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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Faculty Council Minutes

October 5, 1989
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

Elected Members Present:

Ahmadi, Bell, Bibler, Callaway, Campa, Craig, Dardenne, Darken, Hiestand, Ingle, Kleiman, LeWinter, Mawata, McDonald, Meyer, Miles, Ozbek, Sanders, R. Smith, Tanner, J. Thompson, J. Trimpey, J. Vallier, Venter, B. Walton, Watson, Weisbaker, Wiley

Elected Members Absent:

Cochran, Marlowe, Pringle, Sturzer, M. Trimpey

Ex-Officio Members Present:

Jackson, Obear

Among the Guests Present:

M. Butterfield, Gaston, Pate, Riley, Stinnett

Call to Order

The third regular meeting of the UT Chattanooga Faculty Council was called to order by President Campa at 3:15 on October 5, 1989.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the first two meetings (9/14 and 9/21) were accepted without change and without opposition on a motion by Bibler, seconded by Watson. [The Secretary wishes now to make a change in the title of a committee in the minutes of 9/21. Professor John Freeman admonished the Secretary that he had been appointed to the Health Science Career Advisory Committee (HSCAC). He also notes that the initial /h/ is silent.]

Additional Signature for Death Benefit Account

The first matter of business was a proposal made by the President on behalf of Professor Wiley. The Faculty Death Benefit account needs an additional person to sign the necessary papers. The ACLU has recommended that Professor Tom Bibler be appointed to sign along with Professor Fjeld and Garth. Weisbaker moved approval of Bibler. Venters seconded. Bibler was accepted without opposition.

Standards Committee

Bibler reported from the Standards Committee on a proposal to charge the maximum load for summer school. The change is to read:

The maximum load for any 5 week term of summer if 7 hours; for any 7 1/2 week term the maximum load is 10 hours; any combination of terms is 10 hours, and the maximum registration is 20 hours for the entire summer session. The written consent of the advisor is required in order to register for a total of 17 to 20 hours in the summer.

Bibler moved approval.

Bibler and Provost Packard gave a bit of background in which it was pointed out that the current 16-hour limit was imposed to meet a financial exigency which no longer applies to summer school.

Venters asked what is meant by "written consent of the advisor." He wondered whether or not the advisor's signature on the registation slip was not enough. He was advised that Advisement Director B. Davis would like to have a brief note from the advisor until a new form with the proper box to check is devised and printed.

J. Trimpey asked why the limit of 20 hours was chosen. He was reminded that 20 hours is the current limit for any term without a petition for additional hours.

Budget and Economic Status Committee

Professor Martha Butterfield, chairman of the Budget and Economic Status Committee, appeared before Council to report and to be advised. A list of seventeen recommendations made by last year's Budget and Economic Status Committee was presented (see Appendix I). Professor Butterfield asked for discussion toward a ranking in order of importance of the items. She noted that items 1 and 3 are now being implemented. She also noted that item 5 could be subsumed under item 7.

President Campa affirmed that the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council would assume items 8, 10, 15, and 16 (which are directed to Faculty Council powers) as part of Faculty Council duties this year.

It was pointed out (by the Chancellor [I think] that THEC sets inflation adjustment at zero each year because it makes the budget before there is any money available.

Ingle wanted to be told again why the report was before the Council. President Campa reiterated the importance of information to the Budget and Economic Status Committee so that the Committee may attempt to set priorities. Ingle rightly observed that different members of the Council might have different priorities.

Sanders asked if the list represented any priorities now. Professor Butterfield said that there were none.

Hiestand inquired about the number and frequency of meetings with the legislators (#10) and was told that the Executive Committee meets with the Hamilton County legislative delegation at least once a term.

The Chancellor remarked on the budget from THEC. Next year's budget will be only minimally higher than this year's UTC will get about 1.2 million dollars in new money this year; it received $2.4 million last year. Therefore, we need some priorities for spending.

Professor Butterfield once again said that she was here to find out what members of the Faculty Council thought most important. She then inquired (as an example) about the action on item 11 and in especial "What has happened to maternity leave" (item 13)?

She was told that Dr. Gruetzemacher is ready to come to Faculty Council to report on item 11.

Ingle listed items 7, 9, 12 as important to the University faculty in general and items 13 and 14 as less general but still important.

Campa pointed out that sabbaticals (item 14) are very important to the UTK faculty. Provost Packard noted that a proposal to the UC Foundation was in the works to get support for money to fund terms off for "instructional improvement" as well as for scholarship. This is still not a regular sabbatical, but it may provide some relief.

There was general discussion about salaries. Several points were made and reiterated by various speakers.

1. In a percentage raise system, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

2. Inflation tends to negate the minimal percentage raises most of the faculty members get.

3. Morale loss accompanies money loss.

4. Faculty lines must be kept somewhat competitive with lines across the country.

5. The market drives the salaries of certain faculty members higher. Economists and engineers are worth more on the open market than classicists, medievalists, and flautists.

Venters’ question about EDO (item 2) shifted the direction of the salary discussion for a time. He wanted to know what EDO meant financially and whether or not a faculty member could at the initial EDO stages discover anything about his own individual performance funding. He was disturbed that many people who were given "Merit" EDO marks got "less than average" raises. He wanted to be told "if you do this, you will get an average raise," and get that average raise when he did what he promised.

The Provost suggested that there is not room for an "average" raise when nearly 20% of the faculty is rated as "Exceptional Merit" and almost all the rest as "Merit."

J. Trimpey asked about the percentage range at the "Merit" level.

Wiley said that the University faculty has a raise pool to split up. We must "educate the legislators" so that there can be three pools of money:

1. money for inflation offset

2. money for merit raises

3. money for promotion

Trimpey asked if there had been any attempts at establishing salary levels.

The Chancellor replied that there was much attempt in 1989 salaries, but in 1988 the money was skewed toward the end of the scale. Clerical people got more money.

Trimpey pointed out that arbitrary external manipulation of the salary pool by the politicians and an EDO process which depends upon merit provides a guaranteed confusion in salary at the University.

Vallier asked if Professor Butterfield would accept written ratings of items. Butterfield would be delighted.

Further points were made about the list.

1. A "Merit" EDO rating and a 1% raise is confusing, humiliating, and ODD.

2. The failure to provide adequate maternal/paternal leave does bad things to morale.

Trimpey noted that he found nothing in this list which directly affected the students. For instance, there is nothing here about the 20% loss to inflation in departmental operating budgets.

Professor Butterfield announced that on October 24 the Budget and Economic Status Committee would meet in 301 Guerry Hall to hear Dean Renneisen at 1:00 PM on the new TIAA Retirement Rules and Provost Packard at 2:00 PM in the new "sabbatical" proposal. Any member of the Council may attend.

Facilities Concerns

Facilities were still a matter of concern, though Mr. Butler was not in attendance.

Campa: The roof of Brock Hall continues to leak, destroying the building. [The Secretary has heard secondhand that there was no roofing up there in spots—just bare board.]

Darken: The Brock Hall door does not yet work. [Though this time the non-function was described from the inside.]

[A facilities report from Secretary: On 10/9, five groundings were working on the Grote Hall door, one drilling, one holding ladder, three watching.]

Member Concerns/Announcements

Some members had concerns:

Ahmadi asked if 12-month faculty were required to teach in a special summer term.

The Provost told him that there were no such restraints.

Hiestand asked if the Direct Deposit day of payment could be moved back to the next-to-last business day of the month. A direct deposit to his account on Friday is not available to him until Monday.

Ingle is still concerned over expensive iced tea in the University Center.

Darken asked if the committees of the Faculty Council could be asked to report earlier in the term so that the last meetings would not be so crowded. President Campa promised to try to get the committees to work faster.

Adjournment

Weisbaker moved adjournment. Meyer seconded. The Faculty Council voted with its feet at 4:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

John Tinkler

Secretary

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