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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of January 28, 2013.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and Faculty Council



MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
January 28, 2013


The fifth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2012-13 was held in the Main Building, Room 212, on Monday,January 28, 2013, at 2:15 p.m.


ATTENDANCE.

Present: Lawrence D. Abraham, Gayle J. Acton, Kamran S. Aghaie, Byron P. Almen, Urton L. Anderson, Jacqueline L. Angel, Seth R. Bank, William Beckner, Simeon P. Bochev, Catherine Boone, Keffrelyn D. Brown, William "Wills" Kerby Brown, Andrew McKinley Clark, Miles Lynn Crismon, Janet M. Davis, Patrick J. Davis, Lesley A. Dean-Jones, Diana M. DiNitto, Michael P. Domjan, Matthew S. Eastin, Zachary S. Elkins, Jeannie Farahnak, William L. Fisher, Oliver Freiberger, Alan W. Friedman, Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Mark A. Gooden, Sue A. Greninger, Beverly L. Hadaway, Hillary Hart, Martha F. Hilley, David M. Hillis, Neville Hoad, Coleman Hutchison, Jody Jensen, Christine L. Julien, Susan R. Klein, Nancy P. Kwallek, Judith Langlois, Steven W. Leslie, Hunter C. March, Blinda E. McClelland, Matthew S. McGlone, Michael R. Morton, Gordon S. Novak, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Jon E. Olson, Yolanda C. Padilla, Gage E. Paine, Anthony J. Petrosino, Marc Pierce, Llewellyn K. Rabenberg, Ellen M. Rathje, Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Michael J. Redding, Linda E. Reichl, Patricia Roberts-Miller, John J. Ruszkiewicz, Victor B. Saenz, Cesar A Salgado, Juan M. Sanchez, Sonia T. Seeman, Marvin D. Shepherd, Snehal A. Shingavi, Clayton T. Shorkey, Vincent S. (Shelby) Stanfield, David S. Stein, Daniel D. Sutherland, Gary A. Thomas, Emanuel Tutuc, Leslie J. Vaaler, Jo Lynn Westbrook, Lynn R. Wilkinson, Leo E. Zonn, Nina I. Zuna.

Absent: Carl S. Blyth (excused), Hans C. Boas (excused), Patricia L. Clubb, Douglas J. Dempster, Randy L. Diehl, Andrew P. Dillon, Bradley G. Englert, Ward Farnsworth, Gregory Fenves, Thomas W. Gilligan, Patricia I. Hansen (excused), Roderick P. Hart, Fred M. Heath, Kevin P. Hegarty, Linda A. Hicke, Hans Hofmann (excused), Robert L. Hutchings, Kedra B. Ishop, Manuel Justiz (excused), Thor Ericson Lund (excused), Alberto A. Martinez (excused), John H. McCall, Sharon Mosher, Gretchen Murphy (excused), Luisa Nardini (excused), David S. Onion, William C. Powers (excused), Andrew M. Riggsby (excused), Jack L. Ritchie (excused), Ehud I. Ronn (excused), Henry Joel Simmons (excused), Frederick R. Steiner, Sharon L. Strover (excused), Alexa Stuifbergen, Gregory J. Vincent, Luis H. Zayas.

Voting Members:
64
present,
13
absent,
77
total.
Non-Voting Members:
11
present,
23
absent,
34
total.
Total Members
75
present,
37
absent,
111
total.


Chair Martha F. Hilley (music) opened the meeting asking for a moment of silence in honor of two recently deceased UT Austin members, Professor Edward (Ted) Odell (mathematics) and Executive Director Linda Glessner (Continuing and Innovative Education).

I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
A. Comments by the President.
Chair Hilley noted that President Powers was unable to attend because he was testifying before the Texas Legislature.

B. Questions to the President.

Chair Hilley said that the question submitted by a Faculty Council member for President Powers would be addressed at the next Council meeting that the president is able to attend, which Chair Hilley hoped would be before the end of the legislative session.

IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
A. Fall Break Proposal from the University Academic Calendar Committee (D 10139-10147)—Professor Diane Bailey (committee chair, assistant professor, information)

VII.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.
A. Report on the status of legislation pertaining to faculty voting rights (D 8512-8513)—Dean Neikirk (chair, Faculty Rules and Governance Committee and professor, electrical and computer engineering).

VIII.
NEW BUSINESS.
A. Dialogue on Conflict of Interest (D 10186-10187)—Vice President of Research Juan Sanchez.
B. New Student Honor Code (D 10167-10171)—Martha Hilley.

IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
Chair Hilley called attention to the following announcements and especially encouraged Council members to nominate colleagues for positions on standing committees and for at-large Council seats, as well as to attend the joint meeting of the Faculty Council with the Texas A&M Faculty Senate.

A. Solicitation of Standing Committee nominations, now through February 8.
B. The next Faculty Council meeting is scheduled for February 18 in Main 212 at 2:15 p.m.
C. The nomination phase of the at-large General Faculty elections to the Faculty Council and to five standing committees begins February 18 and will run through March 8.
D. Joint meeting with Texas A&M Faculty Senate and UT Austin's Faculty Council, February 25, 2013, UT Club.
E. The final phase of the at-large General Faculty elections to the Faculty Council and to five standing committees begins March 25 and will run through April 5.

Chair Hilley ended the meeting with a couple of anecdotes she thought would be of general interest to Council members. From a recent Forbes article, she said she had learned that being a university professor was one of the least stressful occupations in the country, ranking below seamstresses and hairdressers. She also cited a Joe Biden quote: when asked on the campaign trail about the rising cost of higher education, he claimed one of the causes was faculty salaries. She said the quote had triggered output from the American Association of University Professors regarding stagnant salaries among faculty members to counter his claim.

X.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR—None.

XI.
ADJOURNMENT.
Chair Hilley adjourned the meeting at 4:11 p.m.

Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 15, 2013.