UTMB Faculty Senate
Members Present: T. Albrecht, G. Anderson, W. Au, C. Baker, E. Cuellar, D. Freeman, J. Gonzalez, L. Grumbles, K. High, D. Hudnall, R. Johnson, R. Konig, A. Koutrouvelis, S. Leitch, S. Lewis, H. Li, M. Moore, K. Mossberg, D. Munsell, G. Olson, M. Olson, R. Rahr, K. Sandor, J. Stobo, S. Weaver, M. Winter, and C. Wisnewski.
I. Approval of Agenda of 12/11/06 – The December 11, 2006 agenda was approved.
II. Approval of Minutes of 11/13/06 – The November 13, 2006 minutes were approved via email.
III. Dr. Stobo’s Comments
1 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate of UTMB’s strategy for the new legislative session which includes restoration of the 2008/2009 budget which has been requested to be cut by 10%; tuition revenue bonds of $57 million for the Galveston National Laboratory; increase formula funding per student; hospital appropriations which has not kept pace with medical inflation; and restore indigent care funding, which was cut in 2003 from $20 million to $10 million. 2 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that he hopes to get some additional money for UTMB from the State’s $5–$15 billion surplus, of which $5–$9 billion is expected to fund school finance. 3 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate of several programs in the works, including the 3-Share Program which would offer insurance to employees that work for employers that can’t afford to offer medical insurance. Dr. Stobo also informed the Senate that the Code Red Report has gotten a lot of attention and the Governor is interested in a statewide program. 4 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that he is working with the delegation, both Senate and House of Representatives, on this legislative session, which runs from the 2nd week in January through the end of May. 5 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate of money that UTMB’s burn unit will receive from a BP settlement with Eva Rowe, a young woman who lost both of her parents in the March, 2005, BP explosion in Texas City. UTMB will receive $12.5 million as part of the settlement that Eva Rowe made with BP. Ms. Rowe is interested in helping victims of fires and explosions, as well as safety in the workplace at chemical plants. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday. 6 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that the 30 acres for the Victory Lakes facility is on hold, pending an overall strategic plan. 7 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that UTMB is down 700 FTE’s, which amounts to 340 individuals. UTMB’s goal is to break even.
IV. Dean’s Corner
1 Dr. Anderson informed the Senate that regarding the SOM Faculty Compensation Plan, 84% of faculty signed up. Dr. Anderson also informed the Senate that most faculty are meeting targets. There are only a few exceptions. 2 Dr. Anderson informed the Senate that the School of Medicine Faculty Grievance Plan is providing expedited reviews for clinical and basic science faculty. 3 Dr. Protas informed the Senate that the School of Allied Health Sciences chairs are working on a Research and Development Plan to increase faculty practice opportunities and the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions received a $25,000 grant for targeted efforts. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program has received approval for 2 new certificate training programs. 4 Dr. Cooper was unable to attend the Senate meeting. 5 Dr. Watson was out-of-town at a SACS Conference and was unable to attend the Senate meeting.
V. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Baker
1 Dr. Baker informed the Senate that Dr. Ken Shine, Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs at The University of Texas System would be coming to campus January 8 at the request of the Faculty Senate. This meeting will be in lieu of the regularly scheduled Senate meeting for that evening. Levin Hall Auditorium has been reserved for 5–6 p.m. for an All Faculty Meeting and Dr. Baker has requested that Dr. Shine meet with Senators in the Faculty Lounge from 3:30-4:30 p.m. prior to the All Faculty Meeting. Dr. Shine will discuss UT System’s perception of UTMB’s financial situation, and the Faculty Compensation Plan. 2 Dr. Baker informed the Senate that the common school calendar is currently being reviewed by the Student Affairs Council and the Academic Dean’s Council. Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Rebecca Saavedra will report back to the Senate when their review is completed.
VI. Past-Chair’s Comments – Dr. Winter
1 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that he would be meeting with Matt Havard and Sheryl Lashway regarding the Senate Web Page on Wednesday. The group will discuss giving the web page a more consistent look. Dr. Winter will look into the feasibility of adding a blog to the Senate page.
VII. Chair-Elect’s Comments – Dr. Albrecht
1 Dr. Albrecht reported on highlights from the Faculty Advisory Council meeting at UT Austin on December 7 and 8, 2006. His report is attached to the minutes.
VIII. Report from Presidential Search Committee Representative
1 Dr. Rahr reported that the Search Committee is still gathering data and that six meetings had been set up but none has taken place. The School of Nursing was not represented on the Search Committee and Dr. Shine has reported that this will be rectified.
IX. Senate Business
1 Dr. Baker reported that at the December UT System Faculty Advisory Council meeting, officials requested faculty input on policies related to the Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures (IHOP). Dr. Baker asked the Chair of the Governance Committee, Dr. Dan Freeman, if his group would be willing to review and provide input on a mechanism for review of policies that affect faculty. Dr. Freeman is concerned that the Governance Committee does not have enough representation to take on this task with only four members and may need more members. Senators willing to serve on the Governance Committee are encouraged to see Dan Freeman immediately after the meeting. Dr. Baker’s other thought is to form a Special Task Force through the Governance Committee to provide input on policy revisions.
X. Committee Reports
• Governance 1 Dr. Freeman had no report (was addressed above).
• Academic Affairs 1 Dr. Li reported that the Committee is gathering Faculty Compensation Plans and had no report at this time.
• Faculty Quality 1 Dr. Rahr reported that the Committee is gathering Faculty Compensation Plans and had no report. 2 Dr. Baker reported that Kathy Shingleton is working to revise the Faculty Grievance policy which hasn’t been revised since 2002 and would like input from the Faculty Senate. Dr. Baker asked Dr. Rahr’s committee to meet with Kathy Shingleton and give input.
Meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Committee meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: Monday, January 8, 2007, 3:30—4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge in Old Red with Dr. Ken Shine and an All Faculty Meeting from 5:00—6:00 p.m. in the Levin Hall Auditorium.