THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 7, 1993
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: William Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Joe DePari, Jack Freeman, Arlie Herron, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Doug Kingdon, Irene Loomis, Gail Meyer, Betty Pickett, Marea Rankin, Ossama Saleh, Edgar Shawen, David Shepherd, James Stroud, Larry Tillman, Gavin Townsend, Joseph Trahan, John Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Walters, Don Weisbaker
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Don Cassell, Susan Davidson, Debbie Ingram, Bob Marlowe, John Nixon, Carolyn Wiley
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Charles Renneisen, Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Brenda Davis, Patricia Garrett, Roy Stinnett, Bob Swansbrough, Mary Tanner, Ken Venters
Summary of Actions
· Council approved changes in curriculum from the department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography and the department of Human Ecology as presented by the Curriculum Committee.
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Butterfield at 3:22 PM.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of December 3, 1992, were approved as circulated.
Executive Committee - President Butterfield
Reminders and information items:
1) Final exam changes should be made through Associate Provost Harbaugh. Classes should not be dismissed early for holidays or for non-academic reasons.
2) Dean Renneisen reported that students living in the dorms did very well last semester.
3) Professor Marlowe has resigned Faculty Council due to a class conflict. Math/Science will elect a new representative.
4) Each department should discuss the new Compensated Outside Services policy and send feedback to the Council.
5) Roger Dickson (Board of Trustees representative from the area) met with Dr. Johnson to discuss salary disparity at UTC (relative to peer institutions).
Curriculum Committee - Professor Ken Venters
Professor Venters presented a new course, Anthropology 320, and information and curriculum modifications from Human Ecology (see attached). All had been passed unanimously by Curriculum Committee.
Motion to approve the changes as presented by Curriculum Committee made by Professor Weisbaker, seconded by Professor Trimpey. Motion passed unanimously by voice vote.
1) Professor Loomis presented a new final exam schedule. Professor Walters expressed concerns about the current final exam schedule, including having exams on different days of the week than the class meets and having less time for evening finals than day ones. Much discussion followed about giving finals on Reading Day (Dr. Harbaugh says no), changing finals when faculty have three on one day, etc. Finally a committee of Professors Walters and Kingdon and Brenda Davis was formed to consider the issue and report to Council in mid-February.
2) Professor Butterfield asked Council if it wished to suggest alternative methods for evaluating teaching (other than student rating of faculty). Although discussion of other methods followed, none met with great enthusiasm. Council will wait for the committee report on the new instrument for student rating of faculty.
1) President Butterfield:
A. UTC is responsible for the sidewalks between Douglas and Houston on Oak Street.
B. Lighting and safety at the intersection of Douglas and Oak is being investigated.
2) Professor Ingle:
After reading the Chancellor's letter to President Butterfield concerning the hiring of the new football coach, Professor Ingle sought information from the Affirmative Action guidelines which the University is bound to follow. He read from p.6 the following:
"The requirements for staff exempt positions shall not apply in a case where a position is filled by a person sought out on the basis of his or her unique personal and professional characteristics, for example, athletic coaches."
In addition to wondering upon what basis faculty are hired, Professor Ingle also inquired about the document's references to sensitivity and who polices such matters. The Chancellor replied that the Affirmative Action Officer polices such hires and they are subject to review by Homer Fisher (UT System). In addition, that document has gone through the legal system and is the same for all campuses.
The Chancellor also said that he hopes to have most, if not all, funds for the personnel changes coming from gift funds and other funds outside the general fund.
3) Professor Weisbaker:
Are we getting a 4% raise? Chancellor: All employees of UTC will get a 4% raise in their January checks, including lines presently on leave.
General Consensus: Do not begin classes on fee payment days!
The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 PM.
Gail M. Meyer