University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Faculty Senate Meeting

September 13, 2005

Location: Penthouse CR1

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.



Officers Present: Dr. Peter Anderson (Chair), Dr. Joe March (Chair-Elect), Dr. Theodore Benditt (Past Chair), Dr. Pat Greenup (Secretary),

Ex-Officio Senators: Dr. Carol Garrison (President) Out With Notice: Dr. Eli Capilouto (Provost)

Senators Present: Dr. Pamela Autry, Dr. Heng Ban, Dr. Theodore Bos, Dr. Joe Burrage, Dr. Seine Chiang, Dr. John Classe, Dr. Madelyn Coar, Dr. William Cockerham, Dr. Karen Dahle, Dr. Gary Cheng, Dr. Jeffrey Engler, Dr. Joseph Fleming, Dr. Cecelia Graham, Dr. Akhalque Haque, Dr. Yung Tsung Hsu, Dr. Bob Kesterson, Dr. Sue Kim, Ms. Debra Laken, Dr. Mark Lockhart, Dr. Tondra Loder, Dr. Marisa Marques, Dr. Stephen Mennemeyer, Ms. Martha Verchot

Alternates Present: Dr. Jennifer Braswell, Dr. Chris Coffey (Dr. Shannon Bailey), Dr. Jeffrey Edberg (Dr. Holly Richter), Dr. Chris Klug, Mr. Timothy Kraft (Dr. Joe Fleming), Ms. Jennifer Long (Mr. Jonathan Harwell), Dr. Lillian Mitchell, Dr. William Ogard, Ms. Sondra Pfeiffer, Dr. Lucas Pozzo-Miller, and Dr. Rex Wright

Guests Present: Dr. Rose Scripa; Ms. Cheryl Locke, Dr. Pam Burkes; Mr. Gary Manz

Parliamentarian: Dr. Joseph Telfair


Agenda Items


  1. Call to Order


Chair Peter Anderson called the meeting to order at 7:40 am. A quorum was present.


  1. Recognition of Visitors-Guests


Attending guests are members of the UAB University community.


  1. Adoption of Minutes of August 9, 2005 Senate Meeting


The distributed minutes were approved as distributed.





      4.  Chair Report:


           Chair Peter Anderson updated Senate on topics discussed by the Executive

           Committee with President Carol Garrison and Provost Eli Capilouto on September

           6 {status of ongoing searches for academic administrator vacancies; UAB policies

           and decision process for UAB cancellation/closure; security issues and role of

           Police Advisory Committee; reorganization plan of the Provost’s office} and UAB

           Honors Advisory Committee [Chair – Joe March] and reports to Academic

           Programs Council concerning the department chairs to be evaluated {and those not

           being evaluated} by the Senate administered IDEA evaluation process and the

           implementation of the Senate Liaison processes.


5.  President Report:


      President Garrison announced Dean of Nursing Doreen Harper, PhD, and Dean of

      Graduate School, Bryan Noe, PhD will join UAB November 1, 2005. President

      Garrison summarized the Hurricane Katrina response activities for students,

       faculty, staff, researchers and patients {see UAB Homepage}; announced “best

      academically prepared freshman class for fall 2005 term:” requested Senate to

      identify methods to inform all faculty members about undergraduate student

      opportunities at UAB; requested that faculty follow UAB policies for avoiding

      conflict of interests related to requiring students to purchase authored textbooks or

      manuals; encouraged faculty to support all UAB athletic teams; announced a

      Benefit Concert with Three On A String for September 25 from 4-6 pm in the

      Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center



6.      Presentation:


      Cheryl Locke, UAB Chief Human Resources Officer presented “Re-Inventing

      HRM – Proposed New HRM Model” (PowerPoint available at Senate site under

      presentations http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html - the new model will focus

      on networks of liaisons for clusters of UAB employees – health and hospital;

      administration, and academic and research. The goals are to improve customer

      services through hybrid consultants/specialists model and restructured services are

      being implemented incrementally; if questions contact Cheryl Locke at



7.      Standing Committee Reports:


A.     Curriculum & Research Committee Chair/Senator Jeff Engler updated the Senate on review of student evaluation of teaching effectiveness methods and development of recommendations for Senate action; the faculty is invited to attend an open forum – Student Evaluation of Teaching – on September 21, 2005 in Alumni Auditorium (HUC) 1:30 – 3:00 pm. {Dr. Bill Pallett Director of IDEA Center will present IDEA’s student evaluation of teaching process.}; the committee is reviewing a variety of evaluation tools as part of the process for recommendations development.


