Meeting Minutes: October 22, 2015


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

Approval of Minutes

Chair Trachtenberg brought the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m. The minutes of the 10-8-15 meeting were approved as presented.

Report of Officers

Trachtenberg reported that UM System President Tim Wolfe declined to provide much information about the recent Board of Curators meeting; Wolfe did, however, disclose that Twitter rumors regarding the meeting are inaccurate.  Trachtenberg summarized the General Faculty Meeting noting that Chancellor stated that graduate students would be provided with health insurance.  Planned Parenthood and the dismissal of the SOM dean were also discussed.

The date of the Spring General Faculty will be March 21, 2016. 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires universities to appoint a faculty member as the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).  Professor Christina Wells, School of Law, has been selected as the FAR for a four-year term. 

John Gahl has agreed to serve as our Parliamentarian today in Tim Evans’s absence.

Bylaws overview brought to light that while the Collective Rules & Regulations were amended to state that NTT members of FC can vote, FC hasn’t approved the change.  There will have an upcoming vote on this to make it official.

Action Items

TOEFL requirements for international undergraduate students – Jago.   A motion was introduced two weeks ago to increase the required TOFEL to 79, with provision to provide a remedial program to students with scores between 61-78.  An amendment (below) was circulated by Gahl prior to this meeting:

"Prior to 2016, the University of Missouri has negotiated the establishment of

collaborative degree programs, including coordinated undergraduate degree programs,

with a number of international partner universities. International undergraduate transfer students participating in these collaborative or coordinated programs will be allowed to satisfy existing (2015) TOEFL requirements."  

Gahl moved for its approval and Angela Speck seconded.  Discussion ensued.  The amendment was approved.   The TOFEL requirements were approved as amended.

Discussion Items

Guest:  Leigh Neier, Assistant Teaching Professor, Education and Chair, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee on Plans for Thursday night football game on November 5.   Bill Wiebold reported for Leigh Neier.  Noted that planning for the Nov 5th Thursday home game began in February 2015.   Approximately every four years, there will be a weeknight home game.

Guests:  Mike Urban & Heather Hoffman, Co-Chairs, Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women; and, Linda Reeder, Chair, College of Arts & Science Committee on the Status of Women on the Faculty Salary Equity Study.  In 1973, the committee on status of women formed out of protest; however, a study was never done until now.  The study has three main components – gender salary issues, racial salary issues, compression issues.  It reports on inequities at gross scale, not at the level of individual units.  There are three elements driving difference in salary – research productivity, rank, administrative experience.  These impact the difference in gender salary.   The administration is willing to bring the author of the report to campus if there is interest to answer questions. 

Art Jago expressed disappointment that the School of Medicine (SOM) was not included in study.  While their salary structure is different from campus, their internal salary issues could have been reviewed.   The reason to not include SOM is not considered compelling.

Next steps: look at the three elements that drive the salary inequity, more fully answer questions regarding compression, redo study and analysis in five years as recommended by author and supported by Provost. 

Race Relations Committee Report – Hudson.  Meeting twice weekly since May.  The committee has created several videos and presented two to Council.  The links to the videos will be sent out to faculty.  The committee is looking at training of faculty and how to get faculty to be receptive to training.  The committee will meet with President Wolfe at next meeting.  Starting to bring in people to meet with and are on schedule with their plan.  Discussion ensued. 

Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) – Monnier.  MAFS meets twice a year.  13 four-year state universities send two reps.  Last two years, leadership has been active in Jefferson City with positive results.   The February meeting will include meetings with legislators.

Revision of Final Exam Policy – Monnier.  There is a request by the Registrar to change current policy to allow students to petition faculty if they have more than two finals within a 24-hour period.  Current policy is for more than two finals in a calendar day.  A vote on this will be held at a future Council meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs – Jago.    Met with J.D. Bowers, the new director of the Honors College to discuss approval of honors topics courses.  A meeting with Jim Spain is scheduled.

Diversity Enhancement  - Speck.  Black studies conference was awesome.   Working on the proposal for a diversity course and looking at surveys of seniors and freshmen to see if there is any current cultural competency happening.   Information regarding the proposal is available online  Feedback is requested. 

Faculty Affairs – Lupo.  Lupo submitted his report via email to Trachtenberg.  The committee has studied post-tenure review at MU.  It will provide its report to Council Executive Committee next week.

Fiscal Affairs – Gahl.  Continuing to meet with Vice Chancellor Gibler.  Gahl encouraged faculty to contact the chief financial officer in their unit and ask her/him to present on the budget.

Student Affairs  - Evans.  Anna Ball reported on behalf of the committee. Looking at travel abroad trips to countries with no-travel areas; and, allowing faculty to bring students into the areas of the country where there is not a warning.


Council went into closed session at 4:42 p.m.   The meeting was adjourned at 5:37 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca Graves, Recorder