UTMB Faculty Senate
Members Present: T. Albrecht, J. Alperin, W. Au, S. Ayachi, C. Baker, C. Boodley, U. Budelmann, B. Camune, A. Cass, H. Jordan for E. Cuellar, K. High, R. Leonard, S. Leitch, H. Li, K. Mossberg, M. Olson, R. Rahr, K. Rasmussen, G. Weaver, S. Weaver and M. Winter.
I. Approval of Agenda of 6/12/06 – The agenda was approved.
II. Approval of Minutes of 5/8/06 – The minutes were tabled until the July 10 meeting to get clarification of items from Drs. Parisi and Watson.
III. President’s Comments – Dr. Winter informed the Senate that Dr. Stobo was out-of-town at a SACS Orientation meeting.
IV. Dean’s Corner – Dr. Winter informed the Senate that Drs. Parisi and Watson were also out-of-town at a SACS Orientation meeting and that Drs. Christiansen and Cooper were also out of the office.
V. SACS Update – Dr. Christine Baker
1 Dr. Baker, in the absence of Dr. Watson presented a SACS Update to the Senate. 2 Dr. Baker informed the Senate that as part of our SACS requirements the faculty roster needs to be updated for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters two years prior to sending out the self-study. 3 Dr. Baker informed the Senate that their faculty file should include their memorandum of appointment, a copy of their CV, a copy of their professional license, and college transcripts. These can be physical files and also electronic files. More detail will be coming from the Deans/Department chairs.
VI. LCME Self Study Committee Report – Dr. William Au
1 Dr. Au presented a Power Point presentation on the LCME Self Study Report on Faculty Salary prepared by Watson Wyatt. 2 The Power Point included methods of evaluation using a southern region comparison. Mean salaries were used for comparison. Dr. Au informed the Senate that this was a consistent comparison with the AAMC.
VII. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Winter
1 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that the Institutional Budget Committee informed the group that UTMB is still fighting with FEMA and that UTMB’s FEMA application for relief from Hurricane Rita losses has been assigned to a new coordinator. Dr. Winter also informed the Senate that although UTMB’s application request was for $13 million that UTMB can expect to receive $300,000 to $500,000. 2 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that UTMB’s energy costs were $1.8 million higher this year. 3 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that state institutions are hoping to apply for a $1 billion windfall from natural gas taxes from the State of Texas. 4 Dr. Winter reminded the Senate that accrued compensation for faculty is shown as a debit for UTMB. This means that UTMB has $1.7 million in vacation and compensation accruals. 5 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that UTMB is running at a $2.6 million year-to-date loss. 6 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that the top ten recommendations by Navigant and the Navigant Steering Committee will be presented at the next IBC meeting. 7 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that the Schools of Allied Health Sciences and Nursing can make the common calendar work. The only stumbling block is the School of Medicine. With the common calendar, senior medical students would graduate one month early. 8 Dr. Winter proposed that the Senate take to the Council of Deans the proposal that the academic calendars from the four schools follow the common calendar proposed by the Senate. 9 Dr. Winter presented two versions of a Faculty Excellence Center Resolution to the Senate. After selection of a common resolution, Dr. Winter proposed that the resolution be taken to the Council of Deans. The Senate agreed to use version 2 to incorporate changes that would include the first paragraph to be an inclusive statement and the second to the last paragraph on the shorter version have representation from all the schools. 10 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that he had contacted Wayne Patterson who prepared and addressed concerns in a written statement regarding the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). After a lengthy discussion regarding concerns that weren’t addressed in the response from Mr. Patterson, it was agreed that members of the Senate would form an ad-hoc subcommittee who would report back to the Senate. 11 Dr. Winter informed the Senate that the School of Medicine presented a draft of a Faculty Compensation Plan to UT System which was approved.
VIII. Chair-Elect Comments – Dr. Baker
1 Dr. Baker reminded the Senate that the annual election is coming up in July in which the Senate will vote in a Chair-Elect. 2 Dr. Baker opened the floor for nominations for the Chair-Elect office for fiscal year 2006-2007. Richard Rahr nominated Ulli Budelmann, Karin High nominated Tom Albrecht and Helen Li nominated William Au. A discussion was held as to whether an immediate Past-Chair can be nominated for the Chair-Elect position. The current By-Laws do not contain any guidelines regarding this issue. All persons nominated said they would take the nominations under consideration and would inform the Senate leadership of their acceptance of the nomination in the next month. 3 Dr. Baker reminded the Senate of the website set up by the UT System Office of Academic Affairs to assist faculty in research collaboration. All Senators are urged to complete the database, and asked to encourage their faculty to complete it also. A presentation will be made to the Board of Regents in August.
IX. Past-Chair Comments – Dr. Budelmann
1 Dr. Budelmann informed the Senate that there are more updates that need to be made to the Faculty Senate web page. He asked for a Senate volunteer to assist him with making updates to the web page. Dr. Li volunteered to assist Dr. Budelmann with this task. 2 Dr. Budelmann informed the Senate that the Faculty Lounge would be holding a wine tasting on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Complimentary cheese will be available.
X. Committee Reports
• Governance 1 Barbara Camune informed the Senate that revisions to the Senate By-Laws are complete, other than the issue raised tonight of nominating a Past-Chair for Chair-Elect.
• Academic Affairs 1 Christine Boodley had no report.
• Faculty Quality 1 Richard Rahr informed the Senate that his subcommittee was still focused on bringing a Faculty Excellence Center to UTMB. The resolution prepared by Dr. Winter from the Faculty Senate is a good step in bringing the center a step closer to reality.
XI. Other Business
1 Sheryl Lashway informed the Senate of the opportunity for an Executive Committee or group photo of the Faculty Senate for the web page. The Senate agreed that they would prefer a group photo. Sheryl will contact John Glowczwski to see if he could accomplish this at the start of the July 10 meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.
Committee meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: Monday, July 10, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. in the Caduceus Room.