University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Faculty Senate
Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting
December 14, 2004
Locations: HUC – Meeting Rooms A&B
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Officers Present: Dr. Ted Benditt (Chair), Dr. Peter Anderson (Chair Elect), Dr. John A. Smith (Past Chair), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary)
Ex Officio Senators Present: Dr. Carol Garrison (President), Dr. Eli Capilouto (Provost).
Senators Present: Dr. Joe Burrage, Dr. Madelyn Coar, Dr. Shen En Chen, Dr. Karen Dahle, Dr. Jeffrey Engler, Dr. Joseph Fleming, Dr. Roger Gilchrist, Ms. Sara Grostick, Dr. Sue Kim, Ms. Debra Laken, Ms. Jennifer Long, Dr. Joe March, Dr. Warren Martin, Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Dr. Beverly Mulvihill, Dr. Gary Sapp, Dr. Donald Urban, Ms. Martha Verchot, Dr. Joe Walker
Alternates Present: Dr. Chris Coffey, Dr. Zoe Dwyer, Dr. Russell Kirby, Dr. Timothy Kraft, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Dr. Kathleen Martin, Dr. Sonya Mitchell, Dr. William Ogard, Ms. Sondra Pfeiffer, Dr. Mona Shattell, Dr. Elliot Lefkowitz
Guests Present: Mr. Michael Boyd, Mr. James Lowery, Mr. Richard Margison, Dr. Linda Reed
Parliamentarian: Dr. Joseph Telfair
Chair Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at 7:37 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.
The minutes of the November 9, 2004 Faculty Senate Meeting were approved as distributed.
4. Chair Report: Chair Ted Benditt presented an update on the status of the IDEA
Administrator evaluation reports for President Garrison and Acting Provost
Capilouto. The tables and comments summaries were given to the President and
Provost on December 8, 2004. The overall response rates were 43% for the
President and 41% for the Provost. These rates are the highest observed for Senate
administered evaluations and the number of comments received were in the
hundreds compared to less than 100 for 93 administrators evaluated in 2000. The
tables will be distributed to the faculty in January; the Provost’s report will be
given to the President and the President’s report will be forwarded to the
Chancellor. Updates were given on QEP report, SACS visit in March 22-24,
2005, Effort Reporting requirements of faculty
[http://www.hrm.uab.edu/effortreporting], and Senate representative to the
UAB Status of Women commission will be Dr. Seine Chiang.
identified the three areas of continuing work [outcomes assessment, faculty
credentials, and QEP]; search committees for VP- IT [internal search with Chair
Richard Margison]; VP-Research [internal search with Chair Dean Rich]; Dean of
search with Co Chairs Dr. Kahn and Dr. Soni, Senate representative is Senator
Adam Gordon]; VP-Human Resource Management – position has been filled by
Cheryl Luck; Chief Operating Officer for
Waldrum. President Garrison announced that in the spring term she will initiate
these activities- (1) visits with the faculty in each of the academic units; (2) A
President’s Column in the Reporter; (3) Lunch Series with members of UAB
community. President Garrison expressed appreciation to faculty for the
accomplishments during fall term and recognized Dr. Koopman, Dr. Lalor and
Dr. Wendell for outstanding contributions.
trends in health benefits costs for UAB employees in comparison with national
average costs and the projected increasing costs for 2005 at 11.2%. The UAB
Fringe Benefits Committee membership and the process or timeline for the
committee’s work during the 2004 period were reviewed. Major changes in health
benefits for UAB employees were reviewed for the Viva UAB, Viva Access and
Blue Cross/Blue Shield programs. The Fringe Benefits committee will be working
on these topics during the coming year: (1) Health Savings Accounts; (2)
reevaluation of the use of debit cards for Flexible Spending Accounts; (3)
monitoring timely access to providers; and (4) committee procedures with
recommendations to President Garrison for expansion of the membership and to
increase the number of meetings during the year. Mr. Margison’s slide
presentation will be posted on the Senate page at
http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html at presentation drop-down.
Jeff Engler presented a resolution of Faculty Senate support for the
QEP proposal related to the SACS review process. The amended resolution of
Whereas the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee has proposed an initial
plan to further develop UAB’s core curriculum to improve student learning and
student functioning as individuals and citizens beyond graduation, and
Whereas this plan has four major elements for the enrichment of the core
curriculum, including communication, knowledge, problem-solving and
Whereas, the QEP committee has identified three core competencies in writing,
quantitative literacy, and ethics/civic responsibility as initial targets for this
enhancement program, and
Whereas, continued faculty involvement in both implementation and assessment
strategies will be important to the success of these efforts, and
Whereas, these proposed changes will require additional resources for faculty
development, training, and support,
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the UAB Faculty Senate endorses these
major concepts proposed by the QEP committee and encourages faculty, students
and staff to support the implementation of these enhancement goals of the UAB
core curriculum, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UAB Faculty Senate request that
appropriate institutional resources and infrastructure be made available, to assure
the successful implementation and assessment of the QEP plan.
Past –Chair John Smith presented a motion to amended the resolution to include
the words “student learning and student ” in the first paragraph of the resolution.
The motion was seconded by Senator Jeff Engler and the amendment was
approved by the Senate.
was presented by Senator Roger Gilchrist and seconded by
Mulvihill for the Senate to approve the amended resolution. The amended
resolution was approved by the Senate and will be forwarded to the Acting
Provost Capilouto and President Garrison.
Finance Committee Senator and Chair Warren Martin reported on the article
in an October issue of the UAB Reporter describing the advantages of UAB
health benefits options and flexible savings accounts and reported that the
committee continues to interact with Dr. John Lyons for ongoing committee
approved version of Section 2.0 and Appendices A, B and C to be
forwarded to Acting Provost Capilouto.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:38 a.m.
Secretary Greenup prepared this expanded DRAFT of the minutes on December 18, 2004. After approval at the January Senate meeting these minutes will appear on the Senate web page.