THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 21, 1991
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Michael Bell, Stephanie Bellar, Tom Bibler, Stan Byrd, Martha Butterfield (President-Elect), Rick Callaway, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, Betsy Darken, George Helton, Jim Hiestand, Steve LeWinter, Chris Mawata, Gary McDonald, Ed McMahon, Tapan Sen, Edgar Shawen, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Paul Watson, Donald Weisbaker, Colbert Whitaker, David Wiley, Robert Wilson, Terry Zivney
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Delores Craig, Robert Dardenne, Gail Meyer, Lyn Miles, Peter Pringle, Mary Tanner, Gavin Townsend, Ken Venters
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Charles Renneisen
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: David Brodsky, Rene Cox, John Garrett, Robert Morgan, Nicky Ozbek, Bob Vallier
Summary of Action Items of Today's Meeting
A proposal from the Graduate Council was approved.
A proposal from the Budget and Economic Status Committee
The survey of students about sexual harassment was
Call to Order and Approval of Minutes
The meeting was called to order by President Pedro Campa at about 3:15 pm.
President Campa brought up a question about an attachment to the minutes of the 31 January 1991 meeting. The attachment was the information submitted at the meeting by Provost Sandra Packard concerning salaries of faculty and administrators in the Division of Academic Affairs. President Campa observed that the information said there were 21 faculty members making above $60,000. He said he looked at the THEC salary printout and concluded that there is no way that there are 21 faculty members making $60,000 or more. He wanted to clarify this with the Provost.
John Trimpey pointed out that in the attachment it states that the "faculty salaries exclude dept heads, chairs, and asst deans" and that it does not specifically say it excludes deans, associate and assistant provosts. If these latter are included, it may explain the discrepancy. President Campa said, "That's not cricket. That is not faculty."
Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh expressed her concern with the manner in which the paragraph concerning the Provost's presentation was addressed in the minutes. The tone of the minutes struck her as the matter's being viewed frivolously and she deeply regrets that. President Campa told her that her concern is noted.
President Campa said that we would have to wait until the Provost or someone from Institutional Research could clarify the point. Nevertheless, the minutes were accepted as submitted by a unanimous voice vote.
Jim Macomber came forward with three items dealing with the policy of allowing graduate credit for undergraduate courses. The Graduate Council recommends that (Item 1) only "selected 400 level courses" be eligible for graduate credit, (Item 2) no more than 9 hours of graduate credit be earned in the 400 level courses and (Item 3) graduate courses not be co-listed with 300-level courses. Complete details are in Attachment A (Item 4 in Attachment A was withdrawn by Macomber). George Helton moved, Don Weisbaker seconded, to accept these recommendations.
John Trimpey said that he thinks that the National Graduate School Association recommendation on the maximum hours for graduate credit from undergraduate courses is 16. Neither Macomber nor anyone else in attendance knew that number with any certainty.
Tom Bibler asked about situations wherein graduate students register for a 500-level independent study course and the instructor requires attendance at an undergraduate course. Macomber said that it was up to the instructor, that this was not covered in the Graduate Council's recommendations.
Edgar Shawen expressed a concern for the impact of these recommendations on the program in the English Department. Bob Vallier commented that the recommendation in Item 3 will work severe hardships on the department. He pointed out that in English courses, particularly, the content of a graduate course and an undergraduate course may be the same, the difference being in the sophistication of the treatment. The point being that both a 300-level course and a graduate course could be covering the same subject.
Dean Paul Gaston mentioned that he understood that in the English Department's scheme of numbering courses, "300 level" courses dealt with American literature and "400 level" courses dealt with British literature. That the numbers did not refer to a level of material. Vallier said that that used to be true (but the other way 'round) and was a distinction that had mostly faded away now.
Paul Watson moved to separate Item 3 from Items 1 & 2. This separation carried by a unanimous voice vote. Approval of Items 1 & 2 then carried by a voice vote with 2 opposed.
Further discussion ensued with comments from John Trimpey, Betsy Darken, Terry Carney, Tom Bibler, Bob Vallier, Deborah Arfken, Jane Harbaugh, David Wiley, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Zivney and Ed McMahon. A large concern being that any department could offer a 500-level independent study course and have the student take the 300-level course, effectively making an end-run around this proposed policy.
Carney moved an amendment to Item 3 to make it effective beginning with Academic Year 1992-93. It passed with a show of hands, 16-4-0.
Darken brought up that, in her opinion, undergraduate courses in a graduate student's program were usually the most rinky-dink courses in the program. Macomber affirmed that this was the Graduate Council's concern, that graduate students were getting short-changed and that "graduate level courses" ought to be at the "graduate level."
The motion finally carried by a voice vote with a few votes against. [Phew!]
Budget and Economic Status Committee
Martha Butterfield, chair of the Budget and Economic Status Committee,
introduced John Garrett who has looked at the manner by which UTC is ranked among
"peer" institutions. Garrett told us that THEC looks at faculty salaries by
comparing us to like institutions in a group. The groups as defined by the Southern
Regional Education Board are Doctoral 1, Doctoral 2, Doctoral 3, Masters 1, Masters 2,
Baccalaureate and Community Colleges. UTC is ranked as Masters 2. We share that honor with
Austin-Peay and UT-Martin. All other masters institutions in the state have managed to be
up-graded to Masters 1.
