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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Faculty Council Minutes

September 14, 1989

Signal Mountain Room

University Center

Elected Members Present:

Bell, Bibler, Callaway, Campa, Craig, Darken, Hiestand, Ingle, Kleiman, LeWinter, Marlowe, Mawata, McDonald, Meyer, Ozbek,, Pringle, R. Smith, Sturzer, Tanner, J. Thompson, J. Trimpey, J. Vallier, Venters, Walton, Watson, Weisbaker, Wiley

Elected Members Absent:

Ahmadi, Cochran, Dardenne, Miles, Sanders, M. Trimpey

Ex-Officio Members Present:

Ernst, Harbaugh, Jackson, Obear, Packard, Renneisen

Among the Guests Present:

Butler, Nelson, Noe, R. Vallier, G. Walker, R. Walker

Call to Order

The first regular meeting of the Faculty Council of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was called to order by President Campa at 3:19 PM.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the last meeting of the Spring Term were approved with opposition on a motion by Sturzer with a second by Weisbaker.

Election of Secretary from General Faculty

The chair asked for nominations for Secretary of the Council. Sturzer nominated John Tinkler. Wiley moved that the nominations be closed. Ingle seconded. There was no opposition to this motion. Weisbaker moved that Tinkler be elected by acclamation. Wiley seconded. There was not opposition to the motion. John Tinkler was elected Secretary to the Council.

Election of Two Members to the Committee on Committees

The next business was election of two members of the Council to the Handbook Committee to replace Verburg and Meyer. Meyer noted that she had been erroneously removed from all committee assignments (including her membership on Council). She was restored by Presidential fiat. Ingle asked for a list of current members of the Handbook Committee, and President Campa read the list to him from the minutes of the last meeting. After Hiestand and Weisbaker declined nominations to the committee on grounds of over-commitment, Meyer nominated Darken (who could not refuse); and Weisbaker nominated Venters. Ingle moved that the nominations be closed and that the Secretary count one ballot for each candidate. Wiley seconded. There was no opposition; Darken and Venters are new members of the Handbook Committee.

Election of One Member to Grade Appeals Committee from General Faculty

A member of the Grade Appeals Committee to replace Randy Peterson was needed. This member can be elected from the faculty at large. Darken nominated Irene Loomis (a new member of the Mathematics Department). Ingle moved that the nominations be closed and that the secretary count one ballot for Loomis; Wiley seconded. The motion was passed with two votes in opposition.

It was announced that Professor Michael Bell had been elected to Faculty Council by the Library to replace Verburg.

President Campa then announced that there was an apparent violation of Handbook rules in the membership from Behavioral Sciences in that both members (Miles and Ozbek) are at the associate professor level. Discussion wavered a bit, mentioning precedents in that electoral precinct and others. The wording of the Handbook "whenever possible" seems to let the Council off the hook. Sturzer moved that Miles (the more recent electee) be allowed to serve on the Council; Bibler seconded. The motion was passed without opposition.

Committee on Committees

Bibler reported from the Committee on Committees and called the Council’s attention to the list of student names included with the minutes and moved approval; Weisbaker seconded. Discussion ranged over the particular list:

A freshman on a committee [He’s an "old" freshman.]

Students on more than one committee [He’s SGA President and ex officio.]

One student (on Pub Board) has graduated.

Discussion then got to the yearly complaints about students on committees:

They count against a quorum and don’t come. "If students don’t attend, why have them?"

Some committees are over-studented; Library for instance.

The Committee on Committees simply takes the list of names given it.

The problem of students on committees seems to be with us always.

The motion was passed with one negative vote.

Bibler then turned to the second part of the committee’s report—the two-page handout. There are three new ad hoc groups (some committees and some task forces) proposed for this year. Ettkin is to replace Garrett for one year on Budget and Economic Status Committee. Bibler moved acceptance of the report. Tanner seconded. Wiley noted that procedure does not require a second of a committee report.

Discussion ranged widely.

a. Will these committees be permanent?

Bibler: Classroom Furnishing Advisory probably will become a permanent committee.

Provost Packard said that the CFAC would probably meet once each semester with Mr. Butler so that there could be a regularized source of building-by-building faculty input to the responsible person. Faculty Council Facilities Concerns has worked, but the committee seems a good idea.

The Tenure and Promotion Guidelines Committee will develop the guidelines and then dissolve. It is, in reality, a "task force."

There were several questions and comments about the Tennessee Collaborative Task Force.

a. What about dates? Bibler said he had trouble getting people to sign a blank check on dates.

b. Will anyone who is now "collaborating" with any of these groups be replaced by this task force? Provost said, "No."

c. There is no representative from Music or from Theatre. This will be checked by those responsible.

The motion was passed without opposition.

Bibler then noted that Deborah Arfken (translated to the Administration) must be replaced on the Honor Court. Venters nominated William Hall. Wiley moved that the nominations be closed and that the Secretary cast one ballot for the nominee. Weisbaker seconded. The motion passed without opposition.

Curriculum Committee

Professor Robert Vallier reported from the Curriculum Committee on the new program—B.S. in Physical Therapy. Campa announced to the Council that the cover sheets were in order. Ingle complained that he had not had the required time to peruse the program.

The discussion was wide-ranging but frequently to some point. The Walkers (Randy and Grayson) were frequent respondents to questions.

a. Siskin Building is certain to be part of the program.

b. The funding is somewhat unusual because there is no "funding-level" for Physical Therapy in Tennessee.

c. The "locked-in" structure of the curriculum will make failure of course particularly punishing.

d. The current "pre-physical therapy" program in our catalog won’t fit precisely. There are slightly different requirements.

e. The program is one of the "new" PT programs in the state responding (in part) to the state education hierarchy’s belief that more PT is needed.

f. There will be problems with recruiting because of low budget for positions.

g. Clinical faculty will need to be fitted somehow into the consulting rules at UTC.

h. Math 145 is required because students need to know some trigonometry.

i. There will be problems with students from UTC who do not get into the clinical program. These students need to be provided alternatives, options, and advice. (Nelson noted the current "pre-PT" students get heaps of advice.)

Vallier reported that the vote in Curriculum Committee was twelve (12) for with two (2) abstentions.

Weisbaker moved approval. Walton seconded.

Thompson noted that there seemed to be confusion in course titles and perhaps "overlap" with other courses. G. Walker promised that attention would be given to these matters,

The motion passed without opposition.

The Chancellor passed out verbal bouquets to the Walkers, to the Curriculum Committee, and to the Faculty Council for the hard work and expeditious passage of this important program.

Report from the Executive Committee

President Campa announced that the next Faculty Council meeting would be on September 21, He then reported on his meeting (along with other faculty senate leaders) with President Alexander and the other System leaders. Pedro felt that he and other faculty leaders were allowed to speak; he even suspects that Lamar may have been listening to what they said.

Everyone has the same problems: hiring, leave policy, benefits, 12-hour load.

There seems to be a "decentralization" movement; for instance, there is to be no "System" Faculty Handbook. Chancellor Obear has most of the same perceptions, though his language was somewhat more politic.

The Provost called on the members to note the passage through the audience of the BIG BLUE NOTEBOOK which contains various announcements and letters which have come to her and may concern faculty. She will provide a copy of any letter to any member who requests one.

Facilities Concerns

Building concerns abound:

a. Holt Hall is a security mess.

1. Items have been stolen.

2. Doors won’t work.

Mr. Butler has an explanation and a request for further care about doors.

b. Professor Noe has a problem with University Center requests. She cannot get a room for a Saturday morning in February though she asked before Labor Day. The rooms are being used by an outside group.

The Provost explained how important outside groups are to the success of the University Center. She affirmed that outside groups may also help UTC in general.

N.B. Through the adjudication of several parties, Professor Noe has the Chattanooga Room for her group on the say she desired.

c. There is mud all over the sidewalk on Fifth Street. Mr. Butler says that the electrical work should be completed by the first of November.

Mr. Butler was thanked by Bibler for his responses.

Member Concerns/Announcements

Sturzer has had trouble with the staff in the Business Office. Not only have they been unhelpful with a grant matter; they have been rude. The Provost was concerned about the matter and suggested that the problem would be addressed.


Wiley moved adjournment. Trimpey seconded.

Ingle was vociferous in his appeal to the body to stay and finish its work. Ingle said he had two points which he wanted to address.

The motion passed 11-9. The meeting adjourned at 4:57.

Respectfully submitted,

John Tinkler


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