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1. Meeting Time--Carl Pierce announced that the standard meeting time for Faculty Senate meetings is 3:00. It is recognized that people having 2:20-3:10 classes may arrive slightly late. In the interest of concluding at a reasonable time, however, meetings will begin at 3:00.MINUTES/REPORTS
Carl Pierce requested Senators to reserve the time block 3:00-5:00 pm of each Monday following a Senate meeting, in case a long agenda forces an extra Senate meeting to be called. Mr. Pierce observed that a second meeting is preferable to considering very important issues late in a meeting, after many people with other commitments have been forced to leave.
2. Senate Mailings--Charles Pfleeger reported that the Senate agendas and the packet of materials for Senators will be mailed from different offices. All faculty members--including Senators--will receive the agenda; only Senators will receive the full packet. These two items may be received on different days.
3. Parliamentarian--Thomas Hood, Senator from Liberal Arts (Sociology) will be parliamentarian for 1979-80. Senators who can foresee the need to make a substitute motion or amend a motion should check with Mr. Hood for proper parliamentary procedure.
4. Student Government Leaders--Three leaders from student government made a few remarks.Bob Crowder, Student Body President, called for a greater level of cooperation between the Senate and the Student Government.Mr. Pierce stated that he feels the Senate needs to begin a program of outreach to make its activities more visible to various groups other than UTK faculty and administration. He feels the cultivation of student participation is an essential part of this outreach.
Sam Hung, Chairperson of Academic Council, praised the Senate's effort to establish guidelines for teaching and learning, and said that his group would work this year for mandatory student evaluation of faculty.
Mark Hancock, Chairperson of the Graduate Student Council, called for greater faculty support of student projects.
1. Meeting of 16 July 1979BYLAWSThe minutes of the 16 July 1979 meeting were approved as distributed.2. Deans' RetreatPauline Bayne presented the minutes of the 17 September 1979 meeting of the Executive Committee. She highlighted the item (#6, page 3) on the Deans' retreat. The four issues identified as important items for the Senate to develop a position and support are these.3. Selection of Vice-President of Institute for Agriculturea. longevity pay vs. SREB average discrepancy pay
b. legislature-mandated review of faculty work loads
c. library crisis
d. performance fundingCarl Pierce reported on the selection process for a new Vice-President for the Institute for Agriculture. He congratulated the selection of Willis Armistead, presently Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He also expressed pleasure with the selection mechanism. The Executive Committee had charged Mr. Pierce to stress three points with President Boling regarding the search procedure:4. Study of Faculty Workloadsa. that enough time be taken to insure a thorough searchMr. Pierce stated that he thought these items of the process of selection had all been met. Given the cooperation that President Boling had shown, Mr. Pierce felt it was an especially good time to open a discussion with Dr. Boling regarding faculty participation in future systems level appointments.
b. that representation be chosen of faculty other than just those from the Institute for Agriculture
c. that full disclosure of information during the search be made to the faculty members of the InstituteA question was raised on more information on item 6b of the minutes of 17 September, the legislature-mandated review of faculty work loads. A former faculty member from Vanderbilt will be retained to formulate and carry out the audit of faculty work loads. There will be a special meeting of the Executive Committee with Chancellor Reese to clarify the form and the substance of the review process. Walter Herndon reported that there is absolutely no intention of compressing all departments into one mold. He said that adequate attention will be paid to the need for research time.5. Library SituationLeRoy Graf, chair man of the Library Committee, reported on the minutes of 19 September regarding the current library situation. Mr. Graf reported that a university self- study, undertaken in the early 1970's, indicated that without intervention, the library situation would be a crisis by 1980, and would be absolutely unbearable by 1985. He vouched for the accuracy of the study, since we have a genuine crisis in the library need for space. The library has already removed much of the seating in the stacks, and is shifting faculty studies from one place to another. A warehouse solution does, of course, pose a number of serious problems, notably control, to know where given volumes are, and access, to be able to get to them.
The effects of inflation have been especially serious on the library. The library has impounded 7 1/2% of its operating budget and 16% of its acquisitions budget until 1 December in order to have a reserve cushion to deal with the unpredictable inflation effects.
Mr. Graf pointed out that no funds have been provided for library growth or modernization; the only funds have been to attempt to maintain the current level of service, during a time when many advances' have been made in library technology throughout the U.S. Mr. Graf felt that it was important to convince the legislature to support not just maintenance but enhancement of the library facilities.
Mr. Pierce also noted that on the minutes of the 19 September meeting, the figure of $25 million for a new main library structure is only an approximate figure. Also, the figure on request to THEC for library support is incorrect. THEC funds libraries on a per-student basis, not as a percentage of the operating budget. UTK has attempted to provide 6% of the operating budget for library needs, but this is an internal budget item.
The bylaws amendments as specified on the minutes of 16 July, were approved.COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
Carl Pierce made several nominations from the Committee on Committees for membership on Senate committees. These were:FRINGE BENEFITSExecutive Committee: Delete Barry Gaines; Add Thomas Hood (2 year term), Imogene Posey (1 year term), and Ken Kenney (2 year term).
Athletics Committee: Delete Imogene Posey; Add Mary Sue Younger, M. Gist Welling, Patrick Carney, Patsy Boroviak.
Budget Committee: Delete Ken Marks; Add Warner Granade, John Lennon.
Research Council: Add Eugene Shaw (Communications), William Benedict Architecture), Frank Gaertner (Bio Med. Science), Jimmy Jones, Veterinary Medicine).
Rhodes and Foreign Scholarships: Add Eric Gangloff, Edward Howley, Daniel Bauer.
Student Affairs Committee: Add Thomas Hoo, Dickson McLean, Fred Hopkins.
Legislative Committee: Add Frederic LeClercq, Nelson Robinson
Library Committee: Add Gerald Anderson (Architecture), Frank Gaertner (Bio Med Science), K.C. Reddy (Space Institute).
Faculty Affairs Committee: Add Michael Johnson, William Kennedy, Carl Wagner.
Fringe Benefits: Delete Ron Kohl, Ken Kenney.
Harvey Carruth commented on the recent resolution sent to the Board of Trustees regarding fringe benefits. Mr. Carruth stated that a resolution, incorrectly identified as having come from the Senate, had recently been received by the Board of Trustees. The substance of the resolution was to congratulate the legislature on its passage of a bill to allow the state to assume a greater share of a faculty member's medical insurance premium, thereby removing the same amount from the individual's social security and income tax base. The resolution also invited the legislature to consider other similar means of providing benefits to the faculty where a similar benefit could also be provided to other state employees.GRADUATE COUNCIL
Evans Roth presented a report from the Graduate Council. Mr. Roth introduced Clarence Minkel as the new Dean of Graduate Studies.NEW BUSINESS
Mr. Roth then highlighted several items in the minutes in the 19 July meeting of the Graduate Council.a. The Master of Science in Home Economics Education is to be dropped.The minutes of the graduate council were approved by the Senate.
b. Admissions procedures to the graduate school are to be changed.1. A new provisional admission category has been created. This category should, among other things, encourage reentering students to take a few graduate courses. A major area does not have to be declared for provisional admission.c. The Master of Science in Water Resources Development is to be dropped.
2. The post baccalaureate status will be deleted.
d. The graduate council is concerned that some faculty members are being assigned to direct dissertations prior to receiving the approval of the graduate council.
Mr. Roth then offered some remarks regarding graduate education. First, he noted that there are a number of changes in degree programs. Five new graduate programs are in the process of being accepted, while three programs are being dropped. As a part of the ongoing review process, the office of Graduate Studies and Research continues to review each Ph.D. program on a regular basis. However, the reviews are now being extended to all graduate programs, and the scope of these review programs will be expanded to take in full departments. Increasing attention is being paid to affirmative action. One motivation for the recent change in graduate enrollment categories is that it is a means of offering opportunities to women and minorities. Roth reported that his office is attempting to increase the internal and external image of graduate education at UTK, and to enlarge the international dimension of graduate education.
Carl Pierce strongly encouraged Senators and visitors to use the New Business section of the meetings for those items that they feel the Senate should be considering. Resolutions and questions are welcome during this time as a means of relating the Senate activities to individual Senators, their constituents, and their colleagues.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:38 pm.
Carl Pierce strongly urged Senators to attend the Chancellor's report on 11 October 1979.
1. The joint Faculty Senate-Athletics Department handbook on athletics will be distributed shortly.MINUTES
2. The first issue of the Faculty Senate newsletter will be distributed later in the week of 29 October.
3. The UTK Faculty Handbook is being revised. If anybody knows of corrections that are needed, they should be reported to Carl Pierce.
4. The Chancellor has decided not to reappoint the Council on Teaching and Learning, since this activity is uniquely within the province of the Faculty Senate.
5. In the committee membership list distributed with the materials for Senators for this meeting, Pat Head was incorrectly identified as Director of Women's Athletics; the correct person is Gloria Ray. Also, Luther Keller was incorrectly designated as the Chair of the Public Service Council. The Faculty Handbook states that the Director of Public Services is to chair that committee.
The minutes of October 1979 were approved as distributed.OLD BUSINESS
1. Undergraduate CouncilRalph Norman presented the report for the Undergraduate Council. The following corrections to the printed report were noted. On page 4680, the bottom lines should read "... directed to the Graduate Council on International Education." [correction underlined] Norman announced that Karen Levy will serve as liaison to this group for the Undergraduate Council. On page 4696 the title "Urban Studies" should be changed to "Urban Studies." On page 4697 the note on the revision to the undergraduate report on mathematics is to be ignored; the mathematics department is being asked for further clarification. The report was accepted with these corrections.2. Fringe Benefits Committee
Norman added that there will be reviews of existing programs at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. His office and the office of Graduate Studies and Research will coordinate these reviews.Al Auxier reported that the Fringe Benefits committee is seriously studying various plans whereby the state would assume a greater share of the cost of some employee benefits. There is concern that if this causes a reduction in an employee's stated salary, it might have a negative impact on retirement benefits. The fringe benefits committee adopted a more strongly worded resolution than the one distributed with the minutes packet. The following resolution was presented for Senate approval.3. Executive CommitteeHood moved that the Senate adopt the resolution as stated. The motion passed.
The following motion was passed at the October 8, 1979 meeting of the UTK Faculty Senate Fringe Benefits Committee:
Whereas: The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee recently enacted legislation which resulted in the State assuming a larger percentage of the life/health insurance premiums for State employees;
Whereas: Various committees, councils, and individuals in State government are studying the possibility of, and the implications of, a non-contributory retirement program for State employees.Therefore, be it resolved that: The Faculty Senate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, applauds these actions and considerations which move, or would move, the State of Tennessee closer to a non-contributory fringe benefits program.
Also, this body would respectfully request that in deliberations on this matter, committee members, council members, and members of the executive and legislative branches of State government:1. Give serious consideration to a non-contributory plan similar to the plan instituted by the State of Oregon on July 1, 1979. In such a plan, employer-for-employee contributions are immediately vested in the employee account, interest is paid on these contributions, and withdrawals of these contributions plus interest is allowed in the event of termination of employment. Also, retirement stipends are calculated in such a way that average final compensation includes employer-for-employee contributions to the retirement fund; and
2. Seriously consider the assumption of employee retirement contributions as only one portion of a salary increment package. In these times of double digit inflation, additional funds for actual salary increases seem essential.Carl Pierce presented several items from the Executive Committee meeting of 15 October 1979. These are listed below.4. Committee on Advising.a. Summer School ReportThe report on Summer School was distributed with the minutes packet. Pierce charged all committees to identify items in that report that fall within their areas of concern. Committees specifically charged by the Executive Committee are Faculty Affairs (faculty appointments and scheduling of faculty to teach in the summer), Budget (budget and fiscal policies), Undergraduate Council (programmatic suggestions), Committee on Advising (advising during the summer).b. Special Salary Adjustments
Several questions from the floor were taken. It was noted that there is no statement in the report on the length of a term, and that the present "ten- week" term is actually sometimes shorter than nine weeks. Ralph Norman responded that the Senate sets the number of minutes of class contact required. An administrative committee is currently studying the summer calendar. Roger Swagler asked for an interpretation of suggestion 11 on page 3: "Consider removing academic restrictions for participation in summer school." Warren Gaston responded that the recommendation means that students would be allowed to attend summer session even if they are on academic probation or have been suspended for academic reasons.Pierce reported that the issue of longevity pay versus SREB equalization may be an academic point, since it appears the legislature will consider only 'longevity pay if it considers anything at all. K. C. Reddy stated that faculty members at the UT Space Institute have been excluded both from longevity pay and from SREB equalization. Walter Herndon responded that all non-formula units have been excluded from these special salary adjustments. Kenneth Walter said that a problem exists in comparison of salaries throughout the UT system. He said that one of his students had been hired on another UT campus at a salary above that which Walker could offer a similar applicant here. Herndon said that there has been a system-wide analysis of salaries in comparable units.c. The Chancellor's Annual ReportThe following resolutions were submitted as motions from the Executive Committee.d. Energy Expo '82Resolved that the Executive Committee endorses the Chancellor's charge to the Undergraduate Council for a two-year study and evaluation of general education at UTK, as presented in the Chancellor's annual report.Thomas Hood presented an amendment to the motion: In this review, particular attention should be paid to the possibility of establishing interdisciplinary programs and to examining existing interdisciplinary programs. The amendment and the resolution were both passed.Resolved that the Executive Committee charge the Budget committee to undertake a study of the limitation or enrollment, as outlined in the Chancellor's annual report. The resolution was passed.Ken Walker said that he felt this charge was phrased in such a manner as to suggest the outcome from the study prior to its being made. He proposed an amendment: "The Educational Policy Committee is to study the mix of these three levels of instruction in order to determine what proportion of resources and faculty time is appropriate for each." The amendment and the resolution were both passed.
Resolved that the Executive Committee endorses the Chancellor's charge to the Undergraduate Council, as set forth in his annual report to the faculty, to study the need for improved advising of first year students, and to report its findings to the Senate. The resolution was passed.
Resolved that the Executive Committee endorses the Chancellor's charge to the Undergraduate Council, as set forth in his annual report to the faculty, to undertake a study of the possibility of admitting students to the University at-large, rather than to the separate colleges, and to report any findings and recommendations to the Senate. The resolution was passed.
Resolved that the Executive Committee endorses the Chancellor's charge to the Undergraduate Council, as set forth in his annual report to the faculty, to study the treatment of undeclared majors on the UTK campus, and to report any findings and recommendations to the Senate. The resolution was passed.
Resolved that the Executive Committee charges the Educational Policy Committee, in conjunction and consultation with deans and department heads, to evaluate the mix of lower division, upper division, and graduate level courses offered at UTK, and to inquire whether UTK may be utilizing a disproportionate amount of resources and faculty time on the latter two categories of instruction at the expense of lower division work, and the report and findings and recommendations to the Senate.The following resolution came as a motion from the Executive Committee.e. Fringe BenefitsResolved that the Executive Committee charges the Budget Committee to undertake a study of the financial impact of Energy Expo '82 on the University, and that the Budget Committee report any findings and recommendations to the Senate.The resolution was passed.The following resolution came as a motion from the Executive Committee.Resolved that the Executive Committee charges the Budget Committee, in close consultation with the Fringe Benefits Committee, to formulate a proposal for a faculty position on salary increases and budgetary means by which these increases can be achieved.The resolution was passed.LeRoy Graf reported on a survey of students taken last spring to evaluate the new mandatory advising program. He reported the following data.5. Library Committeea. 63% of the students responded favorably to the questions "Did you feel your advising conference was worthwhile?"Graf pointed out that these are initial findings, and that further analysis of the data is being done. No data has yet been collected from the faculty.
b. 17% of the students responded affirmatively to the question "Did you have trouble scheduling your advising conference?"
c. Student response broken down by colleges ranged from 55% to 93% affirmatively to the question "Did your advisor seem knowledgeable about course requirements?"
d. 50% of the students responded affirmatively to the question "Did you learn anything about curriculum from your session?"LeRoy Graf reported for the Library Committee on the serials acquisition review last year to see if holdings could be pared without a negative impact on library patrons. After extensive analysis and discussion with faculty members, the library produced a list of 1278 serials that could be canceled for a net savings of $57,419.6. Ad Hoc Committee on Instructional ImprovementRussell French reported for the Instructional Improvement Committee on the GTA seminar currently in progress. This initial offering has students enrolled for credit. Sessions have focused on individual student differences, student/instructor relationships, nonverbal communication, testing, microteaching using small groups, and setting instructional objectives. In response to a question from the floor, French noted that future offerings of this seminar would depend on the results of an evaluation of the effectiveness of the seminar, and this evaluation is underway now. Pierce also noted that such a seminar might be a possibility for all new faculty members without prior teaching experience.7. Financial Exigency CommitteeRussell French presented an interim report for the University Financial Exigency Committee. This committee is charged to come up with a plan for dealing with financial exigency and a means for having that plan discussed and approved on this campus. The committee has been charged by the Chancellor to present these items by 31 December 1979. Currently the committee is working in parallel on reviewing plans from other institutions, studying the appropriate AAUP guidelines, and constructing a list of things that need to be done and groups that need to be consulted in event of financial exigency.8. Bylaws CommitteePauline Bayne presented the Bylaws amendments (distributed at the meeting; also distributed to senators absent from this meeting) attached. These will be considered at the next Senate meeting, 14 January 1980.9. Athletics CommitteeSharon Patton announced that the Athletics Committee would meet at 9 am Friday, 2 November 1979. She invited all Senators to submit any concerns for that committee to her.NEW BUSINESSLuther Kindall spoke in his capacity as Chair of the Commission for Blacks. He raised two issues on which he asked Senate action. First, he reported that there was some question as to whether the UTK Affirmative Action policies are being followed in the Athletics Department hiring of coaches. He also suggested that because of the apportionment of Senators and the manners in which units elect Senators, there may be some difficulty for Blacks to be adequately represented on the Faculty Senate.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:59 pm.
Kenneth Walker moved that the Senate charge the Athletics Committee to investigate the question of affirmative action in the hiring of coaches and other personnel in the athletics department, and that the Athletics Committee report any findings and recommendations to the Senate. The motion was passed.
Thomas Hood moved that the Senate charge liaison between the Executive Committee to move immediately to explore the possibility of the Commission for Blacks and the Senate. The Executive Committee is also to undertake a study of Black representation on the Senate and how this is affected by University demography. The Executive Committee is to report its findings and recommendations to the Senate. Henry Fribourg proposed an amendment to expand the charge to include the study of representation of all minorities, including women. Both the amendment and the motion were passed.
Carl Pierce read a letter from John Fisher, representing the UTK chapter of AAUP, who said that the UTK Faculty Handbook does not conform to national AAUP guidelines. Pierce said the Faculty Affairs committee of the Senate has been charged to look at all such discrepancies. Tony Spiva, chair of Committee A of the local AAUP chapter raised the question of the applicability of the policies in the Faculty Handbook to faculty members in the Institute for Agriculture. Faculty Affairs committee will investigate this as well.
Carl Pierce reported that he had written to Luke Ebersole asking the Status of the Long Range planning reports. The response from Ebersole was that these reports were being edited. Ebersole said that he expected faculty review of them to take place during Winter Quarter.
Pierce observed that the Executive Committee will continue to charge other committees with tasks, and he invited Senators to suggest appropriate items for committees to consider. The bulk of the activity of the Senate is becoming 2-3 year projects.
Charles Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate.
14 January 1980, 3 pm, Shiloh Room-University Center
Carl Pierce, presiding.
Members absent: Aldmon, Anderson, Ball, Benedict, Cruthirds, Daniel, Edmondson, Edwards, Ford, Frandsen, Gaertner, Hart, Herndon, Hopkins, J Humphreys, Jaynes, W Johnson, Johnston, Keller, J Kennedy, W Kennedy, Kohl, Lasater, Maus, New, Peebles, Reed, Reese, Reddy, Trahern, Zeigler.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:1. Athletics Brochure. The athletics brochure has been distributed to faculty members; however, it has not been received by many people. Carl Pierce will find out why it has not been received.MINUTES:
2. Newsletters. Faculty members should have received two editions of the Faculty Senate newsletter. This is planned for publication twice per quarter under the editorship of the president-elect, Pauline Bayne.
3. Executive committee meeting of 7 January 1980. Carl Pierce announced the Chancellor's decision to form a university-wide committee to study the effects and opportunities from Expo '82. This will pull together efforts going on in the Senate now under the Budget Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, and the Faculty Affairs Committee. These efforts will be coordinated with other members of the Chancellor's staff and other organizations on campus.1. The minutes of the Executive Committee of 19 November 1979 were approved as written.NEW BUSINESS
2. The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of 29 October 1979 were approved with the following corrections:p. 1, last section, replace the motion of October 8 by the following:3. The minutes of the Executive Committee of 7 January 1980 had the following amendments:1. The state assumes payment of the current employee contribution to the retirement fund (e.g., TCRS or JCRS).p. 4, New Business, paragraph 3, first sentence should read:
2. The current (e.g., TCRS) employee contribution to the retirement fund continues to be credited to the employee's account, even though the State has assumed payment of these contributions. In case of early termination of employment, the employee is allowed to withdraw these "employer-for-employee" contributions with interest accrued.
3. The average final compensation used in the computation of retirement benefits is determined by adding the average final "employer-for-employee" contribution (to the retirement fund) to the average final gross salary.Thomas Hood moved that the Senate charge the Executive Committee to move immediately to explore the possibility of liaison between the Commission for Blacks and the Senate.p. 1, EXPO Coordinating Committee, first paragraph, last line, should read:The minutes for the Executive Committee of 7 January 1980 were not approved at this time, in order to allow all Senators time to study them.*** Tenth Street (Ecology program, ceramics, bakery, State Testing bureau).P. 2, first paragraph (not indented points), third/fourth lines, sentence should read:... the Chancellor observed that would certainly be desirable, but was not sure the information could be compiler that quickly.p. 2, first paragraph (not indented points), sixth/seventh lines, sentence should read:... He also admitted to being concerned about a statement from an SREB report on merit raises ...1. Bylaws Amendments.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:28 pm.Pauline Bayne presented the Bylaws amendments as proposed at the previous Senate meeting, for Senate vote. After discussion, item 2 (apportionment of Senators) was deferred until the next Senate meeting, and the remaining amendments were passed.2. Committee on Teaching.
Henry Fribourg proposed an amendment to item 2, requiring an additional Senator for every 20 full time equivalent faculty members or fraction of 20. After discussion this amended item was tabled until the next meeting so that the Bylaws committee can distribute information to the Senators on the effect on Senate membership of the proposed wording. Another series of amendments, distributed at the meeting, was proposed for vote at the next meeting.Michael Johnson will chair an ad hoc committee on teaching, with members to be drawn from the Committee on Instructional Improvement, the Faculty Affairs Committee, and the Student Affairs Committee; there will also be student and administrative representation. The Academic Council has sent a letter indicating strong interest in this committee. Associate Vice Chancellor Ralph Norman has also communicated with the Senate noting the major importance of this committee and its possible impact on the THEC performance funding mechanism. The committee will be charged to investigate what is being done regarding the evaluation of instruction by students and by faculty both at UTK and throughout the nation. The committee will bring in additional people with special interest or expertise as needed.3. Faculty Affairs.Clint Allison reported for the Faculty Affairs Committee. He submitted a report on part time faculty, distributed at the meeting. He announced that a subcommittee has been formed to examine discrepancies between the Faculty Handbook and current AAUP guidelines. He noted that the committee has heard grievances from three faculty members on issues of tenure or promotion this year.4. Athletics Committee.Sharon Patton reported for the Athletics Committee. She noted a correction in the recently distributed athletics brochure. The Athletics Director reports to and is responsible to the executive committee of the Athletics Board (which has a number of UT Systems level members), rather than to the Chancellor, as stated in the brochure. The Athletics received incorrect information.5. Undergraduate Council.
Sharon Patton also said that Alan Lasater has been appointed Affirmative Action Coordinator for the Athletics Department. A UT Systems committee, chaired by Dr. Kozar, is currently drafting affirmative action guidelines for the Athletics Department. The Athletics Committee has been trying to meet with Dr. Kozar to bring our concerns for affirmative action to his attention. She reported that the Athletics Department is currently following UTK guidelines in filling a recent vacancy in the coaching staff. Thomas Hood suggested that she be certain Dr. Kozar is aware that a violation of affirmative action and subsequent penalty to the University would affect primarily UTK, not the UT system.Ralph Norman presented the report for the Undergraduate Council. He directed the Senators' attention to several major changes: the creation of a preprofessional "3+1" program in veterinary medicine, and the name changes of certain degrees in the College of Home Economics. A typographical error on page 4743 of the report should be corrected: Line 3 of the description of Mathematics 1550-60 should refer to Mathematics 1850, not 1860 as printed. The report was passed as presented.6. Graduate Council.
In other business, Norman reported that Prof. Durward Jones of the College of Law has been selected to chair the Chancellor's review of General Education. A series of seminars to promote discussion of curricular issues has been funded by the Chancellor. Plans are currently incomplete on the issue of comprehensive program reviews. As they are firmed up over the next several months, Norman said the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils will want the advice, confirmation, and support of the Senate.L. Evans Roth presented the report for the Graduate Council. Reports of the meetings of October 4, 1979 and November 29, 1979 were both approved as presented.7. Budget.Homer Fisher presented a brief outline of the Governor's budget proposal to the General Assembly. A fee increase of 8% for in-state students and 13% for out-of-state students has been proposed. A 6% pool has been recommended for salary increases; unlike last year, this is a fully-funded pool: the University does not have to reduce other categories in the budget in order to fund any part of the 6%. Fisher announced that the situation also appears better than last year, because there will be some funds available to allocate for priority items. In later meetings he will discuss the budget in more detail with the Budget and the Executive Committees. Pierce directed the Student Affairs committee to examine fee increases and their effect on students; he directed the Budget Committee to share the Senate's reaction to the budget with the Knox County Legislative Delegation.
Charles Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall - 974-5067
18 February 1980, 3:00 Pm, Shiloh Room, University Center
Carl Pierce, presiding; Thomas Hood, Parliamentarian
Attendance was not taken.
MinutesThe minutes of the meeting of 14 January were presented for approval, after correction of several typographical errors. An objection was raised to the correction to the minutes of 29 October, regarding the fringe benefits committee report. Secretary Pfleeger and Harvey Carruth, chair of the Fringe Benefits committee will work together to correct the statement on the fringe benefits committee. The minutes will be approved at the next meeting.By-Laws Amendments
The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 7 January 1980 (distributed at the Senate meeting of 14 January) were approved as presented.Pauline Bayne presented a number of By-Laws amendments for adoption by the Senate. The first presented was an item on Senate apportionment; this amendment had been excluded from the group of amendments approved at the meeting of 14 January 1980. An amendment by Henry Fribourg (called "Plan C") uses the following table for apportionment of Senators:Committee Reports
FTE Faculty Senators 1-10 1 11-25 1 additional each additional
20 or fraction
The amendment to the By-Laws amendments was passed. The amendments as amended were then passed.
Pauline Bayne then turned to the series of amendments distributed with the materials for the meeting of 14 January 1980 (labeled "Recommendations of the By-Laws Committee--November 5, 1979). These amendments were approved as distributed.Committee on Advising:New BusinessLeRoy Graf reported for the Committee on Advising. The percentage of students participating in "mandatory advising" has ranged from 90% in some colleges to 55% in others. There are four problems that the committee is considering: (1) the tendency of students to wait until the last day of advising to seek a conference, (2) the lack of enthusiasm on the part of some faculty members about participating in this, (3) the fact that denial of preregistration privileges is not a strong inducement to some students, and (4) the concern that some students are forging advisors' signatures. (He noted that this last problem is not believed to be widespread.) The committee is considering several approaches to dealing with these problems: (1) reduce the length of the period for advising from one month to two weeks, (2) develop a better motivational device for both students and faculty to participate in more than a perfunctory manner, (3) arrange an orientation session for new advisors, (4) provide administrative support for quality advising. (On this last item, Graf noted that the Liberal Arts college has provided salary supplements to reward good advising.)Development and Alumni Affairs Committee:Kyle Reed reported on recent activities by this committee. The committee was involved in the selection of recipients for 1980-81 faculty research and development awards. A total of 148 proposals were received--86 research proposals, 55 faculty development proposals, and 7 faculty leave proposals. Of these, the screening committee felt that 30 research proposals, 14 faculty development proposals and 4 leave proposals were in the "must fund" category. However, these 48 "must fund" proposals totaled $205,000, while the awards funds available were only $170,000. It was decided by the administration to use $35,000 in unrestricted funds from the capital gifts fund to reach the $205,000 amount.Faculty Affairs Committee:
In the future, this committee will work with the development office to achieve two things: first to establish a speakers bureau of interested faculty members to be ready to speak to alumni groups throughout the state, and second, to develop some structured programs for alumni at fall homecoming.Clint Allison announced the formation of four subcommittees of his committee to deal with new areas of concern: (1) Consideration of the standards used for faculty evaluation for promotion and tenure; this subcommittee will be chaired by Jack Forrester, (2) Study of faculty salaries and compensation, considering such areas as merit versus cost-of-living raises, and summer school compensation; this subcommittee will be chaired by Roger Swagler. (3) Study of retirement, addressing such issues as age discrimination, and age distribution; this group will be chaired by Toxey Sewell. (4) The relation of the Faculty Affairs committee to Committee A of the local AAUP chapter. (Committee A is the one concerned with handling faculty grievances.) This subcommittee will be headed by William Kennedy.Executive Committee:
Clint Allison then presented the report from the subcommittee on Part Time Faculty: Walter, chair, Lacey and Johnson, members. The report came as a motion from the faculty affairs committee. There was considerable discussion of the document, centering around three issues: (1) the applicability of this proposed set of guidelines to one-time part-time faculty, as well as to continuing part-time faculty, (2) the fact that the guidelines do not extend to part-time faculty employed through the Evening School, and (3) the difficulty in relating the amount of work performed by part-time faculty members to that by full-time ones.
Walker moved that item 5 f iv be moved to make it a continuation of item 5 f i, so that 5 f i would now readi. appointing part-time faculty at least at the base salary of the rank of instructor (or, in some cases at professorial levels) in the unit of their employment, clearly defining the type of duties expected of part-time faculty relative to those of full-time faculty in the unit.The amendment was seconded and passed. The motion to adopt this resolution and forward it to appropriate University officials was passed.Carl Pierce presented the report from the Executive Committee meeting of 7 January 1980. He called on Ken Kenney to report on the recent meeting of the UT-Expo Coordinating Committee. Kenney stated that the committee has had only one meeting, but it envisions many more meetings and many items to consider. At the meeting, the committee received word that it had been proposed that the Federal pavilion be made into an energy research center after Expo. The committee is concerned about housing in the Fort Sanders area, having heard reports of very large amounts of money being earmarked by various countries for housing for their people. The committee is also investigating the positive features of Expo: the possibility of employment for faculty and students and the research opportunities presented by Expo.
Carl Pierce presented two items from the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 4 February 1980. The first was a resolution dealing with comprehensive program reviews:Be it resolved, (1) that the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils of the Faculty Senate develop a proposal for the comprehensive reviews of all academic programs at UTK, such proposal to include, among other things, the purpose and scope of program review and the procedures for its implementation, (2) that the Councils submit their proposal to the Faculty Senate for its review and approval during Spring Quarter, 1981, (3) that, in the interim, the Councils are encouraged and authorized to employ the Ph.D. review program of the Graduate Council as a vehicle for experimentation with comprehensive program review.The resolution was seconded and passed.
Carl Pierce noted the omission of one item of discussion from the minutes as distributed:3. Black Cultural Center.There was substantial discussion about the recent events at the Black Cultural Center, whether the Senate should take action and if so, what action.
The minutes were approved as corrected.
Carl Pierce then reported on the special Executive Committee meeting called on February 11, 1980. The business of that meeting was to adopt a resolution for the Faculty Senate, with the Executive Committee acting for the Senate. The resolution dealt with the Black Cultural Center. (Resolution attached.)
John Finger moved to have this resolution rescinded. The motion was seconded. Considerable discussion followed; this discussion centered around two issues: (1) the question of the appropriateness of the Executive Committee acting on behalf of the Senate, and (2) a concern that insufficient information was available to warrant adoption of this resolution. The motion to rescind was defeated.Lacey moved the adoption a resolution, dealing with two pieces of legislation presently before the Tennessee General Assembly. It was moved and seconded that the resolution be changed from reading "... opposing the enactment of ..." to read "... on the enactment of ...". The amendment was passed. The amended resolution is stated below. The resolution was passed.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 pm.Be it resolved, that the Executive Committee is authorized to adopt on behalf of the Senate a resolution on the enactment of SB 2258 (extending the authority of the THEC to include the termination of existing public higher education programs deemed by the THEC to be unnecessarily duplicative, to approve or disapprove all proposals for new off-campus instruction, and to terminate existing off-campus programs deemed by the THEC to be unnecessarily duplicative), provided, however, that if 15 or more senators communicate their opposition to such action prior to 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, the authority of the Executive Committee is revoked.Hood moved that the following resolution be adopted by the Senate. The motion was seconded and passed.
that the Executive Committee is authorized to adopt on behalf of the Senate a resolution on the enactment of HB 1460 (Standardized Testing Act), provided, however, that if 15 or more senators communicate their opposition to such action prior to 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, the authority of the Executive Committee is revoked.Be it resolved, (1) that each faculty senator shall assume the responsibility of contacting three of his/her colleagues for the purpose of identifying, among other things, their attitudes about the Faculty Senate and their suggestions about future Senate activities, (2) that each senator shall submit to the President a brief written summary of his/her colleagues' attitudes and suggestions no later April 30, 1980.Pierce ceded the chair to Bayne. Pierce then made a motion that the By-Laws committee be charged to clarify its statement on the Executive Committee and the role of the Executive committee acting on behalf of the Senate when it is impractical to call a meeting of the full Senate. The motion was seconded and passed. Bayne then ceded the chair to Pierce.
A Senator then raised the question of the UT/Oak Ridge negotiations on land for an airport and the impact of such a land transfer on ongoing forestry research. Pierce said he would have the Executive Committee consider the matter.
A Senator raised the issue of the UTK policy on inclement weather ("snow days"). Pierce said he would have the Executive Committee consider this matter.
Pierce called on Ralph Norman to report for the Undergraduate Council. Norman directed the Senators' attention to two items from the minutes of the meeting of 22 January 1980. (1) The Law School item on its plan to shift to a two term calendar, and (2) three items from Liberal arts: a major in linguistics, a major in cinema studies, and substantial change to the major in mathematics. The report from the Undergraduate Council was approved.
Charles Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
7 April 1980, 3:00 pm, Shiloh Room, University Center
Pauline Bayne, presiding; Thomas Hood, parliamentarian
Members absent: Aldmon, Anderson, Ashdown, Ball, Benedict, Beitel, Bratton, Calhoun, Collins, Edwards, Faires, Ford, Gaertner, Gangloff, Grieve, Hart, Hopkins, W. Johnson, Johnston, Jolley, J Kennedy, W Kennedy, Kohl, Landen, Lasater, Maus, Moses, Mundy, Murphy, Neel, Peebles, Pemberton, Pierce, Ray, Reed, Reddy, Schmudde, Sidel, Swagler, Wagner, Wheeler.
1. Approval of MinutesThe minutes for 29 October 1979 (revision), 14 January 1980, and 18 February 1980 were approved as distributed.2. Executive Committee ReportsPauline Bayne reported on the Executive Committee meetings of 11 February and 22 February 1980. Frank Leuthold was called upon to expand upon an item in the minutes of 22 February: proposed legislation affecting faculty salaries. He reported that the bill whereby the state would assume payment of the employee portion of retirement benefits has passed the House; its future is uncertain in the Senate. He expressed the opinion that the issue is very popular in the legislature, and if this bill does not pass this year, it is very likely to pass in subsequent years. He also reported that the so-called "Truth in Testing" bill (which would have placed strong regulations on the giving of national tests such as ACT and GRE in Tennessee) has been withdrawn.3. Nominating Committee Report
Bayne expanded upon the minutes of 3 March 1980, saying that two additional Long Range Plans have been received; these are Affirmative Action and Continuing Education, which will be considered at the Senate meeting 19 May. From the same meeting, she indicated that the Research Council is studying the possible sale of University land to Oak Ridge for the purpose of building an airport; the Research Council has already met on this matter, and it will meet again. Any Senators who wish to comment on the proposed land sale may contact the Research Council.
The Executive Committee minutes of 24 March have two attachments: the proposed calendars of 1981-82 and 1982-83, and the documents on the comprehensive program reviews under the auspices of the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils. The Executive Committee will accept comments on the calendars and forward them to the Chancellor.
Bayne also called upon Chancellor Reese to comment on the item on faculty raises. Reese reported that the revised state appropriation is expected in his office within the next few days. As soon as it is available, he will review it and the proposed University internal budget with the Executive and Budget committees.Ballots were distributed for election of members to the Committee on Committees. Pauline Bayne also announced that the nominating committee will distribute a mail ballot for election of representatives to the Executive Committee, the University Councilors, and the President-Elect on 22 April. The slate of candidates will be announced at the Senate meeting of 21 April.4. Student Affairs CommitteeMaureen Groer presented a report for the Student Affairs Committee. She noted a number of subcommittees that are working. She also announced that the committee expects to have a statement on student honesty/dishonesty ready for Senate action at the next Senate meeting, 21 April.5. Financial Exigency PlanRussell French reported for the ad hoc committee to draft a financial exigency plan for UTK. The plan is in a complete form from the committee, ready to go to the administration and the faculty for their consideration. He especially drew the Senate's attention to the definition of financial exigency: an imminent financial crisis that threaten the survival of the institution as a whole. He also said that the plan relies on seniority as a principal criterion in decisions to lay off tenured faculty; French reported that seniority is the one criterion that has been supported in the body of case law the committee examined. He said that he expects to have the full draft plan ready to distribute within the next few weeks.6. Athletics CommitteeSharon Patton reported that the brochure on the athletics program was printed in sufficient quantity for all faculty members to receive one, and that copies were distributed to all department heads for distribution to the individual faculty members. She asked how many had not received the brochure, and a substantial number had not yet received theirs. It appeared that faculty members in the library and in the Institute for Agriculture had not received theirs.7. Library CommitteeLeRoy Graf presented a resolution from the Library Committee for Senate approval. In order for the resolution to be considered (since it was not on the agenda distributed for this meeting), a vote of 2/3 of the Senators had to approve placing this item on the agenda. Fribourg moved that the item be considered; the motion was seconded and passed by the necessary majority. The committee presented the following resolution for Senate approval:8. Undergraduate CouncilWhereas the resources of the UTK libraries should be readily available to all members of the University community, andThe resolution was approved as presented.
Whereas a small minority of faculty are unresponsive to reasonable procedures for accounting for books which they have checked out, refusing in some cases to respond to requests for books needed by others, and in other cases refusing to renew books every ninety days and ultimately to return books for the annual inspection, and
Whereas such faculty behaviour adversely affects other library users, both students and faculty, and
Whereas the Library administration has an auditing obligation to account for state property for which it is responsible, therefore
Be it resolved that the Senate looks with favor on efforts being made by the Library administration, with the advice and review of the Senate Library Committee, and with the support of the University administration, to institute more effective steps to account for and, where appropriate, to recover library property. If the pending series of letters and warnings does not produce compliance with the current reasonable library regulations, the Senate recommends that the Library administration and Senate Library Committee approach the University administration with a view to working out a procedure which will result in reimbursement for lost, unreturned, or unaccounted for library books.Ralph Norman presented the report for the Undergraduate Council. The report was divided into two sections: normal business items (covered in the minutes of the meeting of 12 February 1980) and approval of a University Studies committee (described in the minutes of 22 January 1980). Both items were approved.9. Graduate CouncilL. Evans Roth reported for the Graduate Council meetings of 17 January 1980 and 28 February 1980. He drew the Senators' attention to two items: first that the structure of preliminary exams is still under consideration by the Council, and second that the Council has received two items of concern to the Council. These items were a number of course offerings in Music at the 3000-level, for which there appeared to be no limit on the number of hours a student may take, and a number of parallel offerings of 4000 and 5000 level courses in Computer Science. He reported that these items were not passed by the Council, and mentioned this as a caution to other departments who will be proposing course changes soon. The report of the Graduate Council was approved as presented.10. Black Cultural Center 18 Defense TeamPauline Bayne read a letter received from the Black Cultural Center 18 Defense Team, which will be involved in University disciplinary hearings for the 18 people removed from the Black Cultural Center in January 1980. The students asked the Faculty Senate to send an observer to the judicial board hearing. LeClercq moved that the Senate Executive Committee be charged to select someone to be present at the hearing as an observer. The motion was seconded and passed.11. Long Range Plan ReviewPauline Bayne commented on the process of Long Range Plan reviews, drawing the attention of the Senators to the recent Senate Newsletter, which lists dates for open meetings on the reports, and to the calendar of additional Senate meetings for the spring which will permit careful consideration of the reports. She urged the Senators to attend the meetings and to participate fully in the reviews.The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 pm.
Charles Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
21 April 1980, 3:00 pm, Shiloh Room, University Center
Pauline Bayne, presiding
Members Absent: Anderson, Ashdown, Barnaby, Bauer, Benedict, Beitel, Bratton, Calhoun, Carney, Collins, Cruthirds, Edmondson, Edwards, Elliott, Ford, Frandsen, Gaertner, Grieve, Hart, Herndon, Hileman, Hopkins, Jaynes, M. Johnson, W. Johnson, Johnston, Jones, J Kennedy, 14 Kennedy, Kohl, Lasater, LeClercq, Maus, Moses, Mundy, Murphy, Neel, New, Peebles, Pierce, Pless, Posey, Ray, Reed, Reese, Roth, Reddy, Schmudde, Sewell, Stoneking, Sullivan, Swagler, Wade, Wagner, Wheeler, Woodruff, Yeomans, Zeigler
The meeting was called to order at 3:10 pm.
Announcements:John Snider announced that Fred Peebles, Dean of the College of Engineering, died at 11:30 am, Monday 21 April 1980. He indicated that the family has requested that no flowers be sent; instead contributions may be made to the Tennessee Tomorrow campaign. Snider moved that the Secretary be charged to prepare an appropriate statement on behalf of the Senate, extending condolences to the family. The motion was seconded and passed.Budget:Homer Fisher presented details of the budget as passed by the General Assembly. The increase in total appropriations for UTK is approximately $3.5 million. However, the increase in the salary package as mandated by the legislature exceeds that amount. Even though the fee increase assumed in the appropriations bill will provide an additional $3.0 million, the university still expects a shortfall of approximately $400,000 in its budget for 1980-81, due to increases in fixed costs, utilities, allocations already committed, salary raises, and projected enrollment decline.Nominating Committee:
Student fees will increase 13.5% for undergraduates (in-state), 22% for out-of- state undergraduates, 22% for graduate students, 25% for students in the Law School, and 42% for students in the Medical School (Memphis). This increase in fees is expected to have an impact on student enrollment, particularly for out-of-state students.
The salary package as funded contains a 7.2% pool for raises. Furthermore, raises for promotions will be handled centrally; that is, they will not be funded from this pool. There is similarly a pool for clerical and supporting staff, and one for GA's and GTA's, amounting to 7.2%. Clerical and supporting staff will participate in the longevity pay plan for the second year, receiving $60 per year of service (after three years, up to a maximum of 15 years), and faculty will participate for the first year of that plan, receiving $45 per year of service. The longevity pay is not funded from the 7.2% pool, either.
UTK administration plans to retain a $500,000 program adjustment account, and will also budget for a shortfall in the budget resulting from an anticipated decline in out-of-state student enrollment. The cut of approximately $400,000 from the proposed budget will occur from not filling some vacancies where enrollment has declined, and from reductions in other staff positions (presently vacant). It is not expected that either faculty or staff members will have to be laid off to cover the anticipated deficit. Step 2 of the budget is expected within a week.Homer Johnson presented the nominations for President-elect and the University Councilors to the President. These are: Ken Kenney and Bernard Silverstein for President-elect, and Imogene Ford, W. Lee Humphreys, Nancy Lay, J. Dickson McLean, Imogene Posey, and Vernon Reich for University Councilors. There were no further nominations from the floor. Ballots with these names will be distributed to all Senators tomorrow, 22 April 1980; they must be return to Homer Johnson by I May 1980, and the results of the election will be announced at the Senate meeting of 5 May 1980.Release of Faculty Salary Information:Clint Allison reported for the Faculty Affairs committee on the guidelines developed for release of faculty salaries. The administration had invited suggestions for a plan for releasing this information. The committee had operated under two general guidelines: (1) that access be limited to faculty, and (2) that there be no onus attached to reviewing the information, They thus developed the following guidelines.Review of Long Range Planning Reports:1. Salary data should be accessible to all faculty of rank instructor or above.
2. The data should be kept in the office of the Director of Finance, Andy Holt Tower.
3. The faculty may be allowed to view the data upon presentation of a faculty ID card. This card will be used only as a means of access; no record will be kept of which faculty members see the data.
4. The material will not be available to be photocopied.
5. The announcement of the availability of this data will be made at an appropriate time in an issue of the Chancellor's Newsletter.
6. These guidelines will become effective with the 1980-81 budget.Pauline Bayne presented some preliminary comments on the review of the long range plans. She noted that this gives the Senate the opportunity to speak about the direction of campus activity over the next five years. The purpose of the review process is to provide a sense of the faculty to the administration. Obviously, the faculty is in only an advisory position to the administration, and there will be times when an administrative decision will differ from the advice of the faculty. She recommended continued discussion with the office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Administration in order to produce a unified plan for the University that represents the will of both the faculty and the administration. Thomas Hood moved that the Senate instruct the committees designated to review the plans, to work with appropriate administrators after the Senate has acted on the initial documents, in order to perfect the documents and to urge their implementation. Further, recommendations associated with all plans are to be gathered by the Executive Committee and presented to the Senate no later than its meeting on 14 July 1980. The motion was seconded and passed.The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 pm.
Pauline Bayne recognized LeRoy Graf who spoke for the Library Committee on the long range plan for the libraries. The comments as distributed by that committee were accepted with the following revisions:(1) Regarding location of a new library building, the introductory sentence for item 8 was changed to read: "We recommend strongly that faculty advice should be carefully and strongly considered in deciding at an early date the site for the new library. On the face of the problem vie suggest that the new library be built next to or added to the Hodges Undergraduate Library."All other recommendations from the Library Committee were accepted as submitted.
(2) Insert: "There are on campus several departmental map and document libraries (e.g., the geological map collection of the Department of Geological Sciences or the topographic map collection housed by the Geography Department) which presently are not generally available to the University community as a whole. We recommend that some priority be given to adding a map facility to the library, with provision for proper curation, storage, and use."
(3) Insert: "The plan adheres to the THEC standards for justifying space. These standards, issued in 1971, are based on minimum standards set be the Association of College and Research libraries for colleges and universities granting fewer than ten doctoral degrees per year. Because of the high cost of later expansion of the planned library building, it is important to attempt to get THEC to consider upgrading its space standards for the principal center of graduate education in the state. Since THEC is planning to review the adequacy of other aspects of its formula with respect to library budgets, it may be timely to request more space than the present formula allows."
Because of the lateness of the hour, Pauline Bayne announced that the other plans on the agenda (Student Housing and Space and Facilities) would be discussed at the next meeting, 23 April 1980.
Charles Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
28 April, 1980; Shiloh Room, University Center
Members Absent: Anderson, Ashdown, Ball, Barnaby, Benedict, Bratton, Calhoun, Carney, Collins, Dittrich, Edmondson, Edwards, Faires, Fisher, Ford, Fribourg, Gaertner, Hart, Hileman, Hood, Hopkins, J. Humphreys, M. Johnson, W. Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Jordan, Keller, J. Kennedy, W. Kennedy, Knight, Lasater, Maus, Moses, Mundy, Murphy, Pemberton, Posey, Ray, Reed, Reich, Reese, Robinson, Reddy, Schmudde, Shoffner, Sidel, Snider, Stoneking, Sullivan, Swagler, Wagner, Wheeler, Yeomans, Zeigler.
Carl Pierce, Presiding
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 pm.
Long Range PlansCarl Pierce called the attention of the Senators to three items from the meeting of last week:Long Range Plan on Student HousingI. The resolution passed calling for continuing dialog between the committees reviewing the plans and the administration
2. The goal of that resolution being to produce one long range plan widely accepted across the campus
3. The target date of 14 July for producing the revised planThe Senate considered the plan on student housing, reviewed by the Student Affairs Committee, Maureen Groer, chair. The comments were considered separately by the Senate. Comment 1 [on the impact of EXPO on student housing] passed. Comment 2 [on future uses of fraternity houses] failed. Comment 3 on residence hall was passed. Comment 4 Eon the use of alcohol and drugs in student housing] passed with the following revisions: the phrase "and the social use of alcohol" was deleted, and the last sentence was deleted.Long Range Plan on Space and Facilities
Ken Marks moved that the following item be added to the comments of the Senate: "Resolved that the University work closely with the administration of the City of Knoxville to prevent further deterioration of the Fort Sanders residential area." The item was seconded and passed.
The plan itself was considered and passed by the Senate.The Senate considered the plan on space and facilities, reviewed by the Executive Committee, Carl Pierce, chair. The comments were considered in groups by the Senate. Comment I was passed with the following modifications. In I (A), the phrase "and as necessary with the appropriate deans and individual unit heads" was inserted after "Planning and Administration". In I (I) the word "input" was replaced by the word "advice." With these modifications, the comments in section I were passed. Section II was passed without change. Section III was passed subject to the recommendations being analyzed for feasibility. Sections IV and V passed without change. The plan itself was considered and passed by the Senate.Long Range Plan on ResearchThe Senate considered the long range plan on research, reviewed by the Research Council, Lloyd Seatz, chair. The two recommendations of that committee, expressing the important relationship between research activity and the University of Tennessee Computing Center and the libraries, were passed as presented.There was no further business, and the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 pm.
Walker moved that the Senate charge the Educational Policy Committee and the Research Council to study together the issue of relating research activity to the teaching process and to suggest ways to better integrate the two functions of the University. The motion was seconded and passed.
Pauline Bayne read five comments from Karen Hughes and Walker Smith, two members of the Department of Botany. These comments are summarized below. They were each presented as a motion from Pauline Bayne.1. Many of the proposed improvements in the area of research require the addition of funds; given recent trends of funding of higher education by the state, the source of these funds is unclear. The goals, therefore, are felt to be unrealistic. This item failed for want of a second.Jaynes moved that the Senate charge the Educational Policy Committee and the Research Council to explore the fourth issue (that suggesting the establishment of two classes of faculty members). The motion was seconded but failed. The plan itself was considered and passed by the Senate.
2. No mention of sabbatical leaves is made. Such leaves are invaluable in the enhancement of research productivity or the retraining of faculty and should be included in any long-range research plan. We advocate the establishment of appropriate protocol which would allow selected faculty to obtain sabbatical leaves. This motion was seconded and passed.
3. A research faculty, supported wholly or partially by non-UT funds, should be considered. The item failed for want of a second.
4. Two classes of faculty--one emphasizing research and the other emphasizing teaching--should be established. The delineation would allow faculty to concentrate on their area of greatest interest. The item failed for want of a second.
5. An agency should be established to coordinate and facilitate the efforts of UTK units in securing federal grants. This item failed for want of a second.
The Research Council also presented one resolution for the Senate's consideration (concerning the pending sale of land to the City of Oak Ridge for use as an airport, where that land was in use for a long-term research project). The resolution was amended as follows: the last sentence was deleted, and the term "and" was replaced by "or" after the phrase "freedom of inquiry". With these changes, the resolution was seconded and passed.
Charles Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
5 May 1980--Shiloh Room, University Center--3:00 pm
Carl A. Pierce, presiding
Members absent: Aldmon, Anderson, Ashdown, Ball, Bauer, Benedict, Calhoun, Carney, Carruth, Clark, Collins, Cruthirds, Dittrich, Edmondson, Edwards, Elliott, Faires, Finger, Fisher, Ford, Gaertner, Gangloff, Grieve, Hart, Hileman, Hopkins, Howley, J. Humphreys, Johnston, Jolley, J. Kennedy, W. Kennedy, Knight, Landen, Lasater, Marks, Maus, Merriman, Moses, Murphy, Neel, New, Pemberton, Pless, Ray, Reese, Robinson, Roth, Reddy, Schmudde, Sidel, Swagler, Sullivan, Snider, Trahern, Wagner, Walker, Wheeler, Woodruff, Yeomans, Younger, Zeigler
The meeting was called to order at 3:18 p.m.
