University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Faculty Senate

Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting

June 8, 2004

Location: Administration Building – Penthouse CR1

7:30-9:30 a.m.



Officers Present: Dr. Ted Benditt (Chair), Dr. Peter Anderson (Chair Elect), Dr. John Smith (Past Chair), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary)


Ex Officio Senators Present:  Dr. Carol Garrison (President), Dr. Michael Wyss Chair of FPPC


Senators Present: Dr. James Broome, Dr. Joe Burrage, Dr. Robert Carter, Dr. Madelyn Coar, Dr. Shen En Chen, Dr. Seine Chiang, Dr. Karen Dahle, Dr. Jeffrey Engler, Dr. Roger Gilchrist, Mr. E. Jay Harris, Dr. Sue Kim, Ms. Debra Laken, Dr. Marisa Marques, Dr. Warren Martin, Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Dr. Jacqueline Moss, Dr. Beverly Mulvihill, Dr. Alan Randich, Dr. Holly Richter, Dr. Gary Sapp, Dr. Joe Walker


Alternate Senators Present: Dr. John Baddley, Dr. Chris Coffey, Dr. Clyde Guidry, Dr. Russell Kirby, Dr. Timothy Kraft, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Dr. Kathleen Martin, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Cheryl Palmer, Dr. Marsha Swanson, Ms. Martha Verchot


Guest: Mr. James Lowery


Parliamentarian: Dr. Joseph Telfair


Agenda Items


  1. Call to Order


Chair John Smith called the meeting to order at 7:35 a.m. A quorum was present.


  1. Recognition of Guests-Visitors


Chair Smith recognized the quests/visitors attended the meeting (see list above.) These guests are all members of the UAB community.


  1. Adoption of Minutes of May 11, 2004 Meeting


The minutes of the May 11, 2004 Senate meeting were approved as distributed.


4.  Transfer of Faculty Senate Gavel – Past-Chair John Smith introduced Chair Ted

      Benditt. Chair Benditt presented a resolution expressing appreciation to Past- 

      Chair Smith for his leadership and contributions to the Faculty Senate during



      5.   President Garrison Update – President Garrison welcomed Senators and 

            encouraged new and returning Senators to continue the open discussions and 

            question sessions that have occurred in the Senate. President Garrison reviewed

            the newly announced undergraduate admission standards and explained the

            rationale for the changes, recognized Faculty awardees and announced the NIH

            rankings for UAB, UAB Schools and departments in Medicine. President

            Garrison reported that she is working aggressively on a salary increase plan and is

            optimistic at this time


6.        Chair of Faculty Report – Chair Benditt updated the Senate with a review of topics discussed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) with President Garrison and Provost Capilouto on June 1, 2004. These topics included status of Faculty salary plan for 2004, search committee progress for VP-Medicine and VP-Research, plans for Bell-Wallace building, planned use of the Senate conducted evaluations of deans, strategic plan metrics for work environment, and status of report/decisions from the Economic Rules Committee.


       Chair Benditt announced the following: Senate Officers for 2004-2005 – Chair-

       Elect Peter Anderson, Secretary Pat Greenup, Past-Chair John Smith. Senate

       Standing Committee Chairs – Faculty Affairs, Senator Gary Sapp; Finance,

       Senator Warren Martin, Governance and Operations, Senator Beverly Mulvihill,

       and Curriculum & Research, Senator Jeff Engler. Senate Parliamentarian

       Joseph Telfair. The Chair of the Faculty and Policies and Procedures Committee

       is elected by the members of the FPPC at the June meeting.


       The Faculty Senate roster with all Senators and Alternate Senators for the

       coming year is posted at


Chair Benditt announced that the State of the University Address will be presented by President Garrison on September 14, 2004 at HUC Auditorium at 3:30 p.m.


             Role of Standing Committees for Faculty Senate – Chair Benditt reviewed the

             major activities of these committees during 2003-2004 and outlined planned

             activities for the 2004-2005 term. The 2004 annual reports from the Standing

             Committees are included in the minutes of the May Faculty Senate meeting and

             are posted on the Senate web page. Chair Benditt’s presentation is posted on the

             Senate web page under presentations.






7.        Elections of Senators-at-Large to Senate Executive Committee


The election of Senators-at-large was completed by the use of written ballots with candidates’ names received prior to the meeting. These ballots were distributed to Senators from each of the academic units and to any alternate Senators (for Senators not present). A call for nominations from the floor was completed with no additional nominees. Voting Senators were asked to complete the ballot by voting for two candidates. Two members of the Governance and Operations Committee counted the ballots. The results of the counting were announced before the end of the meeting. Senators Bill Ogard and Tim Kraft were elected to serve a one-year term on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.


8.        Open Forum – Past-Chair John Smith introduced a proposal to identify one

       member of each academic unit’s elected Senators as a Senate Liaison and

       described the activities that this representative of each units Senate delegation

       would coordinate. The goal is to enhance shared governance and improve

       communications among Senators, between Senators and unit constituents, by

       Senators and unit Deans and to facilitate unit Senators’ communications with the

       Faculty Senate. Senators were encouraged to submit questions and comments to

       Chair Benditt.


9.        Announcements – The next Faculty Senate meeting is July 13 in the Penthouse

       CR1. Senators were requested to submit suggestions to the Chair for topics and

       presentations during the coming year.


     10.   Review of Action Items from June 8, 2004 Meeting


a.       Orientation of Chairs of Standing Committees will be completed before the July Senate meeting. Chair Benditt will coordinate this meeting.

b.      Senators are to submit comments concerning implementation of Senate Liaison to Chair Benditt.

c.       Senators are to submit suggestions for speakers/presentations during the coming year to Chair Benditt.


11.  Review of Action Items from May 11, 2004 Senate Meeting


a.        The revised Constitution and Bylaws document has been forwarded to President Garrison for approval of the amendments as voted on by the Senate at the May meeting. The revised document (Pending approval by President Garrison) is posted on the Senate web page and has been distributed electronically to the Senators.

b.        Senator Telfair submitted an updated report from the Faculty Affairs Committee with findings of a survey on faculty development activities and outlining activities that need to be addressed by the Faculty Affairs Committee during 2004-2005.


       12.  Written Materials Distributed to Senators at Meeting


a.        Agenda – June 8, 2004 Senate meeting.

b.        Draft Minutes – May 11, 2004 Senate meeting.

c.         Senate Liaison for Academic Unit – job description.

d.        2004 – 2005 Faculty Senate Email distribution list by academic unit.


Note: Materials distributed electronically prior to the Senate meeting to all Senators: Senate Roster, Standing Committee membership, Constitution and Bylaws-May amended version/pending approval by President Garrison.




       13.   Adjournment


               The meeting adjourned at 8:50 a.m.



Secretary Greenup prepared this DRAFT of the minutes June 12, 2004. After approval at the July Senate meeting these minutes will be posted on the Senate web page.