GENERAL FACULTY MEETING

APRIL 29, 1999

 

I. Call to Order.

 

PRESIDENT PALMS – Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to call the spring meeting of the University of South Carolina faculty.

 

II. Approval of Minutes.

 

PRESIDENT PALMS – You have received the minutes. Are there any corrections or additions to the minutes?

LORRAINE AUN –PRESIDENT-ELECT of the ALPHA CHAPTER OF PHI BETA KAPPA- I would like to offer a correction to the comments made by the Faculty Senators about Phi Beta Kappa.

PROFESSOR ELDON B. WEDLOCK – LAW – Point of order, Mr. Chairman. That is for the Faculty Senate meeting.

PRESIDENT PALMS – This is the General Faculty meeting. At the conclusion of this meeting I hope the faculty senators and faculty will stay. We have a brief agenda for the Senate meeting. These are the General Minutes of the faculty meeting of September 2, 1998. Any corrections to those minutes? Hearing none – all those in favor of those minutes indicate by saying aye. Opposed same sign. So ordered.

PRESIDENT PALMS – I have a brief report but I would rather move on to the report of the Provost – the award ceremony, Provost Odom if you will.

 

III. Report of the Provost

PROVOST ODOM:

Thank you, President Palms. This is my favorite meeting of the year because I get to recognize many contributions that have been made by so many of our faculty and I would like to move to that if I may.

First of all I would like to recognize emeritus faculty. I know many of them were not able to be here today but I would like to call their names and for those that are here I would like to ask if you would stand please.

Francis L. Abel – Pharmacology and Physiology

Ronald R. Beck – Pharmacology and Physiology

Robert F. Bond – Pharmacology and Physiology

Frank Caruccio – Geological Sciences

William A. Cooper – Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Carol C. Coston – Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Gale N. Coston – Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Eugene Crediford – Art

Bert Dillon – English

Lester E. Duncan, Jr. – Thomas Cooper Library

Myles I. Friedman – Educational Psychology

John N. Gardner – Library & Information Science

Gordon R. Goodwin – Music

James N. Hardin, Jr. – German, Slavic & East Asian Languages & Literature

Edgar P. Hickman – Darla Moore School of Business

Oliver M. Higgins, Jr. – Medicine

Trevor Howard-Hill – English

Richard E. Ishler – Instruction and Teacher Education

Richard E. Kemper – Instruction and Teacher Education

R. Thomas Lange, Jr. – Medicine Library

Roderick Macdonald, Jr. – Medicine

Ernest P. McCutcheon – Family and Preventive Medicine

Ralph T. Morgan – Journalism and Mass Communications

Alan E. M. Nairn – Geological Sciences

James H. Rex – Educational Leadership and Policies

William T. Salisbury – Government and International Studies

Donald T. Secor, Jr. – Geological Sciences

Willard E. Sharp – Geological Sciences

Ted L. Simpson – Electrical and Computer Engineering

Earl A. Spiller, Jr. – Darla Moore School of Business

Charles W. Tucker, Jr. – Sociology

Murray L. Vincent – Health Promotion and Education

Donald E. Weatherbee – Government and International Studies

We will mail certificates to all these emeritus faculty.

Now I would like to recognize our newest Carolina Distinguished Professor.

If I could ask Sarah Woodin to stand please. I would like to ask Sally to stand while I read something about her. Dr. Woodin has distinguished herself not only in her scholarship but also in her teaching and service to both the Department of Biological Sciences, the Marine Science Program and the University of South Carolina. She is a world recognized authority in marine benthic ecology. Professor Woodin has published 45 papers in refereed journals and has been continuously funded for her research since 1974. She has supervised 10 Ph.D. candidates who have successfully completed their degrees and is currently supervising 2 additional ones. She has served on an average of 6 university-wide committees and 5 in the department. Because of her outstanding achievements as a scholar, researcher, teacher and University citizen, I would like to recognize Sally Woodin as a Carolina Distinguished Professor. Thank you so much. I would just like to say as a dean and as a provost I have never asked Sally to do anything and had her say no. So Sally I appreciate it very much.

Now I would like to recognize the Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor. I would like to ask Donald Stowe to come forward please. As Don is coming forward, I would like to read a short description. The 1999 Ada B. Thomas award winner is Professor Donald E. Stowe of the College of Applied Professions. Don has established a long and distinguished record of academic advising for students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. He has been described as kind and considerate and lends a guiding hand with the ability to lead each student to their potential. It is my pleasure to congratulate Dr. Donald E. Stowe as the ninth recipient of the Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. Congratulations.

I would like to ask Harriet Williams to come forward please. Harriet is the Outstanding Freshman Advocate. As a faculty member in the Transition Year Program Dr. Williams advises 50 students in all majors at the University. Dr. Williams exemplifies the kind of attention that is needed for this very important aspect of college life. She is knowledgeable about majors and she demonstrates care and concern for her students while insisting that the students accept their own responsibility in the advisement process. Please help me in congratulating Harriet Williams as the 1999 Outstanding Freshman Advocate.

I would like to ask Dr. Susan Cutter to come forward please. Susan is the winner of the Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Cutter is professor and chairperson in the Department of Geography. She is being recognized for her leading role in the study of human responses to natural and technological risks. A great strength of her work is its connection of social science research methods with important social issues. Susan Cutter’s 1994 Environmental Risk and Hazards and 1993 Living With Risk are considered to be central to the study of environmental hazards.

Her research has been supported by major external funding. Most recently by Housing and Urban Development, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This year’s winner of the Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences is Dr. Susan Cutter. Congratulations.

I would like to ask Dr. Jerry Griggs to come forward please. Jerry Griggs is internationally known for his many contributions to finite set theory. In particular his recent work applying combinatorial mathematics to data base security problems has been well received. Dr. Griggs authored 70 publications and has received extensive funding for his research from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. Please help me congratulate Dr. Jerry Griggs as recipient of the Russell Research Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

I would like to ask Dr. Alvin Fox to come forward please. Dr. Alvin Fox has been a pioneer in the development of a field now known as analytical microbiology. Largely through the efforts of Alvin this new discipline has been established at the interface between analytical chemistry and microbiology. His scholarly contributions are reflected in his extensive publication record which includes 67 refereed research articles and 21 book chapters. His research has been supported by over $4 million in extra mural grants from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health. He currently holds research grants from the Human Genome Project of the NIH, the Office of Naval Research and the Army Research Office. Please help me recognize Dr. Alvin Fox as this year’s Educational Foundation Research Award for Health Sciences.

I would like to ask Lala Steelman to come forward please. Lala is the winner of the USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Steelman is a leading expert in innovative examination of identifying social forces which affect families and children in the United States. Her emphasis on family structure affects academic achievement is seen as a cutting edge contribution. Since coming to the University of South Carolina, Professor Steelman has been awarded 2 grants by the National Science Foundation. Most recently for parental age and allocation of resources to children. This year’s USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Lala Steelman.

If I could ask Dr. Huynh Huynh to come forward please. Dr. Huynh is the USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Professional Schools. Dr. Huynh’s discovery of the correlation structure of repeated measurements and the Huynh-Feldt condition for repeated measures designs are now standard components of educational research statistics and have been incorporated into such well known programs as SAS, SPSS, and BMDP. In addition, he has developed general theory of mastery testing which allows the information of test reliability from a single test administration. His work has been invaluble in the development of standardized tests in educational settings where tests cannot be readministered to obtain test retest reliability. I would like you to join me in congratulating Professor Huynh for receiving the 1999 USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Professional Schools.

If I could ask Dr. Frank Berger to come foward please. Dr. Berger is the recipient of the USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering. Frank Berger is professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. He has made many significant contributions in the area of molecular mechanisms of evolution. His work has led to a better understanding of the connection of molecular evolution to gene structure and to the connection of gene structure to function of the gene products. While at USC he has published over 50 articles, directed 10 Ph.D. students and received approximately $6 million research funding from the National Institutes of Health. This year’s USC Educational Foundation Research Award winner for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, Dr. Frank Berger.