Parliamentarian Thomas Hood called the quorum. There was not a quorum. Hood moved that the Senate adjourn until the meeting 12 May 1980. The motion was seconded and passed.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Charles Pfleeger,
Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
12 May 1980--Auditorium, University Center--3:00 pm
Carl A. Pierce, presiding
Members absent: Aldmon, Anderson, Ashdown, Ball, Bauer, Bayne, Benedict, Carruth, Clark, Collins, Cruthirds, Dittrich, Edwards, Elliott, Faires, Fisher, Ford, Gaertner, Grieve, Hatcher, Hart, Hileman, Hopkins, J. Humphreys, Johnston, Jolley, Jones, Knight, Landen, Lasater, Maus, Merriman, Moses, Mundy, New, Pemberton, Reese, Schmudde, Sidel, Snider, Stoneking, Sullivan, Swagler, Stair, Wheeler, Woodruff, Yeomans, Zeigler
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTESThe minutes of 7 April and 21 April were approved as distributed. The minutes of the Executive committee meetings of 8 April 1980 and 11 April 1980 were approved as distributed.NOMINATING COMMITTEEHomer Johnson presented the results of the election for President-elect and the University councilors to the President. Ken Kenney was elected President-elect, and W. Lee Humphreys, Imogene Posey, and Vernon Reich were elected Councilors to the President.STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEEMaureen Groer Presented the recommendations of the Student Affairs Committee with respect to the long range plan for student financial aid. Lacey moved that the first comment relating to page 11 of the plan be revised to read "Increased efforts should be made through existing institutional arrangements to develop and coordinate university-wide co-op opportunities." The motion was seconded and passed. Jaynes moved that the last sentence of the second paragraph relating to page 11 ("Industrial companies and other ...") be changed to read "... the education of high quality students, and would allow advice about the program of the student by the company." The motion was seconded and passed. The comments generated by the Student Affairs committee, as amended above, were approved by the Senate.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Walker observed that references to GRA's are scattered throughout the document, but that there is no mention of the fact the GRA's pay their own fees. He noted that the overhead on many grants is sufficient to pay the fees for these assistants. He moved that the Graduate Council explore the possibility of fee payment for GRA's, supported by stipends derived from the overhead on grants or contracts. The motion was seconded and passed.
Hood stated that many fine students are being lost due to the fact that the announcement of awards of financial aid is made too late. He moved that the Financial Aids office should set as its goal the announcement of grants by April 1. The motion was seconded and passed.
Silverstein noted that dependents of faculty members are not offered free or reduced tuition at UTK, although they are at many other institutions, including state-supported schools. He moved that the Student Affairs committee look into the possibility of providing financial support for dependents of faculty members. The motion was seconded and passed.
The Senate then considered the entire long range plan, with comments as provided by the Student Affairs committee, and as added above. The plan as amended was accepted.Norman presented the report of the Undergraduate Council of 10 April 1980. He separated two items of business for individual votes: plans for the limitation of enrollment in the colleges of Engineering and Business Administration.GRADUATE COUNCIL
The College of Engineering proposed to limit the number of international students enrolled. The rationale was that the college is experiencing an increase in the number of international students, that the college resources are strained to accommodate these students, and that international students take a disproportionate amount of faculty resources. Discussion against the proposal presented the ideas that the item is inappropriate at this time since the International Studies Committee of the Undergraduate Council is preparing a full report on the admission of foreign students, that the term "international students" is ill-defined, and that this proposal would constitute an unjustifiable instance of one college operating under rules different from the rest of the University. Silverstein moved to defer action on this item until the Senate has received the full report on admission of foreign students. The motion was seconded and passed.
Ralph Norman then introduced Warren Neel to present the proposal from the College of Business Administration regarding admission to a major in that college. The proposal was as outlined in pages 4813-4816 of the minutes of the Undergraduate Council. Neel stated that the proposed limitations were to maintain the diversity of offerings of the college; that is, not to eliminate the service component of their teaching. He indicated that a massive shift of funds into the college-to enable them to expand to cover both service needs and course work for the majors- is not the answer; he indicated that the present college size was appropriate for the size of the University, and he did not want to see the college dominate the University. The motion to approve this proposal from the College of Business Administration was seconded and passed.
Norman then presented curriculum changes from the Undergraduate Council. These were seconded and passed.L. Evans Roth presented the report from the Graduate Council meeting of 24 April 1980. The report was approved as presented.There was no further business, and so the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Charles Pfleeger,
Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
19 May 1980, 3:15 pm, Shiloh Room--University Center
Carl Pierce, presiding
Members absent: Aldmon, Anderson, Ashdown, Bauer, Benedict, Beitel, Calhoun, Carney, Collins, Cruthirds, Edwards, Faires, Ford, Fribourg, Grieve, Hatcher, Hart, Hileman, Hopkins, J. Humphreys, M. Johnson, W. Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Keller, J. Kennedy, Landen, Lasater, Marks, Maus, Moses, Neel, New, Pemberton, Ray, Reese, Roth, Reddy, Swagler, Shoffner, Stair, Trahern, Yeomans, Younger, Zeigler
MINUTESThe minutes for the meeting of 28 April 1980 were approved as distributed.BYLAWSA proposed bylaws amendment (distributed with the agenda for this meeting) was presented. The subject of the amendment was to create a standing committee on professional development. It will be voted upon at the summer meeting, 14 July 1980.PLAN FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMWalter Herndon presented the review by the Educational Policy Committee of the long range plan for academic programs.BUDGET
Robinson moved that the Senate endorse and append as a comment to the plan "observation 2": "The plan is not regarded as a plan in the usual sense, but it is a kind of agenda for continuing review of academic programs using the normal University channels for consideration of the recommendations made." There was some discussion of the position of the Senate--in endorsing the plan, it might also be interpreted as charging the University to act on all specific items within the plan. The discussion supporting the motion was interpreted as clarifying the position of the Senate: i.e., that the Senate fully expects to receive and carefully consider any specific proposals that follow from the implementation of this plan. The motion was seconded and passed.
Wagner moved that the last sentence of the "Goals" section on page 7 (which reads "Graduate students should pursue general education in conjunction with their specialized vocational studies") be deleted. The motion was seconded and passed. Wagner then moved that the first sentence of the same paragraph (which reads "A general education major should be available for juniors and seniors who are not prepared to make a vocational choice.") be deleted. The motion was seconded and passed. Hood moved that the word "other" be deleted from the remaining sentence of that paragraph. The motion was seconded and passed.
On behalf of a faculty member from Biochemistry who wrote to the Senate, Pfleeger moved that the last paragraph on page 11 be deleted. Ralph Norman pointed out that in fact such an interdisciplinary oversight committee was already in existence, having been appointed by the Senate as a subcommittee of the Undergraduate Council, The motion was seconded but failed.
The Senate then considered the entire plan, with recommendations from the Educational Policy Committee and motions as listed above. The entire plan was approved by the Senate.John Snider presented information on the budget for fiscal 1980-81. The final budget represents a growth of 7.02% over the previous year. The salary pool has been increased by 7.2%. Floors for graduate assistants and graduate teaching assistants have been established as $3200 and $3840 for nine months, respectively; when the value of the tuition waiver is considered, these become $5672 and $6312, respectively.FINANCIAL EXIGENCY PLANCarl Pierce brought up the University Financial Exigency plan, prepared by a committee approved by the Senate, and distributed for the consideration of the Senate. Finger moved that the plan be sent back to the committee for reconsideration. This motion failed for want of a second. Walker called for a quorum; there were not sufficient Senators remaining to constitute a quorum. President Pierce, therefore, fixed the time for the next meeting as 3:15, Monday 26 May 1980, in the Shiloh Room, to consider the Financial Exigency Plan and other business remaining from this meeting.The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Charles Pfleeger,
Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
26 May 1980--Shiloh Room, University Center: 3:15 pm.
Carl A. Pierce, presiding
Members absent: Aldmon, Anderson, Ashdown, Ball, Barnaby, Bauer, Bayne, Benedict, Beitel, Bratton, Calhoun, Cillons, Cruthirds, Dittrich, Edmondson, Edwards, Ford, Grieve, Hatcher, Hart, Hileman, Hopkins, Howley, J. Humphreys, W. L. Humphreys, M. Johnson, W. Johnson, Johnston, Jolley, Jones, Keller, J. Kennedy, Knight, Landen, Lasater, LeClercq, Maus, McLean, Merriman, Moses, Mundy, Murphy, Neel, Patton, Pemberton, Penfield, Pless, Ray, Reese, Roth, Reddy, Sidel, Silverstein, Snider, Stoneking, Sullivan, Swagler, Stair, Wagner, Woodruff, Yeomans, Zeigler.
The meeting was not called to order due to failure to achieve a quorum.
Charles Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
14 July 1980--3:00 pm--Shiloh Room, University Center
Carl A. Pierce, presiding
Members absent: Aldmon, Anderson, Barnaby, Beitel, Carruth, Collins, Edmondson, Edwards, Ford, Gaertner, Gangloff, Hatcher, Hart, Hopkins, J. Humphreys, M. Johnson, W. Johnson, Johnston, Jolley, Jones, J. Kennedy, Lasater, Maus, Moses, Murphy, Neel, New, Reese, Reddy, Schmudde, Shoffner, Sidel, Sullivan, Wade, Wagner, Woodruff, Yeomans, Zeigler.
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 pm by President Carl Pierce.
MINUTESMinutes for the meetings of 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, and 26 May 1980 were all approved as distributed.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEPierce highlighted the announcement in the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 23 June 1980 that there will be people to represent the Senate on the University Commission for Women, Commission for Blacks, and the Student Affairs Council and the Calendar Committee. The minutes of the Executive Committee were approved as distributed.BY-LAWS AMENDMENTS
The nomination of Charles Pfleeger to serve as secretary for 1980-81 was presented on behalf of the Executive Committee. The Senate approved this nomination.The amendment dated 12 May 1980 to establish a standing committee for Professional Development was amended to read "The committee shall have a minimum of nine (9) elected faculty members ..." The amendment as revised was approved.COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
The amendment dated 19 May 1980 to establish a standing committee on the By-Laws was approved as distributed.Pauline Bayne presented the proposed slate of committee members from the Committee on Committees. Ken Walker suggested that instead of having two co-chairs for the Faculty Affairs committee, it would be preferable to have one chair with a co-chair, because there are instances in the Faculty Handbook that refer to the "chair of the Faculty Affairs committee." In light of this, Bayne indicated that Roger Swagler would be listed as chair of the Faculty Affairs committee, with primary responsibility for grievances; Michael Johnson would be co-chair, with primary responsibility for policies. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees were accepted by the Senate.FINANCIAL EXIGENCY PLANRussell French presented the draft university plan on Financial Exigency for the ad hoc committee on Financial Exigency. French indicated that the role of the Senate in this plan would be much like that for study of the long range plans: the Senate would recommend changes that it would like to see incorporated, but would recognize that the final construction of a plan would rest with the administration.STUDENT AFFAIRS-RECOMMENDATION ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Thomas Hood moved that the composition of the Committee on Financial Exigency in section 6.2 be changed from three to four members of the faculty. This motion was seconded and passed. W. Lee Humphreys moved that one of these four be a nontenured faculty member. This motion was seconded and passed. Robert Landen moved that the phrasing be changed to "at least one of these four..." The motion was seconded but failed.
John Finger moved that section 8.1 dealing with notification period be changed to "given notice of their intended release as soon as possible, with a minimum time of 1 year between notification and layoff." The motion was seconded and passed.
Frederic LeClercq moved that section 6.4 on seniority be changed by deleting the third full sentence ("The recommendations of specific individuals ... other considerations."), and replacing it by "The recommendation of specific individuals to be laid off shall follow a ranking determined by the faculty of individual departments. Faculty ranking shall be based on effectiveness in teaching, research and, where applicable, public service. Faculty rankings shall be determined in meetings of the tenures faculty of each department. When individual faculty fall within the same ranking, seniority shall be applied to determine layoff order." The motion was seconded but failed.
John Lennon moved that the second sentence of paragraph 3 on page I be deleted. The motion was seconded but failed.
The plan as amended above was presented for Senate endorsement. The motion to endorse passed.Maureen Groer presented a recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee on academic integrity. Mary Sue Younger moved that item 2 be deleted. (Item 2 concerned adding a statement to the Faculty Handbook's section on Teaching/ Learning Guidelines.) The motion was seconded and passed. John Handler asked that the Academic Council Committee on Testing and Grading be included in the list of committees in item 4. Maureen Groer said this would be done. The proposal as amended was then considered for Senate adoption. The motion to adopt was passed.OTHER BUSINESSIn view of the lateness of the hour and the substantial nature of the items remaining on the agenda, Robert Landen moved that the Senate adjourn until 21 July 1980 at 3:00 pm in the Shiloh Room. The motion was seconded and passed.The meeting was adjourned at 4:52 pm.
Charles Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
21 July 1980--3:00 pm--Shiloh Room, University Center
Pauline Bayne, presiding
Members absent: Aldmon, Anderson, Ashdown, Benedict, Bratton, Calhoun, Carruth, Clark, Collins, Cruthirds, Edwards, Elliott, Fisher, Gaertner, Gangloff, Grieve, Groer, Hatcher, Hart, Hopkins, Johnston, Jolley, Jones, Jordan, J. Kennedy, Kenney, Lasater, LeClercq, Maus, Moses, Neel, New, Posey, Reese, Robinson, Reddy, Schmudde, Shoffner, Sullivan, Wade, Walker, Wheeler, Woodruff, Yeomans.
The meeting was called to order at 3:10 pm. Pauline Bayne presided.
ANNOUNCEMENTSPauline Bayne announced that she was chairing the meeting for Carl Pierce, who was out of town due to a death in his family.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
She announced a meeting of the Executive Committee (as elected at the Senate meeting of 14 July) at 3 pm. 11 August in the Faculty Lounge of the College of Law. Regular Senate meetings for the 1980-81 school year will begin at 3:15 pm.Walter Herndon presented the report for the Undergraduate Council meeting of 29 May 1980. He drew the attention of Senators to the removal of 22 courses that had not been offered recently, and also to a number of general revisions to the General Catalog policy statements.GRADUATE COUNCIL
Herndon moved that item IV 4 (p. 4854 of the Undergraduate Council report) concerning grades of B+ and C+ be deferred until the second Senate meeting of fall quarter--3 November 1980--in order to give the University administration time to study this change and its ramifications. In any event, Herndon reported, this proposal would not become effective until Fall 1981. The motion to defer was seconded and passed.
Herndon moved that the section on Awarding of Academic Honors in the College of Law (p. 4877 of the Undergraduate Council Report) be deleted from the report, in order to give the College of Law a chance to reconsider and revise this proposal. A revised proposal will be presented to the Undergraduate Council later. The motion to delete was seconded and passed.
W. Lee Humphreys moved to consider item 25 of page 4857 of the Undergraduate Council Report separately. [This item concerned changing the add deadline from the seventh to the eighth day of classes.] The motion to divide the report was seconded and passed. After discussion, the change to the add deadline was defeated.
Landen moved that the following be substituted for item 60 of p. 4859 of the report. This substitution would replace the paragraph presently in the catalog and counteract the Undergraduate Council's suggested deletion of that paragraph.Discussion on the substitution included statements that the original statement might discourage better prepared students or more mature students, and that it might discourage the upgrading of high school curricula in Tennessee secondary schools. There was also discussion on leaving the original statement intact. The sentiment voiced at the meeting was not to approve the deletion as recommended by the Undergraduate Council. Franks (proxy for Lay) moved that the issue be returned to the Undergraduate Council for further consideration. The motion to refer was passed.
Normal Time Requirements to Complete Baccalaureate Degrees
The University operates on a four quarter plan and many of its courses, especially at the lower division, are offered every quarter. Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority of students should expect to devote at least four years to complete a baccalaureate degree at the University. For those students who bring evidence of unusual preparation to their studies, it may be possible, through appropriate arrangement of courses and attendance during summer quarters, to complete their degree programs in less than four years. In any case, all students should consult the appropriate faculty advisor as early as possible for assistance in planning any degree program.
With the exceptions as described above, the report of the Undergraduate Council was accepted as presented.L. Evans Roth presented the report for the Graduate Council meeting of 29 May 1980. The report was passed by the Senate.FRINGE BENEFITSBecause of the absence of the leaders of the Fringe Benefits committee, the recommendation on health insurance coverage was deferred until the next meeting of the Senate.PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTRussell French presented the report from the ad hoc committee on Instructional Improvement, reviewing the University Long Range Plan for Faculty Development. By an agreement with the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Administration, it was decided to prepare just one report, incorporating suggestions from the original task force on faculty development, from the faculty at large, and from reading and study by the committee, combining these with the substance of the original university Long Range Plan on Faculty Development. Landen praised the efforts of the committee in preparing this report and moved that the Senate endorse it. The motion was seconded and passed.NEW BUSINESS
French reported that the Committee on Professional Development was planning the second seminar for graduate teaching assistants, to be held on September 16, 17, 18, 24, and two Saturdays during fall quarter.Bernard Silverstein moved that the Secretary be directed to prepare a letter expressing the condolences of the Senate to President Pierce on the death of his father. He also moved that the Secretary express the appreciation of the Senate for Pierce's leadership of the Senate this year. Both motions were seconded and passed.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:18 pm.
Charles P. Pfleeger, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
8 Ayres Hall--974-5067
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