THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 21, 1993
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: William Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Don Cassell, Neal Coulter, Joe DePari, Jack Freeman, Arlie Herron, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Debbie Ingram, Doug Kingdon, Irene Loomis, Gail Meyer, John Nixon, Betty Pickett, Marea Rankin, Ossama Saleh, Edgar Shawen, David Shepherd, James Stroud, Larry Tillman, Joseph Trahan, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Walters, Don Weisbaker, Carolyn Wiley
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Pedro Campa, Monte Coulter, Susan Davidson, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Marvin Ernst, Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Charles Renneisen, John Rudley, Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Anissa Anderson, Richard Brown, Richard Casavant, Habte Churnet, Brenda Davis, Howard Finch, Ray Fox, John Fulmer, Paul Gaston, Anne Lindsey, Renee Lorraine, Ralph Moser, Barbara Ray, Leland Robinson, Caryl Taylor, Ken Venters, Alan White
Summary of Actions
s The minutes of January 7 were amended.
s Council approved curriculum changes from nine departments (see attachment).
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Butterfield at 3:23 PM.
Approval of Minutes
Addition to the minutes of January 7:
1. p. 2, #2 - A request was made for information on what administrators use to measure teaching and how current data is used.
2. p. 2, #2 - The President announced she will appoint a committee to make recommendations for alternatives to be used.
Minutes of January 7 were approved as amended.
Linda Hendy, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Services, introduced John LeFort, transition manager, and Rachel Price, bookstore director, for the new UTC bookstore. The store is being renovated with new materials being added. It was stressed that the bookstore will be ordering 100-105% of the number of books requested per class.
President Butterfield asked Richard Brown about traffic on 5th Street. He replied that the City Traffic Engineer is studying the situation and will be making recommendations. Professor Ingle asked if the bus shelter could be moved from Vine Street to 5th Street, and that will also be investigated. (According to Professor Honerkamp, the "crass" shelter in its present location is obstructing the view of an archeological site anyway.)
Proposals were presented from nine departments (see attached) as well as some information only items. Motion to approve package made by Professor Kingdon, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.
I. Art Proposal
Professor Ingle expressed concern over the number of hours (83) required in Art for the B.F.A. degree. The hours are necessary to meet accreditation standards, and the Art Department has applied for accreditation. The advantages and disadvantages of accreditation were discussed.
II. Educational Psychology and Special Education Proposal
Professor Freeman felt that the wording "natural or biological science" was confusing in the Category D requirements. The words "or biological" will be omitted from catalog copy.
III. Physics, Geology and Astronomy Proposal
IV. Philosophy/Humanities Proposal
Professor Ingle and Professor Lorraine discussed the addition of other feminists to the reading list.
V. Marketing Proposal
VI. Accounting and Finance Proposal
VII. Engineering Proposal
VIII. Sociology, Anthropology and Geography Proposal
IX. History Proposal
Professor Shawen questioned the years covered by the course. After some discussion, Professor Wright agreed with Professor DePari's suggestion to change the title to "Western Christianity since 1000."
The President announced that the Art Proposal would be voted on separately.
The original motion to accept the proposals (excluding the Art proposal) with the minor changes passed 28-0-0.
A motion to accept the Art Proposal was made by Professor Herron and seconded by Professor Carney. The motion passed 26-2-0.
1. Class Size and Adjunct Use - Acting Provost Walker
A handout was distributed (see attached). In Fall 1992, 18.7% of student credit hours was generated by part-time faculty (including regular half-time instructors). Average class size (excluding research, independent studies, etc) was 23 students/course.
In the Fall of 1992, 14 departments saw increases in class size, ten had decreases, and six remained the same (Provost Walker will provide this material later).
Professor Carrithers: Is there a SACS limit on adjunct?
Provost Walker: Not exactly. Twenty percent is often used.
Question: Is there an AAUP adjunct limit of years service or implied tenure policy?
Associate Provost Harbaugh: There is no published UT policy.
Professor DePari stated that there was much relevant data in the last issue of Academe. He will attempt to summarize for minutes. (This turned out to be too lengthy for the minutes. A copy of the article is available from Professor Meyer if anyone is interested in reading it.)
2. New Calendar
The proposed new calendar is being reviewed by several offices (graduate office, financial aid office, e.g.). The Chancellor's staff should have it before them at the next meeting in February.
Members expressed a desire to know final exam schedules for coming semesters early in the class planning process.
3. Fee Payment Dates
Cancellation of classes for nonpayment of fees will be at the end of the second day of classes for Summer 1993, but at the end of the second fee payment day (before classes begin) for Fall 1993 and beyond.
1. There are problems with the agenda arriving in a timely fashion for faculty who are not members of Faculty Council.
2. The Executive Committee meeting with the Chancellor will be about money!
3. President Butterfield expressed concern about Governor McWherter's comments on funding for Higher Education.
4. Professor Ingle asked if the Executive MBA was ever approved. The reply was that it does not differ significantly enough from the MBA to require special approvaljust different packaging.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:18 PM.
Gail M. Meyer