THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 21, 1991
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Pedro Campa, Delores Craig, Betsy Darken, George Helton, Jim Hiestand, Steve LeWinter, Chris Mawata, Gary McDonald, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Peter Pringle, Edgar Shawen, Mary Tanner, Gavin Townsend, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Paul Watson, Donald Weisbaker, David Wiley, Robert Wilson, Terry Zivney
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Michael Bell, Stephanie Bellar, Rick Callaway, Terry Carney, Robert Dardenne, Lyn Miles, Tapan Sen, John Trimpey, Colbert Whitaker
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Sandra Packard
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Bill Aiken, Eugene Bartoo, Marilyn Benson, Stephanie Chapman (Times), Neal Coulter, Brenda Davis, Billy Edwards, Maurice Edwards, Larry Ettkin, Nancy Fogle, John Fulmer, Paul Gaston, Dick Gruetzemacher, Debbie Ingram, Doug Kingdon, Robert Morgan (Echo), Judy Nixon, Boyd Patterson, Roy Stinnett, Felicia Sturzer, Bob Vallier, Charles White
Summary of Action Items from Today's Meeting
Council got a commitment from Provost Packard to omit the
obligation to attend the mentor program from the
appointment letter sent to new faculty.
Council approved a package from the Curriculum Committee.
Council voted to make no change in UTC's grading system.
Council voted to postpone consideration of joining the
Servicemembers Opportunity College Program
Call to Order and Approval of Minutes
The meeting was called to order by President Pedro Campa shortly after 3:15 pm.
It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the 21 February 1991 meeting.
Dick Gruetzemacher, Institutional Research, had a prepared statement to clarify
the salary information presented at the 31 January 1991 Council meeting [Attachment A].
Several faculty members and the Chancellor spoke about the appropriateness of including
summer school pay for faculty and/or other add-ons when the salary information was
calculated. Other add-ons that are sometime included are longevity pay, overload pay,
extra service pay and professorships.
After the discussion, the minutes were approved unanimously.
Changes on Letter of Appointment
President Campa brought up his concern with the announced addition to the faculty appointment letters [see Attachment B]. The new letters inform the new faculty that they will be contractually obligated to participate in a faculty development program from 2:00 to 4:00 every other Friday afternoon. Subsequent to Provost Sandra Packard's memo announcing this obligation, President Campa met with the Provost and she assured him that she had no problem about removing that stipulation from the appointment letter.
George Helton, Jim Hiestand, Peter Pringle, Don Weisbaker and Terry Zivney spoke to objections or reservations about a faculty development program with such an obligation. Provost Packard said she is going to take it out of the appointment letter and will inform the new faculty about the faculty development program in a separate letter.
Felicia Sturzer spoke to what she perceived as offensive in the language describing the "distinguished professorships" and the regimented relationship in the new faculty development program. Her opinion was it should be voluntary.
Margaret Trimpey, Terry Zivney and Tom Bibler asked for further clarification of the Distinguished Teaching Professorships part of the program. Provost Packard, Jane Harbaugh and Chancellor Obear spoke to clarifications of funding of salary supplements.
Rock Wilson spoke in favor of a flexible Mentor program for new faculty and against one cast in stone. President Campa thanked Rock for his comment. Betsy Darken mentioned that she observed the old Mentor program as being viewed as largely entertainment oriented and that the new program is generally viewed as being heavy handed. She expressed sadness because the program had such potential and was received so badly by the faculty because it came across as mandatory.
Provost Packard said that, in the planning stages, she had shared her plan with Alan White, chair of the Instructional Excellence Committee. He sent it back to her with the comments that it looked fine and he thought it was a good idea. The Provost invited any faculty that were interested in this program to work with her and others to form an advisory group to direct the new program.
Martha Butterfield expressed her opinion that the language was unfortunate even though the intents were commendable. The commendable intents are the providing of mentor functions to new faculty and the recognizing of distinguished teachers.
