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Blass welcomed everyone and then read a resolution commending Past-Presdient Martha Alligood. He presented her with a framed copy of the resolution which passed unanimously and a plaque with a gavel. Blass then noted that the Executive Committee already has met and that he hopes to get Faculty Senators more engaged with the Faculty Senate.
Blass noted that Snyder could not attend today but had provided a brief report which Blass summarized. Copies were distributd at the meeting. The report highlights several matters including diversity on campus, the work of APEC and NAPEC, the use of $2 million for instructional equipment during the year, and the use of indirect ocost recoveries.
Vice Chancellor's Report
Peters conveyed Snyder's regret that he could not be present. He noted that there is a spirit of optimism this year, in part becuase no planing for budget cuts is necessary at this time. He also reported that there are hopeful signs that a salary increase may ocur during the year. He next stated that UTK was dthe only public higher education institution allowed to raise tuition 8%. That action was taken in recognition of UTK's special role as a reserach institution. Peters also explained that a supplementary appropriation bill may provide UTK with one-time funding of $1.6 million to $1.7 million. He next reported APEC and NAPEC are making progress and the deans also are working on evaluations. He then announced that Associate Graduate Dean Linda Painter has been appointed as acting Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean for Contining Education and that he will be seeking this year a new dean for the College of Law. He then introduced Clif Woods, new Associate vice chancellor who, among others tasks, will oversee the instructional equipment fund. Peters concluded by announcing that slightly under 4,000 new freshmen enrolled this fall. The undergraduate enrollment now is about 19,000. Graduate enrollment has fallen some.
Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of May 5, 1997, were accepted without change. Minutes of the Faculty Senate Executive committee meeting of August 25, 1997, also were accepted without change.UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Approval of Bylaws ChangesNEW BUSINESS
Blass called attention to the Bylaws chagnes (distributed with the agenda). These changes were discussed at the Faculty Senate's previous meeting and were approved today without further discussion.
Blass noted that a resolution, motivated by the recent events related to sexual harrasment problems in the men's athletic program had been circulated by e-mail and other methods.Respectfully submitted by
Snyder, who needed to leave for Nashville, said the main task of the Advisory Committee for Planning and Budgeting will be to update the five-year plan. He wants to add sections on information and on outreach. He hopes to have a draft of the revision by the middle of spring term, 1998. Snyder also reported that NAPEC (Non-Academic Program Evaluation Committee) is looking first at the chancellor's office and then will look at all activities which report to the chancellor's office. He also reported that APEC (Academic Program Evaluation Committee) has produced a report titled "An Agenda for Renewal: UTK in the 2 1st Century."
Blass noted that the APEC report is available on the chancellor's homepage on the web. He next reported on his recent statements to the Board of Trustees. He thanked the Board for its approval of the technology fee and also spoke about tenure and the Board's study committee to review tenure. His statement to the Board is available on the Senate web page. Blass plans to propose to the Executive Committee the creation of a committee to respond on behalf of the Faculty Senate to the APEC report.
Vice Chancellor's Report
Peters noted that UTK is participating in a virtual university based in the southern states. He also reported that the administration is still hoping for a mid-year salary increase and a supplemental budget appropriation, and he encouraged everyone to read the most recent issue of Notes from Academic Affairs. He noted that 367 academic programs have been identified and that he expects the review process to lead to evolutionary, not revolutionary, changes. He next expressed concern about the reduction in graduate enrollment and his concern that action to correct the situation must be taken now. Peters also asked Faculty Senators to volunteer to participate as a team in a January 28--February 1, 1998, conference on faculty roles and rewards with the theme of faculty work in learning organizations. Interested individuals should contact Clif Woods. The conference is in Orlando.
Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of September 15, 1997, were accepted without change. Minutes of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee of September 29, 1997, also were accepted without change.STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Research Council (B. Blass)REPORTS
Blass noted that the chair of the Research Council and Vice Chancellor for Research Mike Devine are appointing a committee to conduct a study of research at UTK. The committee's work is to be completed by mid-spring, 1998. Blass also noted that the Research Council has a "Research Discussion Page" on the web that can be reached from the Research Council web page http://www.ra.utk.edu/rel.
Athletics Committee (S. Dimmick)
Dimmick reported that the committee seeks comments, questions and suggestions from the campus. T. Heffernan asked whether the athletics programs pay rent for or lease the land on which there are athletic facilities restricted to athletes and whether they pay for legal counsel received from the university.
