Meeting Minutes: February 13, 1997


Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Leonard Forte, John Howe (for Jere Francis), Alice Kuehn (for Elizabeth Geden), Allen Hahn, Hildegarde Heymann, Nancy Knipping, Charles Knowles, William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Mike Middleton, Marian Minor, Beryl Ortwerth, Alex Pickard, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, Don Ranly, Robin Remington, Ray Rothenberger, Dennis Sentilles, Robert Weagley, Gilbert Youmans, Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), and Wayne Decker (Retirees). Absent: Gordon Christensen, Peter Hall, John Miles, Mary Ellen Sievert, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Dennis Sentilles called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m. in Room S110 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the January 23, 1997 meeting were approved.

Reports and Information Items

Dennis notified members of Council that the concerns of the closed meeting of the previous Friday have been passed on to Dr. Malaika Horne, President of the Board of Curators. It was noted that Curator Horne is aware of the concerns of the faculty. Dennis also expressed appreciation to Al Hahn for his testifying to include a non-voting faculty member on the Board of Curators.

Board of Curators Report. Mike Middleton handed out a written report of the last Board of Curators meeting. He brought our attention to two items in the report: a) the University Hospital and the Health Sciences Committee report; and, b) the progress report of Vice Presidents Caruso and McGill on the progress of improving the administrative systems and processes. The second item may eventually cost the university 20-30 million dollars over the next three years. A copy of this report from Mike Middleton is available from the Faculty Council Office by contacting Becky Flanders.

Ombudsmen Project. Al Hahn reported that the Law School Center for Dispute Resolution is working extensively on this at this time. It is also noted that the Chancellor appears to be very supportive.

Promotion and Tenure Document. Russ Zguta met with the Provost on February 6 regarding progress on the Promotion and Tenure document. Russ noted that the Provost has asked for Faculty Council's help in doing a campus-wide forum on the P&T document.

Meeting with Council of Deans. Dennis noted that he had sent out an agenda for the Faculty Council Meeting with the Council of Deans via e-mail. Some probable discussion items are: a) what do deans expect from the new Vice Provost for Research; and, b) how are department chairs evaluated at this time?

Discussion Items

The Clock: Class Starting Times. Mike Porter has presented a proposed revision in the starting times of classes here at the university. Some of the reasons in favor of this change include: a) it may help distance learning situations; b) the students are ambivalent about a class starting time; and c) world-wide conferencing may be helped. It was noted that we should publicize this more widely, especially in Mizzou Weekly in order to obtain faculty comment on this proposed change. It is hoped this will be an action item at the next Faculty Council Meeting.

The Calendar (AY '98-99). The 1998-99 Academic Calendar has already been approved by Faculty Council. However, the IFC and some administrative staff have raised concerns about the proposed calendar. Some administrative staff are concerned about the short time period between the Fall Semester and the beginning of the Winter Semester. Secondly, the IFC has raised concerns about not holding classes on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. It should be remembered that this is not a cancellation of classes, but a moving of these classes to another date. On the pro side, many levels of faculty and staff on our campus are comfortable with the calendar as proposed and already passed for the 1998-99 academic year. It should also be noted that this schedule gives two full weeks of classes after Thanksgiving in order to help the students better prepare for finals. Furthermore, most interactions with students have shown them to be very favorable toward this proposed calendar. After much discussion, Faculty Council chose not to take any additional action on this calendar.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Russ Zguta noted that he has had sixteen responses to the Promotion and Tenure document so far.

Academic Affairs: Gilbert Youmans handed out a complete report on the survey of grading practices of AAU institutions. This four-page, single-spaced report will be very useful to Faculty Council in addressing upcoming proposals from the Academic Affairs Committee.

Special Projects: Al Hahn encouraged members to comment on the web page.

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:15 p.m. and adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Almony, Recorder