Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting
September 7, 2004
Present: President Carol
Garrison; Dr. Peter Anderson;
Dr. Theodore Benditt; Dr. Eli Capilouto;
Dr. Jeffrey Engler; Dr. Patsy Greenup; Dr. Timothy Kraft; Dr. Warren Martin; Dr.
Beverly Mulvihill; Dr. William Ogard; Dr.
Gary Sapp; Dr. Joseph
Telfair; Dr. Michael Wyss
Absent: Dr. John Smith
Greenup provided an update on the performance evaluations of
the President and Provost using IDEA. The following was announced:
response to a discussion with IDEA on how to have the results formatted to
be more useful, IDEA would require 30 different surveys in order to
provide aggregate data across all units at an additional cost of $5K.
- A reminder
article will be placed in UAB publications, such as the UAB Reporter.
survey will be distributed to the faculty during the week of October 18th
or later; however, dates could be adjusted based on when the survey is
members were contacted who do not have a BlazerID and encouraged to
acquire an ID so they can participate in the evaluation process. The response rate has been slow but
there are high hopes that 100% will respond and participate.
Faculty Senate chair is drafting a letter to encourage participation.
results table summary should be ready for distribution by the holidays.
Fringe Benefits Committee
FSEC members requested the following
be considered with regards to the Fringe Benefits Committee:
another Faculty Senate representative to the committee.
time to review the rate structure.
of the competitive bid process and how are the contractors evaluated in
terms of service/quality.
incentive plans/wellness programs been considered for the employee
population based on health standards (e.g., wellness rebate)?
FSEC members indicated that it would
be helpful if there were a comparison of UAB with national trends as well as
organizations in terms of cost/coverage.
Dr. Garrison noted that costs are increasing everywhere and that UAB is
essentially “self-insured” with each plan using an administrator. There are many factors that play a part in
the amount of time given for review of the rates/plans before a decision must
be made. Dr. Garrison suggested inviting
Richard Margison to the next Faculty
Senate Executive Committee to present a report addressing the issue previously
FSEC members met with Dr. Eli Capilouto several times to discuss grievance
procedures and termination of tenured faculty.
It was noted that unit policies must be consistent with the university
policies. In an effort to get all
schools to update, revise and reformat policies, it was suggested to consider a
12-24 month timeline.
must submit its SACS submission by September 9, 2004.
- The School of Medicine search has concluded
pending final approvals. A formal
announcement will be made at the appropriate time.
was noted that the entering freshman class is the best academically
prepared. A goal is to maintain
diversity while raising our standards which has been accomplished with 36%
of the entering freshman class being minority students. Fewer conditional admits are being accepted.