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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of May 14, 2012.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
May 14, 2012
The eighth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2011-12 was held in the Main Building, Room 212 on May 14, 2012, at 2:15 p.m. Chair Alan Friedman moved the following agenda items ahead of the special meeting of the 2012-13 Faculty Council: (1) Communication with the President and (2) UT Austin Faculty Council Resolution in Support of President Bill Powers (D 9702) to accommodate the large number of non-members attending the meeting and allow Chair Elect Martha Hilley time to arrive since she was delayed due to other responsibilities. The 2012-13 special meeting occurred after the two agenda items were completed; the 2011-12 Council meeting resumed following the conclusion of the 2012-13 special meeting.
Present: Robert H. Abzug, Samer M. Ali, Byron P. Almen, Mark I. Alpert, Ronald B. Anderson, Jacqueline L. Angel, Seth R. Bank, Phillip J. Barrish, Carl S. Blyth, Anthony L. Brown, Keffrelyn D. Brown, Douglas S. Bruster, Erika M. Bsumek, Natalie E. Butler, Deborah J. Carney, Benjamin H. Carrington, Lee R. Chesney, Namkee Choi, Michael B. Clement, Alan K. Cline, Patricia L. Clubb, Miles Lynn Crismon, Patrick J. Davis, Arturo De Lozanne, James W. Deitrick, Randy L. Diehl, Michael P. Domjan, Michael W. Downer, Zachary S. Elkins, Brian L. Evans, Gregory Fenves, Alan W. Friedman, Shernaz B. Garcia, Robert B. Gilbert, Thomas W. Gilligan, Manuel A. Gonzalez, Sue A. Greninger, Hillary Hart, Kevin P. Hegarty, Martha F. Hilley, David M. Hillis, James A. Holcombe, Coleman Hutchison, Kedra B. Ishop, Manuel J. Justiz, Kerry A. Kinney, Susan R. Klein, Judith Langlois, Steven W. Leslie, S. Reid Long, Hunter C. March, Blinda E. McClelland, Juan Miró, Gretchen Murphy, Dean P. Neikirk, Carisa K. Nietsche, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Yolanda C. Padilla, William C. Powers, Mary Rose, Stanley J. Roux, Victor B. Saenz, Snehal A. Shingavi, Vincent S. (Shelby) Stanfield, Frederick R. Steiner, Pauline T. Strong, Alexa Stuifbergen, Emanuel Tutuc, Leslie J. Vaaler, Deborah L. Volker, Alexandra K. Wettlaufer, Darlene C. Wiley, Paul B. Woodruff, James R. Yates.
Absent Ashley Baker, Mark Barber, Loftus C. Carson, Douglas J. Dempster, Andrew P. Dillon, Bradley G. Englert, William L. Fisher (excused), Juan C. González, Edmund (Ted) Gordon (excused), Donald A. Hale, Roderick P. Hart, Fred M. Heath, Susan S. Heinzelman (excused), Jacqueline C. Henninger (excused), James L. Hill (excused), Neville Hoad (excused), Robert L. Hutchings, Michael Johnson, David A. Laude, Stephanie A. Lindquist, Chang Liu (excused), John H. McCall, Ismail S. Mohiuddin (excused), Sharon Mosher, Edward W. (Ted) Odell (excused), David S. Onion, Anthony J. Petrosino (excused), Karen L. Rascati (excused), Soncia Reagins-Lilly (excused), Patricia Roberts-Miller (excused), Cinthia S. Salinas (excused), Juan M. Sanchez, Jeffrey Chipps Smith (excused), Rajashri Srinivasan (excused), Dnika J. Travis (excused), Emily E. Van Duyn, Gregory J. Vincent, Jo Lynn Westbrook (excused), Luis H. Zayas.
Voting Members: 57 present, 20 absent, 77 total. Non-Voting Members: 17 present, 19 absent, 36 total. Total Members 74 present, 39 absent, 113 total.
