April 16, 2013

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Approved 9-17-13




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Atrium, Radiology Building

PRESENT:  G. Aben, M. Aldrich, W. Anderson, E. Banks (for K. Clifton), K. Bartig, M. Becker, S. Carter, E. Charles, K. Cheruvelil, L. Dillon, J. Dunn, R. Fischer, J. Francese, X. Gao, M. Grieshop, E. Hackert, G. Hoppenstand, M. Huebner, H. Hughes, Y. Komori, M. Koot, J. Maurer, L. McCabe, P. Menchik, D. Mendez, H. Mooney, D. Moriarty, M. Nair, M. Noel, J. Powell, L. Robinson, G. Roloff, C. Scales, D. Sheridan, G. Stone, S. Tekalur, C. Vermeesch, F. Villarruel, J. Walton, S. Watts, J. Wright, J. Youatt

ABSENT:  President Simon, A. Berg, C. Bolin, S. Carey E. Charles, M. Chavez, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, J. Foss, K. Greenwalt, D. Grooms, M. Kasavana, R. Maleczka, R. McCormick, F. Ravitch, K. Renn, L. Robison, C. Roseth, F. Salem, L. Selanders, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, R. Spreng, A. Susarla, C. Traister, J. Turner, C. Waters, M. Worden

The meeting began at 3:25 p.m. with a full quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended to add a motion for a waiver related to the search of University level administrator.  The agenda was approved as amended.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for March 19, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon is attending an AAU Conference and the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board in Washington DC.

Acting Provost Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt noted that the President apologizes for not attending the last meeting due to schedule.  Professor Youatt reported receiving a very useful update today from our Washington office regarding the effects of the Sequester on our funding.  Given the balance of the University’s research funding, it appears that the impact for this year may be just under 5% in terms of overall funding.

Professor Youatt thanked the faculty for their work this year.  This has been a very successful year.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported on a conversation with Associate Vice President for Research, Paul Hunt, regarding having an early conversation with faculty who have had experience with their work being translated into startup companies. The conversations will focus on the policies and procedures for the process by which the University and the faculty communicate and get involved in the final product.  The group is expected to meet several times this summer.  Any faculty with background and interest should contact Paul Hunt.

Professor Powell announced this was his last meeting as Chairperson and an At Large member.  He noted the tremendous experience and the work that has been done by the faculty.  Professor Powell gave a special thanks to the Steering Committee for their work.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Hoppenstand, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report.  There were 4 new programs, 9 program changes and no deletions approved. There were 22 new courses approved, 29 course changes and 2 course deletions approved.  A moratorium in Computational Chemistry was approved by the Provost, effective Summer 2013 to Spring 2015.

A motion was passed to accept the report.

Recommendation for 2013-14 Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase:

Professor Anderson, UCFA Chairperson, presented the Recommendation for 2013-14 Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase.  The University Committee on Faculty Affairs (UCFA) recommendation for the faculty merit and market pool increase in the 2013-14 academic year continues to be developed on the basis of the following principles:

• Maintenance of the quality and integrity of our academic program

• Recognition of faculty productivity

• Maintaining and increasing faculty morale

Professor Anderson also noted there is a concern about the long-term impact on faculty compensation with the ongoing erosion of university-funded health benefits.

Over the past decade, UCFA has used the University’s relative position among Big Ten universities as a key indicator of the university's performance in upholding principles identified above.  In 2012, UCFA recommended a 3 percent increase in the general merit pool.  Last year the 2012 faculty merit salary increase was 1.5%, with an additional 0. 5% in college market and a 1.0% in the Provost market increase.

UCFA recommends a 3.0 percent increase for the 2013-14 general merit pool.  The narrow salary differences between MSU and the universities just above and below it suggest that such a modest increase will at least maintain our position at 11th out of 12, and perhaps allow us to move up slightly.

In addition, UCFA also recommends a market adjustment pool increase of approximately 1.25 percent.  Market guidelines should be similar to previous years, focused on retaining and rewarding our excellent faculty.   It is also understood that central university support will be made available to ensure that promotional increments are commensurate with previous years.

Motion for Waiver:
Professor Carter presented a motion from the Steering Committee as follows:

After consultation with President Simon, and consistent with the Bylaws for Academic Governance, the "Procedures for Faculty and Student Participation in the Selection of Specified University Level Administrators," and the policies on waiving a search, the Steering Committee recommends to the Faculty Senate that a search be waived (using waiver #17) and that President Simon move forward with changing the appointment of Dr. Denise Maybank from "Interim" to "Vice President" for Student Affairs and Services, with a review to occur within three years of the appointment change.
Following discussion, the motion was passed.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance



Tapes of complete meetings of the Faculty Council are available for review in the office of the Secretary for Academic Governance, W32 Owen Graduate Hall, 355-2337


Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 3:25pm
Committee Type: 
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