THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
December 1, 1994
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Valarie Adams, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Ken Carson, Betsy Cook, Neal Coulter, Robert Duffy, Aniekan Ebiefung, Fritz Efaw, Ahmed Eltom, Phil Giffin, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Doug Kingdon, Renée Lorraine, Jim Macomber, Anna Panorska, Loretta Prater, Katherine Rehyansky, Mike Russell, Greg Sedrick, Jim Stroud, John Tinkler, Jeannette Vallier, David Wiley, Sally Young
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Jim Avery, Prem Chopra, Lloyd Davis, Howard Finch, John Garrett, David Levine, John Lynch, Jim McDonell, Maria Smith, Margaret Trimpey, Ling-Jun Wang
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT:
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Ray Hall, Mike Jones, John Phillips, Marea Rankin, Tim Summerlin, Dan Webb
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:18 by President Tom Bibler.
Approval of Minutes
Professor David Wiley moved that the minutes be approved as distributed. The motion passed unanimously.
Athletic Committee Report on Scheduling
Professor Mike Jones, pinch hitting for Professor Walker Breland, said that the athletic departments policy of athletes missing no more than three Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes or two Tuesday-Thursday classes is still in effect. He believes that only members of the golf team have had to have exceptions because they are not able to play on most of the golf courses on weekends.
Professor David Wileys student, a wrestler, alleged that he had to miss five classes, all of them on Friday. Professor Jones said that he would personally check with wrestling coach Ralph Manning about it.
Professor Mike Russell asked about night classes. What is the policy on that?
Professor Jones said that he realized that missing a night class was the equivalent of missing a week of classes. There has been a problem with a night EHLS class which Professor Jones has conferred with Professor Robert Norred about. Mary Tinkler encourages athletes not to take night classes which they will have to miss. The coaches are responsive to our concerns.
Departmental Honors Committee
Professor John Phillips passed around a list of proposed honors projects and advisors. Professor Renée Lorraine moved and Professor Nick Honerkamp seconded the motion to approve the list.
Professor Anna Panorska noted that Eastern Europe was misspelled on the list. She would like more information about what countries the student considered "Eastern Europe" and whether the student knew any Eastern European languages.
Professor Phillips said that the student will be going to the Czech Republic and doing most of his research here.
Professor Panorska noted that there are big differences among Eastern European countries.
Professor Robert Duffy said that the student would be at Masaryk University in Breno and will have help with translating.
Professor Mike Russell had a question about the GPAs listed because some students had two.
Professor John Phillips explained that some students have two majors.
Professor Duffy asked if students would get honors in both majors.
Professor Phillips said that honors would be given only in the first major listed.
The motion passed unanimously.
Library Policies on Computers
Professor Randy Whitson was at another meeting, but Professors Ray Hall and Marea Rankin were there to discuss library policies on computers.
To follow up on last meetings concern that students were being denied access to the computers, Professor Ray Hall conferred with Professor Patricia Haase in nursing. They have worked out their misunderstanding about computer use.
Professor Wiley referred to the list of resources at Chattanooga State Technical Community College which Professor Martha Butterfield had made part of the record at the last meeting. Do we not have these databases?
Professor Hall said no. Decisions about what databases to own has to be based on a finite budget. Because the faculty seemed to want serial literature, the library spent more money there. A hefty part of the budget goes to serials.
Professor Marea Rankin noted that UTCs library was the first to have CD-ROMs. In order to receive SACS accreditation, they were made available for faculty and graduate student use. The library had planned to expand their use for undergraduate students, but budget impoundments at that time kept them from doing so. The progress they are making now has been planned for the last five years. Librarians do not want to limit access, but they have had to do what they could manage while they are short two full-time librarians. They are going to be adding indices now.
Professor Betsy Cook asked who made decisions on purchases.
Professor Rankin said that the reference librarians do most of the purchasing, but they welcome faculty input.
Professor Cook asked if CECA made the choices.
Professor Rankin replied "not currently."
Professor Wiley asked if there was a subtext in her answer.
Professor Rankin said that she believes that CECA is loading some databases now, but that CECA doesnt always send the library information about what they are doing.
Professor Cook asked if students would have to have an account to use the databases.
Professor Rankin said that hadnt been decided yet.
Professor Cook asked who in CECA was working with the library.
Professor Rankin did not know.
Professor Wiley noted that Professor Rankins answer illustrated a problem which we thought we had solved with the Computer Priorities Committee. We need liaison between the faculty, library, and CECA.
Professor Rankin noted that Professor Whitson was not at Faculty Council because he is working on getting a CD-ROM LAN connected in the library.
With regard to needing an account to use the databases, we will have to see what licensing fees are. As it is now, only ten people can use the Academic Index simultaneously.
Professor Hall noted UTC has available in print format some of the indices Chattanooga State has on computer.
Professor Rankin noted that you have to decide if you need continuity. Often we need to keep the print version as well as the CD-ROM.
Professor Martha Butterfield said that we should support the library on several fronts. The faculty needs to assert itself with regard to the needs of our students in the library. Many nursing students go to other libraries, especially Knoxville, and come back amazed at what they can find. Interlibrary loan can be very expensive outside of the system. Chattanooga State students can print out entire articles from their database at no charge. In fact, Chattanooga State reports that our College of Business students use their library.
Professor Rankin agreed that was true, but noted that many Chattanooga State students come here to do their research. Although they have the CD-ROMs, we have the serials. Many students routinely go to other libraries in their research process.
Professor Cook asked if they should have to.
