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22 September 1986, 3:15 P.M., Law School Lounge A116

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members present: Betty Bengston, Mary Drake, Theodore Hipple, Carolyn Hodges, Jeff Kovac, Lorayne Lester, John Muldowny, Rita Patton, Bernie Silverstein, Wayne Waller, Bruce Wheeler and George Wheeler.

Bernie Silverstein called the meeting to order at 3:15 P.M.

Introduction of Ellen Ballew, student, who as chairperson of the Undergraduate Academic Council was invited to attend the Executive Committee meeting as were the president of the Student Senate and the president of the Graduate Student Council.


1. Silverstein attended the Dean's Retreat in Gatlinburg as the representative of the Faculty Senate. The material was essentially the same as in Senate Executive Committee-Administration Retreat of September 16, 1986.

2. Regarding Senate Executive Committee-Administration Retreat, Silverstein will formally thank the Chancellor on behalf of the Committee .

3. Silverstein attended the State Insurance Committee Staff Hearing in Nashville on September 3, 1986 along with Al Auxier and Henry Fribourg of the Benefits Committee and Frank Bell, Victor Holicay and David Shirley of the UTK Retirees Association. The subject was state consideration of a group insurance plan for retired state employees. A report is being prepared by the committee for the state legislature.

4. Silverstein reported that faculty research, development and leave awards funding has been increased to $220,000 in 1986-87 (from $193,000 in 1985-86). The Senate has suggested faculty to serve on the evaluation panels.

5. Silverstein reported that Benefits Committee recommendations were provided to system staff attending hearings in Nashville on phased retirement.

6. Silverstein reported that the Tennessee Higher Education Assembly will meet October 24-25 in Murphreesboro. Fred Venditti, Marian Moffett, and Bernie Silverstein will attend. If anyone wants anything brought up at that meeting, contact one of those above.

7. Report by Silverstein on tuition/fee discount (now 50% for dependent children and spouses). Certification procedure being improved at UTK, so that faculty children will not have to re- certify each quarter but only once and faculty spouses only at the beginning of the school year. Reciprocity is still being explored.

8. Silverstein reported that ways are being investigated to make it possible for faculty/staff to get temporary parking permits for special reasons, so they can park in places other than their assigned lots. Also, on the new parking tags, proposed replacement fee for lost or stolen tags will be $15.00, considerably lower than originally announced.

9. Silverstein reported that efforts are continuing to get increased faculty and staff discounts for individual theater tickets. Also under consideration are faculty and staff discounts to individual athletic events and on textbooks at the University Center Bookstore.


Silverstein reported on late changes in Faculty Senate committee assignments. The list of July 28, 1986 is current with the replacement of Pat Hardin for Fred Thomforde on the Legislative Committee.

Names were solicited for the following administrative committees:
   Adaptive Living Committee
   Recreation, Entertainment and Social Board
   Student Affairs Council
   University Calendar Committee
   Cultural Affairs Board


Silverstein reported that there has been a positive reception to the idea of having two permanent plaques on the front wall of the Shiloh Room. to honor the Faculty Senate's past presidents and secretaries. The Executive Committee showed unanimous approval (motion made by Lester, seconded by Drake). This item will be brought to the Faculty Senate.


Silverstein suggested that the Faculty Senate sponsor regular lunch-hour meetings of faculty for speakers, panels, etc. After some discussion, the Executive Committee informally suggested that meeting once a month should be tried.


Waller brought to the Executive Committee a suggestion for an amendment to the University's snow policy. The amendment stated that on days when tests were scheduled and the Knox County schools were closed, the test would automatically be given the next time the class met. After considerable discussion, Waller withdrew the amendment for further study.


Provost Wheeler reported on present thinking about how the Hoskins Library will be used after the collection is moved to the Hodges Library. In the long range, Hoskins will still be part of the Library system (even Hodges and Hoskins together will be inadequate by the year 2000). In the short range, people in Ayres, G&G and Taylor Law Building will be moved into Hoskins consecutively while those buildings are being renovated. Then Hoskins will be renovated and be returned to the Library system. Among uses will be Science and Engineering Library and Special Collections.


Silverstein noted his concern about absenteeism at Faculty Senate meetings. He urged Executive Committee to consider ways to increase attendance.


The section of the Mission Statement on Expectations of Faculty, Students and Administration (see attached) has not been approved by the Faculty Senate. This needs to be studied by appropriate committees prior to Senate action.


Silverstein reported that in January he had recommended some way of recognizing faculty service to the University at those faculty members' ten-year anniversaries (tenth, twentieth, etc.). There was some discussion about a letter or certificate and/or a bookplate for a book in the Library.

Moffett moved acceptance and bring to the Faculty Senate. Seconded by Patton. Approved unanimously.


Provost Wheeler reported that a tenured faculty member is being sought for the half-time position of University Advising Coordinator. Nominations and applications are welcome.

The meeting adjourned at 5:50 P.M.

Respectively submitted,
William Bruce Wheeler, Secretary
1113 McClung Tower


20 October, 1986

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members absent: John Morrow and Kelly Robbins.

Bernie Sillverstein called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m.

General discussion of getting Faculty Senate members to interview candidates for Director of Affirmative Action. The time demands would be approximately 2 1/2 hours or slightly more. A committee will be formed.

Silverstein brought Executive Committee up to date on status of the parking lot adjacent to the Aquatic Center. Very recently the lot was returned to its original status, that of a faculty-staff-student lot for those using the Aquatic Center. A nearby softball diamond has been graveled over for non-commuter student vehicles (see Daily Beacon, 10/20/86).

Silverstein announced two upcoming meetings at which the Senate would be represented: a) Tennessee Higher Education Assembly meeting, and b) Faculty Counselors to the President. Faculty members are invited to contact Silverstein to introduce items.

Update by Silverstein on the future uses of Hoskins Library. A meeting between Silverstein, Magid, G. Wheeler, H. Fisher, Larry Ratner, and Bill Snyder resulted in a memorandum of 10/13 outlining future plans, "surge space," etc. On 10/17 the Faculty Senate Library Committee endorsed the memo by a vote of 5 to 1, principally because no alternatives were seen.

The question was where the Senate should go from here. It is known that some departments (notably Chemistry) are opposed to the plan, but a sense of resignation seems more prevalent.

After a lengthy discussion, Waller moved to recommend (second Drake) that the conversion of a sufficient portion of Hoskins Library for a science-engineering library be the next capital improvement project after the renovations to Geology and Geography, Ayres and Taylor Law. The motion passed unanimously. Kovac was asked to draw up a resolution for action by the full Faculty Senate.

Silverstein alerted the Executive Committee to the necessity of changing the Senate's bylaws for the semester system, especially with regards to the calendar for Senate and Executive Committee meetings.

Tentatively, under the semester system, the Executive Committee would meet on the Mondays of weeks 1, 5, 9 and 13 with the Senate meeting on weeks 3, 7, 11 and 15 and the summer meeting on week 5 of summer school. This calendar was passed unanimously for consideration by the Senate.

A general discussion took place of a motion now on the floor of the Senate from the Faculty Affairs Committee with regard to departmental votes on promotion. It was generally agreed that Venditti (chair, Faculty Affairs Committee) should meet with the Provost prior to the next Faculty Senate meeting for the purpose of getting his thinking on the matter prior to Senate reconsideration.

A proposed University honor statement has arrived from the Student Academic Council. There was considerable confusion as to whether either the Undergraduate Council or the Student Affairs Committee had acted on the document. Richard Pope of the Graduate Student Council reported that his group had not seen the document. A short discussion ensued, most of which was opposed to the statement. Jenkins recommended that the statement be sent to appropriate committees. Approved without vote.

Other items:
a. Reports that library staff will be reduced are erroneous. The size of the staff will grow, but not to the number it was projected previously would be needed to staff both Hodges and Hoskins.

b. Pope reported that the new tax law treated tuition waivers for graduate students as earned income and therefore taxable, unless the University can find a legal alternative. Several suggestions made by Pope. Silverstein promised to investigate.

c. Muldowny said that some senators had asked him to get someone to come before the Faculty Senate to report on SAMS, especially with regard to how it is being funded. Silverstein noted that the Budget Committee will be asked to look into the funding of SAMS. Jenkins recommended that a short report to the Faculty Senate by either the Chancellor or Homer Fisher would be desirable. No motion, but general agreement.
The meeting adjourned at 4:53 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
W. Bruce Wheeler, Secretary
1113 McClung Tower


11 November 1986, 2:00 P.M., 217 Art/Architecture Building

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members absent: Carolyn Hodges, Marian Moffett and John Morrow.

Homer Fisher reported that the Athletics Department will be undertaking a new construction project at Neyland Stadium beginning on November 24, 1986, expanding the existing Press and President's and Chancellor's boxes and building Corporate Sky Boxes.
1. Will need an enclosed construction site, which will take up a significant portion of parking lot Staff 9 (180-190 parking spaces).

