UTMB Faculty Senate
– Caduceus Room
Senators in Attendance: S. Ayachi, C. Baker, M. Boyars, V. Braciale, B. Buderlmann, K. Calhoun, B Cammune, N. Holcomb, R. Lederman, S. Lemon (ex-officio) R. Leonard, J. Leonard, S. Mitra, L. Primeau, N. Rubin, V. Sierpina, A. Speer, J. Stobo (ex-officio), D. Traber, C. Watson, C. Wigg, C. Wisnewski.
· Dr. Taglialatela is out of the country – unable to chair meeting. Meeting chaired by Regina Lederman, Chair-elect.
II. Comments from the President. – J. Stobo
· Budget – the Governor has called for a 7% reduction of state funds for the remainder of this fiscal year.
· There will be no overall hiring freeze; no across the board cuts. Academic programs will be reviewed before any further budget cuts are made.
· The leadership of the university (President, Deans, Hospital COO) worked together smoothly to prepare the budget decrease. The amount of decrease was smaller this time; thus, a lower number of FTE’s were affected.
· In addition, Service lines are under review for cost effectiveness/program quality.
· Options are being explored to increase revenue (i.e., introducing a possible Medicaid pilot program focusing on the younger population (25-38 years old). Our expertise in this field would be valuable.
· Indigent care funds were not immediately affected.
· The Senate’s role: be a steady/calming influence; solicit input from peers; be a conduit of information for faculty at large.
UTMB has an
ongoing collaboration with
· The data shows that the quality of program content is comparable to ours; students have often rated it higher.
· A potential M.D. to PhD. Program is being considered. Our programs/facilities compliment each other (i.e., UT-Austin does not have an academic health center or medical school).
· It is to our advantage; we have no program in Biomedical Engineering, whereas UT-Austin does.
III. Chair-Elect Report – R. Lederman
· The Faculty Satisfaction Survey has been distributed by Digital Research, Inc., a private evaluation company. They will circulate the survey to all UT System faculty. The surveys are returned to them with a personal ID#; the process assures faculty complete confidentiality. A 70-80% response is needed for a representative survey. When last poled by UTMB, the Faculty Satisfaction Survey yielded a 74% response rate.
· Senators need to encourage faculty participation.
· Announcement regarding the importance of an adequate survey response will be published in the Senate Newsletter and in Daily Announcements.
· Dr. Stobo and the Deans were requested to endorse the survey.
· Must use caution in surveying – too many discourage participation.
· Faculty will be contacted three times with reminders for survey completion.
· The senate inquired what changes have been made since the last survey, if any. Dr. Stobo will address this issue in a letter
· The Senate Executive Committee met with Dr. Stobo re: planning a Faculty Diversity Conference. Dr. Stobo is assembled a Committee to facilitate the conference. The goal is to provide a model for increasing faculty diversity and resources
· The call for faculty interested in Health Disparities research netted 22 volunteers—name of interested faculty have been forwarded to President Stobo.
IV. Past-Chair Report – V. Sierpina
· Re: Faculty Club: For budgetary reasons progress on the proposed faculty club in Old Red have been curtailed; the club is not a top priority.
· Re: Yacht Club membership: It was suggested that a reduced fee or dues arrangement be worked out with the Yacht club. If this is arranged, adding the Yacht Club to the shuttle route should also be negotiated.
· Dr’s Stobo, Perachio, Garges, Marx and Sierpina’s visit to the Texas College Chiropractics was favorable; they are working on a collaborative effort. Dr. Perachio will be meeting with them next month.
V. Authorship policies – C. Watson
· The Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee met and reviewed the Authorship Guidelines. Their findings included: adding an additional paragraph (see handout). There is a Scientific Integrity Committee (SIC) here on campus – the AAAC felt this is a more appropriate task for that committee. The guidelines they have published appear adequate compared to other universities.
· The committee noted they felt this should not have been our charge, that it was a duplication of effort.
· Dr. Lemon noted the SIC committee only meets when they have a charge/activity.
· Report submitted and approved by Senate.
VI. Upward evaluation on President – N. Rubin
· The Faculty Quality Committee was charged with determining if the president should have a 360-degree evaluation in response to a request from the UT System. The committee recommended that all faculty be evaluated in the same manner.
· The evaluation tools vary from one school to another at UTMB.
· Report submitted and approved by the Senate
· The senators emphasized that it is extremely helpful to send information for Senate meetings in advance to allow for review prior to meetings.
· Invite Kathy Shingleton to discuss 360-degree reviews.
· Governance Committee - wanted further discussion on process of what/who gets issues to the senate and assigned to committees.
· Invite Walter Meyer (Scientific Integrity Committee) to give an overview of that committee
VII. Motion to adjourn made and seconded.