DRAFT Summary of Minutes – Faculty Senate Meeting January 11, 2005
Chair Report: Chair Ted Benditt presented an update on the topics discussed at the January 4, 2005 Executive Committee meeting with President Carol Garrison and Acting Provost Eli Capilouto [President’s plans for interaction with faculty; job descriptions for President, deans and department chairs; score card concerns on faculty and department progress measures, faculty development metrics, teaching load, salary measures and percent of undergraduate sections taught by regular faculty; SRI and UAB working relationships; and UAB faculty as members of public organization’s board of directors.] Topics discussed at the January 5, 2005 Academic Programs Council meeting included SACS and models presented by Acting Provost Capilouto to address faculty development, faculty evaluation and a working group to conduct an annual quality assessment process of current faculty evaluation processes in each of the academic units. Chair Benditt summarized the current work on the development of a provisional policy to address distance learning and ownership of materials and that this policy needs to be implemented by the end of January to be prepared for SACS. The Chair reported that the Provost’s quarterly report concerning Termination for Cause, Grievance Panel and Hearing Committee’s documented that no activities have occurred between October and December 31, 2004.
Acting Provost Presentation on SACS: Acting Provost Capilouto summarized the roles, responsibilities and expectations of SACS for the University in the ongoing accreditation process. The focus of the current process is outcomes and measures that support compliance with defined SACS standards. The SACS response to the audit reports submitted by UAB in September was received in November and in the interim UAB faculty and administrators have been responding to those areas of concern or non-compliance identified by SACS. The SACS site visit is scheduled for March 22-24, 2005 and the preliminary report addressing the noncompliance areas is due to SACS by January 30, 2005. The process of the on site visit has not yet been defined by SACS and when this information becomes available there will be activities to increase SACS awareness levels of students, faculty and staff before the site visit.
Standing Committee Reports: Curriculum & Research Senator and Chair Jeff Engler reported that the committee has been working on the drafts of the policy addressing distance learning and ownership of materials. This working is ongoing and the goal is to complete the development of a temporary policy before the end of January.
Governance & Operations Senator and Chair Beverly Mulvihill updated the Senators on the elections process and that the committee is continuing development of a recommendation for implementation of a Senate Liaison process. Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee – Senate Past-Chair John Smith reviewed the proposed “Extension of Tenure Clock” policy and identified potential conflict with Section 7.5.1 Personal Leave in the currently approved Faculty Handbook. Past Chair Smith requested the Senators to review the proposed draft and the current documents and submit suggestions to Past-Chair Smith so that discussion and a vote can proceed at the February Senate meeting.
Announcements: Secretary Pat Greenup reported that the I.D.E.A. reports for President Garrison and Acting Provost Capilouto will be distributed to faculty on January 18, 2005. Nominations for Chair-elect and Secretary are due to Senate office by January 30, 2005. The next Senate meeting is February 8, 2005 in HUC A&B.
Secretary Greenup submits this DRAFT summary of minutes and a more complete record will appear on the Senate web page after approval at the February Senate meeting.