Faculty Affairs Committee
April 26, 1999
To: Faculty Senate
From: Bob Glenn and Ray Mundy
Subject: Report of the Faculty Affairs Committee
The 1998-99 members of the Faculty Affairs Committee are Dewey L. Bunting, II (Biology), Don R. Cox (English), Joan L. Creasia (Nursing), Melinda D. Davis (Law Library), H. Paul Denton (Plant & Soil Science), Catherine A. Faver (Social Work), Robert S. Freeland (Agriculture Engineering), Bonnie K. A. Gould (Theatre), Roxanne Hovland (Advertising), Joan Paul (Education), Betsy C. Postow (Philosophy), Lori A. Swanson (Speech Pathology), and Mark T. Windham (Entomology). The co-chairs of the Committee are Robert W. Glenn (Speech) and Ray A. Mundy (Marketing). The Provost is a member ex officio of the Faculty Affairs Committee, and the Chancellor and the Faculty Senate President are members ex officio of all standing committees of the Senate.
The Committee was charged in September 1998 by Senate President Mark Miller with the responsibility to examine the new procedures on tenure and faculty evaluation, adopted in June 1998 by the UT Board of Trustees, "with regard to due process and faculty rights and responsibilities." The Committee met on November 5, December 2, December 11, December 14, and January 7 to develop a report on the tenure procedures. That report was distributed to the Senate on January 18, 1999, and is available at http://web.utk.edu/~senate/FacAff.html and as Appendix B in the report of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Tenure Policy.
Many of the Committee's recommendations were endorsed by the Senate in resolutions adopted at its meeting on February 1, and were subsequently incorporated in the new tenure section for the UTK Faculty Handbook.
The Faculty Affairs Committee will need to monitor implementation of the new tenure and evaluation policies in the coming academic years. In particular, the Committee should study:
The Faculty Affairs Committee has the responsibility under the Faculty Handbook to provide mediation--through fact-̃nding and informal consultation or through formal grievance procedures--in employment matters such as "work assignments, performance evaluations, salary adjustments, imposition of discipline for misconduct, promotion and/or tenure with regard to procedures, and termination of employment." It is the happy case that the Faculty Affairs Committee has not been asked in 1998-99 to mediate any employment disputes.