THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 18, 1996
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Betsy Alderman, Mary Brabston, Martha Butterfield, Terry Carney, Ken Carson, Prem Chopra, Neal Coulter, Robert Duffy, Nick Honerkamp, Bruce Hutchinson, Phil Kazemersky, Renée Lorraine, John Lynch, Jim Macomber, Gail Meyer, Tom Payne, Verbie Prevost, Bill Prince, Barbara Ray, Katherine Rehyansky, Mike Russell, Joyce Smith, Maria Smith, Sally Young, Shela Van Ness
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Tom Bibler, Ahmed Eltom, Shawn Evans, Leroy Fanning, Doug Kingdon, Tom Kozubowski, Bob Marlowe, Jim McDonell, Anna Panorska, John Phillips, Kristin Switala, Margaret Trimpey,
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Sheila Delacroix, Jane Harbaugh, Charles Renneisen, George Ross, Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Walker Breland, Jim Henry, Carolyn Mitchell, Ralph Moser, Pat Mosher, Denise Neil, Bob Norred, Vincent Pellegrino, Tim Summerlin, Gene Van Horn, Paul Watson
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:20 p.m. by President Martha Butterfield.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes were approved as distributed.
Professor Mike Russell moved and Professor Renée Lorraine seconded the motion to accept the Admissions Committee report prepared by Chair Barbara Andersen. The motion passed by voice vote.
Academic Standards Committee
Professor Renée Lorraine moved and Professor Barbara Ray seconded the motion to approve the change in the nursing admissions standards. The motion passed by voice vote.
Professor Ken Carson moved, and Professor Renée Lorraine seconded the motion to approve the change in general requirements for all undergraduate degrees. Professor Gail Meyer asked for an example of the difference between UTC credit and credit hours taken at UTC. Professor Roger Thompson explained that the second includes such items as IEP credits and military service. The change will provide flexibility and allow a few exceptions to be made during the students senior year.
Professor Mike Russell asked if we currently required thirty hours to be taken at UTC. Provost Grayson Walker answered yes; the last thirty hours must be at UTC. The committee also proposes to replace the requirement of thirty hours at the 300-400 level with forty-two hours at the 300-400 level. In place of the required thirty hours, twenty-four hours would be required, and one course could be taken elsewhere. Professor Russell asked why reduce the number to twenty-four.
Provost Walker explained that unless you are a Babylonian astronomer who believes that numbers are sacred, thirty and sixty are not sacred. For many students, twenty-four hours is the last years work. Professor Terry Carney pointed out that we tell students that twelve hours is full-time, but they cannot graduate in four years taking twelve hours per semester. Thirty-two hours is the average regular full-time load. Provost Walker agreed, but said that the system says twelve hours is full-time. If they get to sixteen hours, students are not paying for the last four hours.
Dean Timothy Summerlin explained that two concerns were addressed: creating flexibility in the last hours to reduce the number of petitions and strengthening the upper level of what people were taking. Professor Shela Van Ness thought the numbers ought to be consistent. One section suggests thirty-two hours. Provost Walker explained that it is difficult to get that many upper level courses in some majors. This change allows students to take different level courses. Professor Robert Duffy asked if there was a maximum number of non-traditional hours allowed under section 1-C. Professor Roger Thompson said that page ten of the catalogue states that sixty semester hours of IEP is the maximum.
Professor Carney said that he is concerned about making a change without knowing what the current policy is. He does not understand the restrictions on transfer credit. Professor Thompson said that he understands that community college transfer credit cannot be applied to the hours. Professor Gail Meyer asked about courses which are listed at the 300-level at the community college and are transferred here. Professor Thompson suggested that we exercise review of each situation. President Butterfield said that the University does not recognize 300 and 400 level courses coming in from community colleges. Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh said that transfer credit is often judged by the individual department; sometimes a 200-level community college course will transfer here as a 300-level course.
Professor Carney said that the reward for a course at the 200-level is different from that at the 300-level. He is still confused by the wording and wants to examine the changes further. Professor Carney moved to remand the section on the general requirements for all undergraduate degrees to the Committee. Professor Prem Chopra seconded the motion, which passed by voice vote.
President Butterfield asked if the primary concern was the comparison with the current catalogue description. Professor Carney said yes; he would further like to see the rationale for the changes. President Butterfield asked Professor Thompson if his Committee could have a revised report ready by Tuesday, the next meeting of the Faculty Council. Professor Thompson said yes. President Butterfield said that it would be added to the agenda for April 23.
General Education Committee
President Martha Butterfield gave the General Education report. They have been hindered by the weather in completing their report earlier. She urged faculty to attend the information sessions to be held during exam week to discuss the two proposals.
She asked if Council would like to waive the requirement to have a formal vote to accept reports which do not have recommendations. Professor Renée Lorraine moved, and Professor Barbara Ray seconded a motion to waive the requirement. The motion passed by voice vote.
Professor John Trimpeys report was read by the Secretary.
Professor Paul Watson, Chair, reported on scholarships. The committee had recommended that three instead of the usual two Chapin-Thomas Scholarships to the University of Cincinnati Law School be given, but one of the top three candidates accepted admission to another law school, so the other two candidates did receive the scholarship.
Departmental Honors Committee
Professor Jim Henry, Chair, asked Council to approve the candidates for Honors for May graduation. Professor Mike Russell moved, and Professor Maria Smith seconded the motion to approve the candidates. The motion passed by voice vote.
Professor Henry also asked Council to permit the students on the list (under item 2) to enroll in their departmental 495r (Honors) courses in the coming semesters. Professor Prem Chopra moved, and Professor Bruce Hutchinson seconded the motion, which passed by voice vote.
Professor Henry asked that his Committee be permitted to work with a reduced quorum during the summer. Professor Ken Carson moved, and Professor Renée Lorraine seconded the motion, which passed by voice vote.
Professor Bruce Hutchinson said that he enjoys seeing displays of faculty research in the library and at other places on campus. Would it be possible to have students honors projects displayed? Professor Martha Butterfield thought that was an excellent idea; she had earlier commented that she would like to see students have a forum for presenting their reports.
Professor Shela Van Ness presented the Curriculum Committee report in the absence of Professor Ken Venters, chair.
Professor Renée Lorraine moved, and Professor Jim Macomber seconded the motion to approve the proposals.
With respect to the foreign language proposal, Professor Verbie Prevost asked if the second year of these languages would be offered in the future. Dean Tim Summerlin answered, "Yes, eventually." Professor Van Ness said that the Committee thought that implementing the first year courses was a way of facilitating development of second year courses.
With respect to the Legal Assistant Studies courses, Dean Tim Summerlin questioned the phrase ".01% will be deducted for each unexcused absence." He thought that one hundredth of a percent was very little penalty for missing a class. Professor Van Ness said that it was a typographical error; it should be 1%.
Professor Sally Young questioned the grade of 40% for class assignments in the LAS 340 course. Professor Hall said that the assignments would be related to the topic for the week.
Professor Verbie Prevost returned to the absence question. Could a student, then, have twenty unexcused absences and still pass the course? Professor Hall said yes.
Discussion then turned to the EHLS changes. Although Professor Honerkamp thinks that the courses sound excellent, the proposal adds six new heavy contact courses with no new faculty; he is afraid that the burden will be placed on Professor Pat Mosher, and he objects to that.
Professor Mosher commented that she has Professor Burch Oglesby to help her now, so the addition will not be entirely her burden, but she appreciates his concern. President Butterfield asked if there were some hospital personnel involved in supervising students during field work. Professor Mosher said yes, and that helps too. Professor Gail Meyer asked what the problems alluded to on the cover sheet were. Professor Mosher explained that they had a number of typographical errors which had since been corrected.
The motion passed 25-0-0.
Speakers and Special Events Committee
President Martha Butterfield read the report from the Speakers and Special Events Committee submitted by Professor Bill Butterfield. She noted that no student members attended.
