Meeting Minutes: September 22, 2011


Members Present: Steve Ball, Jeni Hart (for Lisa Flores), Candace Galen, Francisco Gomez, Cheryl Heesch, Arthur Jago, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Rafael Gely (for Ilhyung Lee), Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Craig Roberts, Stephen Montgomery-Smith (for Johannes Schul), Vitor Trindade, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Don Sievert (for Edward Hunvald) MURA, Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Edward Adelstein, Andre Ariew, Clyde Bentley, Gordon Christensen, John Dwyer, Ann Harrell, Rebecca Johnson, Norman Land, Joe Parcell, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, James Tarr, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Katherine Reed (NTT), and Sam White (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. The September 8, 2011 Council minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Tyrer reported to Council that the executive committee is still working on the replacement to the Grievance Resolution Panel.  Once a final list has been developed, Council will be involved in the selection discussion. The Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) met today at the lake for their annual workshop.  Some of the discussion items at this meeting were:  an increase of storage space per email account; Research Board money receiving an additional $200,000 a year; and, performance funding in Missouri. The Tiger Bistro will again be open to the faculty on the third Thursday of each month.

Action Items

2013-2014 Academic Calendar - Monnier.  After a brief discussion, Council voted to approved the 2013-2014 academic calendar.  [Recorder's Note:  2012-2013 & 2013-2014 academic calendars have returned to the Academic Affairs committee for changes since this meeting took place.]

Council also voted and approved a weather contingency plan for up to two missed days a semester.

"The current calendar allows for a single day of university closure due to severe weather per semester while still meeting the minimum number of days required by Missouri state law. In the event that the university should be closed for two days in the same semester, the final day of classes will be moved from Thursday to Friday, and Reading Day will be moved from Friday to Saturday. Final exams will begin as scheduled on Monday."

Discussion Items

Guests: Mizzou Advantage: Meg Phillips, Program Coordinator; LuAnne Roth, Education Coordinator; Facilitators Carolyn Henry, Jo Britt-Rankin, and Cerry Klein.  Council heard from the coordinators about Mizzou Advantage.  The University of Missouri faculty, students and alumni work together to identify competitive assets that set MU apart from other universities.  These assets underlie five dynamic initiatives that are collectively called Mizzou Advantage, the areas are: Sustainable Energy; Food for the Future; One Health, One Medicine; Media of the Future; and Managing Innovation: Navigating Disruptive and Transformational Technologies. Mizzou Advantage funding is available for undergraduate research.

Performance Funding.  Tyrer reported on a presentation by Nicki Krawitz, Vice President for Finance.  Krawitz is a member of the governor's panel on performance funding.  This funding model will start with the 2013 base. There will be four metrics common throughout the state and a fifth metric unique to each institution.  The four metrics are: student success and progress, degree attainment, quality of student learning, and affordability. There is no metric for research.  All four campuses in the University of Missouri system will report as a single number.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs Committee:  Monnier, chair, they are reviewing the Faculty Handbook for corrections; Academic Affairs committee member John Dwyer, together with Student Affairs chair Craig Roberts, met with Jim Spain last week concerning undergraduate research and membership.

Fiscal Affairs Committee: Katti, chair, reported, they are planning to invite Robert Duncan, Vice Chancellor of Research to attend a future Council meeting.


Council met in executive session in order to make committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden, Recorder