DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council
meeting of December 8, 2003.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING
OF DECEMBER 8, 2003
The fourth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the
academic year 2003-2004 was held in the Main Building, Room 212,
Monday, December 8, 2003, at 2:15 P.M.
Present: Lawrence D. Abraham, Kamran
S. Aghaie, Ricardo C. Ainslie, Urton L. Anderson, Marian J. Barber,
David G. Bogard, Teresa Graham Brett, Jennifer S. Brodbelt, Neal
M. Burns, Maggie Chiang, Michael J. Churgin, Melba M. Crawford,
Janet M. Davis, Donald William Drumtra, John R. Durbin, Sheldon
Ekland-Olson, Larry R. Faulkner, Kenneth Flamm, Wolfgang Frey,
Alan W. Friedman, Charles N. Friedman, James D. Garrison, Michael
H. Granof, Sue A. Greninger, Lita A. Guerra, Marvin L. Hackert,
Brian J. Haley, Julie Hallmark, John J. Hasenbein, Susan S. Heinzelman,
James L. Hill, Neville Hoad, Sharon D. Horner, Judith A. Jellison,
Martin W. Kevorkian, Slyman M. Majid, Arthur B. Markman, Melvin
E. L. Oakes, Edward W. (Ted) Odell, Thomas G. Palaima, Anthony
J. Petrosino, Linda E. Reichl, Eric A. Renner, David B. Spence,
Janet Staiger, Salomon A. Stavchansky, Sharon L. Strover, James
W. Vick, John M. Weinstock, Darlene C. Wiley, Lynn R. Wilkinson,
Paul B. Woodruff, James R. Yates.
Absent: Dean J. Almy, Jacqueline L.
Angel (excused), Daniela Bini (excused), Hans C. Boas, Daniel
A. Bonevac, Johnny S. Butler (excused), Joshua S. Campbell, Alan
K. Cline (excused), Patricia L. Clubb, Andrew P. Dillon, Edwin
Dorn, Phillip L. Dubov, Robert Freeman, George W. Gau, Peter F.
Green, Carl T. Haas, Susanne Hafner, Donald A. Hale, Michael P.
Harney, Thomas M. Hatfield, Fred M. Heath, Kevin P. Hegarty, Kurt
O. Heinzelman, Archie L. Holmes, Raymond Bert "Rusty"
Ince III, Manuel J. Justiz (excused), Robert D. King (excused),
Richard W. Lariviere, Steven W. Leslie, William S. Livingston,
Amarante L. Lucero, Dean P. Neikirk (excused), Patricia C. Ohlendorf
(excused), Marcus G. Pandy, Theodore E. Pfeifer, William C. Powers,
Mary Ann R. Rankin, Johnnie D. Ray, Victoria Rodriguez, Charles
R. Rossman (excused), David J. Saltman (excused), Juan M. Sanchez,
Dolores Sands, Diane L. Schallert (excused), M. Michael Sharlot,
Mark C. Smith (excused), David W. Springer (excused), Frederick
R. Steiner, Ben G. Streetman, Daniel A. Updegrove, N. Bruce Walker,
Ellen A. Wartella, Gwendolyn Webb-Johnson, Barbara W. White, Glen
|REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.
The written report appears in D
2778-2783. There were no questions or comments.
|APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
TThe minutes of the Faculty Council Meeting of November 17,
2784-2788) were approved by voice vote.
This being the last meeting during the secretary’s tenure
in the office, Chair Marvin Hackert thanked him for his contributions
to faculty governance at the University, in particular, as
secretary of the General Faculty 1975-76 and 1998-2003, and
as chair of the Faculty Senate 1982-84 and 1991-92. He made
special mention of the changes to electronic documents, use
of the Web, and efforts to complete the files on faculty memorial
resolutions. He also presented the secretary with a copy of
each of the bound volumes of the General Faculty documents
for the years 1998-2003.
The secretary thanked the following persons for their support
and assistance during his time as Faculty Senate chair and
as secretary: Marla Crowder, Frieda Speck, Dorothea Adams,
Elaine Ward, Teresa Acosta, Cheryl Fuller, Laura Kobler, Jenny
Morgan, Debbie Roberts, Chris Marcin, and Jane Durbin. He
also said that he felt fortunate to be associated with such
a wonderful institution.
|COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
||Comments by the President.
President Faulkner joined the chair in thanking the
secretary and made special mention of the work that
had been done on faculty memorial resolutions. He said
he believed the resolutions contributed to the identity
and continuity of the institution.
