Meeting Minutes: November 18, 1999

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Bruce Biddle, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Tom Hurley, Robert Jerry, Sudarshan Loyalks, Anne McKendry, Don Miles, Loren Nikolai, Glenn Pierce, MaryEllen Sievert, Robert Weagley, William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), and G.B. Thompson (Retirees). Absent: William Davis, Daniel Hooley, Robert Johnson, Michael McKean, Mark Milanick, David Rayl, Mable Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff), Eugene Iannotti (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Elizabeth Geden called the meeting to order in S203 of the Memorial Union at 3:30 p.m.

Report of Officers

Geden commented on questions that had been raised in a discussion of the grievance procedure at the November 4, 1999 meeting of Council. At that meeting the status of grievances filed from 1996 through 1999 were presented, although cases resolved prior to April 1, 1998 were not included. In response to questions concerning the academic rank of the grievants included in this report, Geden responded the grievant was tenured in 13, tenure-track in 6, and non-regular in 4 cases.

Discussion Items

University of Missouri Post-Tenure Review Committee. Geden reported that Stephen Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, has sent a memo to Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) members requesting names of three faculty members from each campus to serve on a post-tenure review committee. She noted that the issue came as a complete surprise to Chancellor Wallace and Provost Deaton. Geden argued that Lehmkuhle's call is premature because it is not clear that there is a problem with the current system of reviewing faculty. Geden presented to Council a draft of a letter to President Pacheco to be sent on behalf of Council that voices concerns regarding the post tenure review committee. Council voted to suspend the rules so it could vote on the letter at this meeting. Council voted unanimously to submit the letter to President Pacheco.

Student Absences. Student Affairs chair, Michael Devaney discussed the student absence policy. He presented to Council a faculty survey and letter that contained the revised recommendations, the current policy, and the pros and cons of the change. At the bottom of this survey, faculty are asked to indicate their support or opposition to the proposed changes. Devaney suggested distributing this letter after the start of the winter semester. Council voted to suspend the rules so it could vote on the survey at this meeting. Council voted unanimously to distribute the survey to all regular faculty.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Lloyd Barrow, Chair, reported that the committee is still working on the 2001/2002 Academic Calendar.

Faculty Affairs: Edward Adelstein, Chair, reported that the committee is trying to make specific recommendations on the grievance process.

Adjournment

The meeting moved to closed session at 4:07 p.m. to discuss committee appointments. The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder