Faculty Council Minutes- October 2006

October 20, 2006
2:30 p.m. Rosen Center Conference Room

Faculty Present: D. Johnson, Chair, C. Rosenkrans, H. Brown (ANSC), Jennifer Webb (HESC), Fred Stephens, D. Rainey (AGEC), A. Proctor (FDSC), T. Killian (HESC), D. Karcher (HORT), B. Dickson (AEAB)

Others Attending:
G. Weidemann – Dean, D. Graham –Associate Dean
Dr. Shult - Vice President for Agriculture.

1. Call to Order – D. Johnson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:32 p.m.

2. Agenda – F. Stephen moved to approve the agenda. D. Karcher seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

3. Special Report – Dr. Milo Shult, Vice President, UA Division of Agriculture

Dr. Shult addressed the Faculty Council and reiterated his three reasons for the non-tenure track hiring practice:

(1) Anticipated financial problems/issues in agriculture and the funding structure

(2) Accountability at the Division and program level and how critical that is; how our current post-tenure review policy does not have the 'teeth' to assist in enforcing accountability. He discussed how expertise changes over time and the current system has little flexibility; that the Division has 80 to 85% of tenured faculty in research appointments and he does not have any direct input in who is promoted and/or tenured--- that approval goes through the College and Fayetteville campus rather than the Division. If he is having major appointment, then he should have major decision.

(3) Changing needs in relation to research programs, funding streams and goals and the lack of flexibility to respond quickly to such changes.

He also said that the Ad Hoc committee (Don Johnson, C. Rosenkrans, D. Wolf, F. Stephen, B. Dixon, and G. Milus) addressed these problems and others from the faculty perspective last year and he now thinks that he has a better understanding of faculty concerns. He indicated that this committee has pointed out to him the negative results to UA Agriculture they believed would accrue from hiring non-tenure track both in terms of quality of the applicant pool and retention of those faculty members. They also stressed, and he did not know this, that department heads may have more responsibility for any perceived lack of faculty performance by not giving unsatisfactory ratings to those whose efforts were sub-par performance. There was a long discussion about this, relating to what was 'satisfactory' and how it was perceived by different departments. It was determined that only two departments have any definition of satisfactory or unsatisfactory performance. There was also lengthy discussion of the current post-tenure review language in policy, the model of how core faculty would be defined with tenure-track and non-tenure track positions and the current policy that guides tenure.

The next step identified by Dr. Shult was that he and an administrative committee develop new guidelines for post tenure review and related issues. As guidelines and ideas are developed by the administration, a faculty committee would react to what they were developing, and as something concrete is developed it would be put to the whole faculty for input, discussion and ultimately possible approval. D. Johnson indicated that the approval of a faculty committee would be an item on the November Faculty Council meeting. VP Shult indicated a desire for at least some of the current ad hoc committee members to serve on any new committee.

4. Approval of Minutes - The minutes of the April 2006 meeting of the Faculty Council were presented for approval. A couple of typing errors will be corrected. A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes. The motion was approved.

5. Reports
a. Graduate Council. No report
b. Faculty Senate –No report.

6. Standing Committee Reports
a. Freddie Scott, Agriculture subcommittee – No report
b. T. Killian, Human Environmental Sciences Subcommittee
Principles of Tourism (HESC 2643) A new course will we added that will provide students with basic elements of tourism management and foundations of the tourism industry.
Changes in program in Food, Human Nutrition, and Hospitality _ HRMN majors in Concentration C will be required to complete HESC 2643. General electives will be reduced from 8 – 18 to 5 - 15 hours.
Changes in program in Human Development and Family Sciences – Students will no longer be required to complete a 2-3 hour computer course. This will result in an increase in 2-3 general electives that student will be required to complete. It was determined that students comet o the program with adequate computer skills or acquire them in other courses.
There are seven minor changes in Apparel Studies:
HESC 2013 – Removal of co-requisite and add HESC 2053 as a pre-requisite
HESC 3013 - Should be offered in the spring semester
HESC 3033 – will add a pre-requisite of Math 1203
HESC 4033 and HESC 4903 – Should be offered in the fall semester
HESC 4043 – Change in wording to read "and" instead of "or" for HESC 1013 pre-requisite
HESC 4053 – HESC 3033 will be removed as a pre-requisite and add "or consent"
7. Old Business –None.

8. New Business – Was tabled until next meeting.

9. Inquiries from the Faculty –

10. Announcements - None

11. Meeting Adjourned – The meeting was adjourned at 4:12 pm.

Submitted by
Quetta Wardlow