University of Virginia General Faculty Council (GFC)
Minutes: September 12, 2000 12:30-2:00 PM, Room 389
Members Present: Mary
Abouzeid, Frank Butros, Patricia Foley, Jim Freeman, Brad Holland, Carol Hunter,
William Keene, Aaron Laushway, Barbara Millar, Jane Penner, Jan Redick, Max
Salinas, Betsy Tucker, Ellie Wilson
Members Absent: Chuck Callaghan, Donal Day,
Joe Gieck, Maurice Lipper
Others Present: Tara Talfair (Organizational
Development and Training), Terry Lockard (Information Technology and Communication),
The meeting was chaired by Patricia Foley
1. Minutes of the July 11, 2000 meeting were approved.
2. The newly elected at-large members of the General Faculty
Council were introduced and welcomed: James Freeman (Psychology) and Carol Hunter
3. Report from the Chair:
- Benefits Committee: Trish Foley is serving on the
Benefits Committee and attended a meeting of that group on 9/06/00. She
reported to the Council that some changes in QualChoice administered health
benefits for UVA employees have been drafted by the Benefits Committee.
These proposed changes have been submitted to the state legislature for
approval. If approved, they will become effective January 1, 2001. Without
detailing the specific changes, Trish described them as positive, or good
for employees. While the rate for basic coverage will probably go down slightly,
expanded coverage will be available for employees who wish to invest slightly
more in health benefits costs.
- Womenís Leadership Council: Several months ago Trish
Foley sent an email to Council members asking if there was interest in participating
on the Womenís Leadership Council. Ellie Wilson is interested in this group,
and will look into participation. Apparently this group is an effort to
provide follow-up, after a five-year block of time, to the earlier "Committee
on Womenís Concerns."
- College of Arts and Sciences and Faculty Policies:
Trish Foley reported that, in recent months, the College of Arts and Sciences
has been drafting its own general faculty policies, independent of the effort
underway by the Provostís Office. Following back and forth discussions involving
the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Mel Leffler), the Provostís
Office, and the General Faculty Council, it was decided by Dean Leffler
that drafting of any policies by the College of Arts and Sciences should
wait until the document under preparation by the Provostís Office has been
Council members entered general discussion on this
topic. The consensus of the group was: while it is appropriate for the various
schools of the University to establish faculty policies which reflect/address
the specific needs of the individual schools, these policies must conform
to the Policy on the General Faculty drafted by the Provostís Office. In
instances where policies of schools are in conflict with the Provostís policies,
the latter should override. Further, it was felt by Council that the document
now being finalized by Alex Johnson (Provostís Office) should contain language
that clearly defines the overriding status of the Provostís Policy on the
General Faculty. Jane Penner will communicate this to Alex Johnson.
- General-Faculty Roster: Keeping the general-faculty
roster up-to-date, and making sure that all appropriate persons are listed
is a concern to Council members. Trish Foley will send out a copy of the
latest revision of the general-faculty roster to each council member. Members
are asked to check over the list to see if their respective departmental
general faculty members are included.
- Terry Lockard, from UVAís office for Information Technology
and Communication (ITC) gave a presentation outlining the learning opportunities,
primarily computer and communications skills, available through ITC. She revealed
that faculty participation in the training sessions scheduled by ITC is very
low. Possible reasons for that were discussed among Council members, and the
issue of "timing" or "just in time" training was considered
to be an important issue for faculty members. Ms. Lockard did clarify that,
in addition to regularly scheduled training courses, ITC staff are available
to conduct one-on-one training, special group training sessions, etc.
Ms. Lockard also described a current effort by ITC: the
Faculty Information Technology Skills Task Force. Members of this group are
developing a list of training needs specifically directed toward faculty.
Ms. Lockard said that they very much wanted a representative from the General
Faculty Council to serve on this task force. Carol Hunter expressed interest,
and volunteered to be on the task force.
- Tara Talfair, of the Department of Organizational Development
and Training (ODT), described the special opportunities for professional development
and training available through her organization. Faculty participation, especially
at the upper levels of UVA administration, is very high in some of these programs.
Leadership development and training is probably the primary focus of the organization,
however other related services are provided: consulting, facilitator development,
leadership networking, and workshops designed to train and build administrative/supervisory
In addition to the services described above, the ODT
also administers the Universityís Tuition Assistance/Reimbursement Program.
- "Town Meetings" (as discussed at the July
2000 Council meeting) are to be scheduled by individual Council members with
their constituents to take place in late October. At the October Council meeting,
a list of topics of interest for discussion/presentation at these meetings
will be drafted.
- Resource Fair: The annual Resource Fair will be Wednesday,
November 8, 2000 from 2:00-5:00 in Newcomb Hall. Jan Redick and Ellie Wilson
volunteered to man the booth. Various gimmicks to attract folks to the table
were proposed, and included: helium balloons, pencils, mugs, Tootsie Rolls.
Aaron Laushway will explore whether helium tanks and/or balloons are allowed
in Newcomb Hall. Jan and Ellie will make final decisions on this.
- The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 PM.
NEXT MEETING: October 10, 2000 12:30 PM Location: TBA
(Either the Board Room, Newcomb Hall, or Sponsorís Hall, Darden School.)
Submitted by: Jan Redick