THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 4, 1993
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: William Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Susan Davidson, Joe DePari, Jack Freeman, Arlie Herron, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Debbie Ingram, Doug Kingdon, Gail Meyer, John Nixon, Betty Pickett, Ossama Saleh, Edgar Shawen, David Shepherd, Larry Tillman, Gavin Townsend, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Walters, Don Weisbaker, Carolyn Wiley
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: David Carrithers, Don Cassell, Irene Loomis, Marea Rankin, James Stroud, Joseph Trahan, John Trimpey
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Ralph Moser, Fred Obear, John Rudley, Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Bob Fulton, Chris Mawata, Anna Panorska, Jim Poston, Clint Smullen, Pat Snowden, Bob Swansbrough
Summary of Actions
Council approved motion from Executive Committee to complete campus cabling within two years.
Council made changes to Compensated Outside Services Draft (attached).
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:20 pm by President Butterfield.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of 2/18/93 were approved as circulated.
Executive Committee - President Butterfield
President Butterfield reminded committee chairpersons that all committee reports are due by April 1.
Due to the large volume of appeals coming to and from several committees, a special committee is to be appointed to look at appeals and the appeal process to determine if any changes are needed. All pertinent committee chairs will be involved.
Handbook Committee - Professor Carney
The Committee is now correcting some small errors and typos. The Handbook is now on the System lawyer's desk. Hopefully, after delays of months, it will be back on campus in final form before the end of the current academic year. Professor Campa suggested that campus payments to the System be reduced in proportion to the delay of the Handbook. The suggestion was not put to a vote, although it received a favorable reaction from the Council.
Committee on Committees - Professor Bibler
The Committee list for preferences for 1993-94 should be in the mail. Please return before spring break.
Report on Cabling the Campus - Acting Provost Walker and Vice Chancellor John Rudley
A consulting group is looking at standards for internal wiring of each building, including up to Ethernet standards. Running fiber optic lines will be in three phases: 1) library; 2) Health and Human Services and Frist Hall; 3) other buildings. Mr. Rudley stated that phases one and two would be a pilot project to allow a cost-benefit analysis in order to put cabling on a budget priority list.
This generated quite a discussion on how to define benefits. Many commented that Internet capabilities are simply an expected commodity by new and potential faculty and that some individuals would not come to this campus if it is not in place.
Mr. Rudley attempted to assure the Council that it was not if but when, and that Janet Wixson, Acting Provost Walker, and other individuals will help determine how to phase in the cost.
Professor Herron asked if it was true that Janet Wixson crawled through a tunnel from Hunter Hall to the library to prove it existed. When Dean Jackson confirmed the rumor was true, it was commented that she should have attached a cable to her ankle! Dean Jackson also reminded Council that Internet is available through the library for other areas of campus.
Motion 1 from Executive Committee, made by President Butterfield, seconded by Professor DePari:
That UTC complete campus cabling, including the fiber optics network, within two years so that services are available to the library and Internet is available to all faculty offices.
Question: How does the motion fit in with pilot study?
Ans: It doesn't.
Motion passed 23-0-4.
Chancellor: Budget hearings for 1993-94 are concluding. This motion means this is a budgetary priority. Does it take precedence over others from this body?
Motion 2 from Executive Committee, made by President Butterfield, seconded by Professor Ingle:
During this time of reduced funding for higher education, the "lion's share" of the dollars go to academic and academic support services, and that the Chancellor be an assertive leader in the decision-making towards achievement of this objective.
Professor Ingle: Does Faculty Council have authority to instruct the Chancellor on his priorities?
Professor Weisbaker: Council recommends only. It lets the Chancellor know what the faculty thinks.
Discussion followed concerning the definition of Academic Support Services and what areas would be cut.
Motion made to table Motion 2 by Professors Herron and Shawen. Vote to table passed 20-4-1.
Professor Ingle asked if motions must be made in writing and distributed in advance. Professor Campa answered that only substantive changes must be distributed 48 hours prior to a meeting, and President Butterfield also stated that motions can be made from the floor.
Compensated Outside Services - Acting Provost Walker
This document, originally generated by UT System, includes feedback from departments. Changes to the document are:
1. p 3, top of page, second line (in point 3) - Added: Weekend and after school hours are excluded.
2. p 4, bottom of page - Added last sentence: In the event that a faculty member is needed to teach an "overload" course or a continuing education course, this course shall not be counted as part of compensated outside service effort.
This last change is contrary to the previous Provost's stand.
Much discussion followed on change #1. What are school hours? It is a matter of "professionalism" to get the job done. There was a consensus to delete change #1, but it was felt a substitute was needed "to bridge the gap between professionalism and nit-picking." When no one volunteered to chair a group to come up with better language, President Butterfield took it on as a challenge (to find a volunteer, that is).
Report on Retirements within the next five years - Acting Provost Walker
A study is being prepared which will show the faculty is "becoming geriatric." There are 58 faculty age 55 and older: 1 assistant, 13 associates, 44 full professors. If one assumes retirement at age 65, there are thirty-three potential retirements in the next five years, twenty-four of whom are full professors. The loss will be spread fairly equally across all departments.
New Calendar Status - Acting Provost Walker
The Deans' Council, Chancellor's Staff, Graduate Council, Graduate Office and Financial Aid Office have all studied and found acceptable the new calendar. Associate Provost Harbaugh will see if it will be included in the new catalogue for Spring 1994.
Student Evaluations: Administrative Decisions - Acting Provost Walker
Although he could find nothing in writing which set standards, Acting Provost Walker confirmed that when student evaluations were the only documentation of teaching submitted, no one with very low evaluations had been granted tenure in recent years.
Update on the Challenger Project - Chancellor Obear
The UTC Center is one of seven in the nation to be developed as a Learning and Teaching Center. The project is funded by Hamilton County and Chattanooga City Schools, McKee Baking Company, and other private gifts. It is not state funded.
The Center itself must be open by December, 1993, even if in temporary space. Location, governance and other issues are still unresolved.
1. The next meeting is April 1st.
2. The Faculty Retirement dinner is April 6.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 pm.
Gail M. Meyer
The "Outstanding Input to the Meeting" Award goes, without a doubt, to Acting Provost Walker!