Meeting Minutes: March 8, 2007


Present: Douglas Abrams, Edward Adelstein, Joanne Banks-Wallace, Rex Campbell, Leah Cohn, Michael Devaney, Jay Dow, Jack Jones (for Clark Gantzer), Bryan Garton, Ron Harstad, William Lamberson, Carol Lazzaro-Weis, Sudarshan Loyalka, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Tom Phillips, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Frank Schmidt, Laura Schopp, J. Wilson Watt, Lisa Zanetti, Rebekah K. Hart (sec.), Dean Yarwood (Retirees), Bennett Greenspan (AAUP), Lori McKinley (NTT), and John Mollenkamp (NTT). Absent: Charles Borduin, Clark Gantzer, Norman Land, Steven Neal, Anand Prahlad, Leona Rubin, Jim Sterling, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), Geoffrey Swindells, Fred Williams (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Campbell at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The minutes of the January 18, 2007 Faculty Council meeting were approved. [Campbell announced that the order of the meeting is changed to accommodate Council's guests first then the remaining meeting would follow.]

Report of Officers

Campbell reported that his meetings with Chancellor Deaton and Provost Foster had both been canceled. He attended the farewell reception for President Elson Floyd yesterday 3-7-07. He felt the reception was very well attended, and again the comments from President Floyd exceptional. He further stated that President Floyd will be very difficult to replace for while in office he engendered some very high standards all the way around. The search to replace him may be difficult however the expressed wish is to find someone just like him. Council has requested Abrams to draft a statement, for their signature, of their support of President Floyd. Campbell stated because our regular meeting recorder is out of town, the recorder for this meeting is Banks-Wallace.

Schmidt, IFC representative, reported that the Presidential Search Advisory Committee has been named. The committee has seventeen members representing all facets of the university community. Plans are for them to meet in April and May.

Schopp, Observer to the Board of Curators, noted no meeting was held but statewide meetings will be scheduled to elicit community input regarding the Presidential search.

Action Items

2007-2008 Council Representation - Campbell. Amendment to combine two units in the Graduate School (NSEI and Truman School of Public Policy) and to retain current representation for Agriculture and Medicine for the 2007-2008 academic year. Each unit on the Faculty Council will be given one representative per 50 tenure/tenure-track faculty within the unit. For the 2007-2008 academic year the Graduate School will decrease to one representative, Agriculture will retain three representatives, and Medicine will increase to four representatives. The motion carried and the amendment passed.

Changes in the Bylaws for Faculty Representation on the Faculty Council starting with the 2008 - 2009 Academic Year - Devaney. Motion to remove language in section 300.010 H (2) of Bylaws that specifies by name faculty divisions and to replace with the following language: "All colleges and schools that are headed by a Dean who reports to the Provost, for academic affairs, shall be entitled to voting representation". Motion was carried. This proposed change to the Bylaws will be discussed at the forthcoming General Faculty meeting, April 17, prior to a vote by the General Faculty by email ballot.

Undergraduate Core Learning Objectives - Schopp. Motion that, "We shall put forth statement of core learning objectives" was passed. Motion to approve MU Undergraduate Core Learning Objectives document with deletion of bullet number one, under Goal 3 and revision of bullet number two, Goal 3 to read, "To understand the duties of a responsible citizenry". Motion carried.

"MU Undergraduate Core Learning Objectives

Goals and Objectives

In order to meet the needs of the people of the state of Missouri, the nation and the global society, the University of Missouri-Columbia shall provide its baccalaureate graduates with a sound intellectual foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and in the student's chosen major field of study. Toward that end, in addition to having every Bachelor's degree recipient fulfill appropriate coursework requirements for general education and for degree programs, MU strives to have all students achieve the following goals:

Goal 1: Graduates of MU will be able to perform systematic inquiry and identify and evaluate new information in light of previous knowledge. MU graduates should be able to:

  • Identify issues and problems important to society, define their scope, and identify information needed to address them.
  • Find existing sources of information on a topic.
  • Evaluate the accuracy, validity, and reliability of information presented in a wide variety of media.
  • Conduct appropriately focused library, field or laboratory research.
  • Analyze and synthesize information gathered, demonstrating strategic and logical reasoning skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of costs, benefits, and/or consequences of proposed resolutions of issues and problems important to society.
  • Organize information, data, and ideas for further analysis and/or presentation.

Goal 2: Graduates of MU will possess the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to communicate effectively. MU graduates should be able to:

  • Communicate information to a variety of audiences and purposes.
  • Revise and edit their presentations to improve clarity and accuracy.
  • Engage in the healthy and positive exchange of ideas.
  • Apply communication skills in furthering their post-MU careers.
  • Use multiple formats and technologies to communicate ideas effectively.

Goal 3: Graduates of MU will possess the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to serve society responsibly. MU graduates should be able to:

  • Know the duties of responsible citizenship.
  • Identify and analyze the requisite behaviors for carrying out their academic and professional lives with integrity.
  • Work collaboratively with others where appropriate.

Goal 4: Graduates of MU will know how to observe and critically analyze the diverse human experience. MU graduates should be able to:

  • Engage in life-long learning.
  • Appreciate fine art and literature.
  • Understand the contributions of diverse groups and experiences to life at the individual, community, national, and the world levels

Discussion Items

Guest: Roger Worthington, Chief Diversity Officer (Interim) and Assistant to Deputy Chancellor on the topic of the planned 3-10-07 Nazi parade. Worthington reported to Council planned strategies to decrease risk of violence in conjunction with the Nazi parade scheduled for March 10, 2007. Several alternative events to promote peach and solidarity of the Columbia community are planned.

Watt presented a statement recognizing the importance of protecting freedom of speech, while simultaneously expressing opposition to the proposed Nazi parade because of its core focus on hatred and intolerance. There was a motion to suspend the Rules, seconded, and the motion passed. It was moved to adopt resolution as friendly amended, seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. The motion appears below as passed.

"A Statement from the University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Council
Concerning the Parade by the National Socialist Movement

The Faculty Council of the University of Missouri-Columbia cherishes the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and Section 8 of the Missouri Constitution's Bill of Rights. This freedom remains meaningful only so long as, in the words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, we remain "eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe." Freedom of expression thus inheres to all persons and organizations, including ones with well-documented histories of espousing hatred or bigotry.


The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.