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DOCUMENTS AND MINUTES OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

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DOCUMENTS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL

The Minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of April 20, 1998, published below, have been prepared for the immediate use of the members of the Faculty Council and are included in its Documents and Proceedings. They are also included in the Documents and Minutes of the General Faculty for the information of the members.

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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty

MINUTES OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
APRIL 20, 1998

The seventh meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 1997-1998 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, April 20, 1998, at 2:15 p.m.

ATTENDANCE.

Present: Patricia A. Alvey, Jay L. Banner, Gerard H. Behague, Kirsten L. Belgum, Roger D. Bengtson, Ralph W. Cain, Loftus C. Carson II, Harry M. Cleaver, Jr., Alan K. Cline, Ann Cvetkovich, Patrick J. Davis, Robert A. Duke, John R. Durbin, Wendy E. Erisman, Linda Ferreira-Buckley, Marye Anne Fox, Alan W. Friedman, Karl Galinsky, Susan H. Gamel, James D. Garrison, John C. Gilbert, Michael H. Granof, Sue A. Greninger, E. Glynn Harmon, Julie Hallmark, Martha F. Hilley, H. Paul Kelley, Stefan M. Kostka, Desmond F. Lawler, Raul G. Longoria, Alvin H. Meyer, Stephen A. Monti, Dean P. Neikirk, Donald P. Newman, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Shelley M. Payne, Johnnie D. Ray, Gretchen Ritter, Thomas D. Russell, Michael Sharlot, Edwin R. Sharpe, Jr., Janet Staiger, Patricia A. Stout, Teresa A. Sullivan, Patricia Witherspoon, Paul B. Woodruff.

Absent: Mark I. Alpert, Joel W. Barlow, Frank D. Bean, Jr., Harold W. Billings (excused), Daniel A. Bonevac, Roger T. Bonnecaze, Carolyn P. Boyd, Oscar G. Brockett (excused), Julie H. Burnett, Steven R. Cooke, David L. Deming, Kenneth R. Diller, David S. Dolling, James T. Doluisio, Edwin Dorn, John S. Dzienkowski, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Larry F. Faulkner (excused), William L. Fisher (excused) , G. Charles Franklin, Teresa Garcia, Lawrence E. Gilbert, Aditi Gowri, Thomas M. Hatfield, Lisa C. Henken, David M. Hillis (excused), Joseph M. Horn, Sharon H. Justice (excused), Manuel J. Justiz (excused), Kerry A. Kinney, William J. Koros, Brian P. Levack, Michael L. Lauderdale (excused), William S. Livingston (excused), Cindy Y. Lo, Robert G. May (excused), Reuben R. McDaniel Jr. (excused), Lisa L. Moore, Kimberly Nixon, Alba A. Ortiz, Patricia A. Parker, Robert G. Paterson, Theodore E. Pfeifer, Robert A. Prentice, Mary Ann Rankin, Pedro Reyes, Dolores Sands, M. James Sidbury, Lawrence W. Speck, Ben G. Streetman, Alexa M. Stuifbergen, Peter Trubowitz (excused), James W. Vick, Bruce Walker, Ellen A. Wartella, Barbara W. White, Marlen D. Whitley, Jacqueline D. Woolley.

Voting Members: 37 present,
36 absent,
73 total
Non-Voting Members:
9 present,
22 absent,
31 total
Total Members:
46 present,
58 absent,
104 total


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I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D&P 16803-16812).

In remarks not in the written report, the Secretary said that the audio tapes of the Council's meetings and the transcripts made from those tapes would be retained in the Office of the General Faculty. This was meant to reassure anyone who might be concerned that the minutes had become more abbreviated in recent months.

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of March 23, 1998 (D&M 22247-22251/D&P 16798-16802) were approved by a voice vote.

III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.

Awards for teaching excellence.

In a ceremony originally scheduled under Item XI (Announcements and Comments), Provost ad interim Steve Monti presented eight awards for teaching excellence. The remarks of the Provost made clear that each of the awards was well-deserved.

Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship Award

Professor Charles Chiu (Physics)

Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award

Professor John H. Murphy II (Advertising)

President's Associates Teaching Excellence Awards

Professor Carl Blyth (French and Italian)

Professor Rosa Eberly (Rhetoric and Composition)

Professor Linda Ferreira-Buckley (English)

Professor William Nethercut (Classics)

Professor Greg O. Sitz (Physics)

Professor Mark Southern (Germanic Languages)

Monti said that each year the University makes over 150 teaching awards totaling over $200,000, as well as ten new memberships in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

A. Comments by the President — None.

President Larry Faulkner was absent, representing UT Austin at a meeting of the American Association of Universities.
B. Questions to the President.

