The Faculty Senate
Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting
November 9, 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)
Ex Officio Senators Present: Dr. Eli Capilouto (Provost)
Senators Present: Dr. James Broome, 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, Dr. Adam Gordon, 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. Alan Randich, Dr. Holly Richter, Dr. Gary Sapp, Dr. Donald Urban, Ms. Martha Verchot, Dr. Joe Walker,
Alternate Senators Present: Dr. Chris Coffey, Dr. Russell Kirby, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Ms. Heather Martin, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Cheryl Palmer, Dr. Kenneth Tilashaliski and Ms. Sondra Pfeiffer.
Guests Present: Mr. James Lowery, Dr. Rose Scripa and Acting Parliamentarian Jerry Patterson
Chair Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at 7:38 a.m. A quorum was present.
Chair Benditt recognized the guests attending the meeting (see listing above.) All attendees are members of the University community.
3. Adoption of Minutes of October 14, 2004 Senate Meeting
The minutes of the October 14, 2004 Faculty Senate Meeting were approved with
the inclusion of two editorial changes to the distributed version.
Ongoing IDEA evaluation of President Carol Garrison and Acting Provost Eli
Capilouto and encouraged Senators to communicate with colleagues and to
participate in the process; (2) QEP report and presentation by Chair Marilyn
Kurata to the Senate’s Curriculum and Research Committee; (3) topics discussed
at the November 2, 2004 Executive Committee meeting with President Garrison
and Acting Provost Capilouto [UAB organizational chart current structure and
reporting lines, administrator search committees and processes, economic rules
implementation and timeline for practices, grievance process for diversity related
concerns]; (4) APC meeting topics [UAB libraries revenue streams and changes
related to electronic publications; Effort Reporting education program status;
implementation of a permanent Commission on the Status of Women at UAB to
address concerns related to women faculty, staff and students]; (5) Board of
Trustees meeting on November
4-5, 2004 [
enrollment considerably, including substantial increases in out of state students,
review of low enrollment
programs/courses/faculty teaching loads;
System to request 15% increase for state funding during 2005.]
of the Section 2.0 and Appendix A, B and C of the UAB Faculty Handbook
Chair Benditt reviewed the process Faculty Handbook review initiated by the
Faculty Policies and Procedures in 2001 and the stages of review of the proposed
revisions to date. The Senate Executive Committee has worked since June to
develop alternative language and recommendations to respond to the Acting
Provost’s revisions to the Senate approved version [submitted in May 2003 to
Acting Provost Capilouto.] The Section 2.0 and Appendix A, B and C with the
Senate Executive Committee recommendations were distributed to the Senators
on October 22, 2004. A review of the rationale and recommendations for
alternative language was opened to questions and comments from Senators. After
review of all alternative language recommended by the Executive Committee and
the approval of two additional word changes, the Senate approved the documents
with the alternative language recommended by the Executive Committee.
recommendations for alternative language to the documents. Acting Provost
Capilouto outlined seven sections [2.4.5; 2.4.9; 2.6.2; 126.96.36.199; 188.8.131.52; 184.108.40.206 and
Appendix A] items that are viewed of concern and requested that the Senate
review these sections of Section 2.0 and Appendix A before submission to the
Provost for consideration of the Senate’s recommendations for revisions to the
UAB Faculty Handbook and Policies. Additionally, Acting Provost Capilouto
requested that the Senate address and include in the Section 2.0 document to be
forwarded to the Provost’s office the topic of “tenure clock stoppage.” The
Provost’s proposal (October 5, 2004) for the “tenure clock stoppage” will require
review by the FPPC and the Senate. With these concerns and request to the
Senate, the Senate postponed the vote on any motion to forward a Senate
approved version of Section 2.0 and Appendix A, B and C to the Acting Provost.
Chair Benditt requested Acting Provost Capilouto to forward written comments
addressing his concerns and the proposal for tenure clock stoppage to the Senate.
The Executive Committee will review these topics on November 17, 2004.
5. Senate Standing Committee Reports: No reports were presented due to the
time required for discussion of Section 2.0 and Appendix A, B and C.
A written report was submitted by Senator/Chair Jeff Engler for the Research and
Curriculum and Research Committee November 8, 2004 Meeting Minutes
Present:Heather Martin, Jacqueline Moss, Robert Carter, Alison Chapman,
Kathleen Martin, Kay Emfinger, Roger Gilchrist, Jeff Engler
Guests: Marilyn Kurata, John C. Mayer, Edwin Cook (leaders of the QEP
committee), Peter Anderson
The meeting was called to order at 11:05 am.
The purpose of the meeting was to review the draft document (dated 10/1/04) on
the proposed Quality Enhancement Program for undergraduate education at UAB.
Dr. Kurata presented an overview of the process and the deliberations that resulted
in this draft document. The committee sought the advice of a broad group of
faculty, students, parents, and administrators and had advice from a consultant and
from information gathered at two institutions currently involved in QEP programs:
each of those institutions, there is a very public and publicized effort to strengthen
programs for teaching students.
There are four overall long-term goals that are part of the shared vision for all UAB
graduates, regardless of major: Communication, Knowledge, Problem-solving, and
Citizenship. From these four overall goals, the committee has suggested three
specific competencies for the initial focus of these proposed enhancement
activities: writing, quantitative literacy, and ethics/civic responsibility. There was
substantial discussion of how these goals might be achieved and might mesh with
the Alabama General Studies requirements. There are issues about how these ideas
might be implemented as well. There will have to be substantial financial support
to achieve some aspects of this process. One issue is how to address the issue of
prerequisites for some of these courses. Another important component will be the
establishment of an effective Center for Teaching and Learning, to assist faculty in
developing appropriate curricula, to support the development of learning
communities, and to establish evaluation criteria to measure the success of these
The committee expects to have a final document ready for review by the Provost
and the President by the end of 2004. Once approved by the Provost and President,
this document must be available on the web on or before each February, prior to the
site visit for SACS accreditation.
There was substantial support among the committee members for the ideas
presented in the draft document and Dr. Engler will discuss with Dr. Benditt
(Chair of the Faculty Senate) how to proceed with any recommendations to support
this draft report. The meeting was adjourned at 12:07 pm.
No new business was introduced.
There was no time for open forum topics.
9. Review of Action Items from November 9, 2004 Senate Meeting
a. Chair Benditt will communicate with Acting Provost Capilouto to
obtain his written concerns and recommendations for the Senate’s
consideration of changes to Section 2.0 and Appendix A.
b. Chair Benditt will discuss the Provost’s recommendations at the
November 17, 2004 Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting.
c. Chair Benditt will consider future discussion by the Senate to address
the concerns identified by Senator Mennemeyer related to the
increased number of adjunct faculty and increased number of non-
tenure earning faculty and the workload by tenured, tenure-earning
versus that of adjunct and non-tenuring faculty members.
10. Review of Action Items from October 14, 2004 Senate Meeting
All action items listed in the October minutes were completed prior to the
November 9, 2004 meeting.
11. Written Materials Distributed to Senators at Meeting – 11-19-04
a. Agenda for November 9, 2004 Senate meeting
b. Senate Meeting Minutes for October 14, 2004 meeting
c. UAB Undergraduate Academic Honor Code
d. 2004 Revised – You and UAB Handbook for Administrative, Professional, and Support Personnel – August 2004 – Paper copies will only be distributed to new faculty; current faculty can access at
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m.
Secretary Greenup prepared this expanded DRAFT of the minutes on November 25, 2004. After approval at the December Senate meeting these minutes will appear on the Senate page.