Summary of the September 9, 2008 Faculty Senate Meeting
Chair Warren Martin reported on the following items:
State of the University address by President Garrison
is scheduled for October 16, 2008 (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m. in the
2) Title of You & UAB Handbook has been changed to You & UAB Handbook for Faculty and Staff (cover page).
3) Software for an online calendar is being tested by the university. The senate chair has reviewed the software and has made suggestions for a separate calendar for academic presentations so faculty members can view thesis and dissertation defenses and academic lectures in one place. The online calendar will be dependent upon the various academic units entering their information.
4) Final budget for the senate has been received and the actual reduction is less than 6% (5.76%) rather than the anticipated 11% reduction.
Due to support
from President Garrison, the senate has twenty spaces reserved on the third
floor of the parking deck with an attendant on duty for the monthly meetings
during renovation of the
6) Selected revenue and expenditure information for the academic units was reviewed.
President Carol Garrison announced the following items:
1) Current freshmen class is the best prepared and the freshmen discussion book groups held at the beginning of the semester were very interesting.
2) Approximately 300 hurricane evacuees were housed in Bartow Arena and the UAB community worked hard to make the situation as positive as possible (more info).
Mr. Brian Mackin, Athletics
Director, provided an overview of the changes in the athletics department which
included enhancement of academic support, development of additional positions
and hiring of new personnel, creation of Academic Reform Group (ARG), and appointment
of Faculty Athletics Representative. Ms.
Danez Marrable, Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support Services, discussed
academic achievements in the athletics department and enhancements made to
academic support services. Mr. Chad
Jackson, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, reviewed how the NCAA’s
Academic Progress Rate (APR) is calculated and spoke about the progress made by
the university in 2007 towards improving the rate. Dr. Frank Messina, Chair of the Athletics
Advisory Committee, discussed serving as the faculty athletics representative
and the importance placed on academics by the athletics department. Dr. Harold Jones, Dean of the
Dealing with Distressed Students
Ms. Susan Hart, Director of the
Finance Committee Report
Chair of the Finance Committee Linda Reed reported on a meeting with Dr. Nancy Dunlap, Chief of Staff of the Kirklin Clinic, related to the results of the faculty senate survey on fringe benefits. The Kirklin Clinic has several ongoing programs and some new programs under development that may address the areas identified by the survey as needing improvement. More information about these programs may be presented at a future senate meeting.
Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Report
Senate Past-Chair and Chair of the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Pat Greenup presented the recommended revisions to section 2.7.1 on resignation and section 7 on holidays, vacation, and leaves of the faculty handbook as the first reading by the senate. Senators were encouraged to review the revisions and the corresponding memorandum which explains the rationale for the revisions and submit feedback to Pat Greenup at email@example.com before the October senate meeting. (section 2.7.1 / section 7 / memo)
Senators were encouraged to share comments related to the annual administrator evaluation process with Chair Warren Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next senate meeting is October 14, 2008 in the Administration Building Penthouse CR1, the next executive committee meeting is September 24, 2008, the next executive committee meeting with the President and Provost is October 7, 2008, and the next FPPC meeting is September 19, 2008.
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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 October senate meeting.