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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Faculty Council Minutes

December 4, 1997

Signal Mountain Room
University Center

Elected Members Present: Ralph Anderson, Boris Belinskiy, Mike Biderman, Martha Butterfield, Karen Casey, Prakash Damshala, Fritz Efaw, Marvin Ernst, Gene Ezell, Phil Giffin, Diane Halstead, Jim Hiestand, Renee Lorraine, Jonathan Mies, Judy Miler, Greg O’Dea, Laurie Prather, Verbie Prevost, Marea Rankin, Felicia Sturzer, Vicki Steinberg, Jim Stroud, Larry Tillman, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Bruce Wallace, Randy Whitson

Elected Members Absent: Jim Avery, Valerie Rutledge, Joe Dumas, Deborah McAllister, Farhad Raiszadeh, Rebecca Rochat, Ann Stapleton, Mac Smotherman

Ex-Officio Members Present: Sheila Delacroix, Jane Harbaugh, Bill Stacy, Tim Summerlin

Among the Guests Present: Barbara Andersen, Anne Ch’ien, Betsy Darken, Brenda Davis, Jim Henry, Pam Holder, Debbie Ingram, Lanny Janeksela, Gene Schlereth, Janet Secrest

Important Action

*Curriculum proposals from University Honors, Women’s Studies, Nursing, and Physical Therapy were approved by the Council.

Call to Order

President Gene Ezell called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

Professors Felicia Sturzer and Margaret Trimpey moved and seconded approval of the minutes of 11-20-97. It was reported that Professors Diane Halstead, Ralph Anderson, and Tom Payne had been in attendance at that meeting. The minutes were approved as corrected.

Committee Reports

Executive Committee

President Ezell reported that at the Legislative Luncheon on November 24, the main item discussed was how to get more funding for higher education and UTC. The legislators indicated that the interests of UTC have not always been adequately expressed to them in the past; as a result, there are plans to make the legislative luncheon an annual event. President Ezell also reported that there are plans for faculty to have more input in campus governance, and that some evidence of this will be provided at the next full faculty meeting. (Chancellor Bill Stacy then entered the room with a plate full of cookies for Council members. The cookies were very well received.) Professor Verbie Prevost announced that the visit of the sixth Provost candidate had been postponed to Thursday and Friday, December 11 and 12. She expressed her appreciation of the faculty’s participation in the Provost search process. President Ezell reported that recommendations concerning Student Evaluation of Faculty had been forwarded to the Student Evaluation of Faculty Committee. During a teleconference on tenure that he and Dean Mary Tanner participated in with UT officials, President Ezell asked about the possibility of having student evaluations of senior faculty every other year rather than every year. While the officials did not seem to look kindly on this idea, they would be willing to consider a formal proposal on the matter.

Departmental Honors Committee

Professor Jim Henry distributed an information item on newly approved candidates for Departmental Honors (see addendum). Professor Jim Stroud asked if the word "portential" in the proposal of Kristen Whitson should read "potential," and Professor Henry surmised that it should. Professor Martha Butterfield suggested that forums in which students could present their departmental honors projects to the UTC community would be well received. Professor Henry indicated he would talk to Director of Honors Gavin Townsend about this possibility.

Curriculum Committee: Professor Gene Schlereth

Professor Schlereth moved approval of curriculum proposals from Women’s Studies, Nursing, and Physical Therapy, and presented an information item from University Honors. He admonished the Council that a formidable group of Nursing faculty had amassed to defend the proposal from Nursing. In response to an inquiry from Professor Prevost, Professor Larry Tillman stated that the Master’s in Physical Therapy proposal would involve three years of prerequisites that would meet all general education requirements, and would be followed by three years of professional course work. Professor Marvin Ernst asked if any graduate or undergraduate regulations would have to be changed for this program. Professor Debbie Ingram responded that no such changes would be necessary, but that a certain number of clinical courses are taken as pass/fail in Physical Therapy. Professor Jim Stroud asked if there were other programs with such a 3 + 3 model, and Professor Ingram responded that such a model is common in Physical Therapy Master’s degree programs. Professor Ralph Anderson asked if the one new faculty member proposed for the program would be sufficient. Professor Tillman replied that on paper, one additional faculty line will meet accreditation standards. (In response to a comment by Professor Anderson about a nine-hour graduate teaching load at UTC, Professor Stroud asked if a nine-hour load for graduate teaching is indeed a standard at UTC, and expressed his belief that it should be. Acting Provost Tim Summerlin responded that there is no uniform policy concerning graduate teaching loads at UTC. Most faculty who teach graduate courses teach undergraduate courses as well; full-time "graduate faculty" are the exception.) Professor Phil Giffin remarked that UTC’s library resources are inadequate for the proposed Physical Therapy program. He opined that it is more important to increase Library funding than it is to fund new Master’s programs. Professor Ingram replied that a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy will be needed for accreditation purposes by 2002. Professor Tillman added that other local libraries, such as that at Erlanger will be of use to UTC students. Professor Bruce Wallace asked about the impact of the proposed General Education program on the Physical Therapy and Nursing proposals, and the response was that both programs could accommodate any extra hours passed for General Education. There was no more discussion, and the motion to approve the curriculum proposals passed 22-2-0. Professor Gene Schlereth commended Nursing and Physical Therapy for their exemplary proposals, and noted that a well written curriculum proposal is relatively unlikely to generate controversy. He also commented that there are not representatives from Academic Standards on the Curriculum Committee. Ass long as there are only seventeen members of the Curriculum Committee, he will base his Committee’s quorum on that number.

General Education Committee

Professor Betsy Darken reported that the Gen Ed Committee has been hard at work, meeting for two hours a week all semester. The Committee has also met with and generated extensive feedback from faculty on the Gen Ed proposal, has conducted an impact study, and has produced what is believed to be an improved and more practical proposal. The revised proposal will be sent to the full faculty by the end of next week, and will be discussed at the Council meeting on January 15. Professor Butterfield asked if a called full faculty meeting would be needed to consider a proposal approved by the Council. Professor Ezell answered that there is a full faculty meeting on January 22. However, unless the Council passes the Gen Ed proposal without revision, a called faculty meeting will probably be necessary. Professor Jim Hiestand stated that two readings of the proposal by the full faculty would be needed. It was suggested in response that we could call two special faculty meetings, or have two meetings back-to-back on the same day. Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh advised that we not have meetings back-to-back, since any revisions made at the first meeting would probably need to be considered at some length before the final vote. Professor Stroud then commented that a recent set of Faculty Council minutes reported that the Music Department was unaware that it had a 30% writing requirement for General Education courses. He has researched the matter, and can find no evidence that such a requirement was ever passed by the faculty. He resents the implication that the Music Department is like a dizzy blonde, clueless about the workings of the University. If there is a 30% writing requirement for Music Gen Ed courses, he wants to know about it. Since there was no response, President Ezell stated that he would look into the matter.

Administrative Report

Chancellor Stacy reported that beginning in January he will chair a Budget Committee to consider the 1998-99 budget. The Committee will include the four Vice Chancellors, the Faculty Council President, Chair of the Budget and Economic Status Committee, the President of SGA, a staff representative, and a Dean chosen by the Deans. The Committee will have an open forum in a room such as the Signal Mountain Room, and will hear from members of the campus community who wish to address the Committee. The first meeting of the Committee will be to establish a budget revenue forecast. Vice Chancellor George Ross will review 1997-98 budget items and predict what those items are likely to cost in 1998-99. Chancellor Stacy then reported that new carpeting and work stations with electronic access will be installed in the library after the end of this semester. This may necessitate some added Library closings over the holiday. University Librarian Sheila Delacroix reported that in addition to the previously scheduled closings, the Library is tentatively scheduled to be closed on December 19, 29, 30, and 31. President Ezell suggested this information be communicated via Raven. The Chancellor ended his remarks by reporting that legislative proposals for a one and one half percent raise and for another one half percent raise both look promising.

Old Business

Professor Marea Rankin once again reported that cars in Lot 12 are being blocked by other vehicles, and expressed a strong hope that this problem can be remedied by next semester. President Ezell indicated that we would contact Assistant Vice Chancellor Brown about the matter. Professor Sturzer has received many complaints from students that they are not able to get to class on time due to inability to find parking spaces. She feels this is a serious problem. Professor Stroud reported that Lot 18 is often blocked by people servicing the Faculty Club.

New Business

Professor Felicia Sturzer voiced a concern about a street preacher whose loud preaching is disrupting her classes. She asked if there were a campus policy to address such a problem. President Ezell responded that he had already looked into this matter and had found no one at UTC who had given this particular preacher permission to preach on campus. One of the issues to be considered in such matters is which streets should be considered public. Professor Rankin relayed that she had heard concerns expressed that the preacher in question was standing out in the rain with children around one and five years old. Chancellor Stacy stated that a free speech policy may be needed at UTC, and suggested that there could be a "free speech zone" in an area unlikely to disrupt classes or other University business. Under other business, Professor Wallace voiced a concern about copying materials in the Art Department. While the Art Department is not allowed to have a copy machine, it is fortunate enough to have access to a machine that uses large format paper. However, while most people do not have to purchase the paper used when copying materials, large format paper is not provided and must be paid for by individuals. Is there some way, he asked, that this problem could be resolved? President Ezell asked if there were any wisdom in the room. President Ezell indicated he would refer the matter to Administrative Services.

Announcements and Adjournment

President Ezell urged faculty to send in nominations for Faculty Council President (to Renee Lorraine in Music by December 15.) He adjourned the meeting at 4 p.m.

Cartoon dedicated to adjunct faculty

Respectfully submitted

Renee Cox Lorraine

 

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