University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Faculty Senate

Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting

March 8, 2005

Location: Penthouse CR1

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.



Officers Present: Dr. Ted Benditt (Chair), Dr. Peter Anderson (Chair-Elect), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary)


Ex-Officio Senators Present: Dr. Carol Garrison (President), Dr. Eli Capilouto (Acting Provost)


Senators Present:   Dr. Jo Burrage, Dr. Robert Carter, Dr. Alison Chapman, Dr. Shen En Chen, Dr. Seine Chiang, Dr. Karen Dahle, Dr. Jeffrey Engler, Dr. Roger Gilchrist, Dr. Adam Gordon, Ms. Sara Grostick, Dr. Akhlaque Haque, Dr. Sue Kim, Ms. Debra Laken, Ms. Jennifer Long, Dr. Joe March, Dr. Marisa Marques, Dr. Warren Martin, Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Dr. Beverly Mulvihill, Dr. Alan Randich, Dr Holly Richter, Dr. Gary Sapp, Dr. Donald Urban


Alternates Present: Dr. Zoe Dwyer, Dr. Russell Kirby, Dr. Chris Klug, Dr. Timothy Kraft, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Ms. Heather Martin, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Cheryl Palmer, Dr. Kenneth Tilashaliski, Ms. Sondra Pfeiffer, Dr. Elliott Lefkowitz


Guests Present: Mr. James Lowery, Dr. Richard Marchase


Parliamentarian Present: Dr. Joseph Telfair



Agenda Items


  1. Call to Order


Chair Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at 7:40 a.m. A quorum was present.


      2.   Recognition of Visitors-Guests


Attending guests are members of the UAB University community.


3.    Adoption of Minutes of February 8, 2005 Senate Meeting


The minutes were approved as distributed.


  1. Chair Report:  Chair Ted Benditt updated the Senators on topics discussed at the most recent Academic Programs Council meeting [strategic research plan development; effort reporting training opportunities for faculty; SACS visit preparation for March 22-24; QEP awareness activities for faculty, staff and students; and that the University System is developing performance indicators using UAB’s plan and metrics as a model.] Chair Benditt reviewed topics discussed at the March 1, 2005 Executive Committee meeting with President Garrison and Acting Provost Capilouto {status of search committee activities; status of revised Section 2.0 and appendices; work environment metrics.} A request from the Student Government Association to the Senate concerning extension of evening hours during the week for Sterne Library was discussed and a request made to Senators to submit concerns or recommendations as to library utilization needs by students to Chair Benditt.


5.   President’s Report: President Carol Garrison updated the Senate on these topics:

      (1) SACS visit preparation; (2) appointment of Sheila Sanders as Vice-President

      of Information Technology and that reorganization of the IT unit will address

      efficiencies and eliminate duplication across UAB, the Health System and the

      Health Services Foundation; (3) Section 2.0 and appendices have been forwarded

      to the Board {Acting Provost Capilouto indicated that a few minor changes were

      made to the document submitted by the Senate and that notification of status of

      document is expected soon; Provost will forward a copy of the document to Chair

      Benditt}; (4) Higher Education Day and state budget projections for UAB; and (5)

      the implementation of the Community College Connections Programs with Jeff

      State and Lawson State.


6.   Presentation on UAB Research Infrastructure/Strategic Plan Draft:  Vice

      President for Research Richard Marchase presented a working draft of changes to

      the UAB research infrastructure. This presentation is available at the Senate web

      site – pull down the Presentations tab {}

      topics addressed in this presentation were (1) Reimplementation of the Research

      Advisory Group committees at the University level and in the academic units; (2)

      Quality Improvement 1 – Centers/Cores/IT – tactical plan to facilitate faculty

      research; (3) Quality Improvement 2 – Research Regulatory Compliance and

      development of research toolkit for faculty use; (4) Quality Improvement 3 –

      Grants and Contracts - process revisions to expedite faculty requirements; (5)

      Quality Improvement 4 – Research Review Groups with addition of IRB process

      for social and behavioral sciences needs; and (6) update on new research

      buildings, research investments and development of new research web site for

      coordination of research resources to assist faculty.


7.      Standing Committee Reports:


A.     Curriculum & Research Senator and Chair Jeff Engler reported on the committee activities during February to review a working draft of the information presented by Dr. Marchase and to prepare for the 2005 faculty development grants process.

B.      Faculty Affairs Committee Senator and Chair Gary Sapp reported that the committee has been addressing periodic career review for tenured faculty and will prepare recommendations to the Senate. The committee is continuing work on preparation of recommendations concerning Senate administration of administrator evaluations {deans, department chairs} for 2005-2006.

Chair Benditt indicated that the variance in processes across the various academic units supports further study by the Senate of the current faculty evaluation processes. Acting Provost Capilouto reported that there will be the implementation of a faculty evaluation and development audit process to internally establish accountability related to faculty evaluation processes and the use of evaluation information with faculty. The new Chief Human Resource Officer will chair an audit committee appointed by the Provost. The Faculty Senate will have a representative to this audit committee.

C.     Governance and Operations Senator and Chair Beverly Mulvihill updated the Senators on the role of alternates and the attendance/representation of academic units, encouraged Senators to complete ballots in the electronic voting process and to encourage colleagues to participate and submitted a recommendation for seeking assistance from Acting Provost Capilouto for implementation of the Senate Liaison activity by Senators.

                         Senate Liaison for Academic Unit

               Each academic unit will identify a Senate Liaison (a Senator or Alternate

               Senator who has experience with the Senate) to serve his/her unit and the

               Senate in the following ways:


                 Serve as point of contact for the Faculty Senate Executive Committee

                 (FSEC) in communications with representatives from each academic unit.


                 Serve as point of contact with the Faculty of the academic unit to support

                 collaboration, shared governance and any activities of the Senate that

                 require input from the Faculty. This activity is intended to assure the

                 Senators meet periodically (e.g. regularly scheduled faculty or major

                 school committee meetings) with their Faculty to discuss issues relevant

                 to the Faculty in the specific unit and especially any issues or topics that

                 may be relevant to Faculty in any academic units as represented by the

                 Faculty Senate.


                Serve as the point of contact for the Senate Elections Process and the

                Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee (FPPC) representative for

                soliciting nominations for Senators for the unit, FPPC representatives, and

                Chair-elect and Secretary positions.


                  Serve as the point of contact for communications with the Faculty in

                  his/her academic unit to solicit information requested by the Senate

                  and/or to distribute Senate information to the Faculty in the academic



D.    Finance Chair and Senator Warren Martin reported that the committee is addressing state dollars distribution and links with metrics at the academic unit level.


8.      New Business


No new business was presented.



9.      Open Forum


A question was asked about the availability of Wallace Gym for faculty use after the opening of the Recreation Center.

President Garrison and Acting Provost Capilouto reported that the space will be utilized for academic and athletic activities.


10.  Announcements:


       The next Senate meeting is in the AB Penthouse CR1 on April 12, 2005 at 7:30



11. Review of Action Items from March 8, 2005 Senate Meeting


       A. Chair Benditt will communicate with Acting Provost to forward the Senate

             Liaison guidelines and request assistance of Deans for the implementation of

             the process within academic units. Additionally, the goal is to enhance

             communication between Senators and faculty and this request will address

             the need for email distribution information to be available to Senators within

             academic units.


12. Review of Action Items from February 8, 2005 Senate Meeting


        A. Secretary Greenup prepared memo for Chair Benditt to forward the Senate

             approved Grade Posting and Grade Distribution Policy to Acting Provost

             Capilouto. This memo was forwarded on February 12, 2005.


        B.  Secretary Greenup prepared memo for Chair Benditt to forward the Senate

              approved changes to the UAB Faculaty Handbook and Policies related to

              Tenure Clock Extension and specific changes to Section, 7.5.1,

              7.5.2, and 7.5.3.  This memo was forwarded on February 12, 2005.


13. Written Materials Distributed to Senators at Meeting – 3-8-05


A.     Agenda for Senate meeting – 3-8-05

B.     DRAFT Expanded Minutes for February Senate Meeting

C.     Quality Enhancement Plan: Executive Summary Prepared by Chair Benditt for Senate

14.    Adjournment


The meeting adjourned at 9:04 a.m.



Secretary Greenup prepared this expanded DRAFT of the minutes on March 12, 2005. After approval at the April Senate meeting these minutes will appear on the Senate web page.