The president reviewed events in recent months relating
to tuition deregulation, which involved the legislature,
other state leaders, the Board of Regents, the administration,
student leaders, and members of the faculty. He expressed
special appreciation to the Tuition Policy Advisory
Committee. He said their recommendations would guide
the University in concentrating on three critical issues:
preservation of physical facilities, expansion of the
faculty, and improvement in compensation.
He then discussed proposed changes in admission criteria,
in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision
that would admit race as one of the criteria for admission
to the University. He acknowledged the important roles
played by Executive Vice President and Provost Sheldon
Ekland-Olson, Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies
Victoria Rodriguez, and Dean of the Law School William
Powers. He said more details about changes in admission
criteria would be worked out and made public in the
||Questions to the President.
There were no questions.
|REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
Chair Hackert gave a brief report on a recent meeting
of the UT System Faculty Advisory Committee, which he had
attended along with Michael Granof, past chair of the Council.
|REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.
In his report as chair, on behalf of Chair Elect Linda Reichl,
Chair Hackert announced that the annual meeting of the Council
with members of the Faculty Senate of Texas A&M University
would be held in College Station on February 23.
|UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.
|REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS,
AND COMMITTEES — None.
||A. Protest to D
2770-2771, Proposed Change in the Fine Arts Registration
Requirements in the College Of Fine Arts Chapter of
The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D
The proposed change and rationale for the protest may
be found in the documents listed. Because the Committee
on Undergraduate Degree Program Review had recommended
approval of the proposal, this item was introduced as
a motion to approve the proposal. The primary issue
involved the question of restricting registration for
certain courses to students majoring in the department
offering the courses, especially when students in other
majors were required to take courses in the area with
the restrictions or might have a natural interest in
Speaking, in general, against the proposed catalog change,
were Professors Larry Abraham (curriculum and instruction,
kinesiology and health education), Paul Woodruff (philosophy),
and Sue Greninger (human ecology), and Brian Haley (Student
Government); the primary argument was that students
should have the opportunity to take the courses they
want or need. Defending the proposed change were Professors
Lita Guerra (music) and Bill Wiman (art and art history);
the primary argument was that the resources in the departments
involved were limited.
The motion to approve the proposed change was defeated
by voice vote.
||Protest to D
2776-2777, Proposed Addition of Information for
Non-Communication Studies Majors in the College of Communication
Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D
As with the previous item, the proposed change and rationale
for the protest may be found in the documents listed.
Because the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program
Review had recommended approval of the proposal, this
item was introduced as a motion to approve the proposal.
Again, the issue was limited resources for offering
courses versus student choice. Speaking either against
the proposed catalog change or to suggest that the wording
be revised, were Professors Abraham, Woodruff, Reichl,
and Kenneth Flamm (LBJ), and Kamran Aghaie (Middle Eastern
language and cultures), and Slyman Majid (Student Government).
Speaking in favor of the proposal were Alda Gonzalez
(communication studies advisor), and Professors Mark
Knapp (interpersonal communications) and Urton Anderson
(accounting). David Spence (MSIS) inquired about the
nature of the discussion among those who recommended
and supported the change. Professor Gary Hamrick (mathematics),
acting chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Program
Review, said the central issue occurred in many cases,
that is, some departments, schools, and colleges placed
limits on enrollment by non-majors because of limited
resources for offering certain courses.
||Resolution Endorsing the Framework for Comprehensive
Athletics Reform (D
This item was introduced by Professor Michael Granof
(accounting) on behalf of the Faculty Council Executive
Committee. The chair called on Professor Granof to discuss
the motions. Professor Granof pointed out that the items
had been discussed previously in the Faculty Council.
He said that the Women’s Athletics Council had
also considered the proposal and supported the motions,
subject to two amendments: amend the first motion to
say that the Faculty Council endorsed “the spirit
of” the framework; and amend the second motion
by making the appointment by the Executive Committee
be “with the approval of the Faculty Council.”
Professor Granof believed that “the spirit”
was implied, and did not favor making it
||more explicit. The secretary and Professor Judith
Jellison (music) favored making “the spirit of”
explicit, and after some discussion, this change was
made. The Council then approved the motion saying that
the Faculty Council approves the spirit of the Framework
for Comprehensive Athletics Reform. Professor Granof
supported the amendment to the second motion, and the
Council approved the motion after insertion of the phrase
“with the approval of the Faculty Council.”
It was then agreed that Professor Granof would serve
as the interim representative to COIA.
|ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
||The next meeting of the Faculty Council was scheduled
for Monday, January 26, 2004.
|QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR —
The meeting adjourned at 3:45 P.M.
Distributed through the Faculty
Council Web site on January 23, 2004. Copies are available
on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.