Summary of Minutes – Faculty Senate Meeting – August 9, 2005


Chair Report: Chair Peter Anderson summarized topics the Senate Executive Committee discussed with President Carol Garrison and Provost Eli Capilouto at the June 22, 2005 meeting: (1) student evaluation of teaching faculty and need for a web-based system to support documentation within academic units and to accomplish University-wide goals; the Senate will develop a recommendation for a process through the Curriculum and Research Committee; (2) faculty development opportunities such as the August 16-17 Master Teacher Program and future planning for increasing faculty development activities in each of the academic units and for the campus level; (3) Provost Capilouto support of the “2 for 1” opportunity to academic units for the American Council on Education workshops for deans, associate/assistant deans and department chairs. Chair Anderson reported Dr. Diane Tucker has been appointed as the Director of the Science and Technology Honors Program and that the Graduate School Dean search process is pending announcement of the selection offer.

Standing Committee Reports: Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) – Senator and Chair Mark Lockhart reviewed the administrator evaluation proposal; Senators were requested to review the distributed proposal and be prepared to vote on the proposal at the September Senate meeting. Plans are in progress for constituent faculty to evaluate their department chairs (excluding academic administrators in the office less than 2 years and departments with fewer than 6 faculty members) during fall term. The Senate is working with I.D.E.A. to conduct the evaluations with the numerical reports to be distributed to faculty in each department and the chair’s dean. The FAC will consider options for faculty to evaluate chairs in those departments with fewer than 6 faculty members. Chair Lockhart updated the Senate on periodic career review for tenured faculty and the goal to develop a faculty-driven proposal for Senate recommendation to the President Garrison. Senators were encouraged to submit current faculty evaluation practices (annual and peer review) and to identify other institutions known to have periodic career review programs in operations for tenured faculty. The goal is to develop a lexicon of common language related to a development and peer review process and guiding principles supportive of faculty and the UAB Strategic Plan and SACS expectations for faculty development and evaluation.

Governance and Operations (Gov & Ops) – Senator and Chair Jennifer Long reported the implementation of the Senate Liaison Program to improve communication among Senators in an academic unit and with constituent faculty members and Deans in each academic unit. The following units have identified liaisons: Arts & Humanities – Sue Kim; Education – Karen Dahle; Health Related Profession – Debra Laken; Lister Hill Library – Martha Verchot; Mervyn Sterne Library – Jonathan Harwell, Nursing – Joe Burrage and the goal is completion of identification of a Senate Liaison for all units by the September Senate meeting.

Finance Committee (FC) – Senator and Chair Warren Martin updated the Senate on the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee’s ongoing negotiations (not able to release the details at this time) related to health insurance benefits for the coming year. The FC will begin meetings in September to continue work on Senate related topics of financial concern.

Curriculum & Research Committee (C&R) – Chair Anderson reported that the committee is meeting August 26 with Provost Capilouto, Dr. Glenna Brown and Dr. Rose Scripa to initiate planning of a proposal and recommendations concerning student evaluations and the linking of this activity with faculty development infrastructure. The C&R will continue work on copyright and fair use issues.

Faculty Policies and Procedures (FPPC) – Past-Chair Ted Benditt reported there were no recommendations to the Senate based on the July 15, 2005 FPPC meeting. The next meeting is August 19, 2005 and discussions will address committee operating rules, UAB family friendly policies and copyright and ownership rules and policies.

University-wide Committee – Senate Representative Reports: Senator Debra Laken, Senate representative to the Athletic Advising Committee and the Athletic Standards Subcommittee reported the groups are continuing development of a policy for student absences related to UAB sponsored activities and Senators were encouraged to submit questions and concerns related to the athletics activities to Dr. David Jenkins at

Announcements: (1) Next Senate meeting is September 13, 2005 – Penthouse CR1; (2) President Garrison’s State of the University address – September 20, 2005 at 3:30 pm in the Spain Cameron Auditorium; (3) with the new UAB homepage, the Faculty and Staff resources icon is no longer visible but can be found on the Faculty Senate page (open the Faculty link from new front page); and (4) Provost Capilouto has informed the Senate that the Section 2.0 and Appendices A, B and C of the UAB Faculty Handbook and Policies have been approved by the Chancellor and plans are being developed for the implementation and identification of the effective date for the revised policies and procedures.

Secretary Greenup submits this DRAFT summary of minutes and a more complete record will appear on the Senate page after approval at the September Senate meeting. The minutes of the FPPC meetings are posted on the Senate page at: