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THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES

October 3, 1991

201 Brock Hall

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Stephanie Bellar, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Joseph DePari, Robert Duffy, George Helton, Arlie Herron, Anne Hunt, Debbie Ingram, Irene Loomis, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Fred Nixon, Betty Pickett, Peter Pringle, Marea Rankin, Edgar Shawen, James Stroud, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Donald Weisbaker, Robert Wilson, Terry Zivney

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Dave Anderson, Pedro Campa, Don Cassell, Tapan Sen, David Shepherd

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Ralph Moser, Fred Obear, Sandra Packard, Charles Renneisen

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Richard Brown, David Butler, Alex Bykat, Roy Stinnett, Robert Swansbrough

Summary of Actions

Council approved changes in the membership of the General Education
Committee and the Faculty Research Committee and a change in the
chairmanship of the Athletics Committee.
Council reinstated the Faculty Club Committee and approved its membership.
Council adopted a recommendation from the Ad-Hoc Committee on Class Size.
Council supported plans for traffic changes on Vine Street.

Call to Order

President Martha Butterfield called the meeting to order at 3:20 pm.

She announced that James Stroud had been elected to replace Renee Cox as a representative from the Fine Arts division.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the meeting of September 19, 1991, were approved with the following correction: delete "whenever faculty-athletics items were to be discussed." (page 2, paragraph 7)

Committee Reports

Executive Committee
President Butterfield announced the membership of the ad-hoc committee to develop criteria for the evaluation of public service: Professors Ed Cahill (chair), Bill Butterfield, Steve LeWinter, Roger Thompson and Margaret Trimpey.

Committee on Committees
Professor Bibler (chair) presented recommended changes in committee memberships:

General Education Committee: add Gene Ezell (EHLS) and replace Terry Carney (ENGR) with Eric Schonblom (ENGR).

Faculty Research Committee: replace the late Earl Davis (EDSP) with Pat Mosher (EHLS).

Motion 1: To approve the recommendations. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.

Motion 1 was approved unanimously.

Professor Bibler recommended the reinstatement of the Faculty Club Committee comprising Professors Gavin Townsend (convenor), James Avery, Walker Breland and Louise McIntosh.

Motion 2: To approve the recommendation. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.

Motion 2 was approved unanimously.

Chancellor Obear observed that most of the funding for the club was being provided by private sources, with the understanding that the facility (to be located in Patten House) would serve all constituencies of the University. He wondered if the committee should be expanded to include non-faculty representatives. President Butterfield replied that Faculty Council was empowered to name only faculty to the committee. However, she was sure that the participation of others would be welcomed.

Professor Bibler offered a final recommendation: to replace B.C. Day (CPSC) as chair of the Athletics Committee with Walker Breland (MUS).

Motion 3: To approve the recommendation. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Bellar.

Motion 3 was approved unanimously.

Professor Weisbaker wanted to know when Patten House would be ready. Chancellor Obear estimated two years. Work was progressing as monies became available. Professor Herron inquired if the club would be considered "off campus." Chancellor Obear responded that it was located within the newly-drawn campus boundary.

Old Business

President Butterfield reported that she had received a recommendation from the Ad-Hoc Committee on Class Size. It read: "In this time of budget constraint, the quality of the education offered at UTC must remain a primary concern. It is very important that the faculty continue to have a significant role in recommending class size to Department Heads and Deans."

Professor Bibler, for the committee, said that the recommendation was reasonable in light of current funding restrictions. President Butterfield added that faculty should not expect further increases in class sizes.

Motion 4: To adopt the recommendation. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.

Motion 4 was approved unanimously.

New Business

Vine Street Closing
Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard Brown distributed a map showing the section of Vine Street proposed for closure to all vehicular traffic except CARTA buses and emergency vehicles (Attachment A). It would run from Lansing Street to the entrance to the Lupton Library parking garage opposite Grote Hall.

The plan also would provide for two-way traffic from Palmetto and Vine to the Library and from Douglas to Lansing, and would permit easy access to all parking lots.

A traffic-flow study had shown that 70 percent of vehicles passing through the area constituted UTC traffic. The remaining 30 percent could be re-routed easily to East 5th Street.

Large planters would be placed at each end of the closed section. He hoped that the University eventually would be able to beautify the area in cooperation with the City of Chattanooga.

The proposal had been approved on first reading by the planning commission. A second reading was scheduled for October 14. It would then be referred to the Chattanooga City Council for final action. Assuming Council approval, the target date for the closing was December 1991.

Professor Weisbaker wanted to know how the City Council was leaning. Mr. Brown said that he did not anticipate any problems. Professor Bykat asked if construction on Palmetto would be completed by the time the changes were introduced. Assistant Vice Chancellor David Butler estimated that it would be finished in about six weeks. Professor Bellar inquired if personnel in the Child Care Center had been consulted. Mr. Butler replied that signage would encourage traffic to turn onto Douglas en route to East 5th Street to minimize the flow on Lansing near the center. Professor Townsend wondered how cars would be kept out of the closed section. Mr. Brown said that his staff would enforce the law.

Motion 5: To support the proposals. Moved by Professor Weisbaker, seconded by Professor Bibler.

Motion 5 was approved unanimously.

President Butterfield said that she would convey the Council's action to the planning commission and the Chattanooga City Council.

Other New Business
President Butterfield reported that UT Associate Vice President for Research K.W. Heathington and Director of Research Services Greg Cole had visited the campus earlier in the week and had met with members of the Executive Committee. They had discussed the desirability of publishing a quarterly research newsletter, a draft of which is attached (Attachment B); available UT information systems (Attachment C); and guidelines for the writing of grant proposals to protect patents (Attachment D).

Announcements

1. President Butterfield announced that the next meeting of Faculty Council would take place in Brock 201 and the November 7 meeting in Chattanooga Room C of the University Center. Thereafter, Council would return to its regular meeting place, the Signal Mountain Room.

2. President Butterfield announced that UTK Faculty Senate President Greg Reed would attend the November 7 meeting.

3. President Butterfield reported that she had been advised by Provost Packard that plans of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to terminate programs with low enrollments had been discontinued.

4. President Butterfield reported that the UT System was working on policies dealing with compensated outside services and with faculty gross misconduct. Provost Packard added that the misconduct policy was necessary because current policy does not address actions that may be taken against a faculty member convicted of a criminal act.

5. Professor Bykat expressed concern over the consulting policy set forth in the Faculty Handbook. He believed that consulting was a faculty privilege and would become more important as the University expanded graduate offerings and embarked on doctoral programs. Different interpretations were placed on the policy reproduced on page 49 of the Handbook. Further, policy items 4 and 1 appeared to be in contradiction. He asked Faculty Council to look at the policy and develop a clearer statement.

Provost Packard observed that the compensated outside services policy would address the question. It was the UT System's desire to encourage faculty research and service to the community.

Professor Nixon wanted to know what kind of monitoring of faculty consulting took place. Provost Packard replied that faculty members had to receive permission from their department head to engage in consistent consulting.

6. Professor Venters asked if faculty members could vote to declare their building a non-smoking environment. Chancellor Obear replied that UT policy required that a space be designated for smoking. Mr. Brown noted that he was trying to identify spaces for smokers inside two buildings, Grote Hall and Holt Hall. If requested, he would do the same in Professor Venters' building.

7. Professor Bykat announced that the Center of Excellence for Computer Applications (CECA) was his home department. But, since it was not an academic department, he did not receive Faculty Council mailings. (The secretary will ensure that he is added to the mailing list.)

8. Professor Jeannette Vallier, for her colleagues, expressed frustration about parking facilities, especially those between Holt Hall and Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. There were not enough bumper blocks and citations were being issued. Mr. Brown said that he hoped to resolve the problem within one week.

Professor Helton wanted to know if there were any plans to improve the condition of the parking lot next to the Health and Human Services Building. Mr. Brown assured him that there were, and that he should see improvements within a week and a half.

9. President Butterfield announced that Athletics Director Ed Farrell would make a presentation at the Council's next meeting.

Adjournment

Council adjourned at 4:20 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Peter K. Pringle, Secretary

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