University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Faculty Senate
Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting
July 13, 2004
Location: Administration Building – Penthouse CR1
Officers Present: Dr. Ted Benditt (Chair), Dr. John Smith (Past Chair), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary)
Ex Officio Senators Present: Dr. Eli Capilouto (Acting-Provost), Dr. Michael Wyss Chair of FPPC
Senators Present: Dr.Joe Burrage, Dr. Robert Carter, Dr. Madelyn Coar, Dr. Shen En Chen, Dr. Seine Chiang, Dr. Jeffrey Engler, Dr. Joseph Fleming, Dr. Roger Gilchrist, Ms. Sara Grostick, Dr. Akhlaque Haque, Ms. Debra Laken, Ms. Jennifer Long, Dr. Marisa Marques, Dr. Warren Martin, Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Dr. Jacqueline Moss, Dr. Beverly Mulvihill, Dr. Holly Richter, Dr. Gary Sapp, Dr. Donald Urban, Dr. Joe Walker
Alternate Senators Present: Dr. Pam Bounelis, Dr. Jeffery Clair, Dr. Chris Coffey, Dr. Zoe Dwyer, Mr. E. Jay Harris, Dr. Vicki Johnson, Dr. Timothy Kraft, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Ms. Heather Martin, Dr. Kathleen Martin, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Cheryl Palmer, Dr. Jay Smith, Ms. Martha Verchot
Guest: Mr. Hans Donkersloot, Mr. David Hoidal, and Dr. Will Deal, Mr. James Lowery
Parliamentarian: Dr. Joseph Telfair
1. Call to Order
Chair Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m. A quorum was present.
2. Recognition of Visitors-Guests
Chair Benditt recognized the guests/visitors attending the meeting (see list above.) These guests are all members of the UAB community.
3. Adoption of Minutes of June 8, 2004 Meeting
The minutes of the June 8, 2004 Senate meeting were approved as distributed.
4. Presentation of Plaque to Past-Chair Smith
Chair Benditt presented the framed resolution approved at the June meeting for recognition of Past-Chair’s Smith service to the Faculty during the 2003-2004 term.
Dean Will Deal, School of Medicine reviewed guidelines for distribution of state
funding dollars. The guidelines are academic productivity driven and have been
in use for three years and state funding dollars have been reallocated based on
department metrics. David Hoidal, Acting CEO for UAB Health System
reviewed the operational funds budgeting process, the funding relationships of
the School of Medicine and the Health System and the progress of the opening of
the North Pavilion. Electronic summaries of these reports will be posted on the
Senate web page.
6. Chair of Faculty Report – Chair Benditt reported that annual Provost
planning meetings have begun and that the administrative review process for
deans will include the Senate generated dean reports. The budget planning
process has been initiated and includes the implementation of the Economic
Rules Committee principles related to distribution of funds. This committee’s
report can be reviewed at: http://www.uab.edu/images/provost/PROVOST/Economic%20Rules%20Committee%20Summary%20-%20May%2018,2004.pdf
Chair Benditt highlighted some of the distribution indices, according to which
schools get budget increases based on comparisons with other schools with
respect to credit hours produced by regular instructional FTE, increases in
research funding, baccalaureate graduation rate, and licensure/certification exam
pass rate. Provost Capilouto pointed out that these indices affect only a very
small portion of a unit’s budget.
Chair Benditt and Provost Capilouto encouraged Senators to support faculty
participation with the UAB Diversity Training process.
Chair Benditt reported that Provost Capiliouto has sent a reminder to University-
wide committee Chairs to encourage forwarding of reports/minutes to the
Faculty Senate. This pertains to those committees that the Senate Standing
Committee are to monitor activities for as prescribed in the Senate Bylaws.
Chair Benditt reported that there are no reports at this time from Senate
representatives to the Faculty Athletics Committee, the Diversity Council, the
Benefits Committee or the QEP.
7. Past-Chair Report: John Smith presented a summary of the UAB related items
discussed at the June 2004 UA System Board of Trustees meeting.
8. Standing Committee Reports
A. Curriculum & Research – Chair/Senator Jeff Engler reported on
the meeting of the Senate Executive Committee meeting with President Garrision,
Provost Capilouto and the heads of the IRB, Animal Resources and the Conflict
of Interest Review Board. These peer-review bodies do have appeal process information
posted on their specific web site. The Curriculum & Research Committee Chair
and Past-Chair, and the Chair of the Faculty will meet with the Provost during
July to discuss the Senate’s recommendations concerning scorecard metrics
and support mechanisms.
B. Faculty Affairs – Chair/Senator Gary Sapp announced that a proposal is being developed for the administrator evaluation process in the fall term for the President and the Acting Provost. This committee will review the Senate’s Phase II reports on post tenure evaluations and will review current activities related to periodic review of tenured faculty during the coming year.
C. Governance & Operations - Chair and Senator Beverly Mulvihill reported the committee will develop an implementation plan for Senate Liaison activities and recommendations for increasing communication among faculty and administration at the academic unit level and to support shared governance opportunities for Senators and faculty constituencies.
D. Finance – Chair/Senator Warren Martin reported that faculty survey on health benefits has been presented to the Fringe Benefits Committee and David Hoidal, Acting CEO of the UAB Health System.
E. Faculty Policies and Procedures-FPPC – Chair/ex officio Senator Mike Wyss reported that the Senate Executive Committee is reviewing the Provost’s reviewed version of Section 2.0 and Appendix A, B and C of the Faculty Handbook. Additional recommendations for revisions to Part I of the Handbook and Part II policies will be forwarded to the Senate in the coming months. Chair Benditt reported that the Executive Committee was meeting immediately after this Senate meeting to develop a process for Senate review of the materials received from the Provost.
9. New Business
a. Books for Baghdad project – Chair Benditt described the project and requested that any Senators who wished to volunteer to coordinate such a book collection on the UAB campus should call the Senate office.
10. Open Forum
a. Question – What was the origin of the Faculty Affairs Committee review
of periodic review of tenured faculty members? Response by Chair described the
discussions by the Executive Committee with the President and Provost and the
Phase II survey completed by the Senate during this last year. The Senate is
taking a proactive review of the current practices across of all of the academic
units. This activity was not a directive of the UAB Administration.
b. Question – What is process for Senators to be appointed to standing committees? Response – each Senator is appointed to serve on one committee. The roster and the appointment of Senators listing will be reviewed to assure that all members have been assigned to a standing committee.
a. The next Faculty Senate meeting is August 10, 2004 in the Penthouse CR1.
b. President Garrison will present the State of the University Address on September 14, 2004 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hill University Center auditorium.
c. The Faculty Senate is now the host for the Faculty Resources web site that is located on the UAB.EDU and Senate web sites. Faculty members are encouraged to submit comments and suggestions to Stephanie Belcher at email@example.com.
12. Review of Action Items from July 13, 2004 Meeting
a. The PowerPoint presentations made by Dean Deal and Mr. David Hoidal will
be posted on Senate web site.
b. Chair Benditt will invite presenter for August meeting to present information about campus planning and facilities.
c. Senate Executive Committee will be working on review of the Section 2.0 and Appendix A, B and C documents.
d. Secretary Greenup will review the membership of the standing committees to assure appointments of all Senators.
e. Volunteers interested in the Books for Baghdad project are to contact Chair Benditt or Stephanie Belcher.
13. Review of Action Items from June 8, 2004 Meeting
a. Orientation of Chairs of Standing Committees was completed on June 28, 2004.
b. Chair Benditt assigned the Governance & Operations Committee the charge to develop the implementation process for Senate Liaison and prepare recommendations for improving communication among Senators, faculty in academic units and faculty constituencies with administration.
14. Written Materials Distributed to Senators at Meeting
a. Agenda – July 13, 2004 Senate meeting.
b. Draft Minutes – June 8, 2004 Senate meeting.
c. Books for Baghdad project
d. UAB scorecard-metrics
The meeting adjourned at 9:20 a.m.
Secretary Greenup prepared this expanded DRAFT of the minutes on July 17, 2004. After approval at the August meeting these minutes will be posted on the Senate web page at http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html