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April 18, 1996

P&S Council to consider degree equivalency recommendation

by Anne Dolan
Sally said the "or equivalency" language some units use in their postings for open P&S positions needs to be better defined so units know what the university's expectations are. She said there won't be an equivalency for every position, but that the hiring unit and Human Resource Services need to agree on what an appropriate equivalency is before a position is posted.

The trend toward an across-the-board bachelor's degree requirement for all open P&S positions has concerned the council for the last 15 months. Some council members have argued that long-time P&S employees without bachelor's degrees could find themselves with few options at ISU if their current positions were eliminated.

On another item, council members unanimously agreed to ask Warren Madden, vice president for business and finance, to develop a process for obtaining groups' responses to parking proposals. Council member Dan Woodin, who attended a parking forum last month on the Rich & Associates parking study, said there seems to be no procedure in place for resolving the parking shortage on central campus. The council hopes campus groups will be asked to review proposed changes as they are developed.

In other business:

  • Winners in the March council election and the areas they represent are:
    (Academic & Research) Jody Danielson, administrative specialist in chemical engineering; Jim Gaunt, manager, Engineering Research Lab; Valrey Kettner, accountant, Rural Health Research Centers; Mary Kleis, program coordinator, Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer; Robert Lawson, manager, Iowa Crop Improvement Association; James Lux, ag specialist, agronomy department; and Jim Twetten, communications manager, Media Resources Center.

    (Business and Finance) Rob Bowers, patrol coordinator, department of public safety; Richard Jones, assistant director, Administrative Data Processing.

    (Extension) John Creswell, field specialist in Story County; Carol Peterson (incumbent), Winnebago County extension director.

    (External Affairs) Jan Breitman, administrative specialist, Alumni Association.

    (Student Affairs) Jane Agyeman, program coordinator, Educational Talent Search.

    There were no vacancies this year on the seats representing IPRT/Ames Laboratory.

  • Council members received an update on the Diversity Steering Committee from committee chairperson Norene Daly, dean of the College of Education. Council members discussed adding to the council's group of standing committees one that addresses and promotes ideas related to diversity. More discussion will follow at the council's retreat in July.

  • Provost John Kozak reported that the search committee for the position of vice provost for extension has reviewed the 32 applications received and pared the list to 12 candidates. Finalists will be selected and campus visits scheduled soon.

    The next meeting of the P&S Council begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Memorial Union Gold Room. A noon open forum precedes the meeting.

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