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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

THIRD REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2004-2005

The University of Texas at Austin
Monday, November 15, 2004
Main Building, Room 212
2:15 P.M.


ORDER OF BUSINESS


I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D 3556-3558) — Sue Alexander Greninger.

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of October 20, 2004 (D 3638-3645).

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT — Larry R. Faulkner.

A. Comments by the President.

B. Questions to the President.

From Tom Palaima, professor, classics:

1. What are the specific sources of funding for the Hutchinson chair in the law school? What is your opinion as president of naming chairs, buildings, fellowships, anything at UT Austin after politicians who are active and in office? I would also be interested in your personal opinion.

2. I have recently had occasion to review the history of the relatively recent changes designed to 'improve' faculty family leave policy here at UT. The enactment of, in the event, minor changes that are now known as Modified Instructional Duties Policy (HOP 5.B.1) took nearly five years (January 1999 - November 2003), excluding preliminary discussion in the Faculty Welfare Committee.

This time period included delays of 18 months and 12 months in administrative offices where clear and straightforward wording changes had to be made to draft documents. The end result does not guarantee release time at the birth of a child and leaves prospective parents to negotiate arrangements with chairs, dean and provost, all of whom must approve ad hoc plans. In short, the new policy still puts us at a severe disadvantage in recruiting faculty in competition with other schools with much better policies.

Do you think UT does enough to be family-friendly as an employer?

How do you think the administration can better serve the interests of the faculty council in processing future proposals?

3. What is the status of your ten-year plan to hire 30 new faculty per year? It was suspended one year, but is it back on now? What does it mean to do this when in some colleges replacement hirings for faculty who have left are effectively frozen in many departments? Who is being hired and what are the criteria?

4. What was the total budget for the Commission of 125, including travel and related expenses (if any) for commission meetings (if any) and for printing and distribution of the deluxe version of the report? What was the source of funding for these things?

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IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR— Linda Reichl.

A. Progress on forming the Task Force on Curriculum Reform.

B. Possible update on getting grievance process back on track.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT —Alba A. Ortiz.

A. Report on Joint Meeting of the U.T. Faculty Council and Texas A&M Faculty Senate.

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.

VII.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.

A. Report from the Men’s Athletic Council — David Fowler, chair (professor, civil engineering).

B. Comments by Deloss Dodds, Director of Men’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department.

C. Report from the Women’s Athletic Council — Linda Ferreira-Buckley, chair (associate professor, English).

D. Comments by Christine Plonsky, Director of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department.

E. Report from the Educational Policy Committee on Online Course Retention (D 3636) — Archie Holmes, chair (associate professor, electrical and computer engineering).
VIII.
NEW BUSINESS.

A. Preliminary discussion of a motion from the Responsibilities, Rights, and Welfare of TAs and AIs Committee to change the charge of that committee to include a broader category of students (D 3637) — David Bogard, chair (professor, mechanical engineering).

IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

X.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XI.
ADJOURNMENT.


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Sue A. Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council Web site on November 11, 2004. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.