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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of February 18, 2002.


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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty


MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF

February 18, 2002

The fifth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2001-2002 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, February 18, 2002, at 2:15 P.M.

ATTENDANCE.

Present: Mark I. Alpert, Anthony P. Ambler, Katherine M. Arens, Neal E. Armstrong, Victor L. Arnold, Matthew J. Bailey, Joyce L. Banks, Glen S. Baum, Gerard H. BĂľhague, Lynn E. Blais, David G. Bogard, Daniel A. Bonevac, Joanna M. Brooks, Michael J. Churgin, Richard L. Cleary, Dana L. Cloud, Donald G. Davis, Patrick J. Davis, Thomas W. Dison, Minette E. Drumwright, John R. Durbin, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Larry R. Faulkner, Alan W. Friedman, Omer R. Galle, Dorie J. Gilbert, John C. (Jack) Gilbert, Michael H. Granof, Marvin L. Hackert, James L. Hill, Julie R. Irwin, Judith A. Jellison, Ward W. Keeler, Karrol A. Kitt, Robert C. Koons, David R. Kracman, David A. Laude, William S. Livingston, Francis L. Miksa, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Melissa L. Olive, Alba A. Ortiz, Bruce P. Palka, Theodore E. Pfeifer, Esther L. Raizen, Linda E. Reichl, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, Mark R. V. Southern, Michael P. Starbird, Teresa A. Sullivan, Daniel A. Updegrove, Frances Elizabeth Valdez, N. Bruce Walker, James R. Yates.

Absent: Efraim P. Armendariz, Brigitte L. Bauer (excused), Harold W. Billings, Douglas G. Biow, Dean A. Bredeson, Kathryn E. Brown, Cindy I. Carlson, Patricia L. Clubb, Lesley A. Dean-Jones (excused), Andrew P. Dillon, John D. Dollard, Edwin Dorn, John D. Downing, Robert Freeman, Nell H. Gottleib, Lita A. Guerra, Donald A. Hale (excused),* Von Matthew (Matt) Hammond, Barbara J. Harlow (excused), Thomas M. Hatfield, Kevin P. Hegarty, Sharon D. Horner, Manuel J. Justiz (excused), Martin W. Kevorkian, Stefan M. Kostka, Richard W. Lariviere, Steven W. Leslie, David R. Maidment, Glenn Y. Masada (excused), Robert G. May, Thomas G. Palaima, David M. Parichy, Elmira Popova, William C. Powers, Mary Ann R. Rankin, Johnnie D. Ray, Kevin Robnett, Victoria Rodriguez, David J. Saltman, Juan M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands, Janet Staiger (excused), Salomon A. Stavchansky, Frederick R. Steiner, Ben G. Streetman, Janice S. Todd (excused), Jarrad Allen Toussant, James W. Vick, Phyllis Boyd Waelder, Ellen A. Wartella, Mary F. Wheeler, Barbara W. White, Michael P. Young.



Voting Members:
44
present,
30
absent,
74
total.
Non-Voting Members:
12
present,
24
absent,
36
total.
Total Members:
56
present,
54
absent,
110
total.


*Correction made on April 22, 2002, to reflect excused absence.

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I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.

There were no questions about the written report (D 1692-1695).

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of January 28, 2002, were approved by voice vote (D 1696-1704).

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.

A. Comments by the President.

President Faulkner said the administration would soon provide information on next year's budget. He said it would be impossible to support everything that deserved support, but he believed it would be possible to address some critical issues and to maintain steady momentum.
B. Questions to the President.

There were none.

IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

Chair Bruce Palka (mathematics) complimented Chair elect Michael Granof (accounting) for the presentation he had made, concerning the proposed infrastructure charge, at the Board of Regents meeting on January 14. The chair also said he had referred the issue of teaching continuity and restructured faculty workload upon the birth of adoption of a child back to the Faculty Welfare Committee.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.

Professor Granof announced that the annual meeting of the Faculty Council with the Faculty Senate of Texas A&M would be in College Station on March 25. He pointed out that the two universities have many common interests, and urged members to plan to attend.

VI.
SPECIAL ORDERS — None.

VII.
PETITIONS — None.

VIII.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

A. Proposal from the Faculty Grievance Committee to Create an Office of the Faculty Ombudspersons (D 1652-1655).

This item had been introduced at the January 18 meeting of the Council, but action was not completed due to the loss of a quorum. (See D 1700-1701 of the minutes of the January meeting.) The item was reintroduced by Martha Hilley (music), chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee. Professor Hilley said she wanted to stress the importance of continuity in dealing with grievance issues, and said that the current system, which relied heavily on the chair of the Grievance Committee, did not provide such continuity.