If I could ask Thorne Compton to come forward please. Thorne is the USC Educational Foundation winner of the Outstanding Service Award. Thorne Compton has served the College of Liberal Arts and the University in a number of administrative capacities. He was associate dean of the college from 1996 – 1998 and chair of the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance from 1988 –1996. At the university level he chaired the Committee on Standards and Petitions, the Council of Assistant and Associate Deans and the Provost Task Force on SACS accreditation in mathematics. He is currently heading the Executive Committee for the University’s Bicentennial Celebration and the Humanities Division of the Venture Fund Screening Committee. In the wider community, Thorne served on the Richland School District 1 Disciplinary Committee, as a board member of the Dreher High School Foundation, Trustus Theatre and Artists Against Aids. He has served as a democratic party committee person and delegate. He served as Vice President of South Carolina Returned Peace Corp Volunteers and as chairman of the Columbia League of Theatres. He has also been an active volunteer of Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America. The USC Educational Foundation Outstanding Service Award winner, Professor Thorne Compton.

I would like to ask the chairman of our Board of Trustees, Mr. William Hubbard, to come forward and help us present the next award. This award is a new award that will be given by the Board of Trustees annually. This is called the Carolina Trustee Professorship. I would like to ask Dr. Joe Padgett to come forward please. The Board of Trustees this year decided they would like to give an award which could be considered a most valuable player award. A person within the University who has distinguished him or herself in all areas with respect to teaching, research, and service. As the first award winner, Joe Padgett fits that bill very, very well. He is a professor’s professor. He is a chairperson’s chair. Joe has been a program director or chair of Statistics I think for 20 of the 24 years that he has been here. He has published over 140 papers. He has had external funding for his research every year but two of the years he has been here. We recently had an external review of the Statistics Department and I asked the committee to tell me about the reputations of some of the faculty in that department and the first thing that one of the people from the committee said and this person was chair at the University of Florida, "Well I can tell you that everybody in the United States and basically in the world who does statistics knows who Joe Padgett is. So Joe is clearly a most valuable player. He is very active in service at the departmental level, at the university level, the college level. Clearly he is an excellent researcher. I can tell you from personal experience he is a wonderful mentor to his faculty. The Department of Statistics is a small department, but an excellent department. They have an Amoco award winner in the department. They have a Mungo award winner in the department. They do excellent work in the everything that they do and I think Joe Padgett has something to do with that. So, Joe, congratulations.

I would like to recognize the five recipients of the Michael J. Mungo Teaching Award. If I could ask James Cutsinger from Religious Studies to come forward, Nina Levine, English; Harry Ploehn, Chemical Engineering; David Sumner, Mathematics; and Vincent Van Brunt, Chemical Engineering.

I would like to tell you a little bit about these individuals.

Dr. James Cutsinger has been a member of the Department of Religious Studies, since receiving his doctorate from Harvard in 1980. He teaches in the areas of theology and comparative religious thought. Dr. Cutsinger is also a frequent contributor to the South Carolina Honors College where he has been instrumental in starting a series of great books honors seminars. Congratulations.

Dr. Nina Levine is an associate professor of English and teaches courses in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. She has recently published a book on political women in Shakespeare’s history plays and is currently working on a project on drama and urban identity in early modern London. She has been on sabbatical leave this semester. Congratulations.

Dr. Harry Ploehn serves as an associate professor and graduate director in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He holds degrees from Rice University and Princeton University. After postdoctoral research in chemistry at the University of Bristol in England, Dr Ploehn started his academic career at Texas A&M University and moved to USC in 1995. Harry, congratulations.

Dr. David Sumner joined the Department of Mathematics after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1971. He served for three years as director of undergraduate studies in mathematics. With support from the National Science Foundation, he has developed an interactive classroom and continues to develop core related software for the World Wide Web. Congratulations.

Dr. Vincent Van Brunt has taught chemical engineering at the University of South Carolina for 24 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. He received the Engineering Litman Teaching Award in 1988 and his research award in 1996. In 1994, he received the Golden Key Award for creative integration of undergraduate teaching with research. In 1997, he was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Vince, congratulations.