President Campa asked that we move to other business with the assurance from the Provost that this not be included in the appointment letter and that new faculty be entreated, but not obliged, to attend the mentor program. Provost Packard agreed and reiterated her appeal to faculty to become involved in the planning and implementation of this new program.
Doug Kingdon, chair of the Curriculum Committee, brought forward three pages of recommendations from that committee [Attachment C]. Proposals were brought from the departments of Management, Office Administration, Human Ecology, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Therapy, English, Humanities and Art. Don Weisbaker moved and someone seconded to approve these proposals.
Edgar Shawen pointed out that the English Department item mentioning the deletion of ENG 422 should, in fact, be ENG 442. Dean Roy Stinnett asked about deletion of the Office Administration skill courses in typing and shorthand. Larry Ettkin mentioned that those courses had not been offered for 5 to 10 years, and that in the interest of truth in advertising, we ought to remove them from the catalog. He said that any students who might need those courses for their degree were being advised to go to Chattanooga State to take them or getting credit by examination.
Budget and Economic Status Committee
Martha Butterfield, chair of the committee, commented on the information on TIAA/CREF cashability and transferability that had been distributed to the faculty. She reported that a private donor had provided funds to distribute that same information to every faculty member in the UT System and State Board of Regents schools in the state.
Tom Bibler, chair of the Standards Committee, brought forth a report from that committee [Attachment D]. He reported an extremely wishy-washy committee discussion of the matter of changing our grading system to include "pluses" and/or "minuses." The committee chose to make no recommendation and simply pass the information on to the Council. The results of the survey of UTC faculty are wishy-washy inconclusive (see Attachment D).
Pringle moved that we make no change in the grading policy. The motion carried by voice vote with 3 nays.
Bibler brought up the second item, that of UTC's becoming a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College Program (SOCP). This would allow a servicemember to graduate from UTC without meeting our regulations of earning the last 30 hours at UTC and earning 60 hours of upper level courses.
Provost Packard explained that this is part of a national movement and would be good advertisement. It might have only a small impact on us due to our not being near a service facility.
Darken said that since we don't have a description of this program in front of us, the subject is out of order. Shawen pointed out that it is a recommendation from a Council committee and we regularly vote on things we haven't seen. Hiestand and Zivney brought out that there are other groups under similar circumstances and Zivney said we should not make a change for such a narrowly defined group.
Bibler moved and Pringle seconded that we endorse the recommendation to join the SOCP. Harbaugh urged the Council to take action only after seeing a written proposal. Darken moved to table this motion until we have a copy of "the program." The motion to table carried by a voice vote with one nay.
Report of the Executive Committee
President Campa reported of meeting with Governor McWherter concerning the search for University president. The search committee is a Board committee and will receive input from alumni, students and faculty.
Darken asked about an earlier promise that the Council would get a report on continuation standards. Bibler reported that Standards Committee was theoretically working on a joint meeting with Admissions Committee to address this matter.
Darken asked about the report from Admissions Committee that was requested last semester. Gail Meyer, chair of Admission Committee, said she would have that report at the next meeting.
Hiestand suggested that we have an activity hour during the week for club meetings. Campa says we have tried for 20 years to have such an hour and it has always failed miserably for reasons he does not understand.
Rock asked about the name of the Bookstore which, he learned this week, has been changed back to Bookstore from the (temporary) Campus Corner. He was still upset that his suggestion (Book Cellar) did not even rate 3rd place in the earlier contest to choose a name.
Chancellor Obear discussed the budget situation. He explained that this year we
have done without $2.2 million from our original budget. Since we now have met these
stringent requirements, we now can fill some vacancies in clerical staff that have gone
unfilled. He has to submit a budget for next year which is to be $2.3 million below our
ordinary budget. Both of these "cuts" will be restored to us when the Governor's
tax and education reform program is passed.
President Campa reminded us of the upcoming AAUP meeting with a collective bargaining expert from AAUP's Washington office.
The meeting was adjourned at about 5:00 on a motion by Weisbaker.
Jim Henry, Secretary