MINUTES OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL
1:30 p.m., Monday, May 24, 1999, in the Martindale Board Room

PRESENT: Dr. Walton, Deans Hopkins, Dr. Womer for Dean Boxx, Dr. Vinson for Dean Chambless, S. Davis, Dr. Holmes for Dean Smith, Dr. Wilson for Dean Roberts, Meador, Dr. Laurenzo, Dr. Clark, Dr. Oliphant

ABSENT: Deans Boxx, Eftink, Chambless, Smith, Roberts, Davis, Ms. Gong, Mr. Rebman, Ms. Fant, Dr. Staton, Dr. Borne

ALSO PRESENT: Ms. Sabrina Brown, Ms. Carolyn Bahm, and Dr. Dan Mattern
 

1. Approval of Catalog Covers.

Ms. Sabrina Brown and Ms. Carolyn Bahm presented two options for the 2000 catalog covers. The two versions differed mainly in predominate color, with one blue and one red. By consensus, the members of the Council approved the blue cover. Following a discussion of the use of the name Ole Miss on the undergraduate catalog, Dr. Laurenzo moved, with a second from Dr. Vinson, that Ole Miss not be used on the cover. The motion carried with one negative vote.

2. Reaction to Minutes of the Graduate Council of April 16, 1999.

Upon a motion by Dean Sam Davis, seconded by Dean Hopkins, the minutes of the April 16, 1999, meeting of the Graduate Council were accepted.

3. Consideration of the Handbook Revision to Include Promotion Policy for Research Personnel (see Attachment 1).

Dr. Walton stated that, after careful review, he believed that it would prove too difficult to combine the two policies, one for teaching faculty and one for research faculty, into one policy. After a discussion of the basic difference of the two policies, the Council approved by consensus the inclusion of the two different policies in the Handbook.

4. Review of Report and Recommendations from Committee to Evaluate Policies and Procedures for Addressing Problems Within the Workplace (see
Attachment 2).

Dr. Walton made a brief statement relating the history of this project. He also stated that no action would be taken at this time on the section on Research Misconduct and that the remainder of the report would be subject to editorial changes. Dean Hopkins moved that the Report and Recommendations be approved; Dean Sam Davis seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

5. Questions on Teacher Evaluation Revisions.

Dr. Dan Mattern was in attendance to answer questions concerning the changes in the instrument used in teacher evaluations. The negative phrasing of some items was discussed. Dr. Mattern stated that these items will not be a part of regular evaluations. They will be used to identify problems and are not meant to illicit a negative response. The need for the faculty to have prior knowledge of items used also was discussed. Dr. Womer stated his belief that SACS required that faculty have such knowledge. Dr. Mattern indicated that there would be no change in the types of classes to be evaluated.

6. Adjournment.

The meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.
 
 
 

Gerald W. Walton, Chair Date

Carolyn Ellis Staton, Secretary Date

APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat: 6/22/99