Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Faculty Council Minutes: March 5, 1998
School of Dentistry, Room S115: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
I. Voting Members (106):
Present--: Allen, Stephen (Elected: Medicine 6/99);
Present--: Atkinson, Simon (Elected: Medicine 6/99);
Absent---: Bailey, Darrell (Ex Officio: Dean of New Media);
Present--: Baldwin, James (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Absent---: Banta, Trudy (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Chancellor's Admin. designee);
Present--: Barlow, John (Ex Officio: Dean of Liberal Arts);
Absent---: Barnes, A. James (Ex Officio: Dean of Public & Environmental Affairs);
Present--: Belcher, Anne (Elected: Nursing 6/99);
Present--: Bepko, Gerald (Ex Officio: Officer: Chancellor of IUPUI.);
Present--: Besch, Henry (Elected: Medicine 6/99);
Absent---: Bippen, Paul (Ex Officio: Dean of IUPU Columbus);
Absent---: Bjork, Ulf Jonas (Elected: Journalism 6/99);
Absent---: Blomquist, William (Elected: Liberal Arts 6/98);
Absent---: Broadie, Thomas (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);
Alternate: Brothers, Linda (Elected: At Large 6/99) --
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Absent---: Brown, Trevor (Ex Officio: Dean of Journalism);
Present---: Burr, David (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Absent---: Canty-Mitchell, Janie (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Present--: Chernoff, Ellen (Elected: Science 6/99);
Absent---: Cobb, Karen (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);
Absent---: Cochran, Michael (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/98);
Absent---: Cronin, Blaise (Ex Officio: Dean of Library & Information Science) (Bloomington);
Present--: Crowell, Dring (Elected: Science 6/99);
Absent---: Dalsing, Michael (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Absent---: Dalton, Dan (Ex Officio: Dean of Business);
Notice---: DeSchepper, Edward (Elected: Dentistry 6/98);
Present--: Dickerson-Putman, Jeanette (Elected: Liberal Arts 6/98);
Absent---: DiMicco, Joseph (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Absent---: Dunning, Jeremy (Ex Officio: Dean of Continuing Studies) (Bloomington);
Absent---: Eble, John (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Present--: Eckerman, Nancy (Elected: Medicine 6/98);
Present--: Evenbeck, Scott (Ex Officio: Dean of University College);
Absent---: Faris, James V. (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Present--: Fineberg, Naomi (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Present--: Fineberg, S. Edwin (Elected: At Large 6/98. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/98);
Absent---: Fisher, Mary (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Present--: Ford, David (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Present--: Fore, Julie (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Present--: Fredland, Richard (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/98);
Absent---: Froehlich, Janice (Elected: Medicine 6/98);
Present--: Galanti, Paul (Elected: Law 6/98. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);
Alternate: Gardner, Carol (Elected: Liberal Arts 6/99) --
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Present--: Gilman, Linda (Elected: Nursing 6/99);
Alternate: Goldblatt, Lawrence (Ex Officio: Dean of Dentistry) --
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Alternate: Greene, Roberta (Ex Officio: Dean of Social Work) --
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Absent---: Gregory, Richard (Elected: Dentistry 6/98);
Absent---: Hall, Robert (Elected: Science 6/98);
Alternate: Hamant, Celestine (Elected: Allied Health Sciences 6/99) --
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Absent---: Hart, Stuart (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/98);
Absent---: Hawley, Dean (Elected: Medicine 6/98);
Alternate: Holden, Robert (Ex Officio: Dean of Medicine) --
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Present--: Hook, Sara Anne (Elected: At Large 6/98. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/98);
Present--: Hoyt, Dolores (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/98);
Present--: Jafari, Maymanat (Elected: University Libraries 6/99);
Present--: Jones, Elizabeth (Elected: Physical Education 6/98);
Absent---: Karlson, Henry (Elected: At Large 6/98. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/98);