Budget Committee (M. Peterson)
Peterson reported the committee has met once and will meet again in November. A recurring topic suggested to the committee is salaries. The committee met jointly with the Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee. The latter committee will pursue the question. A member of the former committee is studying the ability of various states to support higher education and to pay faculty. Another topic receiving attention is summer school planning, budgeting and policies. The committee welcomes visitors to its meetings and appreciates their contributions of ideas.
Status of APEC (A. Burstein)OLD BUSINESS
Burstein reviewed the charge to the committee and noted that a copy of the APEC report will be distributed with the minutes of this meeting. Organizational considerations include the campus administrative structure, the collegiate structure, the academic calendar and the current department review system. Burstein encouraged everyone to read the report and comment through any of several channels.
Status of Board of Trustee Tenure Study (A. Burstein)
Burstein read the charge to the Board's committee to review tenure. He and others serve on a committee advisory to the Board's committee.
Resolution on the Workplace (M. Miller)NEW BUSINESS
Miller noted that copies of the resolution were distributed at the meeting. He read the resolution and briefly described its history. Miller moved acceptance and M. Combs seconded the motion. M. Alligood made a friendly amendment to replace "vocationally" with "professionally." T. Hipple suggested adding a comma after "(DRES)" and deleting a comma after "discrimination." The amended resolution was approved with one no vote.
T. Heffernan asked about the UTK Faculty Senate's role, if any, concerning the possible change in the way the medical center is operated. His concern is the impact on faculty benefits. It was noted that the Faculty Benefits Committee is aware of the matter. A. Burstein noted that the change could affect more than benefits, for example, joint appointments. Blass noted that President Johnson has indicated awareness of the benefits concern.There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Blass noted that the agenda should list a report from the Educational Policy Committee rather than the Academic Policy Committee. He also noted that Associate Vice Chancellor Clif Woods would report and that both Snyder and Peters could not attend the meeting. He reported that Snyder hopes to have a revised draft of the five-year plan available by the middle of spring semester, 1998. Blass then expressed his hope that the Faculty Senate would discuss this year the impact of information technology and "virtual universities." He continued by reporting that the Research Self-Study Committee has been impaneled and welcomes comments from the faculty. Also, he has met with the chairperson, A. Burstein, of the Academic Program Evaluation Committee, and with J. Peters to discuss the APEC report. In general, people seem to be waiting for the outcome of the meeting of APEC with the Deans' Council on November 21.
Associate Vice Chancellor's Report
Woods briefly described how the undergraduate equipment fund came about and how decisions have been made on the distribution of its funds. A differentiated tuition increase yielded about $1 million and the Athletic Department contributed another $1 million. About $1.6 million of the $2 million was committed to science and engineering laboratories, the quality of which disturbed Board of Trustees members who visited the campus. The remaining funds were distributed among other colleges. Some classroom equipment is to be bought. It was noted that trustees would be equally disturbed by the quality of equipment in areas other than science and engineering if they had the opportunity to visit those areas. Blass noted that the number of students to benefit from the purchases was a factor in allocations.
With the correction that Melinda Davis was not absent, the minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of October 20, 1997, were approved unanimously. The minutes of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting of November 3, 1997, also were approved unanimously.REPORTS
Educational Policy Committee (M. Papke)There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Papke reported that the committee approved the Graduate Council minutes of 26 June 1997 and of 11 September 1997 and the Undergraduate Council minutes of 25 September 1997. The report was approved.
