University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Faculty Senate Meeting

Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting

August 12, 2003

7:30 – 9:30 A.M.

Location: Penthouse – AB


PRESENT: Dr. John Smith (Chair), Dr. Theodore Benditt (Chair-Elect), Dr. Tim Heaven (Past Chair), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary)


SENATORS:  Dr. Peter Anderson, Dr. James Broome, Dr. Edwin Cook, Dr. James Davidson, Dr. Susan Davies, Dr. Alan Eberhardt, Dr. Jeffrey Engler,  Dr. Adam Gordon, Dr. Sara Grostick, Dr. Louis Justement, Dr. Timothy Kraft, Ms. Jennifer Long, Dr. Joe March, Dr. James Martin, Dr. Bruce McComiskey, Dr. Stephen Moser, Dr. Jacqueline Moss, Dr. Beverly Mulvihill, Dr. William Ogard, Dr. Alan Randich, Dr. Linda Reed, Dr. Gary Sapp, Ms. Martha Verchot, Dr. Joe Walker,


ALTERNATE SENATORS:  Dr. Madelyn Coar, Dr. Zoe Dwyer, Dr. Clyde Guidry, Dr. Debra Laken, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Ms. Heather Martin, Dr. Kathleen Martin, Dr. Jay Meythaler, Dr. Cheryl Palmer, Dr. Jay Smith, Dr. Joseph Telfair


GUESTS:  Ms. Reba T. Belcher, Mr. James Lowery, Dr. Rose Scripa


Agenda Items


1.      Call to Order


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


2.      Recognition of Guests – Brian Mackin


3.      Adoption of Minutes of July 8, 2003 Meeting.


The minutes of the July 8, 2003 meeting were approved as distributed.


4.   Chair of Faculty Report – Chair Smith reviewed the preparations for the planned Forum on Tax Reform sponsored by the UAB Faculty Senate. This forum is scheduled for August 19, 2003 at noon in the Green & Gold Room of Bartow Arena. Speakers will be President Garrison, Bill O’Connor, and Gordon Stone. All faculty members are encouraged to participate. Look for the yellow flyers being distributed by senators. A rally and picnic is planned for August 27, 2003 from noon to 1:30 pm. The location will be announced on UAB homepage and in the Reporter. Governor Riley is scheduled to speak.

      Chair Smith summarized information from the Academic Programs Council related to

      planning activities and implementation of the strategic plan at the unit-level and

      linkage to university-wide activities. Topics included: organizational

      chart/management at the dean and departmental levels in each academic unit

      including policies on use of reserve funds, and identification of school peers for

      performance comparison; past year achievements, faculty changes, school goals,

      proposed school scorecard metrics. The APC is addressing the preparation for SACS

      accreditation review and the emphasis by SACS “ what we do for the students.”

      Provost Capilouto has distributed the Senate approved proposed revisions to Faculty

      Handbook Section 2.0 and Appendices A, B and C to the Deans and Academic Unit

      Directors for comments. The proposed revisions will be addressed at a later APC

      meeting prior to the President’s decision about the proposed revisions to the UAB

     Faculty Handbook and Policies.  Chair Smith summarized the process for requests for

     FY 2005 federal funding proposals to be presented to President Garrison. The Faculty

     Senate has received a request to appoint a representative to the Council for Academic

     Advising Steering Committee.  A request for a volunteer from the faculty senate as a

     representative to the Steering Committee on Academic Advising was presented to the



     Chair-elect Ted Benditt Report from the Executive Committee Meeting with

     President Garrison on August 5, 2003 – Dr. Benditt summarized the discussions

     related to the issues identified by academic units at the July 8, 2003 Senate meeting.

     Teaching load, class scheduling, administrator evaluations within schools and budget

     transparency within schools were discussed and related to activities that are linked

     with the implementation of the strategic plan across academic units.


5. Resolution Presentation of Plaque to Past Chair of the Faculty – Dr. John Smith presented the plaque with the senate approved resolution to express the Senate’s appreciation to Dr. Tim Heaven for work for the faculty and service to UAB.


6. Update on Athletics Programs – Brian Mackin, Senior Associate Athletic Director summarized information about the contributions of the athletics programs and the student athletes related to quality of the student athletes, national exposure for UAB, and tactics for generating revenue. A film promoting the UAB student athletes is being used to encourage faculty to join Blazer Club and to help faculty to contribute to making a difference for the athletics programs at UAB.


7.Fringe Benefits Committee Report – Dr. Linda Reed presented an update on health benefits premiums and issues about the proposed three-tier plan and the structure of the OB-GYN panel for VIVA-UAB subscribers. The committee’s recommendations have been presented to President Garrison. The President will make decisions prior to the October open enrollment period.


8.Academic Unit Reports – Reports were presented from five Academic Units

Senator Gary Sapp, Education summarized concerns about these issues: quality of teacher graduates preparation and the need to improve the perception of the quality of the UAB graduates, CHP as an indicator of quality of programs, and infrastructure problems for the academic unit including external perceptions for the need for adjunct faculty and facilities for faculty to fulfill teaching and research activities that permit the faculty to contribute to the unit and to UAB.

Senator Alan Eberhardt, Engineering summarized issues of concern in three categories: (1) research – reward mechanisms for co-PI and team based research, lack of reward system to include industry funds as comparable to other sources of research revenues, space for research, and concern about the use of and lack of appropriateness of impact factors for publications; (2) teaching – selection of metrics to evaluate the performance of faculty in courses and programs with large contact and hands on laboratory time for faculty working with students, and impact of time and tasks related to ABET and SACS accreditation requirements and the lack of a reward system to account for the demands on faculty time that limits research and achievement of promotion and tenure guidelines; and (3)money – salaries for faculty are not competitive and the impact on recruitment and retention of faculty and the ability of programs to recruit and assist first year graduate students.

Senator Bill Ogard, Health Related Professions summarized issues about the need for infrastructure support for web-based learning courses and programs to include development time, technical support, instructional designer support and the listing and linking of available web-based offerings to the UAB homepage to enhance marketing of available courses and programs. The second issue is faculty salaries and concerns about comparisons with regional averages, equity and salary compression with inter and intra-departmental variances of concern for faculty and programs.

Senator Martha Verchot, Lister Hill Library summarized the need for assistance to move the LHL to less reliance on one-time money to support library activities and move forward with planning activities to support UAB teaching and research activities. The LHL faculty members are seeking assistance as to how to better inform the UAB faculty about intellectual property, copyright, contract law and fair use versus licensing issues. Publishers view faculty as the customer base and the LHL is seeking assistance how to best meet faculty needs. Additionally, the LHL is seeking suggestions how to inform the campus community about available services and how to market the LHL services through Liaison Programs and other tactics.

Senator Jim Martin, Natural Sciences and Math summarized these concerns from the NSM faculty: (1) lack of space for research and teaching capacity, (2) infrastructure for continued support for research momentum and need to retain successful researchers, and (3) goal for NSM to transform teaching to match research accomplishments and Strategic Planning visions to include ability to have access to lecture facilities across campus that are equipped with educational support systems and equipment to assist faculty who are scheduled in facilities across campus and need for more scholarships and funding support for teaching assistants.


9.Senate Committee Reports


a.      Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee – Past Chair of Senate and Representative to FPPC – Tim Heaven presented a request from the FPPC to the Senate to consider revisions to the Policy Review Guidelines for Faculty-related UAB-wide Policies – Summary – last revised March 23, 1998. The Executive Committee for the Senate proposed additional revisions. The recommendations and concerns of the Senate were discussed. The policy review guidelines will be returned to the FPPC for consideration of the Senate’s recommendations and concerns. Secretary Greenup requested that Mr. James Lowery be invited to share with the Senate the policy review process and the role and responsibilities of the Senate as one component of the review process.


