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Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Padelford C-36


  1. Call to Order
  2. Chair's Remarks
  3. Announcements
  4. Committee Reports
    • Undergraduate Program Committee – Ethan Devinatz
  5. New Business
  6. Executive Session
  7. Adjournment


The regular meeting of the faculty of the Department of Mathematics was held in C-36 Padelford Hall at 3:30pm, June 4, 2019. John Palmieri, Chair, presided at the meeting. Rose Choi was recording secretary.

The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting’s minutes.

Chair's Remarks

The last beer bash of the year is on Friday, June 7th.  We will be saying goodbye to Ioana Dumitriu (headed to UCSD) and William Stein (working on CoCalc full time); and celebrating several retirements—Judith Arms, Robin Graham, Ralph Greenberg, and Ron Irving.

The UW is conducting a climate survey to better understand how to make our campuses more welcoming and inclusive.  All students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in this confidential survey.  The survey will be administered from October 8 until November 8.

The 2019-20 Milliman speaker will be Emmanuel Candès.  He is the Barnum-Simons Chair in Mathematics and Statistics, and professor of electrical engineering (by courtesy) at Stanford University.  Dates will be set later in the year.

The state budget session is the best in some time, from the university's perspective. The college's budget is in pretty good shape for the next few years.  We should learn more about faculty hiring in the coming weeks.  Regarding raises: no official news until sometime after June 13. The expectation is 2% raises, plus possibly a 1% "merit unit salary adjustment". Only faculty who are "highly meritorious" will be eligible for this 1% pool.

Dan Pollack will be serving as the Interim Chair of Statistics for one year, starting July 1.


No new announcements

Committee Reports

Professor Devinatz proposed a change to the teaching credits for 300-level courses:

  • For sections of 80 or more, credits will be .8
  • MATH 334, 335, 336, and 381 will be .8
  • Service courses (307, 308, 309, and 324) in small sections will be .65
  • All others will now be .75

A vote was held with all in favor of this proposal.


There being no new business, the meeting passed into executive session at 4:03pm.

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