Rebecca Kneedler, Chair of the Faculty Senate, called the
meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. in Minor Hall Auditorium. She asked
everyone to stand and introduce themselves.
Ms. Kneedler thanked Mr. Casteen and everyone involved in the
faculty salary efforts. She noted the November Board of Visitors
resolution authorizing the use of non-State monies for faculty
Ms. Kneedler introduced John Casteen. Mr. Casteen presented his
year-end report to the Faculty. He noted that the Senate continues to
get stronger and is becoming a more effective voice. He also said the
Senate has had a direct impact on academic programs.
Mr. Casteen reported on the results of the General Assembly
Session, saying the results were generally positive. Faculty salaries
are in the second year of a four-year plan to reach the 60th
percentile. There continues to be action on further decentralization
of the administrative functions. There continues to be support from
the Business Higher Education Council. Mr. Casteen said there are
some oddities from this Session: a) the University must report the
balance, activity, and purpose of each local fund under our control
and explain why the funds are not on deposit to the state treasury
(he noted that this excludes endowment funds and gifts); b) the
University must report costs of institutional memberships that exceed
$5,000 annually; c) what is left of the Trigon settlement will be
transferred to a new entity and used to fund health-related
Reporting on the Capital Campaign, Mr. Casteen said the
University has passed the $500 million mark. He noted that he has
spent a good portion of his time on the road talking with Alumni and
friends. He said there are some 82 new endowed chairs; 62 new endowed
graduate fellowships; 200 undergraduate scholarships; and 120 other
academic endowments. There has been $50 million in new endowments
paid in this campaign. Mr. Casteen said a letter to alumni, parents,
and friends was mailed in March.
In other activities of the University, Mr. Casteen mentioned
that there are three dean searches going on; that there is a search
for a special assistant to the president to work with University fund
raising efforts in areas such as the Shannon Center, the libraries,
and the Teaching Resource Center. He also mentioned the need for
campaign efforts in the area of athletics.
The distribution of salary supplements in most schools will
begin this month and next month. Mr. Casteen reported that the
University will again this year have a bonus awards program, but with
fewer awards. The awards will be based on exceptional performance
over the past year (i.e., not for life-time achievements).
Some other points of interest that Mr. Casteen mentioned were
admission statistics and continued work on areas of concern
identified by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools --
faculty salaries and graduate support. Mr. Casteen took questions
from the audience.
Ms. Kneedler spoke briefly about the good work of the Academic
Affairs Committee on the University-wide teaching conversations,
which came about from recommendations in the Self-Study Report. She
thanked the Committee and then turned the floor over to Edward Ayers,
Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.
Mr. Ayers introduced the members of the Committee. He thanked
everyone for their participation in the conversations. Mr. Ayers
distributed copies of the final summary report of the Committee,
which is based on the information compiled from the individual
unit/department reports, i.e., cautions, concerns and suggestions of
the faculty. He then gave an overview of what has been learned from
the reports. He said he hopes the conversations will continue. Mr.
Ayers spoke of the possibility of establishing a "teaching fund," and
said the Faculty Senate would have ownership of such a project. The
Academic Affairs Committee will meet with the Provost's Office to
discuss the recommendations put forth in the summary report. Mr.
Ayers then took questions.
Ms. Kneedler recognized Jahan Ramazani, the current Chair-Elect
of the Faculty Senate, and the Chair of the Senate for 1997/98.
Ms Kneedler introduced Susan McKinnon, Secretary of the Faculty
Senate, who conducted the nominations for new officers of the Senate
for 1997/98. There were nominations for the positions of Chair-Elect,
Secretary, and two members to serve on the Executive Council. The
nominations were opened for the position of Chair-Elect. There were
two nominations for this position. They were Edward Ayers (Arts &
Sciences) and Patricia Werhane (Darden). The next nominations were
for Secretary. There was one nomination for this position, Janet
Horne (Arts & Sciences). The last nominations were for members to
serve on the Executive Council (there are two vacant seats on the
Council). The nominees were: Donald Innes (Medicine); Marva Barnett
(Arts & Sciences); Curtis Tribble (Medicine) and Robert Grainger
(Arts & Sciences). Ms. McKinnon closed the nominations. The
voting will be done by mail ballot.
Ms. Kneedler recognized and thanked Tom Hutchinson, Chair of
the Grievance Committee, for his hard work on the Committee. She
distributed a document which outlined proposed changes in the
Grievance Committee's by laws. The Senate discussed these changes,
and it was decided to edit the proposed changes. This is the wording
that was changed: (1) OLD: "The Faculty Grievance Committee shall
consist of nine persons selected by the chair of the Faculty Senate;
NEW: "The Faculty Grievance Committee shall consist of nine faculty
members appointed by the Chair of the Grievance Committee in
consultation with the Executive Council." (2) OLD: "Selection shall
be from members of the faculty elected to the Senate;" NEW: "The
majority of the members shall be members of the Faculty Senate." (3)
OLD: "The Committee shall elect its own chair;" NEW: "The Chair shall
be appointed by the Executive Council of the Faculty Senate."
Ms. Kneedler called for a vote on each of these proposed
changes. A vote was then called to make the amendment to the Faculty
Grievance Policies and Procedures by laws. Tom Hutchinson moved to
make the amendment, Susan McKinnon seconded the motion, and it passed
unanimously. All changes were adopted.
Ms. Kneedler introduced Thomas Hutchinson, who gave a report on
this year's activities of the Grievance Committee. He cited the
number of cases and general types of cases heard by the Committee.
Jahan Ramazani, on behalf of the Faculty Senate, thanked
Rebecca Kneedler for her year of service, hard work and leadership.
Ms. Kneedler was enthusiastically applauded for her efforts on the
The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
Submitted by Susan McKinnon, Secretary of the Faculty