Meeting Minutes: September 17, 2015

Attendance

Members present: Sheila Baker, Anna Ball, Tina Bloom, Tim Evans, John Gahl, Trent Guess, Richard Guyette, Newton DeSouza (for Jung Ha-Brookshire), Berkley Hudson, Art Jago, Naresh Khatri, Teng Lim, Tony Lupo, Camila Manrique, Dennis Miller, Nicole Monnier, Peter Nabelek, Angela Speck, Anne Stanton, Marty Steffens, Mary Stegmaier, Ben Trachtenberg, Vitor Trindade, William Wiebold, Robert Winholtz, Flore Zephir, Rebecca Graves (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Galen Suppes (AAUP), and Rebekah Hart (Council Secretary). Members absent: Andre Ariew, David Bergin, A. Cooper Drury, and Mahesh Thakkar.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Trachtenberg brought the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m. The minutes of the 8-27-15 meeting will be presented at the October 8 meeting.

Report of Officers

Trachtenberg made the following report. The Executive Committee will be reviewing nominations for the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR); and, at their last meeting the executive committee meet with Title IX Administrator Ellen Eardley.   Ann Riley, Acting Director of MU Libraries, met with Trachtenberg to discuss the student library fee.   The Chair has been requested to submit names for the search committee for the new position of Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.

Discussion Items

NTT Campus Standing Committee update.     Committee met and set the following goals:  examine the promotion process; look at contracts; and, smooth out the process for granting emeritus status for ranked NTTs.  Nicole Monnier is the Council liaison to the NTT committee.

 Open Records Request.  In view that there were no new developments, Trachtenberg opened the floor for feedback and comments. Members expressed concerns about potential burdens imposed on faculty by broad open records requests.

Graduate Education at MU.     The faculty have been requested to give input into what is happening at the department level regarding .25 FTE waiver.  Journalism will be sending out a letter regarding impact on classrooms with the discontinuance of .25 FTE waiver.  Truman School is working with Leona Rubin on this transition.  We have not heard from the Graduate student health insurance task force.  The following questions were raised: is the current organization of graduate education the best, and, should we have a consultant review it?

New Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Title IX.  Trachtenberg is actively recruiting members.  Council was asked for recommendations on the Council Chair’s charge for the ad hoc committee.  One suggestion was that the committee work to clarify current rules and regulations. 

Medical School Dean Update.  Chancellor Loftin addressed Council and stated that he and Provost Stokes met with the Dean on Monday and the dean elected to resign at that point.  The university will be reinstating the position of Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs first, then will search for a new dean.  The research money committed to the outgoing dean will still be available to the school/health system.  Stokes said one goal is to get an Executive Vice Chancellor who is also a physician and has experience directing a research operation. Trachtenberg has been asked to suggest names for the EVC search.  Council members are asked to email him names along with a sentence on why the proposed person would be good.

Standing Committee Reports

NTT Campus Standing Committee update.     Committee met and set the following goals:  examine the promotion process; look at contracts; and, smooth out the process for granting emeritus status for ranked NTTs.  Nicole Monnier is the Council liaison to the NTT committee.

 Open Records Request.  In view that there were no new developments, Trachtenberg opened the floor for feedback and comments. Members expressed concerns about potential burdens imposed on faculty by broad open records requests.

Graduate Education at MU.     The faculty have been requested to give input into what is happening at the department level regarding .25 FTE waiver.  Journalism will be sending out a letter regarding impact on classrooms with the discontinuance of .25 FTE waiver.  Truman School is working with Leona Rubin on this transition.  We have not heard from the Graduate student health insurance task force.  The following questions were raised: is the current organization of graduate education the best, and, should we have a consultant review it?

New Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Title IX.  Trachtenberg is actively recruiting members.  Council was asked for recommendations on the Council Chair’s charge for the ad hoc committee.  One suggestion was that the committee work to clarify current rules and regulations. 

Medical School Dean Update.  Chancellor Loftin addressed Council and stated that he and Provost Stokes met with the Dean on Monday and the dean elected to resign at that point.  The university will be reinstating the position of Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs first, then will search for a new dean.  The research money committed to the outgoing dean will still be available to the school/health system.  Stokes said one goal is to get an Executive Vice Chancellor who is also a physician and has experience directing a research operation. Trachtenberg has been asked to suggest names for the EVC search.  Council members are asked to email him names along with a sentence on why the proposed person would be good.

Adjournment

Council went into closed session at 4:52 p.m.   The meeting was adjourned at 4:56 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Graves, Recorder