Summary of the May 12, 2009 Faculty Senate Meeting
Chair Warren Martin announced the following items:
1) He participated in two town hall meetings as a faculty representative on the Academic Realignment Commission. The commission also met with student leaders, leadership from the health sciences, and university administrators to learn more about potential options and the status of UAB. The report of the commission is due to President Carol Garrison in the middle of June.
2) Textbook Committee met on May 11, 2009. The committee has been expanded to include two faculty members (Dr. Greg Pence and Dr. Ellen Buckner) as well as two student leaders (one undergraduate and one graduate). The goal is to have a report to Provost Eli Capilouto by the late summer.
3) He attended the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees meeting in Huntsville on April 16-17, 2009. The board approved all of the awarded degrees from the three campuses, considered resolutions for the approval of endowed chairs and endowed chair appointments, and discussed construction projects and the acceptance of gifts.
4) There have been some newspaper articles about athletic teams at UAB. The university is improving in its relative position and with continued focus on academics should do even better in the future. The current situation is the result of poor performance three to four years ago not current performance.
5) Provost Eli Capilouto issued his quarterly report to the Faculty Senate for January through March 2009 which stated that no grievance committees were formed.
6) He is retiring from UAB at the end of the month but will continue to serve on the Faculty Senate through the June meeting to ensure a smooth transition. An election will be held at the June senate meeting to fill the Past-Chair position. Nominations may be submitted to Secretary Jennifer Long at email@example.com.
7) Faculty Senate reception was held on April 23, 2009 at the Woodward House. He thanked President Carol Garrison and Provost Eli Capilouto for hosting the event.
President Carol Garrison announced the following items:
1) Graduation was held on May 9, 2009 and for the first time was broken into two different ceremonies based on school with one in the morning and one in the afternoon each lasting approximately one hour.
2) Summer session began this week so there was not much down time for the university after the end of the spring semester.
3) Administration appreciates the hard work of faculty members during the past year.
Curriculum and Research Committee Annual Report
Chair of the Curriculum and Research Committee Kay Clements provided a summary of the activities accomplished by the committee during the past year. The committee worked on the request from the Provost Office to gather feedback from faculty and administrators on the effectiveness of the IDEA student evaluations of teaching, addressed concerns regarding the undergraduate certificate proposals submitted to the Undergraduate Programs Council, and reviewed and revised the UAB Faculty Development Grant Program application. Future goals for the committee include reviewing and prioritizing the grant applications for submission to the Provost Office. (annual report)
Faculty Affairs Committee Annual Report
Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee Stephen Moser provided a summary of the activities accomplished by the committee during the past year. The committee addressed concerns regarding apparent discrepancies between the Faculty Handbook (Section 2.9 and Appendix A) and the SACS report pertaining to faculty grievance reporting by the Provost to the Faculty Senate and submitted recommendations for the administrator evaluation process in response to the ad hoc committee report. Future goals for the committee include conducting the administrator evaluations for the chairs in Fall 2009. (annual report)
Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Annual Report
Chair of the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Pat Greenup provided a summary of the activities accomplished by the committee during the past year. The committee reviewed and recommended revisions to the UAB Faculty Handbook for section 2.7.1 and section 7 (holidays, vacation, and leaves), section 4 (insurance and retirement benefits), section 5 (compensation), section 7.3 (sick time), section 6 (travel), and section 2.10.2 (FPPC). The committee reviewed and recommended revisions to the UAB policies for use of campus mail, purchasing, use of university resources by external entities, employee UAB related foreign travel, health care for international students and scholars, information disclosure and confidentiality, equipment accountability, family medical leave absence, and sick time donation. These sections and policies were specified in the year two review cycle. Future goals for the committee include vacation accrual policies, addition of shared governance to section 1 of handbook, leave policies and documentation, grievance process in academic units, inclusion of administrator evaluations in handbook, awarding of certificates policy, review of section 2 and section 3 of handbook, protocol for developing and updating university-wide policies, and pilot project to implement policies and procedures library. (annual report)
Finance Committee Annual Report
Chair Warren Martin reported on the activities of the committee during the past year. The committee conducted a faculty survey on fringe benefits and monitored the work of the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee.
Governance and Operations Committee Annual Report
Chair of the Governance and Operations Committee Janelle Chiasera provided a summary of the activities accomplished by the committee during the past year. The committee reviewed and recommended approval of the changes to the constitution and bylaws suggested by the Provost, revised and recommended approval of the changes to the standing rules, worked on the online format of the constitution and bylaws, identified senate liaisons and advised them of their duties, reviewed senate meeting attendance for senators, and assisted with the elections. Future goals for the committee include review of the constitution and bylaws, appointment and orientation of senate liaisons, and development of a process for reasonable absences. (annual report)
Past-Chair Annual Report
Past-Chair Pat Greenup provided a summary of the activities accomplished during the past year. The officer served as both the Chair and the Senate representative to the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee and served as the unofficial historian. She reported that work has been progressing to construct a brief history of the major activities for each term of the Faculty Senate from 1995 to the present and the goal is to complete this project as the Secretary by June 2010. She mentioned that the responsibilities of the Past-Chair will change in the next term since the Chair-Elect will serve as the Senate representative to the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee instead of the Past-Chair. (annual report)
Secretary Annual Report
Secretary Jennifer Long provided a summary of the activities accomplished during the past year. The officer prepared and distributed the agendas and minutes for meetings, conducted elections, reformatted and updated the constitution and bylaws and the appendices, recorded attendance information for meetings, and served as the unofficial webmaster. (annual report)
Senate Representatives to University-wide Committees
Senate representative to the Undergraduate Programs Council Kay Clements reported that the magnetic resonance imaging concentration was approved and that several policies were updated through the Academic Policies and Procedures subcommittee. The policies should be available through the deans and the academic unit representatives on the council.
Chair Warren Martin reported that faculty members at MIT have voted to make their scholarly articles available for open access on the web. A senator mentioned that a task force at UAB has been offering faculty development workshops on scholarly communication topics through the Office of Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs. The task force includes several librarians who may be willing to speak about this topic at a future senate meeting.
Chair-Elect Mark Lockhart announced that an election will be held at the June senate meeting to fill the two senator-at-large positions available on the senate for the next term. Nominations may be submitted to Secretary Jennifer Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair-Elect Mark Lockhart announced that volunteers are needed to fill the representative to university committee positions available on the senate for the next term. These committees include the Academic Advising Committee, Campus Planning Committee, Commission on the Status of Women, Diversity Advisory Council, Faculty Enrichment Committee, Fringe Benefits Committee, and Undergraduate Programs Council. Individuals interested in serving or continuing to serve as senate representatives should contact Chair-Elect Mark Lockhart at email@example.com.
Past-Chair Pat Greenup announced that the One Great Community Cafe for the Faculty Senate will be held on May 22, 2009 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. The cafe is open to all faculty members at the university. Registration is required for the cafe so individuals interested in attending should contact Dr. Max Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next senate meeting is June 9, 2009 in the Administration Building Penthouse CR1, the next executive committee meeting is May 27, 2009, the next executive committee meeting with the President and Provost is June 2, 2009, and the next FPPC meeting is May 15, 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 June senate meeting.