Summary of the June 13 Faculty Senate Meeting

 

Chair Report: Past-Chair Pete Anderson presented Dr. Linda Reed with the Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award and officially transferred the gavel to Chair Joe March for the 2006-2007 Senate term. Chair March presented a resolution recognizing the service of Dr. Pete Anderson as Chair of the Faculty Senate for 2005-2006. Chair March announced that Provost Eli Capilouto has approved the Senate and FPPC recommended changes to Section 2.10.2 of the UAB Faculty Handbook related to FPPC membership, has distributed the new Excused Absence Policy, and has forwarded to the Senate office a report that compares UAB faculty salaries by rank and by school to the SUG averages. Chair March presented an overview of the Senate including its function and structure and addressed some of the items recommended by senators at the last meeting for consideration during the upcoming year including new senator orientation and increased communication.

 

President Report: President Carol Garrison announced that the new UAB dining facility (Commons on the Green) and residence hall (Blazer Hall) are now open, agenda items for the Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for June 15 and 16 include tuition and budget planning and the new UAB women and infants facility, and Dr. Philip Way will join UAB on September 1, 2006 as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs.

 

Standing Committee Reports: Faculty Affairs Committee Chair Mark Lockhart reviewed the revisions made to the Periodic Career Developmental Review Concept Proposal Draft based on feedback received from the Deans after presentation at an Academic Programs Council meeting. Senators were encouraged to distribute the proposal draft to faculty and solicit input. The proposal draft is in the final review stage and will be voted on at the July Senate meeting.

 

New Business: Elections for the two Senator-at-Large positions were held and Dr. Pamela Autrey and Dr. Ellen Buckner were elected to serve a one-year term on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Chair March announced that he is looking for volunteers to fill the following vacant Senate positions: Chair of the Governance and Operations Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee, Senate Parliamentarian, Senate Representative to the UAB Athletic Advisory Committee/Academic Standards Subcommittee, and Senate Representative to the UAB Committee on Academic Advising.

 

University-wide Committee Reports: Senate Representative Dr. Linda Reed to the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee provided an overview of the committee and encouraged senators to contact her about any issues or concerns related to fringe benefits.

 

Announcements: The next Senate meeting is July 11, 2006 in the Penthouse CR1, the next FSEC meeting with the President and Provost is July 5, 2006, and the next FPPC meeting is June 16, 2006.

 

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 July Senate meeting. The minutes of the FPPC meeting are available for review on the Senate page at http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html.