Professor Martha Butterfield moved that Faculty Council support the library staff in their quest to hire adequate faculty and staff and get adequate funding for needed materials and technology. Professor Russell seconded the motion. He remembers that a higher education report suggested that at least 6% of the University budget should go for library materials.
Professor Larry Ingle said that he supports the motion, but proposes an amendment which would lay the resolution at the door of the administration. Decisions about spending priorities are made on the administrative level.
Professor Martha Butterfield said that the intent of her motion was also to get faculty input into the Library Committee, CECA, and related committees. She wants better communication between the Library Committee and Faculty Council.
Professor Ingle said that in partial defense of the administration, a previous Provost had said that the question was salaries or libraries, which do you want? The faculty chose salaries. We need to let the administration know what we desire.
Professor Anna Panorska noted that as a graduate student, she had access to good materials in California but used interlibrary loan. Even in big research libraries, students must still use interlibrary loan. She continues to use interlibrary loan at UTC. Although our library has limited math journals, she has always been able to get needed materials. She highly praised our librarians for being able to find even very remote journals for her.
Professor Russell said that he intended no criticism of the librarians either. He noted that presently there is only one interlibrary loan person; further, there is the question of cost.
Professor Renée Lorraine noted that she had already spent about $50.00 this year.
Professor Cook said that interlibrary loan is only one issue. What faculty want is input. We all realize that we cannot have it all.
Professor Lorraine noted that we have an excellent library staff; she is interested in the percentage recommended by SACS. Is there an amendment to the original motion?
Professor Ingle said that it had never been amended.
Professor Lorraine moved to amend the motion to say that Faculty Council recommends to administration that we follow the American College and Research Libraries recommendation on what percentage of the university budget should be given to the library.
Professor Larry Ingle seconded the motion.
Professor Honerkamp said that faculty should be prepared for getting the "or"library, not salaries.
Professor Wiley believes that we should not have a Hobsons Choice. The administration is responsible for securing sufficient funds for University needs.
Professor Stroud said that we should be able to say what we need to without worrying about whether we can ask for something else we need.
The merged motion passed unanimously.
Report from the Provost
Although the Provost had asked to be on the agenda, he is in Nashville, so his report will be deferred to the next Faculty Council meeting.
General Education Report
Professor Martha Butterfield said that Ms. Barbara Verhine had compiled all the comments from luncheons held this fall. They are going to summarize the ten pages and schedule a large meeting in March. Later they will break up into smaller groups again. After small group sessions, the Committee will make recommendations.
The Committee sent the UC Foundation a proposal to study general education over a two-year period which would culminate in proposed changes in requirements. SACS, for example, suggested two changes involving oral communication skills and computer skills.
Professor Russell wondered how much money they had requested. An earlier request for $10,000 by Dr. John Trimpeys committee was turned down.
Professor Butterfield said they had asked for $18,000 over a two-year period. This money would be used for speakers, travel to places which were doing interesting general education revisions, and the like.
Professor Russell asked what the long-term goals for this years committee were.
Professor Butterfield said to complete data gathering.
Professor Russell asked if a proposal would be forthcoming.
Professor Butterfield said no, not this year. According to their grant request, 1997 would be the time to implement any proposed changes.
Professor Russell asked if SACS was making the recommendations about oral communication and computer skills to other universities, or had UTC been singled out.
Professor Butterfield did not know.
Dean Tim Summerlin said that SACS was making such recommendations elsewhere. We tend to hear about it only as other schools come up for accreditation.
Professor Russell had just wondered if the recommendation to UTC was an anomaly.
Professor Butterfield said no. Employees have asked for better communication skills and computer skills.
Professor Wiley noted that the Theatre and Speech Department offers a number of courses in communication skills but that they are unable to offer them every semester because there is not enough staff to do so. His department would be happy to expand and become as big as the English Department.
President Bibler said, "Unfortunately, were sending our money to the library!"
Professor Wiley said we need a serious commitment to staffing if we add such a requirement to General Education.
Professor Larry Ingle had a question about the stadium. The Chancellor has said that UTC will give two million dollars to the stadium building fund. He wonders why we need to do this. Wont the stadium committee let UTC play there if we do not donate money?
President Bibler said that we will get an answer to that question.
Professor Wiley said that a man had come to measure the wall in Brock 201 for a chalkboard, but nothing else had happened yet.
President Bibler hoped something would be done over Christmas.
Professor Anna Panorska said that she regularly works in her office on Saturday and Sunday. Recently she has almost frozen. She wonders if the buildings are heated only when students are there. She did not get sick, but if she had, would that be considered an on-the-job injury?
Professor Honerkamp noted that heat is regularly turned off during administrative closings, but that Physical Plant will lend you a heater.
Professor Panorska said she had been told by her assistant department head that small heaters were illegal.
Professor Kingdon noted that heating had always been a problem. Those who teach night classes regularly get cold unless they teach on the side of the building that gets afternoon sun.
Professor Panorska wondered if something could be done.
Professor Wiley noted that turning off the heat saves money for faculty salaries.
Professor Russell noted that such austerity measures had been implemented during the energy crisis.
Professor Panorska also had a security question. She was in her building late and saw two men wandering through the building. She had gotten in with her key. When she asked one of the men what he was doing, he said that he had come to study. She assumed that although the Math Building was locked, perhaps Brock was not.
Professor Russell encouraged her to call Security if something like that happened again.
Professor Honerkamp noted that people without keys are not allowed in the building.
Professor Neal Coulter noted that the library is also cold on weekends.
Professor Stroud thinks there is a rationale for keeping a good environment even when students are not present. Instruments and computers are sensitive to changes in temperature.
President Bibler wished all present a Happy Holiday and presented each Faculty Council member with a candy cane.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.