FACULTY SENATE MEETING
University Center, Concho Room
May 2, 2001
Amster, H., Cantwell, D., Clark, J., del Carmen, A., Courtney, H., Crowder, W., Eakin, M., Elmasri, R., Hunter, S., Ingram, T., Kellner, H. (Secretary), Liu, H., Maizlish, S., Maxwell, P., Morrow, E., Munch, J., Nestell, M., Nussbaum, C., Porter, L., Rasheed, A., Reinhartz, D., Reinhartz, J., Rycraft, J., Schelly, Z., Shipman, B., Silva, D., Sol, T., Weed, F., President R. Witt, Provost G. Wright, Vice President D. Dunn, Assistant Vice President M. Moore, Sharon Smith (Student Congress) 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 meeting were approved.
Remarks by the Chair:
The chair reviewed the accomplishments of the Faculty Senate during the past academic year. He noted the complicated technical aspects of the job of chair, particularly with regard to the maintenance of the Senate website and the development of Internet-based faculty voting. All past Faculty Senate minutes have been posted to the website of the Senate. After six years of work, UTA has a faculty grievance procedure in place. The discussion of faculty accountability continues, with Sen. D. Reinhartz as Senate liaison to the system's accountability committee. An online voting procedure was successfully used this spring to elect faculty representatives to the Periodic Review of Administrators committees. The chair proposed without objection that departing senators continue to serve on the committee after their Senate term expired. Several issues have gone from the Senate to the President, including the ongoing matter of the use of Social Security numbers for university identification; the adjustment of the clock In Post-Tenure Review procedures; and the revision of bylaws relating to the succession of Faculty Senate officers.
Next year, the chair noted, issues for discussion will include: assessment of faculty; field of study; biannual review of PTR policies.
The online voting system worked well, in spite of the lack of faculty knowledge about the system and the absence of a "faculty only" database. The presidential appointments to the Periodic Review of Administrators committees are in place; the process will take place in the fall.
Sen. Cantwell noted that the privacy issue and the use of Social Security numbers would not go away, quoting from the Wall Street Journal.
Remarks by the President:
President Witt commented that tensions ran high in Austin at the end of the legislative session. Many bills relating to higher education were in process; the situation changing from day to day. At issue are: the 21-hour rule; tuition revenue bonds; Excellence funds (as proposed for UTA and UTD); formula funding (no decisions have been made). The matter of university recovery of indirect costs has moved to the background. There is discussion of merit raises for staff -- 100 dollars or three percent is likely -- but no discussion of faculty raises.
Sen. Schelly asked about "flagship" status. The president mentioned several bills that are under consideration. Sen. Harris and the Dallas Citizen Council have been lobbying for the Metroplex universities; Arlington will be kept on a par with UTD. The House excellence bill offers nothing for PUF schools, but Representative Giddings has proposed a three-tiered system with UTA and UTD at the top tier. It is clear that money will follow research and graduate production.
President Witt reported that Thomas Wilding would chair the review committee for Vice President Williams. A chair for the committee to review Provost Wright will soon be in place.
President Witt is reviewing the comparative salary study prepared by Michael Moore (Moore distributed two selections from the study. The study may be found at www.uta.edu/provost/salarysurvey). Moore rejected the perspective of the TEA as reported in the Shorthorn, which suggested that Texas universities were far behind the nation in salaries.
About the use of Social Security numbers, President Witt noted that the issue is complex, and that it will be necessary to identify areas where the use of these numbers can be eliminated. They cannot be removed from financial or health system records in Austin, so a piecemeal approach will be followed.
Sen. Maizlish asked for the president's early thoughts about low-paid academic units. President Witt replied that the provost and the deans must take a multi-year approach because salary compression is a danger in fields with upward salary pressures.
Sen. L. Porter asked when the salary report would be in the library. Moore said that it would be there in a few days.
Sen. Liu asked whether UTA and UTD might be joined at a later date. President Witt said this is not likely, but that greater cooperation and perhaps joint appointments should occur.
Remarks by the Provost:
On Post Tenure Review, 60 people were notified, and 50 were reviewed. Four faculty retired and three resigned. One is on leave. Two did not stand. All those reviewed passed.
Ten Faculty Development Leaves were given.
There were no committee reports.
Sen. Amster suggested that teaching loads should be included in salary equity information for women and minorities. She suggested that Beth Anne Shelton should meet with the committee on salary equity to improve the review process. The chair said he would refer this to the appropriate committee.
Annual reports from University Committees are available through the following links:
A lengthy discussion ensued about the status of the Senate officers and the rules of succession when officer leaves his or position before the end of the term. Sen. Del Carmen presented information that offered alternative interpretations of Senate policy. Sen. Silva maintained that his committee had produced responses to these questions that had been approved by the Senate at the March 14, 2001 meeting and were in the hands of the president.
Sen. Maizlish was elected Secretary of the Senate. Sen. Del Carmen was elected Parliamentian. Sen. Porter was elected to TCOFS (Sen. Amster alternate).
Senator Clark asked Liberal Arts senators to meet at the close of the Senate meeting.
Sharon Smith introduced the new Student Government head Shane Burke.
The chair thanked the committee chairs and the Secretary of the Senate for their service during the year.
At 3:41 the meeting was adjourned.