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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

THIRD REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2011-2012

The University of Texas at Austin
Main Building, Room 212
Monday, November 28, 2011
2:15 P.M.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D 9215-9226)—Sue Alexander Greninger (associate professor, human development and family sciences).

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council meeting of October 31, 2011 (D 9227-9239).

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT—William Powers Jr.

A. Questions to the President.

From the Faculty Council Executive Committee

A number of faculty members have expressed their concern – even bewilderment -- over the "devolving" of the Graduate School funding for FRAs, SRAs, and Graduate Fellowships.  Could you please address the following questions about what has occurred and what will occur in the future?1

  1. What exactly is the problem that led to this action?  Which faculty if any were consulted about this decision and what was their role in the process?  What did they advise? 
  2. How will the strategic disbursement of the Graduate School funds to the schools and colleges be determined and by whom?
  3. Will the current criteria for making awards that are used by the Graduate School remain the same for the schools and colleges?  Or have new written instructions or protocols as to how to proceed been given to the deans?  If so, may we see them?  If they have not been drafted, will they be forthcoming and will faculty be involved in writing them?  Will the faculty role in making these awards be significantly diminished from what it has been, as many now fear?
  4. Exactly how will faculty be involved in the decisions for allocating these funds within the colleges, schools, and departments?  To what extent will the units be required to include faculty, and in what capacity, in establishing procedures and in making the awards?
  5. How will the changes be evaluated and by whom?
B. Comments by the President.

IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR—Alan W. Friedman (professor, English).

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT—Alba A. Ortiz (professor, special education).

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS—None.

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

A. Presentation on the Sustainability Directory—Jim Walker (director, Office of Sustainability) and Alice Gerhart (assistant manager academics, Office of Sustainability).

VIII.
NEW BUSINESS.

A. Proposed Revisions to the Language Concerning the Election of the Secretary of the General Faculty (D 9214)—Dean Neikirk (chair, Faculty Rules and Governance Committee, and professor, electrical and computer engineering).

IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

A. Breakfast with the Chancellor, December 1, Alumni Center, Legends room.
B. Unless notified otherwise, the December 12, 2011, Faculty Council meeting is cancelled.

X.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XI.
ADJOURNMENT.

SAG signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council



Distributed through the Faculty Council website on November 23, 2011.


1The contextualizing lead-in paragraph was added the morning of November 28, 2011.