DRAFT Summary Minutes-Faculty Senate Meeting – January 10, 2006


Chair Report:  Chair Peter Anderson reported (1) Senate representatives to the Library Space committee are Heather McPherson and Jeff Engler; (2) Draft Copyright policy has been forwarded to Curriculum & Research and Faculty Policies and Procedures committee for review; (3) Board of Trustees meeting will be held at UAB Hill University Center on February 2-3, 2006; (4) Forum on restructuring Introductory Math courses at UAB is scheduled for January 18/Hill Center Auditorium; (5) Higher Education Day is March 2, 2006 and faculty are encouraged to participate; (6) Provost Eli Capilouto’s quarterly report for October 1-December 1, 2005 indicated no activities by the Termination for Cause or Grievance Panels and Grievance Hearing Committee.

President Report: President Carol Garrison reported on UAB participation with the President’s Summit on international educational opportunities and the need to increase student exchange and study abroad activities and to develop educational programs in critical languages for teachers and graduates planning to work in public and international policy. Initial discussions at UAB are addressing possible joint programs of science and foreign service/international studies preparation and possible interaction with UA system schools in addition to Samford, Birmingham Southern and Troy State to explore funding opportunities announced for critical languages needs addressing U.S. national security concerns.

Presentation: Dr. Marilyn Kurata Director of Core Curriculum Enhancement/QEP presented an update on the Quality Enhancement Program. This presentation is posted at the Senate web site presentations link at http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html

The Book Discussion selection for 2006 was announced as The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Visit the UAB homepage for additional information on Book Discussion. Faculty volunteers to lead discussion groups for fall 2006 are needed. Faculty members are encouraged to submit Freshmen Learning Communities proposals for fall 2007. Additional information for the QEP is available at http://sacs.ad.uab.edu/UAB_QEP.pdf

Standing Committee Reports: Curriculum & Research Committee – Dr. Rose Scripa reported for Jeff Engler that the IDEA pilot study student ratings reports have been received from IDEA and being prepared to distribute to the volunteer faculty who participated in fall term. The committee will follow up with recommendations after volunteers review the reports and submit recommendations. Faculty Affairs Committee Senator and Chair Mark Lockhart reported that a proposal for periodic career review will be submitted to the Executive Committee by February 1, 2006. Finance Committee Senator and Chair Warren Martin reported that a Fringe Benefits survey will be conducted during spring term to obtain faculty input about health benefits.

Announcements: (1) Chair Elect Joe March reported the first meeting of the Portal Committee will be January 31, 2006 to begin discussions of enhancements for personalize homepage development and other activities; (2) Nominations for Chair-elect and Secretary are due February 3, 2006; (3) Senate meeting dates and locations for 2006 were distributed and will be posted on Senate page; (4) Next Senate meeting – February 14, 2006 in Great Hall; Next FPPC meeting – January 20, 2006 in Penthouse CR1.

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