Meeting Minutes: September 17, 2009


Members Present: Clyde Bentley, John Dwyer, Ann Harrell, Rebecca Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Norman Land, John Lande, April Langley, Lloyd Barrow (for Rebecca McCathren), Joe Parcell, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, Douglas Wakefield, Adam Whaley-Connell, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Leah Cohn, Michael Diamond, Arthur Jago, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Tom Marrero, Xiaoguang Ni, Harry Tyrer, J. Wilson Watt, Ronald Wheeland, Bill Wiebold, Ian Worthington, Fred Williams (NTT), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The 8-27-09 Council minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Rubin made some short announcements: the Environmental Affairs Committee is now the Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee; the Course Evaluation Committee will be chaired by Bob Torres and Steve Osterlind with Harry Tyrer representing Academic Affairs for Council; the General Education Taskforce invitations will be going out to prospective members; and Rubin is in the process of scheduling Betsy Rodriguez to make a similar presentation to that she made to the Board earlier for the faculty on this campus.

The Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) met earlier in the week for their annual Retreat here in Columbia. The IFC meeting was informational only. The following items were in the IFC report. Gary Allen, VP for IT reported that all four campuses are now fully connected via fiber optics. The CR&R has been modified to reflect the university's ability to check personal email. Marty Oetting gave a legislative update and indicated the '10-'11 budget is fairly stable because of the federal stimulus funding. The "on campus conceal and carry" issue is expected to return to the legislature this year. He also indicated the Governor would like to expand the A+ program. VP for HR, Betsy Rodriguez indicated the faculty will be surveyed on compensation issues. She also stated that health insurance premiums will increase next year.

Discussion Items

Role of mediator in post tenure review process. This was brought to Council's attention by campus mediation services because they were asked by a faculty member to serve as mediator during development of the post-tenure review plan as outlined in CR&R310.015. There was discussion about the role of mediation in post tenure reviews and the issue will be addressed by the Faculty Affairs Committee.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Parcell, chair, reported they are discussing the '11-'12 academic calendar, degree revocation, military credit, and appropriate use of cell phones, laptops, etc. in the classroom.

Faculty Affairs: Tarr, chair, reported they will look at the issue of non-tenure track faculty serving on Campus Standing committees and will be discussing this at the Fall Semester General Faculty meeting in October.

Fiscal Affairs: Taksar, chair, reported on a meeting with Steve Mack, Director of Procurement to discuss eProcurement and implementation of SMS on October 31. He told Council that this is a way for the university and users to save money and other state universities (not part of UM) will be observing how this system works.

Student Affairs: Sayers, chair, reported they are looking at ways to reduce costs to students. He reported on the performance of MU athletes. Schools are now rated using APR (Academic Performance Rating) rather than by graduation rate although graduation rate is part of the APR. Currently MU is first in the Big Twelve in APR and has the goal of having all its sports rated as the top three by APR.

Diversity Enhancement: No Report


Council met for a brief closed session in order to make committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Shelley Worden, Recorder