Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting




June 1, 2004



Present:     President Carol Garrison; Dr. Peter Anderson; Dr. Theodore Benditt; Dr. Eli Capilouto; Dr. Jeffrey Engler; Dr. Patsy Greenup; Dr. Timothy Heaven; Dr. Mark Lockhart; Dr. Warren Martin; Dr. Beverly Mulvihill; Dr. Gary Sapp; Dr. Michael Wyss


Absent:      Dr. John Smith; Dr. Joseph Telfair


Guests:     Brian Cooper; Dr. Virginia Gauld; Richard Margison; Andy Marsh



Campus Recreation Center

Dr. Virginia Gauld presented a report on the new Campus Recreation Center (CRC) facility which is scheduled to open February 1, 2005.  The facilities amenities include, but are not limited to, an aquatic center, weight rooms, gymnasium, climbing wall, racquet ball center, aerobic classes and running tracks. 


When the CRC is opened, faculty, staff and alumni will have access; however, an annual/yearly commitment will be required.  The fee schedule for the various CRC memberships is as follows:  Faculty/Staff=$360/yr.; Alumni=$540/yr.; Full-time Students=$204/yr. and Part-Time Students=$106/yr.  Faculty and Staff may elect to have their annual fee deducted from their paycheck on a monthly basis ($30/mo.).  Spouse/partner will be able to join for an additional $15/mo.   


A fee comparison of other Southeast facilities was reviewed as well as competing facilities in the Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville markets (e.g., YMCA, SportsFirst, Gold’s Gym, etc.).  Family memberships will be available; however, the specifics have not been completely determined but it is known that there will be some restrictions (e.g., access hours).  Marketing materials were distributed to the FSEC members. 


A discussion regarding parking arrangements for the CRC revealed that all employees would be asked to use their campus parking assignments during the day.  After 4:30pm, nearby surface lot/deck parking is available. 


A transition of the Bell-Wallace Gymnasium will begin 1/31/05 which will maintain this building as an instructional facility with classes/research consolidated into the Wallace Gymnasium.  Some courses currently taught by the School of Education (SOE) will be moved to the CRC.    


Economic Rules Committee

Last spring, a second committee was assembled to review the first Economics Rules Committee report which established general principles regarding distribution/cost across the campus.  It was determined that a full transition to this approach must allow sufficient time for conversion so these general principles could be used during the budget planning process.   Future plans include assembling this committee periodically to evaluate progress of the implementation.

University-Wide Committees Procedures/Processes

The FSEC requested identification of which university-wide committees are exempt from the “Sunshine Law.”  The FSEC will determine which university-wide committees are in question so it can be addressed on a case-by-case basis. 


OHRP, Research Plan and Other Issues

  • OHRP—Dr. Garrison noted that UAB’s response to the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) inquiry was accepted.  Dr. Samuel Tilden was appointed as UAB’s Research Compliance Officer and reports to the Provost and President for these research oversight responsibilities. 
  • CEO of the UAB Health System (UABHS)David Fine has accepted a position at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston, TX.  David Hoidal has been appointed as Acting CEO of the UABHS and has expressed interest in being considered as a candidate for the permanent position.  It is anticipated that this search will be conducted within the next 3-4 months. 
  • CIRB/IRB/IACUC ActivitiesDr. Garrison and Dr. Capilouto suggested that Dr. Ned Hook, Dr. Lauretta Gerrity, Dr. Samuel Tilden and Dr. Ferdinand Urthaler meet with the chair of the Curriculum and Research Committee to discuss the issues presented by the FSEC (e.g., appeal process, uniformity in declaration of outside activities, etc.).


UAB Scorecard Metrics

Dr. Garrison and Dr. Capilouto will meet to review the proposals from the Curriculum and Research Committee before any decisions are made.  Currently, the university scorecard is on the UAB website; however, future plans include the addition of the unit scorecards. 



Follow-Up for Deans Evaluations—Feedback Levels

As part of the annual budget planning sessions for the individual schools scheduled for July, Dr. Capilouto plans to meet individually with each dean to review the evaluations which will include analysis of the overall performance of the respective schools and self-evaluations using scorecard metrics.  The Provost periodically conducts another level of performance review by meeting with the individual school administrators, focus groups and/or external consultants where deemed appropriate. 


State of the University Address

It was decided that Dr. Garrison would present the annual State of the University Address on September 14, 2004 at 3:30pm in the Hill University Center Auditorium.


Faculty Senate/Academic Units Information Flow [Information Item]

In an effort to enhance communication between the Faculty Senate, faculty and deans, the Faculty Senate has decided to identify “senior senators” who would act as liaisons and meet with the deans and department chairs/administrators.