University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Faculty Senate Meeting

Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting

March 9, 2004

7:30 9:30 A. M.

Location: HUC Meeting Rooms A & B




Officers Present: Dr. Theodore Benditt (Chair-Elect), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary), Dr. John Wittig (Parliamentarian), Dr. Carol Garrison (President), Dr. Eli Capilouto (Provost)


Senators: Dr. Peter Anderson, Dr. Alison Chapman, Dr. Edwin Cook, Dr. Susan Davies, Dr. Daniel Givan, Dr. Adam Gordon, Dr. Sara Grostick, Dr. Louis Justement, Dr. Lynn Kirkland, Dr. Timothy Kraft, Ms. Jennifer Long, Dr. Joe March, Dr. Warren Martin, Dr. Jiri Mestecky, Dr. Stephen Moser, Dr. Beverly Mulvihill, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Linda Reed, Dr. Gary Sapp, Ms. Martha Verchot, Dr. Joe Walker


Alternate Senators: Dr. Zoe Dwyer, Dr E. Jay Harris, Dr. Vicki Johnson, Dr. Debra Laken, Dr. Pamela Murray, Dr. Cheryl Palmer, Dr. Joseph Telfair, Dr. Kenneth Tilashaliski


Guests: Dr. Louis Dale, Dr. Jenny Gauld, Ms. Vicki Johnson, Mr. James Lowery, Dr. John Lyons, Mr. Dan Osborn, Dr. Rose Scripa, Dr. Mike Wyss, Dr. Sadis Matalon. And Ms. Sheila Chaffin,


Agenda Items


1.      Call to Order


Chair-elect Ted Benditt called the meeting to order at 7:35 am. A quorum was present.


2.      Recognition of Guests


The guests listed above are all members of the UAB community.


3. Adoption of Minutes of February 10, 2004 Meeting


The minutes of the February 10, 2004 meeting were approved as distributed.




4. Chair-Elect Report Chair-elect Ted Benditt updated the Senators

concerning the following topics: (1) to date 26 senators have registered to

participate in the evaluation process for diversity workshops on March 17

and 19; (2) Dr. Madelyn Coar has been appointed as the Faculty Senate

representative to the UAB Diversity Council; (3) the Faculty Senate

submitted recommended priority ranking of QEP topics (increasing Honors

experience was the top priority submitted) in response to a request from the

Provost; (4) plans for implementing the Faculty Development Program are

on schedule and the call for proposals to Faculty in the participating schools

will be distributed by the end of March; (5) Senators are encouraged to

submit suggestions for ways to recognize Faculty contributions to UAB,

research, teaching and service activities to Chair Smith; (6) University-wide

committee reports are being received in the Senate office and posted on the

Senate web page and Faculty are encouraged to review these reports; (7)

Phase I Faculty Issues identified by academic units are being addressed by

the standing committees of the Senate and recommendations will be

presented to the Senate; (8) the Phase II reports on post-tenure review

activities in the academic units have been summarized and will be reviewed

by the Executive Committee with recommendations to the Senate; (9) the

newly implemented electronic elections process for the Senate elections has

been implemented and the first cycle will be completed on March 19, 2004.


5.        President Garrison Update President Garrison presented an update on the following activities: (1) ongoing new student recruitment activities; (2) kudos to faculty, staff and students with examples of recent recognitions; (3) the search committee for the Dean of the School of Medicine will soon begin interviewing candidates; (4) the search for the Director of the Research Foundation is ongoing; (5) the SACS review is progressing on schedule and all audit groups have been encouraged to identify deficiencies and to move forward to act to address such deficiencies so as to achieve total compliance prior to the time of the external review process; (6) President Garrison is working with Birmingham City leaders to enhance integration of UAB and community planning activities; (7) the UAB Benefits Committee will begin meetings soon to review the current health benefits plans and Faculty input will be requested as part of the review process to determine the plans to be available this fall. President Garrison responded to questions from Senators related to the status of the state budget and impact on higher education, salary equity planning for UAB Faculty, and ACHE related legislation. President Garrison requested input from the Faculty for suggestions of how to enhance recognition of Faculty for their various contributions to UAB.


6.        Provost Capilouto Expressed thanks to the Faculty for contributions to the University prior to presenting an update on the Major Divisions and Budget Transparency for the Provost office line item in the 2004 UAB Budget. Provost Capilouto presented Office of the Provost Responsibilities and Budgets addressing an overview of the purpose, activities and budgets for each of the major divisions: (1) Equity and Diversity, (2) Facilities and Programming, (3) Planning and Information Management, (4) Research, (5) Student Affairs, Undergraduate Programs, Policies & Procedures, Faculty Affairs and Administrative Support.

Provost Capilouto reported that all of the proposed QEP topics will be advanced and that other topics are being considered by the APC. Some combination of the proposed topics will be identified as the QEP related to the SACS process.

This Powerpoint presentation is posted under the presentations drop down at the

Senate web site.



7.        Faculty Senate Standing Committee Reports


A.     Curriculum & Research Committee Chair and Senator Pam Murray reviewed a written report from the committee. This report outlines recommendations concerning the UAB Strategic Plan in four areas: (1) Undergraduate Education, (2) Graduate and Professional Education, (3) Research & Scholarship, and (4) Work Environment. Senator Murray reported that the guidelines for the Faculty Development Grants Program will be similar to those used by the previous program and that guidelines for proposal requests are to be forwarded to the Deans and Department Chairs. The Curriculum & Research Committee will serve as the review panel for the grant proposals and such recommendations will be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for final determinations of recipients. Proposal review is expected to begin in late May. At this time 10 schools have elected to participate in the faculty development grants program. Those schools not participating have indicated that have ongoing activities and these schools have elected to direct their own dollars for faculty research activities.

B.     Finance Committee Chair and Senator Linda Reed submitted a

written report indicating that the Committee is currently reviewing Phase I

Faculty Issues and will report to the Senate at a future meeting. The

Committee is preparing a Faculty survey to be distributed electronically

using BlazerID addresses within two weeks. This survey is designed to

compile Faculty comments and concerns about the current health benefits

plans. The Faculty Senate members will pilot test the survey instrument

and process before it is distributed to all Faculty. All Faculty members are

encouraged to complete the survey and contribute to the Faculty Senate

voice on the Fringe Benefits Committee.


8. Academic Unit Reports Phase III Faculty Governance Practices

Senators for all academic units were requested to compile responses to ten

questions about current Faculty governance practices in their academic units.

These academic units presented reports: Joint Health Sciences, Arts & Humanities,

Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Related Professions, Lister

Hill Library, Medicine, and Mervyn Sterne Library. The remaining academic units

will present Phase III reports at the April Faculty Senate meeting. All Phase III

reports will be reviewed, summarized and presented to the Executive Committee

for discussion and disposition recommendations to the Senate and to the Provost

and the President.


9. Open Forum

There was no time for open forum discussions.


10. Announcements

a.      The next Faculty Senate meeting is April 13, 2004 in the Penthouse CR1.

Scheduled speakers are Mr. David Fine and Dean Will Deal.

b.      These academic units will present Phase III Faculty Governance reports: Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics.

c.       Senators should encourage all Faculty members to vote in the Senate elections before March 18, 2004. The election results will be announced at the April Senate meeting.


11. Review of Action Items from March 9, 2004 Meeting

a.      The Curriculum & Research Committee will continue with the preparations to implement the Faculty Development Grants.

b.      Senators are encouraged to attend one of the Diversity Training sessions on March 17 or 19.

c.       Senators are encouraged to talk with colleagues to participate in the electronic voting for Senate elections process by March 19, 2004.

d.      Senators are to submit suggestions for faculty recognition to Chair Smith or directly to President Garrison.

e.      The Executive Committee is to review the written report submitted by the Curriculum & Research Committee to determine the next needed action.

f.        The academic units presenting Phase III reports that have not submitted written reports need to submit such to the Senate office.


12. Review of Action Items from February 10, 2004 Meeting

All items (a-m) were either completed or are in progress by the appropriate

Senate-related entity.


13. Written Materials Distributed to Senators at Meeting

a.       Agenda March 9, 2004 meeting

b.      Minutes February 10, 2004 meeting

c.       Curriculum & Research Committee report

d.      Finance Committee report

e.       Article from The Chronicle of Higher Education Post Tenure Review


14. Adjournment


The meeting adjourned at 9:30 am.

Minutes prepared by Pat Greenup, Secretary of the Faculty