Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting
November 2, 2004
Absent: Dr. Jeffrey Engler; Dr. Warren Martin
It was discovered that computers with “spam control” has prevented some faculty from receiving the IDEA survey regarding the President and Provost evaluations. An e-mail communication will be sent to faculty notifying them of the problem and instructions will be included for corrective action steps.
UAB Organizational Chart
It was stated that the Vice President for Research and Vice President for Medicine have dual reporting relationships. These positions report to the Provost on vision, budgetary and day-to-day matters, while reporting to the President on long range planning.
Status of Administrator Searches/Appointments
Dr. Garrison summarized the current recruitment efforts at UAB as follows:
Academic Administrators-Job Descriptions
The President’s job description was updated in June and was given to Human Resources. All the Vice Presidents job descriptions were updated in early 2004 and sent to Human Resources. Dr. Capilouto worked to develop a generic job description for the deans which could be modified with respect to unique duties. The deans perform a self-evaluation and in turn, the Provost meets with the deans to review a detailed, written evaluation.
It is the individual schools responsibility to develop job descriptions for department chairs; however, it was noted that it would be ideal to have a more uniform evaluation to reach this level.
Funds will be allocated according to the strategic planning process. Preliminary budget planning indicates increased costs for Teacher’s Retirement and PEEHIP. Faculty salary increases remains a budget priority for the entire system. Last year, only new dollars were allocated; however, the process of allocating new and old dollars could begin this year. The transition to a completely rule-driven allocation process will take considerable time; however, the university must maintain the direction of moving towards this process.
Issues presented to VP for Equity and Diversity-Grievance Process
There is an official grievance process where reports are filed, panels formed and issues resolved; however, many complaints are averted before they become formal grievances.