UNIVERSITY OF IOWA FACULTY COUNCIL
Tuesday, August 24, 1999
Room 335, Iowa
S. Aquilino, A. Bhattacharjee, J. Carlson, K. Clark, C. Colvin, J. Cox,
R. Curto, L. Geist, J. Jew, J.Kline, G. Milavetz, M. Pincus, B. Wiley
(Excused): G. Parkin
V. Grassian. M. Stone
Guests: L. A.
Clark, J. Folkins, W.H. Knight, Jr., J. Whitmore (Office of the Provost):; D.
Skorton (Office of the Vice President for Research); L. Maxson (Liberal Arts);
E. Gersema (Cedar Rapids Gazette); J. McCurtis (Iowa City Press Citizen); A.
McGlynn (Des Moines Register); S. Schmadeke (Daily Iowan); C. Tebockhorst
(Senate Staff Secretary)
The meeting was called to order at 3:35 PM.
Introductions were made by faculty council members and guests.
The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.
The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of April 6, 1999 were
IV. Unfinished Business
Standards for promotion and tenure.
Last year the Council developed a draft policy to address an
inconsistency in the University Operations Manual regarding departmental
standards for promotion and tenure decisions and those specified in the Faculty
Dispute Procedures. A motion was
made, seconded, and unanimously approved to forward the following recommendation
to the Senate for its action:
Recommendation Regarding Standards To Be Applied When Standards Have Changed
Since Faculty Member's Initial Appointment or Promotion to Current Rank
that: Operations Manual Sections III-10.1a(4)(b); III-10.1 a(4) (c); III-10.2;
III-29.5f(2)(b) should be amended to conform to the following policy:
for promotion shall be evaluated under relevant, clearly defined standards of
the faculty member's department that were in effect at the time of the faculty
member's initial appointment or promotion to the rank currently held or those
standards currently in effect, whichever the faculty member elects. However, the
initial standards may not be applied if they are older than the time specified
as normal time at rank (adjusted to account for any extension, family leave or
illness leave granted to the faculty member) and new standards have taken effect
since the initial appointment or promotion. For assistant professors, the normal
time in rank is six years and for associate professors, seven years (see
Operations Manual, III-10.5). In the event that the initial standards are
inapplicable, the standards to be applied will be those which are currently in
effect for the department, or those which were in effect for the department at a
time three years prior to the promotion, whichever the faculty member elects.
The faculty member shall make an election under this section by the end
of the academic year prior to the academic year in which the faculty member is
considered for promotion."
It was also noted that the new University guidelines for promotion and
tenure have been added to the Operations Manual and are available on the
Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) Charter. Questions had
been raised at a previous Council meeting about how to insure that faculty had
adequate access to computers and related technology. It was noted that this
matter is included as part of the charge to the ITAC in its charter. Information
about ITAC and its purpose will be conveyed in the Faculty Senate newsletter to
faculty and other members of the University community.
Summer in Review
A. CREF convertibility. Just prior to the Board of Regents meeting in May, Faculty Senate officers learned that the pilot program allowing retiring employees at Regents institutions to convert 100 per cent of funds in their CREF accounts, might be rescinded. Faculty and staff representatives were informed, and many faculty and staff members contacted Board of Regents members to give their input. As a result, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the 100% CREF convertibility plan. Professor Carlson expressed appreciation to faculty and staff for their efforts, to the Board of Regents staff for their cooperation, and to the Board of Regents members for implementing this policy.
International Writing Program (IWP). During the summer, a number of
events occurred regarding the organization and activities of the International
Writing Program. Faculty members with questions and concerns requested that
these matters be taken to Faculty Senate/Council for discussion. Dean Maxson and
Vice President Skorton were invited to meet with the Council. They presented
background information on events leading to the reorganization of the IWP this
year, and the current status of the program. The Program is currently being
administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. They responded to
questions about past and current faculty and staff associated with IWP; the
budget; the writers who would be participating this year and their activities;
the committees that would be reviewing and advising Provost Whitmore and
President Coleman about IWP (Ad hoc task force appointed by Dean Maxson,
advisory committee appointed by Vice President Skorton, President's Council on
Strategic Implementation); and the purpose and significance of the past and
current reviews of the program. Vice
President Skorton noted the difficulties in assigning priorities
to a program such as IWP, which may be considered less central to the
basic activities of a university but which has special symbolic and world
meaning. Vice President Skorton and Provost Whitmore indicated that there were
some questions they were unable to answer at this time. Professor Carlson asked
about the opportunity for the general University community and public to see and
respond to the Ad Hoc Task Force Committee Report prior to its final submission
to the Provost and President. Provost Whitmore stated that there would be an
opportunity for such input. Professor Bhattachargee said that he was pleased to
learn in these presentations that the IWP will survive, that its organization is
a matter of logistics. As the discussion about IWP ended, Professor Carlson
requested that Faculty Council be kept informed about the progress of the
reviews and other stages of the decision making process regarding IWP.
With the establishment of the College of Public Health effective July 1,
1999, there is a need for their faculty to have representation on the Senate and
Council from this college. There are faculty senators who are currently serving
terms as representatives of the College of Medicine, Department of Preventive
Medicine (which is now the College of Public Health). The motion was made,
seconded, and approved that one of these senators be invited to serve on Council
until the regular cycle of elections next spring.
The Council was asked to consider whether efforts should be made again
this year to explore ways to recognize and reward outstanding teachers. There
was discussion about the reasons that the proposal for a Teaching Academy did
not receive faculty support two years ago.
The University Administration has been investigating the possibility of
developing a statement of substantive standards for "termination of tenured
faculty". Council received an incomplete draft of a possible policy
generated by University Administration and has been asked to consider whether
and how we wish to have input in drafting such standards.
This item of business was tabled and will be taken up at the next
meeting, so that members have an opportunity to discuss the document and policy
with other faculty in their units.
A. There is a new office housing the Faculty/Staff Governance Center. It is located in room 380 IMU.
B. University Convocation will take place October 5, 1999 at 7:30 PM in McBride Hall. Faculty are encouraged to attend and cheer on their colleagues.
C. The UI Fall United Way Campaign begins in September and runs through November. Faculty interested in sponsoring a United Way presentation in their units should contact Jon Carlson or Jane Hoshi, Assistant Director for Special Projects and Outreach in University Communications and Outreach.
D. The next Council meeting will be September 7, 1999.
The first Faculty Senate meeting of the new academic year will be September 21.
VIII. The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 PM.
Jean Jew, Secretary