A&S Faculty Assembly Minutes Mar 24 2006

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Assembly Meeting

March 24, 2006

 Registering Attendance:

AnthropologyJ. Peteet, C. Tillquist
Biology

D. Dykhuizen, P. Ewald, R. Fell, J. Mansfield-Jones, M. Klotz, M. Perlin, S. Remold, D. Schultz

ChemistryR. Buchanan, G. Pack
Classical & Modern Lang

W. Cunningham, M. Dalle, J. Greene, G. Hutcheson, A. Mastri, W. Pfeffer, C. Sullivan

Communication

J. Ferre, J. Gregg, J. Hart, S. Phillips

English

B. Boehm, J. Dietrich, S. Griffin, S.A. Henke, G. Ridley, S. Ryan, J. Webb, T. Yohannes

Fine Arts

K. Britt

Geography/Geosciences

C. Hanchette, C. Leuthart, K. Mountain, W. Song

History

B. Adams, A. Allen, B. Beattie, J. Cumbler, S. Levi, T. Mackey, J. McLeod, L.S. Weissbach

Humanities

N. Polzer, M. Stenger, E. Wise

Justice AdministrationJ. Magers, J. Vito, W. Walsh
Mathematics

L. Gibson, J-L Kim, T. Riedel, S. Seif, D. Swanson

Pan-African StudiesB. Hudson
Philosophy

R. Kimball, A. Kolers, D. Owen

PhysicsD. Brown, W. Hoston
Political Science

A. Caldwell, L. Rhodebeck, J. Farrier, C. Ziegler

Psychology

C. Cashon

Sociology

J. Beggan, A. Furr

Theatre ArtsR. Vandenbroucke
Women’s & Gender StK. Christopher, D. Heinecken, N. Theriot

Professor Laemmle, Parliamentarian, chaired the Assembly in the absence of Professor Hall.

The minutes of the Assembly of January 20, 2006, were approved as distributed.

The Chair requested and received unanimous consent to change the order of business and take up the report of the Planning and Budget Committee before returning to discussion of the College Personnel Policy.

The Chair recognized Professor Klotz on behalf of the Planning and Budget Committee. He moved, seconded by the committee, the suspension of the B.S. in Science-Dentistry and reported that the School of Dentistry concurred in the suspension. The A&S Curriculum Committee also recommended the suspension.

Hearing no call for further discussion, the Chair put the question on the suspension of the B.S .in Science-Dentistry and the motion to suspend carried.

The Chair then recognized Professor Perlin on behalf of the Personnel Committee.

Professor Perlin asked that the Assembly approve deletion of the new language regarding letters of hire originally proposed by the committee in Sections 2.2.F.1 and 2.2.F.3. With the deletion of this proposed language, there would be no change to the present language of these sections.

Hearing no call for discussion of this motion, the Chair put the question and the motion to delete reference to letters of hire in the committee’s original revision of Sections 2.2.F.1 and 2.2.F.3 and restore those sections to their current language carried.

The Chair stated that the committee would now return to section 2.1.B.3 regarding the evaluation of part-time lecturers and to discussion of a substitute motion for the proposal contained in the committee report. A substitute motion had been partially crafted at the conclusion of the meeting of December 2, 2005. Representatives of the part-time lecturers proposed to add to the substitute motion the following sentence: “Results of performance evaluations will be applied toward the process of promotion as stipulated in the Redbook.”

Discussion included Professors Griffin, Wise, Ferre, Pfeffer, Webb, McLeod, Cumbler, Klotz, Kimball, Stenger, Perlin, Polzer, and Riedel.

Hearing no call for further discussion, the Chair called the question on including the proposed sentence in the substitute motion. The motion to include the sentence failed.

Discussion on replacing the language of the Personnel Committee’s report with the substitute motion included Professors McLeod, Webb, Ferre, Perlin, Pfeffer, Wise, and Cumbler.

Hearing no call for further discussion, the Chair put the question on replacing the committee’s language with the substitute motion. The chair ruled that the motion had carried on a voice vote.

A division of the house was called. The motion to substitute failed with 23 in favor and 26 opposed.

The Chair called for any further discussion of section 2.1.B.3 of the Personnel Committee’s revision. Discussion included Professors Webb, Ziegler, Walsh, McLeod, and Griffin.

The Chair then put the question on approval of section 2.1.B.3 of the Personnel Committee revision and the motion carried.

The Chair opened the floor for discussion of the Personnel Committee revision in section 2.1.B.4 (review of Graduate Teaching Assistants). Hearing no call for discussion, the Chair put the question on approval of 2.1.B.4 of the revision and the motion carried.

The Chair opened the floor for discussion of the Personnel Committee revision of section 2.1.C.2 regarding distribution of funds to full-time faculty. Hearing no call for discussion, the Chair put the question on approval of 2.1.C.2 as revised and the motion carried.

The Chair opened the floor for discussion of the Personnel Committee revision in section 2.1.C.6 regarding increases for part-time faculty.

The Chair recognized Professor Webb who moved to substitute the following for the language of 2.1.C.6 in the Personnel Committee document: “Increases for part-time faculty shall be determined by the Dean yearly based on a percentage of the annual full-time base salary, as well as on teaching and service to the University.”

The motion to substitute was seconded.

Discussion included Professors T. Yohannes, Hudson, Griffin, Pfeffer, Leuthart, Ferre, Klotz, Boehm, Perlin, Cumbler, and Ziegler.

Professor Ferre offered a friendly amendment to add “Based on availability of funds” at the beginning of the substitute motion. The amendment was not accepted as friendly by the motion’s proposer.

Continued discussion included Professors Pfeffer, Hudson, and Wise.

Noting that the stated time of the meeting was drawing to a close and that there were some housekeeping details that might be expedited, the Chair requested and was granted consent of the house to suspend discussion of the motion under consideration.

The Chair asked unanimous consent of the house to delegate to the Dean the certification of degree candidates for May 2006without their being presented to the Assembly. Unanimous consent was given.

The Chair then asked for unanimous consent to delegate to the Honors Program the naming of the Woodcock Medalist for 2006 without a name being presented to the Assembly. Professor Cumbler spoke in opposition to this proposal and it was withdrawn.

The Assembly then returned to discussion of the substitute motion for Section 2.1.C.6.

Professor Wise moved to return the proposal to the Personnel Committee to craft language regarding raises for part-time faculty that took into account the spirit of the proposed substitute motion. The motion to recommit was seconded and carried, over Professor Perlin’s objection.

The Chair recognized Professor Klotz who asked if an electronic voting system could be developed for the Assembly.

Noting that the stated time for the meeting had expired, the Chair declared the Assembly adjourned.