Meeting Minutes: June 16, 1994


Present were: Gary Allee, Hardeep Bhullar, Robert Birkenholz, Dale Blevins, Benedict Campbell, Irv Cockriel, Vicki Conn, Jay Dix, Hildegarde Heymann, Karla Hughes, Edward Hunvald, Brent Jones, Kathy Sharpe-Timms (for Larry Penney), Michael Prewitt, Don Sievert, Mary Ellen Sievert, Marlenj Beyee (for Eva Szekely), Harry Tyrer, Dean Schmidt (Library), Roy Utz (Retirees), and Jean Hamilton. Members absent were: John Bauer, Eugene Lane, John Miles, Kerby Miller, Loren Nikolai, Deborah Pearsall, Patricia Plummer, Kit Salter, Dennis Sentilles, Betty Winfield, Warren Zahler, and Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chairman Hunvald called the meeting to order in room S110 of the Memorial Union at 3:40 p.m. The minutes of the April 28, 1994 Faculty Council Meeting and the March 29, 1994 General Faculty Meeting were approved.

Report of Officers

Chairman Hunvald indicated that the minutes of three meetings in 1993 (May 13, June 17 and July 22) were never formally approved. Rather than distribute them to the entire Council, they have been approved by the Executive Committee for Council. If any member would like a copy, such may be obtained from the Council secretary.

Chairman Hunvald indicated that the chairs of the five standing committees as well as the editor of Faculty Forum and the Observer to the Board of Curators positions will be elected at the meeting on July 28 by the incoming Council. A nominating committee (Pat Plummer, Irv Cockriel, and Dale Blevins) has been appointed. In addition, a new parliamentarian as well as representative to the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates will be needed; however, those posts will be filled after the new council meets in the fall.

The report of the team that reviewed the Graduate School has been received and was distributed to members of Council in the packet for this meeting.

The report on plus/minus grading was included in the packet. It was noted that after President Russell withdraws the executive order relating to this, each campus will determine guidelines and select a grading scale. This is a task for council to address.

An evaluation form was included in the packet. Please complete and return to Becky Flanders.

Reports from committee chairs should be submitted. These should include any unfinished business.

The Faculty Council Workshop will consist of an orientation for new members (first hour) and the rest of the time will be a business session for the entire membership. If anyone has suggestions for Chairman Hunvald about content for either session, please forward this to him.

There was some discussion of the Hancock II Amendment ("The Moody Report" was in the packet). The report has a good explanation of the possible impact of the legislation and shows conservative figures. Irv Cockriel commented that the bottom line is that this could have a devastating effect on the university as well as other agencies.

Action Items

Change in the "Add a Course" Policy. The discussion of the "Add a Course" policy was to be discussed by Ted Tarkow; however, he was unable to join Council and that discussion will be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.

Financial Support for Professional Development of Non-Regular Faculty. Discussion focused on the letter to the Executive Committee enclosed in the packet. [Recorder's Note: Becky has the list of those individuals who are eligible.] The primary suggestion was that the last paragraph be revised to indicate that Human Resources has some PAF's that are incorrect rather than "...Personal Action Forms must be coded incorrectly..." In addition, Jean Hamilton wanted to know where the increased funding would come from that is suggested in the letter and the reply was that the Provost's Office would need to address that issue because that is where funds for development are located. However, in the past, non-regular faculty have been supported. It seems that the funding of these leaves has depended on who is in Jesse Hall. After the discussion, there was a call for the question, a second, and the motion passed.

Discussion Items

Emeritus Appointments. Emeritus appointments were discussed by Jean Hamilton. The proposal was distributed in the packet. The issue of legality was posed with respect to the age factor. Another point that was noted was the clarification of the voting process for such an appointment with departmental votes being separate from the administrative information that is forwarded. Suggestions were made to Jean regarding revisions for clarity. For example, 2(a) should be "a full or associate" professor. The representative for the Retired Faculty Association indicated that they had a committee looking at the rights and privileges of retired faculty. This is still a discussion item and there is still time for input.

Board of Curators Report

The Board report was included in the packet and no other comments were made regarding the content of the meeting. However, the Council did have some additional discussion of the Hancock II Amendment at this time and expressed concern that there is little understanding of the real impact of the legislation. The Board resolution was also included in the packet.

IFC Report

The IFC commended President Russell and his staff on the fiscal work that they have done with the legislature. There was a discussion of the grievance procedure, especially the concerns of the St. Louis campus with regard to time and the obtaining of information by the parties. IFC will take final action in the fall and forward its suggestions to the Board of Curators. Information on this will be forwarded to new Council members.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no reports.

General Education Report

Brent Jones reported that the cluster requirement was voted on by the Undergraduate Education Committee and it passed.

Closed Session for Personnel Items, Committee Assignments & Adjournment

After the items of business for closed session were concluded the meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Karla Hughes, Recorder