     It was suggested that it would be helpful if the Senate would schedule the Senate

     committee reports earlier on the agenda for Senate meetings so that reports

     from the FPPC could be addressed when items are forwarded to the Senate

     from the FPPC.


b. Finance Committee – There was no report from the committee other than the Fringe Benefits Committee report by Dr. Linda Reed.


10. Open Forum


      Time did not permit the presentation of topics for open forum.


11. Announcements


a. Dr. Rose Scripa announced that the 2000 paper version of the UAB Faculty Handbook and Policies is not the current version. Dr. Scripa requested that faculty and academic administrators use the current administratively approved version located at using Internet Explorer. A letter has been sent to Deans requesting that the paper version not be used for recruitment of faculty and policy decisions within academic units.

b. Secretary of the Senate Greenup announced that the academic units scheduled for presenting issues at the September meeting are Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, and Sterne Library.

c. Next Meeting of the Senate – Hill University Center Great Hall AB at 7:30 – 9:30 A.M.


12. Review of Action Items From August 12, 2003 Meeting

  1. Chair John Smith requested that any senator interested to serve as a representative to the Steering Committee on Academic Advising please volunteer to serve by contacting Chair Smith.
  2. Chair Smith requested that senators post the Tax Reform flyer to advertise the Faculty Senate sponsored activity scheduled for August 19, 2003.
  3. Brian Mackin requested the assistance of the senators to support the ongoing activities to assure continuation of the UAB Athletics programs.
  4. Senator Sapp, Education – requested the Senate to consider a review of the use of CHP as a quality indicator for programs with the concern that CHP may not be an adequate representative of quality.
  5. Senator Eberhardt, Engineering – requested the Senate to consider a review of the use of impact factors as an indicator of quality and the concerns for current reward structures for faculty activities that are not recognized by promotion and award of tenure criteria but are required for the metrics and productivity measures associated with the implementation of the strategic plan at the University, school and departmental levels.
  6. Senator Bill Ogard, Health Related Professions – requested that the Senate consider recommendations related to Information Technology infrastructure to include faculty assistance, a listing/link of available online courses to the UAB home page and to increase the number of instructional designers who can support programs attempting to implement web-based programs. The Senate was also requested to review equity issues related to variances in salaries among the younger and long-term faculty as well as variances across departments.
  7. Senator Martha Verchot, Lister Hill Library – requested assistance from the Senate to establish better lines of communication with the UAB faculty members to help market current services and to improve distribution of information related to current issues such as funding for the library and operational concerns such as fair use, contract law and copyright.
  8. Senator Jim Martin, Natural Sciences and Math – requested the Senate to consider recommendations to address limitations for meeting instructional goals due to shortage of space or problems related to required mobility across campus for use of lecture rooms that are not equipped with needed electronic equipment support for lecture delivery. There is also a need to consider recommendations for increasing scholarships and support for teaching assistants to help the unit achieve a strategic goal to “transform student activities.”


13. Review of Action Items from the July 8, 2003 Senate Meeting

  1. The Executive Committee discussed feedback related to the Research and Scholarship information at the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) with President Garrison and Provost Capilouto on August 5, 2003.
  2. The follow up for the academic unit reports (item b-d) were presented at the discussed by the Executive Committee on July 30, 2003 and at the August 5 FSEC meeting. Please refer to the Chair-elect’s report in these minutes.
  3. Provost Capiliouto will be scheduled to share budget process information with the Senate during fall term.
  4. The FPPC item related to Policy Review Guidelines was discussed at the August 12 meeting and returned to the FPPC with identified concerns and request for revision of the recommended revision to the guidelines.


     14. Written Materials Distributed to Senators

a.      Tax Reform materials

b.      UAB Blazer Athletics brochure

c.       Updated Senate Roster 8-5-03


     15. Adjournment

           The meeting was adjourned at 9:21 A. M.

            Minutes Prepared by: Pat Greenup, Secretary of the Faculty