Meeting Minutes: November 5, 2009


Members Present: Clyde Bentley, Michael Diamond, John Dwyer, Ann Harrell, Arthur Jago,Victoria Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Norman Land, Edward Hunvald (for John Lande), Kenneth MacLeod, Thomas Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, Joseph Parcell, Leona Rubin, Johannes Schul, Michael Taksar, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Adam Whaley-Connell, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Sam White (NTT), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Leah Cohn, Ann Harrell, Rebecca Johnson, April Langley, Alan Luger, Stephen Sayers, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, Ronald Wheeland, Bill Wiebold, Fred Williams (NTT), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The 10-15-09 Faculty Council minutes and the 10-21-09 Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting minutes were approved as submitted. The agenda order was suspended in order to take our guests first.

Report of Officers

Rubin announced that she recently attended an all day workshop on intellectual property presented by the Law librarians. They are currently planning to present this to Council in the spring semester. Faculty Council is sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross on January 26, 2010 from 10:00-5:00 in the Stotler Lounge of the Memorial Union. The Parking and Transportation Office has reported that there were no problems with parking for the Nebraska football game on October 8. The Registrar's Office is currently planning to undertake the process of updating "The Faculty Handbook".

The Executive Committee at their last meeting met with guests Chancellor Brady Deaton and Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton. The Chancellor spoke about the University of Missouri's involvement with the South Korean government in developing an institution of higher education (in South Korea) along with four other major universities in the United States. The South Korean government will pay each educational institution one million dollars at the outset for development of a business and curriculum plan. Each university in this partnership is to bring to this campus its unique or strong program(s). The University of Missouri Columbia's Journalism program is currently being considered for the South Korean campus.

Rubin reported on the October Board of Curator's meeting in Columbia. The Board approved two new degrees: BA in Film Studies; and MS & PhD in Clinical Translational Science. The Board also approved a change in the Collected Rules and Regulations concerning administrative oversight on email. President Forsee in his fiscal address updated the Board with a recent change that campuses will be uncoupled when making tuition decisions. Chancellor Brady Deaton reported that the Fall 2009 enrollment numbers broke all records.

Action Items

2011-2012 academic calendar - Parcell.  After a brief discussion, Council voted unanimously to approve the calendar as presented. The calendar appears below as passed.

"University of Missouri-Columbia

Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. M Aug 22
Labor Day Holiday (no classes) M Sep 05
Thanksgiving recess begins, close of day* Sa Nov 19
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Nov 28
Classwork ends, close of day* W Dec 07
Reading Day Th Dec 08
Final examinations begin F Dec 09
Fall semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F Dec 16
Commencement F Dec 16 & Sa 17
Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) M Jan 16
Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. T Jan 17
Spring recess begins, close of day* Sa Mar 24
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Apr 2
Classwork ends, close of day* W May 02
Reading Day Th May 03
Final examinations begin F May 04
Spring semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F May 11
Commencement F May 11, Sa May 12, Su May 13
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 04
Independence Day recess (no classes) W July 04
8-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 27
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 04
First 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F June 29
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M July 02
Independence Day recess (no classes) W July 04
Second 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 27

*Close of day is defined as including late afternoon and evening classes. It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council on November 5, 2009."

Syllabus statement changes - Cohn. After a brief discussion, Council voted unanimously to approve the proposed revision. The statement appears below as passed.

"The University community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions or concerns regarding the atmosphere in this class (including respect for diverse opinions) may contact the Departmental Chair or Divisional Director; the Director of the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities ( or the MU Equity Office (; All students will have the opportunity to submit an anonymous evaluation of the instructor(s) at the end of the course."

Discussion Items

Guests: Steven Graham, Vice President Academic Affairs and Zac March, Director, Distance Education and E-Learning.  Graham spoke to Council on the university's current efforts with distance learning. Support is available to any faculty who would like to develop an online curriculum and teach an electronic course. The online format is reaching more students that the more traditional university classes would not. His expectation is that student numbers will grow as preference changes to an electronic classroom environment. A question and answer period followed his remarks. A question was asked, "who owns the intellectual property". He answered that there is currently a system committee, consisting of membership from all four campuses, who are working on this issue.

Non-tenure track/campus standing committees - Tarr. Bentley led the discussion for the Faculty Affairs Committee in Tarr's absence. This item would allow the ranked non-regular faculty to volunteer for service on the faculty and campus standing committees. During discussion it was suggested that the language "benefit eligible" be added.


Council met for a closed session in order to make committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Shelley Worden, Recorder