Minutes Summary – June 8, 2004 – Faculty Senate Meeting


Chair of Faculty Report – Outgoing Chair John Smith introduced incoming Chair Ted Benditt. Chair Benditt presented a resolution expressing appreciation to Past-Chair Smith for his leadership and contributions to the Faculty Senate during 2003-2004. Chair Benditt updated the Senate with a review of topics discussed by the Executive Committee with President Garrison and Provost Capilouto on June 1, 2004. These topics included status of Faculty salary plan for 2004, search committee progress for VP-Medicine and VP-Research, plans for Bell-Wallace building, planned use of the Senate conducted evaluations of deans, strategic plan metrics for work environment, and status of report/decisions from the Economic Rules Committee. Chair Benditt announced the following: Senate Officers for 2004-2005 – Chair-Elect Peter Anderson, Secretary Pat Greenup, Past-Chair John Smith. Senate Standing Committee Chairs – Faculty Affairs, Senator Gary Sapp; Finance, Senator Warren Martin, Governance and Operations, Senator Mulvihill, and Curriculum & Research, Senator Jeff Engler. Senate Parliamentarian – Joseph Telfair. The Faculty Senate roster with all Senators and Alternate Senators for the coming year is posted at http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html

President Garrison Update – President Garrison welcomed Senators and encouraged new and returning Senators to continue the open discussions and question sessions that have occurred in the Senate. President Garrison reviewed the newly announced undergraduate admission standards and explained the rationale for the changes, recognized Faculty awardees and announced the NIH rankings for UAB, UAB Schools and departments in Medicine. President Garrison reported that she is working aggressively on a salary increase plan and is optimistic at this time.

Role of Standing Committees for Faculty Senate – Chair Benditt reviewed the major activities of these committees during 2003-2004 and outlined planned activities for the 2004-2005 term. The 2004 annual reports from the Standing Committees are included in the minutes of the May Faculty Senate meeting and are posted on the Senate web page.

Elections of Senators-at-Large to Senate Executive Committee – Senators Bill Ogard and Tim Kraft were elected to serve a one-year term on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

Open Forum – Past-Chair John Smith introduced a proposal to identify one member of each academic unit’s elected Senators as a Senate Liaison and described the activities that this representative of each units Senate delegation would coordinate. The goal is to enhance shared governance and improve communications among Senators, between Senators and unit constituents, by Senators and unit Deans and to facilitate unit Senators’ communications with the Faculty Senate. Senators were encouraged to submit questions and comments to Chair Benditt.

Announcements – The next Faculty Senate meeting is July 13 in the Penthouse CR1. Senators were requested to submit suggestions to the Chair for topics and presentations during the coming year.

Secretary Greenup submits this DRAFT summary of the minutes and a more complete record of the minutes will appear on the Senate Web page after approval at the July Senate meeting. http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html