Summary of the June 9, 2009 Faculty Senate Meeting



Past-Chair Report


Past-Chair Warren Martin provided a summary of Faculty Senate activities for 2008-2009:


1)      Senate invited speakers from the university community to give presentations on topics of interest to faculty.  The presenters included Mr. Brian Mackin (Athletic Director), Dr. David Klock (Dean of the School of Business), Dr. Will Ferniany (CEO of the Health System), Dr. Ray Watts (President of the Health Services Foundation), Dr. Philip Way (Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs), and Provost Eli Capilouto.


2)      Senate hosted a campus-wide State of the University address given by President Carol Garrison and participated in New Faculty Orientation.


3)      Senate passed revisions recommended by the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee to the AIDS and HIV Infection policy and the Insurance and Retirement Benefits, the Resignation, and the Holidays, Vacation, and Leaves sections of the faculty handbook.


4)      Senate passed revisions to the Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws and updated the appendices to include three awards to be given at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.


5)      Senate updated the process for the periodic evaluations of academic administrators.


6)      Senate discussed the impact of the economic situation on the university and strategies for handling the budget shortfall.


7)      Senate provided feedback on the Kirklin Clinic Acute Care Clinic for university employees which was opened in part due to the results of the fringe benefits survey conducted by the Faculty Senate.


8)      Senate provided input on the online master university calendar being developed and tested by the university.


9)      Senate has representatives involved in the Academic Realignment Commission which will give a report to President Carol Garrison later this month and the Textbook Committee which will release a report later this summer.



Past-Chair Warren Martin presented Ms. Heather Martin with the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award for 2008-2009.  The award recognizes a current or past member of the senate who as a senator provided exemplary service to the Faculty Senate and UAB.  (resolution)



Chair Report


Past-Chair Warren Martin transferred the gavel to Chair Mark Lockhart for the 2009-2010 term.  Chair Mark Lockhart presented a resolution commending Dr. Warren Martin for his service as Chair of the Faculty Senate for the 2008-2009 term which was passed by the senate.  (resolution)


Chair Mark Lockhart discussed the goal of the Faculty Senate which is to represent the interests of the faculty and to consider the welfare of the university as a whole.  The Faculty Senate serves in an advisory role to the UAB President and other administrators.  The Faculty Senate facilitates an environment conducive to teaching, learning, research, and service; keeps faculty informed about matters of interest or concern; shares responsibility with administration and students for improving the university; improves faculty working conditions; assists with the development of policies and procedures; develops programs in terms of academic credentialing; reviews work of university-wide committees; considers faculty proposals; and ensures faculty input in matters affecting the faculty.


Chair Mark Lockhart stated that the senate will be seeking input from the senators and will be asking the senators to seek input from the faculty in their units.  He mentioned projects that he has been working on which include committee assignments and appointments, development of senate and executive committee agendas, discussion about budget issues and staffing of senate office, and tracking of items in progress.



President Report


President Carol Garrison announced the following items:


1)      Administration appreciates the service of Dr. Warren Martin as Chair of the Faculty Senate during the past year and extends best wishes to him on his retirement from UAB.


2)      Administration believes strongly in shared governance and looks forward to working with all of the members of the Faculty Senate during the coming year.


3)      University is dealing with some budgetary challenges but is experiencing some good news in terms of funding from the economic stimulus package.


4)      Academic Realignment Commission is finishing its report of recommendations.  The report will be presented to the university community on June 15, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Alys Stephens Center Jemison Concert Hall.  The school meetings will be held on June 24-25, 2009.



Senator-at-Large and Past-Chair Elections


Elections for the two Senator-at-Large positions and the vacant Past-Chair position due to the retirement of Dr. Warren Martin were held.  Dr. John Chatham (Medicine) and Dr. Chris Kyle (Social and Behavioral Sciences) were elected by the senate to serve a one-year term as Senator-at-Large on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.  Dr. Sheri Spaine Long (Arts and Humanities) was elected by the senate to serve a one-year term as Past-Chair of the Faculty Senate.



Senate Representatives to University-wide Committees


Chair Mark Lockhart presented the recommendations for senate representatives to university-wide committees which were passed by the senate.  The recommendations will be forwarded to President Carol Garrison who will approve the appointments and notify the committee chairs.


University-wide Committees

Senate Representatives

Academic Advising Committee

Jeanne Hutchison

Academic Programs Council

Mark Lockhart, Mark Hickson, Ellen Buckner

Athletic Advisory Committee

Tony Roberson

Campus Planning Committee

Ellen Buckner, Jeanne Hutchison

Commission on the Status of Women

Annette Wright

Core Curriculum Committee

Dana Hettich, Chris Kyle

Diversity Advisory Council

Madelyn Coar

Faculty Enrichment Committee

Dana Hettich, Rex Wright

Fringe Benefits Committee

Jeanne Hutchison, Linda Reed

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Pat Greenup

Radioisotope & Radiation Safety Committee

Pat Greenup

Undergraduate Programs Council

John Moore (A&H), Julio Rivera (BUS), Cecilia Pierce (EDU), Sally Anne McInerny (ENG), Kay Clements (HP), Jeanne Hutchison (NSM), Ellen Buckner (NURS), Rex Wright (SBS)



Curriculum and Research Committee Report


Past-Chair of the Curriculum and Research Committee Kay Clements reported that the committee held a meeting on June 1, 2009 to review the proposals submitted for the UAB Faculty Development Grant Program.  A report was forwarded to Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs Claire Peel and letters will be distributed to the grant recipients within the next few weeks.



Faculty Affairs Committee Report


Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee Sue Kim reported that the committee will be working on the administrator evaluations to be conducted in Fall 2009 and encouraged senators to submit any concerns related to faculty affairs to the committee.



Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Report


Chair of the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Pat Greenup reported that the vacation, holidays, and sick time recommendation is being returned to the FPPC for further work due to questions raised about some of the data in the summary table.


Chair of the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Pat Greenup presented the grievance procedures in academic unit handbooks recommendation as the first reading by the senate.  The recommendation requests that the Provost require the deans and library directors, through input from the academic unit’s faculty affairs committee or comparable faculty governance committee, to develop a written procedure at the unit level for conflict resolution of grievances initiated by a faculty member in the academic unit and that such procedure include documentation guidance to be utilized prior to the submission of any grievance to the Provost.  The recommendation will be presented as the second reading at the July senate meeting with discussion and a possible vote.



Finance Committee Report


Chair of the Finance Committee Jeanne Hutchison reported that the committee will be holding a meeting soon to get organized for the coming year and that she serves as a senate representative on the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee which recently started a new term.



Governance and Operations Committee Report


Chair of the Governance and Operations Committee Janelle Chiasera announced the election results and reported that the committee is working on the identification of the senate liaisons for the academic units.  The senate liaisons serve as a point of contact to improve communication between the senate and the faculty in the academic units.  She will be contacting senators and alternate senators and asking for volunteers.



Open Forum


Topics discussed during the open forum included the sewer bill, the presentation of the report by the Academic Realignment Commission, the invitation to the President to present a State of the University address, and the exception process for the laptop encryption policy.


A senator requested information about the procedure for bringing up matters for consideration by the Faculty Senate.  Matters for consideration may be submitted to Chair Mark Lockhart at or to any member of the executive committee and may be presented on the senate floor during the open forum.


Chair Mark Lockhart encouraged the senators to submit any suggestions for possible topics or presentations of interest or concern to faculty to him at



Orientation for New Senators


Chair Mark Lockhart conducted an orientation session for the new senators.  Topics covered were representation, structure and function, constitution and bylaws, meetings, standing committees, executive committee, information receipt, recommendations flow, and member benefits.





The next senate meeting is July 14, 2009 in the Administration Building Penthouse CR1, the next executive committee meeting is June 24, 2009, the next executive committee meeting with the President and Provost is July 7, 2009, and the next FPPC meeting is June 19, 2009.



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Acting 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 July senate meeting.