University of Virginia General Faculty Council
Minutes: May 9, 2000 12:30-2:00 PM, Room 389 Newcomb
Members Present: Frank
Butros, Patricia Foley, Joe Gieck, Brad Holland, William Keene, Aaron
Laushway, Barbara Millar, Jane Penner, Jan Redick, Max Salinas, Betsy
Members Absent: Maurice Lipper, Ellie
Others Present: Anne Bromley ("Inside
UVA"), Chuck Callaghan (Facilities Management), Alan Cohn (Facuty
and Employee Assistance Program), Donal Day, Joyce Pastors, Victor Luftig
The meeting was chaired by Jane Penner
1. Minutes of the April 11, 2000 meeting were approved.
2. Report from the Chair: Jane Penner reported receiving
the resignation of Nancy Garlick (College of Arts and Sciences) from the
Genreral Faculty Council. One year of her three-year term remains.
3. Election/Appointment of Officers for 2000-01.
The following positions were filled for the coming year:
- Chair: Patricia Foley
- Co-Chair: Brad Holland
- Secretary: Jan Redick
- Elections Chair: Betsy Tucker
- Elections Co-Chair: Max Salinas
- Communications Chair: Jan Redick
- Policy Committee Chair: Jane Penner
- By-Laws Chair: Joe Gieck
- Representative to Faculty Senate Academic Affairs
Committee: Aaron Laushway
- Representative to Faculty Senate Research Committee:
- Representative to CCUG: Barbara Millar
4. Policy on the General
FacultyŚReporrt on Status of Revision Process
Former General Faculty Council member Joyce Pastors,
who has kindly agreed to remain involved and contribute her years
of experience with the policy issue, reviewed the history of the Policy
on the General Faculty for benefit of new council members. She reported
that in several email communications with Alex Johnson he has indicated
the following: he and Kathy Reed do not feel the need to respond to
council suggestoins for policy revisions in writing; and he is prepared
to continue the revision process by attending a future council meeting
to discuss issues with members.
General discuuson on the procedures and status
of policy revisions followed. Several members spoke in favor of securing
legal representation for the council for the duration of the revision
process. One avenue of legal assistance would be via the office of
the University's General Counsel. Some members expressed concern that
securing legal representation would be interpreted as adversarial,
and wished to avoid that possibility.
There was general consensus that council does
not wish to be confrontational, but should stand firm on desired policy
wording. Further, it was felt that council does, at the very least,
need an "impartial observer" as the revision process unfolds.
Folowing general discussion, several decisions
were reached: (1) Alex Johnson and Kathy Reed will be invited to attend
the June meeting of the council; (2) Trish Foley will contact the
General Counsel's office to gather information about legal representation;
and (3) Trish Foley will contact the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs
Committtee to explore the possiblity that someone from that body might
serve as an impartial observer.
Owing to the lengthy discussion anticipated for
the June meeting, it was decided to dispense with lunches for that
5. Trish Foley, outgoing Elections Chair, reported on the status of the
election process. To date the only vacant position for which there are
no nominees is in Administration. Elections will be complete in about
6. The meeting was adjourned at 2:15 PM.
NEXT MEETING: June 13, 2000, 12:30PM Room 389
Submitted by: Jan Redick