University of Alabama at Birmingham

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



Agenda Items


  1. Call to Order


Chair Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at 7:38 a.m. A quorum was present.


  1. Recognition of Visitors – Guests


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.


  1. Chair Report:  Chair Ted Benditt presented an update for these activities: (1)

      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 [Alabama campus plans to increase its

      enrollment considerably, including substantial increases in out of state students,

      review of low enrollment programs/courses/faculty teaching loads; Alabama

      System to request 15% increase for state funding during 2005.]


  1. Report from Senate Executive Committee to the Senate and Senate’s Review

      of the Section 2.0 and Appendix A, B and C of the UAB Faculty Handbook

      and Policies.


            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.


  1. Acting Provost Capilouto’s comments/response to the Senate’s

      recommendations for alternative language to the documents. Acting Provost

      Capilouto outlined seven sections [2.4.5; 2.4.9; 2.6.2;;; 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 Committee.


            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:

          Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis and Georgia Southern.  At

          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

         QEP efforts.


         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.



  1. New Business


No new business was introduced.


  1. Open Forum


There was no time for open forum topics.


  1. Announcements


    1. The next Senate meeting is December 14, 2004 in HUC AB.
    2. The Higher Education Day has been scheduled for March 3, 2005.
    3.  Senate elections process will begin in December with nominations for Chair-elect and Secretary due in January.
    4. Senators were encouraged to participate in the IDEA evaluation of President Garrison and Acting Provost Capilouto.


      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



12.    Adjournment


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.