Summary of the August 14 Faculty Senate Meeting

 

Chair Report: Chair Pat Greenup announced the following items: 1) State of the University address by President Garrison is scheduled for October 4, 2007 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium; 2) Provost reported no activities in termination for cause review panel, grievance hearing committee, and university-wide grievance panel from March 31st to June 30th; 3) Topics discussed at FSEC meeting included agendas, return status of photo authorization forms, periodic career developmental review proposal, and parking for new academic classroom building; 4) Topics discussed at FSEC meeting with Provost included budget presentation at September senate meeting, university-wide initiatives update, center for teaching and learning and writing center update, Sterne Library renovation committee, commission on the status of women recommendation about representation and compensation, annual faculty evaluation process, and faculty ranks within academic units and possible impacts; 5) Senate approved intellectual ownership recommendations will be considered by appropriate administrators; 6) Senate representatives to university-wide committees have been appointed by President; 7) Administrator evaluation surveys for President and Provost will be distributed electronically to faculty in late August; 8) Senate office will be relocated to Campbell Hall during next month; 9) Senate budget for 2007-2008 has been developed and submitted.

 

President Report: President Carol Garrison announced the following items: 1) Discussion book activities include presentation by and reception with Rick Bragg on August 21, ice cream social on the green, and campus conversations events; 2) New faculty encouraged to attend reception as part of orientation activities planned for September 19; 3) Faculty should complete required online courses listed in BlazerNET since most training is mandated by regulatory agencies; 4) Faculty encouraged to discuss incentives and barriers for participation in various activities on campus such as strategic enrollment management and student advising.

 

Standing Committee Reports: Curriculum and Research Committee Senate Chair Pat Greenup reported for Chair Nasim Uddin that committee is discussing scholarly communication and research day for faculty development grant award winners to report on projects.

 

Faculty Affairs Committee Chair Mark Lockhart reported on current cycle of administrator evaluations and planning for next cycle including how survey results are used and how to close feedback loop.

 

Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee Senate Chair Pat Greenup reported that committee is discussing standards of behavior and policies for firearms and use and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

 

Finance Committee Chair Stephen Mennemeyer reported that committee is comparing UAB faculty salaries with SUG data. Senate Representative to UAB Fringe Benefits Committee Linda Reed reported on topics discussed at two meetings held in July. Please contact her at reedl@uab.edu with questions or concerns by faculty about benefits before next meeting on August 21.

 

Governance and Operations Committee Chair Pat Higginbottom reported that committee is reviewing constitution and bylaws and explained role of senate liaisons.

Open Forum: Senators completed surveys on administrators to be evaluated, faculty interests and concerns, and current practices for annual faculty evaluation process based on guiding principles in each academic unit.

 

Announcements: Next senate meeting is September 11, 2007 in Hill University Center Great

Hall, next FSEC meeting is August 29, 2007, next FSEC meeting with President and Provost is September 4, 2007, and next FPPC meeting is August 17, 2007.

 

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 http://www.uab.edu/fsenate/home.html.