Faculty Senate Events

Call for Nominations for Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate 

The special election process for Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate has begun. Nominations for Chair-Elect will be accepted through Sunday August 24, 2014. The elected faculty member will serve as Chair-Elect during September 5, 2014- August 30, 2015 then serve as the Chair of the Faculty Senate from September 1, 2015-August 30, 2016. During his/her service as Chair (9/1/2015-8/30/2016), the Office of the Provost will provide a $10,000 subsidy to the elected faculty member's department to allow the department to free up some of his/her time for Senate matters. Faculty may nominate themselves or another faculty member by completing the form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3XP5VQB. Nominees must function primarily as faculty and may not hold an administrative position at or above level of Dean. This includes any position with "Dean" in the title (e.g., Assistant Dean, Associate Dean). Job descriptions for both Chair-Elect and Chair are available on the Position Descriptions page of the Senate website. Voting will occur August 27th-September 3rd. Any questions can be addressed to the Senate Secretary, Pat Higginbottom, at phiggin@uab.edu.

August 12th Faculty Senate Meeting

FacultySenateGavelThe Faculty Senate held a meeting on Tuesday, August 12th from 7:30-9:30am in the Finley Conference Center. Dean Nichol's presented her vision for the School of Optometry. Topics of discussion included: Crisis Management strategies for faculty/staff; Senate Chair-elect elections; Chairmanship of APRC; Senate Standing Committee information and an update from President Watts along with a Q&A. An open forum time for faculty concerns was included. Meeting minutes will be posted on the Faculty Senate document website when available. Attendance was open to all UAB faculty, students and staff. Attendees were free to come and go as their schedule allows. Free parking was available across the street in the Administration Building Parking deck (levels 2-3). Refreshments were served.

Faculty Senate Elections

Election results are available on the Senate SharePoint website (choose "Rosters" tab).Faculty of all ages and levels of experience were welcome to nominate or run for faculty-senator, secretary or chair. Nomination period was March 25th-April 18. We value the participation of a variety/diversity of faculty.The call was made for Faculty-Senator nominees for: Business, CAS, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Joint Health Sciences, Lister Hill Library, School of Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health. Nominations for the offices of Senate Chair-Elect and Senate Secretary;were also taken.Faculty were invited to nominate him/herself or a colleague though the Faculty Senate Voting webpage. Faculty interested in serving on the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee (FPPC) were directed to run for Faculty-Senator of their unit- The FPPC is now a subcommittee of the Senate and no longer holds separate elections-members will be drawn from the Senate. The Faculty Senate Office, 934-6619 or facultysenate@uab.edu, is happy to answer questions. Voting took place via theFaculty Senate Voting webpage from Tuesday 4/22 though Monday 4/28. Thank you to all faculty for nominating, running and voting- thank you for your participation in shared governance at UAB.

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. This year, separate funds are also available to support up to three additional grants in the area of women's health and sex differences. FDGP applications were due on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. 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 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 for 2015-2016 FDGP will be available in March 2015 from the Faculty Senate on the website. Awards are made for one year. Reviews and award selections will be performed from April 1-July 1st. Awarded funds will be available beginning on August 1, 2014 and must be expended by August 31, 2015. If IRB and/or IACUC approval is required for the project, the approval page must be submitted prior to the release of funds. In submitting the application, the applicant agrees to provide a final report regarding the activities undertaken and outcomes [to be posted to the Faculty Senate/FDGP website] and to present at the Fall 2015 FDGP Poster Session.

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

BethBrownElizabeth E. Brown, PhD MPH, 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 and to the Council for Translational Science. This role serves 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 effectievness and breeching barriers. Faculty involved in research in any UAB school or department may contact Dr. Brown with research related concerns. Dr. Brown attends the meetings held by both councils and the Faculty Senate. At the council meetings, Dr. Brown provides the interest, input and perspective of faculty from across the university. Dr. Brown also reports on the discussions and plans made by the councils to the Faculty Senate. Dr. Brown may draw feedback from the Faculty Senate Research Committee, which includes faculty from 15 or more departments across the entire UAB campus.

President Watts' State of the University Address

The Faculty Senate hosted the President's State of the University Address on Thursday, October 17th at 4:00pm at the Alumni House. President Watts shared an update on our strategic priorities, capital campaign, campus-wide master plan and how he will lead UAB though our challenges and opportunities over the next months and years. President Watts outlined our 5 pillars: Education, Research, Service, Patient Care and Economic Development. He explained the planned building/enhancement projects and how they fit into our mater-plan. The hallmarks of our strategies will be Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Collaboration. He emphasized that it is our people who make us great, not our funding..."it is what we are accomplishing together, not what I am doing." For those who were not able to attend this inspiring event, you may watch the video.

IDEA evaluation of UAB Department Chairs Planned

Full-time faculty are urged to participate in The IDEA Center evaluation of Chairs of the following Departments: Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer & Info Sciences, English, Foreign Languages & Literature, Government, Justice Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Theatre, Curriculum & Instructor, Human Studies, Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, Marketing, & Industrial Distribution & Economics, Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, Clinical & Community Sciences, Restorative Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences, Nutrition Sciences, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology, Genetics, Neurobiology, Pathology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family & Community Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Surgery, Adult/Acute Heath, Chronic Care, & Foundations, Community Health, Outcomes & Systems, Family/Child Health & Caregiving, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Health Behavior. The online survey will be sent directly from the IDEA Center on October 3, 2013 with the deadline for responses October 31, 2013. For more information, please contact Dr. Chad Steele, Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee, UAB Faculty Senate (chadsteele@uab.edu) or Dr. Suzanne Austin, Vice Provost for Student & Faculty Success.

October Faculty Open Forum and the Faculty Development Grant Poster Session

The Edge of Chaos at Lister Hill was built to equip faculty with a venue to gather and synergize. Over 80 Faculty & colleagues had a great time enjoying wine, tea and a variety of hors d'oeuvres, meeting and synergizing with faculty from all over campus, participating in shared governance activities at UAB, discussing their ideas and concerns, and hearing about the current efforts being made by the passionate faculty currently serving as faculty representatives in various roles. Everyone was welcome to come & go as their schedule allowed. Free special event parking was available across University Blvd in the 9th Ave parking deck. Provost Linda Lucas and Vice Provost Suzanne Austin attended to showcase the awardees of the 2012-2013 Faculty Development Grants (FDGP) and to get to know faculty better. Faculty planning to apply for an FDGP grant this Spring attended and learned more about the FDGP program and application process. Provost Lucas was very pleased with the event and plans to host the event each year. Click here to see more details on the faculty presenters and their research/development projects.

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.