Summary Minutes – Faculty Senate Meeting-December 13, 2005


Chair Report: Chair Peter Anderson updated Senators: (1) faculty development opportunities supported by Provost Eli Capilouto’s office appreciated by faculty and encourage faculty to participate in future offerings; the Teaching Portfolio mentoring workshop completed December 9 and the Master Teacher Workshop is schedule for December 15-16; (2) Provost Capilouto is appointing a committee to continue the study of library space and planning; (3) the Chancellor approved Section 2.0, Appendices A, B and C and the new section 7.5.1 are now posted for the online handbook at these links: and at the Faculty Resources icon; (4) the IDEA Department Chair evaluations have been distributed to chairs and the dean and full time regular faculty for the respective chair; (5) Higher Education Day is March 2, 2006 and faculty are encouraged to participate; (6) planning is ongoing for the new math lab facility as a component of the QEP implementation.

President Report: President Carol Garrison encouraged faculty participation with the Higher Education Day events, announced that UAB has received official SACS approval and that UAB has been invited to present the QEP at a summer institute; expressed appreciation to group that prepared the Ford Foundation Grant and the receipt of a $100,000 grant to support QEP implementation; encouraged faculty to participate in the December 17, 2005 graduation events to support graduating students and thanked the faculty for a successful fall semester.

Presentation: Dr. Karen Shader, Director of Instructional Technology presented “Instructional Technology and Blended Learning at UAB” describing the current and projected services associated with the implementation of the Vista WebCT and the timeline for introduction of training and services for faculty, staff and students. This presentation can be accessed from the Senate page and pull down presentations link at and additional information for Instructional Technology is available at ; faculty are encouraged to submit questions and suggestions as to instructional technology related services to Dr. Shader at 975-6552 or

Standing Committee Reports: Curriculum & Research Committee Senator and Chair Jeff Engler updated Senate on student ratings methods with the IDEA pilot study that has been completed and the IDEA results will be reviewed in faculty focus groups in January and the ongoing review of student rating current practices in the academic units; the committee is continuing the review process and will be developing recommendations in the spring term. Faculty Affairs Committee Senator and Chair Mark Lockhart reported that the development of a proposal for periodic career review for all faculty members is ongoing and that the administrator evaluation process for the next three years is being completed. Governance & Operations Committee Senator and Chair Jennifer Long

Requested feedback from Senators as to the email distribution process within departments and academic units; this information is needed to implement the Senate liaison communication network. Finance Committee – Senator Ted Bos reported that the subcommittee on faculty salary and SUG averages is continuing preparation of information for the Senate; Senator Steve Mennemeyer reported that the committee is continuing review of the Viva ratings and methods for determination of customer satisfaction; a survey of the faculty related to health benefits is being prepared for distribution in spring term. Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee- Past Chair Ted Benditt presented an overview of the minutes of the October 14 and November 18 meetings of the FPPC; the topics before this committee include: (1) family friendly policies; (2) student ownership of intellectual property and distance learning rules; (3) faculty handbook review cycle in the future for the online document; and the revision of the Operating Rules for the committee.

University-wide committee reports: No reports presented.

New Business/Open Forum: No new items were presented.

Announcements: The January Senate meeting is January 10, 2006 in the Great Hall AB; the next FPPC meeting is January 20, 2006 in the Penthouse; Senate elections nominations for Chair-elect and Secretary are due February 3, 2006 and nominees for senators and FPPC representatives from Business, Dentistry, Education, Health Related Professions and Public Health are due February 24, 2006; the election process will be conducted electronically in March 2006. Job descriptions are posted on Senate web page.

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.