Meeting Minutes: September 23, 1999


Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Bruce Biddle, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Daniel Hooley, Robert Jerry, Robert Johnson, Michael McKean, Anne McKendry, Mark Milanick, Loren Nikolai, Glenn Pierce, David Rayl, MaryEllen Sievert, William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), and Wayne Decker (Retirees). Absent: William Davis, Dan Edidin, Robert Hall, Thomas Hurley, Sudarshan Loyalka, Don Miles, Robert Weagley, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Beth Geden called the meeting to order in S203 of the Memorial Union at 3:34 p.m. The minutes of the Faculty Council Meeting of August 26, 1999 were approved.

Report of Officers

Geden announced that the Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 3:30 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium of the Memorial Union.

Geden introduced MaryEllen Sievert who will represent the College of Education.

Geden announced that Board of Curator's member Mary James attended the September Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting and came to campus where she attended two classes. Geden said she'd like to encourage that activity. Geden also said that a discussion about the relation between the system strategic plan and the campus strategic plan took place at the IFC meeting. She noted that both documents are on the web.

Geden announced that the Board of Curators passed the system strategic plan during their September meeting. They also approved changing the name of the College of Business and Public Administration to the College of Business. The Department of Public Administration became the Graduate School of Public Affairs. This is a move toward establishing the Public Policy Research Institute. She said they are seeking faculty members to join the Institute.

Vice Chair Russ Zguta urged faculty to attend the General Faculty Meeting on September 29 to discuss the system strategic plan with the President and Chancellor.

Discussion Items

Guest: Dick Dowdy, Associate Dean for Research&Graduate Studies (HES).

Geden introduced Dick Dowdy, representative for the United Way Campaign. He encouraged the faculty to participate in the drive currently underway.

Guest: Jack Burns, Vice Provost for Research.

Burns noted that extramural funding had increased by 43 percent in the last two years. He stated that the goals of the strategic plan include receiving more large grants, boosting the prime fund (a cost-matching program for equipment and education enhancement proposals), hiring new faculty, and providing more seed money. MU would like to reach the median level of extramural funding for AAU institutions. He presented a plan for research and technology development. The plan has six major goals and several specific aims within each goal.

Goal Specific Aims
Internal Resources and Processes Enhance internal funding programs and funding in the humanities through assistance of faculty fellows; improve compliance with federal oversight boards
Grant Assistance Develop a campus network of grant writers; improve procedures in Sponsored Programs
Technology Development Offer seminars on technology transfer; host spin-off companies in the Technology Park
External Partnerships Enhance industry relations; create new partnerships with other universities in the region to establish a critical mass enabling us to compete with larger programs
Federal Relations Improve interactions with federal agencies; coordinate the development of MU's federal agenda with colleges and centers
State Government Relations Develop master agreements for state contracts and grants.

In response to questions, Burns noted that we need to build our infrastructure so that office, hospital, and lab space is in place to enable us to compete more successfully for grants. He also said that we measure research success not only by the amount of indirect costs but also by the number of candidates receiving the Ph.D. degree, where our students get jobs, and where articles are published among other indicators.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Chair Edward Adelstein reported that his committee would like to gather information on the number of grievances on campus.

Fiscal Affairs: Chair Robert Almony encouraged faculty to attend the forum, Journals at Risk, Tuesday, October 5, 1999 in N214/215 of the Memorial Union. The library is cutting 852 titles ($472,000) from its serial budget this year because of the increase in journal costs.

Student Affairs: Chair Michael Devaney reported that they are working on a revision to the class attendance policy.


The meeting moved to closed session at 4:30 p.m. to make committee appointments. The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder