UTMB Faculty Senate
November 12, 2007
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Members Present: T. Albrecht, G. Anderson, C. Baker, V. Brooke, D.
Hudnall, A. Hudson -Jones, R. Johnson, R. Konig, R. Leonard, S. Lewis, S.
Lieberman, K. Mossberg, D. Munsell, G. Olson, E. Protas, K. Sandor, G.
Steer, G. Taglialatela, C. Utsey, P. Watson, G. Weaver, N. Wills, C.
I. Approval of Agenda of 11/12/07 – The November 12, 2007 agenda was
II. Approval of Minutes of 10/08/07 – The minutes of the October 8, 2007
meeting were approved through e-mail.
II. Chief Academic Officer Comments – Dr. Pamela Watson - (written report
provided by Dr. Watson is appended).
• The SACS off-site review committee met last week from 11/5/07 to
11/08/07 to review UTMB’s Compliance Certificate. They Dr. Watson expects to
receive a report from them next week.
• The SACS on-site review committee is scheduled to be on campus February
• The THECB has approved and authorized the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree with a major in Clinical Science.
The CAO office has notified SACS and UT Systems regarding this approval.
• The Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) has accredited the
Graduate program in Public Health at UTMB for a seven-year term, extending
to December 31, 2014. The CAO office has notified SACS and UT Systems
regarding this approval.
• The Council of Deans met with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
regarding a UTMB Ombudsperson, Dr. Watson has submitted their concerns with
Dr. Callender. She will get back with them after she receives a response
from Dr. Callender.
• The Office of the CAO is developing a process for tracking faculty
publications and reporting the information annually.
• The Office of the CAO is developing a new process for developing the
educational strategic plan, they will review the plans developed by each of
the Schools and synthesize the common themes and priorities.
• A Critical Incidence Response Team (CIRT) has been created; the Council of
Deans serves as the steering committee to the CIRT, Dr. Cooper is the chair
of the steering committee, and Dr. Rebecca Saavedra is the head of the CIRT.
The CIRT group will develop a charter, membership, and they will develop a
process to accomplish a lock down and behavioral assessment, and will
schedule a drill during this year.
IV. Dean’s Corner (written reports provided by Drs. Protas and Watson are
Dr. Anderson reported on the following:
• The medical students in the School of Medicine continue to do well.
• Dr. James Halpert, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology has resigned.
He will be leaving UTMB in the early part of 2008 to join the University of
California in , San Diego as the Professor and Associate Dean for Scientific
Affairs, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
• Dr. Larry Stanberry, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics has also
resigned. He will be leaving UTMB in January, 2008. He has accepted the
position of Chair of the Department of Pediatrics of Columbia University
College of Physicians & Surgeons and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Morgan
Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Cooper was unable to attend the meeting and had did not submit a
Dr. Protas reported on the following:
• SAHS is currently conducting searches in 5 out of 6 areas.
• Human Resources finalized focus group follow-ups to the You-Count Survey.
• SAHS and SON are piloting the 2-CARE phone line to improve access for UTMB
• SAHS Faculty and Staff were rewarded with a dinner at Willie G’s to
recognize all of the outstanding achievements during the past year.
• As a means to develop faculty, SAHS and PMCH are proposing new
collaborative programs. One program will be with Clinical Laboratory
Sciences and the newly approved Ph.D. program in Clinical Sciences. The
other will pair the Ph.D. curriculum in Rehabilitation Sciences with the
Master’s in Occupational Therapy (MOT/Ph.D.) and the Doctorate in Physical
• A draft proposal for tuition and fees changes and increases for FY 2009
and 2010 was presented to the President’s Tuition and Fees Advisory
Committee. It rReceived a positive response from the students.
• SAHS is developing metrics for FTE faculty and staff positions.
• The Advisory Council met on November 1, 2007.
• Dr. Richard Rahr and Shirley McGraw represented SAHS at the Texas Society
of Allied Health Professions. Dr. Rahr is the TSAHP treasurer and Ms. McGraw
is the secretary. SAHS hosts the website for TSAHP.
• SAHS submitted several earmark proposals. One seeks funding to begin
offering their programs in Austin to address the growing health workforce
shortage in these disciplines. The other seeks support for our Diabetic Home
Care model that partners Clinical Laboratory Sciences with Occupational
Therapy to provide home support for individuals with diabetes who are
• Dr. Ivonne Berges, a current faculty scholar in women’s health, received a
10% percentile on her R03 application and they anticipate that it should be
funded. Both Drs. Berges and Dreyer are re-submitting individual K-award
Dr. Watson reported on the following:
• The School of Nursing had their Salute to Nursing Scholarship Tournament
on October 12, 2007.
