THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 15, 1988
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Ahmadi, C. Anderson, Bibler, Breeden, Churnet, Cochran, Darken, M. Edwards, Hiestand, Honerkamp, Ingle, Kuhn, LeWinter, Marlowe, McDonald, Ozbek, Pringle, Printz, N. Riley, Sanders, Schonblom, K. Smith, R. Smith, Sturzer, J. Thompson, M. Trimpey, J. Vallier, B. Walton, Wiley
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Kleiman, Noe, Taylor, Venters
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Ernst, Harbaugh, Jackson, Rudley
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Butler, Gaston, Hannah, Mattawa
Call to Order
The Faculty Council President, Peter Pringle, convened the meeting at 3:17 p.m.
Approval of Minutes
Three corrections to the September 1, 1988 minutes were noted: 1) Professor Cherry Anderson was present; 2) on page two, line five under Admissions Committee "data was broken down..." should read "data were broken down..."; 3) page three, paragraph five "...'celebratory tone' not usually..." should read "...'celebratory tone' usually...". With these corrections the minutes were passed without dissent.
Introduction of New Member
Professor Nick Honerkamp reported the election of a replacement for Professor P.K. Geevarghese as a representative for the Behavioral Sciences. Professor Nicky Ozbek of Psychology was welcomed to the Council.
Committee on Committees
Professor Jocelyn Sanders, Chair of the Committee on Committees, presented three replacements (See Appendix A). The replacements were approved without dissent. Professor Sanders noted that there was still a vacancy on Scholarships which will be brought to Council later.
Budget and Economic Status Committee
Professor Martha Butterfield, Chair of the Budget and Economic Status Committee, presented a progress report. She wants the Committee to take a proactive rather than a reactive stance. In order to do that the Committee will have to understand the budget process and where the Committee can fit into that process. All input regarding salary and benefits requests will have to be made prior to a December 1 deadline. She plans to bring Committee recommendations to Faculty Council no later than October 20, 1988. In that way Council can deliberate and pass on its recommendations to the administration before December 1, 1988.
In May, the Budget and Economic Status Committee attempted to confront the health insurance crisis. Professors Martha Butterfield, Jan Printz and Peter Pringle met with Mr. McGuff and Mr. Watson of Blue Cross. The process had been going on for some time. Neil Wormsley at UTK had known about the proposed changes as early as the previous December. The faculty had not been informed. Subsequently, the group met with Ken Conner, the Vice President for Finance at Erlanger. Blue Cross/Blue Shield would really like to be able to fragment Erlanger's Services and Erlanger does not wish to have their services fragmented. Mr. Watson supplied the Committee in May an updated list of the physicians who were participating in the insurance programs. The list was turned over to Ms. Sandy Tudos in Personnel who promised to distribute it to the faculty. This was not done. There was a new list which had come out in July and this list is available in the Personnel Office. Professor Butterfield felt this was unacceptable and communicated her feelings to Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard Brown. He replied that the insurance commission was issuing a new booklet with a current physician list and this booklet would be distributed by September 5, 1988. This booklet has not appeared. Vice Chancellor John Rudley has agreed to find out what the status of this booklet is now.
Professor Butterfield confessed that she was responsible for the confusing memo that came out regarding the HMO. She was concerned that the number of physicians participating in HMO had dropped considerably and that you could only disenroll once a year and that many were unclear as to their options. People can change their HMO effective September 1, 1988. It was not very clear as to whether this was the only time people could get in or out. The State memo is unclear on this point. There was no indication that faculty was going to be informed of any of this; hence, the memo.
With regard to salaries, the budget, etc. the Committee is in the process of educating itself. Vice Chancellor Rudley is coming to the next Budget and Economic Status Committee meeting to talk about THEC funding. The Committee has identified a long list of concerns, for example: periodic adjustments of salary floors to deal with the compression factor; raising salaries to compete with city school raises; looking at the inflation factor. The Committee will develop a long-range plan encompassing these and other issues. They are also looking at the athletics budget. An open forum will be sponsored where the Athletics Department can present their budget and faculty can ask questions and react. The Administration has been very cooperative in providing help and information to the Committee.
