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December 13, 1991


                     Commission on Faculty Affairs


                    December 13, 1991, 1:00-3:00 P.M.

                            400-D Burruss Hall


  Present: J. Buffer, D. de Wolf, J. Falkinham, L. L. Geyer,

  L. Richarson, C. Schwertz, R. Sorensen, W. Williams, J. Wolfe


  Agenda was adopted as circulated.


  Minutes of November 22, 1991, were approved as corrected.

  Minutes of the previous meeting of November 8 had been

  incorrectly designated as the minutes of November 25.


  Commission on Research Resolution 90-91A, Special Research Faculty

  Appointments (see Attachments).  The resolution, which modifies

  the descriptions of Research Associate, Research Scientist, and Senior

  Research Scientist in the Faculty Handbook and proposes new positions of

  Senior Research Associate and Postdoctoral Associate, calls for changes

  in Sections 2.4.2 - 2.4.4 of the Handbook and renumbering of

  Sections 2.4.5 - 2.4.7.  Associate Provost E. Stout reviewed the

  resolution.  In the course of discussion two changes to the resolution

  were suggested: (1) that the last sentence of the introductory paragraph

  be changed to read "The processes of advertising, interviewing, and

  selection, as appropriate, to the position, should be followed.", (2)

  that content common to the proposed revised Sections 2.4.2 - 2.4.6

  regarding benefits (e.g. sick leave and annual leave) be excised from

  those sections and consolidated in a new Section 2.4.7 and a concluding

  sentence be added to each of 2.4.2 - 2.4.6: "Position benefits are

  outlined in Section 2.4.7."  It was moved and seconded that Commission

  on Research Resolution 90-91A be approved subject to those changes.  The

  motion carried.


  Proposed amendment of Faculty Handbook 2.6.3, Appointment of

  Deans (see Attachment).  The proposed amendment concerns

  appointment of Associate and Assistant Deans, Directors, and Assistant

  and Associate Directors.  L. Geyer stated that he was introducing the

  proposal in order to initiate discussion of the appropriate faculty role

  in determining creation of and appointment to these positions.  J. Buffer

  suggested that determination of the function of such positions is an

  administrative rather than a faculty concern and that authority for the

  allocation of such positions belongs to the Provost.  R. Sorensen agreed

  but stressed that these are administrative concerns for which a process

  of faculty consultation is stipulated.  Sorensen briefly reviewed the

  consultative process in the College of Business, adding that it is

  possible that faculty consultation in these decisions should be

  strengthened.  He suggested that the proposed amendment be rewritten,

  stressing consultation but leaving stipulation of the process general.

  He also questioned whether we can effectively distinguish between those

  subordinate deans or directors who do and those who do not have input

  into tenure and promotion decisions.  There appeared to be wide

  agreement with Sorensen on these points, but doubt was expressed that

  the consultative process he had outlined was one generally followed

  throughout the University.  J. Falkinham said that he intends to raise

  in the Faculty Senate the question of present practice with regard to

  faculty consultation in these matters.  It was generally agreed that the

  question should be raised together with the question whether present

  policy should be changed so as to strengthen the consultative process.


  CFA meetings for Spring Semester 1992: The circulated

  proposed schedule of Friday afternoon meetings (see Attachments) was

  tentatively approved with one change (the deletion of Februrary 21).


  David de Wolf moved that the Commission express its gratitude to Leon

  Geyer for his service as chair.  Motion passed unanimously.


  The meeting adjourned at 2:55 P.M.



                                William H. Williams




  Tentative Schedule of CFA meetings, Spring 1992

       January 10, 1:15-3:00 P.M.

       January 24, 1:15-3:00 P.M.

       February 7, 1:15-3:00 P.M.

       March 6, 1:15-3:00 P.M.

       March 20, 1:15-3:00 P.M.

       April 10, 1:15-3:00 P.M.

       April 24, 1:15-3:00 P.M.

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