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Carter, Hilda R.; Jenswold, John R. / The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: a history, 1916-1976
(1976)

Chapter IX: The view from the bridge,   pp. 113-126 PDF (8.2 MB)


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cellor without action by the faculty senate. The 
faculty senate and student senate may hold joint 
meetings, at which the chancellor of the university 
would preside.22 
The faculty senate constitution has stood the 
test of time with little amendment. Dr. Wick in- 
dicated that, in his opinion, the body is perhaps too 
large and therefore "not really quite the delibera- 
tive body it ought to be"; the departments may 
take electing their senators rather lightly without 
nominating committee procedures; and perhaps 
there ought to be a move in the direction of the one- 
man-one-vote principal. 
The involvement of younger faculty members 
with students led in the late 1960s, particularly in 
the Resnikoff case, to actions which a number 
viewed as unprofessional arousing of students on 
behalf of selfish faculty interests. The AFT local 
chapter broke apart as the result of public state- 
ments made which were false and unfounded criti- 
cisms of the administration.23 
The Association of Wisconsin 
State University Faculties 
Honored at the spring delegate assembly of the 
Association of Wisconsin State University Faculties 
in 1969 were a group of former presidents of the 
association which included Dr. William Cochrane 
of the history faculty at Eau Claire, who served 
as state president in 1960-62. Secretary of AWSUF 
in 1969 was Dr. Marshall E. Wick of the mathema- 
tics department at Eau Claire, and in 1970 he suc- 
ceeded to the presidency. Dr. Edward Muzik of 
the Eau Claire history department became state 
president in 1972. Members of Wisconsin State 
Universities faculties serving as president of the 
state organization were released one-half time from 
their teaching positions, but full pay was continued 
by the university to which they belonged. Organ- 
izationally, they were considered one-half time 
members of the university's administrative staff 
for the period in which they served as AWSUF 
president. 
In a sense, AWSUF was recognized by the Board 
of Regents of Wisconsin State Universities as a 
coordinate organization, with the inclusion of the 
AWSUF report as part of the regular agenda. The 
association also handled grievances for the system, 
which constituted another unofficial recognition of 
a faculty governance structure by the board of 
regents. AWSUF represented faculty before CCHE 
and the legislature as well. 
A voluntary association, in existence since 1915, 
members belonged by payment of dues, and in 1969 
some 67 percent of the system's faculty were mem- 
bers. The delegate assembly was the governing 
body, made up of one representative for every fifty 
chapter members or a major fraction thereof. Com- 
mittees were the executive committee, constituting 
the administrative organ, the committee on aca- 
demic freedom and tenure, the committee on edu- 
cational policies, the committee on salary and fringe 
benefits, and the committee on legislation. There 
were two delegate assemblies and two committee 
conference sessions during each academic year. 
In 1970-72, in addition to Marshall Wick, presi- 
dent, Eau Claire faculty serving in important 
AWSUF posts included Edward Muzik, president- 
elect, member of the executive committee; Elroy 
Gotter, of the mathematics department, chairman 
of the salary and fringe benefits committee; and 
Robert Sather, director of financial aids at Eau 
Claire, chairman of the legislation committee. 
Other committee chairmen were Robert L. Berg, 
River Falls, academic freedom and tenure, and 
Rudy G. Koch, Superior, educational policies. 
The fall committee conference, held at Eau Claire 
in October 1970, was especially concerned with 
questions of academic freedom, comparative salaries 
within the two Wisconsin systems of higher educa- 
tion and in reference to other state systems, educa- 
tional policies as proposed by the Kellett Commis- 
sion Report on Education, and the improvement of 
the retirement system and the question of collective 
bargaining. The year before, an advisory referen- 
dum for members of state universities faculties, in- 
cluding those in the two-year branches, had shown 
1,531 to 835 in favor of adoption of collective bar- 
gaining. The executive board was surprised in 
August 1970 by a board of regents action prohibit- 
ing faculty members from striking, a resolution ap- 
pearing to deny faculty certain of their constitution- 
al rights. E. L. Wingert, as special counsel to the 
board of regents, was advising both on student 
disciplinary matters and on a tenure law, with pro- 
vision for local hearing committees to consider dis- 
missals. Phillip Griffin, professor of philosophy at 
Eau Claire, was chairing an AWSUF committee on 
an ethics code for faculty. A constant preoccupation 
of AWSUF leaders was working for increases in 
faculty pay and in the retirement and fringe 
benefits programs. 
By October 1971 the work of the AWSUF took 
on a new dimension as it became apparent that 
there were definite implications for it in the pro- 
posed merger of the two systems of higher education 
in Wisconsin. The executive committee urged on 
each Wisconsin State University senate the adop- 
tion of a position, emphasizing that: 


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