FC Newsletter 8-23-12 ===================== Harry Tyrer - Chair's Report ============================ Shared governance will be discussed at the FC retreat at 1pm-on September 6, Memorial Unions in the Benton/Bingham room N214-215. Mel George will speak on shared governance Faculty who want to attend are welcome to observe the early part. Clyde Bentley - Diversity ========================= He spoke about the campus civility task-force. National Council for Teacher Quality ==================================== http://www.nctq.org/ They want access to the College of Education's syllabii. Jim Baumann - stated purpose of this organization is to create effective teaching. They are looking for transparency. UM is not wanting to release this copyrighted information. Q. Why do they want this info? A. Not sure. Probably not friendly towards College of Education. But we don't know much more than that. Missouri Press Resolution ========================= Motion for the remaining 5 items of: http://facultycouncil.missouri.edu/meetings/attachments/missouri-press-resolution.pdf Richard Wallace - Tasked with creating the Press Advisory Committee =================================================================== He shares an intense desire that MU have a high quality Press. He believes he can make it at least as good as the great institution it used to be. Early next week he hopes to share more information about advisory committee. He wants to be as open as he can be. Advisory Committee. Invitations to nominate members will be sent early next week. It has a very broad charge - to advise and council as MU assumes responsibility for the University of Missouri Press. Richard Wallace stated that the University Press is NOT being abolished. Present plan: include representatives of faculty governing bodies of all four campuses, even though the press will be situated on the MU campus. Also include authors, and more faculty. Faculty should dominate. Also include students and staff from this campus. Also include external experts in publishing. Q. Any thinking to disciplinary diversity? And what about people from college of business to help formulate the business plan? A. We will be mindful of this. Q. Will the committee include administrators? A. Don't know. Q. There is a difference between advisory board and board of directors. A. President used the wrong word. Q. How about the experience of existing editors. A. Ask me next week. Q. Can you confirm that the Press did not close? A. Yes, it hasn't closed. However the President will not rescind the decision to move the Press from UM to MU. Q. What about peer review? A. We cannot have an academic press without peer review. Q. Books are not available from the warehouse. Q. Will advisory committee have a charge? Will it be permanent? Q. Will Morgan be the editor? A. Sorry, I couldn't parse his answers. I think he said he cannot answer these questions now. Q. Between the lines - would it be fair to say that President Wolfe has experienced a slight change of heart. Clair Willcox: He has already been laid off. In the next week 3 more will go. 2 more at the end of October. The original announcement was about laying off the Press workers. Robin Remmington: It will be perceived as a vanity press with very few employees. Withdrawn books. Etc, etc. It is a mess. Very bad for MU's reputation. Employees have been treated in a very shameful manner. SMS. Employees have been treated shamefully. Morale on campus amongst staff is low because staff don't think "doing a good job" is the way to retain their job. He implored the new committee to consider very strongly rehiring the original staff. Wallace: You have been heard. Discussion of Motion ==================== SMS. Amendment: Add first item back to motion. Amendment failed 9 votes to 11. At this point the discussion got quite confusing. We ended up putting off the motion until another meeting. In part this is because Richard Wallace is setting up a committee, and it remains to be seen what will come of this. Then a new motion was presented by Art Jago, which thanked the President for rescinding or postponing his decision, and asking that the press go back to where it was before the decision was announced. This motion seemed to be greeted with a lot of confusion, as it wasn't quite clear what the purpose of the motion was. We voted to suspend the rules. But the motion failed to pass. The librarians expressed the view that they want to retain the traditional peer review.