January 18, 2011

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Approved 2-15-11




Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Auditorium, Radiology Building

Provost Wilcox, J. Boughman, S. Carey, S. Carter, M. Chavez, S. Conrad, W. Corser, C. Coursaris, E. Cushman, W. Davidson, R.K. Edozie, J. Foss, C. Frilinigos, R. Hall, S. Hassan, M. Jain, R. Jones, M. Kaplowitz, N. Khanna, K. Lovell, R. Maleczka, H. Melakeberhan, T. Monberg, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, J. Owen, C. Parker, D. Pathak, K. Petroni, J. Powell, R. Putnam, F. Rauscher, P. Rogers, L. Roman, M. Sciarini, B. Scott, G. Stone, T. Tims, S. Watts, J. Wright, E. Yakura, B. Zandstra

Absent: President Simon, K. Ames, G. Bice, M.W. Chang, D. Dougherty, L. Fair, M. Fillmore, J. Funk, J. Gabilondo, K. Goldsberry, L. Gut, E. Heilman, J. Hoehn, H. Hughes, G. Kortemeyer, M. Largent, M. Lawrence, L. Leavitt, R. Mabokela, T. Marsh, P. Menchik, M. Nalla, N.B. Oliver, H. Perlstadt, S. Pratt, F. Ravitch, M. Shapiro, M. Sticklen, R. Taggart, S. Tekalur, L. Udpa, J. Vargas

The meeting began at 3:17 p.m. with Bass quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for November 16, 2010 were approved as distributed.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox deferred comments at this time since he was speaking later on the agenda.

Executive Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported that the Anti-Discrimination Policy/Sexual Harassment Policy Work Group has completed the work on the Sexual Harassment Policy looking at the concerns regarding the area of investigation and strengthening the language with respect to the First Amendment and sexual harassment. The Work Group is now working on the review of the Anti-Discrimination Policy and Handbook targeting completion in February. The Policy will then go to designated Standing Committees. Election materials were sent to all of the Colleges in December for University Committee vacancies for 2011-12. Professor Powell announced that there will be a faculty forum with the At-Large members of ECAC February 3, 2010 and faculty are encouraged to attend. An announcement will be sent to faculty.

Scholarly Communication Issues:
Provost Wilcox noted that ECAC had discussed over the last months of the value to the Institution of having a broader sense of some of the fundamental dynamics of the Institution. Fall Semester the Provost presented information on the University budget and the demographics of students and faculty at MSU.

Provost Wilcox presented information on the increasing costs of managing scholarly publications and acknowledged individuals that helped to gather information, Dave Byelich, Steve Sowers, Cliff Haka and Dave Gift. He gave an overview on the General Fund budgeted expenditures and the Library budget history. The acquisitions budget has more than doubled from 1990 to 2010. This has been a purposeful action. Although the Library budget has grown, the growth has not been directed to the places desired because of the demands from other places. Provost Wilcox identified some of the scholarly communication issues:

  • Explosion of published scholarly knowledge
  • Increase in journal prices in excess of the CPI or the ability of universities to fund libraries
  • Increase in the absolute number of journals
  • New publishing costs associated with digitization
  • Reduced funds to buy scholarly monographs
  • Reduced publication opportunities for authors from disciplines that primarily publish through monographs

Please refer to the Governance web site for additional details of the Provosts’s presentation, Scholarly Communication Issues.

Faculty Mentoring Policy:
Professor Moriarty, UCFA Chairperson, reported the Mentoring Policy has come forward from the Committee and requested Professor Curry to speak about the Policy. A motion passed to give voice to Professor Curry. Professor Curry explained that MSU is in the third year of a five year NSF Advanced Grant. The Grant’s goal is to increase the number and advance the career success of women in the STEM disciplines. The Provost wishes to use the Grant as a catalyst to advance the quality and diversity of the faculty more broadly. The MSU Grant is different than most of the other Advanced Grants, in that, it is based on human resources management research. When looking at other Universities and what was being done with their Advance Grants, it was determined that MSU had most of the policies and practices but not the results. Acting on the notion of aligning policies and looking to see where there may be gaps in policies, one area was found to have a policy gap, the area of faculty mentoring. Professor Curry asked everyone to think of the policy in a broader sense, making sure that every College thinks systematically about career development for faculty and have a formal program that would require mentoring. The Policy indicates that every College has a formal program that could be at the Departmental or College level, but the College is responsible that all faculty have access to a formal mentoring program.

Annual Performance Review for Fixed Term Faculty and Academic Staff:
Professor Moriarty, Chairperson of UCFA, requested that Professor Curry speak on the issues. Professor Curry noted that the University has had a policy for about twenty years that requires tenure system faculty to have their performance reviewed annually and have a written review. We have a similar policy for HP faculty and Academic Specialist. There was a gap in the policy in regard to fixed term faculty. This gap became obvious when a contract was negotiated with the union of fixed term faculty, which requires that units have annual performance review. All salary increases are based on merit.

Other Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:01 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, January 18, 2011 - 3:17pm
Committee Type: 
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