The Faculty Senate Meeting
August 9, 2005
Location: Penthouse CR1
7:30 9:30 a.m.
Officers Present: Dr. Peter Anderson (Chair), Dr. Theodore Benditt (Past Chair), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary)
Senators Present: Dr. Pamela Autrey, Dr. Shannon Bailey, Dr. Theodore Bos, Dr. Louis Bridges, Dr. Joe Burrage, Dr. John Classe, Dr. Karen Dahle, Dr. Joseph Fleming, Dr. Akhlaque Haque, Dr. Jonathan Harwell, Dr. Yung Tsung Hsu, Dr. Bob Kesterson, Ms. Debra Laken, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Dr. Tondra Loder, Dr. Marisa Marques, Dr. Warren Martin, Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Ms. Martha Verchot
Alternates Present: Dr. Jeffrey Edberg (Dr. Holly Richter), Ms. Jennifer Long, Dr. Lillian Mitchell, Dr. William Ogard (Dr. Cecil Graham), Dr. Robert Peters, Ms. Sondra Pfeiffer, Dr. Lucas Pozzo Miller (Dr. Jeffrey Engler)
Guest Present: Dr. Rose Scripa
Parliamentarian: Dr. Joseph Telfair
1. Call to Order
Chair Peter Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:35 a.m. A quorum was achieved by 8:10 am.
2. Recognition of Visitors-Guests
Attending guests are members of
3. Adoption of Minutes of July 12, 2005 Senate Meeting
The distributed minutes were approved with minor typing corrections.
4. Chair Report:
Chair Peter Anderson summarized topics the Senate Executive Committee discussed
with President Carol Garrison and Provost Eli Capilouto at the June 22, 2005 meeting:
(1) student evaluation of teaching faculty and need for a web-based system to support
documentation within academic units and to accomplish University-wide goals; the
Senate will develop a recommendation for a process through the Curriculum and
Research Committee; (2) faculty development opportunities such as the August 16-17
Master Teacher Program and future planning for increasing faculty development
activities in each of the academic units and for the campus level; (3) Provost
Capilouto support of the 2 for 1 opportunity to academic units for the American
Council on Education workshops for deans, associate/assistant deans and department
of the Science and Technology Honors Program and that the
search process is pending announcement of the selection offer.
5. Standing Committee Reports:
A. Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) Senator and Chair Mark Lockhart
reviewed the administrator evaluation proposal; Senators were requested to review
the distributed proposal and be prepared to vote on the proposal at the September
Senate meeting. Plans are in progress for constituent faculty to evaluate their
department chairs (excluding academic administrators in the office less than 2
years and departments with fewer than 6 faculty members) during fall term. The
Senate is working with I.D.E.A. to conduct the evaluations with the numerical
reports to be distributed to faculty in each department and the chairs dean. The
FAC will consider options for faculty to evaluate chairs in those departments with
fewer than 6 faculty members. Chair Lockhart updated the Senate on periodic
career review for tenured faculty and the goal to develop a faculty-driven proposal
for Senate recommendation to the President Garrison. Senators were encouraged
to submit current faculty evaluation practices (annual and peer review) and to
identify other institutions known to have periodic career review programs in
operations for tenured faculty. The goal is to develop a lexicon of common
language related to a development and peer review process and guiding principles
supportive of faculty and the UAB Strategic Plan and SACS expectations for
faculty development and evaluation.
B. Governance and Operations (Gov & Ops) Senator and Chair Jennifer Long
reported the implementation of the Senate Liaison Program to improve
communication among Senators in an academic unit and with constituent faculty
members and Deans in each academic unit. The following units have identified
liaisons: Arts & Humanities Sue Kim; Education Karen Dahle; Health Related
Profession Debra Laken; Lister Hill Library Martha Verchot; Mervyn Sterne
Library Jonathan Harwell, Nursing Joe Burrage and the goal is completion of
identification of a Senate Liaison for all units by the September Senate meeting.
C. Finance Committee (FC) Senator and Chair Warren Martin updated the
Senate on the UAB Fringe Benefits Committees ongoing negotiations (not able to
release the details at this time) related to health insurance benefits for the coming
year. The FC will begin meetings in September to continue work on Senate
related topics of financial concern.
D. Curriculum & Research Committee (C&R) Chair Anderson reported that the committee is meeting August 26 with Provost Capilouto, Dr. Glenna Brown and Dr. Rose Scripa to initiate planning of a proposal and recommendations concerning student evaluations and the linking of this activity with faculty development infrastructure. The C&R will continue work on copyright and fair use issues.
E. Faculty Policies and Procedures (FPPC) Past-Chair Ted Benditt reported there were no recommendations to the Senate based on the July 15, 2005 FPPC meeting. The next meeting is August 19, 2005 and discussions will address committee operating rules, UAB family friendly policies and copyright and ownership rules and policies.
6. University-wide Committee Senate Representative Reports:
Senator Debra Laken, Senate representative to the Athletic Advising Committee and the Athletic Standards Subcommittee reported the groups are continuing development of a policy for student absences related to UAB sponsored activities and Senators were encouraged to submit questions and concerns related to the athletics activities to Dr. David Jenkins at email@example.com
7. New Business:
No new business items were introduced.
8. Open forum:
No topics were introduced during the open forum.
(1) Next Senate meeting is September 13, 2005 Penthouse CR1;
(2) President Garrisons State of the University address September 20, 2005 at 3:30
pm in the
(3) With the new UAB homepage, the Faculty and Staff resources icon is no longer
visible but can be found on the Faculty Senate page (open the Faculty link from
new front page);
(4) Provost Capilouto has informed the Senate that the Section 2.0 and Appendices A,
B and C of the UAB Faculty Handbook and Policies have been approved by the
Chancellor and plans are being developed for the implementation and identification
of the effective date for the revised policies and procedures.
10. Review of Action Items from August 9, 2005 Senate Meeting
11. Review of Action Items from July 12, 2005 Senate Meeting
The action item from the July meeting was completed.
12. Written Materials Distributed
a. Agenda for Senate meeting August 9, 2005
b. DRAFT Expanded Minutes of July 12, 2005 Senate meeting
c. DRAFT IDEA Timeline Chair Evaluations
d. DRAFT FAC Proposal Administrator Evaluations chairs, deans, President and Provost cycles
The Senate meeting adjourned at 8:45 a.m.
Secretary Greenup prepared this expanded DRAFT of the minutes on August 13, 2005. After approval at the September Senate meeting these minutes will appear on the Senate page