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



Performance Evaluations-President/Provost

Dr. Pat Greenup provided an update on the performance evaluations of the President and Provost using IDEA. The following was announced:

  • In 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.
  • The 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 distributed.
  • Faculty 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.
  • The Faculty Senate chair is drafting a letter to encourage participation. 
  • The 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: 

  • Adding another Faculty Senate representative to the committee.
  • More time to review the rate structure.
  • Explanation of the competitive bid process and how are the contractors evaluated in terms of service/quality.
  • Have incentive plans/wellness programs been considered for the employee population based on health standards (e.g., wellness rebate)? 
  • Approval process. 


FSEC members indicated that it would be helpful if there were a comparison of UAB with national trends as well as other Birmingham 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 listed. 


Faculty Handbook

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.


Other Matters

  • UAB 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.
  • It 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.