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DOCUMENTS AND MINUTES OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
DOCUMENTS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL
The minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of May 10, 1999, published below, 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.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council
MINUTES OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
MAY 10, 1999
The sixth meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 1998-1999 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, May 10, 1999, at 2:30 p.m.
Present: Katherine M. Arens, Neal E. Armstrong, Jay L. Banner, Alan K. Cline, Jere Confrey, Patrick J. Davis, Robert A. Duke, John R. Durbin, Catharine H. Echols, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Larry R. Faulkner, Linda Ferreira-Buckley, Alan W. Friedman, Karl Galinsky, Susan H. Gamel, John C. Gilbert, Edmund T. Gordon, Lawrence S. Graham, Michael H. Granof, Thomas A. Griffy, James L. Hill, Martha F. Hilley, H. Paul Kelley, Michael L. Lauderdale, Desmond F. Lawler, Steven W. Leslie, William S. Livingston, Dean P. Neikirk, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Thomas G. Palaima, Randall M. Parker, Shelley M. Payne, Wayne A. Rebhorn, Elizabeth M. Richmond-Garza, Gretchen Ritter, Thomas D. Russell, Michael P. Starbird, James W. Vick, Karin G. Wilkins.
Absent. Patricia A. Alvey, Urton L. Anderson, Efraim P. Armendariz, Victor Arnold, Joel W. Barlow, Joseph J. Beaman, Harold W. Billings, Roger T. Bonnecaze, Carolyn P. Boyd, William D. Carlson (excused), Richard A. Cherwitz (excused), Richard L. Cleary, Ann Cvetkovich, Edwin Dorn, John Dzienkowski, G. Charles Franklin, James D. Garrison, Teresa Garcia, Denise Gobert (excused), Linda L. Golden (excused), Stuart L. Goosman, Sue A. Greninger (excused), Julie Hallmark, E. Glynn Harmon (excused), Roderick P. Hart, Thomas M. Hatfield, Annie L. Holand, Vance R. Holloway (excused), Sharon H. Justice, Manuel J. Justiz (excused), Terry D. Kahn, Kerry A. Kinney, William J. Koros, J. Parker Lamb, Judith Langlois, Brian P. Levack, Vincent A. Mariani, Richard S. Markovits, Cynthia Marshall, Robert G. May, Reuben R. McDaniel, Jr., Lisa L. Moore, David A. Nancarrow, Kimberly Nixon (excused), Theodore E. Pfeifer, Robert A. Prentice (excused), Mary Ann Rankin, Johnnie D. Ray, Daron K. Roberts, Jaclyn Y. Roberson, Victoria Rodriguez, Charles A. Roeckle, Juan M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands, M. Michael Sharlot, James Sidbury, Lawrence W. Speck, Ben G. Streetman, Alexa M. Stuifbergen (excused), Teresa A. Sullivan, Owen R. Temple, Michael C. Tusa, Lonnie Wagstaff, Bruce Walker, Ellen A. Wartella, Barbara W. White (excused), Stacie C. Wright.
I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D&P 17071-17073).
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of April 19, 1999, were delayed due to the short time between meetings.
III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
A. Comments by the President.
President Faulkner used his time to address questions.
B. Questions to the President.
President Faulkner and Provost Ekland-Olson addressed questions about the status of women on the faculty, the status of lecturer positions, dual degree programs, the current legislative session, and the May 3, 1999, arrest of students protesting administrative action on the Asian-American Studies Program. The President issued a written statement on the recent arrests, which is available in the Office of the General Faculty. (See Item XII of these minutes, also.)
IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
Chair Payne expressed thanks to the President, the Provost, the members of the Council Executive Committee, and to Elaine Ward, Chris Marcin, and Debbie Roberts of the General Faculty staff, for their cooperation over the year. She also thanked the Secretary for moving faculty governance further into the electronic age.
V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT
Chair Elect Hilley announced the results of the election of officers for 1999-2000, which may be found in the minutes of the special meeting of May 10, 1999. She also asked the Council to join in showing appreciation to Chair Payne, which they did.
VI. SPECIAL ORDERS None.
VII. PETITIONS None.
VIII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS None.
Proposal from the Faculty Grievance Committee to Create an Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson (D&P 17040-17043).
Janet Staiger (Radio-Television-Film), chair of the Grievance Committee, introduced the proposal on behalf of the committee and elaborated on the reasons behind it. She said that many other universities had an ombudsperson for faculty and that the University currently had an ombudsperson for students. She said that dealing with faculty problems had become a very time-consuming job for the chair of the Grievance Committee. The expectation was that an ombudsperson would be able to offer help more efficiently and promptly.
The motion was approved without dissent.
IX. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.
A. Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletic Councils for Men and for Women and to the University Co-op Board of Directors (D&P 17076-17077).
The Council approved the slates recommended by the committee, which was chaired by Council Chair Payne. [The President subsequently chose Richard Cherwitz (Speech Communication) as the new member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men, John (Jack) C. Gilbert (Chemistry and Biochemistry) as the new member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women, and Diana M. DiNitto (Social Work) as the new member of the University Co-op Board of Directors.]
B. Report of the University Staff Association.
Peg Kramer, President of the University Staff Association, gave a report on the achievements and goals of the USA. She said the goal of the USA was to empower and unite staff through education, in an effort to make the University the best possible place to work, teach, get an education, live, and play. She discussed USA's Campaign for Fair Wages, its goals for retirement, its efforts to overhaul the classification system, its work toward a grievance process, and its desire for more staff representation on University committees. She urged members of the faculty to support the work of the USA. A copy of the report is available in the Office of the General Faculty.
Vice President Ohlendorf addressed several questions about staff salaries. Tom Palaima (Classics) thanked the President to his firm commitment to both staff and faculty salary problems, and talked about the seriousness of the problems from the view of a former department chair.
C. .Report of the Admissions and Registration Committee.
Linda Ferreira-Buckley (English) expressed appreciation for the hard work done by the staffs of the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar, based on her experience as chair of the committee. She said that much of the work that might have come to the committee over the year, including dealing with consequences of the Hopwood decision, had been handled by special committees appointed by the President and the Provost.
D. Interim Report of the University Wide Course Instructor Survey Committee.
This item appeared on the agenda, but the committee will report in the fall semester.
X. NEW BUSINESS.
A. Cancellation of Summer Meetings of Faculty Council (D&M 22581/D&P 17068).
There was no objection to the cancellation of the Council's summer meetings, with the understanding that special meetings would be called if warranted.
XI. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
XII. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.
Professor Gordon moved that the Council approve the following emergency resolution concerning the students who had been arrested on May 3, 1999 (See Item III).Gordon said that he had been present when the students were arrested. He believed that the students were demonstrating peacefully and were expressing their dissent and their principles, but ran out of time in terms of the negotiation. Gretchen Ritter (Government) seconded the motion, and spoke in favor of its adoption.
The Faculty Council asks President Faulkner to make every effort to have the charges of misdemeanor criminal trespass made against the ten UT students arrested on May 3, 1999, in front of the Dean of Liberal Arts' office dropped. The Faculty Council further asks that their arrests not be noted on their academic record in any way, and that the students face no other punitive action by the University.
Thomas A. Griffy (Physics) asked if a quorum was present, and there was not (38 voting members were required for a quorum, and 23 were present). Chair Payne then said that, there being no quorum, the meeting was adjourned.
The meeting adjourned at 3:53 p.m.