University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Faculty Council Minutes
|September 17, 1998||Signal Mountain Room|
|Elected Members Present:||Jim Avery, Tom Bibler, Marlene Bradshaw, Roland Carter, Valerie Copeland-Rutledge, Joe Dumas, Gene Ezell, Phillip Giffin, Jim Hiestand, Deborah McAllister, Eileen Meagher, Jonathan Mies, Marea Rankin, Lauren Sewell, Mac Smotherman, Ann Stapleton, Vicki Steinberg, Felicia Sturzer, Margaret Trimpey, Rick Turpin, Bruce Wallace|
|Elected Members Absent:||Boris Belinskiy, Mike Biderman, Pedro Campa, Jim Fraser, Diane Halstead, Ed McMahon, Cliff Parten, Terri Salupo, Marsha Scheidt, John Trimpey, Randy Whitson, Mike Whittle|
|Ex-Officio Members Present:||Bill Berry, Sheila Delacroix, Jane Harbaugh, Bill Stacy|
|Among the Guests Present:||Richard Brown, Betsy Darken, Leroy Fanning, Tim Summerlin, Mary Tanner|
*Professor Darken updated Council on the work of the Gen Ed Committee. See the attached report.
*Professor Fanning offered observations from the Athletics Committee regarding an action taken at last Council meeting. See the attached report.
*Chancellor Stacy updated Council on the University budget.
*Provost Berry announced the appointment of the Performance Review Policy Committee
*Associate Vice Chancellor Brown discussed changes in campus security.
Call to Order
President Verbie Prevost called the meeting to order at 3:01 p.m.
Approval of the Minutes of September 3, 1998
The minutes were approved as distributed.
Committee on Committees:
Professor Tom Bibler announced Professor Dana Wertenberger has replaced Professor Anne Chien on the Curriculum Committee, Professor Irv Resnick has been added to the Library Committee, and Professor David Edwards has been added to the Admissions Committee. The changes were approved unanimously.
Professor Bibler distributed a list of students being recommended to serve on Faculty Council committees. Following a correction in the spelling of one name, the list was approved unanimously.
Professor Deborah McAllister announced the Continuing Education Committee would be deleted from the handbook. Faculty Council voted to abolish the committee in 1994, but it has never removed from the handbook. She noted the Classroom Technology Committee, which was approved as a standing committee by Faculty Council in 1995, is still not listed in the handbook. The committee approved a mission statement in 1997 and forwarded it to Faculty Council as part of its end-of-year report. President Prevost suggested the Handbook Committee work with the Classroom Technology Committee to develop appropriate wording for the handbook; Faculty Council will address the issue when the language is forwarded.
Professor Valarie Copeland-Rutledge announced Justin Wilson, a deputy assistant to Governor Don Sundquist, will speak at Convocation Wednesday, October 7 from 10 am to 12 noon in Maclellan Gym. Information about the event will be transmitted to the campus and the Chattanooga community in various forms in the coming weeks. The committee will also be seeking to inform the campus and community about the nature and history of convocations based on information shared with the committee by Provost Bill Berry.
Professor Felicia Sturzer expressed concern about students missing two hours of class time for Convocation. Professor Copeland-Rutledge said the committee met at the beginning of the school year to address this issue since it has been raised several times in the past. Since the event was already on this years calendar, the committee decided to go forward with it this year and investigate the issue fully during this school year. Professor Copeland-Rutledge and President Prevost indicated plans were already being made to solicit opinions on the issue from the campus community.
General Education Committee:
Professor Betsy Darken updated the Council on several aspects of the General Education Committees work. Her report is attached to these minutes. She discussed deadlines that would need to be met for the general education curriculum to be implemented by Fall 1999. The General Education Web Page is now accessible at http://www.utc.edu/GeneralEd/. In addition, she discussed certification of courses; the integration of oral communication, computer literacy, and intensive writing requirements into the curriculum; the work of various subcommittees; the work of the implementation committees; and some "gory details."
Professor Sturzer asked what happened when a department integrated general education requirements into the curriculum and it pushed the major requirements past 42 hours. Professor Darken said her understanding was that you could only have 42 hours in a major discipline. General education courses not integrated into the major would not count toward the 42 hours, she added.
With reference to intensive writing, Professor Margaret Trimpey asked whether the stipulated class size was a recommendation or a requirement. Professor Darken replied it was a recommendation. Professor Lauren Sewell asked if recommendations that some courses be taught at the 300 level could ever be turned into a mandate. Professor Darken speculated that Faculty Council could declare all intensive writing courses, for example, be at the 300 level or above. Professor Darken and President Prevost discussed whether such a recommendation should come through the Curriculum or the Standards Committee, finally deciding a more forceful mandate to Faculty Council would emerge from the Standards Committee.
Professor Giffin asked if computer literacy could be an admission requirement. Professor Darken said a fair number of freshmen were taking introductory computer science courses, and instructors have indicated how little most freshmen know about the computer. Professor Giffin said freshmen computer skills were being underestimated. Provost Berry said some institutions consider computer literacy a graduation requirement to be satisfied by passing a test, taking a course, taking a specific computer literacy course, or taking a course requiring a sophistication in computer use. Students will be able to meet the computer literacy requirement in one of three ways, Professor Darken added, under the new general education guidelines: taking an entrance test, taking a computer literacy course, or taking a computer course integrated into the major.
Professor Leroy Fanning, Chair of the Athletics Committee, distributed a printed report from the committee containing observations based on the action taken at the last Faculty Council meeting. Professor Giffin said he didnt think the observations addressed Faculty Council concerns as the issue was not the impact of Thursday football games on the players but rather the impact on university life on Fridays. In light of Councils action, Professor Fanning said the observations were intended to clarify how the committee monitors the progress of student athletes. He noted Council action was limited to one area, one sport, and one day and did not address other areas, other events, or other activities. He said it seemed very inconsistent with the way Council had considered such issues in the past.
In thanking everyone for getting the academic year off to a good start, Chancellor Bill Stacy noted the increase in enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate students. He encouraged all faculty and staff to attend the September 26 picnic sponsored by the Employee Relations Committee.
The plans for a new Math, Computer Science, and Engineering building are generating a lot of local and statewide interest and excitement. Although many plans have been developed for this building over the years, the money is available this time. He expects the faculties in these units will need to apply a great deal of concentrated attention to developing plans for the building over the next weeks. UT President Joe Johnson will be on campus September 18, and the site of the building will be one topic of discussion. The Chancellor hopes a definite site will be selected by the end of the month. Further, he expects a South Campus initiative to occur over time, most likely with housing or an academic building of some kind.
Chancellor Stacy said he continues to be amazed by the Universitys financial status, indicating he is still struggling with the budget. He has just dealt with another $1 million deficit in the scholarship fund but is still struggling with the one from last year. Dealing with the budget leaves him near despair at times, but he finds encouragement in the hardworking faculty and staff and the wonderful students at UTC. Needless to say, he wants a much closer matching of revenues and expenditures during the budget year.
President Prevost asked the Chancellor about his statement in April Faculty Council regarding nine-month faculty. Describing it as "a wonder to behold," Chancellor Stacy said the nine-month designation is used by the State of Tennessee in Nashville when they count state employees but is not used by the University of Tennessee system or by UTC. He assured nine-month faculty they are considered full-time employees of UTC.
Returning to the budget problems, Professor Hiestand asked if the problems were procedural or simply a lack of funds. Chancellor Stacy said a few procedural problems exist but the university mainly lacks funds. He said even his "poor Missouri kinfolks had more money." UTC is a $60 million a year operation, and budget custodians should know when theyre out of money, he added. He wants to work toward controls which will provide this information to managers more quickly and efficiently.
Echoing the Chancellors remarks, Provost Berry said the budget was requiring a prodigious amount of work on the part of Chancellor Stacy and Vice Chancellor George Ross. He cautioned that the process of putting the university on good financial footing might exasperate some people as they are asked for more information than in the past or are asked to follow new procedures. He said it was imperative for the university to have a rational budget plan in which people know more approximately at the beginning of the year how much money the university has to spend. He compared the current budget system to an individual who doesnt know how much he has in his account to start with and then doesnt get a report until the end of the year. He argued for a closer matching of revenues and expenditures. Last year he discovered a $107,000 account which went unspent. Several Faculty Council members volunteered to help him with the account.
He has appointed a Performance Review Policy Committee based on names suggested to him the Executive Committee of Faculty Council. Professor Marilyn Helms will chair the committee. Other committee members are Professors Valarie Adams, Herb Burhenn, Leroy Fanning, Bill Gurley, Maria Smith, Stephanie Smullen, Larry Stokes, and Dean Mary Tanner. The recently appointed Banner Academic Policy Committee met earlier this week. The Provost said Banner will eventually improve our lives but a little pain must be endured first.
Associate Vice Chancellors Report
Associate Vice Chancellor Richard Brown thanked the campus community for enduring some inconvenience during the demolition of the Math Building. He hopes the project will be completed by mid-October at which time the site will be turned into a grassy, tree-planted area. He noted the excitement over the discovery of the 1901 time capsule.
He said the campus physical master plan selection process is nearly complete. He, the Chancellor, and other UTC people will meet with Knoxville representatives next week to discuss the plan.
On the topic of campus security, he feels UTC currently has a very effective plan in place. Several months ago, his area began a critical look at the campus security plan in light of a phenomenal increase in theft on campus. A few years ago thefts were mainly of small items like calculators and books but are now more likely to be computers or car CD players. This change created a need to refocus security toward a campus-based security operation, creating a more visible presence inside buildings and getting the campus community used to seeing uniformed security in buildings. Until the shift in duties, the campus security force had been engaged in activities similar to the city police. The campus, he said, will be better served by a security force protecting the assets of the UTC community.
To provide better campus security, the job functions of seven officers were changed, but their pay and benefits were not reduced. The affected officers were asked to become campus security officers, i.e., to stay visible in campus buildings, to work more closely with the campus community, and to become an integral part of the campus crime prevention education program. The officers are still certified police officers and are still armed with mace and batons, and they can still make arrests. They are going to stay certified in case the university needs to re-arm them, but the intent of the changes was to get them in campus buildings where most of the theft is occurring. The senior level lieutenants and sergeants are still armed and still patrolling the campus, but now three investigators are on the job instead of one.
As a part of the reorganization of campus security, Vice Chancellor Brown met with Chattanooga City Police Chief Jimmy Dotson. As a result of that discussion, the city police began patrolling the streets around the university and reinstated a police district for the UTC area. The district had been withdrawn some years ago during a manpower shortage. UTC and the city police entered into a memorandum of understanding, a structured partnership that many urban universities are initiating with local police departments. The agreement calls for the city police to have primary jurisdiction on city streets, to provide professional expertise in the event a serious crime occurs, to provide drug interdiction, and to share intelligence.
Campus security has initiated a campus resource officers program, hiring off-duty city police officers to increase visibility at critical hours8 a.m. to 12 noon and 5-11 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. This move increases police visibility on city streets in the UTC area, in university parking lots, in the Fortwood neighborhood, and on the South Campus.
Vice Chancellor Brown said the security changes are already benefiting the campus community. He cited a recent incident where a burglar alarm went off at the Challenger Center. A city police officer, a UTC armed police officer, and two UTC security guards responded to the call.
The campus has been subdivided into five working districts. Within each district should be an armed high visibility UTC car patrolling the area, a city police car circling the perimeter, and 2-3 uniformed security guards working in the buildings. The security guards are being asked to check each floor of the buildings in their districts and check in at key areas. He said reports of theft are already declining.
Security on campus is also being improved with the addition of card access systems to various buildings. Card access was added to Fletcher during its renovation, and five buildings are scheduled to have it added this fall: Guerry and the Brock Scholars Program, Holt, Grote, the University Center, and the Library. He cited the high traffic and significant computer resources of these buildings. Five buildings will be equipped each year until all buildings on campus have card access.
The University Safety Committee will be evaluating the effectiveness of the new security plan. Vice Chancellor Brown has had several emails expressing satisfaction with the added security and has talked to parents who are supportive of these efforts.
Professor Hiestand asked how many officers the university employs. Vice Chancellor Brown said the campus has 17 sworn personnel. Professor Hiestand asked why the seven people were not doing what they used to do. Brown said they were doing everything they used to do, but they would not be patrolling as frequently in cars, writing speeding tickets, or doing the kinds of things city police do. He said he felt their function had been redefined for the benefit of the university. Provost Berry said the campus would not be seeing any more newspaper reports about UTC police arresting somebody in Hixson.