And finally the award that I think means very much to everybody who has received it, the Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award. Could I ask Chaden Djalali to come forward please? Chaden is a professor in the Department of Physics. He earned his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Paris in 1981. He joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 1989. For the past 10 years, he has been enthusiastically involved in undergraduate teaching and particularly in implementing the use of computers for homework assignments in physics. This is a program called CAPA. As a member of the Amoco Committee wrote "Professor Djalali inspires his students to solve more physics problems than they ever intended." Please help me in congratulating Chaden.

Mr. President, that concludes my remarks. I am supposed to remind everyone that you are hosting a reception for the recipients immediately following this meeting.

PRESIDENT PALMS:

Thank you. Let me just make a few concluding remarks to my report to the faculty. We are again concluding an exciting semester. We will award degrees beginning next week – 364 associate degrees are going to be awarded, 2278 bachelor recipients will be there, 1290 master’s degrees, 69 M.D.’s, 239 law degrees, and 154 Ph.D.’s. Let’s give ourselves a hand for that.

On the Columbia campus at graduation we are giving honorary degrees to George Will, a prize winning writer and Governor Jim Hodges will also receive an honorary degree. We have the legal professional, William Neukom; representative law alumnus, Jim Clyburn; distinguished physician and alumnus and MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Raphael Lee; and accomplished coach and alumnus, Dan Reeves. That ought to be an interesting graduation exercise on the campus.

On the Aiken campus, we are giving a reward to entrepeneur Dennis Washington; Spartanburg, Eric Benhamon; and in Beaufort the scholar on the American South James Cobb. At USC-Lancaster, philosopher and theology scholar, Tom Flynn. They will be the speakers there on those two-year campuses. On Salkehatchie, the Director of Constituent Services for the Governor, Wilbur Cave and at Sumter, the CEO of the State Chamber of Commerce, Hunter Howard. At USC- Union the speaker will be the Director of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, Gina Wood.

An appointment that should please all of us, we are proud to name Chris Plyler, our new Vice Provost for Regional Campuses and Continuing Education. He has done a great job heading the campus at Beaufort and he will be moving back on this campus where he had his beginnings. He will do a great job guiding campuses as they continue their work in the communities. These are important campuses to us and I think that the state is better off having them and so we will continue to support them. We also want to thank Carolyn West who has been the interim vice provost for those regional campuses.

We are working on the budgetary process. It is occupying our time and attention. Today there are two budgets – one in the House and one in the Senate. The one in the House has a $21,000,000 addition to the general appropriation for higher education and in the Senate there is $30,000,000. We need your help if you have House members who live near you. It is important that in the conference committee that we are sitting on the $30,000,000 side. We are also concerned with some issues in the Commission on Higher Education, which is moving to take some of that money to help some of the institutions in the state that have unusual enrollment increases. But we have had agreements over the years that because of our inadequate funding we would try not to fund higher education based solely on enrollment. You know we have moved towards performance funding and it is our position that the entire money, whether it is 20 or 30, ought to be going towards the performance method of higher education. So we are still working on that.

As you know in the Senate there is a bill for capital needs. We have proposed a number of things. We are ambitious about a new law school building – a $30,000,000 law school building. We have raised $15,000,000 and we are asking the legislature to appropriate $15,000,000--$5,000,000 for the next three years. We are also in partnership for the new building for the School of Public Health. We are asking the state also to appropriate $3,000,000. We have raised $6 million but it is dependent upon their also meeting their obligation. We have support from a foundation. We also have support hopefully from the federal government. The same thing with the new Fitness and Wellness Center. Again it is a partnership and it is just important for us in the future to not expect to get full funding for these facilities from the state. We are probably the only institution in the state that has had that kind of partnership idea. We also have funds that we are requesting for the student activities center at Aiken, renovations at Spartanburg, a new campus between Hilton Head and Beaufort. We have been given 80 acres there and some other support. Again it is a partnership to build a facility to teach some courses and then Sumter has an opportunity to buy a Baptist church that is near its campus and we are also supporting that.

The campaign is important to these projects. I want to announce that as of yesterday, we have raised $225,000,000 in this campaign towards our $300,000,000 goal. I believe we will easily meet the $300,000,000 goal and then I will tell you that when we have done that we will have just begun. Last night, in Greenville, we have concluded our 9th regional campaign kickoff. We had over 200 attendees at that kickoff. We had at least 5 people there who could give a good percentage of that $300,000,000 – they need a little bit more culturing and cultivation but there is really good feeling in these regions. I was able to give the vision statement – our ambitions to be worthy of invitation in to the AAU. I had a real good time with that because I told the story about Lou Holtz flying down to the Heritage golf course. He was speaking at the pairings banquet. On the way down he was telling us about the spring practice and how good the players were or weren’t and the kinds of individual talent that needed working on. I said now Coach I want you to be more familiar with the academic ambition as well. I know you know all about football. Our ambitions are to be members of the AAU. I said this is not athletic league; this is the Association of American Universities. He said, "What’s that?" These are the 60 best universities in the United States. They are half private and half public. He says, "Does Notre Dame belong?" I said Notre Dame does not belong. He said, "Why not?" It is a great undergraduate school. They are moving to the graduate direction but they don’t have the resources coming in yet, they don’t have the library, they don’t have the production of the faculty etc. and we are working on all these directions. So please mention that when you can. Remember AAU. So we get there -a big banquet - and he gets a standing ovation before he even gets up there. He is just fantastic. People were just roaring and he tells about beating Michigan and he beat a team after he kicked a player off the team. He said, "We are not about building a great football team." He said, "We’ve got the President of the University of South Carolina here and we are trying to be members of AUA." I said I am going to hold a card up next time, Coach.

But I’m going to tell you there is a good feeling out there about us. We are making consistent progress. The word is out there that we are continuing to attract really outstanding students. We have put significant resources into doing that and the fact that we have almost 180 National Merit finalists on this campus now, 10 Achievement Scholars, and we get most of the Palmetto Fellows. We’ve got the Carolina Scholars. The All-State Academic Team we have most of those on this campus. We are making progress with the Governor’s School continually. There is a good feeling out there. When Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough—last week you may have read a law firm giving us collectively a million dollars. This is the 42nd million dollar gift in this campaign. This is only like the thirtieth or so law firm that has ever collectively given to one university, the lawyers are all graduates of different places. So again that is a signal to all that it is time to step up or as I say to the asbestos and the tobacco plaintiff wins it is time to cough up. But it has just been a wonderful contribution. Our distinguished chairman is a member of that law firm and we really appreciate it very, very much.

 

IV. Reports of Committees.

 

Faculty Advisory Committee, Professor Margit Resch, Chair:

 

PRESIDENT PALMS - I think we should go ahead and move on to the order of the business at hand. I know I would like to call the Faculty Advisory Committee for their report. I believe a motion would like to be made.

 

PROFESSOR RESCH – For those of you who are not senators you may not know that we’ve undertaken a horrendous job—that is revising the Faculty Manual. I am going to apologize to my members on the committee for having suggested this project. But I would also like to thank especially the subcommittee that has been working on the editorial changes—about a hundred hours. Greg Adams who is right here from Law; Henry Price, is he here? Ben Franklin from English who is celebrating Dr. Hardin’s retirement at this very moment. They have worked so hard to identify changes that should be made to the language of the Faculty Manual and also to identify a few dozen potentially substantive changes to the Faculty Manual—an enormous job. We will present the editorial changes at the next General Faculty meeting.

Today I am going to address only the changes we would propose regarding the committees that are listed in the Faculty Manual, that is, the elected faculty committees. As you may know we have 3 different kinds of committees here on campus – the elected faculty committees, the Senate faculty committees, and the special committees appointed by the President. We’ve only addressed the committees’ issues relating to the committees elected and appointed by the chair of the Senate—the Senate committees. We have published our proposals on the web. I hope you have seen them. I would like to make a couple of changes to the proposals because as you know as soon as you are on the web you are very exposed to criticism, and so immediately I received a lot of very helpful suggestions as to what kind of changes would be prudent and so I would like to suggest that in regard to the Committee on Academic Responsibility that is no. V. , we change in the very last line "graduate students to graduate members."

In regard to VI., Board of Governors – Faculty House Club, we add at "McCutcheon House" because that is now the official name of our Faculty House.

