Meeting Minutes: September 20, 2001

Attendance

Present: Jeffrey Anglen, Nelson Cowan, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, L. Wayne Hess, Daniel Hooley, Robert Jerry, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Anne McKendry, Loren Nikolai, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, Eileen Porter, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, MaryEllen Sievert, Bill Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Jenice Prather-Kinsey (Black Faculty & Staff), Mark Prelas (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Tobias Baskin, Gordon Christensen, and Tom Hurley.

Report of Officers

Chair Russ Zguta called the meeting to order in room S203 of the Memorial Union at 3:33 p.m. Zguta introduced Handy Williamson, the new Vice Provost for Minority Affairs, International Programs and Faculty Development, who was representing the Provost's Office at the meeting.

Action Items

Presidential Search Resolution. A resolution asking the Board of Curators to include faculty in their search for a new system president passed unanimously. It is worded as follows:

The University of Missouri Board of Curators is embarking on a search for a new system President. MU Faculty Council urges continuing the practice from earlier searches for chancellors and presidents of involving faculty in the search processes. Given the concern for excellence and able leadership shared by both the Board of Curators and the faculty, we believe we can cooperate in fruitful ways to identify the strongest candidates for the President of the University of Missouri. Therefore, we urge the Board to include faculty, substantially, in the search process.

General Education Ballot. Faculty unanimously passed the wording for a ballot on the general education guidelines along with an authorization for mass e-mails and a "frequently asked questions" (FAQ) file on the Council website.

Discussion Items

Guests: Michael Alden, Athletic Director , Sarah Reesman, Associate Director, and Brian Maggard, Assistant Director Intercollegiate Athletics.

Alden reported that they are committed to academic integrity, social responsibility, and competitive excellence. He announced that a self-study of the athletic department will be conducted this year and it will be lead by MaryEllen Sievert. He further shared plans for facility improvements for basketball, tennis, Brewer Field house, the soccer and softball fields. Finally, the new sports medicine degree program was mentioned as being added to the curriculum. A member of Council questioned the graduation rates of the men's basketball team. Maggard and Alden responded that we are working to improve GPA's and graduation rates as well as community responsibility.

Other. Doctors L. Wayne Hess (Ob/Gyn) and Harry Griffiths (Radiology) made a presentation on the University Hospitals and Medical School. They reported huge losses of faculty in each of their departments which represents from one-half to more than two-thirds of the faculty in their departments. As a result of this, it may be very difficult to recruit replacements in some of the critical sub-specialties and further, some departments may be in danger of losing their residency programs due to lack of physicians to oversee residents. It was alleged that the Customer Service Initiative resulted in minimal improvement and that the Medical Records Department is poorly run. They reported that many faculty were said to be disgruntled at the positive spin put on a bad situation. This morale problem extends from the medical faculty to the technologists and residents. They argued that salaries at the Medical School and University Hospital are too low. The current leadership at the hospitals, medical school, and health science centers were faulted. Finally, Hess and Griffiths noted the difficulty in gaining access to doctors at the hospital and voiced fears that our scores on the medical boards could slip because faculty are so pressed to be in clinic and there isn't any time to teach.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Sudarshan Loyalka, Chair, reported that they have requested statistics from Lori Franz's office on promotion and tenure, non-regular faculty, and the number of administrators. Loyalka noted that Council passed three resolutions concerning the grievance procedure last academic year and that the Chancellor's office has not followed procedures stipulated in these resolutions. Finally, he informed Council that AAUP has written to the Chancellor concerning the grievance procedure.

Fiscal Affairs: Pat Timberlake reported to Council the following items discussed at the Council Workshop: the budget for the MU Library; the Faculty Performance Share Plan; concerns of retirees; tuition benefits; and, faculty salary differentiation among divisions.

Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, reported that his committee is working on a wording change in the "Collected Rules and Regulations".

Student Affairs: Mike Devaney, Chair, reported that this academic year his committee would be concerned with: advising, retention, student conduct, and international studies and study abroad.

Adjournment

The open meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m. to go into a closed session for an election. Council was then adjourned at 5:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder