Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting
Absent: Dr. Pamela Murray; Dr. Linda Reed; Dr.
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.
Faculty Development Program
Dr. Capilouto indicated that Faculty
Development was discussed at the last Academic Programs Council (APC) meeting. As part of the plan, Dr. Capilouto will
ask the Curriculum and Research Committee to
be pier review . (???)
With regard to the SACS
accreditation, Dr. Garrison acknowledged appreciation to everyone for all their
hard work and time.
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 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.
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.
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.