Meeting Minutes: September 27, 2012

Attendance

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

Approval of Minutes

Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. The minutes of August 23, 2012 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Rachel Brekhus (librarians) announced that MU Libraries website will be revamped.  The librarians would like faculty volunteers to test out the site.  If you are interested, please email her at brekhusr@missouri.edu.

Ken Dean, Deputy Provost, spoke on the following:  (1) implications of Amendment 2 passed in the August 7, 2012 primary and looking to receive guidance on this from system;  (2) this is of concern to higher education in Missouri because, “No student shall be compelled to perform or participate in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate his or her religious beliefs”; (3) October 11th meeting with representatives of Pearson which provides content for online programming; (4) if budget in Washington is not enacted then there will be about a 9 percent cut across the board for federal program and MU needs to respond to this; (5) we will participate in a Harvard program called, COACH, designed to give young untenured faculty guidance on promotion and tenure; (6) the University of Missouri Press Advisory Committee has been appointed.

Gordon Christensen, IFC representative, reported on the September IFC Retreat.  The highlights of his report were:  (1) shared governance was discussed and this discussion included President Wolfe; (2) General Counsel has been asked to provide guidance regarding Amendment 2; (3) the start date for fall semester 2014, August 18 or 25; (4) elections will turn over twenty five percent or more of the legislature and we need to educate them about what we do at MU; (5) data on salaries show that MU salaries are low comparatively.

Discussion Items

Guests:  Jack Watring, Director University Police, on “Security Preparedness”.   MU Police Chief Jack Watring attended and presented:  the 2011 Campus Crime and Fire Safety (CLEAR) Report for review, Faculty Guidance for Emergencies and discussed emergency alerts, weapons policy, and the Citizens Response to Active Threats program.  The url for the MU police is:  http://mupolice.com.

Align Academic Deadlines to Cashiers Refund Deadlines - Monnier.  Monnier spoke on the anticipated late start of fall semester 2014 and the many difficulties that result.  The proposed start date is currently Monday, August 25, 2014.  Among the items she cited that would be a change from our more usual calendar is that graduation would be the weekend prior to Christmas.  Her other calendar topic was the alignment of add/drop dates with tuition refund dates.

Family Friendly Campus Committee.  Tyrer, on behalf of the committee, explained to Council the committee’s rationale to increase membership size from 20 to 30.   A motion was made to suspend the rules in order to vote on this discussion item.  The motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously and the vote to increase the size of this committee passed unanimously.

Missouri Press.   Tyrer announced that he will be sending Council a charge and a membership roster of an ad hoc committee to delve into the reasons behind the recent action on the Missouri Press. 

Shared Governance.  This was an item of discussion at the September Intercampus Faculty  Council (IFC) Retreat.  Tyrer feels that our current president is very receptive to this issue.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs Committee:  Montgomery-Smith, chair, reported:  (1) proposal to include NTT faculty on Faculty Council will be coming soon (late October); (2) discussed charge of the Promotion and Tenure task force; (3) the collected rules are violated often, thus there is a proposal to establish a shared governance task force.

Fiscal Affairs Committee:  Loyalka, chair, reported:  (1) met to focus on faculty authority regarding budget; (2) drafting a resolution which will move advisory authority on matters of shared authority; (3) faculty collective rules should apply at all academic levels; (4) looking into establishing a task force to discuss p & t credit for economic activity; (5) looking to establish a task force to look into GCI bonuses and incentives; (6) looking to understand the financial model for the university better.

Diversity Enhancement Committee:  Bentley, chair, reported:  (1) charged to re-visit the curriculum for educating on diversity; (2) asking for faculty input on why DI requirement failed; (3) October 30th diversity summit begins and the theme is civility.

Student Affairs Committee:  Roberts, chair, reported we have four charges, three are being acted upon:  (1) the plus-minus grading system; (2) the memorialization of MU veterans (especially those fallen in foreign wars); (3) public transportation system for students.  They have not started on the Chancellor’s program to suppress alcohol abuse and would like to know what they can do to help.

 

Adjournment

Council met in executive session in order to approve committee nominations.  The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Lupo, Recorder