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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of April 16, 2001.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
April 16, 2001
The sixth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2000-2001 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, April 16, 2001, at 2:15
Present: Mark I. Alpert, Anthony P. Ambler, Katherine M. Arens, Efraim P. Armendariz, Neal E. Armstrong, Victor L. Arnold, Matthew J. Bailey, Joyce L. Banks, Gerard H. BŽhague, Lynn E. Blais, David G. Bogard, Daniel A. Bonevac, Dean A. Bredeson, Cindy L. Carlson, Richard A. Cherwitz, Michael J. Churgin, Richard L. Cleary, 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, Dorie J. Gilbert, Marvin L. Hackert, Von Matthew (Matt) Hammond, Barbara J. Harlow, James L. Hill, Sharon D. Horner, Judith A. Jellison, Arlen W. Johnson, Sharon H. Justice, Manuel J. Justiz, Karrol A. Kitt, Robert C. Koons, Laura E. Luthy, Katheryn Coveley Maguire, Glenn Y. Masada, Francis L. Miksa, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Thomas G. Palaima, Bruce P. Palka, William C. Powers, Linda E. Reichl, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Victoria Rodriguez, David J. Saltman, Robert N. Schmidt, Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, Joel F. Sherzer, Mark R. V. Southern, Michael P. Starbird, Laura T. Starks, Salomon A. Stavchansky, Janice S. Todd, James W. Vick, Katy B. Zarolia.
Absent: Christopher O. Adejumo, Joel W. Barlow, Phillip J. Barrish, Brigitte L. Bauer (excused), Harold W. Billings, Douglas G. Biow, Dana L. Cloud (excused), Patricia L. Clubb, Edwin Dorn, Shelley F. Fishkin, G. Charles Franklin, Robert Freeman, Nell H. Gottlieb (excused), Lita A. Guerra, Thomas M. Hatfield, Martha F. Hilley (excused), Elizabeth L. Keating (excused), Ward W. Keeler (excused), Kerry A. Kinney, Stefan M. Kostka, Richard W. Lariviere, David A. Laude (excused), Steven W. Leslie, William S. Livingston, David R. Maidment, Margaret N. Maxey, Robert G. May (excused), Gregory R. Murphy, Patricia C. Ohlendorf (excused), Alba A. Ortiz (excused), Theodore E. Pfeifer, Elmira Popova, Mary Ann R. Rankin, Johnnie D. Ray, Andrew M. Riggsby, Daron K. Roberts, Juan M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands, Roberta I. Shaffer, Lawrence W. Speck, Ben G. Streetman, Teresa A. Sullivan, Paul Randall (Randy) Thompson, Daniel A. Updegrove, N. Bruce Walker, John W. Walthall, Ellen A. Wartella, Barbara W. White, James R. Yates.
Voting Members: 52 present, 23 absent, 75 total. Non-Voting Members: 8 present, 26 absent, 34 total. Total Members: 60 present, 49 absent, 109 total.
I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.
[Before this item was considered, the Council dealt with Item VIII (Unfinished Business). The change in order was made on a recommendation from the Council's Executive Committee to ensure that Item VIII was dealt with at this meeting.]
There were no questions about the written report (D 1223-1226).
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of March 19, 2001 (D 1227-1232), were approved by voice vote.
III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
A. Comments by the President.
President Faulkner announced the appointment of a committee to carry out the investigation requested by a resolution approved by the Council on March 19: "The Faculty Council requests the administration to investigate the allegation that Professor Mia Carter was singled out by the campus police during the demonstrations concerning the display on the Gregory Gym mall." (D 1228) Dean Edwin Dorn of the LBJ School of Public Affairs was appointed to chair the committee. Also appointed to the committee were Desley Deacon (American studies), Michael Granof (accounting), Jan Summer (law), and Dean Barbara White (social work). In the letter of appointment, the president asked the committee to "do your best to answer the specific question posed in the resolution." He wrote that if the committee wishes, it may also suggest follow-up actions, including policy changes. He requested that, if possible, the committee report by commencement (May 19), or at the latest, by June 1. The president also discussed the budget outlook for the coming year, saying the University was faced with a significant gap between likely revenues and likely costs. The largest increases in costs were expected from energy prices and health care, especially the former. The picture was uncertain because the legislature was still in session considering the state's budget. However, the deans and vice presidents had been asked to take steps to reserve about two percent of the current salary base in the education and general budget to cover anticipated deficits.
B. Questions to the President None.
IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
Chair Patrick Davis (pharmacy) thanked Chair elect Bruce Palka (mathematics) for the success of the CouncilÕs joint meeting with the Texas A&M Faculty Senate on March 26. He also called for nominations for various committees for the next year and asked current committee chairs to submit their annual reports.
V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.
Chair elect Palka expressed his indebtedness to Chris Marcin of the Office of the General Faculty for her role in coordinating the March 26 meeting with representatives from Texas A&M.
VI. SPECIAL ORDERS None.
VII. PETITIONS None.
VIII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
A. Proposal to Increase Student Involvement in the Hiring Process of Tenure-Track Faculty, Amended March 19, 2001 (D 1220-1222).
Michael Churgin (law) suggested that the reference to interviews read "undergraduate and/or graduate students" instead of "undergraduate students" (D 1221). Katy Zarolia (student, Cabinet of College Councils), who introduced the motion to approve the proposal, agreed to that change.
Salomon Stavchansky (pharmacy) moved, as an amendment, that in the reference to class lectures the phrase "teach a class" be changed to "present a research seminar or teach a class." Linda Reichl (physics) pointed out that candidates would necessarily present a research seminar. Stavchansky said he thought the key in this item would be the evaluation of communication skills, and a research seminar could serve that purpose. The amendment passed on a voice vote.
There was no further discussion, and the proposal, which had been discussed in February and March, was approved by voice vote.
[Secretary's remark: Because this item was classified as major legislation, it was later circulated to all members of the General Faculty on a no-protest basis. The minimum number (25) of required protests has been received by the secretary, so the item will be considered at a meeting of the General Faculty in the fall.]
B. Review of Degrees (D 1188).
This item was introduced by Michael Starbird (mathematics, chair of the Educational Policy Committee). The secretary asked for clarification of the phrase "The Faculty Council should appoint," and Starbird said it meant "The Chair of the Faculty Council in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Council should appoint." In answer to two other questions from the secretary, Starbird said the proposed committee would not have authority to tell a school or college what to do, and it would not approve or reject changes on its own; it would only make recommendations to the Council.
Zarolia moved that the phrase "an undergraduate student" in the committee's membership be changed to "an undergraduate student recommended by the Cabinet of College Councils." The amendment was approved by voice vote.
The proposal was then approved by voice vote.
C. Tuition Remission for Graduate Research Assistants (D 1202-1203).
Mark Southern (Germanic studies), chair of the Research Committee, introduced the motion. Southern and Reichl, also a member of the committee, discussed the motion and its background. Laura Starks (finance), chair of the Graduate Assembly, said the Assembly supported the proposal. After extended discussion involving Stavchansky, Palka, Robert Schmidt (theatre and dance), Glenn Masada (mechanical engineering), Marvin Hackert (chemistry and biochemistry), the secretary, Mark Alpert (marketing), and John Dollard (mathematics and associate dean of the Graduate School), it was agreed that the phrase "graduate research assistants (RAs)" should be "graduate research assistants (GRAs)." Also, at the suggestion by Schmidt, the phrase "unless tuition remission is not allowed by the granting agency" was added at the end of the first sentence of the recommendation.
The motion was approved by a voice vote.
IX. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES None.
X. NEW BUSINESS None.
XI. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS None.
XII. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR None.
The meeting adjourned at 3:07 P.M.
Distributed through the Faculty Council web site (www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 3, 2001. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
P.O. Box T -Austin, Texas 78713-8920 (512) 471-1232 - FAX (512) 471-8102
April 17, 2001
Dean Edwin Dom, Chair
Professor Desley A. Deacon
Professor Michael H. Granof
Professor Jan Summer
Dean Barbara W. White
I am most grateful for your wiIlingness to serve as an ad hoc committee to investigate recent circumstances at Gregory Gym Plaza. It is important to the University that this work be undertaken by a committee whose members are well known and are held broadly in the highest respect. Each of you fulfills that criterion individually. It is a great favor, not only to me, but also to the entire community that you make this commitment.
Your charge is simply to undertake the investigation requested by the Faculty Council on March 19, 2001, in a resolution having the following wording:
The Faculty Council requests the administration to investigate the allegation that Professor Mia Carter was singled out by the campus police during the demonstrations concerning the display on the Gregory Gym mall.
In your report, which should be made in a letter addressed to me, please do your best to answer the specific question posed in the resolution. If you wish also to suggest follow-up actions, including policy changes, you are urged to include them in your report. I hope it will be possible for you to complete the work by Commencement, or at the latest, by June 1.
By copy, I am advising Provost Ekland-Olson, Vice President Clubb, Vice President Ohlendorf, Vice President Vick, Dean Justice, and Chief Van Slyke that this connnittee has now been constituted and charged. All of them either have personal knowledge of the circumstances or have members in their organizations who do. They are hereby asked to cooperate fully with your work. If you require assistance from the Office of the President, please feel free to call on Charles Roeckle, Deputy to the President, or on me.
April 17, 2001<signed>
Thank you, once again for undertaking this task. I look forward to receiving your report.
Larry R. Faulkner Vice President
Patricia L. Clubb
Professor Patrick J. Davis
Professor John Durbin
Executive Vice President and Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson
Dean of Students Sharon Justice
Vice President Patricia C. Ohlendorf
Deputy to the President Charles A. Roeckle
Chief Jeffrey A Van Slyke
Vice President James W. Vick