Meeting Minutes: September 19, 2013
Members Present: Andre Ariew, A. Cooper Drury, Tim Evans, Charles Franz, Francisco Gomez, Richard Guyette, Jung Ha-Brookshire, Karen Hebert, Berkley Hudson, Rebecca Johnson, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tony Lupo, Judith Mabary, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Nicole Monnier, Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Karen Piper, Craig Roberts, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, William Wiebold, Don Sievert (MURA), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Jim Bauman, Lisa Flores, Raja Gopaldas, Dan Hooley, Kattesh Katti, Ilhyung Lee, John Lory, Camila Manrique, Katherine Reed, Angela Speck, Vitor Trindade, Rachel Brekhus (Librarians), Mark Prelas (AAUP), 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. A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of the July 25, 2013 meeting. Minutes were approved without discussion.
Report of Officers
Roberts reminded Council of the Fall Semester General Faculty meeting on October 2, 2013 in Jesse Wrench Auditorium.
Guest: Dr. Gary Allen, Vice President of Information Technology. Allen introduced the draft plan from the Cyberinfrastructure Council (see attached), indicating that the council is looking at ways to be competitive on campus and the best manner by which to leverage their investments in technology. Membership on this council is provided on the last page of the attached draft and consists of faculty and IT professional representatives from MU’s schools, colleges, and divisions. The vision statement for the Council reads: MU is committed to providing and supporting the cyberinfrastructure necessary to excel in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge in an environment of rapidly changing technologies, so we may optimally fulfill our research, education, outreach, and economic development missions. Allen went over some of the recommended actions, noting that in order for research data to be made available to the public for publically funded research, investments must be made in archiving and curation. He welcomed input from faculty council before the draft proposal moves forward. Focus group meetings will also be held with various constituencies on campus who have significant area research strengths in order to help IT plan for current and foreseeable needs. Sustainable ways to support these needs can then be determined. The plan will be presented to campus as a whole on October 10 in the Bond Life Sciences Center.
Questions and comments from Faculty Council members: 1) This effort is a good example of shared governance as the proposal is being brought to Faculty Council early in the process; 2) Interaction with other parts of the university system? Allen: communications are already underway and shared access to some systems have been implemented (beginning in 2001). A consortium in which thirteen schools are participating is allowing investigation of sharing systems with other institutions; 3) Cost of data storage? Allen: A great deal of money could be saved with newer equipment; 4) What is the business model that will sustain these improvements long-term? Allen: some units will have to be funded at no cost; others have staggering needs, for which charges may need to be implemented.
MU Chancellor Search – Wiebold http://www.umsystem.edu/muchancellor_search. Wiebold reported that the call has gone out for applicants and the Search Committee is now in a quiet phase. MU has a good reputation and applications are coming in. Nominations from Faculty Council members were encouraged. Wiebold assured the council that they have no one in mind for the position at present.
Missouri Press. Roberts reminded the council of the resolution passed last spring for the press advisory committee to have access to the press’s financial data, critical information if the committee is to effectively address their charge. No report has yet been provided. Johnson noted that the reason provided by the press was that they were in a state of disarray at the time and numbers were not available. Roberts will write Mel George and the Provost again with a request for numbers for the past three years with a response due date of October 1. Tyrer reported on the candidate interviews he had attended for the director of the press.
Mizzou North/Space Committees. Monnier has been gathering information on which campus committees determine space requirements and what their specific charges are. Those committees are the Campus Planning Committee, the Space Planning and Advisory Committee, and the Capital Review Committee. Monnier found that committee websites were out of date, membership was difficult to determine, and, with the exception of the Campus Planning Committee, representatives were difficult to reach. Wakefield inquired as to what we are trying to answer by looking into these committees. The question formulated is how the Faculty Council can be engaged and informed in the process of campus planning decision-making.
Deputy Provost Ken Dean added to the information Monnier was able to determine. The Space Planning and Advisory Committee reports to Gary Ward (facilities) and to Ken Dean (academics). Dean meets with their representative once per month re: academic space requirements. The Campus Planning Committee is now defunct. The Capital Review Committee dealt with issues several years ago; now representatives from the Chancellor’s staff meet on Tuesday mornings to discuss current needs. For the past fifteen+ years, state appropriations for capital improvements have not been forthcoming. Instead, gifts come in at which time discussions take place as to how best to use the funds.
A revised campus master plan is proposed each fall. The same outside consultant has been used for many years, insuring continuity. Open forums are also held to discuss the master plan before it goes to the Board of Curators for approval. The annual master plan is a point where Faculty Council can participate in the process and reconnect with campus administration more successfully than in the past.
Regarding Mizzou North, Dean reported that the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri owns the building, as it does most buildings in the UM system. Mizzou North contains over 250,000 square feet and can be used well for educational needs and to serve as swing space. Dean then recounted the renovations projects planned, namely Piccard Hall, Swallow Hall, and Jesse Hall, noting that, in the long run, renovation would be less costly than continued maintenance. Roberts noted that it was not the what that was the concern of Faculty Council but the how. Hart echoed the concern of how faculty can be involved in the process. Dean encouraged the submission of ideas. Wakefield suggested that Faculty Council have an informal group meet with Dean to decide how to address the problem of participation, rather than trying to fit into existing committees. Roberts stated that this would be discussed in the Executive Committee meeting.
Standing Committee Reports
Academic Affairs Committee: Monnier, chair, reported that new evaluation forms will be ready for use November 1, 2013. Both old and new forms can be used this semester. New forms will be send out within the next couple of weeks.
Fiscal Affairs Committee: Loyalka, chair, reported that A. Cooper Drury has agreed to serve as vice chair of the subcommittee. The subcommittee is refining a resolution re: supplemental fees for A&H that will be presented at the next Faculty Council meeting.
Diversity Enhancement Committee: Johnson, chair, announced meeting with Jim Spain to decide how to analyze data resulting from the diversity sensitivity survey.
Student Affairs Committee: Evans, chair, reported the committee hopes to meet in the next week or so.
Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC): Miller announced that the first meeting is coming up at which time new software vendors for the faculty development software will be discussed. Three candidates are to make presentations. Faculty Council concerns center around who will have access to the information entered by individual faculty.
Any Other Business
NSEI Information Gathering – Lamberson. Bill Lamberson (CAFNR) provided a brief report from the special committee assigned to gather information about the historical development of NSEI and its current status. Three additional members are on the committee: Jay Dow (Political Science), Paul Ladehoff (Director, Llm Program in Dispute Resolution), and Bill Wiebold (Ag Extension, Plant Sciences). Committee members were appointed by Roberts with advice from former chairs and others. Marrero suggested that the investigation go back before NSEI. Lamberson responded that they would go back to the point when NSEI moved from engineering (they have not yet started their investigation).
Council met in executive session in order to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.