Faculty Council Minutes- October 2005

October 14, 2005

3:30 p.m. Rosen Center Conference Room
Faculty Present: J. Turner, Chair, D. Johnson, Chair-Elect, L. Parsch (AEAB), H. Brown (ANSC), T. Costello (BAEG), A. Szalanski (ENTO), A. Proctor (FDSC), T. Killian (HESC), C. Rom (HORT), M. Stewart (CSES), G. Milus (PLPA), D. Donoghue (POSC)
Others Attending:
D. Graham - Administration
D. TeBeest – Graduate Council
M. Fitch-Hilgenberg – Human Environmental Sciences Subcommittee
B. Dixon (AEAB)
A. McKenzie (AEAB)
M. Thomsen (AEAB)
J. Lindstrom (HORT)
1. Call to Order - J. Turner, Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:34 p.m.
2. Agenda - J. Turner asked for recommendations for revision of the agenda. There were no changes. T. Costello made motion to approve. M. Stewart seconded. Motion approved.
3. Approval of Minutes - The minutes of the September 2005 meeting of the Faculty Council were presented for approval. H. Brown made motion to approve. L. Parsch seconded the motion. Motion approved.
4. Reports
A. D. Graham – Administration
1. Report
Act 1014 – reexamination of core courses of 8 and 9 semester programs at undergraduate level will be required.
Web based Food Safety & Quality certificate will launch in the Spring 2006.
Honors Council – Nine different areas that Dean McMath is trying to address. D. Graham will send questions to faculty for feedback.
New initiatives:
Diversity plan
Sophomore year retention
Updating the articulation agreements
Career development plan
Reminder: Symposium is on Monday, October 17 at 2pm in the AFLS Auditorium.
Graduate School – There are two different sessions on November 11 and November 14 to discuss policy and procedure changes.
2. Input about proposed change in hiring practice
J. Turner sent an email to Dean Weidemann and Dean Graham regarding the tenure-track vs. non tenure-track faculty positions.
Will be discussed as new business
B. Graduate Council
1. Academic Bankruptcy
The Graduate Council discussed a proposal to require a modified academic bankruptcy, where a student who has had no enrollment in the Graduate School for seven years past the candidacy exam (doctoral students)/six years past the initial enrollment (master's students), automatically forfeits all previous credits and grade points.
Students are no longer considered as enrolled and must be re-admitted to the Graduate School
Email D. TeBeest or M. Thomsen by Thursday for feedback before the next Graduate Council meeting
C. Faculty Senate
Please see the Faculty Senate minutes for a review of the Faculty Senate report.
5. Standing Committee Reports
A. J. Lindstrom, Agriculture subcommittee (see handout)
1. Course Changes:
ANSC 2482 – Intro to Companion Animal Management (changed to ANSC 4482)
FDSC 431V – Internship in Food Science (allowed for graduate credit)
ENTO 410V – Special Topics (new course)
2. Program Changes:
Food Science – change in admission requirements for the Ph.D.
Horticulture – change to single degree in Horticulture, Landscape and Turf Sciences.
Poultry Science – reduce credits and pre-requisites required for minor from 19 to 15; will offer Poultry Science and Poultry Industry as specializations.
L. Parsch moved to approve the changes. D. Johnson seconded the motion. Motion approved.
B. M. Fitch-Hilgenberg, Human Environmental Sciences subcommittee (see handout)
1. Human Nutrition/Dietetics Course Changes:
HESC 3204 – Nutrition for Health Professionals and Educators (credit hour change)
HESC 5264/5260L – Medical Nutrition Therapy I/Lab (new course)
HESC 5273 – Medical Nutrition Therapy II (new course)
HESC 5223 – Nutrition During the Life Cycle (new course)
HESC 4273 – Medical Nutrition Therapy II (drop dual listing)
HESC 4223 – Nutrition During the Life Cycle (drop dual listing)
2. Human Nutrition/Dietetics Program Changes:
Dietetics: Add CHEM 1074/1071L as an option; change checksheet to reflect HESC 3204 changing to HESC 3203
General Foods and Human Nutrition: Change checksheet to reflect HESC 3204 changing to HESC 3203
Each will have their own checksheet
3. Hospitality Course Changes:
HESC 3613 – Resort Management (new course)
HESC 4643 – Meetings and Convention Management (new course)
HESC 5643 – Meetings and Convention Management (new course)
HESC 4653 – Global Travel and Tourism Management (new course)
HESC 5653 – Global Travel and Tourism Management (new course)
4. Hospitality Program Changes:
Change in requirements: changes to include the elimination of WCOB courses; addition of HESC program specific courses; replace MGMT 3743 with AGEC 2143, Agri. Fin. Records; replace WCOB 1033 with PSYC 2013 or equivalent; addition of Foreign language requirement; add AGEC 3303, Food & Agriculture Marketing
5. Apparel Studies Course Changes:
Add HESC 3003 and consent of instructor as pre-requisite to HESC 4073 Internship
6. Interior Design Course Changes:
HESC 1031 – Design I Lecture (name and content change)
HESC 1034 – Design I (name change)
HESC 1041 – Design II (delete course)
HESC 1044 – Design II (name change)
HESC 2853 – Textiles for Interiors (new course)
HESC 2883 – History of Interiors (name and content change)
HESC 3883 – History of Interiors II (delete course)
HESC 2803 – Studio I Intro to Interior Design (name, content and credit hour change to five hours)(HESC 2805)
HESC 2833 – Intro to Presentation Techniques (delete course)
HESC 2813 – Studio II Space Planning (name, content and credit hour change to five hours)(HESC 2815)
HESC 2863 – Principles of Computer Aided Design (delete course)
HESC 2842 – Lighting Systems (name, content and credit hour change to three hours)(HESC 3843)
HESC 2841 – Lighting Studio (delete course)
HESC 3803 – Studio III (name, content and credit hour change to five hours)(HESC 3805)
HESC 3813 – Studio IV – Interiors for Public Use (name, content and credit hour change to five hours)(HESC 3815)
HESC 3863 – Advanced Presentation Techniques (delete course)
HESC 4843 – Internship Preparation (name, content and credit hour change to one hour)(HESC 4841)
HESC 4803 – Studio V – Advanced Residential Design (name, content and credit hour change to five hours)(HESC 4805)
HESC 4863 – Advanced Commercial Design (name, content and credit hour change to five hours)(HESC 4815)
HESC 4891 – Portfolio (delete course)
M. Stewart motioned to approve the changes. D. Johnson seconded the motion. Motion approved.
6. Old Business
A. Secretarial support for Faculty Council
1. Faculty Council By-Laws were checked. By-laws state that the chair of Faculty Council along with the Dean shall appoint an Administrative Secretary of the college faculty. The secretary shall serve a one year term, with unlimited appointment. Faculty Council agreed that the department heads would be the deciding people to appoint a secretary from a department.
B. College and Committee Representatives
1. Computers and Electronic Technology Committee – J. Turner talked to J.F. Meullenet who said this committee has not met in two years. This committee can be voted on for elimination.
2. Teaching & Advising Excellence Committee – Committee has not met for two years. This committee can be voted on for elimination.
Faculty Council supports the elimination of these two committees. L. Parsch will bring in a proposal of the By-laws to eliminate the two committees at the next Faculty Council meeting.
M. Stewart motioned to approve the changes. D. Johnson seconded the motion. Motion approved.
7. New Business
A. Faculty discussion of proposed change in hiring practice
There was a lot of concern regarding the new hiring practice. Questions were formulated into the following:
Was this really a new policy or a practice in use for this set of hires?
Why was the decision being made?
What were the major factors considered in making this decision?
Have the long term implications been considered? (Comments of how we would become the training ground for other land grant systems because faculty would not stay here if given other choices? We will become second class in regard to expertise because all other schools have a tenure system.)
There was some fear expressed regarding how easily individuals could be released and even programs could be eliminated under the new system.
Would this policy only be applied for new hires?
Will the policy be applied across the board----there was some knowledge that the food safety chair received tenure while the head of entomology did not have tenure.
Would the system be applied to all administrators also?
What percentage of appointment would it take to not be hired under the new system?
There was concern of the positions being advertised and how they will not attract quality candidates, probably only new PhDs with no experience.
Why was this policy implemented without prior communication from administration?
Has this been discussed with other campus administrators? What was their opinion of its impact?
Can faculty be dismissed without warning or would some probation period be allowed?
Were other budgetary decisions considered if this were the reason of the decision, such as converting to 9 month positions?
Budget cuts from other universities did not seem to have significant cuts to faculty/extension positions. Why not allow administrative flexibility to divert resources if the need arises?
Since this is not the standard hiring practice at other universities, this might be an indicator that the U of A is in financial straits and thus no one would want to apply for a job here.
There were some concerns that this policy may lead to a popularity issue--those whom administrators liked would be maintained; those that are not liked can be let go without cause.
There was concern that this would weaken the long-term human resource/research capacity of AES.
Faculty Council agreed to organize a faculty meeting to discuss tenure-track versus non tenure-track faculty positions with G. Weidemann and M. Shult.
8. Inquiries from the Faculty - None
9. Meeting Adjourned – M. Stewart made motion to adjourn. T. Costello seconded the motion.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:36 p.m.
Respectively submitted.
Alonna Still