FACULTY SENATE MEETING

Minutes

University Center, Concho Room

March 6, 2002

Attendance:

 

Rasheed, A., Nussbaum, C., Kribs-Zaleta, C., Formanowicz, D.,  Maher, D., Reinhartz, D., Patrick, D., Estes, E., Gintole, G., Liu, H., Courtney, H., Amster, H., Clark, J., Priest, J., Porter, L., Rouse, L., Rosado, L., Eakin, M., Jones, M.E., Bond, M.L., Spindler, M., Lehmann, P., Clements, P., Elmasri, R.,  Shoults, R., Burke, S., Hunter, S., Maizlish, S. (Secretary), Kleiser, S., Ingram, T., Sol, A. Vice President D. Dunn, Assistant Vice President M. Moore, and Chair T. Chrzanowski.

 

Call to Order:

 

2:35 p.m. Senate Chair Thomas Chrzanowski called the Senate to order. 

 

Approval of Minutes:

 

The minutes of the March 6, 2002 meeting were approved unanimously. 

 

Remarks by the Chair:

 

The Chair apologized for not posting the previous minutes and agenda sooner, due to computer password problems.  Sen. Chrzanowski and Sen. Reinhartz attended the UT System Faculty Advisory Council meeting February 28 and March 1.  An excerpt from Vernon's Civil Statutes was circulated indicating that the state must provide salary and benefits at least equal to those at comparable institutions.  It is not yet known what effect, if any, this will have on UTA salaries. 

 

The FAC "To Do" list was reviewed.  No senators were aware of any tenure/tenure track faculty who had their salary reduced. 

 

One of the issues addressed concerned the link between tenure and salary with the potential for reduction of salary.  Sen. Reinhartz stressed the importance of accurately reporting the salary reduction issue, and asked senators to check within their units for any instances of this on our campus.  Sen. Courtney stated that this was accomplished at the local level by reduction of teaching loads. 

 

Promotion and Tenure recommendations have been received from President Witt.  Twenty-two cases were considered, and 21 of 22 were agreed upon.  It is unclear how many were approved.  The Chairman will request this information from the President's office. 

 

The administration has expressed concern regarding the upcoming mass transit election and wants to encourage students to register and vote in favor of the mass transit proposition, which will benefit UTA. 

 

Remarks by the President:

 

President Witt was in Washington, D.C. and therefore had no remarks.

 

Remarks by the Provost:

 

Provost Wright was in China, and therefore had no remarks.

 

Committee Reports:

 

The Council of Faculty Senates: Sen. Porter presented the Roundup Report on UTA issues and activities and Sen. Amster summarized issues being dealt with on other campuses from the Council of Faculty Senates meeting March 1-2, 2002.  Copies of both reports are attached. 

 

Equity: Had no report, but is up to date on their projects.

 

Academic Freedom and Tenure:  Sen. Priest provided a handout of the Draft Model of Academic Receivership Policy.  The Chairman explained that this document was drafted in response to events at UT San Antonio.  Most other UT system units are considering such a policy.  A motion was made by Sen. Priest and seconded by Sen. Reinhartz that the policy be approved. 

 

A lengthy discussion ensued regarding the exact intent and meaning of the draft policy. The Chairman defined academic receivership as occurring when an academic unit is placed under the supervision of a faculty member from within the university, but not from within that unit.  Senator Priest noted that this policy was designed to protect our faculty.  Sen. Reinhartz noted that there is a diversity of structures within the university system and that this document allows for as broad a definition as possible. 

 

It was agreed that the fourth paragraph of the document which begins Academic Receivership may also include..." should be made a fourth bullet.  

 

Sen. Maizlish made a motion to approve Sen. Courtney's suggested version, which would add the word "specifically" before "Academic Receivership".  The motion was seconded by Sen. Estes.  Other suggested changes included: Sen. Amster suggested changing of the phrase "includes" in Paragraph 2 to "exists when".  It was agreed to move Paragraph 7 to precede Paragraph 6. It was agreed that the term "Faculty Governance Organization" should be changed to "Faculty Senate" wherever it appeared. 

 

The vote was unanimous in favor of adopting the policy with the agreed upon amendments.  The Chairman expressed his thanks to Sen. Priest and his committee for their hard work and will forward the policy to President Witt immediately.

 

Operating Procedures:  Had no report, as Sen. Silva was absent. The Chairman reported that at the last meeting, a proposal to amend the bylaws regarding TCFS representation was made.  The only issue is the timing of the election of representatives.  It was suggested that alternate terms be established.  A motion to accept this proposal was made by Sen. Shoults and seconded by Sen. Kribs-Zaleta.  The vote was unanimous in favor of approval. 

 

 A new charge was made to Operating Procedures by the Chairman to revise the Promotion and Tenure documents to more accurately reflect the reality of the process on our campus.  The committee was asked to work with the Provost's office for facts on the existing P&T process. 

 

Research & Development:  Sen. Eakin had no report. 

 

The Chair reported that R&D were working on reapportionment and suggested revisiting the issue to clarify the proper meaning of "comparable unit" in the Handbook of Operating Procedures.  Sen. Eakin was asked to adjust the verbiage to match the existing situation on our campus.  Dr. Dunn suggested, "program with degree-granting authority" be used.  Sen. Jones sought clarification on whether numbers of tenure/tenure track faculty was the guideline, since instructors are allowed to vote on departmental issues in some units.  The Chairman clarified that for university business, only tenure/tenure track faculty were allowed to vote, regardless of any voting privileges granted to them within their own departments. 

 

Sen. Porter expressed concerns regarding the English Department, which has 70 faculty members, but only 14 who are tenure/tenure track.  A lengthy discussion was held on the seriousness of this issue.

 

The Chairman noted that the intent of Faculty Senate is to represent long term, career faculty.  This does not mean others should be ignored, but that they should come to their senators with their issues.  He suggested that perhaps a committee should be established to review this issue, and asked senators to discuss this with their constituents before the April meeting. 

 

Sen. Amster suggested that a parallel organization be established for non-voting faculty and that joint meetings be held as needed.  Sen. Maizlish agreed that the issue needed study, and suggested that one or two adjuncts might be elected to Faculty Senate. 

 

A senator who preferred to remain anonymous raised the issue of the shortage of funds for faculty salaries, while more administrative positions are being created.  The Chairman suggested this item be addressed in New Business.

 

 Budget Liaison had no report.

 

Academic Liaison and Student Services Liaison:  Sen. Porter reported that these groups are meeting regularly to revise the Faculty Guide.  The web page has been updated to advise faculty where hard copies are available.  Information that changes more frequently will be added to the web site, as requested. 

 

Ethics had no report, as Sen. Barrett was absent.

 

Special Projects:  Sen. Fincher was absent, but another committee member reported that nominations for Professor Emeritus were going well. 

 

Old Business:

 

The Chair reported that the Periodic Reviews of Academic Administrators are both preparing drafts of a final document.  The review of the Provost should be concluded soon, as the draft report is expected next week.  The review of Vice President Williams is expected to produce a draft by March 11th. 

 

New Business:

 

The Chairman appointed a Nominating Committee to bring a slate of officers to the April 24th meeting.  Members are:  Senators Rasheed, Liu, Sol, Amster and Bond.

 

Sen. Amster indicated her willingness to serve only if service did not preclude her from being nominated for office. 

 

A Chair-elect must be elected and will function as Vice Chair in the coming year. 

 

Senator Reinhartz has heard that some administrators received raises during the academic year and expressed concern, as faculty are ineligible for such raises.  The Chairman pointed out that faculty are "contract labor", unlike administrators. 

 

Sen. Amster suggested that summer pay be changed from 1/10 of salary to 1/9 of salary, that $10,000 be allocated to the Speaker of the Faculty Senate, that an orientation be established for new senators, and that the salary equity issue have language added to include adjuncts who are underpaid and overworked. 

 

 Announcements:  There were no announcements.   

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m. 

