MU council wants review rules

The Faculty Council also plans to discuss grievance procedures.
Thursday, February 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:16 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Consistent guidelines for annual review and promotion of non-regular faculty for each of MU’s colleges and schools will need to be composed before the 2005-06 academic school year if the Faculty Council passes a resolution today.

The draft resolution, dated Friday, requests that the provost require each school and college to present a set of guidelines on review and promotion of non-regular faculty, which includes visiting professors and part-time faculty. Those guidelines would then be posted on the Web page for the Provost’s Office.

Accompanying the guidelines would be a summary page listing the references to non-regular faculty in the Faculty Bylaws of the Collected Rules and Regulations and a listing of all non-regular faculty titles, the resolution draft states.

In order for the Faculty Council to track the progress of non-regular faculty, it would require schools and colleges to provide an annual report at the beginning of each school year listing:

  • The number of regular faculty by rank and tenure status;
  • The number of non-regular faculty by rank and pay code;
  • The number of faculty moving between tenure and non-tenure tracks; and
  • The number of regular and non-regular faculty by rank and pay code submitted for promotion and the results of the promotion review.

Jenice Prather-Kinsey, a professor of accountancy, has also asked for time during today’s meeting to discuss the plus/minus grading system, council Chairman Gordon Christensen said. Prather-Kinsey on Wednesday referred questions about the matter to Christensen.

“I imagine members of the Business School are unhappy with the interpretation of the policy voted on a couple years’ ago, saying the plus/minus grading system is mandatory to all faculty in the undergraduate school,” Christensen said.

The council will also move toward finalizing a long-term project to develop a new faculty grievance procedure. This proposal, which received 90 percent faculty approval last May, makes changes based on recommendations from the Grievance Review Task Force. The administration wanted to revise certain provisions before it submitted the policy to the MU Board of Curators for final approval.

The revisions will be discussed at the council meeting. Sudarshan Loyalka, a professor of nuclear and chemical engineering who will present the revisions, said he thinks they can be quickly resolved.

Loyalka said the revisions are:

  • Having faculty choose half of the members of the standing committee for grievances and having the chancellor choose the other half.
  • Requiring that procedures for the appointment and review of the investigating officer be jointly approved by the chancellor and the Faculty Council
  • Making the investigating officer’s authority to obtain documentary evidence be subject to review by the chancellor and chair chairperson of the standing committee;
  • Removing the restrictions on the chancellor’s ability to consult with the General Counsel; and
  • Allowing the UM system president to hear appeals on procedural grounds

Also on today’s agenda is a discussion of the guidelines and principles for all future Incentive Compensation Plans. This comes in response to questions about how funds from money-raising activities are distributed.

“The university has a number of money-raising activities built-in that increase personal pay,” Christensen said.

The council will also review representation of schools and colleges on Faculty Council. Each division is entitled to one representative for every 50 qualified academic staff members.

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