September 8, 1988
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June 12, 1989
1. Van Hook distributed report by Magid on Chancellor's retreat of September 22, 1988.Handbook Committee
2. Van Hook reported thank-you letter from Don Hunt, in response to Faculty Senate resolution honoring him.
1. Van Hook announced that he has been invited to speak to the Board of Trustees on October 15, and asked for a list of topics he should bring up. Suggestions included Chancellor's search, health insurance, Vice Presidential searches, visitation program.VICE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCHES
1. Van Hook reported on a letter from John Prados concerning the unified faculty handbook. He suggested a reduced list of policies for University-wide application.RESEARCH COUNCIL (report G. Frazier)
2. On our letter to other UT Faculty Senates regarding the Vice Presidential searches, UT Martin and UT Chattanooga endorsed our statement and UTSI indicated that it probably would do so.
3. Chancellor Reese replied to the Senate's passing of the Research Council's statement of encouragement of junior faculty. The Chancellor said he sympathized with the statement, but that it was financially unrealistic to implement all of the recommendations at this time.
4. The Association of American Publishers has asked us to deal with the problem of faculty selling back complimentary copies of texts. Hood moved (2nd Moffett) that this be referred to the Faculty Affairs Committee, passed unanimously.
5. Van Hook presented information on changing of enforcement policy on ticketing in faculty parking lots between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. In recent past, students who parked in faculty lots were not ticketed even though the lots were faculty-reserved until 10:00 p.m. Now they are ticketed and this has led to considerable resentment. After some discussion, it was agreed that our representative on the parking board should explore this matter further.
6. Van Hook reported on the Tennessee Higher Education Faculty Assembly meeting of October 22, which he attended with Auxier, Fribourg, and Silverstein. Two issues which arose were health insurance problems and inordinate use of adjunct faculty, especially in the summers, in place of full-time faculty.
7. Educational Policy Committee will report to the Senate on November 14. One very important matter will have to do with mandatory comprehensive field exams for seniors in their majors. G. Wheeler said this charge comes from THEC and if we comply UTK will receive an additional $500,000 from the state. At the same time, Wheeler said he recognized certain problems with these exams and the precedents the policy might create. Vice Provost Norman spoke on the natures of these tests, which vary from major to major. B. Wheeler raised concerns that tests would force curricular changes on departments, that it could force departments to limit admissions to the majors, and that to have a test which no one can pass or fail seems strange to many faculty members. Norman and G. Wheeler suggested a joint Provost-Senate committee to study this question, and Norman and Kenney suggested cooperation with other senates in the UT and Regents systems. This issue will come to the Senate on November 14.
8. Van Hook reported on his October 31 meeting in Nashville with the two people who were the leading candidates for the UT vice presidential positions. He declined to name those two individuals.
9. Van Hook reported the Chancellor search is proceeding, and that a private consultant has been engaged to help with the pool and screenings.
a. Van Hook reported on Chancellor's Search. A meeting of the Advisory Committee will be held on December 15 where "the committee will now get down to business."2. Medical Reimbursement Account (See memo to faculty November 30)
b. Vice Presidential appointments have been announced and now must go to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.
1. Van Hook reviewed the agenda of Academic Affairs Committee of Board of Trustees for its June 14th meeting.REESE RESOLUTION
2. The agenda for the June 15th meeting of the Board of Trustees was also read. Pierce suggested that in his welcoming remarks Van Hook mention to the Board faculty concern with the autonomy of academic programs on the campus. Kenney suggested that he point out present nationwide trends in cutting back fringe benefits and express our concern.
Van Hook also reported that Board will vote to authorize the University to sell the Chancellor's house.
3. Van Hook reported that Calendar Committee rejected the recommendation to drop the Good Friday holiday, and rejected the recommendation to move spring break back (closer to the beginning of semester). The Executive Committee had recommended both changes.
4. On athletics, Van Hook referred to a letter from President Alexander regarding country club memberships for coaches, and a list presented by Vice President Joe Johnson detailing men's athletics coaches' salaries and benefits. Kenney found it "amazing" that 38 automobiles were being provided to coaches by private automobile companies.