Meeting Minutes: October 1, 1998


Present: Everett Adam, Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Dennis Wright (for Bruce Biddle), Melvin Blase, Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Edward Hunvald, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Michael McKean, Mark Milanick, Don Miles, Norman Land (for Glenn Pierce), David Rayl, Robin Remington, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, and Robert Almony (Librarians). Absent: William Wiebold, James Curtis (for Russ Zguta), Wayne Decker (Retirees), and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Report of Officers

The meeting was called to order at 3:40 p.m. by Chair Robert Weagley in room S203 of the Memorial Union. There was a brief report of officers by Weagley in which the following two announcements were made.

An open forum to discuss the proposed changes to the grievance procedures will be held on October 26 at 4 p.m. in S206 of the Memorial Union.

The Fall Semester General Faculty meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 1998 at 3:30 in Columns C, D, and E (208c) in the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Guest Michael Alden, Athletic Director
Faculty Council was addressed by Michael Alden, MU's new Athletic Director and the Associate Director Athletics, Sarah Reesman. They described the organizational structure of the athletic program, changes made to meet Title IX requirements, and said that academic integrity and social integrity were priorities along with competitive integrity.

Discussion Items

Policy Governing Program Reviews. Interim Provost Brady Deaton responded to Faculty Council's request for a letter to the deans asking that Executive Order 25 be followed in the review process. The letter states that faculty are to be asked for input on the composition of review teams.

Grievance Procedure Faculty Review. Edward Hunvald is in the process of collating faculty feedback to the proposed changes to the grievance procedure. A forum will be held on October 26 to further discuss the issue. Some council members suggested that each component of the grievance process should have a deadline in order to speed up the process at every level. Others expressed concern over a lack of consistency from panel to panel. The possibility of a training session to teach the guidelines to members of the grievance committee was raised.

Standing Committee Reports

Special Projects: Chair Paul Weirich announced a meeting on October 15 for all interested Council members to discuss revisions to the "Rules of Order" for Faculty Council.

Student Affairs: Chair Michael Devaney announced that MSA chair, Todd Kennedy, is the student representative to the committee.

Adjournment&Closed Session

The meeting was moved to closed session at 4:15 p.m. After making a few committee appointments, the remainder of the closed session was devoted to a discussion of the four candidates for the position of Provost. Several members of the Graduate Faculty Senate and the Provost Search Committee took part in the discussion. The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder