THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 7, 1996
Signal Mountain Room
Elected Members Present: Ralph Anderson, Mary Brabston, Martha Butterfield, Prakash Damshala, Joe Dumas, Fritz Efaw, Marvin Ernst, Gene Ezell, Leroy Fanning, Jim Hiestand, Tom Kozubowski, Craig Laing, Renee Lorraine, Deborah McAllister, Bob Marlowe, Gail Meyer, Judy Miler, Verbie Prevost, Bill Prince, Farhad Raiszadeh, Mike Russell, Kristin Switala, Larry Tillman, Margaret Trimpey, John Trimpey, Shela Van Ness, Bruce Wallace
Elected Members Absent: Tatiana Bilgildeyeva, Robert Duffy, Bruce Hutchinson, John Phillips, Barbara Ray, David Shepherd, Joyce Smith, Jim Stroud, Joe Trahan
Ex-Officio Members Present: Sheila Delacroix, Jane Harbaugh, Fred Obear, Charles Renneisen, Tim Summerlin
Among the Guests Present: Bill Butterfield, Doug Kingdon, Carolyn Mitchell, Vincent Pellegrino, Gene Schlereth, Mary Tanner
The Council approved motions to appoint a Convocation Committee and a Mediation Committee. New course proposals on "Technology and Learning" and " Music, the Arts and Ideas" were approved as well.
Processional music included greatest hits from the Renaissance sung by soprano Jan Cochran.
Call to Order
President Gene Ezell called the meeting to order at 3:17 p. m.
Approval of Minutes
Professor Martha Butterfield noted that the word "Bell" in The Bell Curve (mentioned on p. 5 of the minutes) was misspelled. Secretary Lorraine apologized for this error, which had gone undetected by her spell-check. The minutes were approved as amended.
Professor Verbie Prevost presented a report on the recent meeting of the Faculty Counselors to the President. The Counselors (Professors Prevost, Ezell and Shela Van Ness) spent three productive hours with UT President Joe Johnson and his staff. Among other things, Professor Prevost reported that there have been large cutbacks in staff at UTK due to the significant drop in graduate enrollment. (A drop of around 500 students resulted in a loss of several million dollars.) The SGA at UTK is now publishing student evaluations, using a form similar to one previously used at UTC. [This development should be taken as an omen.] UTK has a new Faculty Handbook; Professors Prevost and Gail Meyer have copies that are available to anyone who wishes to do a comparative handbook analysis. Professor Prevost also noted that UT Martin has published their Handbook electronically. President Ezell observed that once UTC is completely wired, we will be able to make more extensive use of electronic communication.
President Ezell reported that UTC dominated the agenda at an October 24th meeting of the UT Academic Committee, with approval of UTC conditional graduation admission requirements, a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, and a new department of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation (offered in association with UT Memphis). President Ezell also announced that the first meeting of the Chancellor Search Committee will occur on reading day, and that a new Chancellor is expected to be on campus by July 1 of 1997.
Convocation and Mediation Committee Proposals (see attached documents)
Because it was necessary for Professor Bill Butterfield to leave the meeting early, the agenda was altered in order to allow him to make a case for appointing a Convocation Committee and a Mediation Committee. Professor Butterfield pointed out that we have had three convocations without a convocation committee. While he and Chancellor Obear have been able to coordinate the events thus far [and quite successfully], a committee charged with organizing future convocations would be most appreciated. He recommended that the Committee on Committees appoint a Convocation Committee. Professor Martha Butterfield stated that such a committee would need to be added to the Handbook under Faculty Committees. Professor Bill Butterfield concurred promptly. Professor Leroy Fanning moved and Professor Van Ness seconded the motion that the Committee on Committees appoint a Convocation Committee, and that this committee be described in the Faculty Handbook. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.