The APEC Report and the Senate
Operating as a committee of the whole, the Faculty Senate next began to discuss the APEC report. F. Schell expressed the opinion that the report concentrates on education too much and says too little about research. Many nodded in agreement. Schell suggested that the report should state that research is teaching and that is why UTK offers the best undergraduate education in the state. C. Wrisberg noted his worry that the report is driven too much by economics. P. Crilly asked why it is that Pellissippi State Technical Community College continues to get funding for more and better equipment and laboratories, while UTK does not. He also expressed concern that UTK is not getting as strong students today as it did several years ago. D. Dobbs reported that information provided in Executive Committee meetings shows that the quality of the in-state and out-of-state student pools is better now than in the past. He also reported on an e-mail exchange he had with Snyder from which Dobbs felt it was clear that Snyder would be quite concerned with the health of research at UTK whenever he receives any report such as the APEC report. M. Peterson agreed that the report does not sufficiently differentiate UTK from other state institutions in terms of its research role. K. Greenberg argued that a response from the Faculty Senate should be made sooner rather than later in hopes of influencing how decisions are made. Lester reported that the Deans' Council is trying to identify areas of strength at UTK and encouraged the Faculty Senate to inform APEC now of the shortcomings it sees in the APEC report. S. Kurth also encouraged responding sooner rather than later and noted her concern (shared by many) that the report pictures faculty as obstacles to change rather than facilitators of change. B. Haughton noted that there are other state institutions that focus on undergraduate education and that UTK may need to be a smaller institution with a larger graduate education role. L. Swanson observed that in her department research is primary and the APEC report does not describe a UTK like the one she has experienced or wants. J. Mozingo, who is on APEC, reported that the committee was surprised by its charge to develop a vision statement. She believes that most, if not all, APEC members are dedicated to research. She also pointed out that the committee is seeking responses to the report.
At 4:45 the Faculty Senate ceased to function as a committee of the whole. Charles Thompson moved that the Faculty Senate respond soon to the APEC report. The motion was seconded. It was suggested that the minutes be used to create a response. Dobbs suggested that the report should include a single sentence stating that the priority of research deserves higher notice in the report and that research is the preeminent activity of UTK. K. Greenberg moved that the motion be amended to call for use of the minutes to create the response. The motion was seconded. Blass suggested that more consideration should be given to the response and expressed concern about the late hour and the number of senators present. J. Hodges spoke in favor of a clear, short statement sent soon. The amendment was voted on and carried with one vote against. The amended motion then was approved unanimously.
Blass announced that the Chancellor's Report and Vice Chancellor's Report would be moved to the end of the meeting and that several reports would be postponed until the next meeting. He called everyone's attention to the CTEP report distributed with minutes of the last meeting of the Executive Committee and asked that everyone be prepared to discuss it at the next meeting.
Blass next reminded the Senate of the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. He asked that senators encourage undergraduates to participate. He next called attention to nomination forms (available at the meeting) for the Excellence in Information Technology Innovation Award, the Excellence in Innovative Uses of Technology in Research Award, and The Excellence in Instructional Technology Award. Blass reported that over the weekend he and nine others (list attached) attended a meeting in Orlando on faculty roles and rewards. There were many workshops on many topics. The group will report on what it learned. Blass next introduced many of the University's deans who were in attendance to emphasize their support for the Academic Affairs report to APEC.
Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of November 17, 1997, and of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting of January 12, 1998, were approved without comment.REPORTS
Budget Committee (M. Peterson)ANNOUNCEMENTS
Peterson announced that the committee will meet next week with the chair of NAPEC, the co-chairs of APEC, J. Peters and others. She invited interested senators and others to attend. She also invited anyone to make comments to the Budget Committee on any relevant matter.
NAPEC (F. Grimm)
Grimm read the list of members of NAPEC and reported that the committee is meeting weekly. A plan of action has been developed, but can be changed. The committee will look at individual programs and the relations between them. Grimm invited any comments on any aspect of any non-academic program.
Trustees' Draft Report on Tenure (A. Burstein)
Burstein noted that there is a committee of trustees studying tenure and related matters and there is an advisory committee with several faculty members. The advisory committee has met separately and with the other committee. Burstein expects the report to reaffirm the value of tenure and to address many items related to tenure and the evaluation of faculty as well as other topics.
Blass next reviewed the history of the creation of APEC and NAPEC, APEC's report and responses to it and the assistance to APEC provided by the dean and others. He then introduced the chancellor to begin the remaining announcements.
Chancellor's ReportThere being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.
Snyder read a one-page statement (distributed at meeting) titled, "Next Steps in UTK Planning and Budgeting." He next introduced J. Peters to discuss "The Academic Affairs Report to APEC" with the Faculty Senate.
Vice Chancellor's Report
Peters noted the presence of all the deans in support of "The Academic Affairs Report to APEC" which he described as being visionary. A summary of the structure of the document was distributed. Peters noted the extensive effort devoted to the report and emphasized that the report was written and rewritten by all the deans. He then proceeded through the summary. Peters noted that UTK is now a very lean and efficient university; he also noted that he and the chancellor need to look at the structure of the institution.