Due to the large number of people attending the meeting, which was estimated at exceeding 200 individuals, Chair Friedman asked if some members of the audience would please step outside the meeting room to the hallway so fire safety regulations would not be violated. He explained that there were outside speakers with adequate amplification so the proceedings could be clearly heard in the hallway area. After reminding both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Council members to sign in after the meeting, if they had not already done so, on the respective attendance sheets located on tables in the hallway or to record their attendance via email to the Office of the General Faculty and Faculty Council, Chair Friedman called the eighth regular meeting of the 2011-12 Faculty Council to order. Referring to the gathering as “a regular meeting under extraordinary circumstances,” he said he thought the high attendance reflected what was at stake and the concerns of the UT Austin community about what had been occurring “on this campus, in the UT system, and in higher education in the state and in the country as a whole.” Chair Friedman said the Council was honored by the presence of the non-members and added, “Your presence does credit to you and to this University, and it deserves all the honor it can get.” He also mentioned that he personally had heard from many other faculty, staff, and students, who were unable to attend the meeting, but were supportive of the Council’s efforts and the resolution under consideration.
Since non-members of the 2011-12 Council needed to be granted permission to speak at the meetings, the chair asked if he could grant privileges of the floor without a motion and vote in each case to expedite the proceedings. No one objected. He explained the importance of coming to the microphones located in the audience area, identifying oneself by name and Council membership status, and waiting for permission to speak. Chair Friedman said the agenda had been reordered so the main business of the meeting could occur first, and he requested the audience adhere to an honor system during voting so that only the members of the appropriate bodies would be voting on any given motion or resolution. No one objected to any of these procedural matters.
I. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
A. Comments by the President. B. Questions to the President—None.
II. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
III. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.
IV. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.
V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
VI. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT—None.
VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS—None.
VIII. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES—None.
IX. NEW BUSINESS.
A. Cancellation of Summer Meetings of the Faculty Council.
Chair Friedman announced that the scheduled summer meetings of the Faculty Council were normally not held. He said the dates were listed on the Council’s website, and meetings would only be called if important developments occurred requiring the Council’s attention.
B. Resolution of Appreciation for Services to Faculty Governance at The University of Texas at Austin.
Chair Friedman reported that retirements at the end of this academic year were making a heavy dent in the number of faculty members who have served as leaders in faculty governance organizations and issues over the years. As a result, the FCEC wanted to recognize the contributions of Professors Mark Alpert (marketing administration), Shernaz Garcia (special education), Alba Ortiz (special education), and Janet Staiger (radio-television-film) with the following resolution:
The Faculty Council expresses its deep gratitude to these esteemed colleagues for their outstanding contributions over many years to the Faculty Council (and its preceding organizations), the Graduate Assembly, and the well-being of the General Faculty. The University of Texas at Austin has been enriched by their enlightened leadership through shared governance and will miss their wisdom and expertise.
When Chair Friedman asked if there were any comments or questions about this “controversial” resolution, the only sound was one of laughter. He called for the vote, and the resolution was unanimously approved by voice vote.
C. Discussion Panel on the Recommendations from the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics.
X. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
Chair Friedman announced the election results for the 2012-13 Faculty Council officers. Dr. Hillary Hart was elected chair elect, and Professors Patrick Davis (pharmacy), Michael Domjam (psychology), and Susan Klein (law) were elected to serve on the executive committee. He thanked all the candidates for their willingness to stand for election. He then called attention to the following announcements and asked members to mark them on their calendars.
A. The 2012-13 Faculty Council meetings are posted on the Faculty Council website. B. Next year, UT Austin will host the annual joint meeting with the Texas A&M Faculty Senate on February 25, 2013. Faculty Council members are asked to mark their calendars for this all-day event.
XI. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.
Professor Alpert noted that the May meeting was likely Chair Friedman’s last meeting as the Council’s presiding officer, so he thought a resolution of appreciation was in order given the excellence of the chair’s leadership both at meetings and behind the scenes. Chair Friedman expressed his gratitude to Professor Alpert for his kind words and, addressing the Council, said it had been a great honor and a privilege, as well as a bit of hard work, to serve, but the opportunity to work with the faculty, students, staff, and administrators had been “incredibly rewarding.” Secretary Greninger seconded Professor Alpert’s comments and said it had been a pleasure to work with Chair Friedman. Chair Elect Hilley presented Chair Friedman with a framed certificate of appreciation for his dedicated service to the Faculty Council and the UT faculty. She said a financial gift in his honor was made to the Sierra Club. As a personal gift of appreciation, she presented him with a certificate for restful, relaxing back massages, while saying he was a great person to have if you ever need anyone “to have your back.” Chair Friedman laughed, thanked everyone, and received a round of appreciative applause.
Chair Friedman adjourned the meeting at 4:12 P.M.
Posted on the Faculty Council website on June 25, 2012.