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September 20, 1990
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Michael Bell, Tom Bibler, Stan Byrd, Rick Callaway, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, Delores Craig, George Helton, Jim Hiestand, Chris Mawata, Gary McDonald, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Lyn Miles, Peter Pringle, Edgar Shawen, Mary Tanner, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Paul Watson, Don Weisbaker, Colbert Whitaker, David Wiley, Rock Wilson, Terry Zivney

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Betsy Darken, Ziad Keilany, Steve LeWinter

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Jim Henry, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Charles Renneisen

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Marilyn Benson, Dave Butler, Stephanie Chapman (Times), Stan Fjeld, Paul Gaston, Thor Hall

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Pedro Campa at 3:20 pm. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted by a unanimous voice vote.

Results from the Mail Vote on the Engineering Freshman Seminar Proposal

Pedro Campa announced that over the summer there had been a mail vote of the Council to approve the proposed Freshman Seminar course for the School of Engineering. The results of this vote were 19 for, 2 against, with 2 members wanting a meeting to be called to discuss the proposal.

Committee on Committees

Tom Bibler presented a list of the students to be named members of the various Faculty Council committees (Attachment A). He moved acceptance of these students as listed. The motion was seconded and passed by a unanimous voice vote.

Terry Carney mentioned the problem of obtaining a quorum in the Admission Committee due to the student members being counted as members and nearly never being in attendance. He moved to reduce the student representation on the Admissions Committee to one student from two students. This was seconded and passed with a vote of 16 for, 5 against, 1 abstention. This is hereby referred to the Handbook Committee.

Tom Bibler announced that two Admissions Committee members could not serve this year (Lott and Pratt) and moved their replacement on that committee by Jan Printz (Human Services) and Sam Cappel (Management). The motion was seconded and passed by a unanimous voice vote.

Tom Bibler announced that Stephanie Bellar is a newly elected Faculty Council member from the Behavioral Sciences division. He also announced that the Business School needs to elect a new member of Faculty Council to replace Ziad Keilany, who resigned his Faculty Council position.

Election of Members for Honor Court Committee

The Honor Court Committee was elected by the procedure listed in the Faculty Handbook.

Robert Rogers (Criminal Justice) was elected Chair, by acclamation
Marcia Noe (English), member
Tom Waddell (Chemistry), member
Rock Wilson (Geosciences), member
Dave Anderson (Geosciences), alternate
Virgil Thomason (Engineering), alternate
Terry Walters (mathematics), alternate

TIAA/CREF Retirement Cashability/Transferability Option Progress Report

Pedro Campa has talked to the other UT system Faculty Senate presidents and some of those from the Board of Regents schools, all of whom are interested in reversing the decision of the Legislature to deny cashability and portability of retirement benefits at the time of retirement. Pedro Campa described as inaccurate the comments by Emerson Fly at the April, 1990, UTC Faculty Meeting. Pedro Campa had named an ad hoc Committee on Benefits to look into this matter. The committee is composed of Martha Butterfield, chair, and members Bill Hales, Thor Hall and Rocky Renneisen.

Thor Hall spoke about his efforts to reverse the Legislature's decision. He said he was quite disturbed by a letter from Steven Curry, head of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS), supporting the action that the Legislature took. In response he has written to State Senator Ray Albright on the matter. Thor Hall read his letter to the Faculty Council (Attachment B).

Terry Zivney mentioned that the Tennessee AAUP had a resolution supporting cashability of TIAA-CREF benefits. Jim Hiestand asked what UTK's faculty thought about this. Pedro Campa responded that he thought that they were upset, but it was not as well known.

Thor Hall requested that the Faculty Council/Senate leaders push for a recall of the restrictive measure in the Legislature. Pedro Campa supported that.

Proposed Academic Calendar

Ray Fox and a committee have presented a proposed academic calendar (Attachment C) that addresses some of the concerns of the Faculty Council. Those concerns include unequal lengths of the Fall and Spring semester (mentioned by Jim Hiestand and others), the burden of Monday holidays on classes that meet only on Mondays, semesters of less than 14 weeks, and absence of snow make-up days.

The constraints in modifying the Academic Calendar include summer school terms, commencements being held before classes resume, and desire for Christmas breaks. In response to a question about accrediting requirements, Jane Harbaugh mentioned that there was some mention by the accreditation documents of 2200 contact minutes for a semester course (which equals 50 minutes/meeting x 3 meeting/week x 14-2/3 weeks).

Lyn Miles moved (Don Weisbaker seconded) that Ray Fox examine a calendar that had 13-1/2 to 14 weeks semester, began after Labor Day and ended before Christmas, that had 2 snow days in the Spring and had no change in summer school. Peter Pringle spoke against the motion as being too restrictive. Terry Carney spoke against the motion because he said Ray Fox isn't the right person to look into this; the Faculty Council should do it. The motion failed with 6 for, 20 against.

Edgar Shawen moved (Tom Bibler seconded) that we forget the whole thing and stick with the current Academic Calendar. In the course of discussion, this motion was withdrawn in favor of a motion by Peter Pringle (Don Weisbaker seconded) that the matter be referred to the Faculty Council Executive Committee and report back to Faculty Council. This motion passed with 17 for, 4 against, 3 abstaining.

Appointment of an Ad Hoc Women's Committee

Pedro Campa postponed the announcing of this committee because not all committee members have been identified yet.

Member Concerns/Announcements

Jim Hiestand expressed concern that the Godfather's Classic Basketball tournament is the weekend before finals in December. Pedro Campa said that Athletic Director Ed Farrell will be at the Faculty Council meeting to talk about issues that could include this.

John Trimpey said he would like to see a summative review of the Faculty Council actions for the last year in order to get a clear picture of what was completed and what still needs to be completed.

David Wiley mentioned the confusion due to the inaccuracy in the clocks on campus.

Ken Venters expressed concern about the pedestrian dangers in crossing Douglas Street at Oak Street. Fred Obear said that the university had in the past requested a 4-way stop at that intersection, just as there is at Douglas and Vine. The city traffic had denied the request at the time. He said that he would ask again, considering the new situation with more UTC buildings along Oak Street. Delores Craig said she had mentioned it to Richard Brown and he had agreed to look into it.

Facilities Concerns

Terry Zivney complained that there were some faculty members who had been here for some time who still did not have private phone lines.


The meeting adjourned at 4:25 pm.

Summary of Action Items of Today's Meeting.

Handbook Committee to change student representation on Admissions Committee
Business School to elect Faculty Council representative
Pedro Campa to carry TIAA-CREF concerns forward to other Tennessee faculty bodies
Faculty Council Executive Committee to consider revised academic calendar and report back to Council
Pedro Campa to announce Ad Hoc Women's Committee at next Council meeting
Fred Obear and/or Richard Brown to ask city for traffic control around Douglas at Oak intersection

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Henry

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