Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Penn State Room, #337
Members Present: Judith Aikin, Michael Cohen, Edwin Dove, Paul Heidger, Ronald Herman, Philip Lutgendorf, Frank Mitros, Catherine Ringen, Linda Snetselaar, Shelton Stromquist, Steve Thunder-McGuire, Jerold Woodhead
Members Absent: Sheldon Kurtz, Sue Moorhead, James Nepola
Members Excused: Karin Southard
Faculty Senate Officers in Attendance: Katherine Tachau, President; Richard LeBlond, Vice President; Claibourne Dungy, Secretary; Margaret Raymond, Past President
Guests: Sue Buckley (Human Resources), Sarah Rood (Homecoming), Alex Lang (Daily Iowan), Marion Johnson (Emeritus Faculty), Cheryl Reardon (Staff Council, Past President), Tom Rocklin (Office of the Provost), Julie Thatcher (Faculty Senate Office)
Faculty Senate President Katherine Tachau called the meeting to order at 3:37 p.m.
Professor Tachau requested approval of the meeting agenda with the following changes:
1. Moving reports to after New Business
2. Moving item B under New Business to the first position. This would accommodate guests attending the meeting.
The revised meeting agenda was approved.
Professor Mitros moved, second by Professor Ringen, to approve the minutes of March 29, 2005. Motion approved by voice vote.
The Senate agenda for the last meeting of the 2004-2005 Senate and first meeting of the 2005-2006 Senate were approved by acclamation.
Cheryl Reardon, President of Staff Council, provided an overview of the Emergency Accrual Leave policy. She stated that recently approved AFSCME contract which begins on July 1, 2005 has negotiated a new clause into the contract – Article 9, Section 10b (5) – which in summary states employees will be allowed to carryover up to 40 hours of unused family care and emergency leave. Thus, employees would have up to 80 hours of emergency leave as opposed to the current 40. Staff Council President Reardon encouraged the Faculty Senate to recommend that the University administration adopt this policy for University faculty so that all UIHC employees, P&S, Merit, and exempt staff and faculty would be eligible for the same benefit effective July 1, 2005. Professor Aikin asked when the policy would take effect if approved and sent to central administration. Associate Vice President for Human Resources Sue Buckley responded the program would go into effect July 1, 2005. She said only 36 faculty used the entire 40 hours during the 2004 calendar year. If this policy is recommended, faculty would not be able to go over 80 hours of time. Professor Woodhead questioned if the policy were in effect for those wishing to donate sick leave time to colleagues. Ms. Buckley responded that the current plan only allows for vacation donors. Any change would be required at the state level. Professor Tachau questioned if there was any down side to the proposal. This was seen as an enhanced benefit. Vice President Buckley stated there might be some real costs in that some faculty may prefer to use family leave rather than a vacation and, therefore there might be some replacement costs. If family leave is used versus vacation, there might be a higher payout cost for vacations at the time of retirement. Professor LeBlond moved, second by Professor Woodhead, to recommend the University administration approve this benefit for faculty. Motion passed by unanimous voice vote.
Professor Tachau informed
the Council that Professor Clark, chair of the Committee on Faculty Policy and
Compensation was not be able to attend today’s meeting and that Professor Dove
would represent the committee. Vice
President Buckley indicated that concerns about the current emeritus policy
were raised by the Retirees Association.
Several retired research engineers and scientists were concerned about
problems accessing their databases.
Since research engineers and scientists are not listed in the University
directory, they do not have access to University databases by current
policy. Currently, approximately 200
individuals fall into the category of retired research engineers and
scientists. Since 1999 approximately 2
per year would have qualified for the benefit, had it been available. There are also approximately 90 individuals
in the library category who would also be available for the emeritus
title. Staff Council President Reardon
noted that many of the research engineers and research scientists would qualify
as faculty on research tracks at other institutions, yet at the
Sarah Rood, undergraduate student, distributed information on the 2005 Homecoming activities. She encouraged the faculty to become involved in homecoming activities and provided information on how faculty could participate in these activities.
Professor LeBlond presented the names of proposed committee replacements (attachment 3). There currently are two unfilled positions – one on the Student Publications Committee and one on the Presidential Committee on Athletics (PCA). The PCA position is a one year appointment and needs to be a faculty predominantly involved in undergraduate teaching. Approval was moved by Professor Mitros, second by Professor Herman.
The 2005-2006 Faculty Senate election results were presented by Professor Sponsler (attachment 4). Approval moved by Professor Mitros, second by Professor Lutgendorf.
Professor Tachau encouraged faculty to attend Provost Hogan’s presentation on 4/14/05. She also informed the Council that Provost Hogan thanks the Senate for its recommendation concerning the level at which associate provosts should participate in the promotions process, but felt that to be the best assistants to the Provost, they should report to him and vote at that level.
Address to the
B. Final Faculty Senate Meeting, April 26, 2005, 3:30-4:45 Terrace Room, 166 IMU
C. Faculty Senate Organizational Meeting, April 26, 2005, 4:45-5:15 Terrace Room, 166 IMU
D. Faculty Council/Administration Retreat: May 24, 2005, Gold Room, Oakdale Hall
Meeting was adjourned and would reconvene in an Executive Session.
Professor Mitros moved, second by Professor Lutgendorf, to accept the nominations. Unanimously approved.
Legislative budget action was discussed.
Meeting was adjourned at 5:32 pm
Secretary, Faculty Council
Faculty Senate President