Dean Rocky Renneisen reported for Phil Giffin, Chair. The new editor of the Echo is Rebecca Carlisle; the new editor of the Sequoyah Review is Magdelyn Hammond. Because of problems related to graduation dates, the board decided to make the appointments from December to December.
Professor Jim Avery explained that since his committee meets from July to July, the report is incomplete at the present time. They held nine meetings, hearing 223 petitions and 972 departmental petitions. This was a slight decrease from last year (the report from which is also attached). Petitions concerned Suspension and Dismissal, Substitution and Waiver, Exception to the 30-60 Hour Rule, Excess Hours, and Extension of Incompletes.
The Committee voted 8-1 to eliminate the requirement to secure the other department heads signature for Departmental Petitions for substitutions and waivers when the course in question is in a department other than the major department if both the advisor and major department head have approved the petition.
Professor Barbara Ray asked how the committee made decisions regarding the 30-60 hour rule. Professor Avery said that they look at the record of the student to see if he has a history of running back and forth to Chattanooga State to take an easier course. If so, then such petitions are usually denied. Those who are short a significant number of hours are usually denied. If the courses are taken at a university and there are few hours involved, these petitions are usually granted.
Professor Gene Van Horn reported that the Honor court did not meet this year.
Classroom Technology Committee
Chair Greg Sedrick reported that the Committee had helped to bring in Karen Adsit to direct the Teaching Resource Center. He explained that the Committees purpose had also changed. Its original purpose was to look at hardware, software, and facilities. Now the Committee has additional concerns and has been asked to be a faculty voice about such matters as academic standards, faculty loads, and program offerings. For example, they met with the Academic Standards Committee about whether courses which had already been approved by the Curriculum Committee needed to return to that committee for recertification if they were to be offered through distance learning. They agreed that recertification is unnecessary if the content is the same.
With respect to faculty loads, the question arises as to who "owns" the tape of a video course. For graduate courses, it was decided that the tapes belong to the faculty, so they concluded that faculty of undergraduate courses would also "own" the tapes. Further, they considered release time for faculty teaching a widespread course.
Another question arose concerning students who would like to be able to finish a program via distance learning. How could a student be informed that it was possible to do so? Although undergraduate programs are not yet available, some graduate programs are offered through this medium.
President Butterfield asked if Faculty Council wanted to change the description of the Classroom Technology Committee. Professor Nick Honerkamp moved to make the standards for Distance Learning part of the charge of the Classroom Technology Committee. Professor Shela Van Ness seconded the motion.
Professor Van Ness said that her college has had trouble getting computer access for their students. Would this committee be of help for that problem? Professor Sedrick said yes. Professor John Lynch asked if there had been discussion of a technology tax to cover some of the costs. If so, would such a tax be levied at the department level or at the university level? Professor Sedrick said that the Provost and Deans had reported on existing equipment and needs for various departments. He believes both methods are needed.
President Butterfield said that the technology tax had been discussed during the budget process. Everyone wondered where money to finish cabling on the campus would come from. Professor Lynch wondered if a tax were levied to finish cabling, would it remain to fund other technology needs.
Mr. George Ross said that finishing the fiber optic networking was a priority. Some of all departments operating budgets will probably go for that purpose.
Professor Lynch said that he likes the Committee but thinks Council needs to empower it to do something. Now departments that formerly had no equipment budgets need equipment; we must get more funds. Professor Sedrick agreed. He would suggest meeting with the Committee on Budget and Economic Status. President Butterfield said that we may want to look at other options. Other campuses are contacting corporations who have donated computers.
The motion to change the charge of the Committee passed by voice vote.
Faculty Research Committee
Chair Lloyd Davis reported that the Committee had a budget of $80,000 and funded thirteen of eighteen proposals, six of ten summer fellowships, and twenty of twenty-four student awards. The Committee voted to move the round one deadline to November 15 to allow decisions before Spring Semester. Professor Nick Honerkamp said that the Handbook Committee had already approved the change. Professor Verbie Prevost moved, and Professor Maria Smith seconded the motion to approve the date change, which passed by voice vote.
Chair Walker Breland reported that the Committee had had a good year. With the addition of a soccer team for next year, we now have six mens and six womens sports. They have been conducting exit interviews with student athletes. He wants continuing membership on the Athletic Committee because the NCAA rules are complex.
Dean Rocky Renneisen said that students would prefer not to have their interviews on Reading Day. Professor Breland said that there is not a much better day to do it. President Butterfield said that she met with the NCAA Committee during their visit and recommends that we put the NCAA eligibility requirements in the appendix of the Faculty Handbook. Professor Breland noted that doing so would increase the size of the Handbook considerably. President Butterfield was concerned that often faculty do not know the requirements. Professor Neal Coulter suggested putting sets of the Guidelines on reserve in the library. President Butterfield thought the idea a good one and asked Professors Coulter and Breland to work together on this project.
Grade Appeals Committee
Professor Terry Carney gave the Grade Appeals Committee report in the absence of Chair Gregory ODea. There were only three grade appeals this year. Professor Carney believes that informative and correct syllabi are the main reason for this reduction in the number of appeals. The other possible reason may be that Policewoman Shela Van Ness is on the Committee!
Mr. Richard Brown reported that the trenches on campus near Douglas Street have been closed. Fletcher Hall is about 5-10% complete. They are about 3% into the renovation of Maclellan Gymnasium. Construction on the parking garage in Lot 31 is to begin April 24 and will take about eleven months. Work on the Metro Building has begun; they expect to have it ready toward the end of December. The new student housing is coming along well, with expected completion in 1997.
Professor Nick Honerkamp asked if he could have access to the parking garage site during construction because it is a sensitive area. Mr. Brown said that Professor Honerkamp was already on his list of people to call about the project.
President Butterfield asked about an update on the Faculty Club. Mr. Brown said that there was nothing new to report. Mr. George Ross said that the budget is not complete. They will not open to the faculty and public until it is furnished. Mr. Vince Pellegrino said that it will take approximately $100,000 to furnish it in an attractive way. They have donations from several places, both of money and furniture, and he has talked to the Chancellor about a budget. He wants the facility ready for the fall.
President Butterfield reported that she had forwarded the recommendations of the Part-Time Committee to the Provost.
Professor Nick Honerkamp reported that he had looked though the Faculty Handbook to see if mention was made of a statute of limitations on appeals. Page 43 states that appeals should be clarified at the earliest possible time, but no specific limitation on appeals is named.
President Butterfield reported that the reference to cutbacks in a recent newspaper article referred to UTK only. UTC is not affected.
The Executive Committee appointed an Ad Hoc Committee on Promotion and Tenure to look at such concerns as what should be in dossiers, etc. A May 1 meeting with the Provost and Chancellor has been scheduled to discuss this issue.
Professor Sheila Delacroix asked faculty to send the questionnaire about library services back to her as soon as possible. If you did not get one, please let Sheila know and she will send you one.
Professor Terry Carney thanked Mr. Richard Brown and Mr. George Ross, who worked to clear up insurance problems related to the rowing program. President Butterfield added Councils thanks and asked if the team had been allowed to go to Atlanta. Professor Carney explained that the UTK Office of Risk Management did not make a decision before they left for the weekend.
President Butterfield announced a system visit for Monday, April 22, at 11:00.
President Butterfield announced that members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Promotion and Tenure Dossiers are Terry Carney, Nick Honerkamp, Fritz Efaw, Jocelyn Sanders, Mary Tanner and the new chairman of the Handbook Committee.
She announced that old and newly-elected members of Faculty Council will meet on April 23 at 1:00 in the Raccoon Mountain Room.
Although we did not formally vote today on the Handbook Committee report, all of the items on Professor Honerkamps report have been voted on earlier. President Butterfield wanted to know if it was the sense of the body to present these ideas at Faculty meeting on April 23. The Council agreed.
Professor Renée Lorraine said that she had recently attended a meeting of the Taskforce on Campus Violence. She urged faculty to call Security if they are on campus during "off" hours for their protection.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.