MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS
1:30 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2000, in the Martindale Board Room
PRESENT: Dr. Staton, Deans Hopkins, Womer,
Eftink, Chambless, S. Davis, Sindelar, Davis, and Meador, Dr.
Major for Dean Smith, Ms. Gong, Dr. Buchanan for Dr. Clark, Ms.
Fant, Dr. Stocks, Dr. Gates, and Dr. Wyandt
ABSENT: Dean Smith, Mr. Rebman, Dr. Clark, Dr.
Borne, and Dr. Buskes
1. Approval of Minutes. Dr. Staton announced
that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of February 14
2. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of March
3. Discussion of the Undergraduate Council Minutes
centered around the Taylor Medal recommendations. Discussion
included: (1) whether the Department of Court Reporting in the
School of Law should have a designated Taylor Medalist; (2) the
impact of the increasing number of 4.0 students across the
university on the selection of Taylor Medalists; and (3) the role
of non-academic issues on the selection of Taylor Medalists.
After discussion and on a motion by Dean Sam Davis and a second
by Dean James Davis, the Undergraduate Council Minutes were
approved with one negative vote.
3. Reaction to Graduate Council Minutes of February 4.
On a motion by Dean Chambless and a second by Dean Womer, the
Graduate Council Minutes of February 4 were unanimously accepted.
4. Other Items.
- Color of University Vehicles. Dr. Staton
indicated that the Chancellor has requested uniformity in
the color of all University vehicles.
- Post-Tenure Review. Dr. Staton
distributed the proposed post-tenure review statement to
be included on the March 16, 2000, IHL Board agenda (see
- Commencement. Dr. Staton announced that
Fulton Chapel will be closed as of April 1 and that the
Turner Center Gymnasium will be closed as of March 26,
thereby limiting the available locations for separate
school graduation sites. Dr. Staton also pointed out that
the Chancellor has requested that hooding of Ph.D.
candidates not take place at the morning ceremony. Dr.
Eftink suggested a separate Graduate School ceremony
immediately following the morning ceremony to hood all
doctoral candidates. After discussion, the deans agreed
that if Ph.D. candidates are not to be hooded in the
morning ceremony, the more appropriate place would be in
the separate school ceremonies.
- SAP Directives. The Council expressed
concern about recent SAP directives concerning charges at
the Ole Miss Bookstore and the charging of non-exempt
salary to wages rather than salary budget lines. Dr.
Staton indicated that she would invite Larry Sparks and
Buster Hale to meet with the deans very soon to address
- Teacher Evaluations. Dr. Kathy Gates
asked for feedback concerning the teacher evaluations
that have been posted on the Ole Miss homepage. She noted
that only twenty-six faculty had opted out of having
their teacher evaluations posted on the web. Dr. Staton
indicated that she is planning a workshop for new chairs
and deans to cover issues such as budgeting, class
scheduling, and evaluations. Dr. Staton asked Dean
Hopkins to assist in coordinating this workshop. Dr.
Gates indicated that she would be glad to provide
assistance to this group concerning technology issues
and, in particular, e-mail to groups.
5. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:15
Carolyn Ellis Staton, Chair Date
Morris H. Stocks, Secretary Date
APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on March 31, 2000.