UTMB Faculty Senate
Members Present: T. Albrecht, W. Au, C. Baker, C. Cooper, P. Gallagher, J. Gonzalez, R. Johnson, R. Konig, A. Koutrouvelis, S. Lewis, H. Li, K. Mossberg, D. Munsell, C. Phillips, R. Rahr, R. Saavedra, M. Winter, and C. Wisnewski. Guests: S. Lieberman, L. Phillips.
I. Approval of Agenda of 8/13/07 – The August 13, 2007 agenda was approved.
II. Approval of Minutes of 7/9/07 was done electronically.
III. President Designate’s Comments – Dr. Callender informed the Senate that the budget for FY2007/2008 was being finalized; Larry Revill can address any questions regarding the FY07/08 institutional budget and Cameron Slocum can address the School of Medicine budget. Dr. Callender informed the Senate that he would like to hold a special budget meeting for interested parties of the Senate to address any budget questions. Dr. Callender will have Larry Revill contact Dr. Baker. Dr. Callender would like to hold quarterly meetings with the Senate to address any budget issues. This will help to make the budget process more transparent.
Dr. Callender informed the Senate that the School of Medicine currently has a structural deficit that Dr. Anderson is working to address.
Dr. Callender informed the Senate that he has been meeting with members of the faculty, department chairs, and directors of support areas over the last several weeks discussing points of interest such as service, culture, clinics and communication. Dr. Callender announced that a town meeting is planned for late September.
Dr. Callender discussed the proposed Victory Lakes and other off-site locations, which serve as way stations and referral points for UTMB. Centers of Excellence are a core strategy to be developed over the next five to ten years.
Dr. Callender stated that he believes that telemedicine is only in the early phases of adoption and that much work remains to be done to promote patient and physician acceptance of this tool.
IV. Deans’ Corner (written reports provided by Dr. Protas)
• Dr. Cooper informed the Senate that two external reviewers were on
campus July 22-24 to review the Cellular Physiology & Molecular Biophysics
graduate program. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will site
visit the proposed Clinical Science graduate program on August 22 pursuant
to conveying final approval. This program received “preliminary authority”
in 2003, a step required before final approval is granted.
V. Chief Academic Officer Report – Dr. Watson unable to attend
• Dr. Cooper informed the Senate that Dr. Watson was unable to attend the meeting. Dr. Gerik’s team is working feverishly on the Quality Enhancement Plan. The report is due the first part of September.
VI. Chair’s Comments—Dr. Baker
• Dr. Baker informed the Senate that the You Count Survey results are
posted on the iUTMB site if anyone is interested in reviewing.
VII. Past Chair’ Comments – Dr. Winter
• Dr. Winter informed the Senate as a result of the AED Senate resolution, AED’s have been ordered on September 1. The number of AED’s ordered and funds used are unknown. The resolution asked for one AED per floor per building. AED training takes about 30 minutes. Dr. Koutrouvelis volunteered to provide training.
VIII. Chair-Elect Comments
• Dr. Albrecht informed the Senate that a clinical practice plan discussion would occur later in the meeting.
IX. Senate Business
o Dr. Baker reminded the senators to get the word out about our annual
luncheon meeting on September 10th from 1145 to 1300.
Committee, Task Force and Representatives’ Reports:
Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.
Committee meetings followed.
Next Faculty Senate Meeting: Annual Meeting on September 10, 2007 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Levin Hall Dining Room.