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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

 

Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of January 22, 2001.

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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF

January 22, 2001

The fourth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2000-2001 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, January 22, 2001, at 2:15 P.M.

ATTENDANCE.

Present: Christopher O. Adejumo, Mark I. Alpert, Anthony P. Ambler, Effraim P. Armendariz, Neal E. Armstrong, Joyce L. Banks, Brigitte L. Bauer, Harold W. Billings, David G. Bogard, Dean A. Bredeson, Richard A. Cherwitz, Michael J. Churgin, Michael B. Clement, Donald G. Davis, Patrick J. Davis, Desley A. Deacon, John D. Dollard, Minette E. Drumwright, John R. Durbin, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Larry R. Faulkner, Nell H. Gottlieb, Lita A. Guerra, Marvin L. Hackert, Martha F. Hilley, Sharon D. Horner, Judith A. Jellison, Arlen W. Johnson, Manuel J. Justiz, Elizabeth L. Keating, Ward W. Keeler, Karrol A. Kitt, Robert C. Koons, Stefan M. Kostka, David A. Laude, Steven W. Leslie, David R. Maidment, Glenn Y. Masada, Francis L. Miksa, Gregory R. Murphy, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Alba A. Ortiz,1 Bruce P. Palka, Theodore E. Pfeifer, William C. Powers, Linda E. Reichl, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Daron K. Roberts, David J. Saltman, Robert N. Schmidt, Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, Michael P. Starbird, Laura T. Starks, Salomon A. Stavchansky, Paul Randall (Randy) Thompson, James W. Vick, John W. Walthall, James R. Yates, Katy B. Zarolia.

Absent: Katherine M. Arens (excused), Victor L. Arnold, Matthew J. Bailey, Joel W. Barlow, Phillip J. Barrish, Gerard H. Béhague (excused), Douglas G. Biow, Lynn E. Blais, Daniel A. Bonevac (excused), Cindy L. Carlson (excused), Richard L. Cleary (excused), Dana L. Cloud (excused), Patricia L. Clubb, Edwin Dorn, Shelley F. Fishkin, G. Charles Franklin, Robert Freeman, Dorie J. Gilbert, Von Matthew (Matt) Hammond, Barbara J. Harlow (excused), Thomas M. Hatfield, James L. Hill (excused), Sharon H. Justice (excused), Kerry A. Kinney, Richard W. Lariviere, William S. Livingston, Laura E. Luthy, Katheryn C. Maguire, Margaret N. Maxey (excused), Robert G. May (excused), Thomas G. Palaima (excused), Elmira Popova, Mary Ann R. Rankin, Johnnie D. Ray, Andrew M. Riggsby, Victoria Rodriguez, Juan M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands, Roberta I. Shaffer, Joel F. Sherzer, Mark R. V. Southern (excused), Lawrence W. Speck, Ben G. Streetman, Teresa A. Sullivan, Janice S. Todd (excused), Daniel A. Updegrove, N. Bruce Walker, Ellen A. Wartella, Barbara W. White (excused).

 

Voting Members:
48
present,
27
absent,
75
total.
Non-Voting Members:
11
present,
23
absent,
34
total.
Total Members:
59
present,
50
absent,
109
total.


1Attendance record corrected on February 19, 2001.



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I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.

There were no questions about the written report (D 1059-1062).

The secretary made an oral report on the special efforts being made to recognize deceased former colleagues for whom faculty-written memorial resolutions did not exist. He said the goal is to obtain a memorial statement for everyone who was tenured at the University for a notable part of his or her career, and to make all of these available on the web.

In some cases it has been sufficient to encourage or provide assistance to an existing committee. However, in many cases a committee was never appointed or it is too late to expect a report. For each of these, the office is attempting to produce a biographical sketch including date and place of birth, degrees, employment, career achievements, and sources for further information. These biographical sketches are necessarily more limited than the best faculty-written memorials, which can include personal comments as well as a professional perspective on an individual’s career. He said there are now over 700 completed memorials, including more than 160 biographical sketches. The latter include six of the original (1883) faculty members of the University. The secretary expressed his gratitude to Teresa Acosta, who has written most of the biographical sketches, and to Chris Marcin and Debbie Roberts of the Office of the General Faculty.

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

The minutes of the Regular Faculty Council meeting of November 20, 2000 (D 1055-1058), were approved by voice vote.

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.

A. Comments by the President.

President Faulkner alerted members to budget problems created by new energy costs for the University. He said it is estimated that over a two-year period the campus will experience a $40 million increase in the amount it pays for natural gas. This is certain to restrict the University's ability to address salary problems, add new faculty, and support new programs. Steps are already being taken to reduce costs. More will be heard about this over the coming months.

B. Questions to the President.

The president answered questions about Governor Perry's higher education initiative, the board of regents accountability initiative, and the administration's current study of policy on tenured and non-tenured faculty.

Faulkner said the governor's commission was appointed to take a broad view of higher education and its future in the state. He said it is still in the early stages of its work, and he then spoke specifically about proposals for a voucher or grants program for students. He felt that this could be a good idea but that it would deal primarily with undergraduate education; graduate and research programs would have to be funded in some other way.

He said that with the accountability initiative, the regents were seeking a common basis for evaluation that would help them plan for the future. He said he had no problem with this initiative; the question is simply one of how to address the issues in a way that will be cost effective and will actually be useful in measuring the quality of what is taking place.

Faulkner said that he and Provost Ekland-Olson had appointed a committee, chaired by Judith Langlois (psychology), to develop a clear definition of what tenure means and a picture of the


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  role of the various non-tenured faculty positions on the campus. This deals with a national problem, he said. The president expressed hope that the University could take a lead in addressing it. He said he strongly supports tenure, and it is obvious that "a large number of non-tenure-track members invest whole careers here and play absolutely critical roles in the educational and overall academic life of the institution."

 
IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

Chair Patrick Davis (pharmacy) reported on work of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council. He also told members about a new web site, www.utadvocates.org, run by UT Advocates for Higher Education, which will provide information on action in the legislature that could affect the University.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.

Chair elect Bruce Palka (mathematics) talked briefly about the annual meeting of the Council with the Texas A&M Faculty Senate, which is scheduled for March 26 in Austin.

VI.
SPECIAL ORDERS – None.

VII.
PETITIONS – None.

VIII.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None.

IX.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES – None.

X.
NEW BUSINESS.

The University's Policy on Compliance.

Lon Heuer* (associate vice president for institutional compliance and director of internal audits), Linda Sorber (assistant director for institutional compliance), and Dyan Hudson* (assistant director for internal audits) informed members of the Council about a System-wide initiative designed to assure the highest ethical standards and compliance with all applicable laws, policies, rules, and regulations.

Managers and individuals are not responsible for knowing all of the laws and rules that govern the University, but they must be familiar with the laws and rules that are applicable to their own area of employment. The compliance office has developed an extensive on-line program as well as training classes. All employees will hear about this in the near future.

XI.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS – None.

XII.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR – None.

XIII.
ADJOURNMENT.

The meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

 

Distributed through the Faculty Council web site (www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on February 13, 2001. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


* Spelling of name corrected on February 19, 2001.