Meeting Minutes: July 30, 2009


2009-2010 Members Present: John Dwyer, Art Jago, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Tom Marrero, Joe Parcell, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, Harry Tyrer, J. Wilson Watt, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). 2009-2010 Members Absent: Clyde Bentley, Leah Cohn, Michael Diamond, Ann Harrell, Rebecca Johnson, Norman Land, April Langley, Alan Luger, Kenneth Macleod, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, Michael Taksor, James Tarr, Adam Whaley-Connell, Ian Worthington, Fred Williams (NTT), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff), Stephen Montgomery Smith (AAUP). Retiring Members Present: Tom Phillips, Edward Adelstein, Victoria Johnson, Eileen Porter, Frank Schmidt, David Trinklein. Retiring Members Absent: Lloyd Barrow, Jay Dow, Jim McGlew, Steve Neal, Rainer Glaser (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Tom Phillips called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The 6-11-09 Council minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Chair Phillips opened the meeting with a report from the July 24, 2009 Board teleconference meeting. The university announced the selling of $332 million in bonds for campus projects. At the August Board meeting the curators will be presenting an update on the salary and benefits package (University's Total Compensation Package). This is to help the Board members understand that we are both underpaid and have decreased benefits compared to peer institutions. Shorter versions of this presentation are currently being considered for faculty and staff groups on each campus starting in the fall semester.

The Provost is completing the Strategic Initiative Plan for Columbia campus and a final form of it will be available soon. The current format of our course evaluation forms is under review and revised documents will be available soon for consideration. The Academic Cost Saving Committee has made recommendations on revenue generated by patents on athletic logos and have asked for proposals of programs that will generate revenue. The MU Evening Program committee report will go to the Provost for review.

Standing Committee Reports

AY 2008-2009 Standing Committee Reports. Phillips thanked each standing committee chair and members for all their work this past academic year. Each report was available for review and highlights from those committee members present for discussion follow.

Academic Affairs: under current discussion granting of credit for military training, beginning to work on standards of classroom behavior regarding the use of electronic devices such as cell phones and text messages, began the general education review process this past year as well as developed modifications in the final testing schedule.

Faculty Affairs: on-going work of defining domestic partner benefits and developing alternate promotion models which do not involve tenure issues.

Student Affairs: continue working on the issue of Supplemental Fees and the Tuition Fee Waiver Committee.

Diversity Enhancement: ongoing discussion concerning domestic partner benefits and use of financial aid in the recruitment of talented minority students, they will be involved in the general education revisions.

Fiscal Affairs chair and/or committee members were not present for a discussion.


In closed session Dr. Steve Osterlind, chair, Honorary Degrees Committee presented to Council for their consideration two nominees for honorary degrees. Council also considered faculty replacements on campus standing committees. There was a brief executive committee meeting of the '09-'10 members and the Council meeting schedule was approved. The '09-'10 executive committee: Leona Rubin, Chair; William Wiebold, Vice Chair; Joe Parcell, Chair Academic Affairs; Leah Cohn, Chair Diversity Enhancement; Stephen Sayers, Chair Student Affairs, Michael Taksar, Chair Fiscal Affairs, James Tarr, Chair Faculty Affairs; and J. Wilson Watt, IFC representative. A recorder and Parliamentarian will be added soon. The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.