P. Crilly asked whether data is available on the ratio of administrators to students ten years ago and today. Peters responded that a report including such matters is being prepared. S. Kurth reported she often hears expressions of concern that faculty must be involved in program changes. L. Lester responded that suggestions for administrative changes can and will be made administratively, but curricular changes will have to be made by the faculty. Peters commented that action is necessary now, but should be taken in a collegial fashion. He emphasized that the eight thematic areas listed in the report are not permanent. The faculty must suggest overlooked themes and changes to the identified themes. In response to a question from M. Miller, Snyder gave as an example of an administrative action the decision to devote $500,000 in next year's budget to graduate student enhancement. Snyder also noted that APEC will be asked to comment on "The Academic Affairs Report to APEC" and to give its views on how to manage the process of change. Peters noted that the report is the beginning, not the end, of a process which will have to be on-going. A. Burstein said his view of the process is that of a multi-level, campus-wide discussion working toward consensus.
Blass concluded by asking senators to encourage others to become involved in this process, to give their time, effort, and expertise to help improve UTK.
President's ReportNEW BUSINESS I
Blass noted that a delegation from the governor's task force on higher education will be on campus tomorrow and that he has been scheduled to answer questions for 30 minutes. He reported that the Teaching Council has been inactive so far this year but is to become active. It is to take the lead in evaluating CTEP on behalf of the Faculty Senate. Blass then announced that the agenda should include election of the Committee on Committees. He next introduced G. Graber to report on the University Club.
Report on the University Club (G. Graber)ANNOUNCEMENTS II
Graber reported that an addition will be built to extend the University Club toward Kingston Pike and that renovations to the existing building will be done. Some funding was provided by L. Alexander and other funding is provided by bonds, which will be paid from University Club income.
Snyder suggested that the issue of shared governance should be discussed extensively on campus. He noted that the UTK chapter of AAUP will address this issue at its meeting March 18 and encouraged faculty to attend the meeting. He read and reaffirmed some comments he made in 1992 in support of faculty involvement in governance of the university. Several times he referenced a January 30, 1998, Chronicle of Higher Education article on shared governance which noted an apparent lack of faculty interest in shared governance at many universities; he expressed his feeling that UTK does not have such a problem, but encouraged greater faculty participation.
Vice Chancellor's Report
Peters reported that during the next few weeks the campus would be visited by candidates for the deanships in the Colleges of Law and Education. Candidates for the deanship in the College of Human Ecology will visit later. A search for a new leader of the Division of University Outreach will be started soon. Also, Susie Coleman Archer, Dean of Admissions and Records, has decided to leave UTK. So the search for a replacement will be needed. Peters concluded by reporting that campus budget hearings will occur April 3.
Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of February 2, 1998, and of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting of February 16, 1998, were approved without comment.REPORTS
Budget Committee (M. Peterson)NEW BUSINESS II
Peterson noted that copies of the committee's response to the Academic Affairs Report to APEC were available at the meeting. She then reviewed the high points of the response. She noted that the report is an important first step, but that more steps need to be taken now.
P. Brummett urged that existing graduate stipends be increased to help improve graduate student quality. D. Dobbs urged that faculty members' lifetime records be considered in recognizing merit. Peterson responded that the committee agrees with that attitude. M. Alligood thanked the Budget Committee for its excellent work.
The committee report was accepted and approved unanimously.
Educational Policy Committee (M. Papke)
Papke reported that the committee has approved minutes of the Undergraduate Council meetings of November 13, 1997 and January 22, 1998 and minutes of the Graduate Council meetings of October 16, 1997, December 11, 1997, and January 29, 1998.
She also briefly described curricular changes considered by the committee. The item on Requirements for Graduation in the College of Communications on p. 12025 was remanded to the Undergraduate Council for further consideration. All other items were approved.
Nominating Committee (D. Aarons)
Aarons announced that the candidates for President-Elect are Katherine Greenberg and Mary Papke.
Election of Senators (M. Miller)OLD BUSINESS
Miller called attention to a handout (distributed at meeting) on the elections of new senators to be held by each college. Elections are to be completed by Friday, March 20, 1998.
CTEP ReportThere being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:58 p.m.
Blass called attention to the report from Jo Parker Lynch on CTEP distributed with the agenda for the preceding meeting. He also noted that there is a need to evaluate CTEP in some detail. Blass, Miller, F. Julian, B. Dunne and S. Jordan will meet soon to develop a plan of action for the Teaching Council; one of its charges will be to take the lead in evaluating CTEP.
