OF IOWA FACULTY COUNCIL
October 12, 1999
State Room (#337), Iowa Memorial Union
S. Aquilino, A. Bhattacharjee, J. Carlson, C. Carney-Doebbeling, C.
Colvin, J. Cox, R. Curto, L. Geist, J. Jew, J.Kline, D. Manderscheid, G.
Milavetz, G. Parkin, M. Pincus, B. Wiley
K. Clark, D. Liddell, P. Pomrehn
V. Grassian, M. Stone
L. A. Clark, J. Folkins, J. Whitmore (Office of the Provost); B. Sorofman, M.
Sagen, L. Cox (Ombuds Office); C. Tebockhorst (Senate Staff Secretary); M.
Chapman (Daily Iowan), J. Jacobson (Gazette), J. McCurtis (I.C. Press-Citizen)
The meeting was called to order at 3:36 PM
A. The meeting agenda was
approved with the following revision: under Old Business, A. Discussion of
“termination for cause” standards was replaced with Discussion of promotion
and tenure standards.
B. The Faculty Council minutes
of September 7, 1999 were approved by unanimous consent.
C. President Carlson
recommended the appointments of the
following faculty members to the Council’s ad hoc committee on Termination for
Cause Standards: Elizabeth Altmaier (Education), Jonathan Carlson (Law), Jeffrey
Cox (Liberal Arts), Ekhard Zieglar (Medicine), John Long (Emeritus Council,
Medicine). The motion was made
(Professor Aquilino), seconded (Professor Milavetz) and passed that these
appointments be approved.
A. The Faculty Council
recommendation to Faculty Senate regarding standards to be applied when
standards have changed since faculty member’s initial appointment or promotion
to current rank, was returned for clarification and reconsideration,
particularly the time period of applicable standards. After discussion, the
motion was made (Professor Colvin), seconded (Professor Wiley) and approved to
table action on this matter until another draft incorporating the intent of the
Council’s discussion could be prepared.
B. Professor Colvin indicated
that a subcommittee has met regarding the topic of recognition for outstanding
teachers. A report will be presented at the next Council meeting.
A. President Carlson referred
to the memo attached to the Council agenda re: Schedule for reviews of Central
Academic Officers. He and President Coleman propose the following schedule for
the next cycle of reviews:
of the Provost
1999-2000: self-study prepared; review committee appointed
2000-2001: review process
of the President
2000-2001: self-study prepared; review committee appointed
2001-2002: review process
of the VP for Research
2001-2002: self-study prepared; review committee appointed
2002-2003: review process
of the VP for University Relations
2003-2004: self-study prepared; review committee appointed
2004-2005: review process
of the VP for Finance/University Services
2005-2006: self-study prepared; review committee appointed
2006-2007: review process
of the VP for Student Services
2006-2007: self-study prepared; review committee appointed
2007-2008: review process
There was discussion regarding the review process.
President Carlson stated that members of the review committee are appointed by
the Faculty Senate President and Central Administration, with the advice and
consent of the Senate. Review committees include two faculty members. In
response to inquiries re: whether the Office of the General Counsel is subject
to review, President Carlson is seeking information and advice. Although this
Office has not been reviewed in the past, on the University’s organizational
chart, the Office of the General Counsel is equivalent to those of the VPs. All
of the current reviews are lagging behind. There is a need to streamline the
review process for central administrative and collegiate reviews. A number of
concerns were raised about the time and effort spent in carrying out reviews,
and suggestions were made about how these might be reduced or made more
The motion was made (Professor Aquilino), seconded
(Professor Colvin) and passed to approve the schedule of reviews as listed
B. Maile Sagan (staff
ombudperson), Professor Lois Cox (immediate past faculty ombudsperson), and
Professor Bernard Sorofman (newly-appointed faculty ombudsperson) presented an
overview of the 13TH Annual Report of the Office of the Ombudsperson. They noted
that, while the number of faculty complaints were down last year, they were up
48% this year. Particular areas of complaints for faculty were identified: (1)
Promotion and tenure: departments and colleges vary widely in their compliance
with mandated University policy that they provide faculty with clear, written
expectations of standards for promotion and tenure; (2) Faculty leave policies
(Provost Whitmore and Associate Provost Clark indicated that one of these
policies, i.e., regarding the Old Gold fellowships, has been clarified and
implemented; (3) Responsiveness and timeliness: This problem was noted in last
year’s Annual Report and has not improved. Time deadlines in university
procedures are often ignored to the detriment of the complaining or grieving
faculty member. In addition, administrators at every level of the University
need to increase their responsiveness to internal concerns.
C. Agenda for special Faculty
Senate meeting to discuss IWP. The Task Force Report on the Future of the
University of Iowa International Writing Program has been completed and
submitted to President Coleman and Provost Whitmore. It is available on the
University’s website. President Carlson has called a special meeting of the
Faculty Senate for October 26, 1999 to provide opportunity for faculty input. It
was suggested that guests may be invited to address the Senate and that the
Council present a draft resolution to guide the Senate’s discussion. A
preliminary working document of a possible draft resolution was distributed and
discussed. It was determined that another draft was needed in order to
incorporate suggestions and to include a response to the Task Force Report.
The motion was made (Professor Colvin), seconded (Professor Bhattacharjee),
and approved to schedule another Council meeting on October 19, 1999 to discuss
the Task Force Report.
The motion was made (Professor Cox), seconded (Professor Colvin) and
approved to delay sending out a proposed resolution to faculty senators until a
revised draft was presented at the October 19 Council meeting.
V. A motion to adjourn was made and approved at 5:17 PM.
Jean Jew, Secretary