Meeting Minutes: September 11, 2008

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Arthur Jago, Victoria Johnson, John Lande, Matthew Gordon (for April Langley), Alan Luger, Thomas Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Jim McGlew, Steven Neal, Xiaoguang Ni, Clark Gantzer (for Joe Parcell), Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, David Trinklein, J. Wilson Watt, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Rainer Glaser (AAUP), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Judy Bolch, Leah Cohn, Norman Land, Kenneth MacLeod, Adam Whaley-Connell, Ian Worthington, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Lori McKinley (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), and Fred Williams (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Tom Phillips called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The 7-31-08 minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Phillips welcomed all members to the first meeting of the academic year. He reported that the administration is starting preliminary discussions on the 2010 budget. The budget news is overall optimistic at this time.

 J. Wilson Watt gave the Board of Curators report for the September Board meeting in Kansas City. He reported that the Board adopted as its theme for this year "Economic Development through Research, Life Sciences & Outreach". There will now be "environmental reports" given from all four campuses. Reports on "issues related to environmental responsibility on the respective campuses."

Discussion Items

Guests: Laurie Mintz, Associate Professor, Education Psychology & Investigative Officer for the MU Grievance Process along with ad hoc committee members on the pilot grievance process. Mintz gave a report on the background of the Faculty Grievance Policy and Procedures and why they determined a simpler, faster grievance policy was needed. Among the problems identified were: (1) length of time that the grievance policy takes. (It is at least a 120 day process and every grievance has gone longer than a year.), (2) lots of documentation required, and (3) the grievance policy is very disjointed.

The current revision under review would reduce the grievance timeframe to 90 days. Further, it is described as "mediation with teeth". This lead to a discussion on whether the new policy was a mediation or grievance policy.

Revisions will be made to the policy and it will be brought back to Faculty Council at the next meeting for a vote.

Board Breakfast. The Board of Curators will be on the Columbia campus October 23-24, 2008. Faculty Council will host a breakfast for the curators. At each breakfast, in the past, the Faculty Council has "showcased" some program(s) on the campus. At the last breakfast, showcased was the Saturday Morning Science Program. Faculty Council is looking for programs, etc. To "showcase" at the breakfast this year.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Rubin, chair, reports she is working with Human Resources on tuition reduction for retirees and their spouses and dependents.

Fiscal Affairs: Dow, chair, reports he will be doing an assessment of Compete Missouri.

Student Affairs: Johnson, chair, reports she is looking at a new textbook law and how it will impact students.

Any Other Business

Phillips distributed student evaluation forms to Council for review. Phillips also discussed electronic balloting. He will be looking into the Collected Rules and Regulations to see if this type of voting is allowed and if not suggesting a possible revision to them.

Adjournment

Council went into closed session to approve committee nominations, The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder