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Faculty Senate to meet on Tuesday December 9th New Location: Cudworth Bldg Auditorium

The Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, December 9th from 7:30-9:30 am in the 1st floor auditorium in Cudworth Bldg, 1919 University Blvd. Topics on the agenda include: Address and Q&A with the Provost; General Education proposal; ADCOM proposal; UAB Athletics and Athletic Team Support; and Shared Governance. An open forum time for faculty concerns was also included. An agena will be available on the Faculty Senate document website https://uabweb.ad.uab.edu/senate/Pages/SenateDocs.aspx(select the "agendas" tab). Attendance is open to all UAB community. Parking is available (for a fee) in the Parking Deck Three attached to the Cudworth Bldg and free parking is available 2 blocks away in the Administration Building Parking deck. In the AB deck, Please park in the 2nd and 3rd floors to leave room for bank customers on the 1st & 2nd floor. We will be meeting in the Cudworth Bldg auditorium, instead of our usual location, in order to accommodate the expected high number of guests.  

Faculty enjoyed the All-Campus Faculty Gathering at AEIVA

FoodWineThe Faculty Senate hosted an All-Campus Faculty Gathering at AEIVA (Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts) on December 1st. We enjoyed great food, wine and synergy among colleagues. About 72 faculty dropped in as their schedule allowed. Three art galleries were on display. Various artists and AEIVA staff were on hand for "tours" and discussion. Faculty had the opportunity to share their ideas and input with other faculty and Faculty Senate members. We look forward to hosting another gathering in February. Faculty may direct feedback and suggestions for future gatherings to Senate Chair, Chad Epps, cepps@uab.edu or to the Faculty Senate Office at aileenmc@uab.edu.

Faculty Senate met on November 11th

The Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, November 11th from 7:30-9:30 am in the Finley Conference Center in the Kaul Genetics Building. Topics discussed included Genomics leaders; Dean of Graduate school retiring; e-cigarettes and policy; legal protection for Biosafety Cmte; collecting pop tops for charity; faculty representation on executive search cmtes; new UAB Faculty Profiles tool; updated faculty handbook; Academic Programs Review Committee; ADCOM; IDEA surveys; Office of Sponsored Programs plan; Purchasing Cmte. Addresses were given by new Honors College Dean and by President Watts. An open forum time for faculty concerns was also included. Minutes are available on the Faculty Senate document website https://uabweb.ad.uab.edu/senate/Pages/SenateDocs.aspx(select the "minutes" tab). Attendance was open to all UAB faculty, students and staff.

President Watts gave his State of the University 2014 Address

President Watts President Ray Watts, M.D., shared updates on strategic priorities, the Campaign for UAB and the future of the university Oct. 29. He emphasized UAB's accomplishments, achieved through collaboration and innovation, and said the university is poised to achieve even greater things and deliver on the promise of its brand: Knowledge that will change your world.

See his presentation in this video.

All-Campus Faculty Gathering & Faculty Development Grant Poster Session was a great success!

We had a great time at the gathering and poster session. Our FDGP awardees were thrilled with the nice event and the great turn-out. Brochures were available regarding the 2015-2016 Faculty Development Grant program. Applications will be taken in February & March 2015. See the FDGP website. We look forward to the upcoming All Campus Faculty Gathering on December 3rd from 4-6pm that will be hosted at AEIVA (UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts). Hope you can join us then for good food, wine, networking and a chance to see the AEIVA.

Alecia Gross serving as Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate

FacultySenateGavelThe faculty have chosen Dr. Alecia Gross, Associate Professor in Optometry- Vision Sciences, as the 2015-2016 Chair of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Gross will serve in the Chair-Elect role during the 2014-2015 Senate term. Election results were announced at the September 9th Senate meeting. Nominations were taken through August 24th and voting occurred August 27th through Sept 3rd. Any questions can be addressed to the Senate Secretary, Pam Paustian, at paustian@uab.edu.

Thank you to all 2013-2014 Senate members for your service

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Installation of Chad Epps-rotatedMichael Froelich- Past Chair and Chad Epps- 2014-2015 ChairThe Faculty Senate would like to thank all 2013-2014 members for their faithful service in all of our shared-governance efforts. President Watts hosted a reception for the exiting and incoming (2014-2015) Senate members in August at the UAB Woodward House.

Faculty Development Grant Program

The UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP) provides seed money for research, teaching and service related projects designed to enhance the effectiveness of individual faculty members by providing funds for them to undertake new efforts for which time or money is not generally available. The grant program is open to all UAB full‐time faculty members. To be eligible, faculty must secure matching funds from their department and/or school. Priority will be given to junior faculty, however, senior faculty can apply as long as the proposed project represents a distinctly new research or training direction. If the applicant is not an independent faculty, then they must describe how the proposed project is separate from his/her mentor's research/scholarly activity and how the funds received will be used to increase their independence. Applications and guidelines for the 2015-2016 FDGP will be available in February/March 2015 from the Faculty Senate on the FDGP website. Awards are made for one year (Aug-Aug). Reviews and award selections will be performed from April 1-July 1st. See the FDGP website for details.

Senate Liaison relationship with Council for Center Directors and Council for Translational Science

BethBrownD.ChaplinElizabeth E. Brown, PhD MPH, past-Chair of the Faculty Senate Research Committee and Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, has taken on the role as the Faculty Senate Liaison to the Council of Center Directors. David D. Chaplin, MD, PhD, Chair of the Faculty Senate Research Committee and Professor of Microbiology has taken on the role as the Faculty Senate Liaison to the Council for Translational Science. These roles serve as a mechanism to facilitate improved communication between UAB faculty, the Faculty Senate and the Councils for Center Directors and for Translational Science with the goals of improving research effectiveness and breeching barriers. Faculty involved in research in any UAB school or department may contact Dr. Chaplin with research related concerns. The Liaisons attend the meetings held by the councils and the Faculty Senate. At the council meetings, the Liaison provides the interest, input and perspective of faculty from across the university. The Liaison also reports on the discussions and plans made by the councils to the Faculty Senate. Drs. Chaplin and Brown may draw feedback from the Faculty Senate Research Committee, which includes faculty from 15 or more departments across the entire UAB campus.

You can conveniently view all the upcoming meetings and events regarding the Faculty Senate, its committees, and the FPPC (Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee) all on one calendar. Click on the event/meeting on the calendar to view details such as location etc.

A listing of the faculty currently serving as Senators is available here. Please review the descriptions of the roles the Senators, Officers, and Liaisons serve.

Meeting Minutes
We welcome you to peruse the minutes of the most recent Senate meetings to see our latest efforts in shared governance at UAB. Please follow this link and choose the "minutes" tab.

Agenda for the upcoming meeting
You can view the topics that will be discussed at the upcoming monthly meeting of the Faculty Senate. The meetings occur every 2nd Tuesdays of the month. Senate meetings are open and anyone may attend. We invite you to attend to experience shared governance in action. Refreshments are available. The agenda is usually posted about 1 week before the meeting. Please follow this link and choose the "agendas" tab.

You can view the presentations that have been given at recent Senate meetings. Please follow this link and choose the "presentations" tab.

Senate and Committee Reports
In order to review the past actions of the Senate, you can review the various reports at your convenience. Please follow this link and choose the "reports" tab.

Reports regarding each committees' actions can be found on each committee's web page.