THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 2, 1993
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Valarie Adams, Jim Avery, Will Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Susan Davidson, Lloyd Davis, Robert Duffy, Aniekan Ebiefung, Fritz Efaw, Howard Finch, Jack Freeman, John Garrett, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Doug Kingdon, Molly Kotarski, David Levine, Renée Lorraine, Loretta Prater, Ossama Saleh, Greg Sedrick, Edgar Shawen, Clint Smullen, Larry Tillman, John Tinkler, Terry Walters, Carolyn Wiley, David Wiley, Sally Young
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: David Edwards, Clifford Parten, Mike Russell, Joe Trahan, Ling-Jun Wang
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Marvin Ernst, Jane Harbaugh, Fred Obear, Charles Renneisen, John Rudley, Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Bill Aiken, Reginald Avery, Bob Bass, Richard Brown, Ray Hall, Robert McNeely, John Trimpey
Call to Order
President Bibler called the meeting to order at 3:15.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes were approved as distributed.
Committee on Committees
Professor Sedrick distributed a list of committee assignments for 1993-94. He asked those with questions to contact him at extension 4121 or 4309.
Jim Stroud, Faculty Council representative from Music, needs to be replaced for one semester. Renée Lorraine has agreed to serve. Professor Honerkamp noted that Professor Stroud had been elected to the Handbook Committee. If Professor Lorraine was elected to Council, would she also serve on the Handbook Committee? Professor Bibler noted that she had agreed to serve there as well. Professor Lorraine was elected unanimously.
Professor Honerkamp reported that he, Jane Harbaugh, Terry Carney, Martha Butterfield, and Grayson Walker had met for three-and-a-half hours with Katie High, Associate Vice President of the UT System, regarding the handbook. High questioned procedures on this campus, especially those regarding appointment, promotion, and tenure. She brought up system-mandated legal points which produced wording changes.
Although the document is nearly finished, it will not be ready to put before the Board of Trustees at their next meeting. The Handbook Committee will meet on September 13 to make all the necessary wording corrections before sending it to Knoxville for approval.
Professor Trimpey asked if the faculty would get another reading of it. Professor Honerkamp said that no substantive changes had been made, but Dr. Harbaugh said that copies could be made available on reserve at the library for those who were concerned.
The requirement on page 42 to attend convocations was questioned. Professor Honerkamp replied that he believed the wording was vague enough that people should not see attendance as compulsory.
Professor Trimpey also asked if there was a move toward homogenization of rules at all campuses. Professor Honerkamp replied that there was, but that we were able to resist much of it. One example of a wording change was involved in the Faculty Administrative Relations Committee section. The "minutes" of the meeting cannot be called confidential because of state Sunshine Laws. "Deliberations" can, however, be confidential.
Report from Acting Provost Grayson Walker
The Task Force on Sexual Harassment will be presenting their report. Renée Lorraine is chair.
A new committee examining how we evaluate teaching on this campus is being formed. Martha Butterfield will chair, but Randy Walker will no longer be co-chair. The committee will be convened soon.
Report from the Chancellor
Because the Chancellor is out of town, Mr. John Rudley agreed to discuss budget and THEC matters. He distributed several handouts.
This year's budget included a 6.7% across-the-state increase for higher education; UTC had a 5.9% increase. One reason for getting this funding is increased enrollment; we are progressing steadily toward our goal of 10,000 by the year 2000. He complimented the recruiting efforts of Ray Fox and others. We also increased student fees 5%. About 67% of the budget goes for salary and benefits.
Rudley added that we should get a 2% raise in January which will about "catch us up."
We have also taken over funding from the UC Foundation for such programs as Freshman Seminar and Brock Scholars.
Most of the new money from student activity fees goes to settle gender equity issues in athletics.
Following Mr. Rudley's presentation, Professor Garrett asserted (economists, Garrett noted, don't ask) that the "contingency pay increase" of 2% will not "catch us up." A 3% cost of living increase is expected, meaning that we might see an increase of as little as .08%.
Professor Tinkler noted that one did not have to be an economist, but only able to do simple addition, to reach such a conclusion.
Report on Compensated Outside Services
Professor Ingle questioned whether the faculty had approved it. Professor Butterfield assured him that we had. Provost Walker believed it had been approved by the Board of Trustees.
Professor Trimpey asked if the wording meant that a faculty member could not teach an overload in each semester. Provost Walker believed that was the meaning. He noted, however, that outside compensated service should be discussed by the faculty member and department head ahead of time. Walker further noted that overload teaching should be discouraged because it keeps faculty from doing other things they need to do.
THEC Formula Revisited
Bill Aiken explained the result of performance funding this year. UTC scored 89 out of 100 points. Our students scored 300 on their exit exam, but the national average was 305; therefore we received only one point out of ten on this section. Professor Trimpey questioned why the writing part was not given. Aiken explained that students already complained about the three-hour investment of their time; the writing would add another hour. Professor Garrett asked what incentive the students had to do well and noted that studies reveal motivation as key factor in raising test scores. Aiken personally visits with students before the test and explains the importance to the University of their scoring well.
The Admissions Committee report, which was tabled at the April 22, 1993 meeting, was to be taken up at the first fall meeting. Because most members had misplaced their copies and copies had not been attached to the minutes, Professor Trimpey moved to take the report up at the next meeting. Professor Ingle seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The report will be attached to the next set of minutes.
There was no new business.
There were no announcements.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30.