 

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ROUNDUP REPORT (presented to TCOFS)

UT ARLINGTON March 6, 2002

 

Harriett Amster and Laurin Porter, Elected Representatives to the TCOFS

 

1.       Enrollment is up:  Spring 2002 enrollment at UTA is up 6.3% over last spring, making this the ninth consecutive semester the university has posted an increase in students.  Official headcount enrollment is 20,842.  The largest increase is among new graduate students (27.5%).  Minority enrollment has also increased.  African-American students by 3.9% and Hispanic by 5.6%.

 

Faculty staffing, however, has not kept pace with this increase in student population in some colleges, notably Liberal Arts and Science.  In the College of Liberal Arts, for instance, the total number of tenured and tenure track faculty has decreased by 30 in the last six years, from 177 in 1995 to 147 in 2001 - a disturbing decrease of 17%.  The College of Science, whose enrollment has increased 15% in the last several years, reports that 7 out of 7 units are understaffed.  Many faculty are concerned about a tendency to rely on adjuncts and part-time faculty to compensate for the decline in tenure stream faculty and its potential impact on the quality of education in these colleges. 

 

2.       Excellence funding:  UTA received excellence funding in the last legislative budget.  This is linked to increased amounts of externally funded research and graduate student production and is a sign of our continued growth as a research institution.  Some faculty are concerned, however, about an over-emphasis on grant-generating capabilities in the hiring process.  The College of Science, for example, was directed to hold an open competition for one new hire, i.e. competition between psychology, biology, math, and physics to see which department could attract the candidate with the most funding and best funding potential.  Only after all three departments had advertised for new positions were they informed that only one position would be funded.

 

3.       Faculty development leaves:  Faculty Development Leaves (FDLs) have increased from 10 last year to a maximum of 15 this year and 20 next year.  The faculty is very pleased at the increased support for research.

 

4.       Periodic review of administrators: The evaluation of upper administration initiated, designed, and implemented by the Faculty Senate is now nearly complete.  In the current cycle, the provost and the senior vice president for finance and administration were reviewed by committees consisting of faculty, staff, administrators, and community representatives. 

 

5.       Compliance procedures: Many faculty voice concerns about the increase in compliance procedures and paperwork, feeling that it detracts from their teaching and research time.  This is particularly a problem in the College of Science, for instance, where an increase in grants and funded research has brought with it a concurrent increase in such things as budget auditing, chemical safety and oversight, and animal care.

 

6.       Review of summer compensation: The Faculty Senate has urged administration to review the lack of summer compensation for the supervision of graduate students.

 

7.       New buildings:  A new science building is to be constructed and a new fine arts annex is underway, as well as a new dormitory and apartment complex; plans for a new library are temporarily on hold.

 

Report to UTA Faculty Senate on the TCFS  MEETING

Austin, March 1 & 2, 2002

By Harriett Amster

 

Major issues being worked on by Faculty Senates

 

Implementation of HB 1641

Salary compression

Academic Dishonesty

Faculty club (Sam Houston St. U.)

Faculty load is being better defined with a system for Abanking@hours for supervision of individual students, including graduate thesis supervision, toward later course reduction. (Tarleton St. U.)

Revamping the list of Standing Committees (MWSU) & participating in staffing

Closing the gaps (Teri Flack, Deputy Commissioner, TX HE Coordinating Board, speaker)

Core curriculum (transferable all over the state) & Field of Study (institution-adopted requirements above the core (Catherine Personeault, TX HE Coordinating Board, speaker)

 

Major Accomplishments of Faculty Senates

 

Summer pay changed from 1/12 to 1/9 of annual salary (UHCL)

 

Allocation of $10,000 allocation for the speaker of the Faculty Senate to remain for one year or more after term ends ( TX A&M)

 

Salary equity adjustment by comparable institution, discipline, longevity, and merit to begin this spring and extend 3 -5 years.  Each department now has a published merit raise policy and the senate is to check on its administration.  (Lamar Univ.)

 

Representation in selection of a new President for the University ( SW TX St.)

 

Orientation luncheon for new senators (UH)

 

Implementation of President=s Commission Report on thr Status of Women (UH)

 

Replacing faculty because of probable state freeze on new positions (UH downtown)

 

Changes that may affect us

 

Proposed College of Engineering ( UNT)

Donation of land in So. Dallas to build the UNT-Dallas Campus