Meeting Minutes: February 28, 2008

Attendance

Present: Edward Hunvald (for Doug Abrams), Edward Adelstein, John Fennell, Michael Devaney, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Clark Gantzer, Bryan Garton, Victoria Johnson, Ken MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Jim McGlew, Joe Parcell, Tom Phillips,  Matthew Gordon (for Anand Prahlad),  Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.).  Absent: Joanne Banks-Wallace, Charles Borduin, Leah Cohn, Arthur Jago, Norman Land, Alan Luger, Stephen Neal,  Michael Taksar, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, William Wiebold,  Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty and Staff), Lori McKinley (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), and Fred Williams (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Frank Schmidt called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union.

Report of Officers

Schmidt reported that academic dishonesty would be on the next IFC (Intercampus Faculty Council) meeting agenda.  The proposed faculty leave policy has been adopted at the last Board meeting.  He announced that Dr. Cohn’s husband is ill and a card would be sent expressing our concern.

Action Items

Representation Report. After a brief discussion, a call for a vote to accept the report was made. The council voted to accept the report with one "no" vote.

Grievance Procedures Document for Faculty Vote. Rubin discussed the present situation as regards the grievance process. The administration had suggested that we postpone presenting the modified grievance until next year, as a number of changes were unacceptable to the legal and administrative services. It was agreed that a vote would be taken on a revised grievance procedure that removed these objectionable changes. There was extensive discussion. The general consensus was that the grievance process was much improved and that it was in the best interest of the faculty to submit the revised grievance changes to a faculty vote.  Adelstein and other members of the Council did not support the lone dissenter, who felt that changing the process still maintained the basic philosophy that the administration could always win. Council voted in favor of a campus wide faculty vote on the process changes. This passed with one "no" vote.

Discussion Items

Guests: Lori Franz, NCAA Representative Intercollegiate Athletics Committee & Anne McKendry, Chair, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. Council's guests were unable to attend this meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Phillips, chair, reports he is currently working on approaches to SB389 in regard to teaching evaluation.

Faculty Affairs: Rubin, chair, reports they are continuing with their work on the grievance process.

Fiscal Affairs: Dow, chair, is continuing to meet with Tim Rooney to understand better the budgeting process.

Diversity Enhancement: Gantzer, chair, met with Jeff Williams regarding a faculty forum discussion anti-affirmative action legislation.

Student Affairs: Devaney, chair, talked with MSA (Missouri Students Association) regarding academic dishonesty.

Devaney is also chair of the nomination committee and he asked Council to consider nominations for '08-'09 executive committee membership.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder