Meeting Minutes: July 17, 1997


Present: Lloyd Barrow, Melvin Blase, Michael Devaney, Leonard Forte (retiring member), Elizabeth Geden, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Thomas Hurley, Diann Jordan (for William Kurtz), Henry Liu, Ed Hunvald (for Michael Middleton), Donald Miles, Glenn Pierce, Patricia Plummer (retiring member), Michael Porter (retiring member), Don Ranly, Dennis Sentilles, Mary Ellen Sievert, Paul Weirich, William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), and Wayne Decker (Retirees). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Bruce Biddle, Gordon Christensen, Jere Francis, Hildegarde Heymann (retiring member), Nancy Knipping, Charles Knowles (retiring member), Mark Milanick, John Miles (retiring member), Marian Minor, Beryl Ortwerth (retiring member), Alex Pickard (retiring member), Robin Remington, Ray Rothenberger (retiring member), Robert Weagley, Gilbert Youmans, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff). Larry Thornburg, Veterinary Medicine, also attended as a guest.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Dennis Sentilles called the meeting to order at 3:43 p.m. in Room S110 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the June 26, 1997 Faculty Council Meeting were approved.

Report of Officers

Sentilles took a few minutes to welcome newly elected members of Council, who will be replacing the departing members after the first closed session. The new members of Council will take part in the second closed session at which time the new Executive Committee is elected.

Sentilles reported that Ed Hunvald has informed him that the report of the Task Force on the General Faculty Meeting of May 1 is not quite ready yet, but should be done soon.

The Intercampus Faculty Council retreat was held a week ago, with Mike Porter, Mike Middleton, Don Ranly, and Gilbert Youmans attending along with Dennis Sentilles. First, the Retirement Enhancement Document was brought to IFC with an invitation to chairs at UMSL, Rolla, and UMKC to join in this appeal. Second, the ombuds document was offered for their use if they have a similar interest. Third, there was some ongoing discussion of post-tenure review with a decision to "wait and see". Finally, there was much discussion of the relationship between IFC and each respective campuses' Faculty Council or Senate, growing out of the calendar disagreement. It was made clear that IFC can make no decisions that can affect this campus unless this Faculty Council approves them.

The Board of Curators met regarding the Mission Enhancement Plans in preparation for presentation of these plans to the Coordinating Board of Higher Education. The Board also discussed affiliation with Central Regional Medical Center in order to maintain a patient base sufficient to the needs of a research-teaching hospital in light of changing health care funding. This is not yet a settled issue.

Dennis Sentilles shared his "reflections" on post-tenure review in his remarks as departing chair of Faculty Council for the 1996/97 academic year. The full text of these remarks may be found on the Faculty Council Web page.

Action Item(s)

Task Force on Non-Regular Faculty. The draft charge to the Faculty Council Task Force on Non Regular Appointments was presented for action, and was explained by Al Hahn. It was noted that the task force may itself amend the charge once it is constituted. The draft charge was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Discussion Items

Merit-Market Reporting. Chair Dennis Sentilles reminded Council that some two years ago Faculty Council unanimously approved a request to the Administration for timely and informative general reporting of the breadth and depth of application of the merit system, and the Provost Office has cooperated. Mary Ellen Sievert, chair of the Fiscal Affairs Committee of Faculty Council, presented three examples of reports that we hope to have soon, reports that will show the average, the minimum, and the high merit increases for the administrators and the various levels of the professorate for each school, college, and department. However, no individual names or individual data will be disclosed.

Chancellor Appointment. Dennis Sentilles reminded Council that the Executive Committee has suggested that we write President Pacheco expressing our interest in meeting with him as soon as possible to discuss the Chancellor selection process he will employ. Dennis reminded Faculty Council that President Pacheco did meet with the Executive Committee in May for this sole purpose. The text of the letter to be sent to President Pacheco is as follows:

We of the Missouri University Faculty Council welcome you to Columbia and to our University with all hope and expectation for our shared success in your leadership of our university.

Faculty of the Columbia campus are, of course, most concerned about your plans and the process you will follow in meeting your most immediate and pressing challenge, the appointment of a chancellor for our campus. We invite you to meet with our Council at the earliest moment to hear of your plans and to involve faculty in them. The Council moved, seconded, and passed a motion to suspend the rules to approve this letter to President Pacheco. The Council then moved, seconded, and passed unanimously a motion to send this letter to the incoming President.

Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs - Mary Ellen Sievert gave her report in the discussion items.

Special Projects - Al Hahn reminded new Faculty Council members that he would like additional information from them for the Faculty Council Webpage. He also reminded new Faculty Council members to be sure to get their picture taken at the Alumni Center. They will need to set up an appointment to do this with Rob Hill. Al also mentioned that Faculty and Staff Benefits will soon have a web calculator up for calculating retirement benefits.

Any Other Business

Old and new Faculty Council members introduced themselves in order to get to know one another better. Secondly, Don Ranly questioned how can we get more faculty up on the Faculty Forum on Council's web page. This issue was discussed briefly. Finally, a round of applause was given to outgoing chair Dennis Sentilles for his work of this past year.

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:40 p.m. to make additional committee appointments and concluded its second closed session for the election of the 1997-98 Executive Committee at 4:55 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert A. Almony, Recorder