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April 6, 1989

Signal Mountain Room
University Center

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Bibler, Breeden, Cochran, Darken, Hiestand, Honerkamp, Ingle, Marlowe, McDonald, Noe, Pringle, Sanders, Schonblom, Shawen, R. Smith, Sturzer, Taylor, Thompson, M. Trimpey, J. Vallier, B. Walton, Wiley

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Ahmadi, C. Anderson, Campa, Churnet, M. Edwards, Kleiman, LeWinter, Ozbek, Printz, N. Riley, Venters

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Harbaugh, Jackson, Packard

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Carney, Cunningham, Gaston, Kingdon, McMahon, Summerlin

Call to Order

The April 6, 1989 Faculty Council meeting was convened by President Peter Pringle at 3:19 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

Professor Ron Smith noted that he had attended the March 16, 1989 meeting but had failed to sign the register. With this correction, the minutes of March 16, 1989 were approved as distributed.

Committee on Committees

A report from the Committee on Committees was presented by Professor Jocelyn Sanders, Chair (See Appendix A). She pointed out that the names with asterisks were part-time faculty and then moved the acceptance of the proposed membership. Professor Larry Ingle asked what was meant by "salary equity." Was it equity among part-time faculty or equity with full-time faculty? Professor Sanders replied that it was the former. Professor Ric Schonblom asked if it meant they would have the same salary regardless of their department. Professor Sanders noted that these were Professor Jim Ware's words and that she was merely trying to put the whole issue in context for Council. Professor Felicia Sturzer said she preferred "consistency" to "equity." What exactly consistency was to mean could be determined by the Committee. President Pringle called on Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh to present the salary scale for part-time faculty. Associate Provost Harbaugh suggested that "information manual" be substituted for the term, "handbook" so that there would be no need to clear it with the Board of Trustees. Professor Sanders attempted to clarify the motion which was merely to name members to this Committee. Provost Sandra Packard asked that the last sentence be reworded because the definitions of faculty based on fringe benefits, etc., etc. are not determined at the campus level. President Pringle pointed out that these suggestions made a good beginning agenda for this Committee, but that is was the membership that was attempting to be established. Professor Ingle asked if it was correct that the first two-thirds of this document could have been omitted. President Pringle assured him that that was correct. Provost Packard said a rewording might be to make recommendations on the distinctions between adjunct and part-time faculty. The motion on membership passed by voice vote without dissent.

Curriculum Committee

Professor Doug Kingdon, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, presented that Committee's report (See Appendix B). He walked Council through the handout. Professor Ric Schonblom moved its approval provided the prefixes ENGL and ENGR were used respectively for the English and Engineering courses. Professor Larry Ingle expressed surprise over the statement in the engineering proposal that said "...the country itself is beginning to see more attention given to the importance of manufacturing to our economy..." Professor Jim Cunningham agreed that we are losing heavy industry, but that the course would foster interest in small and medium industry. President Pringle asked what role Engl 370 would have in the major. Professor Mac Shawen answered it would simply be a course like any other--an upper level elective. President Pringle expressed distress that this part of the English proposal had not been run by the Communication Department for input. The motion to approve the Curriculum Committee report passed by voice vote.

Academic Standards Committee

Professor Ric Schonblom, Academic Standards Committee Chair, presented and moved acceptance of the first two paragraphs of the Committee's report (See Appendix C). He pointed out that the Committee had tried to treat freshmen and transfer students equally insofar as is possible. Professor Felicia Sturzer wanted to know why transfers were exempted from the reading exam. Professor Schonblom said it was because they come in with college credit and, therefore, the assumption is that they can read. Associate Provost Harbaugh pointed out that the marginal reader doesn't last in college anywhere very long and she did not feel the developmental reading test needed to be required of transfers. Professor David Wiley asked who decides what is acceptable transfer credit. Professor Betsy Darken said this was clear cut in both math and English and that such credit was evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Professor Margaret Trimpey asked why transfer students were to be required to take the exams by the end of the first term. She cited the case of an adult transfer who takes one course to "test the waters" and is then required to take the math placement test. Professor Schonblom pointed out that the Committee had originally required testing in the first week of enrollment and then, having been presented the scenario Professor Trimpey mentioned, compromised on the end of the term. Professor Darken said she thought the wording of the last sentence of the first paragraph ought to be reversed. Provost Packard noted that we have ACT/SAT scores that are good reading ability predictors. Professor Darken said we have no ACT/SAT requirements for transfer students. Associate Provost Harbaugh said all of this had been discussed by Standards and that if these students cannot pass the reading test then they won't pass our courses. We are talking about a very few, a handful of students. She does not believe it would be worth setting up a bureaucracy to test everyone for these few. Professor Darken said that in general we were exempting transfer students on the basis of their successful completion of college level work. Provost Packard said that all public Tennessee institutions have ACT/SAT requirements and that most of our transfers come from CSTCC and Cleveland State. The reading test requirement was really addressed to recent high school graduates, i.e. entering freshmen.

Professor Darken moved as an amendment to strike "Transfer students are exempt from the reading exam; however," from the last sentence of the first paragraph and to substitute: "In general, transfer students with acceptable performance in college level courses and/or acceptable ACT/SAT scores will be exempt from the reading test. The only..." Professor Shawen said this was too non-specific. Professor Nick Honerkamp asked if the new last sentence was still needed. Professor Margaret Trimpey asked if transfers were to be exempt from all placement exams. Professor Darken said the math and English tests were already settled. Professor Jim Hiestand asked why a reading test was given. Professor Kingdon said that the major reason was for diagnostic purposes. Many students need help in reading in the content areas. Professor Darken replying to Professor Shawen's concerns about lack of specificity said that "acceptable" was the term applied to the entire placement system. In terms of the whole developmental system, it is well defined. Professor Hiestand said if the test is diagnostic then ACT/SAT scores could not fulfill the same purpose and should not be substituted for it. Professor Kingdon said the test would do a better job. Associate Provost Harbaugh said the test used is called "Degrees of Reading Power" and it does quite a good job of indicating the students' reading level. Professor Hiestand responded by saying that it ought to be required. Provost Packard said we don't want to have to test all 1,000 transferees. We have other information on their ability and to do so would be very costly. Professor Darken said this was the point of her amendment. We wouldn't test all transferees, but could test any we thought needed it. Professor Sanders wondered if any college level courses would work or if we ought to be more specific. Professor Margaret Trimpey asked why college courses don't exempt from the writing placement test. Professor Schonblom as parliamentarian ruled her question out of order. Professor Hiestand said the restriction to a reading exemption was not clear. Professor Darken said the amendment was a true and accurate description of the current policy for freshmen. The amendment passed by voice vote.

Returning to the main motion, Professor Trimpey reiterated her question about a writing exemption. Professor Ric Schonblom said his department had problems with international students who arrive with English credit but still have major writing problems. Professor Marcia Noe said reading is not required for graduation, writing is. There is no sequence of reading courses as there are in both writing and math. Professor Shawen said the English and math placement tests determine where in the progressive curriculum the student belongs. Professor Darken said writing has a clear cut sequence of courses. The main motion as amended passed by voice vote with one abstention.

Professor Schonblom noted that a proposal on the Joint Enrollment Program would be on the agenda for the next Council meeting. He moved reception of the Committee's statement. This passed by voice vote with one abstention.

Report from Executive Committee

President Pringle presented the following report from the Executive Committee:

1. Members of the Executive Committee met with President Alexander on March 29. Among the items discussed:

a) Faculty Counselors to the President:

He will revive system of meeting with Faculty Council/Senate Presidents and other faculty in the Fall 1989.

b) Legislative Relations

He will place this item on the agenda of an early meeting with his staff and the chancellors.

c) Mission Statement

He requires a sharper focus for this campus' mission statement. He is striving for more independence in the UT System and will be spending a lot of time on this campus during the remainder of this year.

2. The deadline for nominating candidates to fill three at-large positions on the Council is noon tomorrow. If you have not already sent nominations to secretary Tom Bibler, please do so.

3. A memorandum has been sent to the senior representative of each voting division requesting that they conduct elections to fill the places of retiring members. A convenient time may be immediately after the general faculty meeting on Monday, April 10. I need to know the names of persons elected not later than April 14 so that materials for the organizational meeting may be mailed to them.

4. The organizational meeting of the Council for 1989-90 will be held on April 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Signal Mountain Room.

It will be followed immediately by the last regular Council meeting of this year.

5. Retirement Dinner for faculty will be held on April 25 in the Tennessee Room with the reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Professor David Wiley asked what the meeting with President Alexander really meant. President Pringle said this would become apparent as President Alexander begins to move around. He is reviving the faculty counselors and he does feel the mission statement needs focus. Professor Wiley asked just what President Alexander's agenda was. President Pringle said President Alexander has not ruled out doctoral programs, but he did say we are an outstanding undergraduate institution. The burden of proof for advanced degree programs is on us. Professor Mary Jo Cochran asked why President Alexander was going to spend more time at UTC. President Pringle said he believed he wants to know more about UTC. President Alexander has high expectations for this campus. Chancellor Obear noted President Alexander has also spent time in Memphis and Tullahoma. He had expected to be able to spend more time on UTC than he has been able to.

Chancellor Obear announced that Dean Irvin Reid will be the new President of Montclair State College in New Jersey. He will wind up his work here over the summer. He has resigned effective August 1. There will be an interim appointment and a nationwide search for his replacement.

Facilities Concerns

1. Professor Noe is concerned about a non-functional electrical outlet in Holt 305.

2. Professor Gary MacDonald is concerned about a non-functional men's restroom, 349 Grote. Chancellor Obear asked if these concerns had been reported to the building supervisors. Dean Paul Gaston said he had been informed of his building's defects just now.

Provost Packard wanted it noted that Building Supervisors now report to Vice Chancellor Rudley. Professor Wiley hoped this would not lead to Council of Building Supervisors.

3. Professor Felicia Sturzer noted that the phones are getting worse and worse. Frequently now you cannot call in or out. Professor Noe agreed. She makes her calls before she comes to work as much as possible. Chancellor Obear said he has received a recent consultant's report on the phone system which outlines the steps to take between now and August. He feels the system needs to be replaced and he is willing to move to contracted management if necessary.

4. Professor Margaret Trimpey reiterated her concern about cars parking on Vine Street that block the view of those leaving Lot 12. She has never seen them ticketed. President Pringle noted Vice Chancellor Richard Brown promised they would be. Associate Provost Harbaugh reported she had seen some ticketed. President Pringle wondered if we could be authorized to make citizen's arrests. Chancellor Obear said President Pringle would need a uniform. President Pringle suggested that with a uniform, plus a walkie-talkie, he would have moved toward solving the parking and phone problem, too.

Member Concerns/Announcements

1. Professor Sanders reminded Council of the Fine Arts Series presentation of the Dallas Brass tonight (4/16/89).

2. Professor Larry Ingle mentioned that we had had shuttle service for books at the UTK library and he wondered if it could be reinstituted. Dean Joe Jackson said it was discontinued in 1973 at UTK's requests. Books had been in a Professor's car and not returned. He feels mail service is better even though more costly. Provost Packard said she had discussed this last year with John Prados' office and would raise it again.

3. Professor Schonblom announced a Handbook Committee meeting on 4/17/89 at 2:00 p.m. outside the Hiwassee Room.

4. Provost Packard thanked the anonymous donor for the free Tivoli tickets for faculty.

5. Professor Gary MacDonald asked if anything had been done about the spousal inequities reported by Professor Henry at the last Council meeting. Provost Packard said the inequity had been eliminated.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

Faculty Council Nugget

These minutes show that the Faculty Council is a wonderful form for discussion. They also show that few participants listen.

Tom Bibler

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