|Faculty & Staff Benefits
One of the goals of the Athletic Committee this year was to keep the faculty informed about issues of importance related to athletics. This was done through reports presented to the Faculty Senate by Todd Diacon, Faculty Athletic Representative, Ruth Darling, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of The Thornton Center, and Gregory Reed, Chair of the NCAA Certification Self-study. The committee also sponsored an open faculty forum to discuss renovations of Neyland Stadium. A panel composed of Phil Scheurer, Mike Hamilton, Linda Davidson and Todd Diacon responded to faculty questions. The committee initiated a discussion relative to the Faculty Senate joining the Coalition of Intercollegiate Athletics, an organization whose main priority is to reform intercollegiate athletics at Divison I-A universities. The Faculty Senate voted to join COIA. As a member school, we were asked to evaluate the document "Academic Integrity in Intercollegiate Athletics: Principles, Rules and Best Practices. An open forum was held for all faculty to discuss this document to determine if the document should be endorsed by the University of Tennessee. The final decision was to endorse the document The committee also put forward a resolution about weekday football games. The resolution stated that the athletic director of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will not schedule home football games on Monday through Friday while school is in session.
Two major changes to the structure and function of the committee were made this year. Two more faculty members were added (for a total of 10) and the role of the committee was expanded to include the planning function.
In addition to these changes, the committee focused primarily on goals set at the start of the academic year. The primary goals are reported below in bold face and committee accomplishments are shown as sub-sets of each goal.
a. Prior to the budget hearings, the committee gave feedback, through the Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance, for ways to enhance the budget process.
b. Committee members attended budget hearings, observed and asked questions as appropriate.
c. Following the hearings, the committee prepared a summary document that was sent to Chancellor Crabtree. He also met with the committee on 28 March 2005 to discuss that document. The committee gave input on both budget priorities and budget hearing processes.
d. Committee members also attended budget hearings for the UT System entities that report to the President.
e. The committee chair met regularly with the Chancellor's Executive Planning and Budget Committee and reported back to the Faculty Senate Budget and Planning Committee on priorities and actions.
a. Got a commitment from the Athletics Director that the name of the VASF will be changed by January 2006.
b. Kurth coordinated with the Commission on Women to address gender salary equity.
c. Gross represented the faculty on a committee that worked toward revising IRIS templates for R accounts.
a. Conducted annual faculty salary survey and made the data available through the Senate packet as well as the Web site b. Budget hearing documents were available online including reports and schedules prepared by deans and others as well as Budget and Planning Committee reports.
The Education Policy committee considered their role in the faculty senate. Its historical roles of providing faculty oversight and review of policy and curriculum changes approved by the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils has been made largely unnecessary since these Councils have recently become faculty-lead councils. No unique role for the committee was indentified, so the committee recommended bylaws changes to abolish itself. Those bylaws changes were approved.
In addition to setting the agendas for Senate meetings, the Executive Committee considered and/or acted upon the following items this year.
This section is intended to describe best practices for evaluating faculty members. These goals and practices are promoted by the Research Council and should be considered as recommendations.Goals
One of the three basic missions of the University is research, which is the foundation and key to all learning that occurs at the University. Research may simply be understood as learning at the most advanced, creative, and systematic edges of knowledge where discovery and imagination constantly recast the relation between the known and the unknown. This appendix follows the formulation of the Faculty Handbook for research as research, scholarship and creative activity, so as to recognize the broad diversity of faculty contributions to this institutional mission. While the research of discovery is a major contributor to this mission, outreach through the research of application and integration are central contributions of some colleges and departments. Interdisciplinary collaboration in research, scholarship, and creative activity also contribute to the mission, and should be strongly encouraged where appropriate.Input Activities
Research, scholarship, and creative activity should not be measured only in terms of quantity but also in terms of quality. In each discipline, certain outlets and venues for research, scholarship, and creative achievements are considered to be more prestigious and to demonstrate greater merit than others. Publication, presentation, exhibition, or performance through these settings should be recognized as demonstrating a high standard of merit. Because standards of merit vary greatly, primary assessment of quality measures should be made within a discipline, or across contributing disciplines, where appropriate. While the appropriate mix of research, scholarship, and creative input activities and outcomes may be specific to a given discipline, some general dimensions of research, scholarship, and creative achievement can be identified:
Faculty members must engage in input activities to achieve research, scholarship and creative achievement outcomes by which they will be judged. These input activities may include:
Faculty members are evaluated in research, scholarship and creative achievement by their outcomes, which may include consideration of the following questions:
The Faculty Senate Library Committee examined its existence this year by determining that it signifies a direct link to Faculty Senate because the UT libraries represent a hub to all our academic work. One of the key objectives this year included, "work on issues related to intellectual freedom regarding scholarly pursuits and scholarly content (Patriot's Act and implications of privacy threats)." In following up on an initial visit by a UT School of Information Sciences scholar on legislative issues, the committee spent the year studying and drafting a Resolution standing against the USA Patriot Act. This Resolution will be offered to the Faculty Senate at the May, 2005 meeting for a vote.
The Nominating Committee explored the level of support available for the Faculty Senate President, as potential candidates for the position generally have many academic obligations. The Committee met to create a list of possible candidates. Two very well-qualified individuals, Lou Gross and Sally McMillan, agreed to have their names placed on the ballot for the position of President-elect.
The Teaching Council addressed two major issues. The first, during the fall semester concerned conversion from the paper-based SAIS procedure to an on-line version. After a great deal of time and effort the Teaching Council was informed, that this conversion was not going forward. The second matter addressed was the awards given to outstanding faculty and advisors (Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching and Advising Awards). The outcome of the process was as follows:
Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award: in the category of tenured faculty they are:
In the category of non-tenure faculty:
- Dwight Aarons, J.D., Associate Professor of Law
- Luis Cano, Assistant Professor, Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
- Michael Handelsman, Ph.D., Professor, Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
- Jeffrey Kovac, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry
Chancellor's Excellence in Advising Award:
- Stephane Natan, Lecturer, Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
- Geoffrey Steadman, Ph.D., Instructor/Lecturer, Classics
- John Bohstedt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History
- Timothy Hiles, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Art
- Aaron Todd, Assistant Director, Arts and Sciences Advising Services
The Undergraduate Council is charged by the Faculty Senate to concern itself with standards for admission, retention, and graduation; with curricular matters in the undergraduate programs; with the development of interdisciplinary programs; with the approval of new programs and any other matters of educational policy pertaining to undergraduate programs. In addition, the Council will examine study abroad policies applicable to undergraduate students and serve as a liaison between faculty and campus offices that coordinate services designed to reach international education goals. It will monitor policies for screening applicants for various awards and monitor policies regarding receiving credit from programs abroad. The Undergraduate Council has five standing committees including: academic policy, advising, appeals, curriculum, and general education. In addition to its on-going work, the Undergraduate Council focused on the following objectives during 2004-2005 (activities and outcomes in italics):
Curricular and policy actions are noted in the Undergraduate Council minutes posted on the university website at http://web.utk.edu/~ugcouncl/.