Executive Vice President and Provost Ekland-Olson said that he had disapproved an earlier proposal for creating such a position, primarily because of the expected cost. He believed that the issue of cost had now been adequately addressed, in part because of expected assistance from the Office of the Provost and the Office of the General Faculty. He also said that previous chairs of the Faculty Grievance Committee had convinced him of the importance of an ombudsperson. Therefore, he supported the proposal now being considered.


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  John C. Gilbert (chemistry and biochemistry) repeated his reservations (D 1700-1701) about the cost of creating such an office, in light of the University's current budget problems. He was opposed to the motion.

Alan Friedman (English), said that his experience as chair of the Grievance Committee and as a member of the committee convinced him of the need for an ombudsperson. He said the current arrangement created too heavy a burden on the chair of the committee, and contributed to an unsatisfactory system for handling grievances. He strongly supported the motion.

The motion to support the proposal was approved by a voice vote.

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

X.
NEW BUSINESS.

A. Resolution from the Faculty Building Advisory Committee — Spring 2002 (D 1691) .

Professor Gilbert, chair of the Faculty Building Advisory Committee, moved the adoption of a motion to support the resolution. He said the committee's intent was to address the trend of academic buildings being constructed or renovated with little or no general-purpose classroom space. He supported the point with the tables reproduced in the appendix to these minutes, and said the table showed that the lack of classroom space in buildings constructed in the past decade was shocking. He said the tables also supported the figure of 15% in the resolution as being reasonable.

Joyce Banks (graduate student assembly), asked for clarification of "academic building" and "general-purpose classrooms." Professor Gilbert said that, generally speaking, athletics facilities, power plants, and office buildings would not be academic buildings, but buildings housing faculty would be unless they were constructed purely for research.

Linda Reichl (physics) pointed out that some buildings had classrooms that were not general-purpose classrooms (that is, not controlled by the Office of Official Publications) but were controlled by faculty in a specific school or college. She said that tended to reduce the pressure for general-purpose classrooms.

Katherine Arens (Germanic studies) said that the E. P. Schoch Building, where her department is located, had an anthropology lab but no general-purpose classrooms in which to teach language classes. She said that when one of the buildings in which the business school is located was renovated, classrooms were converted to computer labs, offices, and space for other purposes.

Marvin Hackert (chemistry and biochemistry) said he was in favor of more general-purpose classrooms, but he was uncomfortable with the 15% standard proposed in all cases; he thought some buildings could have more and perhaps some buildings less. Professor Gilbert emphasized that the resolution explicitly allowed for exceptions to the 15% guideline.

Mark Alpert (marketing administration) was concerned that the 15% standard might be applied when a building with less than 15% classes was renovated, in which a school or college could lose offices or other space. Professor Gilbert was sympathetic with that concern, but repeated that the resolution allowed for exceptions. Professor Arens emphasized that before the business school converted classrooms to other purposes, German courses were often taught there.


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  .The secretary (mathematics) said that he strongly supported the motion. He supported Professor Arens' remarks about the business school by saying that the mathematics department had once taught a number of classes there. He said his own department taught classes all over the campus, and some of the rooms were very unsatisfactory. He singled out ESB 333 as an example, saying he thought it the worst he had seen for a large mathematics class, especially given its shape, its acoustics, and the limited blackboard space. (The chair suggested the rifle range was worse.) The secretary thought that what had been allowed to happen in recent years (as supported by the committee's tables) was ridiculous. He had tried for years, without success, to find out who was responsible for using space in the middle of the campus for new buildings without classrooms, and was grateful to the current Faculty Building Advisory Committee for raising the issue.

Cynthia Shelmerdine (classics) said she supported everything in the motion except the 15% figure, which she thought would generate requests for exceptions at an undo rate.

The motion to support the resolution was then approved by voice vote.

XI.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS — None.

XII.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR — None.

XIII.
ADJOURNMENT.

The meeting adjourned at 2:56 P.M.