Present--: Keck, Juanita (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/99);
Present--: Keck, Robert (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Absent---: Keffer, M. Jan (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);
Present--: Kellum, P. Nicholas (Ex Officio: Dean of Physical Education);
Absent---: Leapman, Stephen (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Absent---: Lefstein, Norman (Ex Officio: Dean of Law);
Notice---: Luerssen, Thomas (Elected: Medicine 6/98);
Absent---: Man, Joyce Yan-Yun (Elected: Public & Environmental Affairs 6/98);
Present--: Mannheimer, Steven (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/98);
Present--: Mannix, Edward (Elected: Medicine 6/99);
Present--: McBride, Angela (Ex Officio: Dean of Nursing);
Absent---: Modibo, Najja (Elected: Continuing Studies 6/98);
Absent---: Ng, Bart (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/98);
Notice---: Olson, Byron (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Absent---: Parsons, Michael (Elected: Education 6/98);
Present--: Peters, G. David (Elected: Music 6/98);
Present--: Peterson, Richard (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/98);
Present--: Plater, William (Ex Officio: Chancellor's Administrative Designee);
Present--: Pless, John (Elected: Medicine 6/99);
Present--: Porter, Rebecca (Elected Officer: Vice-President 6/98. Ex Officio: UFC Rep. 6/98);
Absent---: Porterfield, Amanda (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Notice---: Powers, Gerald (Elected: At Large 6/98. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/99);
Absent---: Rescorla, Frederick (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Present--: Rizkalla, Maher (Elected: Engineering & Technology 6/98);
Present--: Robertson, Jean (Elected: Herron 6/99);
Absent---: Rogers, Richard (Elected: Business 6/99);
Present--: Ross, Beverly (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Present--: Rothe, Carl (Elected: Med 6/99. Ex Off: Exec C. 6/99, & UFC Rep 6/99);
Present--: Schneider, William (Elected Officer: President 6/98. Elected: At Large 6/98.);
Absent---: Shay, Robert (Ex Officio: Dean of Herron);
Absent---: Sothmann, Mark S. (Ex Officio: Dean of Allied Health Sciences);
Present--: Spechler, Martin (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Absent--: Stocum, David (Ex Officio: Dean of Science);
Absent---: Sutton, Susan (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Present--: Svanum, Soren (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Absent---: Tarver, Robert (Elected: Medicine 6/99);
Alternate: Tompkins, Philip (Ex Officio: Director of University Libraries) --
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Present--: Vermette, Rosalie (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/99);
Present--: Vessely, Jeffery (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Absent---: Wagner, Marion (Elected: Social Work 6/99. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);
Present--: Warfel, Kathleen (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Alternate: Warren, Donald (Ex Officio: Dean of Education) --
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Present--: Watt, Jeffrey (Elected: At Large 6/98);
Present--: Webb, Dorothy (Elected: At Large 6/99);
Present--: Weetman, Robert (Elected: Medicine 6/98);
Notice---: West, Karen (Elected: Medicine 6/98);
Present--: Wilkins, Harriet (Appointed Officer: Parliamentarian 6/98. Elected: At Large 6/98);
Present--: Yokomoto, Charles (Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/98);
Absent---: Yurtseven, H. Oner (Ex Officio: Dean of Engineering & Technology).
II. Non-Voting Members (3):
Absent---: Phillabaum, Melinda (Ex Officio: Staff Council President);
Absent---: Barlay, Thua (Ex Officio: Student Assembly President);
Absent---: Yovits, Marshall (Ex Officio: Senior Academy President).
III. Guests/Visitors/Others (non-voting):
Present--: Bartlow, J. Douglas (UITS Audio Engineer: Recorder);
Present--: Bayless, Paul (Affirmative Action Office);
Present--: Boschmann, Erwin (Faculty Development Office; Science);
Present--: Frisby, David (Faculty Council Coordinator);
Present--: Grove, Mark (Registrar);
Alternate: Hehman, Jennifer (Constitution & Bylaws Committee Chair: University Libraries) --
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Present--: Kulsrud, Bill (Business);
Present--: Larter, Raima (Academic Affairs Committee: Science);
Present--: Lorentz, Donald (UITS Audio Engineer: Recorder);
Present--: Scodro, Joe (Indiana University Counsel).
