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.
Chair Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at 7:37 a.m. A quorum was present.
Chair Benditt recognized the guest attending the meeting (see listing above.) All attendees are members of the University community.
The minutes of the September 14, 2004 Faculty Senate meeting were approved as distributed.
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 http://main.uab.edu/show/asp?durki=30246
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 http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=30255
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.
Affairs Committee – Chair/Senator
7. New Business: The Senate approved the following resolution honoring the
accomplishments and service of Dr. Albert F. LoBuglio.
Dr. Albert F. LoBuglio has served as Director of the
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
under Dr. LoBuglio’s leadership, the
basic and clinical research and improved clinical services to a large group of
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
to Dr. LoBuglio for his many efforts on behalf of the
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.
(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
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
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. http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html