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Faculty Affairs Committee Minutes (01-25-06)

Present: Stacey Parker Aronson, Janet Ericksen, Bart Finzel, Tom Mahoney, Argie Manolis, Alex Murphy, Pam Solvie and Timna Wyckoff

Absent: No one

The meeting was convened at 4:00 p.m.

The minutes of the previous meeting on 11-30-06 were unanimously approved.

Tuition Waiver

Ericksen informed the committee that SCOFA sent the Tuition Waiver Proposal to President Bruinicks.

Finzel reminded the committee that many liberal arts colleagues already offer tuition waivers to the children and/or spouses/partners of faculty and/or employees; at least 7 our of the Big 10 institutions do just that.

Wyckoff asked what the Morris 14 and COPLAC institutions do.

Ericksen offered to ask Sarah Mattson about the Human Resource benefit packages for those institutions to find out whether or not they include tuition waivers. According to her, the Twin Cities campus argues that tuition waivers help with retention of faculty because it demonstrated the institution's investment in them. It is also good advertising. It keeps young people in Minnesota. It benefits Minnesota economically.

Finzel suggested that a tuition waiver might be seen as a first step toward reciprocity with other institutions.


Maternity Leave Policy

Wyckoff mentioned to the committee that Human Resources thinks we are currently addressing the maternity leave policy. Someone asked (you know who you are, but I don't) whether or not Division chairs are familiar with the policy regarding parental leave. The committee will likely follow up on this discussion in a future meeting.


Constitution Revision and the Faculty Affairs Committee

Ericksen told the committee that any proposal would need to pass the Campus Assembly first before it became incorporated into the UMM Constitution.

Mahoney asked what the Constitution Task Force time line was. He suggested that perhaps we should incorporate ourselves into the By-laws.

Finzel suggested that we invite Mary Elizabeth Bezanson to talk to us at our next meeting (January 25, 2006). Aronson agreed to contact her immediately to set up a meeting.

Mahoney emphasized that we need to do this in the spring.

Aronson and Ericksen reminded the committee that the TC campus already has its own Faculty Affairs Committee and shared the following justifications for the existence of the Faculty Affairs Committee at UMM:

•  While the policies decided at UM-TC may, and at times do, affect UMM, the existence of our own Scholastic, Campus Resources and Planning Committee, Consultative, and Executive Committees, as well as FAC, attests to the fact that we also have concerns distinct to this campus.

•  UMM has a similar structure to UM-TC, which also has a Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs.

•  It is the only policy-making committee concerned exclusively with issues regarding faculty and P&As at UMM.

•  It is the only Campus Assembly (ad hoc) committee with elected representation.

Mahoney reminded the committee that Campus Assembly votes for the people recommended to serve on Campus Assembly committees by the Executive Committee.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.