General Faculty meeting
September 9, 2003
Room 481, Newcomb Hall
Members Present: Lynda White, Derry Wade, Elaine Attridge, Lotta Lofgren, Bill Keene, Jean Collier, Robin Kuzen, Jennifer Bauerly, Prue Thorner, Jann Balmer, Mary Abouzeid, Chris Milner (12 members present). We had a quorum.
Day, Robbie Greenlee, George Hashisaki, Greg Strickland.
The meeting was opened by chair Lotta Lofgren at noon. The agenda was approved.
report: (a) Money left from last year ($208) is rolling over to this years
budget. The current balance is 2367.15. Lotta asked for a planned expenditure
outline for the year. Lotta and Lynda will try to do that based on last years
expenditures, but all committees need to alert Lotta to future known expenses
for the coming year. (b) The General Faculty Council has heard from Leonard
Sandridge concerning salary issues. In a letter to Leonard, Lotta expressed
concern that in discussions about faculty salary raises the BOV appeared to
be defining "faculty" as teaching faculty without including in the
discussion administrative and professional faculty, and that such restrictive
distinctions may have been the cause of the smaller raises the administrative
and professional faculty have received in the recent past. Leonard assured us
that all faculty are included in the BOVs deliberations. Leonard also
assured us that all faculty will be included in the 2.25% across the board in
raises this year, although Deans may have leeway about their allocations. (c)
Ed Ayres has been invited to speak at the October meeting and has accepted;
Anda Webb has been invited to the December meeting. Were hoping that Jay
Scott, Assistant Dean of Finance from the Medical Center, might come to a meeting
in February to fill us in on the specials situation, needs, and requirements
of general faculty in the Health Sciences Center. (d) Lotta reminded subcommittee
chairs to keep sending committee reports to GFC members before the meetings
so that we can free up time for issues that need discussion and decisions. She
also reminded everyone that she is an ex officio member of all committees and
needs to be informed of committee meetings.
Joint Committee with Faculty Senate: Lotta has discussed the possibility
of a joint General Faculty/Faculty Senate committee with Bob Davis, Chair of
the Faculty Senate. She and Davis are recommending the creation of standing
sub-committee made up of six members (three from each organization) elected
to a two year term to discuss and promote issues of concern to both groups.
It was determined that the GFC representatives shall consist of one member of
the administrative/ professional faculty, one of the teaching faculty, and one
of the research faculty. The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to
both groups and shall not supercede the authority of either group. The committee
will elect a chair to serve for one year; the chair will be elected by the members
of the committee on a rotating basis from each of the organizations. Each set
of committee members will report back to the parent group. The consensus was
that this new committee would be a good thing for the GenFac, although the GFC
reserves the right to call back its members at any time if the committee does
not seem to fill a useful function or work within the parameters of its charge.
The chair of the Faculty Senate is invited to speak at every BOV meeting; this
new committee would provide the GenFac input into that meeting. A motion was
made to create this joint committee. The vote to approve was unanimous.
Offer of Money and Request for Award Sponsorship:
Prue Thorner had contact with Sharon Heyka, former treasurer of the WFPA (Womens
Faculty and Professional Association), a group no longer in existence. She asked
if we would take over their funds and their awards for outstanding women in
the University community. Since we represent all general faculty, it would be
difficult to accommodate this request. The council agreed that this would not
be in our best interest; several members suggested that Sharon consider giving
the funds to the Womens Center.
Sites for spring: All fall meetings are scheduled for Newcomb Hall, but
spring meetings will take place across Grounds. The following are suggestions
for meeting sites: the Miller Center (January), Health Sciences Center (February),
Athletics (March), E-School (April); Sponsors Hall (May). Members of the Council
from these schools/sites will be working to coordinate the upcoming meetings.
Please offer suggestions for other meeting sites at upcoming GFC meetings.
V. Update on
the Web Page: Lotta thanked Jean Collier for all her work on maintaining
and updating the website and for the creation of links to records, articles,
and other sites. Jean asked that we keep her posted on anything new. She plans
to create future links to news articles about and relevant to the general faculty.
report: Lynda thanked committee chairs for their help with the report. Lotta
asked if it was ready to be submitted to the web site. All agreed that it was.
Survey: The report was brought to the floor by Lynda White and Lotta Lofgren
regarding the results of the benefits survey of part-time faculty. We had a
49% response rate from the 478 part-time faculty who were sent the survey. Lotta
reported that 70% of the Medical Center part-timers think the program for flex-time
employees is adequate. Only 16.9% of faculty and staff who do not receive health
benefits find the benefits package adequate. Lotta further reported that the
cost ranges of insurance are phenomenal. Self-insured people can pay up to $800/month,
for example. Lynda reported that the communication issues regarding benefits
have not improved over the past ten years. Many part time faculty and staff
do not know what benefits they have or are entitled to, even though there is
now an HR website with this information listed. During this discussion, the
fact that part-time faculty paid by the Health Sciences Foundation can buy into
the benefits package became known. This is a completely new understanding on
our part. We want to investigate this further. Final point: this survey did
not tell us all we need to know. It was suggested that we continue this investigation
by updating the participants on the results of the first survey and asking them
a few follow-up questions. Jann Balmer suggested that the new joint Faculty
Senate/ GFC committee should poll the entire faculty on how many full time members
of the faculty would consider going to part time if they had health benefits.
Questions for Ed Ayers: We brainstormed questions for the upcoming visit
of the Dean of Arts and Sciences to the Council. Lotta will in the next couple
of days get a draft of these questions out to the members for their approval.
(a) Phil Gates reported that the bylaws were updated in May; faculty members
should please review. (b) Prue Thorner reported that the reception for General
Faculty is being held on September 19th at the Art Museum. She asked for volunteers
for our information booth. (c) Lotta thanked the committee heads for getting
the reports to us before this meeting. (d) Bill Keene reported that the Policy
Committee met and reviewed the draft policy, finding that the policy is still
unclear concerning the issue of ECE. A message was sent to Laura Hawthorne and
the Provost that we need to meet with her and the Provost to clarify some vital
points concerning the ECE.
The meeting was
adjourned at 1:45.