In response to a question from John C. Gilbert, Council Chair, Patricia Ohlendorf, Counsel to the President, reported that the President, the Chancellor, and the Board of Regents had written to urge the Attorney General to appeal the Hopwood decision.


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  Addressing a point of no interest to the world outside but of considerable irritation to most members of the Council, Alan Cline (Computer Sciences) asked about the whereabouts of the tables that had been removed from the Council's meeting room, MAI 212. Counsel Ohlendorf assured the Council that she too wanted tables back, and that the administration was working on the problem.

IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

Chair Gilbert discussed a brief interim report from the ad hoc Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, chaired by Charles Alan Wright (Law), which was distributed at the meeting. The committee hopes to complete a comprehensive report by the middle of the fall semester.

Gilbert said that it was his understanding that the search for a new Provost was moving quickly, and that the committee would have a short list of finalists for the President in a matter of weeks. Alan Friedman (English), a member of the committee, concurred.

The Chair reported that he was working to get the Austin American-Statesman to refine a recent story on faculty salaries by considering more comparable universities. He said that Professor Daniel Hamermesh (Economics) had worked on such salary comparisons.

Chair Gilbert then discussed the agenda for the May 11 meeting of the Council. He closed his report by recognizing the presence and the accomplishments of Marye Anne Fox, Vice President for Research, who had recently been named Chancellor designate at North Carolina State University.

V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT — None.

VI. SPECIAL ORDERS — None.

VII. PETITIONS — None.

VIII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.

IX. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.

A. Report from the Graduate Assembly.

In a report from the Graduate Assembly, Janet Staiger (radio-television-film), Chair of the Assembly, discussed the potentially damaging consequences for the graduate program of the "99-hour rule", which was passed in the last session of the State Legislature. Because of the rule, state-supported universities will not receive formula funding for doctoral students who exceed 99 hours of doctoral work. Staiger offered the opinion, shared by many on the campus, that on this issue legislators seemed more interested in an inexpensive cost to the State than in attracting and supporting quality and innovative young researchers. Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies Teresa Sullivan added further remarks on the issue and on the efforts being made by the Graduate School to soften the effects of the rule.


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  Staiger also reported on other items being dealt with by the Graduate Assembly, including the definition of satisfactory progress, the timing of dissertation drafts, distance learning, program review, and the role of the GRE in graduate admissions.

X. NEW BUSINESS.

A. Recommendation from the Educational Policy Committee on Information for Students with Disabilities (D&P 16793-16795). (Approved)

Robert A. Duke (Music), Chair of the Educational Policy Committee, introduced a recommendation that would urge all faculty members to include a statement in all course syllabi that students with disabilities who need special accommodations should notify the instructor by presenting a letter prepared by the Services for Students with Disabilities Office. The item was approved without dissent by voice vote.

B. Recommendation on 1998-1999 Medical Insurance Plan Alternatives (D&P 16796-16797). (Approved)

This recommendation was for a request that the University of Texas System provide complete, understandable, and easily accessible information about the 1998-99 medical insurance plan alternatives to faculty members via its internet website not later than May 18, 1998. Sue Greninger (human ecology), Chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee, introduced the resolution and explained that the Board of Regents would not approve the contracts for service deliverers until May 13 or May 14, so the Council's request might be difficult to grant; however, as Greninger pointed out, it is important to urge that the information be made available as early as possible. Chair Jack Gilbert said that Robert E. Molloy from the UT System was expected to be available for questions about medical insurance at the May 11 meeting of the Council. The item was approved without dissent by voice vote.

XI. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS — (See Item III.)

XII. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

Gerard Behague (music), referring to a story in the previous day's American-Statesman, wondered if the President was concerned or disturbed by the status of intercollegiate athletics at the University. Chair Gilbert suggested that the question be put in writing to the President before the May 11 meeting of the Council.

XIII. ADJOURNMENT.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m. The next regular meeting of the Faculty Council is scheduled for Main Building, room 212, on Monday, May 11, 1998, immediately after a 2:15 meeting of the 1998-1999 Faculty Council to elect officers for 1998-1999.

Distributed to members of the Faculty Council on May 5, 1998.