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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL FACULTY FOR 2010-2011

Following are the minutes of the General Faculty meeting of Monday, February 14, 2011.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE GENERAL FACULTY FOR 2010-2011

The regular meeting of the General Faculty for the academic year 2010-11 was held on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 2:15 p.m. in Main Building, room 212. Provost Steven Leslie presided on behalf of President William C. Powers Jr. Provost Leslie reported that President Powers was recovering from a pulmonary embolism and in good spirits. He added that he thought it was good news that the president had been released yesterday from the hospital and went on to say:

President Powers is right where I know we all want him to be, and that’s home, resting, receiving the excellent care that we have in Austin with physicians, who know what they’re doing. I know that he would love to be here if he could. I’m sure he’s biting at the bit to get out of bed and come, but he’s right where he needs to be, and he’s receiving proper care. We’ll all look forward to having him back very soon.

Provost Leslie called to order the annual meeting of the General Faculty and invited Faculty Council Chair Dean Niekirk (electrical and computer engineering) to present the minutes of the previous meeting held January 25, 2010, on behalf of Secretary Sue Greninger (human development and family sciences), who was unable to attend.

I.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

Faculty Council Chair Niekirk asked if there were any corrections to the minutes. Since there were none, he called for a vote to approve the minutes as posted. The minutes of the 2009-10 regular meeting of the General Faculty, which was held on January 25, 2010 (D 8135-8137), were unanimously approved by voice vote.

II.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL, 2009-2010.

Faculty Council Chair Neikirk presented a brief overview of the annual report on behalf of Secretary Greninger, which was published as D 8287-8324 and posted on the Faculty Council web site. He said there had been a number of resolutions passed by the Faculty Council last year, and there were two items that he thought were particularly noteworthy and had gained some traction. These were the resolutions to retain a strong academic component in the development plan for the Brackenridge Tract and to affirm minimal standards for governance in colleges/schools with regard to curriculum and educational issues. He also mentioned the resolution to raise the minimum salaries for student academic employees to a level consistent with a living wage here in Austin and added this was very important as we face difficult economic times due to funding shortfalls.

Chair Neikirk reported that major legislation was introduced last year concerning voting rights of non-tenure track faculty members. He indicated that discussion of this important issue was moving forward this year toward a resolution that he thought would be approved. In addition, he said proposed legislation was also introduced last year regarding threatened faculty retrenchment, or basically the financial exigency policy. He added that discussion and negotiation on this policy matter was continuing this year, and he hoped a refined version of this policy would be brought back to the Faculty Council for consideration during the current spring semester.

With regard to operational matters, he reported that Secretary Greninger and staff members, Debbie Roberts and Jen Morgan, were especially pleased that the chairs of all the Standing Committees of the General Faculty submitted their annual reports for last year on time to be included in the annual report of the standing committees, which is posted as D 8204-8282 on the Council web site. During the staff’s tenure in the Office of the General Faculty, he said this was apparently a first-time achievement so they are extending grateful kudos and hoping this accomplishment occurs again this year.

Chair Neikirk said he had highlighted a few of the major areas of Council work this past year, but he recommended that faculty members take a look at the annual report of the Faculty Council (D 8287-8324) to review the complete record.

III.
DISCUSSION OF ANNUAL REPORT—None.

IV.
COMMENTS BY AND QUESTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT.

Provost Leslie said he was not aware of any questions to the president that had been submitted in advance, but he would be happy to answer questions that anyone might have. No questions were asked.

V.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS—None.

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

A. Committee to Nominate a Candidate for Secretary of the General Faculty.

Chair Dean Neikirk (chair of the nominating committee) reported that Professor Sue Alexander Greninger was the committee’s choice for the secretary position. Also serving on the nomination committee were Drs. Alan Friedman (English), Edmund T. Gordon (African and African Diaspora Studies and anthropology), Susan S. Heinzelman (English), Hillary Hart (civil, architectural and environmental Freidman (English), Edmund T. engineering), Elmira Popova (mechanical engineering), and Janet Staiger (radio-television-film).

VII.
NEW BUSINESS.

A. Election of the Secretary of the General Faculty.

Provost Leslie asked if there were any nominations for secretary from the floor. Since there were no other nominations, he called for the vote. Professor Greninger was unanimously elected to serve for the calendar year 2011. Provost Leslie extended his congratulations and gratitude to Professor Greninger for her willingness to continue serving as secretary.

VIII.
REMAINING QUESTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT—None.

VIX.
AJOURNMENT.

The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

Distributed through the Faculty Council website on March 17, 2011.