2. Will be returned to a parking lot by fall quarter 1987.

3. Must therefore find parking for faculty and staff who work in Claxton, Nursing and McClung Tower.

4. Brought to the Executive Committee the idea of using grassy between HSS classroom building and the Art-Architecture building. No trees will be taken and Athletics Department will pay for all expenses. Admitted that this was not an attractive situation, but was better than other alternatives.

5. No one would lose a parking space, but there would be some inconvenience.

6. Will not put down a permanent surface.

7. Lighting would also be provided and probably left in place.

8. Will have to be some grading.
Responding to questions, Fisher added that:
1. University has not known about this problem for very long only about three weeks. That time has been spent working with faculty committee and parking authority to find alternative parking.

2. There is no more space in McClung Tower for parking, so no affected people will be able to transfer from Lot 9 to McClung Tower.
Other concerns were voiced:
1. Lot 9 is also used for conferences, etc. at University Center. Will those also be able to be accommodated?
Fisher -- yes, according to Joe Cates.
2. Will this really be done by the beginning of the fall quarter?
Fisher -- It must be done before the beginning of the 1987 football season.
3. Why can't C8 be converted to faculty-staff parking?
Fisher -- That is a commuter student parking lot. Would not want to lose any more of those.
4. Will this hamper moving of the library from HHS?
Fisher -- no.
5. Scheurer pointed out that visibility problem has been studied and a police officer will be assigned to that curve.
Silverstein then redirected thinking toward how faculty and staff will be informed. Beacon and Context will be used. A memo will be sent to all affected parties. Fisher also said that he complained to systems administration about lack of input on decision. A general discussion then followed on systems people and architects making decisions without sufficient or expert input.

Silverstein said issue of "taking green area" temporarily must be addressed immediately. Also need to address the issue of "why that lot instead of another."

Meeting adjourned at 4:06 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Bruce Wheeler, Secretary
1113 McClung Tower


17 November 1986, 3:15 P.M., 217 Art/Architecture Building

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members absent: Mary Drake, Roger Jenkins, John Morrow and John Muldowny.

Bernie Silverstein called the meeting to order at 3:20 P.M.

1. Meeting began with a brainstorming session on possible Senate activities and concerns: 28 items were identified which will receive further consideration by appropriate committees.

2. Senate meeting on December 1, 1986 will include a full discussion of SAMS Project. The emphasis will be on funding.

3. Faculty Senate Involvement in Facilities Planning . According to Betsy Creekmore, there is a program committee for each building, composed partly of building users. All plans for buildings and renovations are approved by these committees. Creekmore offered to appoint a member of the Senate to each committee.

In a general discussion there was concern expressed about the lack of faculty involvement in the process of selecting an architect as well as problems in users communications with the University Architects and the building architects as planning and construction progresses. It was recommended that a small group of Senate representatives meet with Homer Fisher to discuss this issue.

4. Honors Statement.
Silverstein explained that both graduate student association and the undergraduate academic council are considering an abbreviated honor statement. If or when it is passed by these bodies, it come to the Graduate or Undergraduate Councils and, if passed, to the Senate. A general discussion ensued, much of which dealt with the symbolic nature of the statement. One positive point was that each faculty member would have to define more clearly to students what is and what is not appropriate in the course with respect to academic honesty and integrity.

5. Richard Pope reported that the Graduate Student Association will be requesting that the Senate add graduate students to several committees.

6. Emeritus Status Privileges.
Question as to what kind of privileges emeritus faculty ought to have. Moffett moved (seconded by Lester) that an ad hoc committee be appointed to investigate. Passed unanimously.

7. Short-Term Parking for Hodges Library.
How can this be done? One suggestion was to make Melrose Triangle into a good lot for short term parking for library users (is now a student commuter lot). Motion by Lester (seconded by Moffett) that Melrose area be designated as short-term library parking for faculty, staff and students. Discussion included book drops, where library staff will park and handicapped students who drive. Passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 4:43 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Bruce Wheeler, Secretary
1113 McClung Tower


12 January, 1987, 3:15 P.M., 217 Art/Architecture Building

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members absent: Roger Jenkins and John Morrow. Also attending were Homer Fisher, William Miller and Philip Scheurer.

Meeting called to order by Silverstein at 3:20 p.m. in Art/Architecture 217.

Discussion of SAMS Project

Miller briefly sketched the goals of the SAMS Project. Principal goal is to bring all data on each student together in one system. After searching in vain for already available programs, it was decided that UTK would design its own comprehensive system for data storage and analysis. Eighteen subsystems (from biographies and recruiting through advising and registration to curriculum requirements, financial matters, etc.) were identified. All subsystems will not be developed at once but will be phased in. Main initial needs were for people who could design the program and for up-to-date equipment which could respond with the main frame. At this point, Project has begun to design the demographic-biographical and admissions subsystems.

Fisher added that principal stimulus for doing this came from academic deans who were frustrated because of the lack of information available to their faculties and students. George wheeler emphasized the benefits to faculty members who advise students.

In response to a question, Fisher explained that UTK is considerably behind comparable universities, in some cases more than ten years behind. Most schools have designed their own systems.

Fisher noted that systems like this are very expensive. UTK's goal was to hold cost to around $12 million over five years, averaging approximately $2 million per year. In response to a question, Fisher said more personal computers to communicate with the system would be necessary, and are not included in the above cost. At present there are 20 UTK people and 6 consultants working on the Project.

It is hoped that within a year a few of the early subsets will be available to faculty members. other subsets will be available gradually over 4-5 years. Fisher said that an open progress report is needed soon, perhaps in Context.

In response to a question, Fisher responded that, after the initial cost, there will be a $600,000 to $800,000 continuing annual cost. Kovac pointed out that, since the Project replaces things already being done (although not brought together), incremental costs may not be as large. Scheurer added, however, that this would not displace staff but rather require them to undergo some retooling.

Other questions were asked with regard to the availability of such programs at other universities (apparently none), the ownership of the system (UTK), testing and evaluation of system (continual), the ultimate need for a new main frame to keep faculty research going (yes), the possibility of getting a special allocation from THEC (none), cost for additional pc's for faculty (hard to tell), will this concentrate faculty advising in few people (no answer, but decisions will have to be made), the extent to which faculty members had been consulted at an early stage (yes, although Senate has not considered this before).

Kovac pointed out (and Fisher agreed) that SAMS has become a "whipping boy" for disappointment over increases in faculty salaries, library acquisition, departmental operating budgets, etc. Fisher and Scheurer said they were eager to talk with any faculty members who had questions or reservations.

Meeting adjourned at 4:59 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Bruce Wheeler, Secretary
1113 McClung Tower


2 February 1987, 3:15 P.M., 217 Art/Architecture Building

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members absent: Mary Drake, Roger Jenkins and Kelly Robbins.

Silverstein called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m.

1. Silverstein announced that a student forum will meet on February 2. 1987 on racism in fraternities and sororities. An open meeting, all are invited to attend.
1. Student Representation on Senate Standing Committees Should By-laws be changed to change student representation on committees?
a. There was a general discussion as to whether students chairing the Student Senate, Student Academic Council, and Graduate Student Council should be non-voting members of the Senate Executive Committee (at present they are invited to attend and do not vote). No motion made, so situation stays as is.

b. There was no motion to change student representation on Undergraduate Council.

c. On Graduate Council, Pope (President, GSA) argued for raising graduate student membership from 2 to 4. J. Morrow moved (2nd Lester) that this be approved and brought to Senate. Passed unanimously.

d. Research Council- Discussion but no action taken.

e. For Senate standing committees (Athletics, Educational Policy, Development and Alumni Relations, Library, Student Affairs), Lester moved to add one graduate student to each committee, taking into account wishes of the Graduate Student Association as explicated in amendments presented to Executive Committee on 2/2/87. Passed unanimously.

f. Addition of one graduate student to Library Committee (passed unanimously).

g. Student Affairs Committee -- no action taken to change composition.

Discussion of any other additions to standing committees will be held at a later time.
2. Suggestion to change Graduate Student Council to Graduate Student Association wherever appropriate in the By-laws (passed unanimously).
a. Suggestion to use the name Undergraduate Academic Council in all occasions in the By-laws (passed unanimously).

b. Suggestion that the term President of the Graduate Student Association be used in the By-laws where appropriate (passed unanimously).
3. Racism at UTK in Fraternities and Sororities
Letter from Ken Kenny to Phil Scheurer re: racism. Scheurer would be happy to meet with Kenny. Silverstein agreed to attend the meeting. Silverstein commented about recent discussion of racism at Vanderbilt. Suggestions made to get some additional information. Provost Wheeler said solid evidence needs to be found so that problems can be dealt with -- need concrete data to substantiate charges. Silverstein asked for representation from the Senate or the Executive Committee. John Morrow agreed to attend the meeting with Phil Scheurer.
4. Status Reports on Ad hoc Committees
a. Summer Term -- Has not met as yet. Provost Wheeler will appoint a new committee. Summer school to be driven by demand and enrollment. Summer school must be self-supporting; department needs to calculate 1 1/2 times the direct cost of the program (Cost, the tuition of the student). Staffing will be different in the future as well. Another issue concerned course offerings particularly during Summer of 1988. Provost Wheeler will inform the Senate and Executive Committee about future plans.

b. Fees Committee -- Barbara Moore reported.
1. Institutional Research to survey fees at other institutions.

2. Considering user fees, payment plans, residence requirements.
c. Salary Issues -- Betty Bengtson reported.
1. Attempting to identify problem areas in salaries.

2. Recommendations concerning salary problems this year.

3. Male versus female salary studies.

4. Clerical and non-exempt (support) staff salaries. Silverstein suggested that methods, for disseminating information to faculty need to be developed.

Richard Pope spoke about Graduate Stipends -- that they had not increased as same percentage of faculty. Provost Wheeler disagreed saying the University had tried to match graduate student stipend increases to faculty salary increases.

Provost Wheeler explained that even though 7% was salary increase goal for last year, had to cut back so that average was less than 7%. Difficult to get proper information about salaries to the university community.
d. Workloads and Staffing -- Jeff Kovac reported.
1. Two questions confronted -- How should workloads in departments be distributed? Committee hopes to establish a set of principles for a final plan.

2. How can one determine whether or not a program is overstaffed or understaffed? Committee has not dealt with that question as yet.

Lorayne Lester asked about the option of no research and all teaching. Would there be salary penalties? Committee not really dealing with that question. Provost Wheeler said department head and dean would determine performance of faculty who desires to teach more than research. Committee is not involved in dealing with that question, as it presumes university will insist upon some evidence of research or other intellectual activity. Wheeler also reiterated that equity in workload should be improved. Need improved methods for assessing teaching to reward faculty for teaching accomplishment.
5. Ad Hoc Committee on Emeritus Status for Faculty
a. Provost Wheeler suggests that group of appropriate faculty members and administration members be organized. Silverstein to take action. Suggested that some recent retirees be appointed. Question of office space, secretarial staff, etc. Emerita should not be driven off. Moffett suggests perhaps a title of university professor might be created.
6. Educational Policy material concerning a general education core will not be ready for February meeting of Senate, possibly in March.

7. Why Law School Curriculum Under Undergraduate Council?
Moffett suggested that curriculum considered more undergraduate since they take applicants without a degree. Passing grade in Law School would not be passing in Graduate School. Richard Pope pointed out that Law School curriculum is in the Graduate Catalog.
Meeting adjourned at 4:58 P.M.


2 March 1987, 3:15 P.M., 217 Art/Architecture Building

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members absent: Carolyn Hodges.

Silverstein called the meeting to order at 3:15 P.M.

1. Silverstein announced that letter soliciting suggested nominees for the president-elect of the Senate will be going out to the faculty this week. Two nominations will be brought to the Senate on April 6, by the Nominating Committee and ballots will go out after that.

2. Silverstein sent letter to Cultural Affairs Committee suggesting that the committee push for a 50% discount on cultural events ticket prices.

3. TIAA long-term disability insurance is being made available to faculty and non-academic exempt personnel who do not presently have it. G. Wheeler impressed on the Committee the desirability for every faculty member to be covered.

4. Honors statement has been referred to the Undergraduate Council and Graduate Council. Silverstein anticipates that some action will be taken in the spring quarter.

5. Silverstein has requested that all faculty be provided with student telephone directories.

6. President's Counselors will meet in Memphis on March 30. Please communicate all concerns to Silverstein, Moffett or John Morrow.

7. Higher Education Council will meet on April 4 in Nashville. Ideas requested.

8. Silverstein inquired about sculpture (The Roof") on HSS lawn. It is on loan for one year and will not be here permanently.

9. Committee on summer school has not been named by Silverstein yet. Will be done soon. If a person is interested in serving, please contact Silverstein.

10. Silverstein has contacted Linda Tober of the Undergraduate Council to inquire about descriptions of grades C and D in the catalog. At present, C is described as "average" and D as "below average."

11. Bengtson reported that the Salary Issues Subcommittee will be dealing with "gender" at its next meeting.

12. G. Wheeler reported on the progress in setting up a Social Science Research Institute. Wheeler said he will establish such an Institute and support it.

13. G. Wheeler reported that the governor's budget "will not be what we had hoped for."

14. G. Wheeler reported that the promotion and tenure process is underway. Said the recommendations were improving.

15. G. Wheeler reported that a distinguished black scholar has accepted the position of department head of finance.

16. Hipple noted his objection to the change in budget hearing from having department heads present to the Provost to having heads report to their deans who then carry forward the requests.
1. Nominations for Committee on Committees were made by the Executive Committee and will be presented to the Senate on April 6 for a vote.

2. "Expectations" Statement, Connected to "Missions" Statement for the University
a. Moffett proposed this come before the Senate at next meeting (Seconded by Jenkins). Copies will be distributed beforehand. Passed unanimously.

b. J. Morrow moved that Executive Committee endorse the concept of this statement (Seconded by Moffett). Passed unanimously.
3. Mental Health Insurance
a. A bill is now before the state legislature mandating the state to carry such insurance as part of its package. The Senate's Benefits Committee is meeting to study the bill.

b. Lester moved that Benefits Committee be given the authority to reflect the committee's opinion and communicate to Nashville (Seconded by Drake). Passed unanimously.
4. Senate Representation on Administrative Committees
a. Silverstein reported he believed there should be such representation. Gave one example of where such membership would be beneficial. G. Wheeler reported that he was not aware of any single list of these committees. Pope reported that he has such a list, but there was some question as to its completeness.

b. Drake supported Silverstein, saying such membership would enhance the flow of information. G. Wheeler says that for some committees this may not be appropriate. Added that large committees move more slowly than smaller ones.

c. Silverstein said he would get such a list. B. Wheeler argued for Senate representation so administrative decisions would not be made before the Senate was consulted.
5. Faculty Involvement in Hodges Library Ceremonies and Observances
a. Silverstein announced that there was a Hodges Library Coordinating Committee and welcomed faculty input.
6. Student representation on Senate Committees (International Education, Legislative, Professional Development)
a. Hipple moved (Seconded by Drake) that each of these committees have one undergraduate and one graduate student representative (to be chosen from appropriate academic councils). Passed unanimously.
7. Silverstein surveyed group as to necessity for a March 16 Senate meeting. There was general agreement that no meeting was necessary.

8. Next Executive Committee meeting scheduled for March 23, during spring break. General agreement that meeting will be cancelled, although a special meeting may be called if necessary on the 26th.

9. Pope reminded Executive Committee that it hasn't dealt with increased graduate student representation on the Research Council. will be brought up next time.
Respectfully submitted,
William Bruce Wheeler
Secretary to the Faculty Senate


20 April, 1987, 3:15 P.M., 320 Art/Architecture Building

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Silverstein called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m.

1. Silverstein announced that it has been a recent tradition for the President, Past President and President-Elect to host a dinner for the Executive Committee. This year the gathering will be on Sunday, May 17, at 6:00 P.M.

2. Copies of the resolution urging pre-planning funds for the Science, Engineering, and Computer Building have been sent to the Governor and members of the State Legislature. Silverstein also contacted some individual Knox County legislators on the subject.

3. Committee on Committees for 1987-88 has been elected. They will meet (to appoint standing committees) after new Senators are elected.

4. Bruce Wheeler is willing to continue as Secretary of the Senate, as desired by the Executive Committee.

5. Copies of the Resolution congratulating the Lady Vols basketball team have been sent to the team, coaches and athletic directors.

Proposal to the Executive Committee from a joint Senate-Provost ad hoc committee. Silverstein observed that the proposal was broad, but he assumed that another group would be appointed to work out the details once the Senate has approved the report.
1. G. Wheeler noted that this was one of a number of efforts to "take our heads out of the sand" with respect to work loads, tenure and promotion criteria, research and teaching. The Provost explained that the earlier increased emphasis on research was not meant to diminish the attention to quality teaching. Wheeler hoped the Senate would approve the report, which has within it the important concept of mandatory evaluation of teaching.

2. Kovac pointed out that assessment could be a "pretty scary thing" without a program to help faculty improve their teaching (which is being put together by another ad hoc committee) or without knowing exactly how an evaluation will be used or without knowing the details of the evaluation procedure.

3. Drake explained that two "sticking points" of an earlier report on evaluation were a) not wanting to do extensive peer evaluation and b) concern that ample consideration would be given to the faculty members being evaluated.

4. Jenkins pointed out that all other professions have performance assessments. G. Wheeler added that if we don't establish a policy, then someone else will do it for us.

5. Waller suggested that alumni evaluations be part of the recommendations. Provost agreed, but also said that student evaluations, when properly done, are very useful. Moffett said alumni surveys were not mandated in the report for two reasons: a) they were expensive, and b) they don't "pick up" newer faculty members.

6. Moore asked if evaluation instruments would be uniform. Moffett said the committee thought that they should be. Silverstein added that a college or department could add questions to the instrument. Provost said that, if passed, he believed the Learning Research Center should be given the responsibility of developing those instruments, with the help of a faculty advisory committee. Silverstein said he hoped instruments would come to the Senate for consideration. All agreed. Jenkins moved (seconded by Kovac) that Executive Committee endorse the proposal and recommend passage by the Senate.
1. Lester said she thought the report should be accompanied by a report of the Teaching Improvement Committee. B. Wheeler said an interim report could be brought to the Senate in June or July.

2. J. Morrow thought that mandatory peer review would be the big sticking point, no matter how detailed the report is.

3. Jenkins (the mover) wanted it to be brought to the Senate at the next meeting. Passed unanimously.
G. Wheeler said this was designed to facilitate faculty involvement in their own ventures without hurting the University. The Provost explained that we are in the forefront nationally or) this subject. Silverstein added that the Research Council, is recommending endorsement, with minor editorial changes.

Kovac moved (seconded by Jenkins) endorsement. Passed unanimously.
BOOKSTORE CONCERN (on faculty selling "comp" books)

Bookstore has asked for Senate response as to whether it should buy or sell books labeled "Not for Resale". G. Wheeler pointed out that profits from Bookstore go to academic affairs for scholarships, etc. Wheeler also said that he has asked Phil Scheurer to look into this. B. Wheeler said this is a large national problem.
1. Drake said her opinion was that selling a book marked "Not for Resale" was an ethical matter. Jenkins agreed. G. Wheeler also agreed, saying that the bookstore could refuse to buy or sell such books.

2. G. Wheeler suggested that before we make a recommendation that we check with Scheurer and the Bookstore. Kovac said we need to know the cost and case for enforcing such a policy.

3. Silverstein asked Drake to investigate further, to report to the Executive Committee at next meeting.
Silverstein reported that statement is before the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils. He added that the Graduate Council had some problems with the statement. The Undergraduate Council has approved it with several proposed amendments.
Graduate Council said it will meet with the Graduate Student Association on this matter, especially with regard to some kind of representational formula.
A subcommittee of the Employee Relations Committee has pointed out problems with the present letterhead format, including loss of typing space, first impression, lack of ease with computers, different margins on page one and page two, etc.

Drake said we should compliment the group for their efforts. Silverstein said he would respond.
Silverstein reported on personal efforts in various places including the UT Theaters, the UT Bookstore for textbooks, and cultural attractions. Informal efforts will continue. A general discussion followed.
1. Executive Committee would meet on 1st, 5th, 9th, and 13th Monday of semester.

2. Faculty Senate would meet on 3rd, 7th, 11th, and 15th Monday of semester.
Senate began to take up this issue at its last meeting but the lack of a quorum cut off consideration. Silverstein asked for the feeling of the Executive Committee. A general discussion ensued, most of which was negative.
A short discussion was held concerning the position of Director of University Communications being filled without a general search. Concern was expressed about a "double standard" on searches, one for faculty and the other for administrators. Silverstein said he would inquire.

Meeting adjourned at 5:07 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
William Bruce Wheeler
Secretary to the Faculty Senate


18 May, 1987, 3:15 P.M., 217 Art/Architecture Building

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members absent: Hodges, Jenkins, Lester and Robbins.

Silverstein called the meeting to order at 3:20 p.m.

1. There will be a June 1 meeting of the Senate.

2. There will be an extra paycheck for nine-month faculty in August 1988, to compensate faculty for extra month of work when we convert to semesters.

3. On replacement for Ellis as Director of University Communications without an external search. G. Wheeler indicated that in some circumstances it is beneficial to promote from within. Eastman and Wheeler both indicated that Affirmative Action guidelines were adhered to.
Should the 4th meeting of the Senate be regular each semester or called meeting? There was general agreement that it should be a called meeting as necessary. Was some discussion of the movement throughout southeastern states and in the Tennessee Legislature to start school after Labor Day (being pushed hard by tourist industry).

Silverstein outlined a history of the honor statement. The Graduate Council and Undergraduate Council have come up with differing implementation policies:
1. Undergraduate Council -- Instructor has the discretion to require students to write the word "pledged", write out and sign the entire code, sign a pre-printed code, or do nothing at all. Also, the Undergraduate Council passed a motion that faculty members who do use the code in class may refuse to grade unpledged papers.

2. Graduate Council -- Has passed an honor statement on which students may write "pledged" on examinations and assignments at their discretion and expects faculty to "maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic integrity". But does not mandate monitoring of exams or quizzes or discussing honor policy at beginning of term.

Kovac said there should not be 2 policies and doubted that "discordant policies" should come before the Senate. Moffett wondered whether Senate itself could find some middle ground. Will plan some floor discussion at June 1st meeting.
Moffett reported that, after Senate's action, the Committee met with some of those who objected to the report at the last Senate meeting. Moffett said she thinks a consensus report can come back to the Senate, probably in October. She stressed that a second committee will be working on implementing the broad policy guidelines of the first committee and this too must come before the Senate.

Silverstein reported that 5 Senate committees did not have any numerical. composition spelled out. Those committees are:
    Present Number
1. Budget 10
2. Faculty and Staff Benefits 18
3. Legislature 19
4. International Education 18
5. Professional Development 8
Silverstein asked Executive Committee whether a set number should be specified. Moffett recommended that no numbers be set for these committees. There seemed to be no burning desire to change the status quo.

1. G. Wheeler said an official announcement of the Social Science Research Institute's founding would be made soot, and there would be an internal search for a director.

2. There was some discussion of efforts now being explored to provide more release time for faculty involvement--research and scholarly activities.

3. A meeting is being set up to discuss how faculty can become more involved in facilities planning. Muldowny expressed concern about renovation and use plans for 12th floor McClung Tower and the HSS Building.

4. G. Wheeler asked if the Senate would like to inspect the "objects d' art" which are "sprouting up" across campus.

5. On renovations and usage of Hoskins Library for surge space, G. Wheeler reported that the budget cuts have set this back one year, but the plan is still set.
Meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
William Bruce Wheeler
Secretary to the Faculty Senate


29 June, 1987, 3:15 P.M.

Bernie Silverstein, Presiding

Members absent: Bengston, Drake, Hipple, Jenkins, Kovac, Moffett, Moore, Morrow, J., Patton, Robbins

1. Silverstein reviewed J. Morrow's decision that he would be unable to serve as the Senate's president in 1987-88. As stipulated in the by-laws, Henry Frandsen (President-elect for 87-88) will automatically become president. The Executive Committee will elect an interim Vice President until the election of a new President-elect at the November 2nd Senate meeting (solicitation of names will go out in September).

Silverstein announced his willingness to serve as interim V.P.
a. Muldowny moved (2nd Lester) that Silverstein be elected as interim V.P. Approved unanimously.
2. Senate involvement in selection of President Boling's successor
a. Does Executive Committee want to make it known to the Board of Trustees and/or the Governor that there should be Senate representation on the Search Committee? It was suggested that a letter be written to the Governor to impress upon him the importance of faculty participation in the search process. A general discussion followed on the nature of such a letter.
3. Temporary parking lots at Architecture & HSS
a. Silverstein told the committee that there is discussion on keeping the lots and not going back to green space. Considerable discussion on faculty and student reaction to keeping the areas for parking. The issue is complicated by the administration's promise to return the areas to green space but also the fact that many faculty and students may want to keep them for parking.

b. It was generally agreed that the issue should be placed on the agenda for discussion and vote at the Senate's July meeting.
4. Parking meters on Volunteer Boulevard
B. Creekmore informed Silverstein that the city was going to put meters along Volunteer Boulevard. Silverstein has contacted city and campus administrators on this issue. Silverstein spoke against the plan. One city official said the idea was just "being floated" at this time.

There followed a brief discussion on the number of temporary parking spaces at the Hodges Library. No firm decisions have been made.
5. Self-insurance for fire and theft
Discussion of University as self-insured and that individual faculty members' equipment, etc. in offices is not covered by University self-insurance.
6. Posting of student grades
General agreement that this issue should be sent to Undergraduate and Graduate Councils for consideration
7. There was a discussion of car bumper stickers or plates recognizing UT Faculty or Staff affiliation
No action taken
Meeting adjourned at 4:45 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
William Bruce Wheeler
Secretary to the Faculty Senate

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