Meeting Minutes: April 7, 2011

Attendance

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

Report of Officers

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in the S203 Memorial Union.  Rubin announced to Council that there will be an additional Council meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2011 due to the academic calendar adjustment for the campus’ snow closure.  This meeting will take place in room S304 Memorial Union.  The Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2011, room S203 Memorial Union will feature guest Betsy Rodriguez, Vice President Human Services on potential changes to the university’s retirement plan. 

Rubin reported on the past Board of Curators meeting in Rolla.  There was a discussion on the presidential search and they feel this is a very favorable time to conduct a search because there are few other such openings around the nation.  They also pointed out that the University of Missouri is viewed positively because it is seen both as distinct from state politics and has demonstrated diversity in the choices of the last two presidents.  The report on the budget shows the university losing seven percent in state support however they plan a two percent, merit based raise in 2011-2012.  A change in the way nine month faculty, who work over the summer, are credited in the retirement system took place which now gives full credit instead of only receiving two months credit.

Wiebold reported for Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) that benefits for domestic partners will continue to be discussed.

Action Items

General Education Changes - Johnson.  Council discussed prerequisites for general education courses.  It was pointed out that students are taking courses without first completing the prerequisite.  It was decided to table this item.

Faculty Grievance Pilot.  This item will go to a campus-wide faculty vote at the end of the Spring Semester. Following a lengthy discussion a vote was taken whether or not to return to the previously used faculty grievance process and Council voted this down.  A second vote of Council was taken, and the motion was, are you in favor of the current pilot grievance policy.  This motion passed with 21 in favor of the motion, 4 opposed, and no abstentions.

Propsed MU Standing Committee: Family Friendly - Cohn.  Motion made to accept document as is and to create the MU Standing Committee for a Family Friendly Campus, passed unanimously.

Discussion Items

Guest: Cynthia Cotner, Committee on Persons With Disabilities on Access Mizzou for students with disabilities.  Their presention was entitled, “Rethink Disability: A Cultural Paradigm Shift”.  They spoke about issues concerning disabilities at MU.  Approximately 20-30 percent of who are registered with campus disability services say their needs are not being met.  They are looking at developing accessibility policies in order to be more inclusive.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Loyalka, chair, handed out a document that will be discussed at the next Council meeting.

Fiscal Affairs: Tyrer, chair, reported his committee is working to create an MU Faculty Advisory Committee on IP and Tech Transfer.  This will be a campus standing committee.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder