THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 19, 1989
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Ahmadi, C. Anderson, Bibler, Breeden, Churnet, Cochran, Darken, M. Edwards, Hiestand, Honerkamp, Kleiman, Kuhn, LeWinter, Marlowe, McDonald, Noe, Ozbek, Pringle, Printz, N. Riley, Sanders, Schonblom, Shawen, R. Smith, Sturzer, Taylor, Thompson, M. Trimpey, J. Vallier, Venters, B. Walton, Wiley
ELECTED MEMBER ABSENT: Ingle
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Ernst, Harbaugh, Jackson, Renneisen, Rudley
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: R. Brown, Butler, Renee Cox, Ettkin, Fulmer, Gaston, Hannah, Kingdon, Noel, Pare, I. Reid, Stinnett, R. Vallier, Willis
Call to Order
Faculty Council President, Peter Pringle, convened the meeting at 3:18 p.m.
Approval of Minutes
The Secretary read a request from Provost Packard that the footnote on page six be corrected to read: "The Secretary has made every attempt to report selected passages of the Provost's comments verbatim as was requested by several Council members." The December 1, 1988 minutes with this correction were then approved without dissent.
Committee on Committees
The Chair of the Committee on Committees, Professor Jocelyn Sanders, moved two recommendations. To replace Professor Jocelyn Sanders as a member of the Petitions Committee, the Committee on Committees nominated Professor Barbara Andersen of Nursing and to replace Professor Sanders as Chair of the Petitions Committee, Professor DeWayne Nymann, Math, was recommended. Both recommendations passed by voice vote without dissent.
Professor Sanders asked the Council for guidance in establishing the committee to consider the Chairs of Excellence appointments. She asked how many members Council would recommend and how urgently the Council saw its establishment, i.e., should the committee be established at once or could it wait for fall. Professor Jan Printz said she felt the committee should be an ad hoc committee and should be set up at once. Professor Neil Riley suggested that the committee should include at least one chairholder among its members. Professor Sanders said she wasn't asking for suggestions on the committee's composition but promised to consider Professor Riley's suggestion. Professor David Wiley said the committee should be ad hoc, should be established with "all deliberate speed," and should be large enough as a blue ribbon committee to consider all of the "blue ribbons" involved. President Pringle asked if these comments were going to be helpful and Professor Sanders assured him they would be very helpful.
The Curriculum Committee Chair, Doug Kingdon, presented the report from that Committee (See Appendix A). Professor Mac Shawen corrected number four to read USTU 301 instead of Eng 301. Professor Steve Kuhn asked about the criteria for evaluation in English 473 and English 479. He found the criteria very vague. Professor Marcia Noe replied that he was correct; the criteria are vague. This is because the evaluation is very subjective; it's based on the quality of the writing, whether there is evidence of hard work and so forth. Professor Kuhn expressed the wish that Professor Noe's comments had been included in the original proposal. Professor Jan Printz asked whether or not the internships met the guidelines passed by Council for the number of hours of experience for six hours of credit. She was assured that it would require 160 hours of experience for each three hours of credit.
Professor John Fulmer then spoke to the issue (No. 6) of the proposed reclassification of two Business Marketing courses to Business Accounting. This is a reclassification of the business law courses. A major part of the CPA exam relates to business law. UTC students over the last four or five years have done the poorest on this portion of the exam. The majority of the students in business law are accounting majors (this semester twenty-one of thirty-five students). Many other universities put the law courses in the finance area. A random sample of schools in our region, including UTK and the University of Alabama, showed that eight had the law courses in finance, two in management, one in marketing and three in some other area. Professor Fulmer said he felt responsible for teaching people to do well on the CPA exam and he would like to have the authority to review the syllabi and the texts and to not have to chase down class rolls. Professor Kingdon reviewed the reservations expressed at the Curriculum Committee: 1) the course was working where it was; 2) the change was an arbitrary one since the course could be housed in many places, even outside the School of Business. Professor Jan Printz moved to separate this issue (No. 6) from the motion. This amendment passed by voice vote.
The discussion reverted to items 1-5. Professor Kuhn asked if USTU 301 shouldn't list freshman composition as a prerequisite. The proposer, Professor Bob Vallier, said this had been discussed. He noted that other 300-level courses did not do this. Three-hundred level courses are not supposed to be available to freshmen. He would not object to the prerequisite, but felt it was not needed. Professor Eric Schonblom moved that English 121, 122 be listed as prerequisites. He supported his motion by stating that transfers frequently came in without all the freshman comp requirements being met. This has been his experience with engineers. Professor Noe wondered how many engineers would be taking "Feminist Literary Criticism." Professor Jeannette Vallier asked that only Eng 122 be listed. This was accepted as a friendly change. Professor Kingdon reiterated that this issue had been discussed at Curriculum Committee and that to add a prerequisite to this course and not all other similar 300-level courses would make the catalog inconsistent. Professor Printz commented that the prerequisite for Human Services 300 had been very helpful. Professor Betsy Darken pointed out that there is no enforcement of the catalog requirement that Eng 122 be taken early in a student's career. Professor Jocelyn Sanders reported that the Petitions Committee deals with many students who attempt courses before they are really prepared to do so. Prerequisites could help them. Professor Maurice Edwards asked if prerequisites can be waived via permission of the instructor. President Pringle answered that often "prerequisites or the consent of the instructor" was the listing in the catalog. Professor Bob Vallier said prerequisites suggested that the course was somewhat archane, which it isn't. They would lend it a disadvantageous aura. He supported Professor Kingdon but would be willing to go either way. Professor Noe pointed out that no research paper is required in the course. The amendment failed by a vote of 12:15:1. The motion to approve items 1-5 passed by voice vote.
The discussion reverted to item 6. Dean Irv Reid said that there is one full-time faculty position in business law and it has been filled in the Department of Accounting and Finance. Related course areas, insurance and real estate, are also in this department. He mentioned again the review of textbooks and also mentioned the inconvenience of closed class waivers under the present system. Assistant Dean Marilyn Willis spoke in favor of reclassification. She said that UTC has a strong accounting program, but historically the weakest link has been business law. The reclassification will strengthen it. Professor Larry Ettkin pointed out that the Marketing Department favors the reclassification. Professor Jeannette Vallier asked if this would change any student's graduation requirement. It will not. Professor Maurice Edwards asked why the Curriculum Committee voted the way it did. Professor Sturzer said she doesn't remember. President Pringle asked if she was not in the room at the time. Professor Kingdon said the proposal was not well explained and it was the end of the day. He added that Professor Sturzer had in fact "cut out" for some reason. Professor David Wiley asked if this matter would have to go back to the Curriculum Committee. President Pringle said it would not. The vote to uphold the Curriculum Committee failed by voice vote without dissent. Professor Wiley then moved the reclassification be approved. This motion passed by voice vote without dissent.
Dr. Richard Hannah, Director of Personnel, spoke about benefits. He noted that his office was now conducting exempt salary administration reviews. The office is now going out talking to supervisors about progressive discipline. Department heads and other interested parties are invited to attend these sessions.
During Christmas break faculty received a memo summarizing benefit changes in 1988. Two deadlines are pending at the end of this month: the alternative health care plan and the flexible benefits plan. All state retirees got a memo concerning the new supplemental medicare plan. Personnel will answer questions about this. An updated Benefits Manual will be mailed from Knoxville within the next month.
Dr. Hannah urged Council to be alert to information coming out soon on TIAA/CREF options. There are going to be options in the areas of roll-overs, interest only pay-outs, etc. There are going to be lots of options in the benefits areas and it is important to keep up. Don't disregard communications. There has been a major shift in this country from paternalism to lots of choices. Employees need to keep up and do their homework. Dean Renneisen asked if it would be helpful for UTC to be on record as favoring the TIAA/CREF roll-over option. Dr. Hannah said as a prerequisite to that the contractual relationship would have to be examined. No one present knew exactly what this relationship was. Dean Renneisen suggested this be referred to the Budget and Economic Status Committee.
Professor Printz expressed her displeasure that the Alternative Health Plan had been rejected by other state employees before we had even been informed about it. Knoxville needs to be faster. Dr. Hannah said this will come, but warned that when you increase speed you also increase the possibility for error.
Professor Neil Riley, who serves on the Budget and Economic Status Committee, said he was disturbed that the health care changes were a very real reduction in benefits and compensation. This was done without any consultation. He asked if there was a faculty committee at the systems level that considers such things. Dr. Hannah answered that there is faculty representation on the State Insurance Committee, Bill Dotterweich. President Pringle said he knew of no University committee in this area. Professor Printz said Knoxville was historically only interested in mental health.
Professor Maurice Edwards asked why payments to TIAA/CREF were credited promptly, but payments to SRA's get credited on dates that vary from one day to two weeks. Dr. Hannah said he didn't know but would look into it. Professor Edwards will provide him specific instances. Vice Chancellor John Rudley said the reasons were obvious. Professor Edwards said they might be obvious, but not kosher. Vice Chancellor Rudley said it was due to the newness of the program. It's likely an internal problem; it will improve and is not the University's fault. Professor Edwards said similar delays were made in the TIAA/CREF crediting until these delays were made public. He believes the delay is intentional and that the University is making money on it. Professor Printz pointed out that the SRA's are not a new program. They have been around at least eight or nine years. Vice Chancellor Rudley promised to check into it.
