UWM Faculty Senate Votes to Consider Service to AAUP Chapter as University Service

APRIL 18:  The UWM Faculty Senate today voted to support a resolution that service to the UWM AAUP Chapter should count as service to the university, for the purposes of tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review. The resolution, now known as UWM Faculty Document #3230, is posted below.
What this means:  all faculty are free to use the portion of their workload devoted to service to further our collective interests through supporting AAUP’s signal issues of academic freedom and faculty governance.  So, if you’ve been waiting to join us, now is the time!
We will be posting information for our spring meeting soon. Please come and get involved. All are welcome: graduate students, faculty and academic staff.
We need all of us!
University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee Faculty Document No.3230
April 4, 2019
University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee Faculty Senate:
Resolution to Count Service to UWM AAUP as Service to UWM
democratic and representative faculty governance has suffered severe setbacks from
the political climate and consequences created by Act 55 in 2015; and
WHEREAS, under the Wisconsin Idea, the public university is mandated to foster
academic freedom and to serve all people in the state; and
WHEREAS UWM AAUP was founded in 2015 to preserve academic freedom and faculty
governance in the UW system and has struggled mightily
and effectively to this end,representing the interests of tenured and tenure track as well as teaching academic staff; and
WHEREAS faculty have seen an escalation in their workload and professional expectations,emanating from the increasing pressures of the tenure track as well as the newly imposed system of Post Tenure Review; and
WHEREAS,it is therefore difficult for faculty to balance university service, teaching, and
research with the important work of UWM AAUP;and
WHEREAS, nevertheless, many faculty spend numerous hours working to uphold the values of academic freedom and faculty governance through supporting UWM AAUP; and
WHEREAS this labor resembles other kinds of university service in the kind of
work and dedication required, as well as its utility to maintaining the university’s function;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee directs the Chancellor to support our campus by endorsing the following policy:
Recognizing the value of the labor of UWM AAUP members, the Chancellor endorses the policy of including service to the organization, in the form of committee membership, as a form of service to the university, and advises academic units to count it for tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review.
Further, we ask that the UWM AAUP be included as a reporting unit to Faculty Senate, and report once a semester to that body