SECRETARY’S REPORT
May 9, 2011

VII.
STATUS OF LEGISLATION APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.

A.
ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 7976-7978 Proposals from the Faculty Committee on Committees Affecting Terms of Service, Term Limits, Chairs, and Chairs Elect. Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 12. 2010. Approved by the Faculty Council on March 22, 2010. Transmitted to the president on March 23, 2010. In a letter dated March 26, 2010, written recommendations regarding the legislation were requested from Provost Leslie , Vice President Hegarty, and Vice President Ohlendorf. In a letter dated June 28, 2010, Provost Leslie submitted his recommendation for partial approval and partial disapproval of the eight proposals as follows:
  1. Disapproval of the proposal for the Faculty Advisory Committee on Budgets to elect its own chair. The provost stated, “I believe it is important that the president be able to select a chair with demonstrated leadership and collaboration skills.”
  2. Approval of changing the standard terms on faculty standing committees from two to three years.
  3. Disapproval of the extension of service to a maximum of six, eight, and twelve years on committees with two, three, and five year terms of service. The provost indicated that the two-term limit should not be changed and referenced his comment relating to proposal two.
  4. Approval of the first rule providing for three-year chair limits for committees with three-year terms and disapproval of the second rule providing for eight years on committees with five-year terms.
  5. Approval of the proposal that creates a deadline for selection of the chair elect.
  6. Disapproval of the proposal that would allow chairs elect to serve beyond term limits. However, the provost indicated that he “would be inclined to approve the first two sentences of the proposal."
  7. Disapproval of the proposal that allows past chairs to serve an additional year. The provost indicated that he would approve the proposal if amended with the stipulation that no committee member (including pas chairs) is allowed to serve beyond two continuous terms.
  8. Approval of the proposal that seeks to clarify rules for selection of vice chair and chair elect.
In a letter dated September 15, 2010, President Powers concurred with the concerns expressed by Provost Leslie and returned the proposal to the Faculty Council for reconsideration.

Chair Dean Neikirk (professor, electrical and computer engineering) charged the Committee on Committees to review the recommendations and to report back to the Faculty Council and/or draft a revised proposal.

On March 7, 2011, Secretary Sue Alexander Greninger wrote to President Powers requesting that he reconsider the proposal for the Faculty Advisory Committee on Budgets to elect its own chair. On April 12, 2011, President Powers responded by approving the implementation of the section that allows the Faculty Advisory Committee on Budgets to elect its own chair.

D 8484 Proposed Changes to the Attendance Policy for the Faculty Council in the Handbook of Operating Procedures. Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 23, 2010. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. It was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 6, 2010, and transmitted to the president on December 7, 2010. On December 10, 2010, President Powers requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Dr. Steve Leslie and Mrs. Patricia Ohlendorf. On January 28, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On April 12, 2011, President Powers transmitted his recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at UT System. Final approval received from UT System on May 3, 2011.

D 8485-8486 Proposed Changes to the Description of the Parliamentarian of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures.Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 23, 2010. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. It was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 6, 2010, and transmitted to the president on December 7, 2010. On December 10, 2010, President Powers requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Dr. Steve Leslie and Mrs. Patricia Ohlendorf. On January 28, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On April 12, 2011, President Powers transmitted his recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at UT System. Final approval from UT System on May 3, 2011.

D 8487 Proposed Changes to the Description of the Secretary of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures. Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 23, 2010. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. It was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 6, 2010, and transmitted to the president on December 7, 2010. On December 10, 2010, President Powers requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Dr. Steve Leslie and Mrs. Patricia Ohlendorf. On January 28, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On April 12, 2011, President Powers transmitted his recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at UT System. Final received from UT System on May 3, 2011.

D 8629-8630 Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 31, 2011. The secretary has classified this item as general legislation. It was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 11, 2011, and transmitted to the president on April 13, 2011. On April 20, 2011, President Powers appointed Dr. Hunter C. March (professor, music) to serve on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women. On April 27, 2011, Dr. Mia Carter (associate professor, English) to serve on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men. Each new member will serve a four-year term from September 1, 2011, through August 31, 2015. Final approval of this legislation resided with the president. No further action is required.