Deadline for 2016 study-away programs approachesUAB Study Away will help administer faculty-led programs that have been designed by UAB instructors and approved by the process detailed at studyaway.uab.edu. Complete and submit the form for 2016 travel to department chairs by June 1 for spring break and July 15 for summer programs.Nominations open for faculty senate
Participate in shared governance as a voice for faculty while fulfilling a service requirement. Submit nominations online through May 1.Student Affairs VP candidate presentations to begin April 20
Candidates for the position of vice president of Student Affairs will make public presentations and answer questions April 20-22 in the School of Nursing Auditorium.File annual ethics report by April 30
UAB employees who meet a certain salary threshold, or whose job includes management of state funds in certain capacities, are required to complete an annual Statement of Economic Interests form.New UAB recruiting system to go live April 20UAB and UAB Medicine are transitioning to a new recruiting system, Taleo, that will streamline the application process and better support the needs of our candidates. Training information for hiring managers and more about how this transition may affect you is online.Search process underway for vice president for Equity and DiversityA committee co-chaired by School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean Mona Fouad and UAB Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack will guide the national search. The committee is being assisted by the Desir Group, which also was hired assess this function; that report is available online.Faculty forums to examine the core curriculum this weekForums are scheduled at varying times Tuesday-Friday.New resources for raising compliance questions, concernsUAB has established the Duty to Report and Non-retaliation Policy that describes expectations and processes for UAB community members to report ethical issues.News from SACS-COC visit is goodA Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmation committee completed its campus visit this week as part of UAB’s reaccreditation process. In an email to students, faculty and staff, Provost Linda Lucas shared positive preliminary results.Search begins for UAB Graduate School deanThe committee will identify and screen candidates, select finalists by the end of the spring semester.Search for vice provost for Enrollment Management underwayA committee chaired by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Palazzo, Ph.D., will lead the national search for UAB’s vice provost for Enrollment Management. Finalists will be invited to campus to meet with students, faculty and staff by late spring.UAB Medicine to launch secure texting appUnlike SMS, the new app provides completely secure communication — a requirement for transmission of protected health information and other sensitive data.Search underway for vice president of Student AffairsA committee chaired by UAB Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack will guide the national search for UAB’s vice president of Student Affairs. The committee will review candidates, and finalists will be invited to campus by late spring to meet with students, faculty and staff.UA System Board of Trustees meeting held at UAB Feb. 5-6
UAB President Ray Watts, M.D., delivered the school's institutional presentation Feb. 6 during the Board of Trustees meeting. Read his opening and closing remarks, plus those of UAB Faculty Senate President Chad Epps and USGA President Anjali Wagle.SACSCOC onsite visit is Feb. 24-26Representatives from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges will make an onsite visit Feb. 24-26 as part of the process of reaffirming UAB’s accreditation. Information about the process, links to UAB’s Compliance Certification and QEP, are at www.uab.edu/accreditation.Provost gets input about Graduate School dean searchFaculty raised questions about the dean position’s description, plus funding for graduate education and interdisciplinary collaboration.UAB seeking input on role of VP for Equity and DiversityMore than 100 stakeholders have participated in focus groups and discussions thus far. All employees and students are invited to provide their input by completing an online survey, which will be available through Jan. 23.President responds to Faculty Senate voteThe UAB Faculty Senate approved two resolutions during its specially called meeting Jan. 15. The first expressed their support for athletics. The second expressed a lack of confidence in the leadership of UAB President Ray Watts.
Afterward, Watts said he is committed to work to regain the confidence of the UAB community.
“I’m obviously disappointed, but what this vote means to me is that I have more work to do to find common ground so we can move forward, and I am up to this challenge,” Watts said. “I truly want to thank our students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters who have made their voices heard in a constructive way.
“We have a great university. We have thousands of talented people who are making world-changing breakthroughs right here in Birmingham at UAB,” Watts said.
“My focus moving forward is to work with our community to carry out our mission. As president I am totally committed to the future of UAB and the many great things we are doing here.”Raczynski to retire as UAB chief financial officerA search committee will be formed and a national search will be conducted to find Raczynski’s successor.UAB receives Carnegie Foundation community engagement designationUAB is one of 51 universities nationally and the only one in Alabama to be classified for its high research activity and community engagement.