Meeting Minutes: October 10, 1996


Present: Michael Dyrenfurth (for Lloyd Barrow), Leonard Forte, Jere Francis, Elizabeth Geden, Allen Hahn, Peter Hall, Hildegarde Heymann, Betsy Baker (for Nancy Knipping), William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Mike Middleton, John Miles, Marian Minor, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, don Ranly, Robin Remington, Ray Rothenberger, Dennis Sentilles, Robert Weagley, Gilbert Youmans, Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), Wayne Decker (Retirees), and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff).

Absent: Edward Adelstein, Gordon Christensen, Charles Knowles, Beryl Ortwerth, Alex Pickard and Mary Ellen Sievert.

(Approved by Council at the October 31, 1996 meeting)

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 September 26, 1996 meeting were approved as mailed.

Report of Officers

Dennis reported that in working with the Provost he has written to all department chairs asking that the Lawless Report of the Provost Advisory Committee on Promotion and Tenure be provided to all faculty. He also noted that this document will be on the Web beginning next week. Next, Dennis reported that a committee has been appointed by the Provost, and is chaired by Rob Logan, to discuss "how curators are chosen" and "how chancellors are evaluated". This committee is composed of three deans and three faculty members. Rob Logan will keep Dennis and Faculty Council informed of their progress. Dennis reminded faculty members that the Provost asked that Faculty Council be informed that the Jesse Hall LAN server crashed near the end of September and that all e-mail for a three-day period was lost at that time.

Proceeding to other matters, Dennis reported that he was asked to attend a meeting chaired by Ted Tarkow to discuss the idea of a new grade--a "Y" grade--to be available to students enrolled in Math 10. Briefly, a student who did all the right things: work, attendance, exams, etc., but failed to actually pass would get a "Y" grade and would be allowed to retake Math 10 with no prejudice to his or her GPA until he/she finally passes the course. This is under discussion at this time.

Council will share a breakfast with the Board of Curators on October 25, 1996.

Dennis then reported that he is discussing with Al Hahn and Fred Springsteel the idea of inviting John Hopper, President of the Missouri AAUP, to report to Faculty Council on the University of Michigan AAUP Meeting on "Academic Governance". If any faculty members have any comments on this they should contact Dennis or Al Hahn as soon as possible.

Dennis noted that many people may have seen the Tribune article on the starting date for classes in the fall semester. This initiated a discussion regarding the academic calendar. The comments from the discussion will be used by the Academic Affairs Committee in setting the academic calendar for the 1998/99 academic year.

Dennis then stated that Gene Hamilton and Don Sievert have given their proposal for a "White Paper Task Force" on "Disparate Demands of Being a Faculty Member in the Times We Live In" for review. Their proposal will soon be discussed in the Executive Committee of Council and then presumably at the full Council meeting in the future. Finally, Dennis reported that a letter prepared for Council by Gilbert Youmans has gone to President Mel George asking that he set aside Executive Order #1 as was discussed by Faculty Council in sessions this last summer.

Action Items

The Missouri Association of Faculty Senates: It was moved, seconded, and passed that Peter Hall be the MU representative to the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates and that Al Hahn would be his substitute if and when necessary.

Resolution on English Proficiency in Classroom Teaching

Because of concern and pressure from the state legislature and other parties the IFC has proposed a resolution on English proficiency in classroom teaching. The following resolution is an amended version of that proposed by IFC. The following resolution was moved, seconded, and passed by Faculty Council.

To maintain and improve excellence in teaching, the Missouri University Faculty Council recommends that: 1) evaluation of all teaching faculty shall include a question regarding the instructor's ability to communicate effectively in English; 2) that department chairs will promptly report to the Dean of their College instances in which a significant number of students indicate that English language usage is a problem in learning and provide a plan to the Dean for addressing such individual situations; 3) each campus shall report these data annually to the Vice President for Academic Affairs; and 4) the University of Missouri System shall provide the resources to the campuses to enhance performance of the identified instructors.

The effective date for this resolution shall be no later than the beginning of the Winter semester of 1997.

Resolution on Council Minutes and the Web

It was moved, seconded, and passed that, in addition to publication in Faculty Forum, the minutes of Faculty Council shall be distributed on the World Wide Web as soon as possible after they have been approved by the Faculty Council. Furthermore, it was moved, seconded, and passed that notice of where and how to access the minutes should be published on some regular basis in Mizzou Weekly.

Discussion Items

"Goals Document" of Interim Chancellor Richard Wallace: A copy of the draft "Goals Document" is available from Becky Flanders in the Faculty Council Office.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Gilbert Youmans reported that Academic Affairs will be working on the academic 1998/99 calendar and issues associated with that.

Faculty Affairs: Russ Zguta reported that the Faculty Affairs Committee will be reviewing the Promotion and Tenure document from the Provost Advisory Committee in some detail.

Fiscal Affairs: No report.

Special Projects: Al Hahn reported that they hoped to have the Faculty Council Web Page up within the next week. Secondly, they hoped to have links to other institutions in the near future.

Student Affairs: No report.

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 5:02 p.m. Faculty Council was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.