THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 3, 1994
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Valarie Adams, Jim Avery, Will Bertin, Tom Bibler, Ken Carson, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Robert Duffy, Aniekan Ebiefung, Fritz Efaw, Howard Finch, Jack Freeman, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Doug Kingdon, David Levine, Clifford Parten, Loretta Prater, Richard Rice, Ossama Saleh, Greg Sedrick, Edgar Shawen, Clint Smullen, Jim Stroud, Larry Tillman, John Tinkler, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Walters, Ling-Jun Wang, Carolyn Wiley, David Wiley, Sally Young
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Martha Butterfield, Susan Davidson, Lloyd Davis, John Garrett, Joe Trahan
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Charles Renneisen, Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Michael Bell, Pedro Campa, Arlie Herron, Verbie Prevost, Roy Stinnett, Ken Venters
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:17 by President Tom Bibler.
Approval of Minutes
On page 6, it was the Council of Academic Heads, not the Deans Council, who endorsed the salary report.
On page 4, there were 365 rather than 165 applicants for the 32 positions in Physical Therapy.
The minutes were approved as corrected.
Report from the Curriculum Committee
Professor Ken Venters submitted three proposals for consideration.
Professor Doug Kingdon moved and Professor Nick Honerkamp seconded the motion to approve their recommendations.
Professor Larry Ingle had two questions about English 219. He noted that only four of the fifteen books on page 2 are listed in the sample syllabus. He wondered if no more than four books would normally be used.
Professor Arlie Herron, Acting Head of the English Department, responded. Because the course is under development, he believed the number would vary. The provided syllabus is for the current English 199.
Professor Ingle asked if English 199 was a good representation of what 219 will be. He wondered how many texts would be used in a 200-level course.
Professor Herron believed one to twenty-five, depending on the texts or anthology used.
Professor Ingle asked what the phrase "totality of its definition" found on page 1 of the proposal means.
Professor Herron said it means that the total culture is reflected in the literature.
Professor Ingle wondered why it wasn't worded that way.
Professor Herron agreed that others might have worded it differently.
Professor Ingle wondered if this would be clear in the syllabus.
Professor Herron did not know.
Professor Ingle asked if the Curriculum Committee had asked these questions.
Professor Venters did not believe so.
Professor Ingle wondered if it would be possible to have a long list of possible texts and say "we will use some of these." He thought students and advisors might want to be sure how many texts would be used.
Professor Shawen was more concerned about USTU 101. It is introduced as an elective, yet at a previous meeting an academic dean said he would like to require it. Professor Shawen wonders if it is a Trojan horse.
President Bibler said that to require it, the college would have to modify its curriculum requirements and send them to the curriculum committee.
Professor Shawen noted that some students change their major and might not need that requirement later.
Professor Freeman said that it frequently happens with respect to math courses.
Professor Shawen noted that this was a different type of course.
Professor Ingle wondered if there was a quorum when these courses were approved.
Professor Venters replied in the affirmative; a quorum has been present at all Curriculum Committee meetings this year.
Professor David Wiley asked if Faculty Council adopted USTU 101, how would it be administered.
Dr. Jane Harbaugh replied that it still has a director, Dr. Verbie Prevost. Deans will be asked for volunteers to teach. She noted that we got six lines, at first from the UC Foundation, which are now in the State budget. That gives us 24 sections, which takes care of about half of entering freshmen.
Professor Larry Tillman asked, since there are 24 sections, what happens if the courses do not fill. Do lines continue?
Dr. Harbaugh replied yes.
Professor Tillman asked if the teachers would come from the colleges that got lines.
Dr. Harbaugh answered yes, but not necessarily from the department.
Professor Ingle reminded us that who is teaching seminar is a question. When will we get a list of eligible teachers?
Professor Prevost assured him that we will have qualified teachers. Every teacher who teaches in the program has been qualified. In choosing people, she knew there would be questions. She took people who wanted to teach but who did not presently have faculty status and sent them to the appropriate dean with their vitae. They were given faculty status and rank in a particular department. Most had taught before even if they were not teaching at that minute.