Blass then moved the meeting to a committee of the whole for twenty minutes. In response to a question from K. Misra, Blass noted a report that the University of Washington, which was the source of the evaluation instruments, has made changes in its evaluation program. He also noted that department heads in Arts and Sciences have concerns about the value of CTEP for the post-tenure evaluations that may be introduced. Misra indicated his willingness to be involved in the evaluation of CTEP. In response to another question, Blass noted that the CTEP results are published so that they are available to students, who seem to use them. Since there have been essentially no merit raises in the three years of CTEP, Blass could not say that administrators are using the CTEP results in evaluating and rewarding faculty. L. Bensel-Meyers noted that grade inflation among some English instructors has resulted from publication of the CTEP evaluations. J. Poore commented that few faculty seem to take the evaluations seriously. Peters reminded everyone of the national trend toward summative evaluations of faculty and that any system the Board of Trustees accepts will include student evaluation of faculty teaching. He also reminded everyone that there was a faculty student agreement on having evaluation results available to students. He commented that there needs to be more serious peer review of faculty teaching. J. Bennett commented that the administration needs to enforce the existing policy on teaching review.
In response to a question from D. Cox about why salary data were distributed with the agenda, Blass said he would find out and report back.
Athletics Committee (C. Wrisberg)ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wrisberg read a resolution commending the Lady Vols basketball team. The resolution was accepted by acclamation.
Chancellor's ReportMiller next called on M. Peterson to report on the budget.
Snyder provided a document used at the budget hearing and briefly reviewed it. Funding, for renovation of the Hesler Building and Alumni Memorial Gym is in the governor's proposed budget. Additional funding for replacing roofs and the Stokely Management Center chiller also is included. No new funding for operating is provided. The proposed budget is about $13 million below the formula-funding figure. In response to questions from P. Crilly, Snyder noted that the state appropriation is down about $7 million from a few years ago and said that he did not know when poor HVAC systems in the College of Engineering would be renovated or replaced.
Budget Committee (M. Peterson)MINUTES
Peterson reported that the $500,000 set aside for graduate student recruitment has been allocated to the colleges, but will not be distributed until after fall enrollment has been verified. She also noted that several activities previously supported by the system level are being shifted to the campus level, but without the funding. These activities include the UTK singers, the Center for International Networking Initiatives, and technology transfer/industry research. Snyder noted that these activities are on a list of unmet needs, not a list of commitments. He also noted that some of the activities being shifted to the campus really are campus functions, not system functions. J. Bennett suggested that classroom renovations on the list of unmet needs should be supplemented with "creation of classrooms." Snyder agreed that more classrooms are needed and commented that renovation of Alumni Memorial Gym will provide more classrooms. J. Peters noted that the list of unmet needs does not include capital outlays.
Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of March 2, 1998 and of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting of March 16, 1998, were approved without change.REPORTS II
Bylaws Committee (M. Miller)OLD BUSINESS
Miller briefly reviewed the three motions in the committee's report (distributed with agenda). He asked that comments be forwarded to him.
Faculty and Staff Benefits (C. Thompson)
Thompson reported that the committee has convinced the General Counsel's Office to report on what the institution will do to defend and protect faculty and also has studied the salary situation on campus. Of course, salaries of (full) professors are significantly below a reasonable and competitive level.
Proposal to Continue CTEPNEW BUSINESS II
This item was postponed.
Announcement of President-Elect (D. Aarons)There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:19 p.m.
Aarons announced that Mary Papke has been elected President-Elect.
Blass announced that the most recent version of the tenure policy that he has seen contains what he views as excess specificity in several areas. As a result he is appointing a committee to comment on the current and all future drafts of the proposed policy on tenure. M. Miller and A. Burstein will serve as co-chairs. The initial goal is a written response by June 1. Blass asked that anyone interested in participating should e-mail Burstein or Miller to indicate his or her interest.
Snyder thanked Blass for his work as Faculty Senate President this year. He then paid tribute to the faculty of UTK. He noted faculty sacrifices over the last few years and expressed his appreciation for what has been accomplished.
With the correction of the spelling of "acclamation" in the second line under "Athletics Committee," the minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of April 6, 1998, were approved. The minutes of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting of April 20, 1998, also were approved.REPORTS
Review of Administrators (K. Bohstedt)OTHER REPORTS
Bohstedt noted the list of administrators reviewed or being reviewed (list distributed at meeting) and then briefly described the review process and some of the difficulties that have arisen. She thanked L. McIntyre for his work as chairperson during the last three years.
