Meeting Minutes: April 13, 2006

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Elizabeth Baker, Rex Campbell, Leah Cohn, Michael Devaney, Clark Gantzer, Catherine Holland, Philip Johnson, William Lamberson, Steven Neal, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Anand Prahlad, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Mark Prelas, Frank Schmidt, Laura Schopp, James Sterling, Wilson Watt, Roger Worthington, Lisa Zanetti, Flore Zephir, Michael Muchow (Librarians), Dean Yarwood (Retirees), and Rebekah Hart (secretary). Absent: Ken Benson, Charles Borduin, Bruce Bullock, Pat Fry, Michael Kramer, Alan Luger, Kenneth Macleod, Michael Taksar, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), and Andrew Simpson (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair William Lamberson at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. Lamberson announced that he was changing the order of the meeting to allow Council's guests to go first, then the remainder of the meeting would again follow the agenda. The minutes of the February 23, 2006 Faculty Council Meeting were approved with one minor change.

Report of Officers

Lamberson announced that there would be a general faculty meeting Wednesday, April 19, 2006 in Ellis Auditorium beginning at 3:30 p.m. Lamberson reported that at the upcoming April 21 Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting university benefits will be an item on the agenda. The university benefits currently available to faculty, staff, and retirees have come under scrutiny at the past several Board of Curators meetings. Laura Schopp, Observer to the Board, reported that at the March meeting the subject of retiree benefits, particularly the health insurance, is the one benefit most discussed in the benefit package available to present and retired university employees. There are other changes to the benefits package being discussed as well. Rex Campbell, IFC representative, reported that at the last IFC meeting the proposal to establish and then implement new hiring and promotion criteria for the non-tenure track faculty is continuing to be discussed.

Discussion Items

Guest(s): Michael Alden, Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics. As part of Director Alden's presentation he brought along Sara Reesman, Associate Director Athletic Student Services and Bryan Maggard, Assistant Director of Athletics. Intercollegiate Athletics has a budget of $43,000,000. In the discussion, a concern was raised that coach Mike Anderson's contract is written with an incentive for winning games but no incentive for promoting athletes' grades. A concern was raised about poor communication during the change of coaches. Alden conceded to this point and stated that he will address communication problems directly. Maggard reported on the athletes' Academic Progress Rate Academics (APR). The campus athletes APR has improved. A brief discussion took place on the recent Faculty Forum on Athletics.

Campus Writing Program. In attendance was Martha Townsend, Director, Campus Writing Program and Stephanie Craft, Chair, Campus Writing Board. Given the complete change in personnel of the campus writing program (resignation of staff plus director and assistant director), Campbell opened a discussion and presented a draft resolution in support of the campus writing program. Provost Brian Foster indicated that the campus would continue to support this program. Given the importance of this program, there is a need of better communication about changes in this program.

UM Wellness Initiative-Schopp. Schopp made a brief report on the Wellness Initiative. Results from a campus Health Risk Appraisal indicated that the main health concerns are: (1) stress, (2) too little exercise, (3) smoking (50 percent currently smoke). A discussion about a smoke-free campus took place.

Faculty Governance and Tenure Extension Ballot-Prather-Kinsey. The faculty ballot which is tentatively scheduled to begin processing the next day was reviewed by Council members. Lamberson asked if there were any changes anyone wished to suggest. Lamberson thanked Prather-Kinsey and her committee for all their work on the ballot.

Motion to Suspend the Rules on Election Procedures. Eileen Porter lead the discussion on the Rules on Election. The current nomination slate had 24 nominees. There was a motion to suspend the rules on the election procedure to allow Thomas Phillips, Biological Sciences and chair Academic Affairs to participate. The motion passed allowing this.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Phillips, Chair, reported on the proposal to extend the period for reporting grades from two to four days after the term ends.

Faculty Affairs: Prather-Kinsey, Chair, reported they are getting ready to send a letter on non-regular faculty to the Vice Provost.

Adjournment

The meeting went into a closed session for the 2006-09 Campus & Faculty Standing Committee Nominations. The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Clark Gantzer, Acting Recorder