Professor Ingle asked if that meant that some did not have faculty status.
Professor Prevost said no. Teachers were given faculty status in various departments like adjuncts are. Departments looked at vitae and degrees.
Professor Harbaugh noted that since 1982-83 we have had courtesy appointments. The definition has not always been clear. In the new handbook, the definition was dropped.
Professor Prevost noted that only three or four people had not already taught in other departments.
Professor Ingle said that after the Faculty meeting, he had talked to two freshman seminar teachers. Neither knew he or she had faculty status; only one had taught before.
Professor Prevost noted that faculty status show up in their pay.
Professor Ingle inquired if 24 sections would be 1/2 the amount they had last year.
Professor Prevost said yes. They had 42 sections last year, 38 regular sections plus four engineering.
Professor Carolyn Wiley asked if you got paid more for teaching Freshman Seminar.
Professor Prevost said, no, her comment referred to those having faculty status receiving more pay.
Professor Richard Rice asked if many faculty used the Norton Reader. Were they pleased with it?
Professor Prevost said not many used it, and the faculty is never entirely happy with any book.
Professor Rice wondered because a text in Texas has been controversial, and he thought it was this ook.
Professor Prevost said that we change each semester.
Professor Honerkamp noted that point 10 of the goals involved advising. Does that take the pressure off of Advisement Council?
Professor Prevost said advising would continue to be done by teachers in Freshman Seminar and that does take pressure off the Advisement Council.
The vote to approve passed 25-5-2.
Report from the Committee on Committees
Professor Greg Sedrick presented a housekeeping item: Professor John Garrett, member-at-large, is on sabbatical. We will find out his status and decide whether he should be replaced at this time.
The Classroom Technology and Networking Committee has eleven members. They will meet March 8 at 10:00 in the Hiwassee Room.
Professor Sedrick noted that the request to sign up for committees for next year will be in faculty mail boxes after spring break. He asks faculty to fill it out and send it in.
Report from the Evaluation of Administrators Committee
Professor David Wiley announced that Scantron forms will be issued early next month. The committee has had to get the forms in a manageable format. Please fill out and return forms as directed. Each faculty member will be asked to evaluate each administrator all the way up.
Professor Greg Sedrick asked if we would be evaluating administrators with nine-month appointments.
Professor Wiley reported not yet. We want to hone the procedure this year to see if it is working.
Professor Bibler asked who gets rated in the Education Department? It is not always clear.
Professor Wiley said we will evaluate people who function as department heads even if they have another name.
Professor Bibler asked what would happen to the results.
Professor Wiley said that the person evaluated and the person one step up the line will see it. No one else will see it at this time.
Report from the Student Evaluation of Faculty Committee
Professor Terry Walters reported that his committee had done little this year because they believe there is a "super committee" whose work will take precedence over theirs. They want a report from the other committee before they act.
President Bibler said that Professor Walters was lucky that Professor Butterfield, who chairs the so-called "super committee," had to be out of town. On behalf of the Executive Committee, President Bibler assured Professor Walters that his committee was expected to see that the Student Rating of the Faculty goes out.
Professor Walters wants a philosophy to work from, one generated by the "super committee."
Professor Bibler said that this committee is not working on student rating of the faculty.
Professor David Wiley asked how many members of Faculty Council had received a summary of the University-wide rating of faculty or of their department's overall rating. About seven people had.
Professor Wiley noted that Faculty Council voted that we be allowed to see those; he urges members to ask the department head to see it. He also observed that everyone is getting over five except in one area. We should look at the instrument.
Report from the Handbook Committee
Professor Nick Honerkamp reported that the Handbook has been approved. Dr. Harbaugh's office is in the process of having copies printed up. Faculty Council members may pick up one today. Departments will be asked to pick them up next week.
Professor Honerkamp observed that these were ten years in the making. He noted that approval is due in large part of Professor Terry Carney's leadership and his committee's hard work.
Professor Harbaugh noted that Barbara Verhine thanks us all for it being over!
Report from Provost Grayson Walker
Dr. Walker first spoke about the question of faculty status. What does it mean to have rank? The new Faculty Handbook does a fine job of laying it out, though there are a few gray areas.
Who are the voting members of the faculty? All of us have a roster. The roster is compiled from letters of appointment. Dr. Walker's office updates a standing list. It includes full-time administrators who hold faculty rank. They may not be tenured.
Faculty status is not a vacuous definition. There is a process outlined in the Faculty Handbook.
Faculty status is granted after consultation with department faculty members, recommendation of the department head and dean, followed by issuance of a letter by the Provost.
Although perhaps part-time should follow this route, at this time the Provost has delegated this responsibility to department heads. The Provost does not see letters of part-time appointment; they come from the dean. One must have at least half-time teaching to serve on Faculty Council.
We have the usual three ranks, but there is also "other," for example instructor. The appointment letter names a title.
One question is now answered in the Faculty Handbook. There is no longer the "courtesy faculty" conceived under Provost Sandra Packard's term.
If people have staff appointments or a full-time administrative appointment, could they be appointed members of particular departments? Yes, if they present their credentials. They would be appointed, but under these circumstances it would be clear that the position was not tenurable. The letter would spell out the terms: not tenurable, paid on an overload basis, and so forth.
Professor Robert Duffy said that the Department of Theatre and Speech has a courtesy appointment for someone not otherwise employed by UTC.
Dr. Walker said that this can still be done by going through presentation of credentials and approval of the department and dean.
Professor Duffy asked if there were budget implications.
Dr. Walker said no. It is rather like employing an on-going part-time person.
Professor Duffy remarked that this person was not hired that way. Should they go through the outlined process in order to be able to keep the teacher?
Dr. Walker suggested yes.
Dean Roy Stinnett noted that Dr. Dick Gruetzemacher has had a courtesy appointment in the School of Education until recently. His credentials were reviewed, and his letter says that he has no tenure or voting privileges. But such a letter helps people if they apply elsewhere.
Dr. Walker noted that if Dr. Gruetzemacher teaches in the School of Education, he gets paid as an adjunct and must teach outside of his usual working hours.
Professor David Wiley asked if Administrator X steps downs, does this kind of appointment provide a parachute to float into a department?
Dr. Walker said that if you have a tenured administrator whose work assignment is in a certain department, and if he wants to step down and return to the faculty, he may be turned down. If, however, his job were phased out or the individual had to resign but there were not grounds for dismissal, then the University must find a position for that individual because he is tenured.
Dr. Harbaugh noted that there is an interpretive guide to this question in the back of the Handbook. A number of questions emerged after the merger of University of Tennessee in Nashville and Tennessee State. She commends it to our reading.
Dr. Walker said the question is dear to his heart. He came as a physics professor; he now serves as Provost at the pleasure of the Chancellor. If necessary, he has a salary to go back to. If someone were hired first as an administrator, it is a slightly different matter because there is not a line with money.
Professor Ingle asked who words the appointment of the "fuzzy" people at the end of the list.
Dr. Walker said that all letters of appointment come from his office.
Professor Ingle is concerned that there are people floating around in this "fuzzy" area. Could we be sure?
Dr. Walker is not aware of any. Since he has been Acting Provost and Provost, there have not been any. He thinks they would show up in a file in Judy Fry's office if there were any before he became Acting Provost.
Professor Ingle asked if faculty appointment is the same as faculty status or rank.
Dr. Walker noted that if you are appointed, you are appointed at a rank.
Professor Ingle asked about status.
Dr. Walker said to him, faculty status means you are on the Provost's list.
Professor Duffy would like to see the list (and Dr. Walker allowed him to do so).
Professor Will Bertin asked if since part-time faculty are appointed by the Dean, is that also true of temporary or one-year appointments?
Dr. Walker said no; they are handled the same way. But it is easy to extend these appointments for another year.
Professor Bertin asked if faculty would have input for their reappointment.
Dr. Walker said yes.
Dr. Walker then went on to discuss the status of the Dean of Libraries. At one time he had considered a new position which would oversee all academic information systems. After much consultation, Dr. Walker believed we could not do that without adding administrators. He does not want to do that. He recommends that we keep the current set-ups, and we will now begin a national search for a director of the library. Walker said he has called people to form a Search Committee and all have said yes. They will meet soon.
Professor David Wiley asked where this left us with regard to other information issues.
Dr. Walker said we would continue to work on these issues. We now have Academic Computing with its goals and the library with its goals.
Professor David Wiley asked if Mike Johnson, coordinator of Media Services, would be replaced.
Dr. Walker said yes. Mr. Johnson had several functions: doing video productions, filming for faculty, and providing audio-visual equipment for rooms. Currently there is still a person to deliver equipment to rooms.
Professor Arlie Herron wondered what kind of person could head university information services including the library. He is concerned about a library under technical processes and wants to be sure we keep up with teaching needs. Are there people who have the training to run a library and also know about the electronic elements?
Dr. Walker noted that many have expressed Professor Herron's concern. That is why we did not change.
Professor Valarie Adams said that our librarians can handle technology. They manage information no matter where it comes from.
Professor Herron was concerned about CECA in this relationship.
Professor Ingle noted that Dr. Walker had said a "director," not Dean of the Library as formerly.
Dr. Walker suggested redesignation to director to the Chancellor. It is the usual designation for a position of this complexity. He prefers to restrict the dean title to the traditional academic role. Some places have a dean of freshmen, for example, but he prefers not to.
Professor Ingle asked if there would be diminution of authority with the title change.
Professor Walker said no.
Professor David Wiley noted that on Internet, cybersurfers will find much information on the information superhighway. There is a movement to interlink communities such as libraries with city government, universities, community colleges, and so forth. As an urban university, he believes we should take leadership there. He does not know whether we are doing that. He knows that Channel 45 is interested, but he thinks UTC should be at the forefront. What is happening?
Dr. Walker said a lot is happening. He suggests asking Janet Wixson to a meeting to find out. The Annenberg grant helps rural schools through UTC to link to Internet. City schools have their own network tied up to Internet. We allow McCallie and GPS to use ours; most public schools can, too. In fact, we are running out of capacity.
Professor Ken Carson asked if there was any further information about the THEC extension of tuition waiver for North Georgia students.
Dr. Walker said that Ray Albright is on our side on this matter. We think it will be approved.
Dr. Harbaugh said it was approved. The 3% figure, however, remained. Not more than 3% of undergraduate enrollment can receive this fee waiver. Right now about 5% of our students come from these areas.
Dr. Walker noted that the 3% figure refers to full-time equivalent, so we may have a greater headcount enrollment than that.
Two counties in Alabama are also eligible, so we could see some significant increase here.
Dr. Walker also reported that he was on a SACS reaccreditation committee recently. There have been some changes which will come before Faculty Council.
With regard to our 30-hour rule, which says that at least 30 hours must be completed in residence at UTC, SACS says that 25% of the courses in a major must be earned at the institution granting the degree. Twenty-five percent of 128 hours is 32 hours. So for each major, 32 hours must be earned, not 30.
Each major must also allow at least one free elective, which cannot be constrained or designated.
They also look for university-wide understanding of "concentration" and "major." These terms will need to be spelled out.
Professor Rice said that he is still concerned about classroom space, especially after Jane Womack's memo regarding the crunch. Professor Rice has had to change his proposed schedule. He urges continuing to look at encouraging more afternoon classes.
Dr. Walker noted that Mr. Richard Brown is looking at buildings which could be rented along McCallie Avenue and addition of pre-fab faculty offices, as Middle Tennessee State University has done. He notes that the Tuesday-Thursday schedule works well for afternoon classes. He suggests that we could have some Monday-Wednesday afternoon classes, but he does not want to be eliminating Friday classes.
Professor James Avery wondered if Randy Gray had sent anything out about Graphic Services.
Professor Bibler said no.
Professor Rice noted that he does have a draft ready for Dr. Bibler and him to look at.
Put April 5 on your calendar for the retirement dinner.
There were no announcements.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:38 pm.