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September 17, 1992
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: William Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Joe DePari, Jack Freeman, Arlie Herron, Larry Ingle, Doug Kingdon, Irene Loomis, Bob Marlowe, Gail Meyer, Betty Pickett, Marea Rankin, Edgar Shawen, David Shepherd, James Stroud, Larry Tillman, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Walters, Don Weisbaker, Carolyn Wiley

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Pedro Campa, Don Cassell, Susan Davidson, Debbie Ingram, Fred Nixon, Joseph Trahan

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Marvin Ernst, Joe Jackson, Grayson Walker

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Richard Brown, Latonya Dargan, Debbi Pringle, Roy Stinnett, Bob Swansbrough

Summary of Actions

Council approved additional committee changes as recommended by Committee on Committees.

Council agreed to have meetings follow Robert's Rules of Order, including a voting

chair and an affirmative vote of the majority of members present and voting required for passage of a motion.

Council approved a motion to bring Chapters 2 and 3 of the Faculty Handbook to the full faculty for approval on September 22. The rest will be distributed as information.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Butterfield at 3:20 pm.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of September 3 were approved as circulated.

Committee Reports

Committee on Committees

Motion 1: To accept the changes on committee membership as recommended by the Committee on Committees. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker. Approved by voice vote.

Scholarship Committee: Replace Alex Bykat with Margarette Koplan-Claypool.

General Education Committee: Replace Ron Bohrer with Felicia Sturzer.

Teacher Education Program: Add Marea Rankin.

Handbook Committee

Professor Carney reminded Council that the Faculty Handbook has not been published since 1983 due to plans for a system-wide handbook. Those plans have been laid to rest and now we need an updated handbook. The Handbook Committee has attempted to make all the pertinent changes with the realization that a "perfect" handbook will never exist.

Chapter 1: Editorial changes in this section have been made and some new ones suggested. This chapter is not written by faculty.

Chapter 2: Editorial changes were made on committees according to previous Council decisions. Much discussion followed on the following motions.

Motion 2: Page 18, 2.3.7, last paragraph: Voting. All faculty and student members are eligible to vote, including a faculty chair of a committee. Omit rest of paragraph. Moved by Professor Stroud, seconded by Professor Townsend. Motion passed 22-2-1.

Motion 3: Page 16, 2.3.6, Section 3: Any resolution or motion may be passed only by the affirmative vote of the majority of the members present and voting. Motion made by Professor Stroud, seconded by Professor Carrithers. Motion approved by voice vote.

Chapter 3:

Motion 4: Page 32, 3.4.6, 2nd paragraph: Replace with the following new paragraph:

"The dossier should also contain a vita describing the candidate's education, experience prior to coming to UTC, work and achievements at UTC, copies or abstracts of the candidate's publications, and student rating scores for all courses taught at UTC prior to tenure or since the last promotion. The dossier may also include letters documenting public service and other material of value to the evaluation process. In addition, the faculty member is encouraged to include a summary of annual Educational Development by Objectives (EDO) evaluations."

Motion made by Professor Carrithers, seconded by Professor Bibler. Motion failed by voice vote.

Motion 5: Page 28, 3.1.5, Appointment Criteria for Professor, #2: delete "or strong potential for teaching." Motion made by Professor J. Trimpey, seconded by Professor Shawen. Motion passed 17-4-4.

Chapter 2 (again):

Motion 6: Page 14, 2.3.3., Sec. 2, Faculty Council Membership: Delete clause "or serve as head of an academic department." Motion made by Professor Ingle, seconded by Professor Bibler. Motion failed 6-12-4.

Chapter 8: This chapter is still being rewritten. What is submitted shows current policy.

Motion 7: To take the Handbook as corrected to faculty on September 22 for approval. Motion made by Professor Carney and seconded by Professor J. Trimpey. Motion amended to take Chapters 2 and 3 to faculty on September 22 for approval and the rest of the document for information. Friendly amendment by Professor Ingle and Shawen. Motion carried 18-1-0.

There are issues to be dealt with in other sections of the Handbook at a future date, including a legal interpretation of Section 4.2.4, especially the last paragraph dealing with drug testing.

Old Business


New Business

Professor Carrithers asked if there is a campus-wide recycling program in effect or being considered. Richard Brown replied that one is being developed and bids are out now for a vendor to run it. In addition, the State of Tennessee has mandated a 25% reduction in waste, and a program to minimize paper is being studied.




Council adjourned at 6:00 pm!!

Respectfully submitted,

Gail M. Meyer


You Had to Be There: Professor Townsend, due to his interests in furniture and anatomy, found curious the Mission Statement's description of "a program of well-endowed chairs."

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