UTMB Faculty Senate
Senators Present: T. Albrecht; J. Alperin; S. Ayachi; C. Baker; M. Best; C. Boodley; B. Budelmann (Chair); B. Camune; A. Cass; N. Hughes; H. Jordan; M. Kanz; R. Lederman (Past Chair); H. Li; M. McGinnis; K. Mossberg; V. Parisi; C. Phillips; L. Primeau; R. Rahr; K. Rasmussen; J. Stobo (ex-officio); M. Winter (Chair Elect).
I. Approval of Agenda of 08/08/05
II. Approval of Minutes of 07/11/05
III. President’s Comments – Dr. Stobo
• Dr. Stobo provided a handout to the Senate that provided a chronology
of events regarding UTMB’s and Austin’s collaboration since the 1950’s.
IV. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Budelmann
• Dr. Budelmann announced that today’s meeting was the last regularly
scheduled meeting for the 2004-2005 Faculty Senate. He recognized Dr. Winter
as the 2005-2006 Chairman of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Budelmann gave special
thanks to Faculty Senate members who will be rotating off. He recognized Dr.
Dallas who is leaving UTMB. Approximately 50% of Faculty Senate members will
be rotating off.
V. Chair-Elect Comments – Dr. Winter
• Dr. Winter discussed online training issues with the Senate. He
reminded the Senators of the need to complete assignments prior to the
August 31 deadline. An August 16 scheduled meeting of the online training
committee will discuss a replacement course that would combine five
separately required online training courses. An additional online training
course would hopefully eliminate the need to spend an entire day in New
VI. Past Chair’s Comments – Dr. Lederman
• Drs. Lederman and McGinnis gave a report on efforts for tenure
retention for part-time faculty. They said that the Academic Executive
Council closed the door for further discussion and that Dr. Stobo will not
support this issue beyond what is mentioned in UTMB’s IHOP. Other campuses
have a full policy on part-time faculty tenure including UT Dallas and UT
Health Science Center in San Antonio.
VII. Institutional Educational Effectiveness Committee – Dr. Gerik
• Dr. Gerik advised the Senate of the work the Institutional Educational Effectiveness Committee (IEEC) conducting. UTMB is facing review for reaffirmation of accreditation in November 2007. The institution is presently not in compliance with principle 2.5 which states:
“The institution engages in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research- based planning and evaluation processes that incorporate a systematic review of programs and services that (a) results in continuing improvement, and (b) demonstrates that the institution is effectively accomplishing its mission.”
This is an extremely important and serious issue as UTMB could potentially lose accreditation and federal funding if we do not achieve compliance with all principles per the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The IEEC is working with the SACS Compliance Committee to review all degreed programs across schools and to make recommendations to enhance strengths and remedy weaknesses. Dr. Gerik asked for a volunteer from the Faculty Senate to join and work with the IEEC.
VIII. Senate Business
• Chair’s Comments
Dr. Budelmann advised the Senate of a request from the Institutional Diversity Council for representation by a Faculty Senate member. The Diversity Council meets every 4th Wednesday of the month. Dr. Salah Ayachi volunteered to fill the position.
The School of Medicine needs faculty to interview medical school applicants. Some faculty are overloaded with these interviews while other faculty are not interviewing at all.
Dr. Budelmann informed the Senate that the Faculty Senate Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 19, 2005, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Levin Hall Faculty Dining Room. Reports will be given by Dr. Budelmann (outgoing Chair) and Dr. Winter (incoming Chair) and the chairs of the three Senate Committees. An invitation will be sent to all faculty. Lunch will be served and RSVP is required.
• Senators’ and Faculty Concerns – Update
• Committee Reports
Faculty Quality: Dr. Baker gave a PowerPoint presentation on the new Faculty Lounge which celebrated its “soft” opening on August 8. The faculty lounge is a place where faculty from all four schools can come together in a collegial environment to discuss ideas, foster collaboration and scholarship, build relationships, provide mentoring and further strengthen the bonds among faculty.
The grand opening is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m. The hours of operation are from 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The lounge can also be reserved for private functions after 7:00 p.m. The lounge is located on the ground floor of Old Red. Faculty dues are $20 month plus food costs. Cash is not accepted. There will be no dues incurred until November. The lounge is open for breakfast and lunch, and light snacks in the afternoon. The lounge includes wired and wireless internet and intranet access and satellite radio is available. The Senate should help spread the word to other faculty to encourage usage and membership. Faculty should provide feedback and expectations.
Meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.
Committee Meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: Annual Meeting and Luncheon, September 19, 2005, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Faculty Dining Room).