|THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 3, 2000
Elected Members Present:
Elected Members Absent:
Ex-Officio Members Present:
Among the Guests Present:
Actions and Announcements
Council passes five proposals from the Curriculum
Council passes three proposals from the Graduate Council.
Call to Order
In the absence of President Verbie Prevost who was attending the UT Board meeting in Memphis, First Vice President Tom Bibler called the meeting to order at 3:02 p.m.
Approval of the Minutes of January 20, 2000
Professor Jim Hiestand said a faculty member called him and expressed concern about the clarity with which the votes on the General Education Committee recommendations and the motions to cut off debate were recorded in the minutes. Referring to page 2 and the sentence "Recommendation No. 1 passed 26-0-2," Professor Mike Russell suggested the sentence might read "Recommendation No. 1 regarding dual enrollment passed 26-0-2." Following these observations and clarifications, the minutes were approved as distributed.
[To recap the voting on the General Education Committee recommendations at the January 20 meeting: Recommendation No.1 regarding dual enrollment passed 26-0-2. Recommendation No. 2 regarding evaluation of transfer credit failed 6-22-0. During the course of the discussion on Recommendation No. 2, there were two motions to cut off debate. The first motion failed 17-10-0 (2/3 required for passage) while the second motion passed 25-3-0. The memo from the General Education Committee to Faculty Council contained the exact wording of the recommendations. It should have been attached to the minutes of January 20; if it was not, contact Elizabeth Bailey (x4515) in Dr. Harbaughs office for a copy.]
Report from the Curriculum Committee
Curriculum Committee Chair John Trimpey presented five proposals (two from Sociology and Anthropology, and one each from Exercise Science, Human Ecology, and Social Work) which he said received the unanimous approval of the committee.
Professor Russell noted that one of the assignments for Human Ecology 333 asks students about their religious affiliation. Would this be a problem? Professor Linda Cundiff said the question was part of a cultural genealogy assignment related to family food traditions. She said the question was intended to be non-threatening, adding she was certain faculty would be sensitive to any student concerns.
Referring to the general education requirements listed for the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation sequence of the Exercise Science proposal, Professor Ed Rozema pointed out that Math 151 alone would not satisfy the general education requirement; a student would need to take Math 152 as well. He said the proposal also lists Math 153 which has been discontinued. Professor Pat Mosher accepted the changes as friendly amendments.
The proposals from the Curriculum Committee passed 27-0-2.
Report from the Graduate Council
Graduate Council Chair Barbara Ray presented three proposalsone each from Athletic Training and Nursing, plus a proposal to modify the number of representatives on Graduate Council.
Professor Hiestand asked about the decision to expand the masters in Athletic Training from one year to two years. Professor David Cundiff said entering students were not ready to do research in the fall and could not do quality research in one year, adding the thesis was being increased from three hours to six hours. Dean Mary Tanner said the program has been a twelve-month cohort program where the students arrive in June and leave the following June. She said some students have been carrying 17 hours a semester to finish on time. A two-year program will reduce the hours per semester and improve the research, she said.
Professor Hiestand said Engineering has been feeling pressure to reduce hours in some undergraduate programs. Is this true of masters programs as well? Provost Berry said he has heard some general rumblings in the state about reducing hours in undergraduate programs. He said he did not anticipate any questions about a change like this one in a masters program, especially since the thesis and internship are integral parts of the program.
The proposals from Graduate Council passed 26-0-1.
Professor Hiestand suggested the Curriculum Committee and Graduate Council consider requiring a one-page summary or abstract of each proposal, pointing to the enormous stack of information the Council received this time. He said some Council members might not be interested in all of the detail. Professor Russell supported the idea, acknowledging he had skimmed the mass of proposals only briefly. Professor Rozema pointed out that printing on both sides of the sheet would cut the amount of paper in half.
Provost Berry said he and representatives from all of UTCs colleges/divisions would attend an articulation meeting on Friday with representatives from Cleveland State Community College. He said the number of issues between the two schools has been narrowed to a manageable list. He said he was hopeful some general education issues could be resolved in principle and that progress could me made on the thornier program-to-program issues.
Provost Berry noted the increased advocacy for improving faculty and staff salaries in Governor Sundquists recent speech. He said he did not know whether these sentiments could be translated into budget dollars by the governor and legislature. He added that area legislators remain optimistic about the capital monies for the Engineering building.
Professor Russell said he has contacted legislators Bobby Wood and Chris Newton about the budget. (Mr. Woods wife and Mr. Newton have taken classes from him.) He said he reminded Mr. Newton that Republicans were a progressive force in the South after the Civil War and, in fact, created the public schools. He expressed concern that the legislature would balance the budget on the backs of the poor.
Professor Pedro Campa asked if it was true that Engel Stadium would be given to the university. Are we going to get another Trojan Horse? Provost Berry said, while he has not been directly involved in the discussions, that Chancellor Stacy has said UTC cannot assume any cost or liability for the facility.
Professor Hiestand recollected that Abba Eban, the former Israeli prime minister, visited UTC several years ago and told a story Hiestand has always remembered. As a young assistant to Israels first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, Eban was told to refuse the gift of an elephant from Burma. "Never accept a gift that eats," Ben-Gurion told Eban. Professor Hiestand said he thought the same wisdom could be applied to stadiums and arenas.
Professor Russell said the Student Evaluation of Faculty Instruction Committee has finalized the training of peer evaluators. He thanked Dr. Karen Adsit for her leadership in organizing the training seminars. He said about 20 faculty are now available to aid faculty who request their services. He emphasized the evaluations are voluntary and totally unrelated to the EDO process. An announcement will be sent over Raven shortly.
Professor Margaret Trimpey asked Council members for unneeded copies of the graduate nursing proposal. She said THEC would be on campus soon for an accreditation-related visit and extra copies would be needed. Her request generated a small stampede of faculty eager to part with some of their paper load.
Professor Mac Smotherman invited Council members to attend productions of Tom Stoppards The Real Thing and John Osbornes Look Back in Anger during February. He said free passes would be arriving in departments shortly.
First Vice President Bibler adjourned the meeting at 3:25 p.m.