Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Penn State Room, 337 IMU
Members Present: Linda Boyle, Gloria Bulechek, Christine Catney, Virginia Dominquez, David Drake, Claibourne Dungy, Paul Heidger, Steve McGuire, Frank Mitros, Catherine Ringen, Linda Snetselaar, Downing Thomas, Brad Thompson
James Nepola, Jarjisu Sa-Aadu
Members Excused: Vicki Grassian, Michael O’Hara
Barnes (Daily Iowan),
I. Call to Order
President LeBlond called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm.
A. Meeting Agenda
The agenda was approved by consent.
B. Faculty Council Minutes, February 21, 2006
The minutes were approved by consent.
A. NCAA Faculty Representative, Betsy Altmaier
After asking for any preliminary questions,
Professor Altmaier briefly described her activities as the NCAA faculty
representative. Professor Altmaier
serves as a liaison between the
Professor Altmaier then discussed various
issues of interest. She reported that
the NCAA Conference representatives are currently discussing the issue of
student attendance of classes in relation to playoffs. There currently exists no guideline regarding
playoff or championship games in conjunction with the academic calendar. For example, student athletes may miss
several days of classes during finals week.
In response to queries, she then described the history of the
1. Faculty Council Election, March 24-31
President LeBlond encouraged Faculty Councilors to participate in the election.
President LeBlond encouraged Faculty Councilors to attend.
3. Shared Governance Task Force
President Skorton and Provost Hogan have initially approved the concept of the Shared Governance Council. The task force will soon meet again to complete its official report for submission in May.
4. Road Scholars
There has been difficulty in receiving nominations of faculty participants from certain deans. President LeBlond requested assistance from President Skorton and Provost Hogan and hopes soon to complete the list of participants.
IV. Unfinished Business
A. Honorary Degree Policy, Cathie Ringen
The Council reviewed the revised proposal forwarded from the Faculty Senate’s Awards and Recognition Committee. Professor Ringen briefly described the changes to the earlier draft, namely the elimination of controversial language and an alteration in the composition of the committee.
MOTION: Professor Ringen moved to accept
the proposal and forward to the
Professor Tachau thanked the committee for providing more complete information on peer institutions’ honorary degree programs. Vice Provost Cain stated that the new degree program may alter the way the University approaches graduations, as there is currently no appropriate ceremony to confer such a degree. The offices of the President and Provost will address issues of implementation.
B. Presidential Search Update, Richard LeBlond
At the March 20 Regents Meeting, the Board of
Regents appointed Regent Wahlert as the chair of the presidential search and
screen committee. She indicated her
desire to appoint a vice-chair, the
role of which is yet to be clarified.
She likewise indicated a strong desire to visit campus within the next
four weeks to meet with various constituencies and gain input on the search
committee process. President LeBlond
learned from the press that the Regents plan to appoint an interim president. President LeBlond has not been consulted by
the Board in any way regarding any part of this process. Professor Boyle inquired as to the status of
the proposed search committee structure forwarded to the Regents. President LeBlond has received no official
response regarding this proposal.
Professor Tachau pointed out that at no point has there been any open
discussion of the search committee structure or formation. President LeBlond additionally reported that
he forwarded to the Regents names of faculty recommended by the
, discussed, nor has it been forwarded to all
Board members. In the absence of any
communication from the Board or its office, President LeBlond pointed out that
he could not answer questions regarding the timeframe of the search or whether
the board will at any point discuss the search openly. Various Councilors expressed discouragement
at the lack of communication. President
LeBlond expressed his optimism and desire to work within the system. Professor Tachau indicated to the Council the
faculty leaders of ISU would like to meet with our Council and, receiving nods
of agreement, announced that we would proceed with preliminary plans for doing
V. New Business: Smoking Policy, Susan Johnson
Associate Provost Johnson informed the Council that UIHC is transitioning to a completely non-smoking campus effective July 1. The health sciences deans are moving forward with a similar plan. President Skorton formed a committee to review the smoking policies for the rest of the campus. Currently, no smoking is allowed inside University buildings with the exception of smoking by an artist in an artistic performance, University family housing, and in two rooms of the Iowa House Hotel. Smoking is not restricted outside. The committee is planning two open forums for community input on this issue, and Associate Provost Johnson requested feedback and advice from Councilors. Several Councilors expressed dissatisfaction with their daily contact with second-hand smoke at building entrances and in rooms near air-intake vents. Suggestions included restricting smoking to certain entrances, imposing a non-smoking perimeter around buildings, building physical barriers in front of air-intake areas to prohibit congregation in such areas, and prohibiting smoking on University property (thus moving smokers to city sidewalks). Concern was expressed that, if we are to prohibit smoking, we must also offer information and assistance for smoking addiction. There was a consensus that if Councilors could ban outdoor smoking they would, but understand that such a ban is unrealistic and unenforceable. In terms of the indoor smoking policy, the suggestion was made to restrict smoking only to designated performance stages. Concern was additionally expressed regarding smoking in University family housing, as many children are at risk from second-hand smoke. However, many international families reside in this type of housing and smoking then becomes a cultural issue that should be approached respectfully. The suggestion was made to designate certain blocks of family housing as non-smoking.
VI. From the floor
Professor Collins distributed recent articles regarding an undergraduate, student-run business sponsored by the Tippie College of Business. This business involves forwarding text messages of alcohol and food specials to students. Support for the project was cut after the printing of the initial Des Moines Register article. Criticism of this decision followed in an opinion piece in the Daily Iowan claiming that the students’ and the center’s academic freedoms had been jeopardized. Professor Collins pointed out the delicate balance between granting instructional intellectual freedom while remaining responsible for maintaining an appropriate educational environment. There seems to be incomplete knowledge of policy and limitations, if any, regarding UI sponsored student entrepreneurship. Faculty Councilors shared Professor Collins’s concern, and this item will be discussed as new business at the April 11 Faculty Council meeting.
A. Faculty Council, April 11, 3:30, Michigan Room, 351 IMU
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:15.