THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 17, 1991
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Michael Bell, Stephanie Bellar, Tom Bibler, Stan Byrd, Rick Callaway, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, Delores Craig, Betsy Darken, George Helton, Jim Hiestand, Steve LeWinter, Chris Mawata, Gary McDonald, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Lyn Miles, Tapan Sen, Edgar Shawen, Mary Tanner, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Paul Watson, Donald Weisbaker, David Wiley, Terry Zivney
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Robert Dardenne, Peter Pringle, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Colbert Whitaker, Robert Wilson
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Jim Henry, Joe Jackson
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Eugene Bartoo, Martha Butterfield, Habte Churnet, Paul Gaston, Doug Kingdon, Roy Stinnett
Summary of Action Item of Today's Meeting
The TERPI proposal from the Curriculum Committee was approved.
Call to Order and Approval of Minutes
The meeting was called to order by President Pedro Campa at 3:15 pm. The minutes of the 13 December 1990 meeting were accepted as submitted by a unanimous voice vote (motion by Wiley, seconded by Venters).
Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Academic Calendar
Betsy Darken, chair of the ad hoc Committee on the Academic Calendar, brought information about the academic calendar for 1992 (and beyond). The committee has organized the "calendar problem" in graphic form and provided a concise summary of the facts and alternatives for a 1992 academic calendar. The committee's material is included as Attachment A.
The left side of the committee's material is the graphic presentation of the problem. In Darken's words, it is like a three-car train with the cars and couplings of certain lengths. As is obvious in the metaphor, if you want to move one car in the train, the other cars and couplings must move also. The "problem" comes when you want to move the train back: there is another train behind you that you collide with.
The right side of the committee's material contains the pertinent facts and the Administration's alternatives for 1992 and the committee's newly proposed alternative. The essential change in the committee's new alternative is to start the Fall semester in the middle of the week. The desirable effect of the committee's new alternative is to finish the Fall semester earlier.
Terry Carney brought up the previously expressed desire to have 70-day semesters so that there would always be an equal number of each week-day in the semester. This will allow for the same number of classes for once-a-week classes irrespective of what day they meet on.
David Wiley brought up the subject of how we might have to change our calendar if the pre-college schools in the area went to year-round school.
President Campa closed the discussion by saying that the purpose of the item in today's meeting was to provide the information for Council to think about. The matter will on the agenda for the next meeting for us to make a recommendation to the Administration.
Doug Kingdon, chair of the Curriculum Committee, came forward with a proposal which is an outgrowth of the Teacher Education Reform Planning and Implementation (TERPI) Task Force.
The committee's material is included as Attachment B. It consists of a Doug Kingdon memo, a Roy Stinnett memo, some pages titled "Revised Program in Elementary Education," a page sub-titled "Explanations" and some pages prefaced with a Eugene Bartoo memo dated 4 January 1991.
A motion was made by Tom Bibler and seconded by Don Weisbaker to approve the proposal.
Terry Zivney pointed out a discrepancy that where ECON 101 is mentioned (for example, on the pages headed "Proposed Major..." in the Revised Program in Elementary Education section), it is designated "Micro" whereas, at UTC, ECON 101 is, in fact, "Macro." No one present knew whether the intent of the proposers was to have Micro or ECON 101 in the curriculum. Terry Carney moved to amend the motion to approve such that it be conditional upon this point's being straightened out by the interested parties. That amendment carried by a unanimous voice vote.
Habte Churnet spoke against the proposed program for secondary teachers of "Natural Sciences: Earth and Space Science" (the fifth page following the Bartoo memo). Churnet spoke in detail about how the proposed geology, geography and astronomy courses "in the discipline" would not prepare the graduates to be knowledgeable in "earth sciences." He gave a list of better course selections and said that the Geology Department faculty was unanimous in this opinion.
It was pointed out that Pat Perfetti (head of Geology) was a member of the TERPI task force that prepared the proposal and that she had signed off in approving the proposal. Eugene Bartoo requested that the proposal be approved and that the disagreement be straightened out when Perfetti returns (she is on sabbatical out of the country this semester). Terry Zivney moved to table that portion of the proposal dealing with Natural Sciences: Earth and Space Science. The motion to table carried by a show of hands (18-6-0).
Carney brought up a discrepancy regarding the Art courses for the Revised Program in Elementary Education. The "Proposed Major..." lists ART 340, Visual Arts for Children, as a Core course, the "Catalog Description for New Courses" has a description for ART 321, Visual Arts for Children, and that description refers to a prerequisite course, ART 320, Visual Arts Concepts, that does not appear as a required course in the proposed major and is not now a UTC course. Doug Kingdon and Stan LeWinter spoke to this issue and out of the discussion came an amendment to change the reference to ART 321 to ART 340 and the reference to ART 320 to ART 301. The amendment passed on a unanimous voice vote.
Jane Harbaugh brought up what she noticed as a difference in the catalog description of Music 340 (in the Revised Program in Elementary Education) from what it had been in earlier TERPI documents. This proposal leaves out the phrase, "A discipline-based music education approach" and references to music history and critical thinking.
Jeannette Vallier brought up a question about the dropping of three hours from the literature requirement for elementary education majors. Previously there had been a 6-hours literature requirement (by the State Department of Education). Kingdon responded that there is now no State requirement and the proposed curriculum has a 3-hours literature requirement.
Edgar Shawen asked about the dropping of the second reading-in-the-content-area course for English education majors (refer to item 4 on the third page of the memo from Bartoo dated December 8, 1990 which is in the pages prefaced with the Bartoo memo dated 4 January 1991). Bartoo responded that the second reading course had been eliminated in favor of the as-yet-undeveloped "international fiction" course listed in the proposed curriculum for English education majors. That international fiction course now is being developed outside the English department and will be an English Department course when it comes for approval.
The amended and partly tabled proposal passed with an unanimous voice vote.
Jane Harbaugh requested that recognition be given for the hard work done by the TERPI task force to produce what she characterized as "probably the single most massive curriculum overhaul in the history of this institution." President Campa agreed that the task force deserved praise for their work. Dean Paul Gaston mentioned the remarkable cooperation among the TERPI task force, the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Executive Committee Report
President Campa reminded the Council about the change in the admission requirements that the UT system was making (adding the requirement of a Fine Arts unit in high school) in order to make our requirements identical with those of the State Board of Regents' schools.
President Campa announced that the "Banking Policy" for graduate thesis and honors thesis advising has been approved by the Provost and is now in force. ["Banking" means that a faculty member can accumulate 24 credit hours of thesis advising and be released from one 3-hour course teaching assignment.] The details are still being worked out and will be announced at the next Council meeting.
David Wiley brought to our attention that the sign was missing which mentioned that UTC was a "primary campus" of the University of Tennessee. President Campa wondered if we were still a primary campus.
President Campa questioned the future use of Patten House. A newspaper article had mentioned that it was to be an alumni facility. Jane Harbaugh told us the article was in error. She tells us that the Patten House, according to the program statement, will be a student, faculty, and alumni facility.
Rick Callaway mentioned that half of the lights in Fletcher 312 are burned out and the other half go on and off all the time.
The meeting adjourned about 4:20 pm on a motion by Don Weisbaker.
The secretary asks the recipients of these minutes to please recycle the paper.