                  B. Faculty Affairs Committee Chair/Senator Mark Lockhart reviewed the

                       IDEA evaluation timeline for departmental chairs {faculty will receive

                       notification from Senate and from IDEA within two weeks ;} requested

                       Senators to review the administrator evaluation proposal distributed for the

                       last two Senate meetings and be prepared to vote at the October meeting;

                       the committee is continuing work on periodic career review proposal and

                       links with faculty evaluation and development programs.


C. Governance & Operations Committee Chair/Senator Jennifer Long

      reported that all academic units have a designated Senate Liaison and they  

      are encouraged to initiate communications with faculty in constituent units.



                  D. Finance Committee Chair/Senator Warren Martin reported that the

                       Senate representatives to the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee have

                       participated in the discussions for health benefits plans that will be released

                       October 3, 2005.



                   E. Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee – Senate Representative

                       Past-Chair Ted Benditt summarized topics before the FPPC – revision of

                       Operating Rules; UAB Family Friendly Policies, review cycle of UAB

                       Faculty Handbook, student ownership of class produced materials and

                       copyright rules/policies; the next meeting is September 16, 2005.


8.   New Business:


      Chair Anderson reviewed the Academic Calendar Options for 2006-2007 and  

      Senate by straw polling supported a recommendation to the Provost for Option A

      for fall term 2006 and for a modified Option A for spring 2007.



9.  University-wide Committee Reports:


      Senate Representative Seine Chiang to the UAB Commission on the Status of   

      Women presented a summary of the activities and encouraged faculty to review   

       additional information: http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=77409



  10.   Open Forum:


           No new topics were introduced during the open forum.




11. Announcements:


  1. Next Senate meeting – October 11, 2005
  2.  President’s State of the University address on September 20{see UAB homepage for information}  in Spain Auditorium at 3:30 pm
  3. Faculty submitting Advance Grant proposals {due October 3, 2005}should visit http://www.uab.edu/advance/index.htm
  4. September 21, 2005 --- IDEA Open Forum – Student Evaluation of Teaching
  5. Senate to Vote on the IDEA – Academic Administrator proposal at October meeting
  6. Elections in NSM, Nursing, and Business – faculty should complete electronic balloting (distributed 9-12-05) within two weeks
  7. Senate Liaisons were requested to distribute information to support the Presidents address and the evaluation of department chairs


12. Review of Action Items from September 13, 2005 Senate Meeting


A.     Chair Anderson will communicate with Dr. Glenna Brown and report the results

      of the Senate’s discussion of the Options for fall 2004 and spring 2007 for the

      academic calendar.

B.     Items that will be placed on the agenda for future FSEC meetings:


1.      Invitation to new deans for future Senate meetings

2.      Suggestions for President Garrison to better inform all faculty about the opportunities for undergraduate students at UAB

3.      Follow up on the hiring process for post-doc fellows

4.      Follow up on the evolving role of HR with the oversight of faculty affairs activities

5.      Senate appointment of two representatives to Police Advisory Committee

6.      Provost reorganization and more specific information about the duties associated with the new titled positions

7.      Senate review of which administrators in the Provost office should be evaluated by the faculty

8.      Invitation to Dr. Mona Fouad – discuss CSW

9.      Appointment of Senate (2- 1 from Finance and 1 from C&R)  representatives to Campus Planning Committee



13. Review of Action Items from August 9, 2005 Senate Meeting



A.     The Faculty and Staff Resources link is now available as a “Quick Link” on the Faculty linked page from the UAB homepage.

B.     No feedback received from Senators except in SHRP.

C.     No volunteers have been identified for Senate representative to CAA.

D.     For the fall 2005 cycle of IDEA evaluation of department chairs there are only two departments with total number of faculty less than 6. No additional methods are needed this cycle.

E.      No information has been received from Senators describing current peer review processes.

F.      The Governance & Operations Committee has completed the implementation of the Senate Liaison process.


14. Materials Distributed


A.     Agenda of the Senate meeting for September 13, 2005

B.     Minutes of the August 9, 2005 Senate meeting

C.     Revised Timeline – September 7, 2005 – IDEA

D.     Senate Liaisons – for each academic unit; name and email address

E.      IDEA – proposal from FAC

F.      Academic calendar options


15. Adjournment


      The Senate meeting adjourned at 9:25 a.m.


Secretary Greenup prepared this expanded RAFT of the minutes on September 17, 2005. After approval at the October Senate meeting these minutes will appear on the Senate page at: http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html