Meeting Minutes: June 9, 2011


Members Present: Steve Ball, Clyde Bentley, Gordon Christensen, Leah Cohn, Victoria Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Joe Parcell, Leona Rubin, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Edward Adelstein, John Dwyer, Candace Galen, Ann Harrell, Art Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Norman Land, John Lande, April Langley, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, Stephen Sayers, Dana Weston, Bill Wiebold, 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 S203 Memorial Union. The Faculty Council and general faculty meeting minutes of 4-19-11gfm, 4-21-11, and 5-5-11 were approved with a slight change to the May 5, 2011 as submitted.

Report of Officers

Rubin reported that at next week’s Board meeting, they will be voting on wordage changes to the Collected Rules and Regulations for electronic voting, and the tenure committee.  The faculty grievance pilot will also be voted on at the same meeting.  This pilot passed the faculty on all four campuses with the following two changes: instead of the oversight committee coming from an executive committee, it comes from a Council or Senate; and, there can be four faculty on the grievance resolution panel instead of two plus an administrator.  The diversity course proposal failed although prior Council discussions were supportive of this measure.

Rubin reported on the most recent Intercampus Faculty Council meeting (IFC).  This group continues to discuss: domestic partner benefits, a policy for revoking degrees, the universities’ retirement plan.

Discussion Items

Online/Distance Education Academic Program Task Force - Rubin.  A task force is being established to discuss concerns about online and distance education.  In addition to this task force there are plans to hold faculty forums.

Results of the Chancellor Review - Bentley.  The results of the survey will be released following a meeting with the Chancellor on June 16.  Overall the Chancellor scored high and the percentage of those participating in this survey is 21 percent.

Year-end Reports - Rubin.  Rubin reminded Executive Committee that their standing committee summaries were due.

Committee on Committees Policy Needs - Rubin.  Council discussed establishing a committee whose responsibility would be to follow the COC’s review process.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs Committee: Victoria Johnson, Chair, reported they are working on a year-end report for this committee.


The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder