April 13, 1999
began at 12:40 PM
In Attendance: Joyce Green Pastors (Chair), Patricia Foley
(Medicine), Brad Holland (Adminstration), Betsy Tucker (A&S), Mary Smith
(Engineering), Nancy Garlick (A&S), Jane Penner (Libraries), Abby Gillette (Other
Schools), Donal Day (A&S), Barry Anderson (Hospital), Jan Redick (Medicine), Aaron
Laushway (Student Affairs), Joe Gieck (Athletics), Marva Barnett (Faculty Senate Liaison)
, and Susan Andrews (Administration).
- Joyce Green Pastors introduced the new Council members Joe Gieck, Jan Redick and
Aaron Laushway. Susan Andrews was introduced later in meeting.
- Joyce Green Pastors provided a brief orientation about the GFC for the benefit of the
new members. (See agenda items 1 and 2 and the handout on the numbers of General Faculty
in the schools/departments represented on the Council.
- The Minutes of the March meeting were approved
- There was a discussion of the meeting with Ed Ayres and the Faculty Senate Executive
Committee led by Marva Barnett and Joyce Green Pastors. It was pointed out that 50-55% of
the GF has teaching/research duties and thereby have concerns that fall uniquely under the
Faculty Senate mission. It was anticipated that the General Faculty Council might be
invited to establish a liaison to the Faculty Senate. There was additional discussion
about the link between the issues of teaching/research and the conditions of employment.
Marva Barnett pointed out that issues that dealt with working conditions did not fall
under the mission of the Faculty Senate. Various members raised questions about where a
General Faculty member should turn for resolution of specific issues.
- An update on Coordinating Council on University Wide Groups (CCUWG) was presented by
Brad Holland who offered that at the next meting (April 15) there was to be a roundtable
discussion on topics for further discussion. He wanted the Council to begin thinking about
those issues that were appropriate for the CCUWG. Two of the issues mentioned were the
annual review process and benefits for part-time faculty.
- Jane Penner and Abby Gillette gave an update on the Employee Resource Fair. To promote
increased interest, they suggested that the General Faculty provide incentives such as a
bowl of candy, a trinket of some kind to give away, and a brochure describing the General
Faculty Council and its mission.
- There was a brief discussion of the security and anonymity of e-mail voting lead by
Trish Foley. It was decided that the absence of workable alternatives (voting booths and
registration list) made e-mail voting a responsible process. Those members who wished to
vote by messenger mail would be allowed to do so but this too raised issues of security
- Joyce Green Pastors provided a summary of the General Faculty forum held on March 10th.
There were approximately 70 people in attendance. She reported, however, that the
discussions about salary, promotion, categorization did not lead to any viable solutions.
She suggested that we look into other alternatives for next years forum instead of a
panel discussion using members from UVA administration.
- Jane Penner reported that, despite attempts, efforts to dislodge the general faculty
policies from the Provost office have not been successful. After discussion about next
steps, the council agreed that if no progress is made after one more attempt to
communicate informally via e-mail or phone, a formal letter should be sent to the
Provosts Office (Peter Low) with copies sent to Dr. Cantrell, Mr. Sandridge, and
- It had been expected that this meeting would include the election of a chair and a
secretary for 1999-2000. It was decided that this would be tabled until the next meeting
to allow for more nominations and to allow the chair to contact council members who had
been nominated as officers but were unable to attend todays meeting.
- Other agenda items:
- The salary grievance issue was tabled until next month
- There was a brief discussion of the request by Tom Gausvik, Chief Human Resource
Officer, to serve as an ex-officio member. It was tabled until next month.
- The request for funding from the UVa Asian-American faculty reception was turned down
- There was discussion about the appropriate use of the gen-fac and gf-roster mailing
list. Council members were encouraged to limit their use of the list to those mailings
dealing directly with the business of the general faculty.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 2:10PM.