THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 29, 1997
Raccoon Mountain Room
Elected Members Present: Ralph Anderson, Jim Avery, Boris Belinskiy, Mike Biderman,Tatiana Bilgildeyeva, Martha Butterfield, Robert Duffy, Joe Dumas, Fritz Efaw, Gene Ezell, Marvin Ernst, Leroy Fanning, Jim Hiestand, Bruce Hutchinson, Tom Kozubowski, Craig Laing, Renee Lorraine, Bob Marlowe, Gail Meyer, Jonathan Mies, Judy Miler, Greg O'Dea, John Phillips, Laurie Prather, Oralia Preble-Niemi, Bill Prince, Farhad Raiszadeh, Marea Rankin, Barbara Ray, Rebecca Rochat, Mike Russell, Joyce Smith, Ann Stapleton, Vicki Steinberg, Kristin Switala, Larry Tillman, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Shela Van Ness, Bruce Wallace
Elected Members Absent: Prakash Damshala, Deborah McAllister, Verbie Prevost, David Shepherd, Jim Stroud
Ex-Officio Members Present: Jane Harbaugh, Charles Renneisen, George Ross
Among the Guests Present: Herb Burhenn, Betsy Darken, Carolyn Mitchell
Important Actions and Announcements
*All faculty members are urged to consider the new Gen Ed proposal (the "yellow book" distributed recently) and to forward suggestions to Professor Betsy Darken. The proposal will be examined by the Council on 9/4, 1998.
*Next year's budget report will be available for faculty perusal in Vice Chancellor George Ross's or Assistant Vice Chancellor Moser's office after May 6. Academics will be cut 2.7%next year.
*Elections for new Faculty Council Officers and committee members were held.
*Council voted that the Faculty Council make recommendations of faculty committee members for search committees for positions in academic administration.
Call to Order
President Gene Ezell called the meeting to order at 1:33 PM.
Approval of Minutes
President Ezell asked for additions or corrections to the minutes. Secretary Lorraine stated that the penultimate sentence on page 2 should read that "Professor Darken relayed that the Gen Ed Committee has recommended that a joint faculty-administrative implementation committee be appointed. . ." The minutes were approved as amended.
Results of Division Elections
The following faculty members have been elected to represent their divisions on the Faculty Council: from Fine Arts, Mac Smotherman and Bruce Wallace; from Humanities, Oralia Prebel-Niemi, Victoria Steinberg and Felicia Sturzer; from Behavioral Sciences, Mike Biderman and Phil Giffin; from Math and Science, Boris Belinskiy and Jonathan Mies; from Business Administration, Laurie Prather; from the Education and Applied Professional Studies, Jim Avery; from Engineering and Computer Science, Joe Dumas; from Health and Human Services, Karen Casey; and from the Library, Marea Rankin. The new part-time faculty representative is Professor Rebecca Rochat. New at-large members are Professors Ann Stapleton, Sally Young and Verbie Prevost. (According to our records, one representative each is still needed for CEAPS and CECS. Please let me know if someone has been missed or if our records are incorrect.)
Budget and Economic Status Committee: Professor Tom Payne
Professor Payne stated that while his Committee's final report had been distributed at the previous meeting, the Committee would have a final budget report from the administration soon. He mentioned that changes in employee benefits had resulted in higher paycheck deductions this year, and that there is now more flexibility in the 403b plan. Information on benefits will soon be accessible in cyberspace. On the matter of summer school, he announced that Institutional Research Director Dick Gruetzemacher had sent out a survey on summer school to peer institutions. Professor Bruce Hutchinson remarked that it is important to look at actual expenditures for summer school for several years rather than only at revenues; Professor Payne agreed. The Faculty Council should also be apprised, Professor Hutchinson continued, of where summer school monies are being reallocated. Professor Payne noted that the amounts stipulated for summer school on budget reports have not traditionally reflected actual expenditures, and that we should try to make budget sheets conform with reality. Professor Hutchinson pointed out that the $1.57 million from summer school revenues is only from tuition, and does not include state revenues. Professor Payne stated that both are being accounted for, and added that the present summer school allocation exceeds planned expenditures. Professor Bruce Wallace reported that he had still not been paid for a summer school course he taught in 1993 (although the students involved paid tuition.) President Ezell stated that this problem should be researched. Professor Mike Russell reported hearing that there is a difference of $1 million between operating revenues and expenditures in Athletics. This could be used in as a negotiating wedge in other areas. Professor Payne noted that Athletics is plagued with deficits and with debts on the Stadium.
