University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Faculty Senate

Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting

October 14, 2004

Location: HUC – Meeting Rooms A & B

7:30 -9:30 a.m.


Officers Present: Dr. Theodore Benditt (Chair), Dr. Peter Anderson (Chair Elect), Dr. John A. Smith (Past Chair), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary), Dr. Joseph Telfair (Parliamentarian), and Dr. Eli Capilouto (Provost)


Senators Present: Dr. Joe Burrage, Dr. Robert Carter, Dr. Jeffrey Engler, Dr. Joseph Fleming, Dr. Roger Gilchrist, Ms. Sara Grostick, Dr. Akhlaque Haque, Dr. Louis Justement, Dr. Sue Kim, Ms. Debra Laken, Ms. Jennifer Long, Dr. Joe March, Dr. Marisa Marques, Dr. Warren Martin, Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Dr. Jacqueline Moss, Dr. Beverly Mulvihill, Dr. Alan Randich, Dr. Holly Richter, Dr. Gary Sapp, Ms. Martha Verchot, Dr. Joe Walker, Dr. Alison Chapman


Alternate Senators Present: Dr. Chris Coffey, Dr. Zoe Dwyer, Dr. Kay Emfinger, Mr. E. Jay Harris, Dr. Russell Kirby, Dr. Timothy Kraft, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Ms. Heather Martin, Dr. Kathleen Martin, Dr. Sonya Mitchell, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Cheryl Palmer, Dr. Kenneth Tilashaliski


Guest Present: Ms. Lesley Early, Dr. Lauretta Gerrity, Dr. Mike Loop, Mr. James Lowery, Ms. Debra Lucas, Dr. Sue Michalek, Ms. Sondra Pfeiffer, Dr. Rose Scripa; Dr. Ned Hook, and Dr. Ferdinand Urthaler.


Agenda Items


  1. Call to Order


Chair Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at 7:37 a.m. A quorum was present.


  1. Recognition of Visitors-Guests


Chair Benditt recognized the guest attending the meeting (see listing above.) All attendees are members of the University community.


  1. Adoption of Minutes of September 14, 2004 Meeting


The minutes of the September 14, 2004 Faculty Senate meeting were approved as distributed.





  1. Chair Report: Chair Ted Benditt presented an update on the following topics: (1) Safe Zone Training; (2) Course Grade Distribution Policy Draft; (3) tenure time policy draft; 4) evaluation of President and Acting Provost process, faculty will receive the evaluations electronically by October 22, 2004; (5) Section 2.0 and Appendix A, B and C -Senate will review the Provost and Senate Executive Committee recommendations at the November Senate meeting; (6) QEP core curriculum draft being reviewed Acting Provost with discussions for a grant proposal; (7) Board of Trustees- status of UAB’s response to  reducing institutional subsidy of the athletics activities.


     5.  Presentations:

          a. Dr. Ferdinand Urthaler – Chairman of UAB Institutional Review Board

              (IRB) - an overview of IRB activities and process for addressing complaints of

              noncompliance and an internal appeal process by investigators. For specific

              information see IRB website

              Dr. Urthaler distributed Procedures for IRB Review handout. Dr. Urthaler

              responded to several questions related to types of research on campus that

              require IRB review. Dr. Urthaler emphasized that “no research can be conducted

              with some level of IRB review” and this includes student projects. Dr. Urthaler

              indicated that the IRB will be releasing a directive in the near future about IRB



          b. Dr. Ned Hook – Chairman of UAB Conflict of Interest Review Board

              (C.I.R.B.) - an overview of purpose, review process, types of infractions,

              potential penalties and those educational materials are being developed that will

              be posted at the CIRB web site


          c. Dr. Suzanne Michalek Chairman of Institutional Animal Care and Use

              Committee (IACUC) -an overview of goals, protocol review process, number

              of reviews/year and approval and appeal processes. See



              Draft policies for internal UAB appeal processes for IRB, CIRB and IACUC are

              under review. Power point presentations for the three speakers will be at the

              Senate web site. Faculty who want additional information about internal appeal

              processes for IRB, IACUC or CIRB should contact the Chair of the respective

              committee and/or check the information posted on the web page for each of the

              committees linked to UAB Research page.


6.  Senate Standing Committee Reports


a.      Curriculum & Research – Senator/Chair Jeff Engler reported a recent meeting with the APC to discuss scorecard metrics related to faculty development. These discussions will continue as the committee works on metrics related to work environment. The committee will review support for ongoing faculty development activities in three schools as a pilot for continuing work on faculty development support recommendations.


The following is the written report submitted by Chair Engler.

        Report of the Curriculum and Research Committee-October 12, 2004


                 Drs. Engler and Benditt met with the Executive Committee of the Academic

                 Programs Council on September 15, 2004, to discuss the development of

                 metrics to measure support for faculty development.  There was an exchange

                 of a variety of viewpoints during that meeting with the Deans and the Provost

                 and we intend to continue these discussions in future weeks.


