UTMB Faculty Senate
Members Present: T. Albrecht, W. Au, S. Ayachi, C. Baker, C. Boodley, B. Budelmann, A. Cass, E. Cuellar, D. Freeman, J. Gallagher, P. Gallagher, R. Johnson, R. Leonard, H. Li, R. Moore, K. Mossberg, M. Olson, C. Phillips, L. Phillips, R. Rahr, K. Rasmussen, J. Stobo, P. Watson, and M. Winter. Guests: Alice Speer and Ellarene Duis.
I. Approval of Agenda of 2/13/06 – The agenda was approved with the addition of a presentation from Dr. Alice Speer, Chair of the Core Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty and Administrators
II. Approval of Minutes of 12/12/05 – The minutes were approved. Approval of Minutes of 01/09/06 – The minutes were approved.
III. President’s Comments – Dr. Stobo
1 Dr. Stobo informed the Senate that although faculty want Faculty
Development Leave, it is not as successful as he would like it to be. Dr.
Stobo voiced his disappointment over the number of applicants. He also
informed the Senate that he would be receiving a draft today from Linda
Phillips with changes. The leave gives junior and senior faculty an
opportunity to learn clinical skills. In order to be successful, it was
noted that it is important for both supervisors and faculty to be committed
and for faculty not to use their award as a reason not to participate in
IV. UTMB Homecoming – Dr. Ellarene Duis
1 Dr. Duis announced that the UTMB Homecoming is scheduled for the 4th
weekend in March, from Thursday to Saturday. There are more current students
involved this year, including alumni from all four schools.
V. Faculty Excellence Center – Dr. Alice Speer, Chair of the Core Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty and Administrators
1 Dr. Speer informed the Senate of the research and work the Core
Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty and Administrators had
completed in the development of a virtual faculty excellence center at UTMB
that would be collaborated and integrated across all four schools.
VI. SACS Update – Dr. Pamela Watson
1 Dr. Watson informed the Senate as part of the SACS Reaffirmation that
UTMB is required to develop a faculty roster for all faculty who assign
grades. The faculty files would contain transcripts, credentials, etc.
Credentials must match with courses being taught. Faculty with international
credentials will need to have their degrees evaluated to match U.S.
VII. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Winter
1 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that the Institutional Budget Committee
will for the first time send data electronically from all schools and that
it would be Dr. Watson’s turn in March.
VIII. Chair-Elect Comments – Dr. Baker
IX. Past-Chair Comments – Dr. Budelmann
Dr. Budelmann informed the Senate that the Faculty Lounge has 77 members and hasn’t been promoted well. There is an Open House scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28. Dr. Budelmann asked the Faculty Quality committee for help promoting the lounge. The fees are $20 month and they need 200 members.
Some faculty have reported delays in getting service. The lounge is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
X. Committee Reports
In the interest of time, the committee reports were tabled until the March meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.
Committee meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: March 13, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in the Caduceus Room.