Meeting Minutes: April 25, 2013


Members Present: Steve Ball, Jim Baumann, Clyde Bentley, Tim Evans, Lisa Flores, Francisco Gomez, Raja Gopaldas, Bina Gupta, Richard Guyette, Cheryl Heesch, Art Jago, Rebecca Johnson, John Lory, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tony Lupo, Camila Manrique, Tom Marrero, Nicole Monnier, Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Joe Parcell, Craig Roberts, Vitor Trindade, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Rachel Brekhus (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Mark Prelas (AAUP), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: A. Cooper Drury, Candace Galen, Kattesh Katti, Ilhyung Lee, Judith Mabary, Dennis Miller, Karen Piper, Katherine Reed, Stephen Sayers, and Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in N214-215 Memorial Union. The minutes of the March 14, 2013 Faculty Council meeting were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Tyrer briefly discussed a document sent in advance to the members regarding the implications of the new health care law for the university.

Action Items

NSEI Resolution – Montgomery-Smith.  NSEI Resolution 1 was tabled because Faculty Affairs forgot to say who would perform the analysis.  Suggestions are to form a separate task force appointed either from Council or faculty at large.


NSEI Resolution 2, after a brief discussion concerning the disposition of an academic audit of this graduate program and whether or not enrollment is open, a vote was taken by secret ballot and the resolution passed (14 yes and 8 no).


“Resolution 2:


FC will call upon Chancellor Deaton to:


  1. Conduct an audit of NSEI and NEP in accordance with 20.035B.  [“The purpose of a program audit is to determine if a selected degree program or academic unit should be modified, consolidated with another degree program and/or academic unit, suspended, or discontinued.”]
  2. Restore NSEI to its status prior to March 12, 2012, until the above audit is completed.”

Discussion Items


Guest(s):Noah Heringman, Faculty Library Survey.   The objective of the survey was to obtain input from faculty regarding journal subscriptions and book acquisitions.  Last year 456 journal subscriptions were terminated.  The budget for acquisitions will remain flat this year and more cuts are likely.  The discussion following the presentation emphasized the vital role the library plays in fulfilling the university’s research mission and the importance of improved communication between faculty and library liaisons. 


4-9-13 Spring Semester General Faculty Meeting Motion – Montgomery-Smith.  After a brief discussion it was decided to discuss this at our next meeting.


A&S Motion – Loyalka. The supplemental fee for the College of Arts and Sciences is to enhance education.  This has been discussed by the executive committee of Arts and Sciences and decided to return this item to Fiscal Affairs Committee.


Council went into closed session for committee appointments, the report of the Honorary Degrees Committee, and elections for the 2013-2014 chair and vice chair.  The meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Camila Manrique