THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 23, 1992
Raccoon Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Don Cassell, Joe DePari, Robert Duffy, George Helton, Arlie Herron, Debbie Ingram, Doug Kingdon, Irene Loomis, Gail Meyer, Fred Nixon, Betty Pickett, Peter Pringle, Marea Rankin, Edgar Shawen, David Shepherd, James Stroud, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Donald Weisbaker
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Dave Anderson, Stephanie Bellar, Ed McMahon, Tapan Sen, Robert Wilson, Terry Zivney
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Sandra Packard
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Eugene Bartoo, Paul Gaston, P.K. Geevarghese, Nick Honerkamp, David Wiley
Summary of Actions
Task Force (Motion 12 of the meeting of April 16, 1992) and, after removing a recommendation that the number of EDO categories be expanded, approved it.
· Council conducted its annual elections.
· Council removed from the table a motion to accept the final report of the EDO
· Council approved curriculum proposals from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Physical Therapy.
· Council tabled a motion to approve the draft of Chapter 1 of the Faculty Handbook and the corrected draft of Chapter 2.
· Council approved a summer 1992 committee quorum of 50 percent of faculty membership.
· Council received the annual reports of the Faculty Club Committee, General Education Committee, and Graduate Council.
Call to Order
President Butterfield called the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m.
She welcomed retiring members and thanked them for their service, and welcomed new members.
Election of First Vice-President (Chair of the Committee on Committees)
Professor Tom Bibler was elected.
Election of Second Vice-President (Chair of the Faculty Handbook Committee)
Professor Terry Carney was elected.
Election of Secretary
Professor Peter Pringle was elected.
Election of the Committee on Committees
Professors Don Cassell, Debbie Ingram, Gail Meyer, David Shepherd, and Joe Trahan were elected.
Election of the Faculty Handbook Committee
Professors Neal Coulter, Arlie Herron, Fred Nixon, Betty Pickett, and Terry Walters were elected.
Election of At-Large Members of Graduate Council
Professors Joe DePari and Larry Tillman were elected.
Election of the Honor Court Committee
Professor Robert Rogers was elected chair.
Elected to membership were Professors Barbara Norwood, Marea Rankin, and Tom Waddell.
Elected to alternate membership were Professors Neal Coulter, Anne Hunt, and Dorothy Williams.
Election of the Grade Appeals Committee
Elected to membership were Professors Nick Honerkamp, Ossama Saleh, and Carolyn Wiley.
Elected to alternate membership were Professors Ron Bohrer and Charles Knight.
President Butterfield named Professor Don Weisbaker parliamentarian for 1992-93.
Professor Margaret Trimpey requested a correction in the minutes of the meeting of April 2, 1992. Motion 6 (page 4) should read: "To remand to the Student Rating of Faculty Instruction Committee consideration of the evaluation instrument and the use of the information it generates." The correction was approved.
President Butterfield announced a change in the printed agenda. She would move to Old Business for consideration of the EDO Task Force Report.
EDO Task Force
Motion 1: To remove from the table Motion 12 of the meeting of April 16, 1992 ("To accept the final report of the EDO Task Force"). Moved by Professor DePari, seconded by Professor Ingram.
Motion 1 was approved by voice vote.
Provost Packard asked for clarification of task force recommendation 2. She wanted to know how her successor would anticipate the dollar amount required to cover "exceptional merit" awards if the 20 percent cap were removed. Professor Nick Honerkamp, chair, replied that the task force had been under the impression that the awards money came out of the raise pool. Task force members believed that it was better for department heads to forward "exceptional merit" recommendations as they deemed appropriate. The cap had been "a roadblock" to the EDO process.
Provost Packard advised that the task force impression was erroneous. The practice was for her to ask Chancellor Obear for money to cover the awards. The result was that additional monies were placed in the salary pool.
Dean Gaston opined that the discussion raised two separate but related issues: (1) the manner of compensation for persons awarded an "exceptional merit" rating and (2) the method by which the dollars would be distributed. While the money was important, most faculty in his college (Arts and Sciences) sought recognition for their exceptional accomplishment. Flexibility in the distribution of monies would be good for faculty morale.
Provost Packard said that moving decisions down to the deans' level would make sense.
Professor John Trimpey thought that the dollars awarded should be the same across campus. Otherwise, it would be concluded that an "exceptional merit" rating was worth more in one unit than in another.
Amendment 1: To amend Motion 12 of the meeting of April 16, 1992, by removing recommendation 1 ("Expand the EDO categories"). Moved by Professor DePari, seconded by Professor John Trimpey.
Professor DePari wanted the three current EDO categories to remain. Expanding the number to four would lead to ambiguities.
Professor Margaret Trimpey was not convinced that increasing the number would resolve the EDO problem.
Professor John Trimpey was concerned that too many categories would lead to arbitrary decisions.
Provost Packard suggested removing categories altogether. She preferred her own method, a letter of evaluation.
Associate Provost Harbaugh concluded that categories cause difficulties and dissension. She thought maybe the time was ripe for reconsideration of the use of ratings.
Amendment 1 was withdrawn.
Amendment 2: To amend Motion 12 of the meeting of April 16, 1992, by deleting EDO categories. Moved by Professor Shepherd, seconded by Professor Stroud.
Professor Stroud observed that he had witnessed attempts to create an Orwellian "Utopia," but everyone ignored the fact: there is no true equality. We need to stop fooling ourselves that we can legislate judgments and recognize that there will be a certain amount of unfairness.
Professor John Trimpey cautioned that consideration should be given to the "raw power" handed to evaluators if categories were removed.
Professor Carrithers assumed that, in the absence of categories, no additional monies for "exceptional merit" would be placed in the salary pool. Provost Packard said that was an important question to be addressed.
Amendment 2 was defeated, with 9 votes in favor, 13 opposed, and 4 abstentions.
Amendment 3: To amend Motion 12 of the meeting of April 16, 1992, by removing recommendation 1 ("Expand the EDO categories"). Moved by Professor DePari, seconded by Professor Shawen.
Amendment 3 was approved, with 17 votes in favor, 1 opposed, and 3 abstentions.
Motion 12 of the meeting of April 16, 1992, as amended, was approved, with 21 votes in favor, 0 opposed, and 0 abstentions.
President Butterfield expressed her thanks to task force chair Nick Honerkamp and task force members.
Professor Kingdon, chair, reviewed proposals from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Physical Therapy (Attachment A).
Motion 2: To approve the proposals. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Carney.
Professor Weisbaker wanted to know who controlled the quality of courses offered as "University Studies." Dean Gaston replied that he did, since the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences serves as department head for University Studies.
Professor Weisbaker inquired further if USTU 340 would count toward the 50 percent liberal arts requirement in education. Dean Gaston replied in the affirmative.
Motion 2 was approved by voice vote, with 1 abstention.
Handbook, Chapters 1 and 2
Professor Carney, chair of the Handbook Committee, introduced the draft of Chapter 1 ("University Goals, Organization, and Governance") and of Chapter 2 ("UTC Faculty Organization and Faculty Governance") of the Faculty Handbook (Attachment B).
He announced the following corrections to Chapter 2:
Page 17: change the name "Evaluation of Faculty Instruction Committee" to "Student Rating of Faculty Instruction Committee."
Page 18: eliminate the entry titled "Faculty Club Committee."
Page 18: add "Faculty Rating of Administration Committee," its purpose and membership, as approved by Council at its meeting of April 16, 1992.
Page 19: in Membership of the General Education Committee, change "(1)" to "(10)" and "students" to "student."
Motion 3: To approve the draft of Chapter 1 and the corrected draft of Chapter 2 of the Faculty Handbook. Moved by Professor Kingdon, seconded by Professor DePari.
Professor Bibler asked why the "Publications Board" entry had been eliminated. Professor Carney replied that that was no longer a Faculty Council committee. Professor Bibler disagreed. He wanted more time to consider the drafts.
Motion 4: To table Motion 3. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Margaret Trimpey.
Motion 4 was approved, with 11 votes in favor, 7 opposed, and 0 abstentions.
Motion 5: To approve as a quorum for all committees, in summer 1992, 50 percent of the faculty membership. Moved by Professor Meyer, seconded by Professor Bibler.
Motion 5 was approved by voice vote.
Motion 6: To receive the annual reports of the Faculty Club Committee (Attachment C), General Education Committee (Attachment D), and the Graduate Council.* Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Venters.
Motion 6 was approved by voice vote.
President Butterfield announced that the Faculty Council's meeting schedule for 1992-93 had been distributed and a copy would be included with the minutes of the meeting (Attachment E).
Council adjourned at 3:14 p.m.
Peter K. Pringle