Summary of the October 14, 2008 Faculty Senate Meeting



Chair Report


Chair Warren Martin announced the following items:


1)      State of the University address by President Garrison is October 16, 2008 (Thursday) from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hill University Center Alumni Auditorium. All faculty, staff, and students are invited and encouraged to attend.


2)      Faculty Senate was represented at new faculty orientation by the Chair who gave a presentation on the important functions and activities of the senate.


3)      Faculty Senate Chair attended the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees meeting where the board approved all of the awarded degrees from the three campuses, considered resolutions for the approval of endowed chairs and endowed chair appointments, and discussed construction projects and the acceptance of gifts.



President Report


President Carol Garrison announced the following items:


1)      Amendment One will appear on the election ballot for Alabama and if passed would expand the existing rainy day funds for covering shortfalls in the state education budget. Money for the rainy day funds would come from the Alabama Trust Fund and would need to be repaid within six years. Faculty are encouraged to learn more about this amendment and to vote on November 4, 2008.


2)      UAB budget is online and transparent so everyone can view the allocations. The President is willing to discuss the reasons for the allocations with faculty.


3)      Homecoming is this week and faculty are encouraged to participate in the festivities.





UAB Budget


Provost Eli Capilouto presented the UAB budget for fiscal year 2009. Topics covered were vision and mission of the university, strategic goals, budgeting system, general budgeting principles, basic economic rules for distribution of unrestricted funds, taxes and alignment of cost components with respective streams, decentralization of budget responsibility, state appropriation history, state operations and maintenance appropriation, state appropriation reductions for fiscal year 2009, strategies for closing the budget gap, proposed changes to distribution indices for fiscal year 2009, student success reward, five year incremental funding history for academic unit distribution model, budget planning for fiscal year 2009, and short term academic pool for fiscal year 2009. (slides as presentation / handout)


Alabama Higher Education Partnership


Mr. Jason Meier, Assistant Director of Student Involvement, discussed the Alabama Higher Education Partnership. The partnership is a joint undertaking of all public universities in Alabama to better educate the public through advocacy events about the positive impact higher education has on the state. The purpose of the partnership is to take a stand for the faculty and staff of Alabamas universities to show that their work is important and merits strong state support and to take a stand for students and their families for adequate state funding that keeps tuition affordable. Faculty can encourage their students to help by registering to vote, getting involved with student government associations, writing their Alabama representative, and attending higher education day. (handout / membership form)



Revisions to Section 2.7.1 and Section 7 of Faculty Handbook


Chair Warren Martin presented the FPPC recommended revisions to section 2.7.1 on resignation and section 7 on holidays, vacation, and leaves of the faculty handbook as the second reading. The revisions were voted on and approved by the senate and will be forwarded to the Provost.



Curriculum and Research Committee Report


Chair of the Curriculum and Research Committee Sally Anne McInerny reported that the committee will be distributing a survey via email to the senators in the units using the IDEA survey for student evaluation of faculty teaching to gather feedback from faculty. The university is in the second year of a three year pilot program for the evaluation survey.



Finance Committee Report


Chair of the Finance Committee Linda Reed distributed a written report summarizing the topics discussed at the last committee meeting. Topics from last year were reviewed by the previous chair and included salaries in schools that have mixed faculty from different disciplines and specialities, classification of faculty by CIP code for teaching program rather than terminal degree, omission of health care professions in SUG salary data, consultation disclosure, and distribution indices. Committee members were polled for other issues for consideration and the topics included retention of students and the return of money held from an area with documentation of retention efforts, proration, funds available to schools and how they are distributed to each department, percentage of indirect costs that come back to departments, possibility of Roth 403B plan and health savings account at the university, and increasing graduate stipends and enrollment and placing students. Feedback on prioritizing the topics or adding other topics may be submitted to Chair Linda Reed at (handout)



Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Report


Senate Past-Chair and Chair of the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Pat Greenup reported that the committee has formalized the process for reviewing the faculty handbook and policies and is continuing its review of these documents.





The next senate meeting is November 11, 2008 in the Administration Building Penthouse CR1, the next executive committee meeting is October 29, 2008, the next executive committee meeting with the President and Provost is November 6, 2008, and the next FPPC meeting is October 17, 2008.



UAB Faculty Senate



Secretary Jennifer Long submits this draft summary of the minutes and a more complete record will appear on the senate page after approval at the November senate meeting.