Agenda Item I: Call to Order: Rebecca Porter (Vice-President of the IUPUI Faculty)!
Vice-President Porter called the meeting to order at 3:34.
Agenda Item II: Minutes Update.
Vice-President Porter apologized for the delay in minutes and noted that the Executive Committee is working on the problem. The council’s patience was appreciated.
Agenda Item III: Administrative Report: Gerald Bepko (IUPUI Chancellor).
Chancellor Bepko introduced Vice-Chancellor Robert Martin for a report on the childcare center.
Martin reported that the design team has been assembled, led by Beth Jeglum, the current director of the childcare center. The architect’s office has narrowed the architectural firms down to four, and it is anticipated that the selection process will b e complete in the next thirty days. The next step will be actual detailed designs as the architect sits down with the internal team to literally start designing the childcare center.
Bepko asked if there was a construction timetable for the childcare center; Martin said the construction timeline on the facility right now is about 14-18 months, so from the time the detailed design starts to the end of construction is about 18 months, or in other words by the fall of ’99. The childcare center is on a fast track.
Bepko reported on a document (distributed at the meeting) listing data on the peer institutions for IUPUI. The list will be used for a variety of purposes, including improving retention rates (which IUPUI has committed itself to improve as a part of th e Lilly grant), and determining the 60th percentile for faculty salaries. The goal is to move faculty salaries to the 60th percentile of this peer group—currently only IUPUI’s assistant professor category meets the 60th pe rcentile. Since it is doubtful that there will be any extra money from the state to help us get to that 60th percentile, and since the funding necessary to meet the 60th percentile in disciplines and in ranks will be a part of a real location process within the academic units, it is probably not as exciting as if there was new state money coming. The trustees still need to approve the peer group. Then the administration can present a plan whereby we will move over the next couple of y ears to the 60th percentile, or the top 40% of the peer group, in each of the salary classifications: professor, associate professor, and assistant professor. Bepko added that this process is right on the heels of the gender and race equity sal ary study, so a good deal of attention will be paid to faculty compensation in the next couple of years.
Bepko next reported on recently published higher education rankings in the U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools issue, in which IUPUI programs were frequently cited. Nursing moved up to 12th nationally. The medical school was rated 20th in the group of medical schools that have a special capacity for primary care. SPEA was ranked in terms of specialties 10th in the US for its not-for-profit management program. The law school was ranked in the second t ier nationally along with Southern Methodist, SUNY Buffalo, Syracuse, University of Alabama, University of Kansas, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh. Schools in the third tier for law schools included University of Arkansas, University of Mississi ppi, University of Missouri (Columbia), Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia--major state universities. There was also a fourth tier. The law school held its own well and was mentioned among specialties as 9th in the country in terms of health law. "I have some special laurels that I would like to have Bill Plater mention that I think are further evidence of the national impact that IUPUI is having."
Executive Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties William Plater announced that the campus has moved closer to fulfilling Chancellor Bepko’s bold claim that IUPUI would become a new national model of successful urban higher education. Two achievement s evidence our place among the nation’s leaders in defining the role of the urban university for education and research, and they reflect the work of a lot of faculty and colleagues. Two of our colleagues have been singled out for a national award in thei r areas of competence: the first is Scott Evenbeck, the Dean of University College, who was selected as the outstanding educator for first year experiences, and was recognized by his peers at a recent conference in South Carolina. The organization is base d on the work of John Gardner and has become perhaps the most important group nationally for focussing attention on undergraduates’ first year experiences. Second, Robert Bringle, the Director of the Office of Service Learning and Center on Public Service and Leadership, will be recognized by Campus Compact as its outstanding educator for advancing service learning at the AAHE meeting that will take place in Atlanta later this month. Service learning is one of the areas that is expected to have a positive impact on undergraduate education, especially in retention of students. As an institution as a whole, IUPUI just received word that it will receive a $2.6 million grant from the PEW Charitable Trust to work with other urban universities to identify the c haracteristics in identifying student success and to measure the actual work of our faculty at teaching students. The goal is to identify those characteristics to which urban universities should be held accountable, and to promote them nationally. IUPUI a nd five other institutions will be working together to help define the national model for urban education. This will provide some perspective on the U.S. News and World Report lists and other rankings. Plater mentioned as an example the issue of ho lding the campus accountable for six-year graduation rates, when in fact the standard used by traditional residential institutions may not be the appropriate measure.
Bepko commended Plater’s leadership in the grant application and among the provosts of the other participating urban universities, and in the larger group called the Urban 13. There will be a special program on this PEW Grant and the role IUPUI is play ing in helping to define these criteria at the NASULGC annual meeting this November.
Bepko announced that Charlie Nelms, formerly Chancellor at IU East in Richmond and now the Chancellor of the University of Michigan--Flint, will rejoin the Indiana University family around July 1 of this year. He will be a special assistant to the pres ident on the subjects of retention, completion and success for students across the eight campuses. He will play a special role at IUPUI. He is considering living in Indianapolis and the administration will ask him to serve as acting Vice-Chancellor for St udent Life (his particular specialty) while Herman Blake’s office is re-defined and transformed. The office was once devoted to undergraduate students but those functions are now being managed by University College. "Charlie will shift the focus on s tudent life on campus a little bit to develop another model that we can use to advance IUPUI."
Bepko then reported on his visit to one of IUPUI’s remote programs—the school of medicine program in Eldoret, in northwestern Kenya. A couple of faculty members and some students are there in residence. It was an extraordinary experience to visit both that part of the world and the school program there. The students that go there, both fourth year medical students and residents, spend about six weeks working in the Moi University Medical School seeing patients, working with the physicians in training a nd the physicians in Kenya. It is an extraordinary international experience for the students. It is a wonderful learning opportunity to communicate across the numerous languages in that part of the world, including tribal languages, Swahili and English. T hey also cross medical practice cultures, because they must communicate face-to-face with patients, without the batteries of tests that are so much a part of medical practice in the United States; face-to-face diagnosis is according to some physicians the real core and heart of the art of medicine. "The students also further develop the commitment to service that we hope is part of the education received by every student in our university."
Finally, Bepko announced the Chancellor’s Convocation to be held that evening at 7:30 in the Conference Center. The presentation was to be from John Werner of Virginia Commonwealth University [one of IUPUI’s peer institutions]. The topic of the convoca tion was "The Collaborative Department," and Professor Werner, who is widely published in the field of faculty work and faculty dynamics, talked about "the continuing effort for all of us to transform ourselves to meet the new challenges of higher education."
Agenda Item IV: Faculty Report: William Schneider (President of the IUPUI Faculty).
President Schneider reported that the elections are completed for next year’s University Faculty Council (UFC) and for the at-large faculty council representatives. Those who have been elected will be contacted to verify they can in fact serve, the n the results will be distributed.
Schneider reminded members that half of this meeting’s agenda came from the UFC. The action taken by the council on the sexual harassment and intercollegiate athletics policies will be very relevant to next Tuesday’s UFC meeting.
Schneider introduced a just-received e-mail document from Patrick Brantlinger, co-chair of the UFC Faculty Affairs Committee, summarizing the proposed policy for full-time non-tenure track faculty that will be introduced at the UFC Tuesday. The Executi ve Committee will put it on the agenda for the IUPUI Faculty Council’s April meeting. The campus Faculty Affairs Committee will introduce this particular policy and give us its recommendation. A policy for part-time non-tenure track faculty will be develo ped separately.
Schneider next reported on the recent meeting of the IU trustees. There Schneider provided the trustees with copies of the IUPUI Supplement to the Academic Handbook, which will immediately be sent out to Faculty Council members. The trustees were quite impressed with it. Schneider thanked all the members of the Faculty Handbook Committee, in particular past chair Norman Hudson and current chair Rick Ralston.
Agenda Item V: Election of President and Vice President of the IUPUI Faculty (slate distributed earlier via campus mail--ballots provided at meeting): Nominating Committee Chair, Harriet Wilkins [ACTION ITEM].
