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Current Issue: March 31, 2003
Volume 38, Number 16

Faculty Senate supports ‘Teach-In’
Employees can expect three percent salary increase

By Carolyn Gonzales

At a recent Faculty Senate meeting, UNM President F. Chris Garcia reported that for the most part, the Legislative Finance Committee’s formula funding was approved with “some minor adjustments” and that UNM staff and faculty can expect a three percent salary increase.

House Bill 2 established a 2.5 percent compensation increase for staff and faculty while Senate Bill 655 provides an additional .5 percent for faculty. “The University Planning Council, the Budget Subcommittee and the Executive Cabinet will see that faculty and staff receive three percent,” said Garcia.

He reported that the state legislature appropriated $3 million for endowed chairs at UNM, New Mexico Tech and NMSU. Each institution must provide matching funds, he said.

During his report, Garcia said that he has been looking at ways the campus addresses war issues. “We need to be prepared for various contingencies,” he said. The president pointed out that universities are a place to promote constructive debate, that it is part of the educational process.

In line with Garcia’s remarks, Faculty Senate President Beverly Burris suggested that the campus host a “Teach In,” a half day or full day of scheduled speakers, films, lectures and panel discussions concerning the war.

“The perception is that it is on all our minds. Students have questions and we can provide an alternative to demonstrations,” she said. Several faculty agreed to form a committee to move the initiative forward.

Burris also remarked on the “unconventional trajectories” of the career paths taken by some of the presidential candidates.

Provost Brian Foster reported that two deans and an executive director are up for a five-year administrative performance review. They are Dean Howard Smith, management; Dean Viola Florez, education; and Carlos Ramirez, executive director, UNM Los Alamos. Deputy Provost Richard Holder said that letters will go out inviting the campus community to submit information about those under review.

Foster reminded faculty to follow the procedures they have been given regarding overseas travel with students.

Responding to a question from Byron Lindsey, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Foster said that five classrooms from Mitchell Hall are going to be “usurped” effective fall semester for pre-professional advising. Classes that don’t follow the traditional scheduling pattern and those that are under-enrolled will receive a “low priority” for scheduling.