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Faculty Council Minutes
September 14, 1989
Signal Mountain Room
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 Councils attention to the list of student names included with the minutes and moved approval; Weisbaker seconded. Discussion ranged over the particular list:
Discussion then got to the yearly complaints about students on committees:
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 committees reportthe 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.
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.
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.
Professor Robert Vallier reported from the Curriculum Committee on the new programB.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.
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.
Building concerns abound:
Mr. Butler has an explanation and a request for further care about doors.
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.
Mr. Butler was thanked by Bibler for his responses.
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.