Faculty Senate Events

Elections for Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate FacultySenateGavel

The 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.

September 9th Faculty Senate Meeting RecognitionOfRoseScripaRecognition of Rose Scripa

Installation of Chad Epps-rotatedMichael Froelich- Past Chair and Chad Epps- 2014-2015 ChairThe Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, September 9th from 7:30-9:15 am in the Finley Conference Center. Topics included a UAB Athletics Office presentation; recognition of John Mayer and Rose Scripa; the installation of Chad Epps as 2014-2015 Chair of the Faculty; the election of Senators-At-Large; announcement of the Chair-elect; the installation and orientation of new Senators and Officers; Senate committee assignments; Senate Representatives to University-wide committees; Title 9 training; opportunity to give input to President Watts; and the All-Campus Faculty Gathering 10/16. An open forum time for faculty concerns also occurred. Minutes are posted to the Faculty Senate document website. Attendance was open to all UAB faculty, students and staff.   

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.

Senate 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.

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.