Report from Executive Committee
President Pringle reported the following:
1. Response from Bill Miller of Audit and Management Services to non-member concern on the ratio of administrators to faculty at UTC and comparison with Knoxville and Martin campuses is attached to today's minutes. Response to other non-member concerns will be forthcoming (See Appendix B).
2. Letter of condolence sent to Mrs. Han Chang. Copy is attached to the minutes (See Appendix C).
3. Four departments and one school were selected to receive $100.00 Textbook Certificates for their demonstrated willingness to work with the Bookstore in the ordering of textbooks for the spring semester. They are the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Mathematics and the School of Nursing. The certificates are awarded by those academic units to students they select.
Details contained in a memorandum from Linda Hendy, Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Operations, are attached to the minutes. The memo also details an Emergency Textbook Charge Program introduced by the Bookstore this semester (See Appendix D).
4. He had received a summary of the most recent meeting of the State Insurance Committee and it is attached to the minutes (See Appendix E).
5. Representatives of Faculty Council's Executive Committee and of the Executive Committee of the Council of Department Heads met with representatives of the local legislative delegation on December 7. Discussion centered on the medical insurance program for state employees and on salaries and long-term funding prospects for higher education. At the legislators' request, another meeting will be scheduled one week from today at 11:30 a.m.
6. Adjunct Faculty Committee: (See Appendix F).
The memorandum from Dr. Ware was presented without recommendation from the Executive Committee. Council members were invited to react. Professor Marcia Noe said the Committee was a good idea and asked if it would be made up primarily of department heads. President Pringle said it would not. It will include adjunct faculty and other interested parties, as well as department heads. Professor Noe wondered if department heads should serve since they might well be the source of some adjunct complaints. Professor Jan Printz said she did not see this committee as merely a grievance committee. It will provide adjuncts with information and a forum. President Pringle asked Professor Jeannette Vallier, the adjunct representative on Council, to explain the role of the committee. Professor Vallier said a committee would be better than just one person trying to keep an eye on all of the various adjunct issues all over campus. She agreed such a committee would allow adjuncts to be heard. She was asked if it would be difficult to staff such a committee and replied some adjuncts would be willing to serve and some probably would not. One thing such a committee might do is to survey adjuncts as to just what their interests and problems are. Professor Jan Printz moved that this item be referred to the Handbook Committee for consideration. That committee will bring the recommendation back to Council. This motion passed by voice vote without dissent.
1. Professor Ken Venters expressed concern about leaks ruining offices and classrooms in Fletcher Hall. Mr. David Butler replied he is aware of this and it is an on-going problem. Fletcher has a high-gutter system. A special 90' crane was rented to work on it. This will be done in the next two weeks. He is getting quotes on replacing the entire gutter system. This will be costly. Professor Printz expressed her hope that the entire building be fixed.
2. Professor Maurice Edwards expressed his gratitude for the efficient care the wet labs in Holt received. He appreciated the rapid repair of the still for distilling water. Mr. Butler commented that they were very good with stills.
3. Dean Roy Stinnett announced that a student lounge was now open on the first floor of Hunter next to the vending machines. He expressed appreciation to Dean Renneisen for aid in furnishing it and invited one and all to come view it.
1. Professor Eric Schonblom distributed information on the drug-free work place (See Appendix G).
2. Professor Betsy Darken expressed her irritation with the buzz the phone makes when you are on hold. She realizes that people used to complain about the music, but she would like to take those responsible for the buzz, tie them to the phone and subject them to it. It is a very aggravating sound. She would like the Committee responsible for the noise to tell Council how faculty interested in having it changed could achieve this end. Professor Schonblom said he believed the Chancellor took the responsibility for having the music changed to the buzz.
3. Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh announced that there will be a memorial service for Dr. Han Chang at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 1989 in Patten Chapel.
4. Professor Jan Printz asked if the phone problems were still being worked on. She noted that on about 50% of incoming calls the callers cannot be heard. Vice Chancellor Richard Brown said diagnostics are currently being run and that new PBX boards are being brought into the system. He asked that faculty call him and let him know if they are having those specific problems (Presumably one out of two complaints will be heard).
5. Dean Roy Stinnett announced the formation of a Teacher Education Reform Planning and Implementation Task Force. He listed the members and read portions of Provost Packard's charge to the Committee (See Appendix H). The Task Force members would appreciate input from other interested faculty.
6. Dean Irv Reid commented that the Task Force sounded more like a Parliament. He went on to announce a lecture on January 23, 1989 at 3:15 p.m. in Fletcher Auditorium by Dr. Ivan Belyacz from Pecs University in Hungary who will be talking about some of the economic changes going on in the reform in Hungary.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
Faculty Council Nugget
As a result of the "stimulating" debate on the reclassification of the business law courses, Council now chants:
"Where was Felicia?"
"Where was Felicia?"