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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SIXTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2005-2006

The University of Texas at Austin
Monday, March 20, 2006
Main Building, Room 212
2:15 P.M.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D 4441-4446 ) — Sue Alexander Greninger.

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of February 20, 2006 (D 4447-4457).

III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT — William Powers, Jr.

A. Comments by the President.

B. Questions to the President.

1. In September 2004, the Grievance Committee suspended the processing of grievances until the procedures could be revised to guarantee fairness. The committee and the administration negotiated legislation on disciplining and discovery, which the Faculty Council passed last spring. In mid-August, President Faulkner approved the legislation and sent it to the Systems Office for approval. Expecting a quick resolution, the Grievance Committee resumed processing grievances in late August. However, this legislation has yet to receive approval, or disapproval, from Systems. In November we were told that a response should come within a month, but it did not. In his final days in office, President Faulkner pushed the Systems Office for a response, to no avail.  I briefed you about this in a February 13 email, but have not received any reply. What steps will you take to see that this situation is finally resolved? — Lorenzo Sadun (chair, Faculty Grievance Committee; professor, mathematics)

2. At the February Faculty Council meeting, you briefly commented that plans were progressing for a general bookstore to be located on or near campus. On behalf of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, can you provide a few more details about these exciting plans? — Sue Alexander Greninger (secretary, Faculty Council; associate professor, human ecology)

IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR— Alba A. Ortiz.

V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT —Linda L. Golden.

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

A. Report of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women — Mary Steinhardt, chair (professor, kinesiology and health education).

B. Report of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men — David Fowler, chair (professor, civil engineering).

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VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

A. Report of the Task Force on Curricular Reform.

1. College Forum Feedback1
a. Red McCombs School of Business, Linda Golden, professor, marketing administration
b. College of Engineering, Desiderio Kovar, professor, mechanical engineering
c. College of Fine Arts, Martha Hilley, professor, music
d. College of Liberal Arts, Pauline Strong, associate professor
e. College of Natural Sciences, Bruce Palka, professor, mathematics
f. School of Social Work, David W. Springer, associate dean

B. Motion to recognize temporary disabilities caused by pregnancy and childbirth for graduate students (D 4355) — Linda Reichl, professor, physics.

VIII. NEW BUSINESS — None.

IX. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

A. General Faculty College Elections, final phase, are scheduled for March 27 through April 7.

B. Open forums to discuss the Report of the Task Force on Curricular Reform.

March 24 —10:00 a.m. to noon
April 7 — 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
April 21 — 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

C. Nominations for the Civitatis Awards are being accepted by the Faculty Council Executive Committee. Submit names by April 21, 2006.

X. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XI. ADJOURNMENT.


Sue A. Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council Web site on March 9, 2006. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.
1 College of Liberal Arts and School of Social Work added March 16, 2006.