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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Faculty Council Minutes

January 21, 1999 Signal Mountain Room
University Center
Elected Members Present: Tom Bibler, Mike Biderman, Marlene Bradshaw, Pedro Campa, Roland Carter, Valerie Copeland-Rutledge, Fritz Efaw, Gene Ezell, Phil Giffin, Diane Halstead, Jim Hiestand, Charles Knight, Deborah McAllister, Eileen Meagher, Jonathan Mies, Marea Rankin, Marsha Scheidt, Lauren Sewell, Mac Smotherman, Ann Stapleton, Vicki Steinberg, Felicia Sturzer, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Rick Turpin, Bruce Wallace, Mike Whittle
Elected Members Absent: Jim Avery, Boris Belinskiy, Joe Dumas, Lenny Krzycki, Cliff Parten, Randy Whitson
Ex-Officio Members Present: Bill Berry, Sheila Delacroix, Richard MacDougall, George Ross, Bill Stacy
Among the Guests Present: Richard Becherer, Richard Brown, Betsy Darken, Bob Desmond, Larry Ettkin, Linda Fletcher, John Fulmer, Marilyn Helms, Lanny Janeksela, Mark Mendenhall, Judy Nixon, Farhad Raiszadeh, Tom Rybolt, Sue Stacy, Mary Tanner, Roger Thompson

 

Important Actions and Announcements

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*Council discusses revised draft of performance review policies and procedures

*Council passes Curriculum Committee proposals 24-0-0

*General Education Committee Chair Betsy Darken updates Council on implementation progress

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Call to Order

President Verbie Prevost called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.

Approval of the Minutes of December 3, 1998

Professor Jim Hiestand said his name was misspelled in the first paragraph on page 2. Also, on page 2, "Ivan Pullis" should read "Ivan Poullaos." The minutes were approved as corrected.

Committee Reports

Executive Committee:

President Prevost noted two Council members missed four or more meetings during the fall which, according to the handbook, is grounds for removal from Council. At the request of the Executive Committee, she contacted them for an explanation. One said he was working on a book, and the other said he had been assigned a lab during the time Council met. Both wanted to continue on Council and promised to attend regularly in the spring. The Executive Committee elected to warn these members and monitor attendance in the spring. President Prevost reminded Council members they are expected to attend meetings and added the Executive Committee does not expect to be so lenient in the future. She commended Professor Ed McMahon, who had a conflict with the meeting time, for ensuring Engineering had a replacement representative (Professor Charles Knight). Professor Terri Salupo has a conflict this semester, and an election for her replacement will be held after the faculty meeting next week.

The Executive Committee discussed the issue of openness of committee meetings and the use of secret ballots. President Prevost noted the handbook allows secret ballots both in faculty meetings and Faculty Council; so, by extension, they would also be allowable on committees. Some faculty have been concerned about the message secret ballots convey, noting particularly the difference between faculty meetings where a person may be voting for himself or herself and a body like Council where the person is representing a group. President Prevost said she did not remember Council ever having a secret ballot. Due to the representative nature of committees, she suggested they should function in a similar fashion. She reiterated that, while secret ballots are legally allowable, they do engender questions about openness and representation.

Performance Review Committee:

Performance Review Committee Chair Marilyn Helms distributed an updated draft of the performance review policies and procedures the committee has been working on. The committee tried to incorporate comments and suggestions from the Council meeting on Nov. 19. She said the suggestion to show the Board policy, the language from the faculty handbook, and the implementation steps in one document was a good one and clarified questions for some faculty.

She noted the current draft is another way to view the possible handbook additions. The boldface type mirrors language taken from the Board policy passed on June 18th of last year and now in the appendix to the handbook. The regular type reflects the committee’s ongoing attempts to develop language for the handbook on how the policy will be implemented on the UTC campus. She encouraged Council members to review the draft carefully and transmit suggestions, comments, and feedback to the committee as quickly as possible.

President Prevost asked if the draft would be made available on Raven. Professor Helms said it would be by the first of next week. Professor Fritz Efaw asked how this draft differed from the one Council reviewed on Nov. 19. Professor Helms said this version was shorter and less duplicative, making this draft hopefully more cohesive and coherent. Also the Board language was reordered to better fit the faculty handbook order. President Prevost said the final draft would be considered by Council at its next meeting on February 4.

Provost Bill Berry said this draft made it easier to see how it would read in the handbook. The previous version required a lot of flipping back and forth among the three different versions. He applauded the committee for improving the comprehensibility of the document and for giving Council and the campus several opportunities to review and comment on the document.

Professor Pedro Campa asked if the document would go to the Handbook Committee before a vote is taken in Faculty Council. President Prevost said it would have to go to that committee for approval of the final wording. Professor Campa said it was his understanding that it would have to go to the Handbook Committee before a vote in Council. President Prevost said policy items were sometimes brought to Council first but that every effort would be made to ensure the Handbook Committee had a chance to review the document before the next meeting.

Curriculum Committee:

Curriculum Committee Chair John Trimpey moved Council consider the packet of curriculum proposals as a whole, citing the lack of descenting votes. He noted the abstentions on a couple of the proposals, but said they were not substantive in nature, involving objections to the writing style or misplaced commas.

Professor Felicia Sturzer asked why Latin America was included in the "non-western world" in the Political Science 105 proposal. Professor Trimpey said the General Education Committee formed a subcommittee to address the question of what constituted a non-western course. That subcommittee decided Latin America would be considered non-western for the purposes of general education. Professor Hiestand asked why Professors Honerkamp, Nelson, Rushing, and Carrithers signed off on the revision in the Criminal Justice minor. Professor Roger Thompson said these departments had courses contained partly in the minor and were basically being put on notice that certain courses were being withdrawn. The proposals passed 25-0-0.

General Education Committee:

General Education Committee Chair Betsy Darken distributed a summary of recent committee actions/activities. Barring significant obstacles, she expects the new general education program to be implemented in Fall 1999. Almost 100 courses have been certified, and courses have been certified in each category. A minor holdup exists regarding Western Humanities, but she expects the problem to be resolved in the next few weeks in time for inclusion in the catalog.

Regarding integration decisions, Professor Darken reminded Council that departments could choose to integrate courses in oral communication, computer literacy, and intensive writing into the major or have their students take appropriate courses in those areas. Using data on the 1997-98 graduates and the Fall 1998 freshman class, Professor Darken projected what percentages of students in Fall 1999 might be in majors with integrated requirements. She acknowledged the limitations of finding good populations from which to make projections about Fall 1999. Using the two measures as potential yardsticks, about one half of the students would be enrolled in majors with an integrated oral communication course, about one third would be in majors with an integrated intensive writing course, and about one fifth would be in majors with an integrated computer literacy course.

A new study is underway to determine where faculty lines will be needed; the previous study will remain in force until the new one is completed. The General Education Implementation Committee recommends the hiring of a director or coordinator of oral communication be a top priority. Indications are more faculty will be needed to teach Western Humanities courses. Professor Darken said freshmen should have an adequate number of courses to choose from in the fall with over 100 courses certified. With up to 50 hours of general education courses to complete, freshmen are not going to be able to complete the requirement in the first or even second semesters, she said. Because of that, staffing adjustments can be spread over the first year. The Provost is aware of the potential staffing needs.

Workshops in oral communication have been scheduled for Feb. 19th and 20th. Workshops for faculty teaching Western Humanities courses are also being planned, but no dates have been set. The UC Foundation has funded release time for some science and mathematics faculty to develop modified or new courses.

Concerns about the feasibility of implementing a new general education curriculum and Banner2000 in Fall 1999 have been allayed by the postponement of a portion of the Banner 2000 project until the spring. The committee continues to be very busy; they are currently reviewing their procedures. Since so many faculty have been involved in writing proposals for the committee, they may send out a questionnaire seeking feedback on improving that process.

Professor Campa asked if there was a formal procedure for requesting adjunct/regular faculty lines needed due to the implementation of the new general education curriculum. Provost Berry said no separate formal process exists and that requests would go through the usual channels.

Administrative Reports

Chancellor’s Report:

Chancellor Bill Stacy thanked Professors Gene Ezell and David Brodsky, and the 100+ other members of the campus community who are putting together the SACS study, describing it as "essential academic business." Since we are an academic institution, he said the process must be driven by faculty, but reiterated that SACS does accredit all areas/divisions of the campus.

The progress toward a new Engineering, Math, and Computer Science Building continues. The governor will present his budget in two weeks, and the campus should know more at that time. Chancellor Stacy talked with the governor recently and received no negative messages vis-a-vis the building. The University Center is still scheduled for an expansion during 1999-2000.

Ideas for the South Campus continue to be discussed. Construction on that property will be anchored by a 250-300 bed residence hall. Greek or specialty housing and married student housing are also being considered. Another possibility is an Early Child Care and Education Center. The College of Education wants to talk with the Hamilton County Schools and the Children’s Center to see if a facility for preschool, pre-kindergarten, grades 1-3 or even grades 4-5 might be appropriate. Other ideas include an outreach center for interaction between the university and the community. A track/soccer complex for intramural or intercollegiate use is being explored. A continuing taskforce is grappling with these issues as many questions remain before any of these ideas can become a reality. No monies will be available for any of these projects until after July 1 of the next fiscal year.

UC Foundation requests and proposals have been submitted and will be formally acted on next month. Although the governor has not yet presented his budget, THEC has made its recommendation. Vice Chancellor Ross previews these at each budget meeting. Recent gifts enhancing the Guerry professorships and the addition of the McKee Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies are positive events for the campus, the Chancellor said. The School of Business will be able to add a new Chair as a result of a trust maturing.

