Meeting Minutes: February 17, 2011


Members Present: Edward Adelstein, Steve Ball, Clyde Bentley, Gordon Christensen, John Dwyer, Candace Galen, Victoria Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, April Langley, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, William Lamberson (for Joe Parcell), Leona Rubin, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Leah Cohn, Ann Harrell, Arthur Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Norman Land, John Lande, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, Dana Weston, Edward Hunvald (MURA), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Katherine Reed (NTT), and Sam White (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in the General Services Building. The Faculty Council minutes of 11-18-10 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Rubin thanked Council for suspending the rules in order to allow online voting for the revision of the 2010-2011 academic calendar to allow Columbia campus to make up for the snow days.  This action appears in the addendum that follows the minutes.  A nominating committee for Council’s 2011 election has been announced, Wiebold, Cohn, and McCathren.  The executive committee met with Provost Foster on February 8 and the discussion was on evaluation of deans, which is handled by the Provost Office.

Wiebold reported on the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC).  The IFC Special Advisory Committee to Study the Retirement Plan has released a report and they continue to meet.  It is unclear if the university will make any changes to the plan.  The IFC subcommittee to study all academic faculty titles will meet to decide upon a definition of faculty.  There were three IFC items that came before this Council: (1) CR&R 320.035; (2) Academic Integrity Statement; (3) Pilot Faculty Grievance Procedure.   The first item is a concern from the Rolla campus that would allow changing a departmental promotion and tenure committee when there are not enough faculty in a department to form a committee.  Faculty Council suspended the rules and passed this item.  The academic integrity statement item was reviewed and approved.  The pilot faculty grievance process will come up for the faculty vote this semester and there will be a faculty forum, prior to voting, on March 1.

Action Items

In Sept 2009 Council voted to change Bylaws to allow for electronic voting. The item was introduced to faculty at the general faculty meeting October 2009 and generated no concerns. The voting result from Council was not entered into the minutes. Thus, Council is being asked to correct this procedural oversight and re-vote. Proposed changes are to section 300.010 L. 12  of the “Collected Rules and  Regulations” - Wiebold.  After a brief discussion in which some changes were suggested to the wording , Council voted and passed it unanimously.

“Section 300.010 M. Revision of Bylaws.  Revisions of these Bylaws may be proposed by Faculty Council.  Proposed revisions shall be presented and discussed at a meeting of the General Faculty or a faculty forum.  As soon as possible after the General Faculty meeting or faculty forum, all faculty members will be notified of the proposed revision and provided access to a ballot.  Ballots will be tabulated by a committee of Faculty Council within two weeks following completion of voting.  A simple majority of the votes submitted will be required for approval.  Results of the vote will be reported to Faculty Council and then all faculty members as soon as feasible.  Revisions become effective upon approval by the Board of Curators.”

Discussion Items

Guests: Elizabeth Tankersley-Bankhead, Project Director Enrollment Management & Ann Korschgen, Vice Provost Enrollment Management on access for Missouri students.  Tankersley-Bankhead gave a presentation on the Missouri College Advising Corps.  The purpose of this program is to help Missouri students go to college.  This is a national program with 15 corps in 14 states.  The MU program is funded by a one million dollar grant over four years.  MU is in the second year of a three year program.  There has been an average 6.3 percent increase in student college matriculation at the participating partner schools.

General Education Review: Diversity Statement - Johnson.  Johnson led a lengthy discussion on what is a diversity course, will diversity courses solve societal problems, what are the costs of these courses, as well as many other aspects of this topic.  Johnson agreed to send revisions of the Diversity Intensive Course Requirement Proposal to Council for their review prior to the next meeting.

2011-2012 Representation Report.  This item was not discussed and will return at the next meeting.

Changes to the CR&R’s: 300.010 K. Faculty Tenure Committee.  This item was not discussed and will return at the next meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Because of time, there were no reports.


Council met in executive session in order to make committee and Honorary Degree nominations.  The meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden, Recorder

Addendum:  2-17-11 Faculty Council minute addendum: “By noon on February 10, 2011 20 voting members had responded and the vote to suspend the rules and have an electronic vote was unanimous, the vote to revise the academic calendar was 19 yes and 1 no.  After the approval was sent forward, one Council member expressed their disapproval of suspending the rules and instead indicated we should have called an emergency meeting.”