Budget Report: Vice Chancellor George Ross
Vice Chancellor Ross reported that his final meeting with the budget committee would be at 3:00 PM on April 29 (that very day), and not on April 28 as reported in the previous minutes. He was able to provide the Council with some gross numbers, however. While he did not wish to get into specifics in terms of position cuts, he reported that 20 positions in Administration and Finance had been cut. (Some of the individuals involved have been reassigned.) He was able to divulge that the budget from Academics will be cut 2.7 or $700,000; Student Affairs will be cut 5%; Business and Finance, 5.8%; Development, 5.2%; Athletics, 5%; and the Chancellor's Office, 3%. (Clearly the Council's plaintive cries about cuts in academic did not go completely unheeded.) Professor Hiestand asked about the impact of this year's cuts, and the Vice Chancellor responded that they will have no effect on operations this year. Professor Farhad Raiszadeh asked if positions in academics will be cut, and the Vice Chancellor replied that 3 out of 536 positions will be affected. Professor Raiszadeh also asked if our tuition increase is the same as that at UTK, and the answer was yes.
Professor Betsy Darken reported that due to possible delays in Knoxville, having the Council consider the new Gen Ed proposal (in the bright "yellow book" recently distributed to all faculty) for the first time on September 18, 1998 may make it impossible to complete the approval process by the end of the next academic year. (Once passed by the UTC faculty, the document could be delayed by Senior Vice President Homer Fisher or UT Academic Affairs before getting to the UT Board of Trustees.) She thus proposed that the Faculty Council consider the document on 9/4. An approved document, including any amendments, would then be distributed to the full faculty on 9/5 (Professor Darken swears that this feat is within her power), and the full faculty could consider the document on at its meeting on 9/9. There could then be a called faculty meeting on 9/16, and an approved document could be examined by the Board at their meeting on 10/10--or if there are delays, in early 1999. Another reason Professor Darken hopes that the proposal can be dealt with efficiently is that the Committee would have more time next year to apply for grants to help effect implementation of the proposal. Although there was both resistance to and support expressed for the proposed time line--Professor Mike Russell opined that the new timeline had the "appearance of railroading," for example--President Ezell suggested that the Council schedule discussion of the document on 9/4 and "see how it goes."
Professor Bruce Hutchinson reminded the Council that the Executive Committee had agreed to discuss the possibility of faculty participation in the selection of members of search committees for positions in academic administration. Yet it seemed that the Provost's Search Committee was soon to be appointed, and Faculty Council had not been involved. President Ezell replied that the Executive Committee had been working with the administration on selecting members of the committee. Professor Hutchinson was also concerned that the Provost was developing a distance learning program for community and junior colleges, and that the Council had had no hand in this developmental process either. President Ezell responded that a Community Outreach Task Force had been developed which included faculty members from various disciplines. Professor Switala indicated that she was a member of the Task Force, and that the program was already in place in Health and Human Services. No new courses will be used in the Fall, and any new courses proposed will go through the Council. Professor Hutchinson implored the Council not to accept this state of affairs. This is an important academic program, he stressed, and the faculty has a right to examine such programs in advance of their inception. President Ezell promised to bring this issue to the Chancellor's breakfast with the Executive Committee on May 7. Professor Martha Butterfield reminded the Council that there are state standards for distance learning, and that while the Council once had jurisdiction over which UTC courses may be used for distance learning, the Council voted to rescind that responsibility last year. Any UTC course approved by the Council may be used for distance learning (assuming it meets state standards).
