Meeting Minutes: January 20, 1994


Present were: Gary Allee, John Bauer, Hardeep Bhullar, Dale Blevins, Irv Cockriel, Vicki Conn, Jay Dix, Jean Hamilton, Edward Hunvald, Eugene Lane, John Miles, Kerby Miller, Loren Nikolai, Deborah Pearsall, Larry Penney, Eva Szekely, Patricia Plummer, Michael Prewitt, Don Sievert, Harry Tyrer, Betty Winfield, Warren Zahler, and Julie Hughes substituted for Robert Birkenholz and John Badd for Mary Ellen Sievert. Absent were: Hildegarde Heymann, Brent Jones, Kit Salter, Dennis Sentilles, Don York, Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff), Roy Utz (Retirees), and Dean Schmidt (Library).

Approval of Minutes

Chairman Hunvald called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m. in room S110 Memorial Union. The minutes of the December 16, 1993 Faculty Council Meeting were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Chairman Hunvald reported that Professor Bob McClure, Dave McDonald, and Osmund Overby had agreed to the extension of their one-year terms on the Campus Standing Committee for Administrative Review. That left the necessity for an election only in Agriculture and Natural Resources, where Professor Gordon Kimber was retiring. Professor Lane would be responsible for the solicitation of nominations.

Professor Hunvald reported that Professor Jean Hamilton would remain on Council for the semester, that Professor Eva Szekely would replace Glenn Pierce for the semester, and that an election would be held to replace Professor Don York. He also reported that assignments had been made for the committee to prepare the self-study report for the next year's accreditation, by the North Central Association, and distributed a list of those appointed to the various subcommittees.

Professor Hunvald also noted that the Faculty Forum with the announcement of the upcoming Labor Forum had been issued.

Action Items

There were no items.

Discussion Items

Changes to the Academic Grievance Procedures. Professor Hamilton distributed a number of proposed changes in addition to those already proposed at the meeting of November 18, 1993. Subsequent discussion centered primarily on the provision that, after a list of 12-14 randomly drawn names (half from those appointed by the Chancellor, half from those appointed by Faculty Council) for a given hearing committee had been presented to both grievant and respondent, each of them might then strike three names from the list. Professor Miller particularly felt that this gave an unfair advantage to the respondent because as faculty members who would steadfastly stand up for a grievant's rights were in short supply, and this way would almost certainly be eliminated. He also was concerned by the provision regarding anonymity as to whether a given panel member had been appointed by the Chancellor or by Faculty Council, and felt that grievants would be better off knowing that fact. There was also discussion of what constituted improper or unethical communication with members of hearing committees, how much should be tolerated, and what should be done in such cases before the entire procedure was considered vitiated and had to start over again, or alternatively, the chair of the hearing committee might automatically find for one side or the other. Various minutiae were also addressed, such as the order of striking by grievant and respondent. There were also questions as to whether voting would take place on the whole document or section by section. Discussion on the whole matter of the proposed changes will continue at a future meeting before the matter is brought to a vote.

Funding for University Forums. A letter from Ms. Bonnie Zelenak was distributed, requesting continued funding for University Forums, in the amount of $800 a year. The Provost asked for a sense of the value of these forums, and was told by Professor Cockriel that it varied from forum to forum. Professor Hamilton found the cost for publicity excessive. This led into a general discussion of the budget for Faculty Council, which varies from $40,000 to $60,000 per annum, depending on the amount paid for the chair's half-salary and unpredictable demands for communication with faculty.

Report on Plans for a Labor Union Forum

Professor Lane spoke to the publicity. In addition to the announcement in Faculty Forum, a mailing would be going out to all faculty, arrangements had been made for an Informu message, and there would be an announcement in Mizzou Weekly. Professor Al Hahn, joined by other past chairs of Faculty Council, would place a letter in the next Faculty Forum, urging attendance. Professor Miller spoke to the fact a petition would be circulated following the meeting calling for a change in state public-sector labor law, to give all public-sector employees full collective bargaining rights with binding arbitration, or, barring that, inclusion of teachers in the current meet-and-confer law. Endorsement of such a petition would be sought from Faculty Council at a future meeting. Professor Bauer asked whether an anti-union position would be presented also at the meeting of February 8, and was informed by the chair that this was not part of the original resolution of November 4.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs (Hildegarde Heymann)

No report.

Faculty Affairs (Jean Hamilton)

No report.

Fiscal Affairs (John Miles)

Professor Miles inquired whether more discussion on "modeling" was desired by Faculty Council, and how the matter of Salary Increase Reporting was proceeding. There was a consensus that more specifics were needed on the former matter and the Provost reported progress on the latter matter. Warren Zahler asked whether the Faculty and Staff Benefits Task Force was superseded by the new Committee on Oversight of the Health Insurance Plan, and received an affirmative answer.

Special Projects (Dean Schmidt)

No report.

Student Affairs (Brent Jones)

No report.

Provost Brouder reported that negotiations were underway towards purchasing released time for an Arts & Science faculty member to determine the true cost of implementing the General Education Architecture.

Closed Session for Personnel Items and Adjournment

After brief announcements concerning: the procedure for selecting recipients for Honorary Degrees; Executive Committee's meeting with Chancellor Kiesler on January 19; and, an update on the selection of members on the Oversight Committee for the Health Insurance Plan, the meeting was adjourned at 5:06 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Eugene N. Lane, Recorder