Professor Joe Dumas asked why some officers could no longer carry guns. When an officer is armed as a fully functioning police officer, Vice Chancellor Brown said, it was difficult to get the person to do the basic level security work the campus needed to have done. He noted the campus still has a good complement of guns, and the security officers are still armed with mace and side handle batons. He said the campus has often had a revolving door on trained officers. UTC would train them and then they would leave for agencies paying more than UTC. By not requiring them to have guns, UTC is, in effect, paying them for what they dosecurity work, explained Vice Chancellor Brown.
Professor Hiestand asked if it was less provocative to the campus community for security to be perceived as unarmed. Brown said students and others would likely perceive campus security as being kinder and gentler. Further, he said 90% of any type of police work is crime prevention even for agencies like the city police department. In discussing guns, Brown said in his many years of security work he had never had an occasion to pull his gun. He said UTC is not that kind of environment but noted manpower is readily available should a serious event occur. Professor Dumas said he appreciated Vice Chancellor Browns remarks as he had not until today heard a full explanation of the changes in campus security. Dr. Harbaugh recollected the campus security force was quite upset in 1972 when they originally became armed.
Professor Giffin said a complaint had been made to him about a dangerous pedestrian crossing at Douglas and Oak near Fletcher Hall. Professor Jonathan Mies added that poor visibility contributes to the problem as a motorist turning onto Douglas from Oak cant see the oncoming traffic on Douglas. Vice Chancellor Brown said his office is working with the city to install a new crosswalk at that site. Stop signs and signals were discussed, but these solutions would contravene the citys traffic engineering plan. Vice Chancellor Brown said the security officers in that district will assist pedestrians much as they currently do on 5th Street.
Professor Bruce Wallace expressed deep concern about the availability of technology on campus. He brought his old Mac, the equivalent of a 286, to the meeting to support his remarks. He suggested the administration is not technology friendly. He complained he has been denied the use of technology in the classroom and in computer labs on campus and had not been able to get technology to use in his own office. He said campus managers decide what hardware and software they want to use without consulting faculty. He has been hoping for a new computer for 15 years and is still hoping. He said it didnt have to be the latest model, but he would like one that would bring him into the 1990s and be Internet accessible. He encouraged the administration to meet with the campus technology committees and energize those groups to solve campus technology problems.
President Prevost said her understanding was that a survey was underway in conjunction with the SACS study to identify gaps in computer resources on campus. Professor McAllister said she has spoken with Professor Wallace about using the 21st Century Classroom, but the classroom lacks the necessary software. She inquired about funding sources for the software. President Prevost mentioned the special technology grants awarded last year. Professor Wallace said he applied for one but noted a suitable Mac could not be purchased for $1500 last year. He has, however, been looking at the new iMac.
Professor Roland Carter said several Music faculty have expressed concern about the location of the new Math building. They are concerned about the loss of parking spaces for performances in the Fine Arts Center. Chancellor Stacy said, if the building goes forward in that location, consideration would be given to parking needs. He said a Lupton-Library-type parking garage was one possibility. He said it demonstrated how one set of construction plans set a whole other set of plans in motion and created the need for additional planning parameters.
President Prevost announced Jim Fraser has resigned from Council. She asked Professor Giffin to call a meeting to elect a new representative from Behavioral Sciences.
President Prevost has been asked to serve on the academic advisory committee of the UT Board of Trustees. One issue the committee will consider this year is the awarding of honorary degrees on the various campuses; she asked for ideas and opinions.
President Prevost, Professor Bill Gurley, and Professor Howard Finch have been elected to serve as counsellors to the UT President. During the first week of October, they and other UT campus representatives will meet with UT President Joe Johnson and other system officers. This meeting will be an opportunity to brag about UTC and also bring forward any campus concerns.
Professor Mac Smotherman invited everyone to attend the University Theatre Companys production of coffeehouse, September 23-26, in the Fine Arts Center.
President Prevost encouraged everyone to attend the UTC womens soccer game, September 17, at Finley Stadium.
President Prevost adjourned the meeting at 4:07 p.m.
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