Meeting Minutes: November 13, 2008
Present: Edward Adelstein, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Arthur Jago, Victoria Johnson, Norman Land, Ed Hunvald (for John Lande), April Langley, Kenneth MacLeod, Tom Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Jim McGlew, Steven Neal, Xiaoguang Ni, Clark Gantzer (for Joe Parcell), Tom Phillips, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, David Trinklein, Adam Whaley-Connell, William Wiebold, Ian Worthington, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Rainer Glaser (AAUP), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Clyde Bentley, Leah Cohn, Alan Luger, Eileen Porter, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, J. Wilson Watt, Lori McKinley (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 10-9-08, 10-13-08gfm, and 10-30-08 minutes were approved as submitted.
Report of Officers
The revised faculty grievance policy passed in the recent balloting. This policy has now been forwarded to the Chancellor's office for pending Board submission and subsequent approval. Phillips thanked all those faculty who helped in counting the ballots. Phillips announced that we are now taking nominations for faculty to serve on the grievance panel oversight committee. He is looking into the possible future use of an electronic ballot and requesting the help of university counsel's office on its practicality. The "For All We Call Mizzou" capital campaign has met its billion dollar goal. The Chancellor will use some of these funds as seed money for the Chairs of Excellence program. There are currently two chair, Education and Veterinary Medicine. This seed money will fund these chairs for five years and after that they will have to be funded by the departments. It is expected that two more Chairs of Excellence may be developed in the future.
Watt, Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Representative, submitted a written report to Council in his absence. The November 12, 2008 IFC meeting in summary: (1) there was discussion regarding capacity problems regarding increased students and how to meet their demands without lowering quality of education; (2) there was general agreement that there could be both earlier and later class starts if this was voluntary by the faculty and if ancillary support was provided; (3) there was agreement that additional numbers of TA's could improve the efficiency of the increased teaching loads; (4) the issues of how teaching in summer session courses reflects on retirement was discussed; (5) President Forsee and his wife made a gift of a Cisco Telepresent system for virtual presence capabilities at a cost of one million dollars one such system to be installed on each of the four campuses.
2010-2011 Academic Calendar. Trinklein presented this academic calendar to Council. Following no discussion a motion was made to accept the calendar as submitted by Academic Affairs. This was seconded and Council voted unanimously to approve the calendar. The calendar as approved appears in its entirety.
"University of Missouri-Columbia
PROPOSED ACADEMIC CALENDAR
FALL SEMESTER 2010
Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. M Aug 23
Labor Day Holiday (no classes) M Sep 06
Thanksgiving recess begins, close of day* Sa Nov 20
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Nov 29
Classwork ends, close of day* Th Dec 09
Reading Day F Dec 10
Final examinations begin M Dec 13
Fall semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F Dec 17
Commencement FSa Dec 17& 18
SPRING SEMESTER 2011
Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) M Jan 17
Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. T Jan 18
Spring recess begins, close of day* Sa Mar 26
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Apr 4
Classwork ends, close of day* Th May 05
Reading Day F May 06
Final examinations begin M May 09
Winter semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F May 13
Commencement FSaSu May 13,14,15
SUMMER SESSION 2011
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 06
Independence Day recess (no classes) M July 04
8-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 29
FIRST 4-WEEK SESSION 2011
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 06
First 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 01
SECOND 4-WEEK SESSION 2011
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. T July 05
Second 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 29
*Close of day is defined as including late afternoon and evening classes.
It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council on November 13, 2008."
Resolution on Inclement Weather. Schmidt presented this resolution to Council from the Diversity Affairs Committee. The issues were the difference in treatment of the faculty and staff when inclement weather canceled classes. In the present system, the staff must take off some compensatory time while faculty do not. This will be an action item at the December meeting.
Standing Committee Reports
Academic Affairs: Trinklein, chair, the committee is discussing the possibility of a cultural diversity course requirement of students as well as the possibility of a review of the General Education architecture set in place in the late 1980's. Also under their review is partial registration and registration deadlines.
Faculty Affairs: In the absence of Rubin (chair) another committee member Diamond reported. They have started preliminary discussions on the rules for P&T in the clinical services at University Hospital Medical Center. They are continuing to investigate education reduction costs for retirees.
Diversity Enhancement: Schmidt, chair, reported that they are discussing a cultural diversity course requirement of students.
Student Affairs: Johnson, chair, reported they are continuing discussion regarding costs of textbooks, conflicts of interest and least expensive and most efficient way for students to get appropriate texts for courses.
Council went into closed session to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Edward Adelstein, Recorder