CALS Committees

Academic Planning Council

CALS Academic Planning Council website

Guidelines for submitting materials to APC

David Eide, Faculty, Nutritional Sciences (2016)
Paul Fricke, Faculty, Dairy Science (2017)
Sundaram Gunasekaran, Faculty, Biological Systems Engineering (2016)
Jiming Jiang, Faculty, Horticulture (2018)
Joe Lauer, Faculty, Agronomy (2017)
Paul Mitchell, Extension Faculty, Agricultural and Applied Economics (2018)
Francisco Pelegri, Faculty, Genetics (2017)
Ken Raffa, Faculty, Entomology (2016)
Jon Roll, Academic Staff, Bacteriology (2018)
Janet Silbernagel, Faculty, Landscape Architecture (2018)
Leann Tigges, Faculty, Community and Environmental Sociology (2016)
Tim Van Deelan, Faculty, Forest & Wildlife Ecology (2018)
Laura Ward Good, Academic Staff, Soil Science (2017)
Marv Wickens, Faculty, Biochemistry (2018)

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:

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

The Academic Planning Council will also select the annual Spitze Land-Grant Award Recipient.

Membership
The committee will have fourteen members who will be elected, including two academic staff. A quorum is defined as any 8 members. Committee members’ terms will be for three years. The dean or his/her designee will serve as chair of the committee. Membership will be comprised of the following:

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

Election of committee members:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Meetings

  1. Meetings will be scheduled as necessary by the chair, but at least three times per semester.
  2. The dean’s administrative team will meet regularly with the committee.
  3. Minutes of the meetings will be made available to all faculty and staff.

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 will be made available to all faculty and staff following approval by the APC.
  5. Notice of all CALS committee membership is distributed to faculty at the beginning of the academic year.

Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI)

Committee on Academic Staff Issues web site

Nicholas Bero, Soil Science (2017)
Vince Borleske, CALS Research Division (2016)
Debra Wendorf Boyke, Center for Dairy Research (2016)
Cristiana Carusi, Center for Integrated Ag Systems (2017)
Christopher Day, Genetics (2016)
Dustin Eilert, Agronomy (2016)
Patrick Flannery, Agronomy (2018)
Janet Hadtcke, Agricultural Research Stations (2017)
Nicole Miller, Office of External Relations (2017)
Robin Mittenthal, Nutritional Sciences (2018)
Janet Newlands, Bacteriology (2018)
Joan Parrish, Animal Sciences (2018)
Jon Roll, APC representative to CASI
Mark Seeger, Biochemistry (2018)
Laura Ward Good, APC representative to CASI

Charge and Function

  1. Review and recommend college policies and procedures concerning academic staff members.
  2. Represent academic staff members in the development of all college policies and procedures concerning academic staff members.
  3. Provide advice to the dean on college decisions likely to affect promotional opportunities, or lead to non-renewal or layoff of academic staff members.
  4. Develop opportunities for participation of academic staff members in department and unit governance.
  5. Develop opportunities for recognition of academic staff member contributions to the excellence of the college’s mission and programs.
  6. Select the annual academic staff awards recipients.

Membership
The committee members shall consist of:

  1. Thirteen academic staff—one elected representative from Ward I, one elected representative from Ward II, one elected representative from Ward III, three elected representatives from Ward IV, two elected representatives from Ward V, two elected representatives from Ward VI, and three representatives appointed by the dean.
    1. Ward I: Scientists – basic science departments, scientists – other CALS departments, Category B Academic Staff
    2. Ward II: Category B Instructional Staff
    3. Ward III: Researchers – basic science departments, researchers – Other CALS departments, Category B Academic Staff
    4. Ward IV: Category A Managers in Biochemistry, Category A Managers in Genetics, Category A Managers in Microbes
    5. Ward V: Category A Managers in CALS , Category A Managers in Soils, Category A Managers in Plant Sciences, Category A Managers in Animal Sciences
    6. Ward VI: Category A Managers in Administration, Category A Managers in CALS, librarians, director titles, executive management, department administrators, Assistant Deans – Student Services, Category A – Outreach.
  2. The dean or his/her designee and a representative from the CALS Office of Human Resources will serve as ex officio.

Meetings
At least three meetings, scheduled by the Dean’s Office, will be held each semester.

Advisory Group for Department Administrators

More information on charge/function and membership is forthcoming.

Agricultural Research Station Committee

Amanda Gevens, Faculty (2017)
Ann MacGuidwin, Faculty (2016)
Kevin Shinners, Faculty (2016)
David Stoltenberg, Faculty (2016)
Charge and Function
The Agricultural Research Stations (ARS) Committee advises the dean on procedures and policies regarding the use and management of the ARS and CALS greenhouses and plant growth facilities to support the research, teaching, and outreach functions of the college. The committee should communicate with the Dean’s Office via the Director of the Agricultural Research Stations. The committee should advise on at least the following:

  • Short and long-range physical plant planning for facilities.
  • A five-year review of each ARS (staggered and rotational sequence).
  • Budget review of ARS and greenhouse operations and recommendations regarding cost containment.
  • Make recommendations and assist in the development of plans for utilizing these facilities for all three phases of the college mission—research, teaching, and extension/outreach.
  • Make recommendations regarding the development of advisory committees for the ARSs as deemed appropriate by the committee.

Membership
In general, ten members with up to two academic staff members, at least one of whom is from an ARS, to be appointed by the Dean to a staggered three-year term. No more than two may hold primary appointments in the same academic department. Committee members may be appointed for one additional term. The Executive Director of Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station, the Associate Dean for Administration, and the Director of the Agricultural Research Stations will serve as ex officio.

Meetings

  1. The committee shall meet as necessary, about once per month and all meetings are called by the chair.
  2. Ex officio members include the Associate Dean for Research, Associate Dean for Administration and Director of Agricultural Research Stations.

Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors Web site (password needed)
Charge and Function
The Board of Visitors for the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 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. Meetings will be scheduled at least twice yearly. Detailed agenda and supporting materials will be provided for each meeting.

Membership
The total board membership is 25. Membership on the board shall be for a nonrenewable term of four years, with the following exceptions. Individuals appointed to less than a full four-year term are eligible to be reappointed to a full four-year term. Members of the executive committee may serve the duration of their terms on the executive committee. Former board members become eligible for reappointment to the board one year after their four-year term expires. Six to seven new members of the board will be appointed annually in December 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 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. Emeritus board members 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 recommended by a nominating committee appointed by the sitting chair. Recommendations must be approved by the full board. 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. The new chair and chair-elect will be elected during the business session of the fall meeting, even numbered years (1998, 2000, etc). Past chairs are eligible for a second consecutive four-year term on the board. Chairs and chairs-elect are eligible for reappointment for the duration of their tenure on the executive committee. Membership on the Board of Visitors is a 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.

CALS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

CALS Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Web site

N. J. Benevenga, Chair, Faculty (2018)
Sandra Bertics, Academic Staff (2018)
David Drake, Faculty (2017)
Carrie Ensrud, Academic Staff (2017)
Amin Fadl, Faculty (2016)
Terry Jobsis, Academic Staff (2016)
Michael Maroney, Academic Staff (2016)
William Omdahl, Academic Staff (2018)
J. Wesely Pike, Faculty (2018)
Jamie Reichert, Academic Staff (2016)
Robert Sladky, External Partner (2017)
Ryan Stoffel, Academic Staff (2018)
Roger Sunde, Vice Chair, Faculty (2018)
Michel Wattiaux, Faculty (2018)
Paul Weimer, Faculty (2018)

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.

Council on Teaching and Learning

Richard Amasino, Faculty (2016)
Pete Anderson, Academic Staff (2017)
Gary Green, Faculty (2017)
Kristin Klarkowski, Academic Staff (2018)
Ann MacGuidwin, Faculty (2017)
Jean PetersenDaniel Young, Faculty (2015)

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.

 

Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee Web site

Jeri Barak-Cunningham, Faculty (2018)
Christopher Choi, Faculty (2017)
Brian Gould, Faculty (2018); chair
Alfred Hartemink,
Faculty (2017)
Laura Jull, Faculty (2016)
Lisa Lenertz, Academic Staff (2017)
Susan Smith, Faculty (2016)
Ralph Albrecht, Faculty (2016)
Alan Turnquist, Academic Staff (2018)

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 will be:
    1. At least seven faculty members
    2. Two members of the instructional academic staff
    3. Three student members to be named by the CALS Student Council
    4. Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Services or his/her designee, ex officio

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.

 

Department Chairs

Department Chairs Web site (password needed)

Ian Coxhead, Agricultural & Applied Economics
William Tracy, Agronomy
Daniel Schaefer, Animal Sciences
Charles Kaspar, Bacteriology
Brian Fox, Biochemistry
Doug Reinemann, Biological Systems Engineering
Gary Green, Community & Environmental Sociology
Kent Weigel, Dairy Science
Susan Paskewitz, Entomology
Scott Rankin, Food Science
Mark Rickenbach, Forest & Wildlife Ecology
John Doebley, Genetics
Irwin Goldman, Horticulture
John Harrington, Landscape Architecture
Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication
David Eide, Nutritional Sciences
Patty McManus, Plant Pathology
Alfred Hartemink, Soil Science
Ken Genskow, Urban & Regional Planning

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.

 

Equity and Diversity Committee

Equity and Diversity Committee Web site

Jane Collins, Faculty (2018)
Natalia De Leon,
Faculty (2016)
Debi Griffin, Classified Staff (2017)
Patty Loew, Faculty (2018)
Jayne-Horah Ntambi, Student (2016)
Sam Scheel, Student (2016)
Ahna Skop, Faculty (2016)
Quentin Sprengelmeyer, Graduate student (2016)
Abbey Thompson, Academic Staff (2018)
Anita Thompson, Faculty (2017)
Stephen Ventura, Faculty (2016)
Elaine Welch, Graduate student (2016)

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

  1. Eight faculty.
  2. Two academic staff.
  3. One classified staff (non-represented).
  4. Two undergraduate students to be appointed by the CALS Student Council.
  5. One graduate student.
  6. 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.

Facilities Planning Committee

Ken Albrecht, Faculty (2016)
Amy Charkowski, Faculty (2017)
Christopher Choi, Faculty (2016)
Jeremy Foltz, Faculty (2017)
Daniel Heider, Academic Staff (2016)
Hasan Khatib, Faculty (2017)
Katy McMahon, Faculty (2018)
Beth Olsen , Faculty (2018)
Joel Pedersen, Faculty (2018)
Ron Russell, Academic Staff (2018)
Randy Shaver, Faculty (2016)

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.

FISC Planning Council

Francisco Arriaga, faculty (2017)
David Thomas, faculty (2015)
Kent Weigel, faculty (2016)
Eileen Nelson, academic staff (2018)
Jeff Nelson, academic staff (2017)

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 Planning Council 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.

 

Scholarships and Loans Committee

Brian Asen, Chair, Academic Staff (2016)
Jim Berkelman, Academic Staff (2018)
Ann Haase-Kehl, Academic Staff (2016)
Heidi Kaeppler, Faculty (2017)
Paul Koch, Faculty (2017)
Marisa Otegui, Faculty (2017)
Shiela Reaves, Faculty (2016)
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.

Research Advisory Committee

Amy Charkowski (2017)
Thomas Crenshaw (2017)
Shawn Conley (2018)
Richard Eisenstein (2018)
Laura Hernandez (2016)
Nancy Keller (2016) Chair
David Mladenoff (2016)
Zach Peery (2018)
Bret Shaw (2018)
Eric Yen (2017)

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.

Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee

Todd Courtenay, Academic Staff (2018)
Thomas Cox,
Faculty (2016)
Colleen Hayes, Faculty (2017)
Patty Loew, Faculty (2017)
Aurelie Rakotondrafara, Faculty (2017)
Sara Rodock, Academic Staff (2016)
Jim Steele, Faculty (2018)
Jill Wildonger,
Faculty (2017)
Xuehua Zhong, Faculty (2017)

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.