UTMB Faculty Senate
I. Approval of Agenda of 02/14/05
II. Approval of Minutes 12/13/04
III. Approval of Minutes 01/10/05
IV. Chair Comments: There will be a 360° Evaluation of Department Chairs by faculty. For the School of Medicine, this will take place during the current budget cycle.
V. Chair Elect Comments: In accordance with the bylaws, a newsletter is supposed to be produced by the Chair-Elect. M. Winters will begin sending an electronic newsletter to senators with potential electronic links of interest.
VI. Past Chair Comments: R. Lederman met with the Women’s Core Committee, who is interested in pursing a development policy for part-time tenured faculty. The board of regents was presented with a proposal that they verbally approved and recommended that each individual component of the UT System develop their own policies towards part-time tenured faculty. The suggestion was made that this issue should be handed over to a committee and the Chair of Governance Committee Agreed to review and modify this proposal with the guidance and knowledge of R. Lederman.
VII. Professionalism Student Button – R. Saavedra and A. O’Donell: The professionalism website is up and running (www.utmb.edu/professionalism). There is a continued concern that students feel there will be negative repercussions if they report members of the faculty for unprofessionalism. This website allows them another option for reporting such issues. The language on this site is consistent with the AAMC. This is not an anonymous way of reporting unprofessionalism, but every attempt is made to keep confidentiality when necessary. The resolution of problems is dependent on the situation. Any disciplinary actions that must take place are under the jurisdiction of the department head of chair and not Drs. Saavedra or O’Donell. Cultural shift causes an increased frequency in reports of unprofessionalism; for example, something that was acceptable in the seventies is not acceptable in today’s society. Drs. Saavedra and O’Donell will revisit the Senate in 6 months to review this new procedure.
VIII. Senate Business: A GSBS representative is needed for the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Curricular Innovation. Robert Leonard volunteered his services. Someone from the Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee will review the Faculty Senate website and notify Kimberly Hill of any necessary changes or additions.
Meeting Adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Next Faculty Senate meeting 03/14/2005