THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 5, 1991
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Dave Anderson, Stephanie Bellar, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Don Cassell, Renee Cox, Joe 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, David Shepherd, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Donald Weisbaker, Robert Wilson, Terry Zivney
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Pedro Campa, Tapan Sen, Ken Venters
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Marvin Ernst, Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Sandra Packard, Charles Renneisen
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Michele D. Baum, Phyllis Brown, Richard Brown, David Butler, Paul Gaston, Salin Geevarghese, Joseph Milner, Robert Morgan, Ralph Moser, Roy Stinnett
Summary of Actions
Council approved student appointments to Faculty Council and University
committees for 1991-92.
Council approved changes in the Faculty Committee List for 1991-92.
Council gave to the Executive Committee discretionary powers on the
distribution of Faculty Council materials to Council members and faculty.
Call to Order
President Martha Butterfield called the meeting to order at 3:18 pm.
She announced that Professors Colbert Whitaker (School of Education) and Steve LeWinter (Fine Arts) were unable to complete the balance of their terms (1991-92). Professors Anne Hunt and Robert Duffy had been elected to replace them.
She welcomed members and guests and invited all present to introduce themselves.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the meetings of April 18 and April 23, 1991, were approved with the following correction: Mary (not Margaret) Tanner was elected to the Grade Appeals Committee (Minutes of April 23, 1991, page 3).
President Butterfield praised the faculty for their significant contributions to the University and exhorted them to maintain a positive attitude, despite current financial constraints. She was especially appreciative of their committee participation.
She had written to then-Acting UT President Dr. Joe Johnson to express concern at a news conference announcing a contract extension and salary increase for UTK basketball coach Wade Houston. A copy of her letter and of Dr. Johnson's reply are attached. (Attachment A)
She had written, also, to Chancellor Obear, relaying the concern of the 1991-92 Faculty Council Executive Committee at the continuation of non-ecumenical prayers at University events. (Attachment B)
President Butterfield read charges to the General Education Committee, (Attachment C) and to the Student Evaluation of Faculty Committee. (Attachment D)
Committee on Committees
Professor Bibler (chair) announced the following changes to the recommendations for student appointments to committees for 1992-92:
1. Replace LaQuentin Jenkins on the Faculty Council's Athletics Committee with
alternate member Julie Copeland.
2. Remove Julie Bomar from the University's Food Service Committee.
3. Remove Kenyetta Brummitt from the University's Women Committee.
Motion 1: To approve the recommendations, as revised. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Wilson.
Motion 1 was approved unanimously.
Professor Bibler announced the following changes to the 1991-92 Faculty Committee List:
Petitions: Replace Ralph Anderson (HSRV) with Larry Kleiman (BMGT).
Athletics: Add Tyler Deierhoi (HIST) to the committee.
Faculty Research: Add Pam Holder (NURS).
Publications Board: Replace Ken Smith (ENGL) as chair with Verbie Prevost (ENGL).
Admissions: Replace Jan Printz (HSRV) with Larry Ettkin (BMGT).
Motion 2: To approve the changes. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.
Professor Carrithers noted that one member of the Faculty Research Committee is deceased and that his name should be removed.
Motion 2 was approved unanimously.
President Butterfield announced that the revised committee lists would be distributed.
Professor Carney (chair) reported that the Faculty Handbook had not been updated since 1986. The committee was revising it to incorporate changes approved by the faculty in the interim. The goal was to receive faculty approval for the revised document before the Christmas 1991 vacation.
President Butterfield asked all faculty committees to examine their Handbook-defined role and membership and to coordinate any desired changes with the Handbook Committee.
President Butterfield announced that she had appointed an Ad-Hoc Committee on Class Size, to be co-chaired by Professors Bibler and Mary Tanner. She had charged the committee with (1) identifying criteria for class limits; (2) identifying the point at which quality is compromised; (3) recommending possible faculty actions should there be prolonged efforts to enlarge class size.
President Butterfield reported that the Executive Committee would track Council activity to ensure that in-progress items would not be overlooked. They would be placed on the agenda as "Old Business."
Acting for the absent Professor Campa, she announced that Professors David Brodsky and Reed Sanderlin would be convening the Task Force on Role and Identity.
President Butterfield advised that the "New Business" agenda item would afford an opportunity to talk about issues and invited members to submit appropriate topics.
Assistant Vice Chancellor David Butler distributed a packet of information detailing services and procedures of Facilities Planning and Management. (Attachment E)
He observed that services fall into two categories: (1) classroom and (2) other.
Classroom services are supervised by Joseph Milner, whom he introduced. Requests should be forwarded to Mr. Milner on a Classroom Report Form, a copy of which was included in the information packet.
Mr. Butler advised that Mr. Milner was working under a severe handicap. Twenty-six of 55 positions in his area were vacant, almost all related to budget constraints.
"Other" services covered those outside the classroom and should be requested on the form UTC Request for Facilities Planning and Management Services, reproduced in the information packet.
However, in the event of an emergency, a telephone call should be placed to Phyllis Brown (extension 4521). She would transmit the information to the appropriate department for action. Mr. Butler requested that telephone calls be limited to emergencies.
He drew attention to the list of services provided at no expense to the using department and to those that the requesting department must fund. (See Attachment E)
He reminded Council that the University operates for official business use a motor pool of vans, mini-vans and sedans. Information was available at extension 4936.
Professor Wilson observed that Patricia Perfetti was no longer based in Bretske and should be replaced as Building Supervisor.
Professor Cox expressed concern at the use of glue for pest control. She asked if there was not a more humane method, citing the agonizing death of a mouse in the Fine Arts Center. Mr. Milner responded that glue was one of the safest and most effective ways of catching mice.
Dean Renneisen advised that problems experienced by handicapped students should be reported to John Delaney, a member of his staff. Provost Packard added that, if necessary, classes would be relocated to accommodate handicapped students or temporarily incapacitated professors.
Dean Stinnett raised the Frist Hall elevator problem. Mr. Butler replied that the problem had been inherited and, perhaps, replacement was in order. In the meantime, Mr. Brown would examine the possibility of installing a telephone in the elevator. Professor Helton suggested that all elevators should be equipped with telephones. Mr. Butler said that proposal was in the "backlog."
President Butterfield said she hoped to respond to faculty who hear rumors. One that had come to her attention had to do with salaries.
No one had received a salary increase this year (a system action, she noted), except for (1) those who had taken the secretarial examination and passed it; (2) those who had had a change in grade level of employment; (3) some medical staff in the hospital in Memphis.
Any increase in tuition monies would go toward funding salary increases for those who had received a promotion this year. The action would probably be system-wide.
She urged anyone hearing a rumor to call her, or any member of the Executive Committee, so that the facts could be determined.
Chancellor Obear observed that only persons transferred from one job to another at a different salary level had experienced a salary change. The possibility of additional compensation for persons promoted this year would be an agenda item at the President's Staff meeting, scheduled for the following day.
Professor Anderson inquired if those in grant-funded positions had received increases. Provost Packard replied that UTC had used state policies for endowed chairs and grant recipients.
Chancellor Obear distributed a two-page document, Impact of Appropriations Reductions, prepared for commissioners by the staff of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). (Attachment F)
He observed that Governor McWherter had recommended a state appropriation of $29.4 million to UTC for 1991-92. Only $24.2 million had been appropriated, a difference of $5.2 million. Accordingly, the University was operating at about 85 percent of full formula funding.
Professor Weisbaker asked what state tax revenues looked like. Chancellor Obear responded that July's figures were not good. Those for August were not yet available.
Chancellor Obear referred to a recently-received memorandum from Finance Commissioner David Manning. It requested consideration of a reduction of 15 percent over this year's appropriation for 1992-93. The Chancellor noted that if such a reduction were imposed, UTC would be operating at about 70 percent of full formula funding.
Professor Nixon complained about the lack of hard budget information. Could we have access to information on state revenues and the THEC budget? Chancellor Obear assured him that details would be placed in the Lupton Library.
Professor John Trimpey inquired if there were any plans to reduce enrollment by
15 percent. President Butterfield said that was one reason she had appointed the Ad-Hoc
Committee on Class
Size. Chancellor Obear told Professor Trimpey that his point was valid. However, any proposals for enrollment reductions would have to be approved by the UT Board of Trustees.
Professor Carrithers inquired if the UT System was planning any actions to make the public aware of what we were trying to achieve. Chancellor Obear replied that everyone was waiting for an indication from Governor McWherter on a revenue plan he could support.
President Butterfield announced that she would be engaging in collaborative efforts with other UT campuses and, possibly, those of the State Board of Regents (SBR). She was also contemplating the possibility of working with other interested groups, such as PTAs.
1. Provost Packard announced that an individual who wished to remain anonymous had contributed funds for Faculty Honors Day. The event would be held in November.
2. Professor Wilson expressed appreciation for the support of administration and faculty in his new capacity as a handicapped person.
3. President Butterfield asked if there were any objections to asking the Budget and Economic Status Committee to consider salary compression an age discrimination issue. There were no objections.
4. President Butterfield referred to the volume of Faculty Council materials distributed. Would there be any objection to discontinuing distribution to Council members of materials already contained in their information packet and to the rest of the campus of the minutes and accompanying attachments? Perhaps a full copy could be placed for reference in the Lupton Library.
Motion 3: To give to the Executive Committee discretionary powers on the distribution of Faculty Council materials to members and the faculty. Moved by Professor Weisbaker, seconded by Professor Jeannette Vallier.
Professor Margaret Trimpey opposed any limitation on the information distributed to faculty.
Professor Zivney proposed a reduction in the size of type in reports so that as many as four pages could be reproduced on one page. Provost Packard replied that that would lead to higher costs. Professor Zivney wondered why, especially if he (or others, presumably) provided the paste-up. Mr. Moser said that such a practice would not result in increased costs.
Professor Carrithers said that it would be helpful if faculty could continue to receive minutes.
Professor Carney concluded that Professor Zivney's size-reduction proposal was a compelling argument.
Motion 3 was approved, with one negative vote.
5. Professor Butterfield announced that Faculty Council stationery was available for Council committees and anyone engaged in the Council's work.
Council adjourned at 4:55 pm.
Peter Pringle, Secretary