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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of January 28, 2008.


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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and Faculty Council

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
January 28, 2008

The fifth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2007-2008 was held in the Main Building, Room 212, Monday, January 28, 2008, at 2:15 p.m.

ATTENDANCE.

Present: Mark I. Alpert, Urton L. Anderson, Judy Copeland Ashcroft, Christopher J. Bell, Daniel J. Birkholz, Gary D. Borich, Douglas C. Burger, Linda J. Carpenter, Elizabeth Cullingford, Molly E. Cummings, Gustavo A. De Veciana, Luis Francisco-Revilla, Jeanne H. Freeland-Graves, Alan W. Friedman, Linda V. Gerber, Linda L. Golden, Juan C. González, Edmund (Ted) Gordon, Michael H. Granof, Sue A. Greninger, Bretna M. Hackert, Kenneth J. Hale, Ian F. Hancock, Kevin P. Hegarty, James L. Hill, Martha F. Hilley, David M. Hillis, Klaus O. Kalthoff, Karrol A. Kitt, Robert C. Koons, Desiderio Kovar, Nancy P. Kwallek, Dominic L. Lasorsa, Desmond F. Lawler, Steven W. Leslie, Reid Long, Carol H. MacKay, Raul L. Madrid, Michael J. McFarlin, Robin D. Moore, Joan A. Mullin, Stephen Myers, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Jon E. Olson, Alba A. Ortiz, Cynthia Osborne, Thomas G. Palaima, Domino R. Perez, Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, Keshav Rajagopalan, Kenneth M. Ralls, Soncia R. Reagins-Lilly, John H. Richburg, Gretchen Ritter, Brian E. Roberts, Andrew C. Solomon, Shannon Speed, Janet Staiger, Vincent S. (Shelby) Stanfield, Mary A. Steinhardt, Nikita Storojev, Pauline T. Strong, Nicole E. Trinh, Jeffrey K. Tulis, Jeffrey Vaaler, N. Bruce Walker, Clark R. Wilson, Travis W. Witherspoon, Stacy Wolf, Sharon L. Wood, Paul B. Woodruff, Patrick Woolley.

Absent: Lawrence D. Abraham (excused), Kamran Ali, Efraim P. Armendariz, Matthew J. Bailey, Eric J. Barron, Tawny L. Bettinger (excused), Hans C. Boas (excused), Virginia G. Burnett (excused), Lisa J. Cary (excused), Patricia L. Clubb, Miles Lynn Crismon, Douglas J. Dempster, Randy L. Diehl, Andrew P. Dillon, John S. Dzienkowski, Richard B. Eason, Sherry L. Field (excused), Kevin M. Foster, Brian C. Gatten, George W. Gau, Darlene Grant, Donald A. Hale, Roderick P. Hart, Fred M. Heath, Neville Hoad, Manuel J. Justiz (excused), Wayne Lesser, Robert P. Lieli, John H. Murphy (excused), Shirley Bird Perry, William C. Powers (excused), Mary Ann Rankin, Victoria Rodriguez, Lawrence Sager, Juan M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands, Paul R. Shapiro (excused), James Steinberg, Frederick R. Steiner, Ben G. Streetman, Gregory J. Vincent, Barbara W. White.

Voting Members: 59 present , 18 absent, 77 total.
Non-Voting Members: 13 present, 24 absent, 37 total.
Total Members 72 present, 12 absent, 114 total.

I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.

The written report appears in D 6041-6054; Secretary Sue Greninger (human ecology) said it was good to see so many items completed during the past month.

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

The minutes of the regular Faculty Council meetings of November 12, 2007 (D 6005-6040), and December 10, 2007 (D 6055-6068), were approved by voice vote after Secretary Greninger noted that one typographical error, where she had typed pass/fail instead of plus/minus, had been corrected after the December minutes were originally distributed.

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.

A. Comments by the President—None.
B. Question to the President—None.


IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

Chair Doug Burger (computer sciences) reminded members that the joint meeting of the UT Austin Faculty Council and the Texas A&M Senate would be held on March 17 in College Station and a bus will be available to transport members to the meeting. He announced that Professor Alan Friedman (English and chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee) had asked him to remind Council members that the call for nominations and applications for the Faculty Ombudsperson position are due in the Office of the General Faculty by February 11.

Chair Burger reported he met with Athletic Directors DeLoss Dodds and Chris Plonsky regarding how athletics and academics could work together and was “impressed by their efforts at running a transparent organization and serving the academic interests of the University.” He said he had also received positive feedback about the initiatives being pursued by the ad hoc Committee on Academic Enhancement through Athletics and expected Professor Alba Ortiz (special education and committee chair) to report on her committee’s progress at the February 18 Faculty Council meeting. He perceived there was a consensus in his meeting with the athletic directors regarding the principle that student athletes should get solid educational backgrounds, and he thought the proposal being presented by Chair Elect David Hillis (integrative biology) asking the Council to endorse the goals and principles of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics report reflected this principle.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT—None.

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

Discussion of questions from the Faculty Council concerning the Report of the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women from November 12, 2007.
Appendix
Proposal to Disband the Committee on Student Affairs (D 5810).

Motion to Change the Core Curriculum Course Lists for the 2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog (D 5872-5878).

VII.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES—None.

VIII.
IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

A.
Next Faculty Council meeting will be held on Monday, February 18 at 2:15 in Main 212.

B.
General Faculty Standing Committees’ online nominations begin today, January 28 and runs through February 15.

C.
General Faculty college nomination phase for election to the Faculty Council begins February 25.

D. The Joint Meeting of the Texas A&M Faculty Senate and the UT Austin Faculty Council will be on March 17 at College Station from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a luncheon. UT will provide bus transportation.

E. Call for applications and nominations for Faculty Ombudsperson due to Faculty Council office no later than February 11, 2008.

IX.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR—None.

X.
ADJOURNMENT.

Chair Burger adjourned the meeting at 4:08 p.m.



Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 18, 2008. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

 

 


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