University of Iowa Faculty Senate
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
Senate Chamber, Old Capitol
Members Present: J. Berg, C.
Berman, A. Bhattacharjee, D. Bills, F. Boos, R. Bork, J. Carlson, M. Clark, S.
Collins, C. Colvin, J. Cox, H. Dettmer, G. Fischer, L. Geist, R. Hurtig, J. Jew,
S. Larsen, S. Lawrence, E. Link, C. Lynch, D. Manderscheid, T. Mangum, K. Marra,
J. Menninger, P. Muhly, W. Nixon, G. Parkin, C. Ringen, J. Ringen, D. Rosenthal,
C. Roy, H. Seaba, C. Sponsler, A. Steinberg, M. Stone, B. Thompson, L.Troyer,
B.Wiley, R. Zbick
Absent: H. Adams, S. Aquilino, N.Bauman, J. Bertolatus, C. Carney Doebbeling
P. Chang, R. Curto, M. David, J. Desmond, B. Doebbeling, G. El-Khoury, K.
Ephgrave, V. Grassian, J. Hoballah, R. Hohl, L. Hunsicker, T. Judge, J. Kline,
L. Marshall, A.M. McCarthy, J. Moyers, I. Nygaard, M. Pincus, P. Pomrehn, M. E.
Rivera, M. Rizzo, S. Rynes-Weller, R. Slayton, J. Soloski, C. Stanford, W.
Stanford, J. Tomkovicz, M. Vargas, S. Vincent, E. Wasserman
Absent (excused): B. Levy, D. Liddell, G. Milavetz
L.A. Clark, J. Whitmore (Office of the Provost); D. Weissbort (English/Cl,
Translation Wrkshp); C. Drum (Univ. Relations); L. Zale (Student Government); H.
Engle, R. Torrevillas, P. Nazareth (IWP); B. Pelton (Sport, Health, Leisure,
Phys. Studies); C. Johnston, V. Lagorio
The meeting was called to order at 3:35 PM by President Carlson.
Whereas, the International Writing Program (IWP) has been
a valuable asset to the University of Iowa for over thirty years, has brought
international attention to the University and enhanced its reputation around the
world, has contributed to a culture of respect for and celebration of writing
excellence, and has the respect and admiration of members of the faculty at the
Whereas, the Task Force on the Future of The University of
Iowa IWP has
an 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 housing,
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the University of
Iowa Faculty Senate
the Senate affirms the IWP is an important and distinctive asset to the
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
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 deficit of the IWP accumulated as of October 26, 1999, not be allowed to endanger the future health of the program and that the IWP be included in the capital campaign.
Professor Lynch moved, Professor Steinberg seconded the adoption of Clause 8
from the original resolution on the IWP, as a separate resolution.
Resolved 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.
MOTION: Professor Wiley moved the adoption of Clause 9 from the original resolution on the IWP, as a separate resolution. The motion was seconded.
Professor Lynch moved to amend the motion by inserting the word ”civil” after the word “open.” The motion was seconded. The motion carried.
After further discussion,
the Senate approved the proposed resolution, as amended. The approved resolution
reads as follows:
Resolved that: 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, civil and honest dialogue concerning this and other
A motion to adjourn carried at 5:00 PM.
Jean Jew, Secretary