New Business: Elections
President Ezell asked for nominations, respectively, for First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Secretary of next year's Faculty Council. Professor Margaret Trimpey nominated Verbie Prevost for First Vice-President and Chair of the Committee on Committees, Professor Hutchinson moved that the nominations be closed, and Professor Prevost was elected unanimously by voice vote. (President Ezell remarked that Chattanooga is known for its railroads.) Professor Gail Meyer nominated Professor Jim Hiestand as Second Vice President and Chair of the Handbook Committee, Professor Larry Tillman moved that the nominations be closed, and Professor Hiestand was elected by unanimously voice vote, with one "Whoo Whoooo!" (The "Whoo Whooo!" was probably both an expression of support for Professor Hiestand and a reference to both Professor Russell's concern about railroading and President Ezell's witty remark about railroads.) Professor Leroy Fanning nominated the "BEAUTIFUL Rene Lorraine" as Secretary. (Apparently Professor Fanning digs women who dress up in Trojan outfits.) The confused yet pleased Professor Lorraine was elected unanimously by voice vote. Professor Bruce Wallace demanded more Faculty Council minutes cartoons in exchange for his vote for the Secretary.
President Ezell then asked for nominations, respectively, for the Committee on Committees, the Handbook Committee, representatives for Graduate Council, the Grade Appeals Committee, and Honor Court. Professors Ralph Anderson, Oralia Prebel-Niemi, Ann Stapleton, Joe Dumas, and Jim Avery were nominated for the Committee on Committees and were approved unanimously by voice vote. Professors Felicia Sturzer, Mike Biderman, Deborah McAllister, Laurie Prather, and Marvin Ernst were nominated for the Handbook Committee and were approved by acclamation. Professors John Trimpey, Barbara Ray, and Oralia Prebel-Niemi were nominated and elected unanimously as Council representatives to the Graduate Council. Professors Nick Honerkamp, Debbie Ingram, and Farhad Raiszadeh were elected as regular members of the Grade Appeals Committee, and Professors Janet Secrest and Betty Pickett were elected as alternates. Professor Barbara Norwood was elected Chair of the Honor Court, Professors George Helton, Marea Rankin, and Brian Ruppert were elected as regular members, and Professors Will Berton, Ron Bohrer and Holly Dieken were elected as alternates.
President Ezell announced that the next Council meeting is September 4. Professor Jim Avery announced that free refreshments will be provided for Faculty Club members from 4-6 PM throughout the week. Professor Hutchinson remarked that since he was departing the Council, he had two "departing shots." He first pointed out that we have not resolved the issue of copyrights for distance learning tapes; we must have a committee to consider this issue. Finally, he wanted to reinforce strongly his previous point that faculty members should have the right to select their own representatives, specifically on search committees for positions in academic administration. Professor Gail Meyer responded that she was a member of the Chancellor's Search Committee, and that she considered herself a representative of the faculty rather than President Joe Johnson. Professor Hutchinson said that Professor Meyer had misunderstood his point. (Professor Meyer replied that she had not.) Professor Hutchinson continued that his point was not that faculty members appointed by the administration would not necessarily be good representatives of the faculty, but that faculty should have a right to choose their own representatives. Faculty, after all, do have special knowledge of academic matters. Professor Hutchinson concluded by confiding that he is burned out, and that he hopes that other Council members will pick up the torch he has kept burning in his years on the Council. (Burn bright!) Professor Butterfield indicated, in so many words, that she will be carrying a torch for the faculty next year on the Board of Trustees, and that President Ezell is representing the faculty in various ways. Professor Meyer reiterated that from her standpoint, she represents the faculty, no matter who appoints or elects her for whatever position. (Indeed.)
Professor Butterfield announced that new committees will take effect July 1, and that committees may operate with reduced quorums during the summer. Vice Chancellor Ross announced that he will soon present the final budget report to the Echo and the Budget and Economic Status Committee. The report is open information, and will be available for perusal in his or Assistant Vice Chancellor Ralph Moser's offices sometime after May 6. Returning one final time to Professor Hutchinson's departing shot (which by now had become something of a Wagnerian leitmotif), Professor John Trimpey and Professor Hutchinson moved and seconded that the Faculty Council provide recommendations for faculty members to serve on search committees for positions in academic administration. (Because the current Provost's Search Committee is about to be appointed, recommendations for that committee will be offered by the Executive Committee). The motion passed unanimously by voice vote. It had been a long day of meetings and festivities, and President Ezell and Professor Fanning simultaneously adjourned the meeting and moved adjournment respectively, at 2:59 PM. For we have promises to keep, and miles to go before we sleep.
Renee Cox Lorraine
Cartoons dedicated to Political Science Department