The University of Georgia’s Academic Council held its final meeting of the 2022 spring semester on Wednesday to discuss several proposals and discuss reports for the upcoming school year.
The addition of a college-level academic requirement of a GradFIRST Seminar and the revision of the Bylaws and Operating Policy of the Faculty’s Post-Titular Review Appeals Committee met with opposition from several members.
The FIRST Graduate series of seminars was present by the Academic Programs Committee. Suzanne Sanchezprofessor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at UGA and president of UCC, presented the action under course reference number GRSC 7001. Ron Walcott, v.ice provost for higher education and dean of the UGA graduate school, praised this course.
Walcott said he has conducted several surveys in graduate disciplines and the majority of students agree that they would benefit from a course that brings people together at the start of their graduate studies.
Two members of the University Council supported Sanchez’s proposal.Alejandra Villegasgraduate student in cell biology, stated that many schools do not lack resources for school acclaim, but rather that students may not have the time or opportunity to review them. Villegas said this program gives an overview of what UGA has to offer.
Thiab Tahahead of the IT department at UGA, reiterated the authorization of the proposal and said that many international students he works with often ask for more help when they come to UGA. The GradFIRST seminar has been described by supporters as “invaluable”.
Daniel MarkewitzUGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources teacher and Joseph FuUGA professor of mathematics at Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, leads the opposition. Both professors said the class was optional and unnecessary. Fu said he “doesn’t think a mandatory case has been filed.” The proposal was approved with 108 votes for, 45 against and 20 abstentions.
Elizabeth St. PierreChair of the Faculty Post-Term Review Appeals Committee, stated that revisions to the committee’s bylaws and operating policies must be consistent with the University System of Georgia’s Board of Trustees’ revised policy on post-employment review. Barbara Bieseckerpresident this year of the executive committee of the UGA UCC, supports the motion, but states that board policy cannot be changed.
S.Jack HuUGA Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, said several faculty members wondered what would happen after an unsatisfactory verdict during a post-appointment review. Hu said a teacher contribution system and an improvement plan would be created. This policy was adopted with 190 votes for, 19 against and 30 abstentions.
the Operating FPTAC procedures have been reviewed with Fu, who was vocal regarding numerous changes on campus, proposing an amendment to points three and four of section B of the proposal. Fu said a faculty member should have an advisor rather than a lawyer present during post-term review meetings.
Once this was added to the program, Biesbacker reaffirmed that several options were available to professors depending on the reason, as they could appeal their decisions. Following several contradictory opinions, the council passed to the vote. The proposal was approved with 98 votes for, 16 against and 39 abstentions.
The meeting, LEDs by UGA President Jere Morehead, addressed other items on the agenda. As a result of this board configuration, three new minors were added, three new certificate programs, the renaming of three majors, and several proposed policy adjustments to committees such as the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Constitution Committee and regulations.
President of the UGA Student Government Association Bryson Henriot, Alex Medina, Chairman of the Human Resources Committee, and Janette Hill, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, reported on their successes since the previous meeting. Some achievements included Marshall Shepherd is named SEC Professor of the Yearmore funding to spur infrastructure improvements, particularly from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, as well as $5,000 increases for university workers.