Meeting Minutes: March 3, 2011

Attendance

Members Present: Steve Ball, Clyde Bentley, Leah Cohn, John Dwyer, Candace Galen, Ann Harrell, Art Jago, Victoria Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Jonathan Krieckhaus, John Lande, April Langley, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Leona Rubin, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Dana Weston, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), Katherine Reed (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Edward Adelstein, Gordon Christensen, Rebecca Johnson, Norman Land, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, Stephen Sayers, Douglas Wakefield, Bill Wiebold, Edward Hunvald (MURA), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), and Sam White (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in the S203 Memorial Union. The Faculty Council minutes of 2-17-11 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Rubin reported on the Faculty Forum on Faculty Grievance Policy, March 1, 2011 and said the event was very lightly attended.  She attended a meeting of the MU Committee on Benefits and Retirement.  The campus is still looking at domestic partner benefits and this item will be discussed this year in IFC (Intercampus Faculty Council).    There was a brief report on the system benefits committee and the issue of university retirement plans proposed future changes.  There were no Board or IFC reports.

A discussion on the faculty grievance procedure began.  During this time, some predominant thoughts that emerged were: (1) what are the next steps Council should take; (2) many good features were to be found in the pilot, an example is the shorten time period for a grievance; (3) there are derisive features in the pilot, an example is an administrator on the faculty panel; (4) there was a discussion of the responsibility Council representatives have in providing information to their respective faculties; and, (5) what happens if the pilot is not approved, can it be extended.

Cohn, Chair, Diversity Enhancement passed around the table a resolution to condemn violence, hatred, and sexual assaults.  Council suspended the rules, and this resolution passed.

“Whereas, the University of Missouri strives to provide a welcoming and safe environment to all of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors;

Whereas, we condemn acts of hatred and violence to any person in our community;

Whereas, heinous and violent crimes, including sexually based offenses, have been recently committed on our campus;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Council of the University of Missouri’s flagship campus condemns in the strongest possible terms the perpetrators of crimes which cause bodily harm and/or mental anguish.  Further, we will not be satisfied until our campus provides a safe and welcoming environment for all.”

Discussion Items

Guests: Lori Franz, Professor of Management and NCAA representative on student athlete progress.  Franz spoke on athletic academics and provided a data filled PowerPoint presentation.  Franz explained APR, FGR, and GSR which are measures of academic progress and retention of student athletes.  MU came in third best in athletic academics according to the January 9, 2011 issue of “The Daily Beast”.  However, MU’s GSR score was only 44 percent, which means MU would  be ineligible to compete in “March Madness” if Secretary of State Arne Duncan had any say.  She continued to explain that this score is based on a cohort of students that started in 2003 and projects it should go up by 67 percent in the next two years.

General Education Review: Diversity Statement - Johnson.  Johnson presented a changed document to Council.  Among these changes are: (1) the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) must submit their final criteria to Faculty Council for approval; (2) the DI course requirement can be fulfilled through courses within departments in which they are offered; (3) the diversity committee will have representatives from three different colleges as well as a representative from the Chancellor’s office; and, (4) sample courses proposed by Council members have been included on the list of potential DI courses including foreign study programs.  A question arose whether studies abroad were truly a fundamental experience in diversity and it was suggested this item should have guidelines.  This will return to our next meeting as an action item.

2011-2012 Representation Report.  The number of seats on Faculty Council remain unchanged.

Changes to the CR&R’s: 300.010 K. Faculty Tenure Committee.   The suggested revision is to remove the list of colleges and schools and replace with new wording that colleges and schools are headed by a Dean that reports to the Provost.  The rules were suspended and the motion passed. This issue will go before the general faculty for a vote with discussion at the spring general faculty meeting.

Original Wording

K.   Faculty Tenure Committee

1.    The University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Committee on Tenure shall be composed of one member elected by the Faculty of each of the following divisions:

New Wording.

K.   Faculty Tenure Committee

The University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Committee on Tenure shall be composed of one member elected by the Faculty of colleges and schools that are headed by a Dean who reports to the Provost for Academic Affairs

Standing Committee Reports

Diversity Enhancement: Cohn chair, reported her committee strongly supports the Task Force for a Family Friendly campus to become a campus standing committee, tentatively entitled the Committee for a Family Friendly Campus.

Faculty Affairs: Loyalka chair, reported they hae six items: P&T information, application of FI charges, post tenure reviews, and chair appointments.  He requested to be able to give a full report at the next meeting.

Adjournment

Council met in executive session in order to make committee nominations.  The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden, Recorder