MINUTES for February 23, 2005 FSEC Meeting


  1. Attending: Chair Ted Benditt, Past-Chair John Smith, Chair-elect Pete Anderson, Secretary Pat Greenup, Bill Ogard, Tim Kraft, Jeff Engler and Stephanie Belcher.
  2. FSEC Minutes – January 26, 2005 FSEC Meeting – reviewed by Chair, distributed to FSEC members for review and feedback. These minutes are approved as distributed to FSEC members.
  3. February 8, 2005 Faculty Senate – DRAFT Expanded Minutes – Review and feedback requested from FSEC members. No suggestions for revisions were received.
  4. DRAFT – Agenda for March Senate Meeting – Review and Finalize


DRAFT UAB Faculty Senate Meeting Agenda

March 8, 2005   7:30 - 9:30 A. M.

Penthouse CR1


  1. Call to Order
  2. Recognition of Visitors – Please Sign Attendance Roster
  3. Approval of Minutes – February 8, 2005 Meeting
  4. Chair Report – Chair Ted Benditt
  5. President’s Report – President Carol Garrison
  6. Presentation – Dr. Richard Marchase – Vice President for Research – Topic: Research Infrastructure
  7. Senate Standing Committees
    1. Curriculum & Research – Senator Jeff Engler
    2. Faculty Affairs – Senator Gary Sapp
    3. Governance & Operations - Senator Beverly Mulvihill
    4. Finance – Senator Warren Martin
  8. New Business
    1. Faculty Senate Representatives to University-wide Committees
  9. Open Forum
  10. Announcements
    1. Next Senate Meeting – April 12, 2005 – Penthouse CR1


  1. DRAFT Agenda–FSEC Meeting with President Garrison – March 1, 2005


Administration Building 1070

Tuesday March 1, 2005








  1. Plans For Publicizing To Faculty Concerning Audits Of Faculty Review Process


  1. Scorecard Metrics – Distribution Of New Funds Related To Credit Hour Production To Full Time & Part Time Faculty.


  1. Update On Search Committee Activities –
    1. VP of IT
    2.  Graduate School Dean
    3.  VP for Research


  1. Update On Communication Of SACS & QEP Information To Faculty.



  1. FSEC – Topics Discussed  With Follow Up Actions Listed


1.      Topics discussed by Chair Benditt:


·        Submitted the February BOT reports to Senate office.

·        Described the Higher Education – March 3, 2005 materials and plans for the trip to Montgomery.

·        Request from UAB SGA – support for extending hours at Sterne Library – Senate will not take any action of this request. The studies done by the Provost do not support extending the open hours of Sterne.

·        Woolfolk Award – Senate is encouraged to submit nominations due on March 7, 2005.

·        Provost request to Senate to consider encouraging faculty to add information to syllabi concerning “academic misconduct.” This item will be addressed by the Curriculum & Research Committee. Recommended statement “consult Directions Student Handbook for information relative to academic and non-academic misconduct for UAB students.”

·        VP Richard Margison has requested that the Senate submit names of persons to serve on the Fringe Benefits committee. There will be two faculty positions staring this year. Chair Benditt will contact Linda Reed, Steve Mennemeyer and Warren Martin to determine willingness to serve.









2.      Senate Liaison process implementation – Recommendations from Governance & Operations Committee - Communication of Information to Faculty


Chair Benditt reviewed the following proposal (a revision to the current Appendix C to the Senate Constitution and Bylaws) from the Governance & Operations Committee

Senate Liaison for Academic Unit


Each academic unit will identify a Senate Liaison (a Senator or Alternate Senator who has experience with the Senate) to serve his/her unit and the Senate in

          the following ways:


A.     Serve as point of contact for the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) in communications with representatives from each academic unit.

B.     Serve as point of contact with the Faculty of the academic unit to support collaboration, shared governance and any activities of the Senate that require input from the Faculty. This activity is intended to assure the Senators meet periodically (e.g. regularly scheduled faculty or major school committee meetings) with their Faculty to discuss issues relevant to the Faculty in the specific unit and especially any issues or topics that may be relevant to Faculty in any academic units as represented by the Faculty Senate.

C.     Serve as the point of contact for the Senate Elections Process and the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee (FPPC) representative for soliciting nominations for Senators for the unit, FPPC representatives, and Chair-elect and Secretary positions.

D.     Serve as the point of contact for communications with the Faculty in his/her academic unit to solicit information requested by the Senate and/or to distribute Senate information to the Faculty in the academic unit.


             Action: Chair Benditt will communicate with Chair Beverly Mulvihill and

             request the preparation of this revised material to be presented to the Senate on

             March 8, 2005.


                                 2.   Academic Calendar – after discussion the decision was made to

                                       not pursue further discussion of this topic at this time. It was

                                       determined that an opportunity for revision is not likely or

                                       feasible at this time.





G. Topics on the Agenda – Not Discussed – Next FSEC Meeting Agenda


1.   FAC Report -Current status of department chairs evaluation

      processes in academic units; Senate next cycle of Administrator

      Evaluations; plans for Deans of NSM and Dentistry, process for

      department chairs

2.      Number of adjunct faculty and number of non-tenure earning

      track in comparison with tenure-earning and tenured faculty   

      positions – addressing questions of metrics compliance and

      faculty workloads; effort reporting issues

3.      FAC Report - Periodic career review process – need details of

      Provost proposal related to Faculty Development, Evaluation,

      and Post-Tenure Review activities; follow up for Phase II

      Reports to Senate by Academic Units

4.      Status and update report from Senate Standing Committees for

      work completed and tasks to be completed by May 31, 2005.

5.      Future discussion of topic to have Senate Annual Report of the “access to and availability of UAB administrators” by the faculty.




  1. Announcements -  None Made


  1. Handouts Distributed at Meeting 2-23-05


1.      Agenda – 2-23-05 meeting

2.      DRAFT Expanded Minutes of February Senate meeting

3.      Senate Liaison proposed revision



      I.  Action Items from February 23, 2005 FSEC meeting.

           Refer to the minutes above.


      J. Adjournment – the meeting closed at 1:30 p.m.