THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 1, 1994
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Valarie Adams, Jim Avery, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Ken Carson, Prem Chopra, Betsy Cook, Robert Duffy, Aniekan Ebiefung, Fritz Efaw, Ahmed Eltom, Howard Finch, Nick Honerkamp, Doug Kingdon, David Levine, Anna Panorska, Loretta Prater, Katherine Rehyansky, Greg Sedrick, Jim Stroud, John Tinkler, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ling-Jun Wang, David Wiley, Sally Young
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Lloyd Davis, John Garrett, John Lynch, Mike Russell, Jocelyn Sanders
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Fred Obear, John Rudley
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Richard Brown, Janet Pickard, Clint Smullen, Tim Summerlin, Monty Wilson, Janet Wixson
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Tom Bibler at 3:15 p.m.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of both the April 21, 1994 and April 26, 1994 meetings were approved as distributed.
Introduction of Members
Each Faculty Council member and most guests introduced themselves.
Report of the Committee on Committees
Chair Greg Sedrick said that the Committee list as previously distributed was out of date; he distributed a new list which reflected changes to date. He noted that part-time faculty members are needed for the Part-Time Faculty Committee, as well as a chair. Members are also needed for the Readmissions Committee. Betsy Darken is not on the Faculty Administrative Relations Committee; Farhad Raiszadeh is a member of the Admissions Committee.
Dean Rocky Renneisen submitted a list of students to serve on committees. Professor James Avery moved, and Professor Jim Stroud seconded a motion to accept the list. The motion passed unanimously.
Because Professor Bill Butterfield had not yet arrived, Associate Provost William Aiken and Director of Graduate Studies Deborah Arfken were asked to give their report on fall enrollment.
Dr. Aiken reported that on the eighth day of classes, UTC had an undergraduate headcount of 6,992, a 1.89% decline from 1993. The Full Time Equivalent (FTE) was 5,869.2 (1.56% less than 1993).
Although these figures might at first seem discouraging, Dr. Aiken explained that overall the number of high school graduates has declined, so we have held our own from a recruiting standpoint. On a very positive note, we made major gains in minority enrollment. This year we have 830 African American students, a 9.35% increase over last years 759 students. Furthermore, we had 77 more African American applicants this year than last (a 21% increase). Of the 176 new African American freshmen, 87 have qualified for the Deans Merit Scholarship program, based on meeting admission standards and having at least a 3.0 high school average.
Dr. Arfken reported that graduate students are still enrolling. On day eight we had 1,272 students, just three away from the goal. That is a 5.3% growth. The FTE is 583.8 (a 2% growth over last year). The graduate school has 89 African American students, a 12.6% increase over last year.
Dr. Grayson Walker had asked Dr. Arfken to talk about the registration process. This year it was very hectic, and scheduling was difficult because there were few faculty members on campus to advise.
She thanked people who had gone out of their way to help foreign students. She also thanked Continuing Education, who helped enrollment by putting in more Distance Learning classes and the like.
One hurdle remains: a second fee payment date which drops students who have not yet paid fees.
The combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment is 8,261, a 0.88% decline from 1993. The combined undergraduate and graduate FTE enrollment is 6,452.5, a 1.26% decline from 1993.
Chancellor Obear pointed out that we are comparing this years eighth day enrollment with last years fourteenth day enrollment.
Professor Jim Stroud asked if we expected the numbers to be higher or lower on the fourteenth day of 1994.
Dr. Aiken said it would be only an educated guess.
Dr. Arfken noted that when Adult Services shuts down at noon on Saturday, the numbers will be fixed because the fourteenth day is Labor Day.
Professor William Butterfield reported on the Committees decisions concerning convocation.
Convocation will be held from 9:25 until 10:30 on Tuesday, October 11, in Maclellan Gymnasium. Professors will announce this to their classes, and those with 9:25 classes are asked to bring their classes to convocation personally. Those who are not teaching 9:25 classes are asked to wear academic regalia and assemble in the auxiliary gym.
The speaker will be Joseph Lelyveld, the managing editor of the New York Times. A Harvard graduate, Mr. Lelyveld is a respected writer.
Following the speech, a tree planting will take place behind the University Center. Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh reported that John Phillips and Ron Bohrer had found out that the oriental plane tree (sycamore) was the most common tree found around the stoa. These trees are being considered for planting at UTC. We also have a cement "relic" from University of Chattanooga and the faciemus seal. Dr. Horace Traylor and others are trying to locate the seal of Chattanooga City College so that both seals can join the UTC seal there.
A lunch for SGA officers and selected guests is under consideration. A celebration seems in order since this is the 25th anniversary of UTC and the 108th anniversary of a university on these grounds. The committee hopes that convocation will become an annual event in conjunction with Founders Day.
Chancellor Obear noted that Susan Cardwell is working with the Centennial Committee in conjunction with these milestones. Although funding has been approved for the convocation itself, the tree planting and luncheon have not yet received final budget approval.
Report of the Faculty Rating of Administration Committee
Chair David Wiley reported that only 47% of the faculty returned their forms. The committee has held their first meeting this year and decided to do another evaluation. Although results of the survey have been given to the Deans, Provost and Chancellor, the Department Heads have not yet received theirs.
Because there was such a low response on Heads, the committee did not believe that anonymity could be guaranteed, so that the results cannot be distributed. There may be no solution to this problem.
Professor Wiley did note that the new form would be shortened. He also mentioned that the evaluation of the Chancellor would not be sent off campus because the committee could not be sure what would be done with the information. When other campuses perform ratings of their administrators, perhaps the results could be sent forward.
Professor Neal Coulter observed that some of the questions asked would have identified individuals (at least in the library) even if all faculty members had responded. Professor Wiley expressed surprise and promised to pursue the matter later with Professor Coulter.
Reports on Mail Service and Campus Wiring
Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard Brown reported on the changes in mail service. Last spring mail service was reduced to one delivery because of the large increase in volume. Last year Mail Services handled over 1.8 million pieces, a 300,000-piece increase over the previous year. Because the campus is expanding, the number of delivery points has also increased; therefore, it takes longer to sort and deliver the mail in house.
Two deliveries are still provided to many offices and to dormitories, but not to academic department offices. Instead, Mail Services added thirteen gray mailboxes throughout campus which have a 2:30 pickup. Mail collected at these points can be sorted and delivered the next morning.
The report on campus wiring will be made in conjunction with the CECA report.
Report from the Provost
Because the Provost was out of town, his report on academic reorganization will be given at the next meeting.
Report from CECA
Director of Communication Services Monty Wilson, Director of Research Clint Smullen, and Executive Director of CECA Janet Wixson reported on the progress in wiring the campus. Fiber optic cable is being installed to provide "clean" wire for telephones and data transmission. After the contract was awarded in July, the heavy construction and wire pulling was begun. Most was completed during the summer, and less noisy work is going on now.
Professor Maria Smith asked where Guerry was in the process. Mr. Wilson explained that although both Guerry and the Challenger Center were not in the original contract, he hopes that they will be added to this contract. The engineering work has been done, and funding is being consolidated.
Janet Wixson showed copies of the most recent CECA publications, Tips and Tidbits, CECA Short Courses, and the Guide to Student Computing. She reminisced that five years ago when she visited Faculty Council for the first time, she made a plea for campus-wide wiring. She is pleased that much of that goal has now been realized.
Ms. Wixson introduced Ms. Janet Pickard from CECA, who operated the computer during their presentation.
She and Professor Smullen then gave a brief overview of CECA history and their current emphases, including a description of the services they offer and programs such as CECA scholars.
When CECA was established in 1984 with a THEC grant, its primary mission was to support graduate programs in computer science, business, and engineering; its role gradually expanded to include Computer Curricular Innovation in 1986 and development of an "Accomplished Center" in 1988. Unfortunately, severe budget cuts in 1990-91 meant that CECA had to reevaluate its focus. Now CECA is working on multimedia projects, has established partnerships with K-12 educators, and is building the campus infrastructure with the installation of wiring.
Professor Smullen brought samples of wiring bundles and the types of connectors we would soon be seeing in our classrooms and offices. He demonstrated where phones will be plugged in.
Professor Anna Panorska asked when she could expect to have wiring in the Math Building.
Ms. Wixson said she hoped that the rest of the campus would be serviced soon and that she herself was pushing for it. She urged the math faculty to push for it, too, with appeals to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chancellor Obear asked if we would get authorization to wire something which is on the THEC demolition list. Wouldnt there be a less expensive way to provide the service?
Ms. Wixson said yes; service could be provided in other ways.
Professor Aniekan Ebiefung asked how to make the request.
Ms. Wixson suggested that if the Department Head were convinced, that individual would convince the Dean, who would convince the Provost, and so forth.
Professor Ebiefung noted that the Math Department had not had a permanent head for five years. He thinks that math department members have made their needs known but that they did not have the leadership Wixson described.
Professor Wiley asked if the wiring was in a star system.
Ms. Wixson said yes, even though it has been installed in a piecemeal manner. Professor Smullen explained that there were electronic hubs within the buildings.
Professor Nick Honerkamp noted that such talks create expectations among all, especially the have nots. He realizes, as a faculty member in a building not yet wired, that we cannot all have wiring at once. We have to accept the have/have not situation.
Ms. Wixson said that she hates having have nots, but there just was not enough money to do the whole campus. She noted that have nots now have a better chance of becoming haves.
Professor Jim Stroud noted that pressure from the faculty never hurts.
Professor Katherine Rehyansky asked if there was a specific timetable for each building.
Professor Smullen answered, "Yes and no." Some parts are completed in all buildings, but we do not know when each building will be finished or in what order. They may do it department by department within buildings.
The contractor is supposed to be finished by October 15. They hope to provide hookups by the end of the calendar year.
Professor Ebiefung said he frequently got busy signals when he tried to check his e-mail.
Mr. Wilson explained that the University has a limited number of trunks. Local calls going off campus often get an "all trunks busy" message. They are working on a way to add trunks.
South Central Bell and MCI are both going to do traffic studies to help determine what is needed.
Once fiber optics are in use, modems from off campus will be diverted to a different line.
CECA is now looking at what academic workstations should look like and ways of incorporating technology in the curriculum. CECA emphasizes use of computers as a communication tool, not as a number-crunching tool.
In the K-12 initiatives, for example, Internet access is provided; however, because of needing added trunk lines, no additional off-campus people are being added at this time. CECA received an Annenberg grant last year, which funds training for rural grade school teachers.
The Library Power Grant is a new grant Chattanooga Public Schools received. CECA will give technical advice to elementary school librarians.
CECA is in the process of constructing the Twenty-first Century classroom. CECA staff will be trainers in that facility.
Professor Smullen reminded faculty to call the CECA HelpDesk at 4000 for help with technical problems with computers.
A CECA users guide will come out soon.
Martha Butterfield asked if the announcement for CECA scholars grants would come out earlier this year. Last year, time was short for preparing proposals.
Ms. Wixson said yes.
Death Benefits Committee
Professor Thomas Bibler explained the status of the Death Benefits Committee. It supervises a fund of voluntary assessments from interested faculty and gives money to the heirs of a deceased member. It has been useful, because the money can be given to the family immediately. If a member dies, the committee asks for a new donation of $20.00. The fund currently has twenty-two members. Dr. Bibler explained that the fund had been begun by the AAUP and was supervised by the Faculty Council, but that its status was less clear now that there was not an AAUP chapter on this campus. He asked that the Handbook Committee write a description of the committee and that Professor Ken Carson from Psychology be appointed to the committee to replace Professor Stan Fjeld, who retired. Professor Doug Kingdon moved Professor Biblers suggestion, and Professor David Wiley seconded the motion. The motion passed by unanimous voice vote.
There was no old business.
Professor David Wiley read an open letter to Chancellor Frederick Obear concerning his decision to reinstate prayer at graduation. The letter is attached to these minutes.
He then moved approval of a resolution which was distributed to Faculty Council (and is attached to these minutes). Professor Jim Macomber seconded the motion after correcting line 6 to read "of this university and the other universities."
Discussion of the resolution followed. Professor Jim Stroud said that he was pleased to see the resolution. He himself felt bullied by the press and was appalled that our administrators are so bullied.
Chancellor Frederick Obear circulated a letter which has been sent to a number of people who have called his office recently. (The letter is attached to these minutes.) In it he states that the prayer will be reinstated.
Professor Martha Butterfield asked if it would be an ecumenical prayer. Chancellor Obear answered yes, but that we cannot guarantee that those asked to deliver the prayer will follow the guidelines.
Professor Butterfield noted that the Ad Hoc Commencement Committee had recommended that we not have a traditional prayer, which often seemed slanted. Chattanooga Times reporter Carolyn Mitchell had told Professor Butterfield that the idea of reinstating a prayer began with a Chattanooga Free Press reporter who had attended graduation and heard no reference to God. Professor Butterfield agreed with the decision to rescind prayer because she was aware that some of the prayers which had been offered at past ceremonies were offensive to members of the audience who belong to minority religions.
Professor Stroud said that the faculty has heard that there was a volume of phone calls supporting prayer. He does not think that we should react to that. Although Professor Stroud supported the Chancellors decision to drop the prayer, he did not think of personally calling the Chancellors office to tell him that he approved of the decision.
President Bibler commented that he thought the Chancellor would be happy to get calls of support for what he does well.
Professor Larry Ingle noted that the resolution does not address the actual issue right now.
Professor Wiley said that he wrote the resolution so that anyone could vote for it. It does not take a stance; instead it asks for a legal opinion.
Professor Kingdon asked what Professor Wiley would do if the decision did not turn out to be the one he wanted.
Professor Wiley said that he would then go on to the next step.
Professor Jim McDonell said that the Resolution takes the emotional side out of it.
The motion to approve the resolution passed with one no vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.