Summary of Minutes – Faculty senate Meeting June 14, 2005


Chair Report: Past-Chair Ted Benditt officially transferred the gavel to Chair Pete Anderson for the 2005-2006 term of the Faculty Senate. Chair Anderson conducted the introductions of the Senators and Alternates and the officers (refer to the Senate homepage for this information.) Chair Anderson presented a resolution recognizing the service of Dr. Ted Benditt as Chair of the Faculty for 2004-2005 and a resolution recognizing the service of Mr. James Lowery for his assistance to the Faculty Senate. Chair Anderson presented an orientation for the Senators outlining the structure and function of the Senate officers and the Standing Committees. The roles and responsibilities are defined in the Bylaws for the Senate (posted on the Senate homepage.) The working groups of the Senate are the Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) and the Standing Committees (Faculty Affairs, Curriculum & Research, Finance, and Governance and Operations.) Chair Anderson extended congratulations to Provost Capilouto by the Faculty Senate.

President Report: President Carol Garrison updates on the following topics: (1) search committee activities for leadership positions for UAB (Science & Technology Honors program director; QEP director; Chief of Police, Dean of Nursing, and Department Chairs in School of Medicine); (2) progress on construction around the new Recreation Center; (3) book selection for incoming freshmen will be The Spirit Catches You. This book will be the focus of a variety of student, faculty and staff activities during the fall term and faculty are encouraged to volunteer as small group seminar leaders for discussion of the book; (4) alumni activities focused on increasing the alumni network; (5) Board of Trustee meeting scheduled for June 16-17 with decisions on tuition and budget planning to follow this meeting; (6) impact of Conference USA decisions for UAB athletics; and (7) planning process for compensation plans for this coming year. Provost Capilouto presented an overview of UAB support of the AIDS Relief Program in Zambia.

Elections of Senators at Large to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee: Madelyn Coar (Senator – Dentistry) and Tim Kraft (Alternate Senator – Optometry) were elected to serve for one year on the Executive Committee.

Standing Committee Reports: Faculty Affairs Committee – Senator and Chair Mark Lockhart reported that the committee is planning the process for evaluation of department chairs which is scheduled to occur this fall and that the committee will be working on other issues before the committee. Curriculum & Research Committee – Senator and Chair Jeff Engler presented a summary of activities by the committee for this past year and outlined several topics (monitoring of academic unit investments in faculty development; grading policy; QEP; and class scheduling as part of the academic calendar concerns. Finance Committee – Senator and Chair Warren Martin summarized past year activities (fringe benefits survey and service on the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee; review of distribution indices and salary issues.) The committee will continue to address these topics and plan to conduct a benefits survey in spring of 2006. Governance & Operations Committee – Senator and Chair Jennifer Long reviewed a written report outlining the committee’s responsibilities and the activities for the coming year (monitoring attendance by Senators to assure representation by each academic unit; implementation of the Senate Liaison activities in each academic unit and the development of a historical account for the Senate which is now 10 years old.

Announcements: The next Senate meeting is July 12, 2005 in the Penthouse CR1; the President’s State of the University is being planned for September; the next FSEC meeting with the President and Provost is June 29, 2005. The Senate representatives to the Diversity Council and the Faculty Athletics Advisory Committee will have reports for the July Senate meeting.

Secretary Greenup submits this DRAFT summary of minutes and a more complete record will appear on the Senate page after approval at the July Senate meeting.