Meeting Minutes: April 16, 1998


Present: Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Elizabeth Geden, Robert Hall, William Kurtz, Thomas Marrero (for Henry Liu), Don Miles, Glenn Pierce, Don Ranly, Don Schilling, Dennis Sentilles, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, Bill Wiebold, Gilbert Youmans, Russ Zguta and Wayne Decker (Retirees). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Bruce Biddle, Melvin Blase, Jere Francis, Allen Hahn, Edward Hunvald, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, Mark Milanick, Marian Minor, MaryEllen Sievert, Robert Almony (Librarians) and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of March 19, 1998, and April 2, 1998, Faculty Council meetings were approved as distributed.

Report of Officers

Chair Gilbert Youmans introduced Robert Breitenbach, President of MURA, University of Missouri Retirees Association. Breitenbach discussed briefly the present TIAA-CREF pension fund. There was additional discussion in which the suggestion was made that faculty might want to take over the management of the retirement funds. Such action would have to be approved by the Board of Curators.

Council then heard a report from the ad hoc committee to nominate the Chair and Vice Chair of the 1998-99 Council. The members of the nominating committee are Marian Minor, Don Ranly and MaryEllen Sievert. The nominating committee members have asked members of Council to contact them directly with their suggestions for Chair and Vice Chair. The ballot will take place at the next meeting, on April 30.

Youmans reported on the April 8, 1998, General Faculty meeting, which voted in favor of conducting a mail ballot on the ombud issue. There was additional discussion in which a proposal to have color-coded ballots was rejected, but it was agreed that members of Faculty Council should be advised in a timely fashion before the balloting so that they can urge their colleagues to vote.

Discussion Items

Proposal to count only the last grade of repeated courses in the GPA. Two versions of this proposal were discussed at length. Don Schilling explained the Academic Affairs Committee's report, which proposed various limits on the application of this rule, and which recommended faculty forums and a vote on the issue next year. The issue was deemed important, and interested members were encouraged to follow up on this issue next year.

Student Publications Committee Charge Revision. Robert Weagley presented the Student Affairs Committee's draft of a revised charge for the committee.

Revised Tenure Policy Document. Russ Zguta led Council through an item-by-item discussion of the document. Recommendation #18 is now accomplished: "We recommend that the Provost disseminate this report and get the widest possible response from the faculty at large."

Recommendation #17 was approved as noncontroversial: "The various materials concerning promotion and tenure . . . should be conflated into one well designed, attractive, 'user friendly' document." Recommendation #7 was deferred pending the results of a study currently underway by the task force on nonregular faculty: "The Office of the Provost should clarify the definition of 'nonregular appointments' ... " It was decided to decouple the most controversial recommendations #6, #13, and #15, from the rest of the document: #6 All faculty appointed to tenure track positions shall have a maximum of eight years to demonstrate scholarly achievement consistent with granting of tenure . . . #13 Academic area advisory committees should be established to replace the current Campus Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee . . . #15 The committee strongly recommends that the Provost establish an official statement about how scholar ship is to be defined on the MU campus for use in promotion and/or tenure cases . . . Discussion of these issues will continue at the next meeting of the Council.

IFC Report

Youmans said that Ed Hunvald was examining certain changes in the grievance procedures and that IFC will most likely make suggestions for revisions.

Closed Session and Adjournment

There was a brief closed session then Council adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Glenn Pierce, Recorder