UTMB Faculty Senate

UTMB Faculty Senate
October 8, 2007
Caduceus Room
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Members Present: T. Albrecht, G. Anderson, C. Baker, J. Bauer, V. Brooke, C. Cooper, E. Cuellar, R. Fox, J. Gonzalez, D. Hudnall, A. Hudson-Jones, R. Johnson, R. Konig, A. Koutrouvelis, R. Leonard, S. Lewis, M. Sheffield-Moore, K. Mossberg, D. Munsell, G. Olson, E. Protas, J. Ruiz, K. Sandor, G. Steer, G. Taglialatela, C. Utsey, G. Weaver, N. Wills, C. Wisnewski

I. Approval of Agenda of 10/8/07 – The October 8, 2007 agenda was approved.

II. Approval of Minutes of 09/10/07 – There were no minutes generated for the September 10, 2007 meeting.

III. Chief Academic Officer Comments – Dr. Pamela Watson was not available for the meeting, Dr. Garland Anderson reported on her behalf. Dr. Anderson reported on the following:

Clinical Strategic Plan - Dr. Anderson indicated that there are two components to it: The Comprehensive Transplant Program – Dr. Luca Cicalese is the head of the transplant program and Dr. Vincent Valentine has been hired as the Medical Director of the Center and the Comprehensive Neurosurgery Program – they are currently recruiting neurosurgeons for this program.

The UTMB Center for Weight Management is designated as an American College of Surgeons Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery; this program has been recently approved by Medicare.

Division Chief for Endocrinology – they are currently recruiting for a division chief to enhance Dr. Urban’s work with the Stark Diabetes program.

Obesity Research – is being conducted across all NIH institutes.

UTMB is developing more off campus facilities including the Ophthalmology Clinic in Friendswood, Primary Care facility in League City, the Imaging Center, and the Ambulatory Center located off the Island.

Budget – This year, UTMB made $2,600,000. In addition, we had to put $57,000,000 in the bank to cover depreciation and capital expenditures. Next year, we expect to essentially break even by a $363,000 positive margin. To do that, we will need to put approximately $60,000,000 in the bank for depreciation and capital expenditures.

IV. Dean’s Corner (written report provided by Dr. Protas is appended)
Dr. Anderson reported that the School of Medicine newsletter had been recently distributed and asked if anyone had any questions or needed any additional information. He did not have anything additional to report.

Dr. Cooper reported on the following: The GSBS had an awards luncheon on Friday, October 5, 2007, at the Galvez Hotel. Students, their mentors and family members attended. A total of $150,000 in scholarships was awarded to GSBS students.

Separate tuition proposal meetings with GSBS faculty members (on 9/27/07) and with students (on 10/1/07) were held recently. The tuition proposals were revised after the discussions with faculty and students. Dr. Coppenhaven will present the proposals to the Tuition and Fees Advisory Committee on October 9, 2007. The Tuition and Fees Advisory Committee will forward final recommendations for the four UTMB schools to Dr. Callender. The legislature requires that the proposals submitted be for two years and that each school administration meet with its students and faculty regarding any proposed increases. If increases are proposed, how the additional money will be spent must be indicated.

On September 24, 2007 a THECB constituted external review team conducted an on-site review of the GSBS Clinical Science Program in PMCH. Hopefully, UTMB will receive final approval for the program at the meeting of the THECB in Austin on October 24, 2007.

The THECB Formula Advisory Committee will meet next Monday on October 15, 2007 (3rd of 5 meetings) to formulate advice to be given to the THECB regarding formula funding requests to the Texas Legislature for state supported health sciences universities for the next biennium. Dr. Cooper is the UTMB representative to the Committee.

Dr. Protas reported on the following: The SAHS is listed as 11th in NIH funding among Schools of Allied Health for 2006. This puts us in the top 10% of programs in the nation. We were 23rd in 2004 so this represents a significant increase in funding.

SAHS, in partnership with the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, was awarded $4.98M grant to educate and train occupational and physical therapy faculty to become independent researchers. The ranking does not include this grant. Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher is the Principal Investigator.

Faculty vigorously pursued new Faculty Practice opportunities and dramatically increased practice income to $160,000 during FY 07 from approximately $16,000 the previous year.

The SAHS had a 20% increase in enrollment for fall, 2007 attributable to efforts of our Admissions and Recruitment Committees and hard work on the part of the faculty and staff.

The Scholarship Committee awarded a record $164,000 in student scholarships, up from $117,000 the previous year. Donors and recipients will be recognized at the Scholarship luncheon on Oct. 23rd and they will premiere their new DVD “Investing in our Future.”

The Department of Respiratory Care received $50,000 from the Dorothy Peek Currie and Laura Randall Schweppe Memorial Fund in Clinical Records. This award will develop the DataArc system to track clinical practice experience and disseminate best practice guidelines.

The Department of Physical Therapy received two President’s Cabinet Awards, one to establish physical therapy services at St. Vincent’s Clinic and another to support student involvement in Rainbow Connection, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders and their siblings.

Dr. Watson was unable to attend and had no report.

V. SACS Update Dr. Watson was unable to attend and had no report.

VI. Past Chair’s Comments – Dr. Baker Dr. Baker reported that the UTMB Faculty Senate was 10 years old, and had been established and supported by Dr. Stobo. She thanked Dr. Stobo for his support and presented him with a gift from the UTMB Faculty Senate.

Dr. Stobo accepted the gift and acknowledged that the UTMB Faculty Senate has always acted responsibly and is a very positive group representing the UTMB Faculty.

VII. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Albrecht
Suggested guidelines for UTMB Faculty Senate meetings were attached to the agenda. Dr. Albrecht requested that all committee members please review the guidelines. He indicated that all meetings will be conducted in this matter.

He reported that all members of the three sub-committees; Academic Affairs, Faculty Quality, and Governance have been assigned. All sub-committees are well balanced, represent the four schools adequately and can move forward.

Election of Parliamentarian – Drs. Robert Johnson and Charlotte Wisnewski were nominated for Parliamentarian, they both accepted the nominations. The majority of the faculty members present voted that Dr. Wisnewski be appointed. Dr. Wisnewski will serve as the Parliamentarian for FY 2007-2008.

The Governance Committee will be charged with continuing the work on the Faculty Compensation Plan, as well as some additional tweaking of the senate Bylaws.

The Faculty Quality Committee will be charged with completing the Faculty Grievance Procedure once the Senate Executive Committee and the Council of Deans have met. A brief discussion followed on the faculty grievance policy. Drs. Protas and Cooper reported that the Council of Deans did not have any issues with the Faculty Grievance Policy, they have suggested that the language regarding the Ombudsperson be taken out of the Faculty Grievance Policy and be made a separate policy. Since the Faculty Senate leadership had been informed of different concerns with the ombudsmen, Dr Albrecht suggested that the Senate leadership and Council of Deans meet as quickly as possible to discuss the issue. The Faculty Quality Committee will also look into issues raised by the faculty with online training. Dr. Mark Winter has agreed to assist the committee in this endeavor.

The on-line training program has requested Faculty Senate input. The Faculty Quality committee will be asked to provide suggestions/input and present to the Faculty Senate.

The Academic Affairs committee will be charged with reviewing the Clinical Practice Plan and appropriate IHOP issues, as requested by UT System or SysFAC. Debra Munsell has agreed to assist the Academic Affairs Committee with IHOP issues. Dr. Protas asked if the Practice Plan the Senate was examining was related to the SAHS Faculty Plan. Dr. Albrecht explained that the Practice Plan the Senate was reviewing was provided by Dr. Shine’s Office through SysFAC, and that Dr. Albrecht could not comment on the relationship between the two plans since he had not seen the SAHS Plan.

VIII. Chair-Elect Comments – Dr. Hudnall
Dr. Hudnall thanked Drs. Albrecht and Baker for reviewing all Faculty Senate issues to him.

IX. Senate Business Committee Reports
- Academic Affairs – no report.
- Faculty Quality – no report.
- Governance – will start working on Faculty Compensation Plan.

The results of the subcommittee elections were as follows: Faculty Quality Committee: Chair, Gayle Olsen Co-Chair, Gayle Weaver

Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee: Chair, Kurt Mossberg Co-Chair, Giulio Taglialatela

Governance Committee: Chair, Robert Johnson Co-Chair, Robert Leonard