General Faculty Council Meeting
March 12, 2002
noon- 1:30 PM
389 Newcomb Hall
Frank Butros, Chuck Callaghan, James Freeman, Bill Keene, Lynda White, Jann
Balmer Ellie Wilson, Donal Day, Joe Gieck, Mary Abouzeid, Aaron Laushway
Lotta Lofgren, Jan Redick, Barbara Millar, Rosie Dunn, Carol Hunter, Maurice
Butros chaired meeting.
- Minutes of the February
12, 2002 meeting were approved with the following changes
- Barbara Miller is
- Max Salinas was not
scheduled to attend the meeting
- Clarification of the
Minutes – Section on the Policy Committee was requested. Communications
with Alex Johnson from the Provost’s office indicated that the revised
document would be sent to the President’s office. After some discussion,
the Policy Committee reiterated that the group had mutually agreed that
any changes to the policy would be reviewed by the Policy Committee of the
GFC prior to being sent to the President’s office.
- Complaint regarding
Parking and Transportation. A former chair of the GFC forwarded a
complaint to the GFC regarding a clerical error in Parking and
Transportation affecting the monthly payment of parking fees and the
subsequent request from P &T for the full amount of payment as a lump
sum. The general consensus of the GFC is that this issue is most
appropriately handled by the individual faculty member. The GFC
recommended that this individual contact Becca White in Parking and
Transportation directly to resolve the issue.
- The New Faculty Staff
Resource Fair scheduled for April 17 in Newcomb Hall. Frank Butros has 300
pens for the GFC table. Ellie Wilson and Lynda White will create flyers on
colorful paper for distribution.
- Elections – Ellie
Wilson provided a report on the progress in the elections process for new
representatives to the Council. Currently there are a number of interested
candidates, many of whom have submitted their statements for the ballots.
The numbers of candidates by area were as follows: Administration –2, Athletics
–1, Engineering –0, Medical School – 7, and Student Affairs –2. There are
several other candidates who are not currently eligible due to their
affiliation. Ellie will communicate with these individuals and indicate
that they will be put on the ballot when a position becomes available in
their area. The criteria for classification were drawn from a 1997
document outlining where specific units were classified for purposes of
election. It was recommended that this classification system be added to
the GFC website as general information.
Additional issues related to the elections process
were the logistics of coordinating the voting process and the feasibility of
the current email system to access only those general faculty members in areas
where representatives were needed. Ellie Wilson will talk to the UVA postmaster
for the email systems and investigate the logistics further. No date for the
elections has been finalized at this time.
- GFC Survey- James
Freeman provided an update on the status of the survey. The committee is
moving forward with the draft of the survey, and will need to convert it
to a website for implementation and analysis. The survey will not be
distributed until summer when an updated list of general faculty at the
university can be collected.
- Implications of State
Budget- Donal Day identified some issues that have surfaced as the result
of budget cuts and had some questions regarding the situation of
“financial stringency”. His questions included “who determines the
functional unit? What are the criteria – the funding or the title of the
position? The salient points of the ensuing discussion were as follows: if
the position is abolished, then the individual is terminated; if the
position is retained but not funded, the university has a responsibility
to attempt to final an alternative position if the individual has been at
UVA for 6 years. The general consensus was that in this particular
financial crisis, the Provost was actively involved in the decisions
regarding the financial cutbacks and decisions regarding positions.
- GF Policy- the Policy
Committee has had no contact from the Provost’s office. The GFC asked Bill
Keene to contact the Provost’s office for an update on the status of the
- The Politics
subcommittee will now be affiliated with the Policy Committee so that both
those activities can be coordinated.
- The GFC Reception is
scheduled for May 21. The date and time are set. Ellie Wilson and Jan
Redick are working on this event.
- Election for Chair of
the GFC- Lynda White has agreed to be nominated as chair for the GFC.
There was some discussion about the status of the bylaws changes regarding
the election of the Chair and Chair-elect. Apparently, the GFC has
approved the bylaws change but the general faculty need to approve the
bylaws change for it to go into effect. The vote requires 2/3 of the
members who actually vote for the change to be passed. Joe Gieck will
coordinate the distribution of the bylaws change and the voting process.
The new Chair will be elected at the next GFC
meeting in April. Any other nominees can be forwarded to Frank Butros.
- Secretary for the GFC-
A Secretary for the GFC will need to be elected at the next meeting in
April. Hopefully the new members will be in attendance so they can be
considered for this position as well.
- Invitation to Karen
Holt from the EEO office. Jann Balmer will invite Karen Holt to speak to
the GFC at the May 2002 meeting.
- Meeting Adjourned at