• Dr. Trish Richard received an award for $500K from the University of Texas
System’s Enrich Nursing Through Exceptional Recruitment (ENTER) program.
• Dr. R. Jeanne Ruiz was awarded a competitive R56 one-year bridging study
grant for $500K from the National Institute for Nursing Research at the NIH.
V. Dr. Karen Sexton – Presented the “FY 2008 Update: The Clinical
Enterprise” to the Faculty Senate (written presentation appended).
VI. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Albrecht
• Dr. Albrecht asked that the School of Nursing Faculty Senators elect a
representative to serve on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
• Dr. Albrecht will meet with the Governance Committee to discuss the
faculty plan discussions from SysFAC.
• Dr. Albrecht reported that the Board of Regents passed a resolution that
the Faculty Senate review all IHOP policies related to Faculty. Information
from the Board of Regents will be sent to all Senators.
• Clinical Practice Plan – Dr. Albrecht reported that Dr. Shine had limited
the distribution of the plan and the Faculty Senate would review it before
it is distributed to the UTMB campus.
• Compensation Plan – Dr. Albrecht reported that the compensation plan may
violate Texas law. A revised compensation plan was submitted to SysFAC by
Dr. Shine. UTMB received a letter from Dr. Shine indicating that he thought
the plan was okay. The compensation plan needs to be approved by the faculty
senate. There seems to be a gap between Dr. Shine and the attorney. Dr.
Anderson needs the compensation plan to be good to help the hospital grow.
There are differences between the front lines, Dr. Shine, and the attorney.
• SysFAC is reviewing the IHOP’s.
• UT-System is looking at other issues; phased retirement, computer issues,
health insurance, Board of Regents graduation rates.
• UT- System discussed the issue that Hispanic minority students do not
generally take out student loans, therefore it takes them longer to
graduate. UT-System does not see this as effective.
• UT- System indicated substantial issues with faculty recruitment and
retention. Currently they are reviewing policies to retain tenure for
faculty changing from full-time status to part-time status.
• Leadership Academy – there was a discussion regarding a leadership academy
everyone is for it but not sure how to implement it.
• Accreditation issues were tabled to individual campuses.
• The Vice Chancellor for Research asked that the IRB’s make it easier to
report time and effort, conflict of interest, and patents and licenses.
• Barry McVie said that the legislature feels that accredited agencies
cannot dictate to them they number of classroom size.
• UT-Austin is looking in general at salary and gender.
• David Prior, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs indicated that the
Regents rule be followed and encouraged faculty participation.
• Dr. Shine has approved $5 million dollars in funding for Health Education.
Dr. Stobo will direct the grant programs.
• UT-System is reviewing as to how billing in hospitals relate to cost.
• Practice and Compensation Plan – the President is responsible for the
VII. Chair-Elect Comments – Dr. Hudnall
• Faculty Ombudsperson - Dr. Hudnall summarized for the Faculty Senate the
discussion held by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Council of
Deans regarding the Faculty Ombudsperson. They agreed that the Faculty
Ombudsperson should not be a lawyer and that a Senior Academic Faculty
member would be preferable. They would like to find someone from another
institution. The executive committee expressed to the COD the Senate’s
concerns that the ombudsperson be free of any conflicts of interests and be
independent of UTMB. They also discussed how actively involved the
ombudsperson would be in the grievance procedures, and they agreed that this
person would assist the faculty, but would not be part of the grievance
process, the ombudsperson would be able to sit in on the grievance sessions.
• Core Committee for Women Faculty – Dr. Hudnall reported that the Core
Committee for Women Faculty is developing a proposal focusing on faculty
proposal development and leadership skills. Dr. Mary O’Keefe, Chair of the
committee is championing the endeavor. This is a positive initiative for
UTMB to develop. The committee asked if the Faculty Senate would play a role
in this initiative. The Faculty Senate can review and vote on the proposal.
VIII. Past-Chairs Comments – Dr. Baker
• Faculty Grievance Policy – Dr. Baker reported that the Faculty Senate
Executive Committee discussed the faculty grievance policy with the Council
of Deans. She said the policy had been passed last summer, and the COD was
reviewing it. Several questions were raised; is it a paper review or an
in-person review? That is not specifically stated in the policy. She will
ask the Faculty Governance Committee to review the policy again. Information
is being received from other institutions and will be forwarded to Dr. Kurt
Mossberg for distribution to the committee.
VIV. Senate Business Committee Reports
- Academic Affairs – no report.
- Faculty Quality – no report.
- Governance – no report.