Summary of the August 8 Faculty Senate Meeting


Chair Report:  Chair Joe March announced the following items:  1) report prepared by committee charged with reviewing best practices for annual faculty evaluations will be shared with senate after consideration by Provost; 2) contact person in Provost Office will be identified to help senate ensure representatives to university-wide committees are listed on rosters by chairs; 3) President Garrison’s State of the University address is September 28, 2006 at 3:30 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium of Hill University Center; 4) scientific integrity policy is being revised to align the university with federal guidelines; and 5) highlights from Academic Programs Council meeting included notification that a folder will be available to faculty explaining procedures for requesting leave of absence, overview of CORD activities, and distribution of draft UAB Consulting Policy.


Presentation:  UAB Budget – Provost Eli Capilouto and Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration Richard Margison provided an overview of the budgeting process and current fiscal year budget.  The presentation materials are posted at


Standing Committee Reports:  Curriculum and Research Committee – Chair Nasim Uddin reported on review of draft UAB Copyright Policy, identification of team members for application to ACRL’s Institute on Scholarly Communication, and development of draft Resolution on Adopting a System for Student Evaluations of Faculty Teaching.  The resolution is posted on the senate page and will be discussed and voted on at the September senate meeting.


Finance Committee – Chair Michael Humber reported that the committee is working on benefit issues, tuition support for dependents of faculty, and budget review.


Governance and Operations Committee – Chair Pat Higginbottom reported that senate liaisons have been named for all academic units and orientation will occur in the future.


Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee – Chair-Elect Pat Greenup reported on implementation of faculty handbook review cycle and subcommittee work on family friendly leave policies, student intellectual property, and annual faculty evaluations.


Faculty Affairs Committee – Chair Mark Lockhart reported on progress related to annual administrator evaluations and periodic career developmental review.


Periodic Career Developmental Review Concept Proposal Draft:  The revised document was presented and approved by the senate with no further discussion.  The proposal will be forwarded to the administration for policy development.  


University-wide Committee Reports:  Senate Representative to UAB Fringe Benefits Committee Linda Reed reported on upcoming agenda items and presentation of faculty survey results.


Announcements:  The next senate meeting is September 12, 2006 in the Penthouse CR1, the next FSEC meeting is August 30, 2006, the next FSEC meeting with the President and Provost is September 5, 2006, and the next FPPC meeting is August 18, 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 September senate meeting.  The minutes of the FPPC meeting are available for review on the senate page at