Senate Minutes 6/01

University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Faculty Senate
Minutes of the Faculty Senate Meeting of 8 June 2001



The UAB Faculty Senate met on 8 June 2001 in Rooms 410 & 411 of the Hill University Center. The agenda adopted by the Executive Committee was distributed (Document 1).

Those present were: Officers: Hickson (Chair), Heaven (Chair-Elect), Wyss (Past-Chair), Beard (Secretary Pro Tem). Senators: Anderson, Beard, DeCarlo, Greenup, Keltner, Reed, Rigney, Sapp, Swanson, Telfair, Tyson, Weaver. Alternates: Bodon, Givan, Laken, Martin, Wilson. Ex-Officio: Augsburger (Interim Provost), Wittig (Parliamentarian). Guests: Rosalia Scripa.

The Chair of the Faculty called the meeting to order at 8:10 a.m. He asked if there were any corrections to the minutes of the meeting of 11 May 2001 as distributed to senators (Document 2). Hearing none, he asked for a motion to approve the minutes and it was moved that the minutes be approved. The motion carried.

The Chair of the Faculty made his report (Document 3). He mentioned a memo from President Reynolds regarding the proration lawsuit before the Alabama Supreme Court. The case will be heard at 1:30 p.m. on June 20. He thanked the committee chairs, the Secretary, the Parliamentarian, and the Past Chair for the work they did during the past year. He expressed special thanks to Carol Ray and Mike Wyss and presented them with gifts in appreciation of their service.

The chair outlined the overall challenges facing the Senate in the year ahead: the total compensation package (salaries and benefits), the budgetary process, proration and the state budget, semester conversion and retention, and the athletic department budget. A competitive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses UAB with those of its state, regional, and national competitors is necessary. The chair then presented challenges specific to the Finance, Curriculum and Research, Faculty Affairs, and Governance and Operations committees. Chairs appointed to the standing committees are Linda Reed (Finance), Sarah Culver and Douglas Rigney (Curriculum and Research), Jean Bodon (Faculty Affairs), and Jeanne Hutchison (Governance and Operations). Patricia Mercado and Heather Martin were nominated and elected unanimously as ad hoc members of the Executive Committee.

The chair recognized Senator Greenup to give the report of the Faculty Affairs Committee (Document 4). She reviewed the distributed report. Following the report she moved

Whereas, The UAB Faculty Senate's Faculty Affairs Committee is charged in Section II.7.E of the Faculty Senate Bylaws with the responsibility for supervising PERIODIC evaluations of academic administrators (chairs, deans, and library directors) vice presidents, Provost, and the President by their constituents; and

Whereas, the Faculty Senate Governance and Operations Committee in February 2000 ruled that the Faculty Affairs Committee has the responsibility to determine which administrators are to be evaluated during a specific administration of the evaluation; and

Whereas, the Faculty Affairs Committee needs to thoroughly review all phases of the evaluation process before the next distribution of the evaluations to the faculty; and

Whereas, the Faculty Affairs Committee has the responsibility to assure the validity of the evaluation process and the data analysis and to assure a timely completion of the reports and distribution to the faculty,

Therefore, I move that the Faculty Senate permit the Faculty Affairs Committee to comply with the Senate Bylaws in defining the term "periodic" to mean when the process can assure the production of valid results in a timely and cost effective manner and that specifically that the Faculty Affairs Committee thoroughly review the process and prepare a plan of how to accomplish the process during 2002-2003.

The motion as distributed (Document 5) included the Faculty Affairs Committee's rationale for the motion.

A brief discussion followed during which Senator Telfair offered as a friendly amendment that the last section of the motion be reworded as follows

Therefore, I move that the Faculty Senate permit the Faculty Affairs Committee to comply with the Senate Bylaws in defining the term "periodic" to mean when the process can assure the production of valid results in a timely and cost effective manner and that specifically that the Faculty Affairs Committee thoroughly review the process and prepare a plan of how to accomplish the process tentatively scheduled to be implemented during 2002-2003, depending on Faculty Senate vote.

The Chair put the question and the motion carried.

The Chair recognized Senator Reed to give the report of the Finance Committee. She reviewed the distributed report (Document 6) and indicated that when the final report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Employee Insurance is available it will be distributed on the Senate listserv and posted on the Senate Web site.

There were no reports from the Governance and Operations Committee or the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee.

The chair asked whether there were any new business.

Senator Tyson asked if someone could comment on an article in the May 29 Kaleidoscope regarding the dismantling of the Study Abroad Program. Rose Scripa (Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs) replied that though there would be a reorganization of the International Programs Office, the Study Abroad Program was "alive and well." Senator Weaver said that Maryanne Ivey will be administering the program temporarily. The Chair asked Dr. Scripa about the future level of support for the program. Dr. Scripa indicated that it was being reevaluated.

Senator Tyson asked about the progress of the proposed student activity center building. Interim Provost Augsburger answered that it is still a proposal, but that it is a priority and will be integrated into the overall campus plan. Senator Tyson asked if there is a time frame for the project. Interim Provost Augsburger replied that it would be between one and two years until the beginning of the construction.

There being no further business, the chair declared the meeting adjourned at 8:55 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Craig W. Beard
Secretary Pro Tem of the Faculty



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