Summary of the February 12 Faculty Senate Meeting
Chair Report: Chair Pat Greenup announced the following items: 1) Provost reported no activities in termination for cause review panel, grievance hearing committee, and university-wide grievance panel; 2) Topics discussed at FSEC meeting included agendas, standing committee reports, family friendly recommendations, faculty evaluations, and senate effectiveness traits; 3) Topics discussed at FSEC meeting with President and Provost included academic unit diversity committees, university-wide initiatives, administrator evaluation process, shared governance indicators, and holidays.
Presentations: Gordon Stone discussed higher education
Revisions to Use and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages Policy: Revisions to alcoholic beverages policy were approved by the senate and will be forwarded to the Provost.
Family Friendly Revisions to Sections 2.3, 2.6, and 7.5 of Faculty Handbook: Family friendly revisions to handbook recommended by Provost as additions to senate recommendations were approved by the senate and will be returned to the Provost.
Revisions to Sections 3.8 and 220.127.116.11 of Faculty Handbook: Revisions to section 3.8 on standards of behavior and section 18.104.22.168 on annual faculty evaluations of handbook recommended by Provost in response to senate recommendations were approved by the senate and will be returned to the Provost.
Standing Committee Reports: Curriculum and Research Committee – Chair Nasim Uddin reported on faculty development activities and faculty research day.
Faculty Affairs Committee – Chair Mark Lockhart reported on activities related to administrator evaluation process.
Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee – Senate Chair Pat Greenup reported on FPPC proposal for policies and procedures library which will be discussed and voted on at the March senate meeting.
Governance and Operations Committee – Chair Pat Higginbottom reported on proposed revisions to senate constitution and bylaws and request to add language about shared governance.
University-wide Committee Reports: Senate Representative to Commission on the Status of Women Joy Deupree summarized recommendations from child care subcommittee for expanding space and upgrading accommodations for child care service delivery.
Senate Representative to Diversity Advisory Council Madelyn Coar summarized topics discussed including Knight case and advisory group compliance recommendations, diversity conference, utilization of incentives for hiring diverse faculty on campus, funding for advertising in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and number of Hispanic/Latino faculty and students on campus.
Senate Representative to Undergraduate Programs Council Ellen Buckner summarized actions including approval of majors and minors, feedback on certificate proposals, approval of changes to transferability and applicability of credit, discussion about instructional environment reports, creation of guidelines for departments not under ACHE, and discussion about AACU core commitments survey results.
Announcements: Next senate meeting is March 11, 2008 in Administration Building Penthouse CR1, next FSEC meeting is February 27, 2008, next FSEC meeting with President and Provost is March 4, 2008, and next FPPC meeting is February 15, 2008.
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 March senate meeting. The minutes of the FPPC meeting are available for review on the senate page at http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html.