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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of September 19, 2011.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and Faculty Council

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
September 19, 2011

The first regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2011-12 was held in the Main Building, Room 212 on Monday, September 19, 2011, at 2:15 p.m.


ATTENDANCE.

Present: Robert H. Abzug, Byron P. Almen, Mark I. Alpert, Seth R. Bank, Mark  Barber, Phillip J. Barrish, Anthony L. Brown, Keffrelyn D. Brown, Douglas S. Bruster, Natalie E. Butler, Lee R. Chesney, Michael B. Clement, Alan K. Cline, Patricia L. Clubb, Miles Lynn Crismon, Patrick J. Davis, Arturo De Lozanne, James W. Deitrick, Michael P. Domjan, Zachary S. Elkins, Brian L. Evans, William L. Fisher, Alan W. Friedman, Shernaz B. Garcia, Manuel A. Gonzalez, Juan C. González, Hillary Hart, Kevin P. Hegarty, Susan S. Heinzelman, James L. Hill, Martha F. Hilley, David M. Hillis, Neville Hoad, James A. Holcombe, Coleman Hutchison, Kedra B. Ishop, Michael Johnson, Steven W. Leslie, Chang Liu, S. Reid Long, Hunter C. March, Blinda E. McClelland, Ismail S. Mohiuddin, Gretchen Murphy, Dean P. Neikirk, Carisa K. Nietsche, Edward W. (Ted) Odell, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Alba A. Ortiz, Yolanda C. Padilla, William C. Powers, Karen L. Rascati, Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Patricia Roberts-Miller, Stanley J. Roux, Victor B. Saenz, Snehal A. Shingavi, Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Vincent S. (Shelby) Stanfield, Pauline T. Strong, Dnika J. Travis, Emanuel Tutuc, Emily E. Van Duyn, Gregory J. Vincent, Deborah L. Volker, Alexandra K. Wettlaufer, Darlene C. Wiley.

 

Absent: Samer M. Ali (excused), Jacqueline L. Angel (excused), Judy C. Ashcroft (excused), Ashley Baker (excused), Carl S. Blyth, Erika M. Bsumek (excused), Deborah J. Carney (excused), Benjamin H. Carrington (excused), Loftus C. Carson, Namkee Choi (excused), Dana L. Cloud (excused), Douglas J. Dempster, Randy L. Diehl, Andrew P. Dillon, Michael W. Downer (excused), Bradley G. Englert, Gregory Fenves, Robert B. Gilbert (excused), Thomas W. Gilligan (excused), Edmund (Ted) Gordon, Sue A. Greninger (excused), Donald A. Hale, Roderick P. Hart, Fred M. Heath, Jacqueline C. Henninger (excused), Robert L. Hutchings, Manuel J. Justiz, Kerry A. Kinney, David A. Laude, John H. McCall, Sharon Mosher, David S. Onion, Victoria E. Rodriguez, Mary Rose, Lawrence Sager, Cinthia S. Salinas, Juan M. Sanchez, Rajashri Srinivasan (excused), Frederick R. Steiner, Alexa Stuifbergen, Leslie J. Vaaler, Jo Lynn Westbrook, Barbara W. White, Paul B. Woodruff (excused), James R. Yates (excused).


Voting Members:
54
present,
21
absent,
75
total.
Non-Voting Members:
13
present,
23
absent,
36
total.
Total Members
67
present,
44
absent,
111
total.


Chair Alan Friedman (English) called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the new academic year. He said the University and higher education are facing challenging times, but added, “…we have terrific allies, who have defended the enterprise and its institutions well over the last year or so, and an administration that understands the issues, is committed to high quality education and degrees for our students, and that works cooperatively with the faculty, student, and staff leadership to accomplish our shared goals.” After referring to President William Powers’ State of the University address, which was delivered earlier in the month, Chair Friedman said the president is deeply committed to the institution’s mission of teaching and research and supportive of faculty who are engaged in these endeavors. After noting that the University is fortunate to have its current leadership, he urged Council members to do their part by attending meetings, becoming informed about issues facing the University, actively participating on committees, exchanging information and viewpoints with their colleagues, and speaking out regarding their concerns.

I.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
A. Comments by the President.
B. Questions to the President.

II.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.

III.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

VII.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.
A. Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Athletics.
B. Faculty Role in Educational Policy Formation.
C. Report on Course Transformation.

VIII.
NEW BUSINESS—None.

IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

Chair Friedman called attention to the announcements on the agenda and the dates of future meetings. He said he wanted to reiterate the importance of the work of the Faculty Council and the various committees, as well as the current “cooperative engagement” between the Council and the administration. During recent years, he said there had been a great deal of involvement by the Council in revising and strengthening the policies and procedures regarding grievances, academic protections, promotions, and other governance issues as was exemplified by the financial exigency legislation dealt with earlier at the meeting. He added that the immediate ongoing issue involves the University’s budgetary process, but that there had been progress made this past year. First, the Faculty Advisory Committee on Budgets can now elect its own chair rather than being appointed by the president.  Second, a faculty member chosen by the president, in consultation with the Faculty Council chair, is now included on the President’s Budget Advisory Committee, along with the president of Student Government, currently Ms. Natalie Butler. After successfully gaining acceptance of educational policy committees within the colleges/schools, an effort is continuing to establish budget committees at the college/school level, because that is where many financial allocation decisions are made. He thought “strong commitment” would be needed from the Faculty Council to accomplish this goal. He concluded his comments by re-emphasizing the importance of the Council members’ active participation at all levels to promote “the well-being and the ongoing development and strengthening of this institution and the way it functions.”

A. Suicide Prevention Week, September 19-24. For more information about the week’s events, visit cmhc.utexas.edu.
B. The annual Faculty Council photograph will be taken on October 31 at 2:00 p.m. on the south steps of the Main Building.
C. The annual meeting of the General Faculty has been rescheduled to January 23 at 2:15 p.m. in MAI 212.
D. The annual meeting of the School of Undergraduate Studies has been rescheduled for January 23 at 1:30 p.m. in MAI 212, immediately preceding the General Faculty meeting.
E. The joint meeting of the Texas A&M University Faculty Senate and the UT Austin Faculty Council will be held in College Station on February 27.

X.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR—None.

XI.
ADJOURNMENT.

Chair Friedman adjourned the meeting at 3:29 P.M.


Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 27, 2011.