Meeting Minutes: October 7, 2010


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

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The Faculty Council minutes of 7-29-10 and 9-16-10 were approved as submitted. The agenda order was suspended in order to take our guest first.

Report of Officers

Rubin reportedthat the Executive Committee met with the Chancellor and Provost about the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE) Review.  A discussion followed, and some of the points made are as follows:  was this the correct criteria for choosing what programs to review; they are not addressing programs that should be on the list; is the list of programs a good place to start; timeframe for review is too short "timeline offensive"; should Faculty Council make a formal statement on the process; should we put a positive spin on the process "make it say how great we are"; we should be looking at university system (administration) inefficiencies; more criteria needs to bei ncluded in assessment; and, there would be very little cost savings if the programs should be eliminated.

The report by the General Education Review Committee should be received by our Academic Affairs Committee in mid-November for their review and report to Faculty Council in January.

Bentley reported on the September Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting.  The IFC heard Vice President Rodriguez's presentation on the retirement and university benefits. They also heard discussion of changes regarding FMLA leaves for faculty.  An item that is anticipated for the next meeting is the Faculty Grievance Policy. The Board wants all four campuses to have the same process.

Rubin reported on the Board meeting in Springfield at the Discovery Center. Rodriguez presented to the Board, The Retirement Plan Project, which is similar to her benefits presentation to Council at their previous meeting. The curators ask for more information and felt that the process should be further along than it is.

Discussion Items

Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive Student Representatives: Three student representatives from the Planning Committee for the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive reported to Council that this year is the 25th anniversary of the homecoming blood drive. In addition to this blood drive the students are also holding a food drive. The blood drive dates are October 11-14 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

2012-2013 Academic Calendar - Johnson. Victoria Johnson presented to Council a draft 2012-2013 Academic Calendar for their review. This calendar will be an action item at the next Council meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Johnson, chair, reported that she has divided her committee into subcommittees and each one has a specific assignment.

Faculty Affairs: Loyalka, chair, reported that his committee will meet next week.

Fiscal Affairs: Tyrer, chair, reported that they are sending a representative to the Fiscal Advisory Committee in Jesse Hall. 

Student Affairs: Sayers, chair, reported that they have arranged for a guest from Student Health services to be at our next meeting.


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