerning matters affecting the physical facilities of the college, including:

  1. Long range development planning.
  2. Biennial capital budget development.
  3. Building and major remodeling priorities.
  4. Building site selection and other land use issues.
  5. When called upon, the committee will review and advise the dean on issues regarding space allocations among departmental and other units in CALS.
  6. Other matters that may be referred to the committee by the dean.

Membership
Nine faculty members appointed by the dean to staggered three-year terms. The membership shall generally reflect the disciplinary diversity of the college and no more than two may hold primary appointments in the same academic department. A faculty member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

  1. Two academic staff members appointed by the dean to three-year terms. An academic staff member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
  2. Two student members appointed by the dean to annual terms.
  3. The senior associate dean and the assistant dean for facilities, planning, healthy and safety shall be ex officio members of the committee.
  4. The chair is appointed annually by the dean from among the faculty members of the committee. The chair may designate an associate chair from among the members of the committee.
  5. The chair should meet with the Academic Planning Council annually, to discuss CALS remodeling and facility projects.

Meetings
Meetings are scheduled as necessary by the chair.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Senior Associate Dean Dick Straub.

+Farm and Industry Short Course Program Committee

Phil Barak, Faculty (2020)
Bruce Jones, Faculty (2019)
Eileen Nelson, Academic Staff (2018)
Jeffrey Nelson, Academic Staff (2020)
Daniel Schaefer, Faculty (2018)
Cindy Fendrick, Ex Officio

Charge and Function
This body’s role is to advise the director in making decisions regarding the program and will function and be appointed at the pleasure of the associate dean for Academic Affairs.The council will advise the director of FISC on:

  1. Developing strategic and long-range plans.
  2. Factors including policies and procedures relevant to the capacity of FISC to fulfill its mission.
  3. Budgetary planning and resource allocation.
  4. Program reviews and future development or contraction of academic areas.
    1. Teaching and learning that foster a collegial and collaborative educational environment.
    2. Use of instructional technologies for course delivery in classrooms and distance learning.
  5. Identifying, showcasing and recognizing teaching excellence through the J. S. Donald Short Course Teaching Award.
  6. Programs and services to enhance student advising.
  7. Residence life programs that meet the needs of FISC students.

Membership:
The FISC Program Committee shall consist of five members, three faculty members who have teaching experience in the program as well as one academic staff member and one ad hoc instructor, who have current teaching appointments in FISC. The associate or senior assistant dean for CALS Academic Affairs and the FISC director and assistant director shall serve as non-voting ex officio members of the committee. The chair will be selected by a vote of the committee. Committee representation should come from the animal sciences, plant sciences, and other related agricultural disciplines involved in FISC. Members will serve staggered three-year terms.

Meetings:

  1. Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the Chair.
  2. The Dean or his/her representative will meet regularly with the committee, or as necessary, for conduct of the Committee.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Sarah Pfatteicher.

+International Programs Committee

William Barker, Ex Officio
Claudia Calderon, Academic Staff (2019)
Thierno Diallo, Academic Staff (2019)
John Ferrick, Ex Officio
Jeremy Foltz, Faculty (2019)
Christelle Guedot, Faculty (2019)
Sundaram Gunasekaran, Ex Officio
Alfred Hartemink, Faculty (2019)
Susan Huber Miller, Ex Officio
Shinya Ikeda, Faculty (2019)
Kelly Knapp, Ex Officio
Rebecca Larson, Faculty (2019)
Jiwan Palta, Faculty, Chair (2019)
Xuejun Pan, Faculty (2019)
Sarah Pfatteicher, Ex Officio
Jess Reed, Faculty (2019)
Jon Roll, Academic Staff (2019)
Garret Suen, Faculty (2019)

Charge and Function
The CALS International Programs Committee serves as an advisory committee to the CALS International Programs Office. The primary purpose of the committee is to support efforts to revitalize, strengthen, and broaden international research, outreach, and development in collaboration with the CALS Office of Academic Affairs and Study Abroad as it pertains to international opportunities for undergraduates.

  1. To help identify, recommend, and promote new international research, outreach, and development activities and assist in overseeing the implementation of these recommendations.
  2. To advise the CALS International Programs office in its efforts to support international programs in line with the recommendations related to research, outreach, and development outlined in the 2015 CALS International Programs Assessment Committee’s report.
  3. To liaise with committee members’ academic units and across the college and campus in their discipline and allied areas.
  4. To champion CALS international activities with the faculty, staff, and graduate students in the college and across campus and with collaborators in Wisconsin, the U.S., and abroad.
  5. To work with the director of CALS International Programs in apprising CALS administration on the activities and progress of international programs in keeping with its mission and vision.
  6. To collaborate with the CALS Office of Academic Affairs and Study Abroad as it pertains to international opportunities for undergraduates.

Membership

  1. The chair shall be appointed by the dean.
  2. The committee members shall generally be appointed by the dean. The membership will constitute:
    1. 12 faculty/staff representatives, including at least one academic/university staff member and
    2. The CALS International Programs Director, Associate Director and Program Assistant, and the Director of International Education and Study Abroad as non-voting ex officio members.
  3. Committee members serve staggered three-year terms, with the potential of renewal for up to one additional consecutive term.

Meetings
Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair. Meetings are expected to be held monthly during the academic year, with a minimum of two meetings a semester.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Research Bill Barker.