It is called the Faculty Club at McCutcheon House. And there are a couple of editorial changes in the description. I missed Faculty House, on line two, it should be Faculty Club. I was apprised that the wording in the bylaws of the Faculty Club at McCutcheon House Committee does not talk about business membership but corporate memberships so I would like to change that on the 7th line. Those are the changes in regard to the committee regarding the Faculty Club. This does not refer to any motions that we are going to make but a wording in the explanatory text.

As you know we have two different bookstore committees. There is the Bookstore Committee appointed by the chair of the Senate which we would like to call "Bookstores Committee" because it is actually responsible for all the bookstores or rather the relationship between faculty and students and all the local bookstores that serve the University committee. That is one committee, and then we have what used to be called the Bookstore Oversight Committee which is really more responsible for the contract between the university and the bookstore that is housed in the Russell House. And that Bookstore Oversight Committee we would like to rename for clarity sake the "Russell House Bookstore Oversight Committee." Because this is their only mission, to oversee the contractual agreements between the university and the Russell House Bookstore.

Another change we need to make is in regard to the Senate Steering Committee. We had suggested that the Provost shall serve as ex officio and I neglected to add that right after chair of the Senate in line 5.

The motion regarding grade changes no. XVI., Chair of the Senate, Professor Wedlock suggested that rather than saying "has to be submitted grade change requests" should be changed to "must." In front of the NR, the fourth from the last line, we should precede the NR mark with "recorded NR mark."

These are the editorial changes that we would like to make.

PRESIDENT PALMS - What I would like to propose is that we move all of these Roman numerals but to go through and see if any one proposes any changes to any one of them and we would exclude those from the first motion. So we’ll go through these 16 and if I see a hand of someone who wants to make a change we will not include that and all those that are left, we will move the adoption of those and then we will address the individual Roman numerals that are requiring changes. Let me just ask for Roman I does any one propose any changes? Alright, how about II? How about III.? How about IV.? V.? VI.? VII.? VIII.? IX.? X.? XI.? XII.? XIII.? XIV.? XV.? XVI.?

I will entertain a motion to adopt I. through XVI with the exclusion of VI.? Do I hear such a motion?

- Motion seconded.

PRESIDENT PALMS – The motion has been seconded. You heard the motion for discussion. Any discussion of any of the items?

- There is a point XVII. on that page.

PRESIDENT PALMS – Excuse me, XVII. Any changes on XVII.? Alright any discussion on any of these? Are you ready to vote? All those in favor of the motion signify by saying aye. Opposed. So ordered. Any discussion on VI.?

PROFESSOR RICHARD CONANT – MUSC – Sorry, Margit. We sent proposed amendments regarding membership on the Board of Governors up through the channels. I am, by the way, former chairman of the Faculty Club, Inc.and am Secretary and Chairman-elect now. We discussed this at the General Membership meeting on Tuesday and there was some difference of opinion on whether to try to introduce the amendment today—that "to be nominated to the Board of Governors a faculty member must have been a member of the Club for at least three years and to have maintained an active account." We sent this on up and the Advisory Committee didn’t put that in—and maybe it is a little bit verbose. But can anyone tell me that just adding the word ACTIVE to what you’ve got there in bold type on page 2, No. VI., ""use be an ACTIVE member is not a good idea? We’ve had problems in the past--in fact people weren’t even members and they were nominated... This led to some difficulties. Since then that has been fixed at least. The problem now is with people who are members but haven’t been there in 10 years, or 2 years, or 5 years who are being nominated. They checked a little form indicating they would like to be nominated to the Board of Governors... We have had a lot of problems with the Faculty Club lately perhaps, in part, because people weren’t there paying attention! This is not the curriculum and Courses Committee—and heaven knows they do a lot of hard work! It is not the UCTP—heaven knows they do a lot of hard work! Those committee people, I understand , are covered by liability insurance through the University. Because Faculty Club is incorporated, those members—us folks—are NOT covered by the University liability policies. It is a very complicated, multi-thousand dollar business. You need people on the Board who are there using the place, spending their money, and looking around knowing what is going on. Frankly even this year we had nominees come forward who haven’t been there in over 2 years. Fortunately, I noticed and we kind of conferred about it and got that fixed... Can somebody tell me that "active" is OK and I will drop the "three year" member requirement, okay?

PRESIDENT PALMS – Are you making an amendment?

PROFESSOR CONANT – Yes, I would like to suggest add in there "To be nominated to the Board, a faculty member must be an active member of the Club." Now we can get legalistic and argue "how do you explain ‘active’?" But I don’t think we are in a court of law here. I think we are reasonable people but if somebody hasn’t been there in 2 years they are not an active member. They spent $600 for a reception 2 years ago that I would consider an active member. They are good for 2 or 3 years. I appreciate that.

PRESIDENT PALMS – Let’s get a second.

- Seconded.

PRESIDENT PALMS – We are open to discussion. Continue discussion.

PROFESSOR CONANT – Okay, so that is my main statement. While we are on the subject please use the place. We can't protect your interest if you don’t come there. We would like to encourage the President and encourage the deans to have their official functions there and encourage their chairmen to have their functions there and on down the line. We are looking to protect the place. It is a jewel of the university and we want to keep it going. That is my motion "active member".

PROFESSOR PALMS – Further discussion? Ready to vote on the amendment.

All those in favor of the amendment signify by saying aye. Opposed. Ayes have it. Are you ready to vote on VI.? Any other comments? Are you ready to vote? All those in favor of the amended VI.? All in favor say aye. Opposed. So ordered.

Congratulations. Excellent work.

PROFESSOR RESCH – Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT PALMS – Is there any other business?

 

V. Old Business.

PRESIDENT PALMS – Is there any old business?

 

VI. New Business.

PRESIDENT PALMS – Any new business?

 

VII. Good of the Order.

 

PRESIDENT PALMS - Do I hear anything for the Good of the Order?

Yes.

PROFESSOR ALICE KASAKOFF – ANTHROPLOGY – It is for good of the order. I am concerned about compression of faculty salaries. I know in my department people who have been here a long time are being paid much less than people who have been recently been brought in or who have been rewarded. When I was promoted I only got a $500 raise and now of course it is much more. I was wondering what proportion of the raise pool is available this year to be used to fix problems like these?

PRESIDENT PALMS – Well, we don’t know what the raise pool is going to be yet. But we do have our sights on of not just the compression issue, which has been a concern and a concern throughout the entire country at all institutions. The Provost I think could better address the specifics, but working with the deans these individual cases are discussed in the department and then with the deans and recommendations are made. We haven’t set aside, to answer your direct question, in any year a certain amount of money for compression.

PROFESSOR KASAKOFF – Last year I thought my chair said that he couldn’t use any...

PRESIDENT PALMS – We put together equity money last year and particularly with the competitiveness we are experiencing to try to have the most productive faculty and have some additional supplement to what would have been ordinarily available. We may have been able to do some but not all. We will try to that again this year. Maybe Jerry would like to comment on that.

PROVOST ODOM – We asked that the special 2 % we carved out of the budget within the university to be solely for merit. However, Alice, of the 2% that came from the state we did say that up to 1% could be used by the chairs and deans for compression issues. So that was it.

PROFESSOR KASAKOFF – Are you going to do the same this year?

PROVOST ODOM – My intention would be to try. First of all, as the President said we don’t know what it is going to be. I am currently putting together the strategic plan for all of academic affairs. My number one priority is faculty salaries again taking some from the university as well as what we get from the state. We will say that a certain portion of that should be used for compression or could be used for compression.

PRESIDENT PALMS – I reported to the Board of Trustees last week at their meeting and looking at the latest Chronicle on Higher Education data on faculty salaries at full professor level. We are about $5,000 behind in national average for our kind of institution. Associate professor is somewhat less. We are more competitive at entry level but we have tremendous pressure for the best professors being enticed away by deep pockets, particularly private universities where you have high endowments. We just can’t afford to lose our best faculty. So it is an issue that has been identified and we are just trying to get some support for it.

 

VIII. Adjournment.

 

PRESIDENT PALMS - Do I hear a motion to adjourn the meeting? So moved. All those in favor say aye. Opposed. So ordered. Thank you. Please stay for the Senate meeting. It is a brief agenda but it will begin almost immediately.

 


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