The Faculty Senate Meeting
Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting
Location: Penthouse – AB
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,
GUESTS: Ms. Reba T. Belcher, Mr. James Lowery, Dr.
1. Call to Order
2. Recognition of Guests – Brian Mackin
3. Adoption of Minutes of July 8, 2003 Meeting.
The minutes of the
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
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
related to the issues identified by academic units at the
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.
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.
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 –
12. Review of Action Items From
13. Review of Action Items from
14. Written Materials Distributed to Senators
a. Tax Reform materials
b. UAB Blazer Athletics brochure
The meeting was adjourned at A. M.