President Pringle added with regard to the health insurance that there has been activity on various levels ever since last March. It is hoped that there will be an alternative medical plan in place by January 1, 1989. He thanked all faculty who have struggled to maintain the momentum to bring about this change.
Professor David Wiley congratulated Professor Butterfield and the Committee for their energy and concern.
Professor Maurice Edwards concurred with Professor Wiley and then asked if the salary comparisons distributed with the minutes came from the Budget and Economics Status Committee. Professor Butterfield said it had. She wanted the faculty to be informed. The schools on the sheet are all II-A schools. Professor Wiley pointed out that these are AAUP figures and that II-A is an AAUP designation of schools comparable to UTC, i.e. comprehensive universities without doctoral programs. Professor Edwards said the figures were interesting. Professor Butterfield said the figures are hard to interpret because different schools include different things. Not all schools report longevity pay in salary figures. Professor Felicia Sturzer asked if UTC figures included longevity. Professor Butterfield said it was hard to tell. Vice Chancellor Rudley said he hadn't compiled the figures and it is hard to tell. Professor Printz believes our figures include last year's longevity.
Professor Butterfield noted that all faculty were invited to the Committee's meetings. Their next meeting will be on September 20, 1988 at 2:00 p.m. in Guerry 201.
President Pringle introduced Dr. Richard Hannah, the new Director of Personnel. Dr. Hannah mentioned that this was his second tour of duty at UTC. He was a history graduate in 1973. He said that people who could not attend the deferred compensation meeting and wished to do so could pick up information distributed at that meeting from his office.
President Pringle said that this item was placed on the agenda due to the euphoria that was sweeping the campus last week when it was rumored that enrollment would be up by several hundred students. We wanted Mr. Rudley to tell us how this would translate into faculty salary increases. Chancellor Obear reported to the whole faculty that we were actually up only sixty-nine FTE over the budgeted figure. There is no need for a party just yet. Mr. Rudley plans to work closely with the Budget and Economic Status Committee and would prefer to be on Council's agenda at a later date. Mr. Rudley stated that his analysis of the last six years of UTC budgets has led him to the belief that mid-year budget adjustments would be desirable. Professor Printz asked if the enrollment data meant we were still not retaining students well. Vice Chancellor Rudley said it did. We are up about seventeen percent in freshmen and we need to retain them to maintain our gains. Professor Schonblom agreed we do need to retain our students but cautioned that we must be sure we do this with no reduction in standards. There was a general murmur of concurrence.
The motion to postpone Vice Chancellor Rudley's budget status report passed without dissent.
Report from Executive Committee
President Pringle discussed the reasons behind the cancellation of the special Council meeting on the Mission Statement. We are awaiting the reaction of the System and of THEC to the first draft. He urged the faculty to send any reactions to the second draft to Dr. Packard promptly. The Mission Statement Committee meets again next week.
President Pringle said the Chancellor had summarized the UT-Board meeting quite well at the faculty meeting. In addition to reorganization, the Board approved a plan to attract black and female candidates for senior administrative positions (all vice presidents, all chancellors, the general counsel, the secretary and the treasurer). Materials from the special board meeting are available from President Pringle.
Professor Wiley expressed concern over locked and chained doors in the dining room of the Student Center. One is marked as an exit and one is not. He believes both present a hazard in case of an emergency. He is also concerned that an outside door in Holt 124 lacks a panic bar. A room this size needs two viable exits.
1. Professor James Hiestand expressed a concern that Engineering is perceived as having fewer secretaries per faculty member than other areas on campus. They have twenty-five and one-half full-time faculty members and two and one-half full time secretaries. Professor Betsy Darken commented that the Math Department has twenty-two faculty members and only one secretary.
2. Professor Betsy Darken asked what was being done about the General Education investigation. Professor Printz responded that the General Education Committee hoped to visit each department before the end of the first semester. She also hopes to send out a survey to see just what the faculty wants regarding general education. If one is sent out, please take the time to complete it.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:55 p.m.
Faculty Council Nugget Quiz
There was no Faculty Council nugget this week because:
a. the meeting was just too short.
b. his sabbatical repressed Professor Ingle.
c. the Council misses Professor Tinkler.
d. none of the above.
(Surely the keyed response must be "d")!