Meeting Minutes: February 23, 2012

Attendance

Members Present: Edward Adelstein, Robert Johnson (for Andre Ariew), Steve Bell, Clyde Bentley, Gordon Christensen, Jeni Hart (for Lisa Flores), Candace Galen, Francisco Gomez, Cheryl Heesch, Arthur Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Craig Roberts, Leona Rubin, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Vitor Trindade, Harry Tyrer, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), Katherine Reed (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: John Dwyer, Ann Harrell, Kattesh Katti, Norman Land, Ilhyung Lee, Joe Parcell, Stephen Sayers, Douglas Wakefield, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Sam White (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. The February 9, 2012 Council meeting minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Tyrer requested a moment of silence in remembrance of Dr. Michael Taksar, Professor of Math.

Tyrer expressed concern about growing student/teacher ratios and the issue of capacity limitations.  It appears there is only room for a few thousand more students (based upon chair counts); this means there are only a few years left for enrollment growth without classroom growth.  There are many committees looking into this by addressing a trimester system, evening and Saturday classes, and e-learning. Tyrer requested Council to speak to their colleagues about capacity issues and to email him examples of capacity limitations before our next meeting.

Rubin reported on the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting.  President Wolfe addressed IFC with the message that the university’s mission is:  teaching, research, service, and economic development.  The Kansas City campuses’ ntt status for librarians I-IV will be voted on at the next meeting due to language changes.  Additional current issues for IFC are:  domestic partner benefits, capacity problems, and competitiveness.

Action Items

Faculty Resolution on Faculty Irresponsibility – Rubin.  Tyrer recused himself from this discussion.  The resolution before Council is to make “clear and convincing” the standard for discipline handled by the Committee on Faculty Responsibility that involves dismissal or sanctions .  There are two committees that deal with faculty discipline:  the Faculty Responsibility Committee and the Faculty Committee on Tenure (both faculty standing committees). In addition there is a  University Faculty Committee on Tenure (a system committee).  It was noted that faculty have been dismissed for cause by the Faculty Committee on Tenure  thereby revoking of tenure. This action does not require action by the Faculty Responsibility  committee. Also, there have been other cases of Faculty Irresponsibility but they have been handled amicably without needed to convene a full committee. This is the first time in 37 years that a case of faculty irresponsibility convened the standing committee.

On the resolution, a motion was made to withdraw the second part of the two resolutions and to make a slight language change.  The amended resolution passed.  In further discussion on the amended resolution, some members said they would prefer not to vote on the resolution because it specifically mentioned 300.010.L; however, they were loath to vote against the motion because it would send the wrong message to the administration.  There were other Council members who wanted to vote yes on the resolution to send a strong message that tenure should be defended.  At this point a vote was called to table the amended resolution and it passed 10-9.

There was a second motion to send a letter authored by Parcell on behalf of the Executive Committee.  This letter requested that the Chancellor not ask the standing committee to reconsider their recommendation. The letter states the opinion of council without setting  a precedent for standard of evidence. Council voted to suspend the rules. A recommendation was made to delete the first paragraph of the letter.  Council voted and passed this recommendation.  A motion was made to send the amended letter.  Council voted unanimously to send the amended letter and it appears below in its entirety.

“February 24, 2012

Chancellor Brady Deaton
105 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-1050

RE:  Campus Committee on Faculty Responsibility and Burden of Proof

Chancellor Deaton:

Regarding the recommendation from the Committee on Faculty Responsibility now under review by the Chancellor, the Faculty Council recommends that the Chancellor accept the Committee on Faculty Responsibility decision to use “clear and convincing” as the burden of proof in reaching their recommendation.  As the UMC Faculty bylaws do not stipulate a burden of proof, the Committee on Faculty Responsibility acted in good faith to establish the level of burden of proof for this case, taking into consideration the charges and recommendations presented to the Committee prior to the hearing of the charge of faculty irresponsibility.  A decision to remand the case back to the Committee will nullify their act of service to the UMC Campus and their act of good faith in setting the level of burden of proof high for a recommendation of dismissal.  

Faculty Council requests this act of service and of good faith be supported by accepting the Committee’s decision on the chosen level of burden of proof in this case and allow the Faculty Council and UMC Faculty the opportunity to define burden of proof within CRR 300.010.L for future cases.

Sincerely,

Joe Parcell, Vice-Chair
(acting in the role of Chair for the UMC Faculty Council)

cc:  Provost Brian Foster”

Discussion Items

Guests:  President Timothy M. Wolfe and Chancellor Brady J. Deaton.  President Wolfe was unable to attend this meeting however he has requested to be rescheduled this semester. 

Chancellor Brady Deaton was present and announced that he was just awarded an honorary degree from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. 

Deaton announced that there will be a 3 percent increase in the in-state tuition, a 7.5 percent increase in out-of-state tuition, and some special fees will go slightly higher than 3 percent.  We now receive more out-of-state than in-state students.  There is a 22 million dollar budget gap for the university.  This will result in 250 job losses system-wide and approximately 50 at MU.  Among the 50 at MU twenty of these are open tenure-track positions and 34 are extension positions.  A salary increase of 2 or 3 percent continues to be considered for AY ’12-’13.   There is a need for more tenure, tenure-track faculty positions and a continuing need to bring salaries up to the AAU average.

Deaton is very concerned with student alcohol abuse and requests that in developing course curricula to consider more Friday classes, both day and evening in order to keep the students busy.  He further requests that comments and jokes about alcohol consumption are counterproductive to the university’s efforts therefore, please do not make them.  He commends Kim Dude for her work on this issue.

There was a brief question and answer session that followed the Chancellor’s remarks.  There was a question on student drinking, athletics and “Tigertown”, which the Chancellor clarified as an effort to promote athletics and support our teams.  There were several budget related questions and the Chancellor remarked that education and research do not pay for themselves and the shortfall needs to come from the State.  The state provides very little and we need to look for money from other sources.  Some examples of successful efforts: The Biodesign Lab group which has recently received an entrepreneur award, and the Kauffman foundation, which named MU as one of three Kauffman Commercialization Leaders.

Recommendations of the Online Academic Programs Task Force – Rubin.  The main purpose of this task force is to integrate online with face-to-face.  The task force was established last year and about this same time MU Direct was blended into One Mizzou.  This task force dealt with issues of defining principles and rules for approving online courses and who controls online curriculum.  The task force determined that a course is a course and modality does not matter.  The recommendations of this task force is to create another task force to look specifically at budget issues and models, and the creation of an online advisory council that would take a strategic and programmatic approach to e-learning.

Faculty Council Rules of Order Change for CSCAR – Rubin.  This item was briefly discussed and will return at the next Council meeting.

Adjournment

Council met in executive session in order to make committee nominations.  The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
  
Respectfully submitted,
Shelley Worden, Recorder