Meeting Minutes: April 8, 2010

Attendance

Members Present: Michael Diamond, Art Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Edward Hunvald for John Lande, April Langley, Thomas Marrero, Leona Rubin, Johannes Schul, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Sam White (NTT), Jason Aubrey (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Clyde Bentley, Leah Cohn, John Dwyer, Ann Harrell, Victoria Johnson, Norman Land, John Lande, Kenneth MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, Stephen Sayers, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Ronald Wheeland, Fred Williams (NTT), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff).

Report of Officers

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union.  Rubin announced the Spring Semester General Faculty meeting will be Thursday, April 29, 2010, 3:30 p.m., Jesse Wrench Auditorium and it will be a meeting of both faculty and staff.   The agenda topics for this meeting include budget, intellectual property, and a discussion on civility.

Two non-tenure track faculty were introduced to Council, Jason Aubrey and Nicole Monnier  They have volunteered to run elections to fill the vacant non-tenure track positions and will serve on Council until the election results are known.

The Provost's Retreat is currently planned for June 9, 2010.  The Faculty Council Executive Committee will attend and discuss with the Provost's staff issues for the coming year.   The pilot faculty grievance process is nearing its first year anniversary on the Columbia campus.  In addition to an evaluation of this pilot process, Council will also host guest Laurie Mintz on May 6, 2010 in order to discuss this new policy.  The first Faculty Network gathering at Reynolds Alumni Center was a success and 35 faculty members attended.  This event will continue and is scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month.  The Chancellor is looking for representation from faculty, staff, and students to serve on the Family Friendly Task Force.  The Chancellor, in regard to the recent action on domestic partner benefits, is considering "soft benefits" for the MU campus like recreation center membership, MU libraries benefits, tuition benefits, and others.

Discussion Items

Academic Integrity.  This item was not on the agenda, however Council conducted a lengthy discussion.  Some of the discussion points were: questioned the interpretation of the statement; suggested using concrete examples in the statement; what is a violation; not providing disincentives for students not to cheat; and, "creating inconsistencies" if each department develops their own guidelines.  The consensus is that the current draft is poorly conceived and written.

Military Credit.  A letter from Chancellor Deaton, Provost Foster, and Faculty Council Chair Rubin will be sent to each department chair detailing lists and course content that is being proposed as transferable.  If the chair does not respond within 30 days, the courses will automatically be made transferable.  More information on military credit will be available on the Faculty Council website.

Classroom Intellectual Property.  The proposed changes to this policy can be found on the Faculty Council website.  The goals of the proposed changes are: make the rules more readable; increased use of MU resources has made more gray areas that need to be clarified; and, the department chair will no longer be allowed to negotiate terms where terms are now subject to multiple levels of control.  There were concerns that published research works are university owned and questions on what the impact is for "open source software".

Any Other Business

It appears that the Missouri State Governor is standing firm on his promise that cutbacks to MU will not exceed five percent.

It was determined that due to low attendence the elections scheduled for today will be handled electronically.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder