DECEMBER 13, 2003 - VERSION
The Faculty Senate Meeting
Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting
Location: HUC Meeting Rooms A&B
Present: Dr. Theodore Benditt (Chair-Elect), Dr. Tim Heaven (Past-Chair), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary), Dr. John Wittig (Parliamentarian), and Dr. Carol Garrison (President)
Senators: Dr. Peter Anderson, Dr. James Broome, Dr. Alison Chapman, Dr. Susan Davies, Dr. Alan Eberhardt, Ms. Sara Grostick, Dr. Lynn Kirkland, Ms. Jennifer Long, Dr. Warren Martin, Dr. Jacqueline Moss, Dr. Beverly Mulvihill, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Linda Reed, Dr. Gary Sapp, Dr. Donald Urban, Ms. Martha Verchot, Dr. Adam Gordon, Dr. Louis Justament, Dr. Tim Kraft
Alternate Senators: Dr. Madelyn Coar, Dr. Zoe Dwyer, Mr. E. Jay Harris, Ms. Heather Martin, and Dr. Pam Murray, Dr. Gale Temple, Dr. Brad Newcomer, Dr. Mark Lockhart
Guests: Mr. James Lowery, Dr. Rose Scripa, and Dr. Mike Wyss
Chair-elect Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at A. M. A quorum was present.
The guests in attendance were from the University community.
The minutes of the
4. Chair of the Faculty Report – Chair-Elect Ted Benditt presented the report
prepared in part by Chair Smith. The following items were presented: (1)
FY2003-2004 Compensation Policy
and Vice-Presidents for forwarding to faculty and staff; all senators were
encouraged to share this information to faculty and staff who had not yet received
the President’s letter; (2) Provost Capilouto is forming an Economic Rules
Committee to develop rules for distributing revenues and to assign costs to
administrative units; meetings will be held in January and February; faculty
representatives will be Chair Smith, Mike Wyss and Dr. Henry Panion; (3) IDEA
survey of Deans and Library Directors has completed the data collection phase
and the data analyses are expected by the end of December; after reviews by the
Faculty Senate officers, Deans and the Provost to assure faculty confidentiality,
the results will be distributed to faculty in the appropriate units in January; (4)
Phase I issues reported by the academic units have now been forwarded to the
standing committees of the Senate for further deliberation and possible
recommendations to the Senate; (5) Faculty representation to University-wide
committees review is in progress; (6) Election process and responsibilities of the
Senators-at-large who serve on the Senate executive committee is under review
by the Executive committee and senators are requested to submit their
suggestions to the Chair; (7) Faculty Senate has a new look for the website,
please review and submit suggestions; (8) the Senate office now has a more
formal administrative document tracking process implemented; (9) Senate use of
Blazer ID faculty listings will be limited to faculty issues and will be used in a
manner to protect faculty rights and confidentiality; (10) Recreation fees
structure has been reviewed with President Garrison and the Senate will be
apprised of future deliberations by administration in setting the fees for faculty
and staff use of the recreation facilities on campus.
Chair-Elect Benditt announced that the minutes of the Executive Committee and
the Executive Committee meetings with President Garrison are posted on the
Senate web page and that the Planning Meeting Books created by each academic
Units are available in each Dean’s office for faculty review.
President Garrison thanked the Faculty Senate for the productive meetings held
monthly, the faculty, staff and students for semester successes and praised UAB
for being the source of the Alabama Teacher, the Alabama Professor and the
Alabama Principal of the Year. Additional comments addressed these topics: (1)
federal funding for biodefense and clinical research; (2) importance of UAB to the
raising campaigns will continue with a focus on alumni chapters and links with
athletic events; (4) the UAB alma mater and the plans to integrate this music and
words into more UAB events and encourage faculty to learn the words; (5) new
buildings on campus and expected completion dates; (6) enrollment management
plans for 2004 and beyond; (7) the search for the Vice-President of Medicine is
moving forward and letters will be forwarded to academic units shortly; (8)
concerning recreation facility fees the need to not create perceptions of misuse of
state funds and unfair competition for local sports related businesses. During the
questions period, President Garrison responded to these questions: (1) what is the
status of the plans for a new Social and Behavioral Sciences building; response –
this topic is under review and a timeline will be determined in the near future; (2)
with the current salary freeze how can the merit review process best minimize
threats by faculty to leave as a negotiation tool and how to standardize the merit
review process; response – raises must be linked to merit review process and there
is a need for a comprehensive salary plan; (3) are there other types of reward
mechanisms available to faculty such as in-house seed grants; response -the status
of previously available faculty opportunities need to be reviewed, revived and/or
advertised to the faculty, and these activities should be competitive and require a
6. Derrick Green –President, UAB Student Government Association
Mr. Green presented a summary of student views generated by student surveys and
a report previously presented to the Academic Programs Council. Topics presented
include: academic concerns related to class scheduling and availability of required
courses that do not have conflicting times, need for professors with teaching and
communication skills, need for extended library and computer lab hours especially
during final weeks of terms; transportation on campus; safety and security for
students; housing classification areas and food services; safety of facilities; and
campus appearance; increased use of BlazerID for student use.
a. Governance and Operations Committee
Senator and Chair Beverly Mulvihill reviewed the elections process memo
distributed and emphasized the due dates for submission of nominations; the
Nomination Acceptance Form will be sent to all senators as email attachment
To move the process to electronic submission of nominees. The committee’s
work with review of the Senate Constitution and Bylaws is in progress and a
report to the Senate is planned for February.
Senator and Chair Linda Reed reviewed a written report outlining issues related
to the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee. These topics are Caremark issues,
flexible spending account changes and terminology in the current UAB Sick
Leave Policy. The Finance committee is planning a survey of the faculty to
prepare for Fringe Benefits committee discussions. A recommendation was
presented that would ask the Benefits office to reopen the enrollment period for
current members with flexible spending accounts to address additional items
that may be covered based on new laws allow purchasing of certain over the
counter items. The current practice for use of the flexible spending cards needs
to be reviewed when low dollar amounts remain on the card. The sick leave
policy concerns will be presented to the Faculty Senate Executive committee
for a revisit to the concerns of faculty about terminology and definitions. A
related topic of impact of illness on tenure and stop out time was introduced
and it was suggested that the FPPC review this issue as it relates to current
Senators for these academic units Health Related Professions, Lister Hill Library,
reports concerning current practices related to periodic review of tenured faculty
over and above the merit review process and the interest of faculty to be involved
in Faculty Senate conducted evaluations of identified academic administrators.
When all of the academic units have completed these Phase II reports, the reports
will be summarized and posted on the Senate web site and presented to the Senate
for future discussions and actions. Chair-Elect Benditt reviewed the purpose of
the Phase II questions and how the Senate will proceed with the information
generated by the academic units.
No new items were presented for discussion.
a. The next Senate meeting
b. The academic units scheduled to report on Phase II questions are Natural Science and Math, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
c. Higher Education Day is
d. Dr. Sadis Matalon will speak to the Senate at the January meeting.
e. Mr. David Fine and Dean Will Deal will speak to the Senate at the February Senate meeting.
f. Provost Capilouto is scheduled to discuss budget topics at the March Senate meeting.
a. The Executive Committee will review the Phase II reports when all academic units have been presented to the Senate at the January meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at A. M.
Minutes prepared by Pat Greenup, the Secretary of the Faculty.