Vice-President Porter announced that Nominating Committee Chair Harriet Wilkins would run the election. Wilkins thanked the nominees before introducing the slate: Naomi Fineberg and Rebecca Porter were nominated for President. Nominee s for Vice-President were Ronald Britton and Paul Galanti. The ballots were arranged according to a couple of traditions that have developed over the last five years. One tradition is having two people nominated for each office. The other tradition is to arrange the slate so that one of the offices is held by someone from the medical side of the faculty and the other office is held by someone from the non-medical side of the faculty. Ballots were distributed and returned. Later, Wilkins read the results o f the election. 54 valid ballots were received and counted. Porter was elected President of the Faculty, and Galanti was elected Vice-President. Wilkins moved and Watt seconded to destroy the ballots, keeping the tally sheet in the faculty council office. The motion ca rried.
Agenda Item VI: Current Revised IU Sexual Harassment Policy (Draft)--NEW Proposed Changes (see new attachment* replacing old circular 98-10b): Rebecca Porter, co-chair UFC Affirmative Action Committee [DISCUSSION & VOTE ITEM: 20 Minute Limit]. P>
Sitting in for Vice-President Porter as presider for this agenda item, President Schneider gave the history of this revision. It came out of the University Counsel’s Office. It was discussed thoroughly by the UFC Affirmative Action Committee and ha s been reviewed on this campus by both the Affirmative Action Officer and the Commission on Women’s Sexual Harassment Working Group. From here it will go to the UFC next Tuesday for consideration.
Porter noted a language change in the first paragraph: "up to and including discharge" was changed to "up to and including discharge or expulsion" to reflect the fact that the policy applies to students as well as employees. "O r expulsion" was also added to another reference to discharge on page 3 item 7.
Porter reported that the IUB Faculty Council recommended that the UFC endorse the policy.
Spechler spoke approvingly of the policy, noting its consistency with the Code of Student Conduct in discouraging consensual romantic relationships between faculty and students as well as unwelcome sexual advances. Porter added that faculty-student rel ationships are also covered in the IU Academic Handbook’s Code of Academic Ethics.
Spechler then asked if there were any procedures in place to implement the sexual harassment policy when complaints are made. Porter said IUPUI’s existing sexual harassment policies and complaint procedures could be found on page 74 of the revised poli cy. Once the IU policy is passed, the current IUPUI policies will have to be checked for consistency with the overall policy.
Paul Bayless (Affirmative Action Office) clarified the language used in the draft. It comes from the federal guidelines’ definitions of the two types of harassment: quid pro quo and hostile environment. Liability for a hostile environment, as recently upheld by the Supreme Court, occurs when the employer or entity has knowledge or should have had knowledge that harassment was occurring; then the employer or entity is liable.
Porter noted that the Commission on Women Sexual Harassment Working Group is in the process of developing a brochure to provide more information on sexual harassment.
A discussion followed on whether there was a need to define who is in a position of authority and why it was necessary to include language about possible disciplinary actions. Porter responded that the language concerning authority was deliberately lef t open because attempts to specify those positions that are positions of authority would likely not be able to include all instances of authority. The language on potential disciplinary action was intended to make it clear that those kinds of behaviors an d the condoning of those kinds of behaviors by others will not be tolerated. Schneider suggested UFC members to raise these language questions at the next UFC meeting.
N. Fineberg moved and Vessely seconded that the council endorse the sexual harassment policies. The motion carried.
Agenda Item VII: IU Intercollegiate Athletics Policy (see IUPUI Circular 98-09, distributed by campus mail with agenda for February 5th meeting): Bill Kulsrud [DISCUSSION & VOTE ITEM: 20 Minute Limit].
Kulsrud reported on two changes to the proposal made by the Athletics Advisory Committee. The first change described the rationale behind the name of the IUB program. The changed text reads: "Because of its historical position and the size of the program, the athletics programs at the Bloomington campus shall be called the University Athletics Program and be governed by the president, the university athletics director, and the Bloomington campus Athletics Committee."
The other change was near the bottom of page 2. Section II, "Functions of the Campus Athletics Committee," identifies the roles and responsibilities of the Campus Athletics Committee. In item 4 ("Participates in the development and recom mends approval of general athletics policy relating to academic matters"), "approves" is added in addition to "recommends."
Rothe asked if the second change meant that all athletics policies would come through the committee, so that the council will have no more say in the future of athletics policies. Kulsrud responded that the ultimate authority rests in the hands of the president, while the campus Athletics Committee will be responsible for the development and approval of general athletics policies, which ultimately come before the Faculty Council. Schneider noted that the wording only suggests that the committee wants t o make sure that policies receive the committee’s approval, not that it would be the only body with authority to approve policies.
R. Keck asked if the policy is in compliance with NCAA guidelines. Kulsrud said the policy, including the recent changes, reflects the NCAA guidelines that were given to the athletics committees across the eight campuses.
Mannheimer asked about the authority of the athletics director over the IUPUI campus. Kulsrud responded that it is unclear exactly how much authority that person has over the day-to-day operational activities of the program. Although the details are un resolved, the IUPUI athletics director does report to the IUB athletics director, but the IUB director does not have day-to-day operational control over the IUPUI campus. They have worked well together.
Jones asked whether the campus committee was constituted to include representatives from the school of physical education. Kulsrud said key players are represented, including representatives from the Natatorium and the Track and Field Complex. Jones re iterated that there ought to be faculty representatives from those areas.
Schneider commented that he hoped this program would resolve the problem of two athletics committees on campus, one from the Faculty Council and one from the administration. He then raised two issues that will be brought before the UFC. The first comes from a concern from the IUB committee who wanted it explicitly stated that the members of the Personnel Sub-Committee (responsible for selecting and dismissing coaches) will be selected from the faculty of the Athletics Committee (as proposed on page 3, item 7(b)). The second item is a request from the regional campuses that there be two representatives rather than one from each regional campus to the Athletics Coordinating Council. Feedback can be addressed to the UFC.
Porter said the committee moves that the council endorse the adoption of the Indiana University Intercollegiate Athletics Program policies. The motion carried.
Agenda Item VIII: "Proposed Descriptions of the Principles of Undergraduate Learning" (see attachment*) -- Academic Affairs Committee: Raima Larter, Associate Dean for General Education [DISCUSSION ITEM: 15 Minute Limit].
Larter submitted the attached document from the Council on Undergraduate Learning (CUL) that defines six principles of undergraduate learning. The principles had been endorsed by the CUL, and Larter expressed hope that the Faculty Council would als o at some point endorse the principles. Eventually they will be included in literature for incoming students, especially by University College in its descriptions of its programs.
Porter clarified that the Executive Committee put this document on the agenda, and that the CUL is a group that has representation from all schools, including the professional schools, from each school’s administration and faculty.
E. Fineberg commended the principles of the CUL on behalf of the medical school.
Sutton wondered why principles 1 and 2 were so much more fully developed than 3, 4, 5, and 6. Larter responded that in the first principle the intent was to delineate all the core skills, and in the second principle "critical thinking" was a concept which many faculty representatives had been excited about defining. In fact, the definitions had been intended to be brief, and only represent what a large diverse body could agree on; individual departments were encouraged to elaborate and add to the definitions.
Baldwin commented that he would like to see some mention of an international dimension to undergraduate learning. Larter responded that wording changes may still be made at the Faculty Council’s committee level.
Spechler agreed that an international dimension ought to be emphasized so the principles will meet the needs of the 21st century, and that the international dimension should have two aspects: the traditional comparative cultures aspect (gene rally satisfied by foreign language or foreign culture requirements), and the aspect of the relationship between American culture and what’s going on in the world.
Pless expressed concerns that the library should be mentioned somewhere.
N. Fineberg, addressing number 5, expressed concern that knowledge of the actual content of diverse cultures is being displaced by mere acknowledgment that there are many diverse cultures.
Porter ended the discussion by reporting that the Academic Affairs Committee in conjunction with the other drafters will refine the wording, and a new draft will be presented at the next meeting.
Agenda Item IX: Introduction to Proposal for Constitutional Changes: Overview by Jennifer Hehman, Constitution & Bylaws Committee Chair [INFORMATION ITEM: 15 Minute Limit].
Galanti reported on the draft changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of IUPUI on behalf of Jennifer Hehman who was out of town draft. The Constitution and Bylaws Committee has prepared revisions to the first four pages of the document, with the bal ance of the pages to come later. The Constitution and Bylaws Committee was charged by the Executive Committee to resolve certain matters. One was to define the eligibility of membership on the Faculty Council for deans and faculty of academic units compos ed of faculty from existing units, i.e., University College, School for New Media, and IUPU Columbus. The document distributed today reflects the proposal to make any representatives of those academic units non-voting ex officio members of the Faculty Cou ncil (Article IV.A.4.a).
Wilkins clarified that all deans and heads of academic units are already covered under the provision that deans of academic units are voting members of the Council. The provision at issue here provides for faculty representation from these units which are composed of faculty who also have an appointment somewhere else. The current practice was that faculty with joint appointments were counted in one place or the other, but not both. But for the new units on the council, this would mean that they would have no faculty voice, because the faculty would all be representing their home schools. The recommendation is that there would be representation but without vote from the faculty organizations of these units. The reason for these people not having a vote in the council is that they are represented elsewhere by representatives from their home schools.
Mannheimer expressed disappointment that section 4a does not state anywhere a rejection of the practice of double representation. Wilkins responded by quoting from the section that says "The voting rights of each IUPUI faculty member shall be vest ed solely with the department and school or college of his or her primary academic appointment."
Mannheimer then suggested that the committee examine how Article I Section A will address provisions for the new lecturer rank, which was about to replace the instructor rank.
Galanti reported that the committee is also clarifying the role of the faculty council coordinator in relation to the nominating committee and the executive committee, regarding technical matters of who is responsible for getting names, ballots, and no minating petitions out to the faculty.
The committee will also put the latest version of the constitution and bylaws on the faculty council website so it is easily accessible by everyone on campus.
Another charge to the committee was to clarify the operations of the nominating committee and the dates for elections, in response to problems with soliciting names for various elections on a timeline. There will also be a discussion of "N" a nd the problems created by the increase in the number of administrators on the Faculty Council as well as the effect of the ex-officio members on the representation of the different schools.
Porter commented on the process for becoming entitled to representation. The existing process says "To be entitled to representation on the Faculty Council an academic unit shall have its faculty organization documents on file with the President o f the Faculty, be headed by an Academic Dean, and be certified by the IUPUI Faculty Council." (IV.A.1) Therefore, University College, along with each of the other new institutions, would have to first file its faculty organization documents, then eac h would have to appear individually before this body for a determination as to whether or not that entity should have representation. The intent of the bylaw change is to provide direction for new units as a group, so that we would not be acting on each o f those requests.
Wilkins noted that the version on the web is the version with the proposed amendments.
Warfel asked for clarification on the representation of University College and the IUPU Columbus campus. Porter addressed the University College issue, saying its administrators will vote on behalf of the interests of that unit, but the faculty will no t be represented there; they are represented by the unit where they have a primary appointment. N. Fineberg responded to the IUPU Columbus issue, saying that the Columbus faculty have appointments in the departments and schools up here, so they are repres ented through them. Porter added that the administrative head of IUPU Columbus automatically has a seat on the council.
Agenda Item X: Introduction to "Policy Statement on Curricular Disputes" (see attachment*) -- Beverly Ross, Academic Affairs Committee [DISCUSSION ITEM: 15 Minute Limit].
Porter clarified that this policy on developing a process to resolve curricular disputes originally came from a sub-committee of the Council on Undergraduate Learning (CUL) and then moved to the Academic Affairs Committee and the Academic Policies and Procedures Committee.
N. Fineberg commented that the dean should mediate the disputes, but in those disputes where the dean is unsuccessful there should be something in the document that names an authority that can hear the dispute and make a determination. Ross responded that that responsibility rests with the Dean of Faculties. E. Fineberg suggested it would be more clear if the first sentence read "The Dean of Faculties at IUPUI has ultimate authority for the resolution of undergraduate curricular decisio ns."