+Research Advisory Committee

William Barker, Ex Officio
Shawn Conley, Faculty (2018)
Richard Eisenstein, Faculty (2018)
Russell Groves, Faculty (2020)
Laura Hernandez, Faculty (2020)
Casey Hillmer, Ex Officio
M. Zachariah Peery, Faculty (2018)
Anna Pidgeon, Faculty (2019)
Adena Rissman, Faculty (2020)
Bret Shaw, Faculty (2018)
Angela Seitler, Ex Officio
Douglas Soldat, Faculty (2020)
Garret Suen, Faculty, Chair (2019)

Charge and Function
The Research Advisory Committee will provide a mechanism for continuing faculty participation in management of the funding that supports CALS research program. The committee will enrich the management and planning activities of CALS Research Division and Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station by making recommendations to, and responding to recommendations from the Office of the Dean. The committee will receive the ad hoc peer reviews of research proposals submitted to CALS Research Division/Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station and make funding recommendations based on scientific merit and programmatic priorities. The committee will also advise on the design and implementation of new research initiatives. The committee will operate as a review panel in the management of the college’s competitive grants program for allocating research funds. The review panel function will require intense effort. The committee will provide mechanisms for continuing participation of faculty and others in setting the research agenda for the college. The committee will participate in the formulation and review of policies that will govern the program and administration of the Research Division/Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. The following are examples of the policy issues that the Research Advisory Committee will be called upon to address.

  • Advise on the existing review process for distribution of formula funds.
  • Assist in development of new multi-disciplinary/multi-principal investigator programs.
  • Advise on the balance of allocation of funding for single- and multi-principal investigator projects.
  • Advise on existing or future policies affecting involvement and funding of principal investigators with minor or no experiment station appointment and principal investigators with large extramurally funded programs.
  • Advise on the allocation of formula funds for support of research infrastructure.
  • Advise on the use of formula funds to support regional projects.
  • Analyze and advise on the implementation of recommendations from other committees.
  • Advise on policies dealing with the allocation of the 101-4 budget.
  • Advise on the development of programmatic units that can position the college to tap new sources of funds to support research and research infrastructure.
  • Advise on strategies to enhance the visibility, stature, and strength of the experiment station.
  • Advise on the annual Pound Research award recipient.
  • Select the annual Pound Extension award recipient.

Membership
The committee membership will be appointed by the Associate Dean for Research and will rotate by a mechanism and process to be determined in consultation with the dean. At present, there are eleven faculty members on the committee. The Associate Dean for Research and members of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station as designated by the Associate Dean for Research will serve as ex officio members.

Meetings
The committee will meet quarterly with the Associate Dean for Research and staff of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. The agenda for these meetings will be set by consultation.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Research Bill Barker.

+Scholarships and Loans Committee

Brian Asen, Academic Staff, Chair (2019)
Jim Berkelman, Academic Staff (2018)
Thomas Browne, Ex Officio
Kendra Gurnee, Academic Staff (2019)
Brent Hueth, Faculty (2019)
Heidi Kaeppler, Faculty (2017)
Paul Koch, Faculty (2017)
Karen Martin, Ex Officio
Marisa Otegui, Faculty (2017)
Sue Ryan, Ex Officio
Heather White, Faculty (2018)

Charge and Function
To provide advice, recommendations and leadership:

  1. On the development and administration of policies on student financial assistance, including scholarships and loans as tools for recruitment and retention of students.
  2. For development and implementation of financial assistance programs.
  3. On issues related to student recruitment and retention.
  4. On the issues related to diversity and inclusiveness in student recruitment.
  5. On programs and services that enhance cultural competence of students.
  6. On other issues related to student financial assistance.

Membership

  1. The chair shall be appointed annually by the dean from among the faculty or staff members of the committee.
  2. The committee members shall be appointed by the dean to staggered three-year terms. In general, the membership is:
    1. At least five faculty members
    2. At least two academic staff
    3. The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Services or designees as appropriate, ex officio

Meetings
Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Sarah Pfatteicher.

+Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee

Nikki Bollig, Ex Officio
Thomas Browne, Ex Officio, Vice Chair
Todd Courtenay, Academic Staff (2018)
Craig Johnston, Faculty (2020)
Irwin Goldman, Faculty (2020)
Walter Goodman, Faculty (2019)
John Klatt, Ex Officio
Robin Kurtz, Academic Staff (2019)
Katherine McMahon, Faculty (2019)
Sarah Pfatteicher, Ex Officio, Chair
James Steele, Faculty (2018)
Kent Weigel, Faculty (2020)

FISC SPAC Subcommittee
Thomas Browne, Ex Officio, Chair
Cindy Fendrick, Ex Officio
Eileen Nelson, Academic Staff (2018)
John Parrish, Faculty (2018)

Charge and Function

  1. To take appropriate academic actions based upon a student’s academic attainment, e.g., drop status, strict probation, or others.
  2. To conduct appeals of individual students encountering academic difficulty or making special requests for course substitutions, or other academic matters.
  3. To act upon graduation problem cases, as delegated by faculty action.
  4. To examine college and university academic policies and procedures and make recommendations for improvement.
  5. To maintain appropriate contact with and make recommendations for improvement to the Curriculum Committee.

Membership
The committee members shall be appointed by the dean to staggered three-year terms, renewable once. In general, the membership will be constituted by:

  1. At least six faculty members
  2. At least two academic staff
  3. Three assistant deans of Undergraduate Programs and Services, ex officio
  4. The Associate and/or Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Services (Chair)

Meetings
Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair. A subcommittee of the Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee will oversee issues arising in Farm and Industry courses. An individual appointed by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Services will chair this committee. The subcommittee will consist of four to six members appointed by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Services.

For questions or more information on this committee, contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Sarah Pfatteicher.