                 The Committee met on October 4, 2004 to assess progress toward scorecard

                 metrics to measure and set goals for investments in faculty development.  The

                 committee is going to review the faculty development activities of three

                 schools, to assess what activities may already be present in the individual

                 school reports and scorecards.  As a first step in that assessment, we will study

                 the scorecards and reports of the Schools of Education, Public Health, and

                 Natural Science and Mathematics, looking specifically at measures and

                 investments in faculty development.  Depending on what we learn from those

                 initial school reports, we may then look at other school reports and scorecards.



b.      Governance and Operations Committee – Senator/Chair Beverly Mulvihill reported that the committee discussed the roles and function of a senate liaison process and how to implement this Senate process across the various academic units with a range of communication challenges. Chair Mulvihill requested input from Senators for suggestions to implement a process of senate liaison that will enhance the diffusion of information by Senators to constituents in units and to initiate a communication link with the dean of each unit by the unit’s Senators.


c.       Faculty Policies and Procedures (FPPC)


      Past-Chair John Smith reviewed the draft Conflict of Interest Policy with

      emphasis on policy to assure faculty rights and protection of UAB. The Senate

      approved the draft policy for movement to the next phase of the University-

      wide policy process.


     The FPPC presented a recommendation to the Senate to request the Provost to  

      implement a plan to insure that all UAB academic catalogues (undergraduate,

      graduate, school) include a section on ‘non-academic misconduct.’ This was

     approved by the Senate.


      A second recommendation requests that the Provost implement a plan “to

      increase the awareness of and ease of access to Direction (UAB Student

      Handbook) and that this plan target all students, faculty members and staff.”

      This was approved by the Senate.


d.      Finance Committee – Chair/Senator Warren Martin indicated no report.


e.      Faculty Affairs Committee – Chair/Senator Gary Sapp indicated no report.


      7.  New Business: The Senate approved the following resolution honoring the                 

      accomplishments and service of Dr. Albert F. LoBuglio.


           Whereas, Dr. Albert F. LoBuglio has served as Director of the UAB

            Comprehensive Cancer Center for 22 years, and


            Whereas, Dr. LoBuglio is an internationally recognized expert in tumor

            immunology and is a pioneer in the study of the use of monoclonal antibodies for

            cancer therapy, and


            Whereas, Dr. LoBuglio’s efforts as Director have fostered tremendous scientific

            growth and achievement within the Center and within UAB, and


            Whereas, under Dr. LoBuglio’s leadership, the Cancer Center has expanded its

            basic and clinical research and improved clinical services to a large group of

            patients, and


           Whereas, Dr. LoBuglio’s leadership has resulted in great national and international  

            recognition of the accomplishments of more than 250 UAB physicians and

            scientists and has resulted in more than $100 million in extramural research

            funding, including four prestigious SPORE translational programs for breast,

            ovarian, prostate and brain cancers, and


            Whereas, Dr. LoBuglio has announced his intention to devote more time to his

             research program, by relinquishing his position as Director,


             BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the UAB Faculty Senate express our great

             appreciation to Dr. LoBuglio for his many efforts on behalf of the Cancer Center

             and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


8.      Open Forum:


       (1) Acting Provost Eli Capilouto supported the Senate’s interest in

       the activities of the IRB, CIRB and the IACUC and discussed the importance of

       public trust in UAB and protection of the public. Dr. Lauretta Gerrity will

       coordinate development of educational activities to support faculty awareness

       related to compliance requirements.  Senators were encouraged to submit

       suggestions for these educational activities and to assist with the diffusion of



      (2) Senator Ken Tilashalski presented a summary of recreation center fees for

      faculty rates at institutions similar to UAB and pointed out that the announced

      UAB fees are the highest.


      9.  Announcements


           (1) Chair Benditt reviewed the process for review of the Section 2.0 and Appendix

                 A, B and C. All Senators were urged to review the materials prior to the

                 meeting and to submit questions to Chair Benditt prior to the meeting.

           (2) The next Senate meeting-November 9, 2004 – HUC A and B at 7:30 am.

           (3) The Senate conducted evaluations for the President and the Acting Provost will

                 occur during October 18-November 5, 2004.


10. Review of Action Items from October 12, 2004 Meeting


            a.   Secretary Greenup will prepare a letter to Acting Provost Capilouto and      

                  forward the two recommendations from the FPPC to the Provost using the

                  Senate’s tracking process.


b.      Secretary Greenup will prepare a letter to James Lowery to forward the Senate

      approved draft of the Conflict of Interest Policy.


c.       Office Associate Stephanie Belcher will prepare the resolution for Dr. LoBuglio and this will be delivered to Dr. LoBuglio by Senator Engler.


11. Review of Action Items from September 14, 2004 Meeting


            All items listed (a-e) were completed prior to the October meeting.


            An article describing the Books for Baghdad project did appear in the

            October 11, 2004 issue of the UAB Reporter.


12. Written Materials Distributed to Senators at Meeting – 10-12-04


a.       Agenda for October 12, 2004 Senate Meeting

b.      Senate Meeting Minutes for September 14, 2004

c.       FPPC Recommendations

d.      September 25, 2004 Timeline for IDEA process

e.       Resolution honoring Dr. LoBuglio

f.        DRAFT – Conflict of Interest Policy – September 24, 2004 version

g.       IRB – Procedures for Review

h.       Direction – 2003-2005 Student Handbook




13.      Adjournment


        The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m.



Secretary Greenup prepared this expanded DRAFT of the minutes on October 16, 2004. After approval at the November Senate meeting these minutes will appear on the Senate page.