Garrett learned that Masters 2 means that we award between 1 and 99 master's degrees each year. He looked at the records and found that we have awarded over 200 master's degrees for quite a few years. He asked around to see about getting an automatic upgrade and was told that to be bumped up to Masters 1 level we have to have more than 99 degrees issued and we have to have 10 different degrees according to the Federal 2-digit classification of instructional listing. UTC now has 9 different masters' degrees. He said our Nursing masters could be the 10th or the Engineering Management masters could be the 10th, if we list it as a multi-discilplinary degree.
The difference in ranking is substantial, Garrett pointed out. At the Masters 2
level, our current peer-institution average salary is $37,120. He reminded us that UTC's
goal is to have our average faculty salary at 105% of that figure. At the Masters 1 level,
the peer-institution average salary is $42,280.
When UTC is lumped with Austin-Peay and UT-Martin, our average salary is $36,240, which, although below the national average, is above the Southern Regional average, so all our accrediting agencies consider us "well-paid." If, upon adding this 10th masters degree, we can get THEC to recognize us as a Masters 1 level institution, we will instantly become poorly paid (compared to our new peers).
Since we are on the eve of promoting ourselves to Masters 1, Garrett recommends
that the administration do what it can to lay all the groundwork so that we can receive
this upgrade as soon as possible.
Our long term effort is to establish a doctoral program, in which case we will be rated as Doctoral 3. However, the Doctoral 3 peer-institution average salary is considerably below the Masters 1 peer-institution average salary. So Garrett doesn't recommend our pressing for that upgrade too hurriedly.
President Campa thanked Garrett for his presentation. [It was an excellent presentation--sec.]
Butterfield commented on the average faculty salary data that she had gotten from the NEA Journal. She presented it as an information item [Attachment B] because there had been some discussion of UTC faculty establishing a collective bargaining agreement. The table shows average faculty salaries in public institutions by discipline, rank and bargaining status.
Butterfield is going to distribute some information about TIAA/CREF cashability and transferability that Thor Hall has organized. The information details how to approach our legislators to appeal for their support in this matter.
The Budget and Economic Status Committee recommended (and Butterfield moved) the following:
If the State budget recommendations for higher education for 1991-1992 are minimal, that UTC administration focus on staff and faculty salaries.
Weisbaker seconded. It carried unanimously by voice vote.
Chancellor Fred Obear reported that it appears that, in addition to the 3% budget impoundment we experienced last Fall, there likely will be an additional 5% impoundment that we have to accommodate this fiscal year.
Rene Cox brought forward information on the proposed survey for students on the subject of sexual harassment. That information and the survey form are in Attachment C.
President Campa asked whether the results could be released from last year's survey of faculty and staff on the same subject. Both Cox and Chancellor Obear said they would okay the release of those results. Cox suggested waiting until the results of the student survey are complete and release both together.
In response to some concerns about confidentiality, David Brodsky assured the Council that he would be the only person to see the completed survey forms and that they would be destroyed after the data is extracted.
Carney moved that Council endorse the survey provided that a cover sheet be attached that gives a definition of sexual harassment and assures the students that the individual response sheets will be confidential. Someone seconded.
Hiestand asked if there was a presumption that there is a problem at UTC with sexual harassment. Cox responded that she feels there is a problem based on her personal experience and what she has heard from some students. Brodsky said that the committee has no axe to grind, that they simply wanted to get information beyond anecdotal evidence.
The motion carried by voice vote with one abstention.
Executive Committee Report
President Campa distributed copies of a resolution from the UTK Faculty Senate.
The resolution and its accompanying memo of transmittal were supportive of reform in the
state tax system. These are in Attachment D.
Carney moved, Rock Wilson seconded, that the Budget and Economic Status Committee draft a similar resolution for Council's consideration at the next meeting. Shawen said he didn't think we had the right to address a matter that was essentially a political matter and not an educational matter. The motion carried by voice vote with one vote opposed.
Zivney reported that three colleagues have expressed concerns to him in the past week on the issue of Faculty Council taking action tentatively on matters that require correction or clarification. Examples of this were the specific Economics course required in the Education curriculum, the Mathematics course in the Physical Therapy curriculum and absence of feedback on facilities concerns mentioned at Council meetings.
Wiley mentioned a concern about the intense clustering of mid-term exams around a certain date. He believes it is a result of the mid-term grade policy and it is bringing a hardship on a number of students.
On a related matter, Shawen asked if there was a way to reduce the labor required by the instructor to prepare mid-term grade reports.
Butterfield mentioned the two bills in the legislature which will provide for waiver of out-of-state tuition for students from North Georgia. Chancellor Obear gave us the numbers of the two bills, Senate Bill 246, sponsored by Ward Crutchfield, and House Bill 915, sponsored by Brenda Turner. He recommended that if we write our legislator(s), that we should send a copy to the governor.
The meeting adjourned after a motion by several members.