Faculty Senate Events
July 8th Faculty Senate Meeting
The Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, July 11th from 7:30-9:00 am in the Finley Conference Center in the Kaul Genetics Building. Topics discussed included: pay election options for 9-mo. faculty; representation on search committees; a report from President Watts; budget; Academic Programs Review Committee; Senate Chair-elect elections; Fall All-campus Faculty Gatherings; Faculty Handbook updates; AL.com article regarding executive bonuses. An open forum time for faculty concerns was also included. Minutes are available on the Faculty Senate document website (choose the "Minutes" tab). 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.
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 (https://uabweb.ad.uab.edu/senate/Research/Pages/FDGP.aspx). 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
Elizabeth 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
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.
Birmingham Mayor Bell spoke at the June 11th Senate meeting
UAB's Faculty Senate hosted City of Birmingham Mayor William Bell at a special meeting Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 a.m. in the Kaul Genetics Building Finley Conference Room. All faculty staff & students were invited. Mayor Bell spoke about the city's 50 Years Forward movement, UAB's past involvement in the Civil Rights movement and UAB's current participation in 50 Years Forward. He also shared his personal experience of growing up in Birmingham during the Civil Rights movement. Mayor Bell also answered attendees questions during a Q&A. Mayor Bell is asking us to partner with him to create good opportunities here and connect our young people to these opportunities so they can stay, thrive and build a strong community in Birmingham. His vision is for us to Change the World together. Meeting minutes available at <link> (Select the " Minutes" tab)
UA System Chancellor Robert Witt spoke to UAB Faculty & Staff on May 14th
UAB's Faculty Senate hosted University of Alabama System Chancellor Robert Witt at a special meeting and speaking engagement on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 a.m. in the UAB Alumni House. All faculty members, staff & students also were invited. Chancellor Witt spoke about ideas to manage the rising costs and decreases in funding; offering competitive compensation packages to faculty; and developing synergy among the 3 UA campuses. The Chancellor also participated in a Q&A session. Details are available in the Senate minutes: <Link to Senate document website>: click on the "Minutes" tab.
President's Reception for the Faculty Senate/FPPC
June 2013: President Ray Watts held a reception to honor the service of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Policies & Procedures Committee officers and members and to welcome the newly elected faculty. The reception was held at the beautifully restored UAB ArtPlay building. A special thank you goes to Tim Walker of UAB Events for his flawless coordination of the successful event. Pictures are available: <Link to pictures>: click on the "presentations" tab
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.
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.