Meeting Minutes: January 19, 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, Art Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Tom Marrero, Joe Parcell, Craig Roberts, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Vitor Trindade, Harry Tyrer, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Richard Guyette (NTT), Katherine Reed, and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: John Dwyer, Ann Harrell, Cheryl Heesch, Norman Land, Ilhyung Lee, Sudarshan Loyalka, Dennis Miller, Leona Rubin, Douglas Wakefield, Don Sievert (MURA), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Nicole Monnier (NTT), and Sam White (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. The November 3, 2011, November 16, 2011gfm, and November 17, 2011 Council meeting minutes and fall semester general faculty meeting minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Tyrer announced to Council there is an informational item in today’s meeting packet.  This item has to do with an Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) item on non tenure track status for librarians and archivists on the Kansas City campus and on campuses where faculty have formally recognized librarians as having faculty status and full voting rights.  Tyrer and the IFC recently received a letter from Anne Barker, MULAC Chair expressing concern of different titles on different campuses.  If the Collected Rules were changed, what is the impact on librarians on Columbia campus.  This issue will be on the January 24, 2012 IFC agenda.

Tyrer reported that our governor has mandated a 12.5 percent budget cut for higher education in Missouri.  The governor’s rationale for this large cut is loss of federal stimulus dollars.  The funding for higher education in Missouri is now down 25 percent from three years ago.  Our campus administration announced they have reserve dollars to help cover the difference and they feel any future cuts will be smaller.

Discussion Items

Guest:  Robert Duncan, Vice Chancellor of Research & Professor of Physics.  Duncan announced that MU is among the top 100 universities for federal research expenditures in the United States.  MU’s ranking of 84 represents an increase of eleven places from the years 2005-2009.  Further, licensing revenues grew 4.7 million dollars in FY07 to 10.1 million dollars in FY09.  MU’s ranking 84th in research funding and in reputation out of 600 research universities in the United States; how do we become 20th over the next ten years.  This is a need to sustain and build an excellent faculty and expand faculty engagement in university leadership.  Following his presentation there were some observations and questions from Council.  Why do we have a less favorable reputation in Jefferson City?  In the discussion that followed this question, it was said, our elected officials are looking at putting people back to work and not looking at high end education needs and their future impact on the economy.  Why does MU lose some large grants?  This discussion pointed out there are some preconceived impressions of Missouri that are unwarranted and separately that collaboration is important.  It has been said that most grants do not pay for themselves; there is a need to cap administrative overhead however these costs are one-time costs in meeting regulations.  How do we get from 84 to 20?  One underdeveloped area is the humanities including the social sciences, and journalism.

Faculty Handbook – Monnier.  Jago presented for Monnier in her absence.  From the handout of the proposed handbook changes that Council was provided, during this discussion some additional changes were suggested.  Jago moved approval of the changes.  A motion was made to suspend the rules and this motion passed.  Council then voted to approve the proposed changes and this motion passed.

Elimination of Student Organizations, Governments, and Activities Committee – Roberts.  This item will return at the next Council meeting.

Representation Report.  Tyrer presented the report to Council.  There are no changes to Faculty Council’s representation in the coming year.

Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs Committee: Katti, chair, reported the committee has been put in place that will discuss campus intellectual property issues and they will meet next week.

Student Affairs Committee: Roberts, chair, reported they are looking at the new framework of the Student Conduct Committee.

Diversity Enhancement Committee:  A new chair will be elected during closed session.  This committee will continue to look at the diversity requirement.

Adjournment

Council met in executive session in order to make committee nominations.   The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
  
Respectfully submitted,
Shelley Worden, Recorder