Summary of the September 9, 2008 Faculty Senate Meeting



Chair Report


Chair Warren Martin reported on the following items:


1)      State of the University address by President Garrison is scheduled for October 16, 2008 (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m. in the Hill University Center.  All faculty members are invited to attend and to bring their students.


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.


5)      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 Administration Building.


6)      Selected revenue and expenditure information for the academic units was reviewed.



President Report


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).





UAB Athletics


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 School of Health Professions and Chair of the UAB NCAA Accreditation Committee, provided an update on the athletics recertification process including the site visit in October 2008.  (handout)



Dealing with Distressed Students


Ms. Susan Hart, Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center, Ms. Debora Morgette, Student Affairs Specialist, and Dr. Angela Stowe, Director of Disability Support Services, discussed training for faculty on effectively intervening with distressed students.  Topics covered were purpose, faculty role, training formats, difference between distressed and disruptive students, intervention and consultation guidelines, and referral sources.  An online presentation on how to identify and intervene with distressed students is available at  Workshops may be scheduled by contacting Debora Morgette at 975-4412 or  (slides / handout)



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 before the October senate meeting.  (section 2.7.1 / section 7 / memo)




Open Forum


Senators were encouraged to share comments related to the annual administrator evaluation process with Chair Warren Martin at





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.