Meeting Minutes: November 29, 2012

Attendance

Members Present: Steve Ball, Clyde Bentley, Tim Evans, Raja Gopaldas, Cheryl Heesch, Art Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tony Lupo, Judith Mabary, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Karen Piper, Vitor Trindade, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Rachel Brekhus (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Mark Prelas (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Jim Baumann, Gordon Christensen, A. Cooper Drury, Lisa Flores, Candace Galen, Francisco Gomez, Bina Gupta, Kattesh Katti, Ilhyung Lee, Joe Parcell, Craig Roberts, Stephen Sayers, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Katherine Reed (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 minutes of the October 30, 2012 General Faculty Meeting and the November 8, 2012 Faculty Council Meeting were approved as submitted

Report of Officers

Tyrer acknowledged Janice Silvey’s coverage of the Faculty Council meetings as she will be going to Stephen’s College next semester.

Deputy Provost Ken Dean reminded faculty to participate in the COACHE survey. There is a 30% campus response rate at present, a number that is consistent with other schools.  Johnson noted that faculty were unhappy with the length of the survey. Although it only takes twenty minutes to complete (according to Dean), several started the survey but did not complete it. Dean reported that these tries are also recorded. Results of the survey will compare MU to our peers on various satisfaction measures, numbers that can then be analyzed according to certain parameters, such as tenured versus non-tenure track faculty responses, etc. Dean also indicated that anonymity would be preserved.

Johnson reported for  Roberts on the Press Advisory committee, stating that their last meeting was productive and positive. Discussions centered on the process by which the Press decides on focal areas from which they will accept manuscripts. The Press is still hiring (three positions are still open). Another meeting will be held in January during which a primary topic will be determining effective niches.

Tyrer announced upcoming meetings and invited members of Faculty Council to the Tiger Bistro on Dec. 11 to join the Executive Council and graduate faculty group.    

Discussion Items

Guests:  Amy Lannin, Director, Campus Writing Program.  Dr. Bonita Selting from the Campus Writing Program (CWP) provided a brief explanation of how a course receives a “Writing Intensive” (WI) designation. Jonathan Cisco from CWP provided information regarding the status of new courses at MU. While there has been a dip in new courses in WI programs in general, new courses at MU have constantly increased, with 56 new courses proposed for Spring 2013.

Monnier discussed the problem of enforcing the present requirement that students take English 1000 before enrolling in a WI course. MyZou can now be set to block enrollment for those professors who decide to enforce the English 1000 requirement.  Jago pointed out that certain colleges will not allow instructors to change prerequisites themselves.

In response to  Jago’s inquiry regarding the availability of evidence that students’ writing abilities are improving as a result of WI courses,  Lannin stated that this is a question that CWP would like to partner with faculty this year to study.  Lannin also commented further on the success of the Campus Writing Program by pointing out that faculty are tending to stay in the program and that partnerships with departments have expanded what the program is able to accomplish. Questions regarding the degree to which TAs are used and monitored and how they are trained were also raised. Grading for large classes has been solved by having a pool of TAs for the course and conducting norming sessions to insure consistency in grading. TA workshops are also given at the beginning of each semester which the responsible faculty members also attend.

Lannin has been working with Nancy West of the Honors College regarding the publication of student work. Final areas of discussion were regarding the use of software to evaluate grading, a topic the business school has been investigating and with which CWP is consulting, and the extent of the total budget for CWP ($857,000 for 2012, most of which was for TAs).  

Resolution for moving budget from advisory to shared authority in UMC Faculty Bylaws – Loyalka  The “Motion to change Faculty Bylaws to allow Faculty to have shared authority, in lieu of advisory authority, for Campus Resource Allocation Decisions” and supporting information regarding MU’s “2012 Revenue and Expenditures” were presented to the Council.  Loyolka indicated that the resolution had the unanimous support of the Fiscal Affairs Committee.  Faculty have not had the type of input they want in decisions regarding resource allocation; the present advisory authority has not worked well. Transparency exists only at some administration levels, namely that of Tim Rooney. With only advisory authority, information is received late resulting in Faculty Council’s reactive rather than proactive role. Other campuses enjoy a better relationship. UMSL has a budget and planning committee that receives information in a timely manner.

Loyalka then read the proposed motion as follows:  “The University of Missouri faculty resolve that faculty authority item budget and resource allocation (300.010.3.c.1) be moved from advisory to shared authority, and that faculty authority item planning, including capital expenditures and physical facilities (and 300.010.3.c.2) be also similarly moved.” The motion was for discussion only and is to be voted on later. Once the motion is passed, it will go to the faculty-at-large.

Loyolka presented the information on the budget handout (derived from Tim Rooney’s website), noting that once the funds reflected here are mingled, the source of those funds is not retained. The faculty need organized input in how the 510 million dollars in the operating fund is distributed. The supplemental fees go to different schools; some schools have strong faculty input, some do not.

Questions arose regarding the lack of specificity in the proposal.  Montgomery-Smith noted that UMSL provides a good model and perhaps a representative from UMSL should be present at our next meeting. Additional discussion followed regarding the distinction between shared and advisory authority and that a viable definition of shared governance must be agreed upon. Tyrer noted that definitions of advisory role and shared governance should be written in the CRR.

2013-2014 Representation Report. This report indicates how many divisional seats will be on Faculty Council next year.  Hart uses these numbers to inform the colleges of their representation and need for elections.  This report becomes effective at the end of July.

NTT Faculty Vote.  Brekhus is continuing to work on the Faculty Council website. Council members are urged to visit the site and comment. A separation into fact and opinion pages was discussed. Brekhus noted that her intent was to limit questions on the FAQ page to those that have factual answers.

Tyrer indicated that the faculty vote on NTT status will take place sometime in March and will go to the Board of Curators in April.  

Conflict of Interest Reporting Disclosure Form.  Trindade raised a concern regarding the new stricter parameters set forth by the Office of Research in disclosing conflict of interest. Faculty are confused about what should and should not be reported. Tyrer noted that the Office of Research is overreacting to the NIH guidelines.  Jago added that it was a non-issue and there was no need to respond.   

Any Other Business

Our next Faculty Council meeting will be Thursday, January 24, 2013.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Judith Mabary, Recorder