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ANNUAL FACULTY COUNCIL PHOTOGRAPH
South Steps of the Main Building, 2:00 P.M.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
President Powers Presiding, Texas Union Ballroom 3.202, 2:15 P.M.

DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

FOURTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2009-2010

The University of Texas at Austin
Monday, January 25, 2010
Texas Union Ballroom 3.202
Approximately 2:30 P.M., immediately following the General Faculty meeting

ORDER OF BUSINESS

I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D 7741-7752)—Sue Alexander Greninger.

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of November 16, 2009 (D 7753-7784).
B. Minutes of the special Faculty Council meeting of December 14, 2009 (D 7808-7813).

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT—William Powers Jr.

A. Comments by the President.
B. Questions to the President.
From the Faculty Council Executive Committee
  1. The FCEC would like to know the outcomes of the distribution of the limited faculty raise money in each college. Specifically, what percentage of faculty who received raises fits into the President’s three categories of 1-gender, 2-compression, and 3-merit.
    Were the gender and compression gaps improved, and can we see those statistics?
    We would also like confirmation that the limited pool of raise money was not used for retention/recruitment packages.
  2. Discussion about the athletics budget has included comments that the Athletics Program has provided money to the academic programs. For each of the last five years, what has been the Athletics Program's income? On what has that income been spent (such as paying for the facilities it occupies, scholarships, travel, etc.)? For each year, what has been the program's "profit"? Of the "profit," how much was contributed to academics? Finally, for each year, on what was the money from athletics spent?
    Similarly, for each of the past five years, what has been the income to athletics and to academics for the Longhorn logo, and on what was the money from logo income spent?
  3. In the process of adjusting the foreign language requirements in Liberal Arts this summer and fall, it was discovered that the department of Spanish and Portuguese had been assigning to assistant instructors two five-hour courses per semester as terms of their appointments as approved by the dean's office. It was decided that, although this was not strictly speaking illegal or immoral, the hours such appointment were likely to require far exceeded the 20 hours set for AI stipends. Thus the dean and the chair of Spanish and Portuguese have set a wise policy to limit the terms of appointment to only one five-hour course.
    An analogous situation exists in major men's NCAA sports (and perhaps also in women's athletics). Although the NCAA mandates that players not practice, train and play more than 20 hours per week, an NCAA survey of FBS football players last year established that actual time spent averages about 44 hours. This is consistent with the estimate of our own athletics director who has spoken several times about athletes having full-time jobs as athletes. What do you think should be done about this clear violation of the spirit of the NCAA guidelines in light of the commendably sound precedent set by the College of Liberal Arts?
IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR— Janet Staiger.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT—Dean Neikirk.

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS BUSINESS—None.

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

A. Report from the School of Undergraduate Studies—Paul Woodruff (dean, undergraduate studies).

VIII.
NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution on the Brackenridge Tract (D 7785)—Janet Staiger.
B. Resolution Affirming Ethical Research Standards (D 7786-7787)—Paula Poindexter (Research Policy Committee chair and associate professor, journalism).
C. Proposal to Revise the Membership and Election of Faculty to the Faculty Council Executive Committee (D 7788-7789)—Hillary Hart (Faculty Rules and Governance Committee chair and senior lecture, architectural and environmental engineering).
D. Proposal to Create a Student Life and Activities Committee (D 7790)—Dominic Lasorsa (Committee on Committees chair and associate professor, journalism).
E. Proposal to Create a Separate Calendar for the McCombs School of Business (D 7791-7806)—Jon Olson (University Academic Calendar Committee chair and professor, petroleum and geosystems engineering).

IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

A. General Faculty Standing Committee Online Nominations—January 25-February 12.
B. Joint Meeting of the Texas A&M Faculty Senate and the UT Faculty Council, held at A&M on March 1 at College Station. UT will provide bus transportation.

X.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XI.
ADJOURNMENT.

SAG signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council

Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on January 20, 2010.