Summary of the April 14, 2009 Faculty Senate Meeting



Chair Report


Chair Warren Martin announced the following items:


1)      Faculty Senate and Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee election results are posted on the senate page.  Dr. Mark Hickson was elected as Chair-Elect and Dr. Pat Greenup was elected as Secretary.


2)      Faculty Senate Chair Warren Martin and Past-Chair Pat Greenup are members of the Academic Realignment Commission as faculty representatives.  Faculty members are encouraged to share any thoughts they may have with the commission members at


3)      New university calendar designed to list all campus events in one place is being tested on a limited basis over the summer.  Feedback about the new calendar may be submitted to Kristi Lamont Ellis at


4)      Faculty Senate Executive Committee has voted to endorse the one great community cafes presented by Dr. Max Michael at the March senate meeting.  Information about dates and times will be shared with faculty members so interested individuals may participate in the cafes.


5)      Volunteer from the Faculty Senate is needed to serve for the remainder of this academic year and the next academic year on the QEP Core Curriculum Steering Committee.  Interested individuals should contact Warren Martin at


6)      Volunteers from the Faculty Senate are needed to serve for the 2009-2010 senate term as senate representatives on the following university-wide committees:  Athletic Advisory Committee, Commission on the Status of Women, Diversity Advisory Council, Faculty Enrichment Committee, Fringe Benefits Committee, and Undergraduate Programs Council.  Interested individuals should contact Warren Martin at


7)      Faculty Senate and Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee reception hosted by President Garrison is April 23, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Woodward House.



President Report


President Carol Garrison announced the following items:


1)      Administration appreciates the strong working relationship and the shared governance it has with the Faculty Senate.


2)      Visits with academic units and student government organizations are being planned.


3)      Town hall meetings to discuss the future of the university and the academic realignment commission are being held.


4)      Many faculty members and students are being honored with awards as the spring semester comes to an end.





Academic Realignment Commission


Provost Eli Capilouto presented information on the UAB Academic Realignment Commission.  The charge of the commission is to review and assess the various options for realignment and reorganization of six schools (Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and Social & Behavioral Sciences).  The commission is a panel of national and local community leaders who will be on campus on April 5-7, April 30-May 1, and June 8-9 and will report to the Provost by June 15.  The commission is part of a larger academic plan for creating UAB’s future as a first choice university.



Curriculum and Research Committee Report


Chair of the Curriculum and Research Committee Kay Clements reported that the application deadline for the Faculty Development Grant Program is April 20, 2009.  Committee members will receive an email message about the review process for the grant applications.



Faculty Affairs Committee Report


Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee Stephen Moser provided background information about the ad hoc committee that was formed during the last senate term to review the administrator evaluation process.  Two motions from the Faculty Affairs Committee were brought to the senate floor for discussion.  The first motion was to set the interval for administrator evaluations to every other year grouping the President and Provost with the Deans with the Chairs evaluated on the alternate year.  The second motion was to have the administrator evaluations distributed to both the subject and their supervisor with a recommendation that the faculty be informed of actions to be taken in response to the evaluation.  After discussion about the interval for the administrator evaluations being every year versus every other year, the two motions from the Faculty Affairs Committee were passed by the senate.



Finance Committee Report


Chair of the Finance Committee Linda Reed reported that the committee is discussing the upcoming faculty survey on fringe benefits and is gathering possible agenda items for the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee.  Suggestions for agenda items may be submitted to Linda Reed at





The next senate meeting is May 12, 2009 in the Administration Building Penthouse CR1, the next executive committee meeting is April 29, 2009, the next executive committee meeting with the President and Provost is May 5, 2009, and the next FPPC meeting is April 17, 2009.



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Secretary Jennifer Long submits this draft summary of the minutes and a more complete record will appear on the senate page after approval at the May senate meeting.