Meeting Minutes: August 22, 2013
Members Present: Andre Ariew, A. Cooper Drury, Tim Evans, Charles Franz, Francisco Gomez, Richard Guyette, Jung Ha-Brookshire, Karen Hebert, Dan Hooley, Rebecca Johnson, Kattish Katti, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tony Lupo, Camila Manrique, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Nicole Monnier, Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Karen Piper Katherine Reed, Craig Roberts, Angela Speck, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, William Wiebold, Rachel Brekhus (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Mark Prelas (AAUP), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Jacqui Banaszynski, Jim Bauman, Lisa Flores, Raja Gopaldas, Ilhyung Lee, John Lory, Judith Mabary, Vitor Trindade, and Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff).
Approval of Minutes
Chair Craig Roberts called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. There were no minutes for approval at this meeting.
Report of Officers
Roberts reported there was no officer’s report.
Guests: Joe Parcell, Chair, Oversight Committee of the Faculty Grievance Committee presenting their annual report. Parcell gave some background to the Grievance Resolution Panel (GRP), which was set up for faculty who have been treated unprofessionally or unfairly. The committee is made up of one senior administrator and two to four senior faculty members. The Oversight Committee designates one member to also sit in with the GRP as an observer of the process. The Oversight Committee generated an evaluation form to guide the observer in assessing the proceedings.
In the last year there have been five grievances from three grievants. Four of the five have been resolved, with the fifth being ongoing. The question asked by Parcell for the Council related to the flexibility of the rules for assigning observers. The example given was that the same observer was assigned for the grievant who had three grievances as this seemed to all for the most continuity. However, this may not be strictly permitted by the rule and the Oversight Committee would like guidance.
There was some discussion of what was considered grievable: a grievance must be about something that is in violation of the collective rules.
There was also a question regarding whether a GRP member can bring procedural issue to the attention of the Oversight Committee member. The consensus was that this should be the case.
Guests: Michael Sykuta, for the Campus Planning Committee, brief report with Q&A. As an introduction, Roberts gave some background and emphasized the issue of the museum moves and how faculty have (not) been involved. Sykuta gave a synopsis of the report submitted by the Campus Planning Committee (CPC). Sykuta said that six out of the 22 members on the committee are faculty with three-year terms. Their charge is to look at long term planning issues across campus as opposed to individual issues. Wakefield asked what recommendations the committee may have to address limited terms and long range planning. He responded that there are often “big events” that occur that are not part of the long-term plan that are difficult to deal with (e.g. contamination problems in Pickard Hall). Tyrer pointed out that Council nominates faculty members to CPC therefore; they should provide feedback to Council. Following additional comments about short-term events, Sykuta asserted that CPC is about long-term planning. It was suggested that a campus space committee may have been involved and should be invited to a future Council meeting.
MU Chancellor Search – Wiebold http://www.umsystem.edu/muchancellor_search. Wiebold reported that there is an approved position description however it still hasn’t been posted to the website.
Faculty Council Annual Workshop/Retreat. Council was reminded of our annual retreat/workshop and urged to attend.
Standing Committee Charges. Standing committee chairs were asked to make sure that their charges were forwarded ahead of the retreat.
Standing Committee Reports
Academic Affairs Committee: Monnier, chair, announced that we need feedback on the new “withdrawal” policy.
Student Affairs Committee: Evans, chair, reported hearing from individuals interested in “wellness of students” on campus.
Any Other Business
Monnier reported to Council a recent change in non-student reservations at Memorial Unions. The Unions are now charging a room rental fee per reservation.
Council met in executive session in order to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.