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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Faculty Council Minutes

April 28, 1998

Raccoon Mountain Room
University Center

Elected Members Present: Jim Avery, Boris Belinskiy, Tom Bibler, Mike Biderman, Martha Butterfield, Roland Carter, Karen Casey, Joe Dumas, Fritz Efaw, Gene Ezell, Jim Fraser, Phil Giffin, Diane Halstead, Jim Hiestand, Renee Lorraine, Deborah McAllister, Ed McMahon, Jonathan Mies, Judy Miler, Greg O’Dea, Cliff Parten, Verbie Prevost, Farhad Raiszadeh, Marea Rankin, Rebecca Rochat, Lauren Sewell, Mac Smotherman, Ann Stapleton, Jim Stroud, Felicia Sturzer, Larry Tillman, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Bruce Wallace

Elected Members Absent: Tatiana Allen, Ralph Anderson, Valerie Rutledge, Prakash Damshala, Marvin Ernst, Laurie Prather, Vicki Steinberg, Randy Whitson

Ex-Officio Members Present: Bill Berry, Sheila Delacroix, Jane Harbaugh, Bill Stacy, Tim Summerlin

Among the Guests Present: Deborah Arfken, Richard Brown, Betsy Darken, Bill Gurley, Lanny Janeksela, Margaret Kelley, Tom Payne, Greg Sedrick, Marilyn Willis, Barbara Wofford

Important Actions and Announcements

*The Council passed Gen Ed recommendations 4, 6, 7, and 10 (see addendum), and approved two new members for the faculty Gen Ed Implementation Committee.

*The Chancellor relayed information from UT officials about family leave and sexual harassment. He also addressed the issue of moving departments.

*Proposals from Graduate Council concerning concentration revisions and revisions in Special Education were approved.

*Faculty Council and certain committee elections were held.

*The Council passed a motion to change the Faculty Council meeting from 3:15 to 3 p.m.

*Reduced quorums for committees were approved for summer.

Call to Order

President Gene Ezell called the meeting to order at 1:31 p.m.

Approval of the Minutes of April 2, 1998

Professor Rebecca Rochat and Martha Butterfield indicated that although they had been marked neither present nor absent, they had been absent at the April 2 meeting. The minutes were approved as corrected.

Committee Reports

Executive Committee

President Ezell opened the floor for comments about tabled General Education recommendations 4, 6, 7, and 10 (see addendum. The other recommendations listed have already been approved). Professor Phil Giffin indicated that he opposed all four recommendations. Of number 4, he opined that General Education Committee members should not be singled out for any special recognition by the administration; other faculty members have worked hard on service as well. Recommendations 6 and 7, he thought, were departmental matters. Recommendation 10 serves no function other than to feed a bureaucracy. Professor Betsy Darken replied, in reference to recommendation 4, that the General Education Committee had worked very hard (especially in the last two years), had accomplished an enormous amount, and had not been rewarded in the past. Due to these factors, faculty have been reluctant to serve on the Committee. Professor Darken had to fight for an exceptional merit rating last year; it is very clear, she feels, that extensive service is not rewarded on this campus. Of no. 6, she remarked that the recommendation merely stated that departments "consider" developing a "capstone" course, and that some departments have already developed such a course. Of no. 7, she felt that it is extremely important for academic units to assess their degree programs in light of the Gen Ed goals in order for the Gen Ed program to fly. Recommendation 10, she noted, is already required. Professor Joe Dumas agreed with Professor Giffin that nos. 6 and 7 should be departmental matters. Professor Sturzer state that we will have to follow recommendation 7 whether we like it or not. In the end, the original motion to approve General Education recommendations 4, 6, 7, and 10 passed 23-4-2. In other business, Professor Darken moved that Professors John Trimpey and Tom Bibler be added to the faculty Gen Ed Implementation Committee. The motion passed with one abstention.

Concerning post-tenure review, President Gene Ezell indicated that he had nothing to add to the comments he had made in the full faculty meeting that day (see minutes of that meeting), other than to stress that the proposed policy will probably not the called "post-tenure" review, and that he will relay the Council’s recommendations about the proposed policy to UT officials on May 4th. An important Faculty Council recommendation is that any new job performance review not be linked to tenure in any way. Professor and UT Board member Martha Butterfield asked President Ezell to communicate to her the results of the May 4th meeting.

President Ezell then introduced new members elected to the Faculty Council earlier that day: from Fine Arts, Professor Roland Carter; from Humanities, Professors Lauren Sewell and John Trimpey; from Behavioral Science, Jim Fraser and Terri Salupo; from Education, Tom Bibler; from Engineering, Ed McMahon and Cliff Parten; and from Health and Human Services, Margaret Trimpey and Mike Whittle. Three members are still needed from the School of Business. (Professor Butterfield later suggested that one of these members be elected to a one year term so that terms may be staggered in the future.) New at-large members are Professors Pedro Campa, Jim Hiestand, and Deborah McAllister. Professor Verbie Prevost noted that members are still needed for various campus committees this year, and especially for the Gen Ed Committee.

On the topic of Family Leave, the Chancellor relayed that it is the position of UT officials that UT campuses may not develop a formal family leave or maternity leave policy for a special group (nine-month employees) or for part-time employees. He was surprised to hear that faculty with nine month contracts are considered by the System to be part-time. UTC may allow family leave on an ad hoc basis, however, with colleagues (regular or adjunct faculty) covering an individual’s work lead during the leave granted. Faculty requesting family leave may consult with their Heads, Deans, the Provost, and the Affirmative Action officer. The Provost indicated that he would be talking with Deans about this matter in the near future. Professor Butterfield asked if it would be possible to send a directive to the Handbook Committee to add some language to the appendix of the Handbook and this ad hoc policy (to accompany the State and Federal family leave policies already in the appendixes.). Provost Berry responded that this possibility will be discussed as well.

On the topic of UTC’s sexual harassment policy submitted to the System a few years ago, the Chancellor reported that UT’s position on sexual harassment is one of zero tolerance. It is essential that victims of harassment make a complaint (whether to the Affirmative Action Officer, Head, Dean, Provost, etc.), and do so as soon as possible after the problem occurs. Any policy developed should not specify mandatory sentences for those found guilty of harassment. (The original UTC policy had listed possible penalties that might be imposed by the Chancellor). Continuing education about sexual harassment is important.

On the topic of Diplomas, the Chancellor reported that diplomas are System diplomas; changing "The University of Tennessee" to "The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga" on diplomas is not a decision UTC can make. Associate Provost Harbaugh added that the legislature has empowered the Board to confer degrees, and that it would be the jurisdiction of the legislature, and not the Board, to make changes along these lines. President Ezell asked if the Baord could be requested to consult with the legislature about this issue, and the Chancellor said that such a move would be in order. There was no motion to this effect.

On the topic of moving departments, the Chancellor indicated that there is a Facilities Planning Committee that is responsible for the issue of "space" on campus, and that this Committee includes a cross-section of the campus community. Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard Brown reported that he chaired the Committee, which includes Professors and administrators Bill Aiken, Doug Kutz, Nate Pinkard, Marilyn Willis, Richard McDougal, Ralph Moser, Barbara Andersen, Larry Ettkin, Jim Avery, and Gene Ezell. He explained that the Committee considers capital outlay issues, requests for modification of existing space, and renovations of space. When there are requests for Divisions to move, departments, heads and deans are consulted. The Committee meets monthly; in the future, meeting times and agenda items will be posted on Raven. Professor Fritz Efaw stated forcefully that nay consultation with the Economics department concerning their move to Lupton Library had consisted of a mandate of "This is what will happen." While comments were invited, these comments were not taken seriously; promises made have not been kept. The entire episode has been a farce. Chancellor Stacy announced that the farces are over. Everyone will be invited to attend meetings of the Facilities Planning Committee.

Dean Tim Summerlin explained that Economics was moved out of Fletcher Hall and temporarily into the Library in 1996 because of construction. At that time, the administration was concerned with housing seven or eight departments, and there was consultation with all of those departments about how Guerry, Frist, and Metropolitan Hospital were going to be involved. As a result of that consultation, it was generally agreed that credit-generating programs, efficiency, and minimum of cost, and the logic of a move would have priority in terms of assigning space. At first, Frist seemed to be the logical home for Economics. Eventually, however, it seemed appropriate to wait until Metro construction was complete or near completion in order to allow Economics to consider that space as well. (The acceptability of the space would have been difficult to assess until recently). Professor Efaw responded that while the administration was waiting, new carpeting for the Library had taken priority over moving a department. Economics just found out about the Metro possibility the previous day. Departments have been consulted after the fact, and have had to wait years for acceptable space. President Ezell recommended that Assistant Vice Chancellor Brown post information about the Facilities Planning Committee after the meeting.

President Ezell then asked for a report from Graduate Council, and Professor Gurley moved approval of a expanded version of the proposals tabled from the last Council meeting (concerning Concentration revisions and revisions in Special Education). Both proposals were approved 28-0-2.

Provost’s Report

Provost Berry distributed a list of the new General Education Administrative Implementation Committee (see addendum). He thanked all of those who had helped orient him to his position and to the campus, and added that he was looking forward to working with the Faculty Council in the future. He announced that orientation for new faculty members would be held August 10-12.

Faculty Council Elections

President Ezell then held elections for Faculty Council officers and certain elected committees. Professor Tom Bibler was unanimously elected First Vice-President and Chair, Committee on Committees; Professor Deborah McAllister was unanimously elected as Second Vice-President and Chair, Handbook Committee; Professor Kathy Breeden was unanimously elected Secretary; and Professor Jim Hiestand was appointed Parliamentarian. Professors Jim Avery, Roland Carter, Joe Dumas, John Mies and Mike Whittle were elected to the Committee on Committees; Professors Pedro Campa, Valarie Copeland-Rutledge, Cliff Parten, Mac Smotherman and Margaret Trimpey were elected to the Handbook Committee. Professors Anne Bailey, Debbie Ingram and Janet Secrest were elected as regular members of the Grade Appeals Committee, and Professors Nancy Fell and Howard Finch were elected as alternates. Professor Barbara Norwood was elected Chair of Honor Court; Professors Renee Lorraine, Judy Miler, and Larry Stokes were elected as regular members of Honor Court, and Professors Marea Rankin, Lauren Sewell, and Vicki Steinberg were elected as alternates. Professors Jonathan Mies and John Trimpey were elected to Graduate Council.

Old and New Business

Under New Business, President Ezell recommended that faculty members moving into the phased retirement program be allowed parking benefits. Several older members of the Council responded enthusiastically to this recommendation. Professor Felicia Sturzer then moved that the meeting time for Faculty Council be changed from 3:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Professor Hiestand seconded the motion. Professor Efaw asked when the last class let on Thursdays, and the response was 2:55 p.m. (Labs continue into the afternoon). The motion passed unanimously. Professor Butterfield moved that committees be allowed to serve with reduced quorums during the summer, and the motion passed unanimously.


Professor Histand complimented Professor Ezell on his term as President; he noted that President Ezell managed to be efficient while letting everyone speak, and listened well. The Council extended the compliment with a round of applause.


President Ezell adjourned the meeting at 2:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Renee Cox Lorraine*

*Many thanks to Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey and Associate Provost Harbaugh, without whom the job of Faculty Council Secretary would be considerably more difficult.

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