UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FACULTY COUNCIL
Tuesday, October 19, 1999
335, Iowa Memorial Union
Bhattacharjee, J. Carlson, K. Clark, C. Colvin, J. Cox, R. Curto, L. Geist, V.
Grassian, J. Jew, D. Manderscheid, G. Milavetz, G. Parkin, M. Stone, B. Wiley
Absent: C. Carney-Doebbeling,
J.Kline, D. Liddell, P. Pomrehn
Absent (excused): S. Aquilino, M. Pincus
C. Tebockhorst (Senate Staff Secretary), J. McCurtis (I.C. Press-Citizen)
The meeting was called to order at 3:35 PM
II. Old Business
At its October 12, 1999 meeting, the Council began discussion of a
proposed resolution concerning the International Writing Program to present to
the Faculty Senate at a special meeting called for October 26, 1999. A special
meeting of the Council was called today to continue this discussion and attempt
to agree on the contents of a draft resolution that could be forwarded to the
Senate for its consideration. A revised version of previous drafts of the
resolution was distributed along with a copy of the “Task Force Report on the
Future of the University of Iowa International Writing Program.” A motion to
approve the resolution was made (Professor Colvin) and seconded (Professor
Wiley). Substantial discussion followed regarding recommendations for the
administrative organization of the IWP; mechanisms
to ensure and enhance the IWP’s future fiscal stability and health; the
need for faculty consultation in matters of reallocations of funds and staff
from University programs; and the need to urge all members of the University
community to refrain from personal invective and to encourage civil discourse.
Revisions and recommendations were incorporated into the resolution document.
The final draft of the resolution prepared by the Faculty Council for
consideration by the Faculty Senate is as follows:
Proposed Senate Resolution
International Writing Program (IWP) has been a valuable asset to
of Iowa for over thirty years, has brought international
the University and enhanced its reputation around the world, has
a culture of respect for and celebration of writing excellence,
and has the
respect and admiration of members of the faculty at the University,
Whereas, the Task
Force on the Future of The University of Iowa IWP has
informative report containing many useful options regarding the
future of the
IWP, particularly with respect to administration and staffing,
creation of a
local advisory group, size and duration of the program, and
Now, therefore, be
it resolved by the University of Iowa Faculty Senate
· that the Senate affirms that the IWP is an important and distinctive asset to the University; and
· that the Senate believes that the IWP should continue to be conducted as a residential program for writers from foreign countries to visit the University of Iowa for extended periods of time primarily as writers-in-residence; and
· that the Senate endorses the Task Force Report and calls on the University administration to place administrative oversight for IWP in the Office of the Vice President for Research, to appoint an interim Director without delay, and to charge her or him to set up a local advisory committee and to develop a specific plan for the fiscal, academic, and administrative future of the IWP; and
· that it is the sense of the Senate that a Director with a permanent faculty appointment should be in charge of all aspects of the IWP; and
· that the Senate urges that the accumulated deficit of the IWP not be allowed to endanger the future health of the program and that the IWP be included in the capital campaign; and
· that the Senate, recognizing that there are many competing uses for scarce University resources, encourages administrators at all levels to engage in the fullest possible consultation with appropriate members of the faculty before engaging in fundamental reallocations of funds and staff from University programs; and
the Senate deplores the personal invective employed by some to express
themselves regarding the IWP and encourages members of the community to engage
in open and honest dialogue concerning this and other topics.
The motion to approve the resolution passed unanimously.
President Carlson indicated that he will forward the resolution by e-mail to Faculty Senate members prior to the October 26 meeting and that hardcopies will be distributed at the meeting.
A motion to adjourn passed and the meeting ended at 5:00 PM.
Jean Jew, Secretary