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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

FIRST REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2005-2006

The University of Texas at Austin
Monday, September 19, 2005
Main Building, Room 212
2:15 P.M.


ORDER OF BUSINESS


I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY ( D 4126-4131) — Sue Alexander Greninger.

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the Special Faculty Council Meeting of May 9, 2005 (D 3977-3978).

B. Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council Meeting of May 19, 2005 (D 3979-3989).

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

A. Comments by the President.

B. Questions to the President.

From Linda Ferreira-Buckley, associate professor, English.
Faced with decreased state funding and rising expenses, the Administration has worked to reduce expenditures by making purchasing and services more efficient and cost-effective. One measure has been to outsource services such as Central Receiving and University Supply. Does the University require that these contractors provide their full-time employees with health care benefits? If not, would the Administration be willing to make this a requirement for contractors who wish to do business with the University? Which services are provided by contractors rather than University employees? To be sure, faculty appreciate the need to control costs, but not when doing so entails working conditions may of us consider unethical.

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

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

VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.

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

A. Update from the Faculty Grievance Committee — Sue Heinzelman (associate professor, English), past committee chair.

B. Report of the Faculty Ombudsperson — Stanley Roux (professor, molecular cell and developmental biology).

C. Update from the ad hoc Committee on Course Instructor Surveys (D 4133-4135)— Marvin L. Hackert (professor, chemistry and biochemistry), committee chair.

VIII. NEW BUSINESS — None.

IX. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

A. Open house at the new Office of the General Faculty location, WMB 2.102, immediately following the Faculty Council meeting on October 17.1
B. General Faculty meeting, October 17 (preceding the Faculty Council meeting).


1 Announcements and Comments, item A modified on September 15, 2005.


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C. The photo of Faculty Council members will be taken on October 17 on the south steps of the Main Building at 2:00 p.m. prior to the General Faculty meeting.
X. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XI. ADJOURNMENT.




<Signed>

Sue A. Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council Web site on September 14, 2005. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.