The Faculty Senate
Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting
Officers Present: Dr. Ted Benditt (Chair), Dr.
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.
Alternate Senators Present: Dr. John Baddley, Dr. Chris Coffey, Dr. Clyde Guidry, Dr. Russell
Guest: Mr. James Lowery
Parliamentarian: Dr. Joseph Telfair
Chair Smith recognized the quests/visitors attended the meeting (see list above.) These guests are all members of the UAB community.
The minutes of the
4. Transfer of Faculty Senate Gavel –
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,
Garrison reported that she is working aggressively on a salary increase plan and is
optimistic at this time
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
Chair Benditt announced the following: Senate Officers for 2004-2005 – Chair-
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 http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html
Chair Benditt announced that the
State of the University Address will be presented by President Garrison on
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.
Open Forum – Past-Chair
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
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
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
Draft Minutes –
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.
The meeting adjourned at
Secretary Greenup prepared this DRAFT of the minutes