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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of April 11, 2011.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and Faculty Council
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
April 11, 2011
The eighth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2010-11 was held in the Main Building, Room 212 on Monday, April 11, 2011, at 2:15 P.M.
Present: Judy Copeland Ashcroft, Phillip J. Barrish, Hans C. Boas, Simone A. Browne, Erika M. Bsumek, Benjamin H. Carrington, Lee R. Chesney, Namkee Choi, Michael B. Clement, Elizabeth Cullingford, Arturo De Lozanne, Douglas J. Dempster, Michael P. Domjan, David W. Fowler, Alan W. Friedman, Robert B. Gilbert, Linda L. Golden, Juan C. González, Edmund (Ted) Gordon, Sue A. Greninger, Hillary Hart, Kevin P. Hegarty, Susan S. Heinzelman, Martha F. Hilley, James A. Holcombe, Manuel J. Justiz, Steven W. Leslie, Chang Liu, Hunter C. March, Dean P. Neikirk, Edward W. (Ted) Odell, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Alba A. Ortiz, Thomas L. Pangle, Karen L. Rascati, Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Patricia Roberts-Miller, Mary Rose, Stanley J. Roux, Cinzia Russi, Rajashri Srinivasan, Janet Staiger, Vincent S. (Shelby) Stanfield, Pauline T. Strong, Leslie J. Vaaler, Deborah L. Volker, Alexandria K. Wettlaufer, Darlene C. Wiley, Lexing Ying.
Absent: Robert H. Abzug (excused), Chelsea B. Adler, Samer M. Ali (excused), Byron P. Almen (excused), Philip M. Broadbent, Anthony Brown (excused), Douglas S. Bruster, Loftus C. Carson, Alan K. Cline (excused), Dana L. Cloud (excused), Patricia L. Clubb, Miles Lynn Crismon, Molly E. Cummings, James W. Deitrick (excused), Randy L. Diehl, Andrew P. Dillon, Philip Doty, Michael W. Downer (excused), Brian L. Evans, Gregory L. Fenves, William L. Fisher (excused), Eileen R. Fowles (excused), Irene M. Gamba, Thomas W. Gilligan, Mickey L. Gonzales, Manuel A. Gonzalez, Donald A. Hale, Alden G. Harris, Roderick P. Hart, Fred M. Heath, James L. Hill, Robert L. Hutchings, Kedra B. Ishop, Muneezeh Kabir (excused), Kerry A. Kinney, Jennifer A. Maynard, John H. McCall, Blinda E. McClelland, Sharon Mosher, Carisa Nietsche, David S. Onion, Cynthia Osborne, Scott Parks, Robert G. Paterson, Elizabeth C. Pomeroy (excused), Elmira Popova, William C. Powers (excused), Mary Ann Rankin, Catherine Riegle-Crumb (excused), Victoria Rodriguez, John D. Rutkauskas, Lawrence Sager, Cinthia S. Salinas (excused), Juan M. Sanchez, Cherise Smith (excused), Frederick R. Steiner, Alexa M. Stuifbergen, Rabun Taylor (excused), Libbie A. Toler, Gregory J. Vincent, Barbara W. White, Samuel M. Wilson (excused), Paul B. Woodruff (excused).
Voting Members: 40 present, 36 absent, 76 total. Non-Voting Members: 9 present, 27 absent, 36 total. Total Members 49 present, 63 absent, 112 total.
Chair Dean Neikirk (electrical and computer engineering) called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Because of the very full agenda, he announced that the presentation on the course transformation program by Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter would be delayed until the May Council meeting in an effort to provide the time for this program to receive the attention it merits. He said the vice provost’s handout of the slides she planned to present at today’s meeting were available and would be worthwhile for Council members to review in preparation for the May meeting.
I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
Chair Neikirk reported that President Powers was out-of-town and unable to attend the meeting. He said Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie would represent the president and make comments on his behalf. Provost Leslie said he would like to make his comments in response to Chair Neikirk’s update regarding the state’s proposed budget and appropriations to higher education as well as recent initiatives and activities of The Univesity of Texas System Board of Regents.
IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
A. Proposed Revisions to UT Austin’s HOP 3.16 Threatened Faculty Retrenchment (D 8624-8628).
VII. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES—None.
VIII. NEW BUSINESS.
A. Report on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA)—Tom Palaima (professor, classics and UT Austin’s COIA representative). B. Report on the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women (D 8629-8630)—Dean Neikirk (chair, Faculty Council). C. Resolutions on the Faculty Role in the UT Austin Budget Process (D 8631-8632).
Chair Elect Friedman suggested that the presentation of the resolution be postponed to the May 9 meeting because of the importance of the issue and the fact that many Faculty Council members had already left the meeting.
D. Course Transformation presentation [slides].
It had been decided before the meeting that Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter (undergraduate education and faculty governance) would make her presentation at the May Council meeting due to the length of the agenda for the April meeting.
IX. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
A. Final voting phase of the online elections for membership on the Council, March 28 through April 15. B. Annual reports of the General Faculty Standing Committees due in the Office of the General Faculty. C. The next Council meeting will be on May 9 at 2:30 in MAI 212 immediately following the special meeting of the 2011-12 Faculty Council.
X. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR—None.
Chair Elect Friedman adjourned the meeting at 4:11 P.M.
Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 6, 2011.