Educational Policy Committee (M. Papke)
Papke noted that at its April 6, 1998, meeting the committee approved the minutes of the Undergraduate Council meeting of March 19, 1998, and of the Graduate Council meeting of March 12, 1998. At its May 4, 1998, meeting the committee approved the minutes of the Undergraduate Council meeting of April 30, 1998, and the Graduate Council meeting of April 23, 1998. The report was approved.
Athletics Committee (S. Dimmick)
Dimmick briefly reviewed the report distributed with the agenda. The report was approved.
Research Council (B. Blass)
Blass called attention to the Research Council material distributed with the agenda and the report distributed at the meeting. The report was accepted.
Committee on Committees (M. Miller)
Miller thanked members of the committee for their efforts in putting forth a slate of good candidates. The report, distributed at the meeting, was accepted.
Other Committee Reports I
Blass noted that written reports for several more committees were distributed at the meeting.
APEC (A. Burstein)OLD BUSINESS
Burstein reported that APEC is waiting for rationales for proposed reorganizations and is prepared to meet when they are received.
NAPEC (F. Grimm)
Grimm reported that the review process is taking much time. Because the committee is looking for areas of overlap, it does not wish to make any reports until it has looked at all units it is to review. At least one more semester's work is expected.
CTEP ExtensionOTHER COMMITTEE REPORTS II
Blass noted that the CTEP program should have been reviewed this year. The review will begin next year instead. Blass recommended that CTEP be extended for two years to allow time for a thorough review. Burstein moved that CTEP be extended for no more than two years. The motion was seconded. Alligood noted that students should be consulted about CTEP. P. Crilly reported that he has a colleague who feels he agreed that his department head could see the results but not that the results could be made public. It was reported that in 1993 it was ruled that the CTEP results are public under the state's "sunshine laws." T-W. Wang asked whether Tennessee 101 is used. Blass responded that J. Peters effectively uses it with the Board of Trustees. Blass hopes the review of CTEP will determine how extensively Tennessee 101 is used. It was noted that many students have asked where the current (as yet unpublished) edition is. The motion to extend CTEP was approved.
Bylaws (M. Miller)
Miller took up each of the three motions one-by-one. The motions were distributed with the agenda for the April 6, 1998, meeting. Each motion was seconded and then approved without discussion.
Nominating Committee (D. Aarons)NEW BUSINESS
Aarons briefly reviewed the report (distributed at meeting). Blass next turned to a resolution (distributed at the meeting) calling for serious consideration to be given by department heads to requests for release time or a reduction in duties made by the president-elect or the immediate past-president. The resolution also "requests that before August 1, 1998, the Chancellor or the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs issue a policy statement on the availability of release time for the Faculty Senate President." After the change of "availability" to "desirability" the resolution was approved with one negative vote.
AAUP Statement to the Governor's Council on Excellence in Higher Education (A. Burstein)The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p .m.
Blass reported that the Executive Committee believed the statement should be discussed. He then moved to a committee of the whole for ten minutes. Burstein noted that the UTK Chapter of AAUP thought it should be proactive concerning UTK's organizational structure and prepared the statement (distributed with agenda). Grimm reported that NAPEC had discussed the statement and that NAPEC is not in a position to deny or to confirm what is in the statement. Blass next voiced his opposition to dual reporting structures. M. Miller expressed his intention to make a motion to commend AAUP for taking a position and to encourage consideration of the relations between UTK and the UT System. After several more comments the Senate ceased to meet as a committee of the whole
M. Miller then moved that the Faculty Senate commends AAUP for making its views known and supports the proposition that the relationship between the Knoxville Campus and the University of Tennessee System needs to be carefully examined. The motion was seconded. After a brief discussion the question was called. The Senate voted to cease discussion and then approved the motion.
Dobbs called attention to the report of the Professional Development Committee and, in particular, to item 1 near the end of the report. He suggested a motion later made by M. Miller, seconded, and approved. The motion is the following: the Faculty Senate communicates to the Chancellor its wish that the administration consider proposals for enrichment comparable to sabbatical leaves to see if there are ways for creating more opportunities for released time for productive faculty to engage in more intense research or advanced study needs than are presently offered at UTK and further, if necessary, to conduct a survey of all universities in the Southeast region to determine how many have sabbaticals or similar opportunities for faculty.