A discussion followed on the impact of this document on the CUL. Plater stated that the CUL will continue to be the principle body for the dissemination of information about new or proposed degree programs, so that all of the represented schools wi ll have a chance to comment on them. It would be similar to the way information about graduate professional programs is disseminated through the Graduate Affairs Committee.
Larter expressed concern about the Academic Affairs Committee’s proposal to give the administration, rather than faculty members, a final say in curriculum disputes. Porter commented that the CUL had discussed the issue and had not yet come to a decisi on about it.
Larter further commented that specific guidelines for dispute resolution had been included in the original draft, but the Academic Affairs Committee had removed them. There was discussion on whether there was a danger of arbitrary decision making if th ere were no stated guidelines. Ross pointed out that the committee decided it would be very difficult to create guidelines that would cover all the potential kinds of disputes. Instead, it was felt that guidelines should be developed and tailored to speci fic disputes as they arise on a case by case basis; then after a period of time there may be enough to collect and formally promulgate.
Spechler made two suggestions: the first was that the language ought to be explicit that the dispute resolution policy covers all schools on campus, including the schools and programs of Purdue or any system-wide programs. The second point was that the parallelism implied by Plater between graduate and undergraduate instruction and curricular disputes does not really exist, but it should. The graduate school regularly publishes a list of new courses so there is an opportunity for remonstrance. At t he undergraduate level this does not occur, so problems arise when new courses creep in and attack the enrollment of another unit, albeit unconsciously. He proposed the development of an information system that would advise schools and programs that new c ourses are being offered which may impact the enrollment of their students for better or worse. Plater responded that such a system is in place. A remonstrance list for all undergraduate and graduate courses, and all degree programs graduate and un dergraduate, has been provided to every school for 10 or 15 years. The list is distributed to the schools, not the individual faculty, and includes university–wide course developments that may be of interest to that particular school. There is also an eff ort underway in the Academic and Faculty Records Office to put this information on line at least for all courses that originate on the IUPUI campus, so that there will be not only information instantly available, but also a tracking of the remonstrance pr ocess.
Vermette, who serves as liaison for the Executive Committee to the Academic Affairs Committee, seconded Larter’s concern that the rights of the faculty in the decision making process not be bypassed by the administration. She discussed the composit ion of the committee that would hear curriculum disputes. The difficulty with a standing committee is that even if they are using a certain set of principles, each type of dispute will have its own facts and circumstances that may require faculty with the appropriate expertise. But whether the committee is a standing committee or an ad hoc committee, the Dean of Faculties will ultimately have the final say. As it now stands there will be an ad hoc committee, and the members of the committee itself will co me from the faculty as selected by the Executive Committee; there will be no administrators on the committee.
Schneider noted that these issues of guidelines and standing vs. ad hoc committees will have to be resolved as the implementation of the policy evolves. He suggested that there be an ad hoc committee report after a year or three years, and if there are a sufficient number of disputes and a standing committee is warranted, then at that point the policy can be changed.
Agenda Item XI: Question / Answer Period.
J. Keck said the new paper towel dispensers recently installed in the nursing school don’t work, and she asked was there any plan to fix or replace them. McBride responded that the problem has been brought to the manufacturer’s attention and they p lan to look into the problem.
Agenda Items XII-XIV: Unfinished Business, New Business, and Adjournment.
There was no unfinished or new business. The meeting was adjourned at 5:26 p.m.
Attachment to FC980305 Minutes: Agenda for March 5, 1998 Faculty Council Meeting.
[Minutes prepared by Faculty Council Coordinator, David Frisby,
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[Attachment for FC980115 Minutes (FC980115 Agenda)]
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Faculty Council Meeting: Thursday, March 5, 1998
School of Dentistry, Room S115 (DS 115): 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
(IUPUI Circular 98-11) Current Revised IU Sexual Harassment Policy (Draft)
(IUPUI Circular 98-12) Proposed Descriptions of the Principles of Undergraduate Learning
(IUPUI Circular 98-13) Policy Statement on Curricular Disputes
Next Faculty Council Meeting: Thursday, April 2, 1998!