University of Virginia
General Faculty Council
Minutes: December 16, 1999 meeting
MEMBERS PRESENT: Susan Andrews Administration, Donal Day Arts & Sciences, Tom Dowd Other Schools, Nancy Garlick Arts and Sciences, Joe Gieck Athletics, Joyce Pastors Medical School, Jane Penner Libraries, Mary Smith Engineering, Betsy Tucker Arts & Sciences
MEMBERS ABSENT: Dennis DeSilvey Medical School, Trish Foley Medical School, Elizabeth Fortune Other Schools, Abby Gillette Other Schools, Brad Holland Administration, Aaron Laushway Student Affairs, Jan Redick Medical School
ALSO PRESENT: Suzanne Louis and Lynda White
Jane Penner chaired the meeting
1. The minutes for the October GFC meeting were approved.
2. Chairs Report
3. Jane Penner and Tom Dowd reported on a recent legislative briefing sponsored by the U.Va. Office of State Governmental Relations office. As the mission statement for this office declares, "The Office of State Governmental Relations through its Director and the President's Executive Assistant for State Governmental Relations, monitors legislative issues, activities, and concerns in Richmond and communicates information to appropriate University officials. In addition, the staff is committed to informing the University community as it relates to key legislative issues that may be of interest and impact." Useful information about the work of this unit, and that of Virginias Executive and Legislative branches, can be found at
4. There was no report on agenda item 4, "Report from Dec. 8 Provost's Council meeting with state legislators," and discussion of agenda item 5, "GFC statement on U.Va.'s Affirmative Action policy," was deferred until the January meeting.
5. Jane Penner and Joyce Pastors reported that the first round of discussions with Alex Johnson, Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment, and Kathy Reed, Associate Provost for Management, about the proposed revisions to the Policy on the General Faculty have concluded. Copies of the Draft Policy on the General Faculty, dated December 15, 1999, have been e-mailed to all members of the GFC. Alex and Kathy will circulate copies of the Draft Policy to appropriate members of the central administration for their review. It will be important for the GFC to devote the majority of the January meeting to processing and discussing this Draft Policy. Questions that arise during this discussion will be submitted to Kathy and Alex for their written response.
Because the adoption of any revisions to the existing Policy on the General Faculty, http://www.virginia.edu/~provost/genfac.htm, is an important step with far reaching consequence, the GFC will proceed with this process deliberately and prudently. Following an initial discussion of the Draft Policy at the January meeting, the GFC will distribute it, along with a GFC statement providing context for the proposed revisions, to all members of the general faculty. Once the questions submitted to the Provosts Office have been answered, and comments, questions, and concerns have been gathered from the general faculty, an open forum will be scheduled, bringing together representatives from the GFC and the Provosts Office to discuss the Draft Policy.
6. President Casteen has responded to the GFC letter expressing concern about the disparity in salary increases approved by the General Assembly. In his response, President Casteen suggests that the absence of hard data on salary norms for administrative and professional faculty makes it hard to develop and apply a formula for salary funding. If the GFC is willing to undertake a benchmarking project to provide a basis for salary analysis, the Presidents Office will provide limited financial support. Jane Penner will write President Casteen, thank him for his response, and inquire about the level of support that would be provided for such a benchmarking project.
7. Brad Hollands e-mail report about the last Coordinating Committee for University-Wide Groups (CCUWG) meeting was discussed. The problem of limited opportunities for faculty spouse employment was the main topic of the CCUWG meeting.
8. Agenda items 9, "GFC reapportionment," and 10, "Timetable for Spring 2000 elections," will be discussed at the January meeting.
9. There will be a Legislative Forum at Noon on Friday, January 7, in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. President Casteen will moderate and local legislators Emily Couric, Paul Harris, and Mitch Van Yahres will discuss the upcoming General Assembly session and answer questions
10. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, January 11, 2000, 12:30-2:00 pm. Location: 389 Newcomb Hall
Submitted January 10, 2000:
Tom Dowd, Secretary
General Faculty Council