Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting




February 3, 2004



Present:          President Carol Garrison; Dr. Theodore Benditt; Dr. Eli Capilouto; Dr. Patsy Greenup; Dr. Timothy Heaven; Dr. Mark Lockhart; Dr. Beverly Mulvihill; Dr. Gary Sapp; Dr. John Smith; Dr. Joseph Telfair


Absent:           Dr. Pamela Murray; Dr. Linda Reed; Dr. John Wittig; Dr. Michael Wyss



Diversity Training

Dr. Garrison noted that UAB has committed to provide Diversity Training for the entire university.  The UAB administration feels it is important to have key leadership groups participate in this specialized training and provide feedback before implementing the training schedule for all university faculty, staff and employees.  As an institution that valued diversity, this is an opportunity to increase skills and understanding in this area.


The Faculty Senate is scheduled for diversity training on March 17 and March 19.  Dr. Smith will present information to the Faculty Senate on February 10 to encourage participation of the senators in the review and production of effective materials.


Faculty Development Program

Dr. Capilouto indicated that Faculty Development was discussed at the last Academic Programs Council (APC) meeting. Dr. Capilouto indicated that the program would be funded by matching funds from participating schools.  As part of the plan, Dr. Capilouto will ask the Curriculum and Research Committee to be pierdevelop and serve as the primary peer review.  (???) process for applications.  This committee will submit recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School who will make the final awards. 


SACS Accreditation

With regard to the SACS accreditation, Dr. Garrison acknowledged appreciation to everyone for all their hard work and time.  ItAs it is imperative that UAB submit a complete report to SACS.  The Curriculum and Review Committee conducted a review of material submitted to date and determined two areas that will require additional work which are:  Institutional Effectiveness and How do we use the information we collect?, Dr. Garrison encouraged the chairs of the SACS audit teams to identify areas of noncompliance and to proceed to ensure the institution is compliant prior to the site visit. 


Dr. Garrison suggested that more input be collected from the faculty.  Dr. Capilouto indicated that the QEP report will be restricted and reviewed.  Dr. Capilouto will introduce the QEP report at the next SACS meeting.


Dr. Greenup indicated that the Faculty Senate has received feedback from the senators on the Phase I and II reports that were distributed.  Results of these questions will be posted on the Faculty Senate website.Smith asked how the Faculty Senate could play a role in the QEP process. 


Dr. Greenup indicated that the Faculty Senate has received feedback from the senators on the Phase I and II reports that were distributed.  The standing committees of the Faculty Senate are currently reviewing issues identified in Phase I (issues of concern in each academic unit) reports and will prepare recommendations for the Faculty Senate. The Phase II reports (periodic career review processes) will be summarized and reviewed by the FSEC.  Summaries of the reports will be posted on the Faculty Senate website when available and issues identified will be reviewed by the FSEC.  



Phase IV reports will focus on best practices identified in each of the units. President Garrison suggested that the Faculty Senate consider including identification of communication enhancements for lateral and horizontal dissemination of information to faculty and administrators.


University-Wide Committees

Dr. Smith indicated that the Faculty Senate plans to post “The University-Wide Committee” report on the Faculty Senate website.  Dr. Capilouto is continuing to review the reporting process for these committees and developing a template that will be completed in the near future. 


Administrator Performance Evaluations

Dr. Smith indicated that the Administrator Performance Evaluations have been reviewed and the information collected has been shared with the deans and faculty.  The response rate for each academic unit was significantly higher than previous paper versions of the evaluation process.  A discussion ensued regarding the need for mechanisms to evaluate all levels of administration.  Dr. Garrison indicated that the Provost and Vice President evaluations are conducted annually.  The FSEC indicated a need to educate the faculty as to the current process used for academic administrators. 


Faculty Involvement in Strategic Plan-Academic Unit Action Plan

Although a copy of the strategic planning material for each school can be found in the respective dean’s offices, Dr. Smith asked Dr. Capilouto to encourage the Deans to notify the faculty that these planning notebooks are available for review.  It has been helpful for some of the units but hard to determine to what extent each school/unit has used these materials to determine their goals/objectives that would support the overall strategic plan of the university.  


Curriculum and Research Committee Recommendations Concerning UAB Strategic Plan

Dr. Smith distributed a list of recommendations for the UAB Strategic Plan drafted by the Curriculum and Research Committee.  Dr. Garrison thanked the FSEC for the recommendations and noted that some of these suggestions had been implemented.  The administration will review these recommendations further to determine what could be incorporated. 


Elections Process-Information Item

Faculty Senate elections will be conducted electronically.  Background material and goals/objectives will be provided on all the candidates.