UT President Joe Johnson will continue his usual schedule of campus visits this spring. The campus will acknowledge his retirement with a special event during one of those visits.

Provost’s Report:

Provost Berry noted SACS’ attention to non-academic as well as academic areas. In order to meet SACS requirements, UTC will go through two assessment cycles, the first of those being this spring. If an institution fails to achieve two cycles, then it is automatically cited for what in SACS language is called a "recommendation." Once cited for a recommendation, the institution has two years to satisfy the stipulation or lose its accreditation. He said he appreciated the progress that has already been made but said the spring will be a busy one for SACS committees. He thanked the campus for the level of commitment and concern reflected in the large turnout for Gerald Lord’s presentation.

He noted the Board of Trustees meets in a little over a month and that all campuses will be expected to report on their progress toward implementing the Board’s performance review policy. UTC does not have to have completed its document by that time, but it does have to report on its progress. He noted the need for as full and careful a discussion as possible given the time frame. He said he appreciated the committee’s efforts and the careful attention of Faculty Council.

Vice Chancellor’s Report:

Following up on the Chancellor’s budget remarks, Vice Chancellor George Ross said his office had been meeting with the Budget and Economic Status Committee and various subcommittees of that group since last fall. The University Budget Committee has met two times and is in the process of finalizing some policy issues. They expect to disseminate budget instructions to the campus in the next week or so.

Although the budget hearings were open to the campus last year, the attendance was lower than expected. He encouraged everyone to attend this year and ask questions. The hearings will be held on Monday and Tuesday from 3-5 pm, tentatively beginning the week of February 23.

The 1999-2000 budget process actually started in June 1998 with UTC submitting a budget request to THEC. THEC’s recommendation last October was for UTC to receive a $1.3 million increase in 1999-2000. The governor will present his budget in a few weeks, and that information will be shared with the campus as soon as it is available.

Old Business

Professor Bruce Wallace showed off his backpack for his 20 years of service at UTC but said he was disappointed it didn’t have an iMac in it.

Professor Roland Carter asked if the Executive Committee had discussed the issue of minority hiring. President Prevost said informal discussions had taken place but said the committee would discuss it further and bring forward an official recommendation. Professor Carter asked how many faculty searches are underway at this time. Provost Berry said only replacement searches are underway, but he did not know the exact number off the top of his head. Professor Carter said his concern was the same as it had been in the fall—that last year UTC hired 43 faculty and only one was an African-American in a one-year appointment. Chancellor Stacy said that record was unacceptable to meet the mission of the campus. He said UTC needed to focus more intensively on the issue.

Noting last fall’s Council discussion of TIAA-CREF cashability and transferability, Professor Campa said the discussion failed to note a resolution passed by the UTC faculty several years ago which supported both concepts. Professor Gene Ezell said he carried the resolution to a meeting of the Counselors to the UT President meeting. He was told support did not exist at higher levels and particularly in the legislature. President Prevost said, if the group wished, the issue could be pursued again. Professor Campa said he thought some changes had taken place more recently in transferability that overrode system control.

New Business

Committee on Committees Chair Tom Bibler said the committee is recommending Lee Harris in Music to fill a Fine Arts vacancy on the Faculty Research Committee. The recommendation was approved unanimously.

Professor Hiestand asked who at UTC was responsible for erasing the blackboards. Is there a policy? He said he erased the blackboard at the end of his classes but has not found his colleagues to be as courteous. He moved that faculty be responsible for erasing the blackboard at the end of their classes. Professor Marlene Bradshaw seconded. The motion passed on a voice vote with one no and several abstentions.

Professor Jonathan Mies said the dial-up service to Moccasun and Cecasun had been down lately. President Prevost said she had seen an email to that effect. Professor Deborah McAllister suggested he contact Dan Chase since he is collecting comments on the use or lack of use of this service. Noting his sketchy knowledge of the situation, Provost Berry said his understanding was that very few complaints or calls had been received during the month the connection had been down. It is an outmoded technology, and the question is whether to spend the dollars to fix it. He encouraged anyone inconvenienced by it to report it. Professor Mies asked about a successor technology. President Prevost said the purchase of an online server would solve the problem. The dial-up service required only a modem. If it’s not replaced, an ISP connection would be required. Provost Berry said the level of service on the dial-up was such that some people didn’t want to use it when they could accomplish the same purpose more easily in some other way. He again encouraged users to contact Dan Chase with their comments and suggestions.

Announcements

President Prevost noted the faculty meeting on January 28th at 3:15 pm. She said a special called meeting of the faculty will take place on February 22 to discuss performance review as well as other curriculum issues that need to come before the full faculty.

Adjournment

President Prevost adjourned the meeting at 3:52 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Kathy Breeden

Faculty Council Secretary

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