Distributed through the Faculty Council web site (www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on March 13, 2002. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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APPENDIX


General Purpose Classroom Space
as a Percent of Net Assignable Space by Building

Building
Name
Year Built or Renovated
Tot. No. of Gen. Purpose Classrooms
Tot. Area of Classroom Space
Building Tot. Net Assignable Sq. Foot. (ASF)
Classroom Area as a Percent of ASF
BATTLE HALL
1911
0
0
30,027
0
BIOLOGICAL LABORATORIES
1924
1
629
47,581
1.3%
GARRISON HALL
1926
14
10,331
26,827
38.5%
T.U. TAYLOR HALL
1929
1
2,720
39,202
6.9%
ANNA HISS GYMNASIUM
1930
0
0
42,980
0
WAGGENER HALL
1931
7
5,953
32,473
18.3%
MARY E. GEARING HALL
1932
3
2,881
33,298
8.7%
WILL C. HOGG BLDG.
1932
1
2,626
26,561
9.9%
T.S. PAINTER HALL
1933
3
5,206
74,140
7.0%
RAINEY HALL
1941
0
0
19,726
0
EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCE BLDG.
1950
4
4,218
130,250
3.2%
BATTS HALL
1951
14
10,301
30,709
33.5%
BENEDICT HALL
1951
9
5,666
19,948
28.4%
GEOGRAPHY BUILDING
1951
2
2,256
16,730
13.5%
MEZES HALL
1951
5
3,273
20,982
15.6%
PHARMACY BUILDING
1951
4
5,917
73,776
8.0%
TOWNES HALL
1952
0
0
90,124
0
PARLIN HALL
1955
22
13,368
32,127
41.6%
RUSSELL A. STEINDAM HALL
1956
9
7,466
38,997
19.1%
W.R. WOOLRICH LABS.
1959
2
2,138
48,597
4.4%
F.L. WINSHIP DRAMA BLDG.
1961
0
0
67,006
0
ART BUILDING AND MUSEUM
1962
3
5,704
108,215
5.3%
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
1962
12
9,336
127,103
7.3%
PETER T. FLAWN ACADEMIC CENTER
1962
1
3,820
127,794
3.0%
WEST MALL OFFICE BLDG.
1962
0
0
26,449
0
ENGINEERING-SCIENCE BLDG.
1963
5
3,966
142,900
2.8%
CALHOUN HALL
1967
7
4,444
26,232
16.9%
JACKSON GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES BLDG.
1967
2
3,733
83,841
4.5%
J.T. PATTERSON LABS.BLDG.
1967
0
0
100,201
0
BEAUFORD H. JESTER CENTER
1969
9
9,198
103,693
8.9%
BEAUFORD H. JESTER CENTER
1969
9
9,198
23,193
39.7%
BURDINE HALL
1970
16
22,836
54,890
41.6%
SID RICHARDSON HALL
1970
0
0
196,909
0
L. THEO BELLMONT HALL
1972
1
2,824
193,253
1.5%
ROBERT LEE MOORE HALL
1972
27
19,005
217,582
8.7%
JESSE H. JONES COMM. CTR. (BLDG. A)
1973
5
3,878
74,509
5.2%
NURSING SCHOOL
1973
0
0
58,836
0
ERNEST COCKRELL JR. HALL
1974
3
4,348
139,532
3.1%
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS BLDG.
1975
3
6,423
80,446
8.0%
GEORGE I. SANCHEZ BUILDING
1975
13
18,985
148,535
12.8%
ROBERT A. WELCH HALL
1978
15
28,360
250,715
11.3%
E. WILLIAM DOTY FINE ARTS BUILDING
1979
0
0
62,095
0
JESSE H. JONES HALL
1980
0
0
151,748
0
ENGINEERING TEACHING CENTER II
1983
5
6,057
143,088
4.2%
UNIVERSITY TEACHING CENTER
1984
30
57,409
69,014
83.2%

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Building
Name
Year Built or Renovated
Tot. No. of Gen. Purpose Classrooms
Tot. Area of Classroom Space
Building Tot. Net Assignable Sq. Foot. (ASF)
Classroom Area as a Percent of ASF
CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
1986
9
12,179
131,301
9.3%
SUTTON HALL
1990
 
0
0
34,655
0
GOLDSMITH HALL
1990
 
0
 
0
  44,717  
0
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK BUILDING
1992
 
0
 
0
  56,247  
0
BERNARD AND AUDRE RAPOPORT BUILDING
1995
 
0
 
0
  26,181  
0
E.P. SCHOCH BUILDING
1996
 
0
 
0
  26,327  
0
MOFFETT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY BLDG.
1997
 
0
 
0
  73,581  
0
DOROTHY L. GEBAUER BUILDING
1998
 
0
 
0
  18,051  
0
APPLIED COMPUTATIONAL ENGR. & SCI.
2000
 
0
 
0
  87,538  
0
CONNALLY CENTER FOR JUSTICE
2000
 
0
 
0
  20,009  
0
SARAH M. & CHARLES E. SEAY BUILDING
2002
 
0
 
0
     
0
     
275
  316,023   4,171,441  
7.6%