Summary of Minutes – Faculty Senate Meeting – September 9, 2003
President Garrison – Update – President Garrison
encouraged all senators to vote in the September 9 referendum process and
addressed the importance to UAB of the vote for change in
Senator Jackie Moss presented a written report for Senator
Linda Reed summarizing the
Standing Committee Membership and Responsibilities – Secretary of the Senate Greenup reviewed the assignments of all senators and alternate senators to one of the four standing committees (Curriculum & Research, Faculty Affairs, Governance & Operations and Finance) and encouraged all senators to review the functions of each committee as defined in the Senate Bylaws. Chair Smith reported that the Senate is working with Provost Capilouto to identify the current status of the University-wide committees listing for the standing committees and the future interactions between the Senate and University-wide committees.
Academic Unit Reports – Reports were presented from four Academic Units.
Senator Jennifer Long, Mervyn H. Sterne Library summarized concerns about three issues: (1) space for volumes and need to identify possible solutions; (2) expansion of service hours and the need for staff to support any expanded hours and new services that are currently needed; (3) collection expenditures and that currently 30% of materials budget is linked to ‘one-time’ funding for the library and the need to reduce reliance on this type of funding.
Senator Jackie Moss, School of Nursing identified faculty concerns related to lack of space for classrooms and need to address need for increased focus on faculty recruitment and retention to continue the competitive positioning for student recruitment and research activities.
Senator Stephen Moser, School of Medicine summarized concerns of faculty who responded to his request for assistance to prepare the Unit’s report to the Senate. Issues identified include: (1) need to increase UAB employee utilization of the University Hospital and Kirklin Clinic as a revenue resource and to assure access to services and privacy for UAB employees; (2) source of compensation for faculty service on NIH study sections or editorial boards and to consider an approach for credit to participating departments for “approved” service activities such as is currently done for teaching contact hours; (3) current governance structure for the UAB-Health Services Foundation, the impact of the current structure on UAB faculty who perform clinical work and the need for accountability of the HSF executive committee to UAB policies and procedures applicable to faculty and University-wide; (4) parking and sticker process for clinical faculty; (5) identification of a location for faculty to assemble and discuss medical and university issues; (6) current process for the selection of Chiefs of Staff and a need for increased evaluation and accountability by and to the clinical faculty.
Senators Timothy Kraft and Adam Gordon, School of Optometry outlined these major concerns: (1) high rate of senior faculty retirement within 5-7 years and the need to recruit new faculty using proactive strategies such as pre-recruiting to build junior faculty; (2) faculty recruitment and retention that provides competitive salaries, mentoring and career development for junior faculty; (3) need for clinical and basic science faculty to generate a center of excellence in particular areas of research; (4) need for a University-wide coordination or recruitment efforts to maintain and expand the highly qualified and divers applicant pool to professional and graduate programs with possible activities to include linking to “growing our own” from the undergraduate programs and to expand the UAB Honors Program; (5) need expansion of opportunities for clinical faculty to participate in funded research projects within the school and in collaboration with other academic units on campus.
Summary submitted by Pat Greenup, Secretary of Faculty for September 9, 2003 meeting. For a more complete record of the minutes see the Senate web page: