THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 4, 1993
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: William Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Terry Carney, Don Cassell, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Susan Davidson, Joe DePari, Jack Freeman, Arlie Herron, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Doug Kingdon, Irene Loomis, Gail Meyer, John Nixon, Betty Pickett, Marea Rankin, Ossama Saleh, Edgar Shawen, David Shepherd, James Stroud, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Walters, Don Weisbaker, Carolyn Wiley
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Pedro Campa, David Carrithers, Debbie Ingram, Larry Tillman, Joseph Trahan
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Marvin Ernst, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Charles Renneisen
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Don Klinefelter, Jim Poston, Roy Stinnett, Bob Swansbrough
Summary of Actions
w Minutes of January 21 were corrected.
Call to Order
President Butterfield called the meeting to order at 3:21 PM.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of January 21, 1993, were corrected as follows:
p.1 - last line of Executive Committee report - Professor Honerkamp said the shelter blocked an
archeological "exhibit" not "site."
p.2 - Curriculum Committee, I. Art Proposal - should be 86 hours required, not 83.
Minutes were approved as corrected.
Committee on Committees - Professor Bibler
Standards Committee - Professor Robert Rogers (CRMJ) to replace Professor Don Weisbaker who has resigned. Motion made by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker, and approved unanimously by voice vote.
Handbook Committee - Professor Butterfield reported that a meeting to study all UT campus handbooks was held last week. The handbook is expected to be back on our campus by next week with editorial changes only.
1. Search Committee for Provost - Professor Donald Klinefelter
Professor Klinefelter urged faculty to attend the sessions with each candidate and return the questionnaires on each candidate. He reminded faculty that the next candidate will be Dr. Thomas Moore who will be available to faculty next week on Wednesday, 10-11:00, and Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30. All questionnaires may be held until all candidates have visited if one desires.
2. President Butterfield asked Chancellor Obear to comment on the newspaper article appearing today on his meeting with the group of athletic boosters. Chancellor Obear stated that the group had concerns about coaches' salaries and other personnel issues. The Chancellor assured the faculty that the University controls its athletics program and the Athletics Board Executive Committee will analyze the problem.
3. Quiz the Chancellor.
Since Chancellor Obear was available, Professor Ingle inquired about the Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering which the Chancellor had mentioned in a newspaper article was in the advanced planning stages. The Chancellor replied that the five-year planning document of several years ago had a plan for UTC's first Ph.D. in Engineering. The School of Engineering is studying Environmental Engineering as one option. Nothing has been formally proposed.
After further discussion, it was agreed that the entire faculty needs to arrive at a consensus about the development of graduate programs. Professor Herron's comments that graduate programs are supplemented financially by faculty directing theses for no extra compensation elicited a promise by President Butterfield to check on the current banking policy.
4. President Butterfield then asked for general concerns from the group. The first issue to arise was teaching loadwhat is it? Who determines it? What flexibility do we have as a campus?
Although the campus can define teaching load, Chancellor Obear reminded the Council that we have an enrollment-driven budget process. The money for faculty lines is generated by the formula as twelve credit hours/FTE. If UTC wished to decrease the teaching load, money for extra salaries would have to come from another source. UTC has a relatively low ratio in Tennessee (17:1 in academic year). Some campuses (MTSU, e.g.) have chosen to increase loads to increase salaries.
It was felt that increased enrollment is producing a tired faculty with low morale. Often the department's agenda appears to be different from the administration's.
Professor Carney suggested that future sessions for concerns should focus on one issue and have as much input as possible.
1. Recycling - When will it start in departments?
Mr. Poston said guidelines will be issued and it is being developed. Keep the feedback coming.
2. New Dorms - How many beds? Ans: 200 each in phases one and two, 400 in phase three. Parking is being developed. Current parking sites in the area will be sufficient for phase one.
3. Professor Freeman expressed concern that we are losing many trees on campus, and thus many nesting birds. He urged that we keep or develop natural areas on campus and offered biology department advice if needed.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:44 PM.
Gail M. Meyer