Professor Bill Butterfield also recommended that a mediation committee consisting of (only) certified mediators be appointed. Names of possible members could be provided to the Committee on Committees or the Faculty, who could select or elect members and possibly appoint a Chair. Such a committee is intended to be independent of the Faculty Administrative Relations Committee (FARC). There are those, Professor Butterfield explained, who would prefer a "softer" mediation or arbitration process to the formal and time-consuming administrative appeals that lead to the FARC and ultimately to the Chancellor. Without mentioning any names, Professor Butterfield noted that some faculty members are "scared" of certain administrators. [Certified mediators are evidently less ominous.] Further, by the time some complainants reach the FARC, the dispute in question has evolved into a miasmic entanglement that is highly resistant to light, air, and proposed solutions. Complainants would choose to consult with a mediation committee voluntarily, and the committee would have no official power. The appeals process and FARC could always be used, of course, if mediation broke down or were ineffective. A number of Universities are now using mediators or mediation committees, and the Tennessee Supreme Court is encouraging mediation as an alternative to litigation. On the basis of these remarks, Professor Kristin Switala moved and Professor Van Ness seconded the motion that a Mediation Committee be appointed. Professor Mike Russell asked how many certified mediators were to be found at UTC. Professor Butterfield answered that there were six. There was some discussion of whether a mediation committee could be a subcommittee of the FARC, but most Council members felt that a separate committee would be preferable. President Ezell pointed out that staff members as well as faculty members might wish to have access to a mediation committee. Professor Jim Hiestand opined that a mediation committee would be analogous to marriage counseling, while the FARC is more like a divorce court. Reflections upon the implications of this analogy promptly ended the discussion. The motion to appoint a mediation committee passed by voice vote with one abstention.
After a few brief remarks on a couple of information items that will be considered by the Council at a later date, Curriculum Committee Chair Gene Schlereth moved approval of two course proposals: Education 417, "Technology and Learning," and Music 397, "Music, the Arts and Ideas." Professor Mike Russell confessed that the term "edutainment" used in the "Technology and Learning" proposal was new to him. Professor Deborah McAllister, who originated the proposal, and Professor Mary Brabston assured Professor Russell that edutainment was a legitimate term, and that top people in the field of technology and learning use it all the time. When asked if there would be a home page for the class, Professor McAllister answered that she would have a home page to which students would have access. Professor Brabston asked why Microsoft Works was being used instead of Microsoft Office, and Professor McAllister responded that Microsoft Office was not yet licensed for her use. Professor Marvin Ernst asked what more would be expected of graduate students who elected the course, and Professor Brabston replied that they would write an extra paper. Professor Van Ness said she felt the course looked more like a 200 or 300 level than a 400 level course. Freshman, she observed, already know how to use Microsoft Works, and how to surf the web. Professor McAllister explained that students would learn not only how to use technological aids but how to apply them and to utilize them in the educational process. Professor Doug Kingdon added that there were several prerequisites in education and computer science for the course, and that the course would "not be generic but specific." The motion to approve the two courses passed unanimously by voice vote. (There was no discussion of the intriguing new course on "Music, the Arts and Ideas," to be offered in the Spring of 1998).
