University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Faculty Senate

Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting

April 12, 2005

Location: Penthouse CR1

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.



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


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


Senators Present: Dr. Joe Burrage, Dr. Robert Carter, Dr. Alison Chapman, Dr. Madelyn Coar, Dr. Seine Chiang, 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. Warren Martin, Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Dr. Jacqueline Moss, Dr. Alan Randich, Dr. Holly Richter, Dr. Gary Sapp, Dr. Donald Urban, Ms. Martha Verchot


Alternates Present:  Dr.Chris Coffey (Dr. Beverly Mulvihill), Dr. Zoe Dwyer (Dr. Alan Eberhardt), Dr. Chris Klug, Dr. Timothy Kraft (Dr. Joe Fleming), Dr. Mark Lockhart, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Mona Shattell


Guest Present: Dr. Jeannette Doeller, Mr. James Lowery, Dr. Michael Wyss


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


Attending guests are members of the UAB University community.


  1. Adoption of Minutes of March 8, 2005 Senate Meeting


One correction was received and made to the minutes. No additional changes were submitted for the minutes as distributed electronically to the Senators.




  1. Chair Report:


            Chair Ted Benditt reported on these topics (1) Acting Provost quarterly report on

            faculty grievance or termination for cause committees indicated that there has

            been no activity during the last three months; (2) Section 2.0 and Appendices A,

            B and C are pending review and approval by the Chancellor; (3) the Provost has

            responded to Senate recommendations on work environment metrics related to

            salaries comparisons, faculty development, teaching loads, measure of full-time

            faculty teaching time and the Senate is reviewing for further consideration of the

            identified concerns; (4) SACS comments on faculty evaluation processes by all

            academic units and the need for standardization of the process and criteria; (5)

            quantitative dimension of faculty evaluation and documentation of correlation

            with merit pay decision outcomes; (6) update from Academic Programs Council

            meetings {new Science & Technology Honors program has accepted first students

            for fall 2005 implementation; faculty awareness of student/faculty free-speech

            rights; Senate liaison implementation; CEO W. S. White of UAB Research

            Foundation encouraging faculty to examine agreements more thoroughly; class

            scheduling and degree of use of non-standard scheduling of courses across

            academic units.}


  1. President’s Report:


      President Carol Garrison expressed appreciation to faculty and staff for

      contributions related to SACS and QEP and identified planning for monitoring of

      activities during QEP implementation and databases essential for future SACS

      audits. President Garrison reported that SACS has suggested increased activities

      related to faculty development to support QEP and faculty teaching evaluations

      by students. The Provost’s search committee process information is available at

      http://main.uab.edu/showasp?durki=78748; presentations are scheduled for April

      18 and 20 and archived videos of presentations will be available to faculty not

      able to attend and faculty members were encouraged to submit feedback on

      candidates. Faculty mentors are encouraged to volunteer for working with

      students entering the Science and Technology Honors program. The Deans and

      academic units are collecting information about current faculty development

      activities to identify needs for faculty related to QEP and promotion and tenure.


  1. Presentation on UAB ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award: 


      Associate Dean of Graduate School, Dr. Jeannette Doeller presented an update on

      the UAB activities. This presentation is available for review at

      http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html at the presentations tab. Faculty members

      were encouraged to review the ADVANCE grant activities at






  1. Standing Committee Reports: 


A. Curriculum & Research Committee -Senator and Chair Jeff Engler reported that the committee is continuing to review institutional investments in faculty development activities at the academic unit level. An update on the number of applications for the Faculty Development Grant program was presented and the awardees will be announced in the coming months. The committee plans to review the I.D.E.A. process for determination of student ratings of teaching http://www.idea.ksu.edu/StudentRatings/index.html


            B. Finance Committee – Senator and Chair Warren Martin encouraged

            Senators to review the Distribution Indices report {available at


            Faculty are requested to submit questions and comments}


            C.  Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee – Past-Chair John Smith

             presented the Conflicts of Interest Policy for second review by the Senate. The

             Senate voted concurrence with the March 22, 2005 version of the policy as

             received for second review.


     8.    New Business


             No new business was presented.


     9.   Open Forum


           No topics were presented.


    10.  Announcements


A.     The next Senate meeting is in the AB Penthouse CR1 on May 10, 2005

                        at 7:30 a.m.


                  B.  The Faculty Affairs Committee will be meeting on April 22, 2005.



    11.  Review of Action Items from April 12, 2005 Senate Meeting


B.     Chair Benditt will forward a memorandum of notification to Mr. James Lowery that the Senate approved concurrence with the March 22, 2005 administratively reviewed version of the UAB Conflicts of Interest Policy.

C.     Chair Benditt will contact Ina Leonard and Rose Scripa to invite as speakers for the May Senate meeting.

D.     Secretary Greenup will forward the Distribution Indices report from the Finance Committee to Office Associate Stephanie Belcher to be posted on the Senate announcements section of web page and to request Senators to submit questions and feedback. This document will be distributed to all faculty members using BlazerID by academic unit.


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


    1. Chair Benditt did forward the Senate Liaison guidelines to Acting Provost Capilouto and this topic was discussed at a March meeting of the Academic Programs Council.



  1. Written Materials Distributed to Senators at Meeting – 4-12-05


    1. Agenda for Senate meeting – 4-12-05
    2. DRAFT Expanded Minutes for March Senate Meeting.
    3. Faculty Senate election results as to response rates for each academic unit and for the Chair-elect and the Secretary positions.
    4. Distribution Indices Report – Finance Committee
    5. Conflicts of Interest Policy – March 22, 2005 DRAFT


  1. Adjournment


Chair Benditt adjourned the meeting at 8:45 a.m.




Secretary Greenup finalized this expanded DRAFT of the minutes on April 22, 2005. After approval at the May Senate meeting these minutes will appear on the Senate web page.