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The Annual Photograph will be taken on Monday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. on the south steps of the Main Building prior to the Faculty Council meeting.

 

DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECOND REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2005-2006

The University of Texas at Austin
Monday, November 21, 2005
Main Building, Room 212
2:15 P.M.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY ( D 4223-4229) — Sue Alexander Greninger.

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the Faculty Council Meeting of September 19, 2005 (D 4153-4159).

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

A. Comments by the President.

B. Questions to the President.

From Professor Tom Palaima, classics:
1. In the just concluded presidential search for your successor, the general faculty, staff and students were given no opportunity ahead of the announcement of a single finalist to meet with and interview candidates on campus.  Do you think it is wise essentially to forego such a meaningful stage in the selection of the president? What kind of signal do you think this sends to the three major human components of the University about how much their input counts in shaping the goals and values of the University?

2. (Also for the provost.) What plans are now in place or being considered to hold thorough, open, public discussions among faculty, students and staff concerning the proposals and the alternative recommendations of the recently concluded Task Force on Curricular Reform?

Bill Powers states that the next capital campaign should focus on implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Curricular Reform.  Don't you think that we would have some open discussion about those recommendations first, before deciding that they should be the basis of how we will spend future resources? To make those curricular reform suggestions the top priority for fund raising, when we have many other important areas that should be considered, strikes me as problematical without full and open discussion?

From Professor Susan Sage Heinzelman, English:

Legislation on disciplining and discovery originating from the Grievance Committee was sent to the Systems Office in mid-August for approval. Almost three months has passed and we have heard nothing. How much longer do you think we will have to wait to hear?

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

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

VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.


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

A. Action on the Recommendations of the ad hoc Committee on Course Instructor Surveys — Marvin L. Hackert (professor, chemistry and biochemistry and committee chair).

B. Report of the Task Force on Curricular Reform — Paul Woodruff (professor, philosophy, Plan II Honors), ), David M. Hillis (professor, integrative biology), and members of the Task Force.

VIII. NEW BUSINESS.

A. Resolution Endorsing Texas Faculty Senate Resolution on Texas A&M Kingsville Faculty Senate — Alba Ortiz (professor, special education) on behalf of the Faculty Council Executive Committee.

IX. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

A. Open House, Office of the General Faculty, 4-6 p.m. or immediately following the Faculty Council meeting, WMB 2.102 (adjacent to the University Post Office).

B. The new email address for sending comments and opinions relating to the recommendations from the Task Force on Curricular Reform is tfcr@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

X. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XI. ADJOURNMENT.


<Signed>

Sue A. Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council Web site on November 18, 2005. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.