Professor Fritz Efaw then moved to delete several courses from the International Studies Minor (passed at the last meeting): *Business-Management 318, 438, 481, 482, 483, and 484. He felt that these courses were inappropriate for the minor because none of them provided sufficient exposure to foreign cultures. Parliamentarian Jim Hiestand interjected that only someone who voted affirmatively on the International Studies Minor could make such a motion. Professor Switala agreed to make such a motion, but did not feel she would be able to make a final decision until she had a chance to look at the course syllabi in question. Professor Ralph Anderson seconded the motion with the same reservations. Professor Russell asked if the Curriculum Committee had taken a good look at these courses. Professor Schlereth answered that while certain individuals may have examined the courses, the Curriculum Committee as a whole was provided with the same list of courses that the Council had considered. Professor Hiestand felt the Council did not have enough information to make a reasoned decision on the motion at that time, and moved that the motion be tabled. Professor Martha Butterfield seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote. There was some indecision as to how to proceed. Professor Hiestand explained that the Council should simply wait, and proceed when and if the motion were to be taken off the table. President Ezell suggested that Council would be better equipped to consider the motion, were it to be untabled, if we were provided with course syllabi, Professor John Phillips, and certain Business faculty. Professor Brabston asserted that it is the purview of the Curriculum Committee to consider course syllabi before the Council does so. Professor Schlereth stated with force and resolve that the Curriculum Committee had already approved the entire International Studies Minor. Professor Kingdon suggested that the problem was not one of Curriculum but Standards. Professor Fanning felt that if the Council were indeed interested in further consideration of certain materials related to the Minor, a motion to reconsider these materials would be in order. He moved that Professor Efaw's original motion be removed from the table so that the Council could proceed with the gathering of materials and the reconsideration process. President Ezell divided the motion into two parts: untabling and reconsidering. Professor Martha Butterfield seconded the motion to remove the motion from the table, which passed 11-10-4. The motion to reconsider then failed by voice vote. President Ezell asked if there was any other business concerning the Curriculum Committee. Professor Schlereth replied that he certainly hoped not, and flew out of the room like a bat.
Chancellor Fred Obear expressed his disappointment that Professor Schlereth had to leave so soon. (Apparently he found the Curriculum report "edutaining.") Also, the term edutaining inspired the Chancellor to report that he had recently eaten in a "Cafenesium" at a magnet school. (He found both the Cafenesium and the food portions offered within to be quite small.) Moving on to the business at hand, he reported on a recent THEC budget hearing that was unusual in its total exclusion of numerical figures or amounts. (There will, however, be another THEC meeting on November 15 that may include specific budget information.) He relayed that UTC came out well in performance funding, but that there was no discussion of salaries for next year. Next year's budget will probably be similar to this year's, as it will take another year to fully fund K through 12, a condition that must be met before *increased funding for higher education can be provided. The budget should improve, however, within the next few years. *Capital Outlay funding should be completed in two years, and Lupton Library expansion will not be far behind. The Chancellor is optimistic about the Capital Gains campaign, which he expects to exceed $30 million. Most UTC construction is on target; he celebrated the erection of the "instant parking garage" (President Ezell murmered something about "Leggo"), reported that construction on the new dorm* is in good shape, and that considerable progress is being made on Fletcher Hall. He emphasized that we truly do own Metropolitan Hospital and that we will indeed be using it at some point in the not-too-distant future. He expressed hope that he would be around for the hospital-settling process, and for the (eagerly-awaited) complete and total destruction of the math building. Dean Charles Renneisen pointed out that there is a model of what will be the new and improved Fletcher Hall next to Fletcher on Douglas Street.
Alert reader Mike Russell asked the Chancellor about a Chattanooga Times article that reported a complaint from state officials that there are too many high-salaried administrators in the UT System. What are the implications of this statement, he inquired, for the System's "grunts?" Along these same lines, Professor Martha Butterfield asked if targeting administrative costs would translate into cuts in academic areas. *The Chancellor thought not; he observed that there is a misconception that formula funding could be fully effected if there were no funding in non-formula units *(such as), and that *"administrative" was being equated by some with "non-formula." The Chancellor hopes that more funds will be shifted from lower to higher priority areas.
President Ezell asked Acting Provost Tim Summerlin if he had anything to say. The Provost replied that he wouldn't dream of interrupting the meeting's proceedings. (Evidently the administration in general was edutained by the Council's deliberations.)
Old Business, New Business, Announcements
The old business was Professor Bill Butterfield, discussed above. There was no new business. President Ezell announced that there would be an Executive Committee meeting November 12 at 3:00 p.m.
In line with recent Council tradition, Professor Leroy Fanning moved adjournment; the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Renee Cox Lorraine
Cartoon dedicated to Math 106