Meeting Minutes: July 28, 2011


Members Present: Steve Ball, Clyde Bentley, Lisa Flores, Charles Brown (for Cheryl Heesch), Arthur Jago, Tom Marrero, Joe Parcell, Craig Roberts, Leona Rubin, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Rhonda Whithaus (for Shelley Worden) (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Edward Adelstein, Andre Ariew, Gordon Christensen, John Dwyer, Candace Galen, Francisco Gomez, Ann Harrell, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Norman Land, Ilhyung Lee, Sudarshan Loyalka, Dennis Miller, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Vitor Trindade, Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Richard P. Guyette, Nicole Monnier, Katherine Reed (NTT), and Sam White (NTT). Retiring Member Absent: Leah Cohn,, Victoria Johnson, John Lande, April Langley, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, Dana Weston, and Bill Wiebold.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. Rubin told Council members that this is the last meeting of the 2010-2011 Council and the first meeting of the 2011-2012 Council. Rubin turned the meeting over to Harry Tyrer, the new Council chair, and there was a round of applause for Rubin. Tyrer thanked Rubin for her service and accomplishments. The June 9, 2011 Council minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Tyrer reported that Laurie Mintz will be leaving the Grievance Resolution Panel (GRP) of the faculty grienvance panel.  The procedure to replace her is to inform faculty and call for nominations for Council to review.  The Executive Committee will contact nominees for information.  They must be tenured faculty, and a 25 percent release time is provided for this service.

Rubin reported that the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) will have their workshop in September.

Tyrer announced that the Faculty Council Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, August 25 at Reynolds Alumni Center.  This is the meeting in which the charges for the five standing committees are set and the groups meet for the first time.

Discussion Items

AY 2010-2011 Standing Committee Year-end Reports.  We have four of the five standing committee reports.  These reports will all be posted on the website.  One of the on-going items for Faculty Affairs is the Strategic Plan.

2010-2011 Committee on Committee’s Report.  This report was for Council’s review and discussion.  It will return at the next Council meeting for continued discussion.  The current chair of this committee is requesting a procedure to follow-up on the committee’s recommendations.

Online/Distance Education Academic Program Task Force.  Rubin reported that this task force will address the academic issues of online and distance education.  Rubin told Council that she will co-chair this committee with John David.  This task force will address who approves courses, who teaches courses, intellectual property issues, and other distance education issues.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs Committee: Bentley, chair, reported one of the faculty issues that arose repeatedly last year was the engagement of faculty.  It is difficult to figure out how to engage faculty and he would like everyone to think about ways this could be accomplished.  He noted that sending an email to his own department with some information on Faculty Council linked to the department garnered more interest from his colleagues.  Departmental listservs can be used for this.

Any Other Business

Tyrer reminded Council members to submit their committee preferences or they will be assigned to a committee.  Rubin recommended members review the strategic plan (currently only available on paper).  The committee wants to post a live document so that people can watch it evolve.  Rubin announced she is a new representative to the Retirement and Benefits Committee and intends to report to Faculty Council on the quarterly meetings.  The committee is currently designing a new retirement plan for new employees.  Rubin also reported that we are likely to see significant changes in health care next year due to high costs.


The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Whithaus for Shelley Worden, Recorder