Winter Semester General Faculty Meeting: April 19, 2006
Call-to-Order and AttendanceThe Winter Semester General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Chancellor Deaton in the Ellis Auditorium of Ellis Library. Approximately 150 people were in attendance.
Opening Remarks & Introductions by Chancellor DeatonDeaton welcomed the attendees of this meeting. He made some brief introductory remarks then turned the podium over to Professor Lamberson, Chair, MU Faculty Council for his report.
Report from Faculty CouncilLamberson began by recognizing the members of Faculty Council Executive Committee for their work this year. The listing is as follows: Vice Chair - Frank Schmidt; Recorder - Pat Fry; Editor of Faculty Handbook and Website - Mark Prelas; Observer to the Board of Curators - Laura Schopp; Intercampus Faculty Council Representative - Rex Campbell; Parliamentarian - Pat Fry; Chair of Academic Affairs - Tom Phillips; Chair of Faculty Affairs - Jenice Prather-Kinsey; Chair of Fiscal Affairs - Edward Adelstein; Chair of Student Affairs - Michael Devaney; Chair of Diversity Enhancement - Wilson Watt. He extended thanks to all members of Faculty Council.
He reported this past year Council was part sponsor of a Red Cross Blood Drive which achieved 150 percent of its goal. On the annual appointment of faculty members to the campus standing committees there was a 50 percent increase in the number of volunteers for committee open seats this year. Lamberson extended thanks to those who participated in the Forum on Faculty Engagement in Athletics: Lori Franz, Gail Ludwig, Michael Alden, Rex Campbell, Michael Devaney and others. Faculty Council continues to work on a standard policy for student attendance at extra curricular activities and extending the end of semester from 2.5 to 4 days to allow time for grading after finals.
Faculty Council is sponsoring a ballot that would include two issues. The first is a proposal for automatic one-year approval for an extension to the tenure probationary period for faculty that become new parents during this period. A second one-year extension is included if the faculty member becomes a parent a second time during the probationary period. The second ballot proposal would clarify policies regarding extending shared governance to the departmental level, with provisions for faculty input into decision-making mechanisms such as faculty meetings. Lamberson introduced Jenice Prather-Kinsey to talk on this balloting. Prather-Kinsey explained and demonstrated the procedure for the faculty vote within the next week. To keep the vote anonymous, the two ballots are to be folded and placed into the blank white envelope and then placed into a pink campus envelope, sealed and signed to document voting rights. The faculty were advised that the deadline for returned ballots is Friday, April 28, 2006.
The final topic of the Council's report is on non-tenure track faculty. Lamberson introduced Rex Campbell to report on this issue. Campbell discussed the work of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) on the proposal for Non-Tenure Track (NTT) faculty. This proposal will not have any impact on tenure or tenure track faculty. Over the last decade, there has been an increase from 255 to 458 non-tenure track faculty. During this period the tenure and tenure track faculty have decreased from 1,222 to 1,150. Much of this proposal deals with the clarification of titles for these persons. In addition, the draft proposal explains that best practices would ensure that these faculty would have a single primary responsibility in research, teaching, clinical, and extension. The timeline for this proposal is for discussion by the IFC in summer of 2006, discussed by Faculty Council in fall 2006, and implemented in winter of 2007. (See "Non-Tenure Track Faculty")
Campus Update-Chancellor Brady DeatonThe Chancellor began his report with a listing of future capital projects here on the Columbia campus. $300,000,000 in investments, $215,000,000 for the health sciences center, a total of $500,000,000 in the next ten years. This includes: Reynolds Institute, Lafferre Hall, Clinical Support & Education, Schweitzer Hall, Mid-Missouri Technology Business, Inc., Student Services including Brady Commons and Student Housing. University of Missouri Health Care plans for additional capital projects not included in the campus budget.
At present, there is a goal to move ten percent of the Administration funding to the university's core missions. This administrative streamlining is being done through adjustments for efficiency and a reduced number of administrative positions. College and Schools have merged departments and eliminated departmental structure. These recent efforts, as well as other initiatives, have resulted in a growth in academic funding of 22 percent without new funding for administrative support. The campus is also increasing efficiency by computer network server consolidation, extending the time for replacement of computers for three to four years, reducing property insurance costs and reduced credit card fees.
Intercollegiate Athletics is largely self-sufficient however received 2.4 million dollars in university funding. Campus athletics are increasingly competitive in terms of the Academic Performance Rate (APR) and MU is currently 46th nationally, and tied for first place among the Big 12 schools. There are only thirteen Public Division 1 schools that have a better record than MU. In addition to being academically successful, athletics continue to provide support service to the campus, such as assisting with the Agriculture Day Barbeque.
Several legislative items were discussed including the Lewis & Clark MOHELA initiative. The HB 1865 Bearden Bill was also discussed. It would put state funding for Higher Education on a much different funding basis, allowing $1,000.00 scholarships to go to private institutions after the state has funded higher education at the 2001 level. The fund raising effort "For All We Call Mizzou" the goal of raising one billion dollars is at the $637 million level. These funds have been used to fund 400 new scholarships and 61 endowed faculty positions. These uses will continue to be the focus for these funds.
The Chancellor highlighted successful work by Randall S. Prather (Animal Science) and Scott Cairns (English) for winning a Guggenheim fellowship; John Ernst (Music) for original composition entitled "The City Awakens"; Paul Pattison, Sandra Abell (Science Teaching and Learning) for winning a NSF grant; Debra Parker-Oliver for winning a $513,000 grant (Social Work); MU Journalism for developing iPods Podcasts, Patricia Tew (Radiography); Chris Banks (Law) two-time Champion of Debate; Marilyn J. Rantz (Nursing) for geriatric care and specifically the Tiger-Place; The Veterinary College for obtaining graduate over two job offers per graduate. Congratulations also went to the Extension for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Project.
The Chancellor opened it up for a question and answer period. A question was asked about what efforts have been made to raise the salaries of faculty. Though he defined faculty compensation as one of his top priorities, Deaton conceded difficulty in making progress on this effort. He pledged to continue to stress this point and work for state appropriations in the next year. MU salaries are continuing to decline compared with other Association of American Universities (AAU) Schools.
Service Exceptions of OSPA. Jim Coleman, Vice Provost for Research and Michael Warnock, Director of OSPA.Coleman and Warnock met with the Faculty Council Executive Committee to discuss the Post Award Site of the Office of Sponsored Program Administration (OSPA). The office has a 50 percent lower mean staffing levels than other Research I institutions. Salaries for personnel are not competitive, so that there is a high level of turnover.
The timeline goals are: (a) proposal processing two days; (b) award processing ten days; (c) notification one day; (d) response to voice/email one day; and, (e) clinical trail agreement one month. IRB Institutional Review Board accredited proposal approval is taking longer.
A solution was provided on what to do if timeliness goals are not met. First, contact the Associate Director. If this is not successful, then contact the Director. Faculty are urged not to let problems go too long without resolution.
Professor Tony Prato asked why with increases in F&A are resources in OSPA less. Due to administrative reductions, MU has no direct correlation between rising F&A recovery and funding for the Office of Research. F&A funds cover past expenses incurred, rather than being available for investments in the Office of Research.
Provost Brian Foster stated that reimbursements are from the General University Funding. Tim Rooney, Academic Budget and Resource Officer, mentioned that MU has three sources of funding: state appropriations, tuition, and F&A. State appropriations are essentially flat to two percent increase after devastating cuts and although F&A is rising, research-related expenses outstrip F&A recovery.
Other Business and AdjournmentDeaton reported that there is a strong and unequivocal support on campus for the Campus Writing Program and thanked Martha Townsend for her work and tenure as director of the program. Deaton also highlighted the Urban Focus initiative led by Jo Turner.
Deaton called for a motion to adjourn seeing there was no additional business. The motion was seconded and the meeting adjourned.
Clark Gantzer, Acting Recorder for the Faculty