FACULTY SENATE MEETING
University Center, Concho Room
November 14, 2001
Rasheed, A., Nussbaum, C., Kribs-Zaleta, C., Depken, C., Formanowicz, D., Tuckness, D., Silva, D., Maher, D., Reinhartz, D., Cantwell, D., Estes, E., Gintole, G., Liu, H., Amster, H., Priest, J., Porter, L., Rouse, L., Fincher, L., Rosado, L., Eakin, M., Spindler, M., Clements, P., Shoults, R., Burke, S. (Student Congress), Hunter, S., Maizlish, S. (Secretary), Kleiser, S., Wilding, T., Ingram, T., Sol, A., Schelly, Z., President R. Witt, Provost G. Wright, Vice President D. Dunn, Assistant Vice President M. Moore, M.L.Hodge, 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 October 10, 2001 meeting were approved unanimously.
Remarks by the Chair:
The Chair reported that he has been very busy handling Senate business, but that things are running smoothly. He will attend a Faculty Advisory Committee meeting in Austin the week of December 1, and will report on their activities at the next Senate meeting.
Remarks by the President:
President Witt reported that the Board of Regents has just approved PUF funds totaling $13 million. Tuition Revenue Bond funding in the amount of $16.6 million is pending. These funds will be used to construct a new science building and fine arts annex. A proposed new physical plant facility will have to be deferred. Additional funding of several million dollars will be required for the construction and renovation of the science and fine arts buildings, which the university will finance. In response to a question from Sen. Porter, President Witt advised that the new fine arts annex will contain no new theatre space, but instead will house studio space for painting, sculpting, glass, papermaking, and other activities of this nature. In response to a question by Sen. Rasheed, President Witt confirmed that construction of the new Continuing Education building is scheduled to begin in March, 2002. Funds will be provided by UT System through bonds.
Remarks by the Provost:
Provost Wright made no formal remarks, but responded to an inquiry from Sen. Amster regarding new graduate admission standards required by HB 1641. The Provost was aware of the new requirements and stated that the university will comply with them. Vice President Dunn chairs the Graduate School Task Force charged with addressing these issues, and reported that they are working with all units to develop alternative admissions criteria in a timely manner. A draft plan will be completed in the very near future.
The Council of Faculty Senates report was made by Sen. Amster, who expressed concern because all other Faculty Senates have two representatives. Currently UTA's representative is Sen. Porter, and Sen. Amster serves as an alternate. It was suggested that a resolution electing one representative for a three year term and calling for a total of two representatives be considered. Dr. Amster provided a handout summarizing the October 26-27 Council of Faculty Senates agenda items. The student visa issue has not been a problem on our campus. Issues evolving from HB 1641 are already being addressed, as described by Dr. Dunn previously. Sen. Amster shared data from the recent Post-Tenure Review Survey, and suggested the following improvements to UTA's Post-Tenure Review process: A deadline should be established so that candidates will be advised by a certain date if they did or did not pass. Additional financial resources are needed to provide salary increases for faculty receiving satisfactory reviews. Peer input is a critical part of the process. In response to a question from Sen. Liu, Sen. Amster advised that reviews take place every six years.
Equity had no report.
Academic Freedom and Tenure has taken a unanimous vote to resubmit the proposed revisions of Periodic Review of Tenured Faculty to the Office of General Counsel to have the missing paragraph restored, as reported by Sen. Priest.
Operating Procedures had no report.
Research & Development had no report.
Budget Liaison had no report.
Academic Liaison had no report. Members were asked to meet immediately following the Senate adjournment.
Student Services Liaison has been charged to work with Academic Liaison, and members were asked to remain after the Senate adjournment for a joint meeting.
Ethics had no report.
Special Projects had no report.
The Chair reported that the Periodic Reviews of Academic Administrators are continuing. The review of Provost Wright is on schedule, and the interviews are nearing completion. Problems with the on-line survey have been resolved, and it should be accessible by late November. The final report is scheduled for completion by the end of January.
Sen. Wilding reported that the review of Vice President Williams is moving into the interview stage.
The Chair reported on a recent meeting of the President's Advisory Council with State Representative Kent Grusendorf, which was an informal discussion of campus issues and interests. This seemed to be a fact-finding mission and Rep. Grusendorf indicated he would return.
A Senate Representative is needed to serve on the University Campus Recreational Advisory Committee. Sen. Spindler volunteered, and was asked to meet with the Chair after adjournment.
The Faculty Development Leave Committee has been restructured and needs representation from the Senate. A lengthy discussion was held regarding the eligibility of faculty to serve on the committee if they are submitting proposals for consideration. Sen. Sol and Sen. Liu were asked to serve, but plan to submit proposals, so they were eliminated from consideration. The Chair polled the Senate to determine other faculty planning Faculty Development Leave submissions. Sen. Kribs-Zaleta and Sen. Gintole plan to submit proposals for 2002. The Chair will review the Senate membership list and contact prospective representatives by e-mail. Asst. Vice President Moore encouraged all faculty to apply for the development leaves, as there is currently a 50/50 chance of receiving funding. The deadline has been moved up so that recipients can be recognized at the spring faculty meeting. Proposals are due to departments by January 7, 2002.
A target of 20 Faculty Development Leaves for the 2003-2004 academic year has been established.
Assignments were made by the Chair as follows:
Sen. Porter was asked to add disruptive student conduct to the Faculty Guide.
Sen. Fincher was asked to pick up professor emeritus information from the Chair after adjournment.
Sen. Priest was advised that the Academic Receivership Policy has been received for review.
All committee chairs were asked to see the Chair upon adjournment.
Sen. Cantwell announced that he will retire on January 15, 2002. He recounted some highlights of Faculty Senate history, and discussed his plans for retirement. The Chair and President Witt expressed their best wishes to Sen. Cantwell.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.