Meeting Minutes: April 1, 1999

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Dennis Wright (for Bruce Biddle), Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Edward Hunvald, Nancy Knipping, William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Michael McKean, Mark Milanick, Don Miles, Glenn Pierce, David Rayl, Robin Remington, Robert Weagley, Don Sievert (for Paul Weirich), William Wiebold, James Curtis (for Russ Zguta), Robert Almony (Librarians), and Wayne Decker (Retirees). Absent: Everett Adam, Melvin Blase, Dan Edidin, Thomas Hurley, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m. by Chair Robert Weagley in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the Faculty Council Meeting of March 11, 1999 were approved.

Report of Officers

Weagley announced that the Winter Semester General Faculty Meeting is Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at 3:30 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in the Memorial Union.

Weagley announced that a University Forum on Health Care will be held on Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 3:30 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium. It is currently planned that this meeting will be recorded in real audio and available on the web.

Weagley announced that Faculty Council will hold a second forum on non-regular faculty on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium.

Weagley paid tribute to Norm Stewart, who resigned today. Weagley noted Stewart's 41 years of service to MU as a player, assistant coach, and head coach as well as his program "Coaches vs. Cancer". Faculty Council members voted to suspend the rules and vote today on a motion thanking Stewart. The resolution was passed by a unanimous voice vote and reads as follows: "Faculty Council would like to thank Norm Stewart for his major contributions to the Athletic Program of the University of Missouri-Columbia".

Weagley reported that the Resource Advisory Council will meet on Monday, April 5, 1999, and will present a proposal for funding Information Access and Technology Services as well as for cuts to units for the next academic year. The cuts are close to across the board. The budget model is still under discussion.

Weagley reported that he received information on assessment from Truman State and will look at that material and our data with Lloyd Barrow, Chair of the Academic Affairs Standing Committee, and Lori Franz, Interim Associate Provost. He also reported on a meeting that took place with Steve Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Academic Affairs Standing Committee of Faculty Council, and the Assessment Committee. A general faculty meeting is being planned for September to discuss assessment, define our goals for assessment, share our means of program assessment.

Weagley reported that he will have a meeting with Peter Markie, Interim Assistant Provost, to discuss concerns raised by the Missouri Student Association regarding making course evaluations available to students and student conduct issues.

Action Items

Faculty Handbook Revision Proposal. Faculty Council passed revisions to the Faculty Handbook by unanimous voice vote. These changes include adding: (1) MU's nondiscrimination statement and statement of values; (2) policies on several areas to Chapter 3 on the MU Bylaws; and, (3) the rules concerning student records, report of grades, students' grievance procedure, and assessment to Chapter 4 on Academic Regulations.

Discussion Items

The International Center. Roger Cook, President of Graduate Faculty Senate, reported concerns over a change in policy instituted by the International Center for foreign faculty. In the past, the International Center has helped all tenure-track foreign faculty to receive Labor Certification, but now they are only helping those who qualify for the Outstanding Professor and Researcher category (roughly, someone who is ready to be promoted to Associate Professor). This poses a problem for recruiting and hiring. One option is for the individual faculty member to hire an immigration lawyer to handle the paper work, however, this costs about $5,000. A second option is for faculty to apply annually for work permits that last one year, but this places pressure on tenure-track appointments and makes it difficult for departments to plan. The change was instituted because dealing with the International Center is burdensome and this frees up staff to work with international students. Faculty Council voted by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Executive Committee.

Board of Curators Report

Edward Hunvald reported on the March, 1999 Board of Curators Meeting in Rolla. The board approved a design for the renovations and expansion of the press box at Memorial Stadium.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs. Beth Geden, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, reported that the committee will hold a second Faculty Forum on Non-regular faculty on Tuesday, April 20, 1999. The committee is collecting data on non-regular faculty and expects to continue with this issue next year.

Student Affairs. Mike Devaney, Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, reported the committee met with Chris Favazza, to examine some of the difficulty the Athletic Department is having regarding student absence policy. They are working to encourage faculty to allow students to participate in scheduled competitions.

Any Other Business

Weagley reported that the chairs of all campus standing committees have been contacted for feedback as to whether staff should have equal representation with faculty on their committees.

Adjournment

The meeting moved to closed session at 4:35 p.m. to discuss honorary degrees, committee appointments and elect the Chair and Vice Chair for the 1999-2000 academic year. Elizabeth Geden was elected chair and Russ Zguta was elected Vice Chair.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder