UTMB Faculty Senate
January 14, 2008
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Members Present: T. Albrecht, G. Anderson, C. Baker, J. Bauer, V. Brooke,
E. Cuellar, R. Fox, M. Gallagher, J. Gonzalez, L. Grumbles, D. Hudnall, A.
Hudson Jones, R. Konig, Aristedes Koutrouvelis, R. Leonard, S. Lewis, S.
Lieberman, D. Munsell, E. Protas, G. Steer, G. Taglialatela, C. Utsey, P.
Watson, G. Weaver, C. Wisnewski
I. Approval of Agenda of 01/14/08 – The January 14, 2008 agenda was
II. Approval of Minutes of 12/04/07 – The minutes of the December 04,
2007 meeting have not been submitted to the UTMB Faculty Senators to be
III. President’s Corner – Dr. David L. Callender
Dr Callender reported to the Senate on Monday January 14, 2008. He noted
that he will report, with Mr. Revill, on financial matters at a subsequent
time; which, if possible will be the February Senate meeting
Dr. Callender reviewed the new UTMB Institutional Priorities. People
–attracting and retaining a world-class workforce and achieving recognition
as a preferred employer and workplace. Growth –becoming known nationally and
globally as a leader in health care delivery and biomedical science by
developing or expanding priority clinical and research programs and
facilities. Education – achieving national prominence for innovative and
effective educational curricula focused on evidence-based learning and
practice across the health profession. Finance – generating financial
strength, strategic investments in programs and growth in philanthropic
support. Quality and Service – achieving and sustaining top-quartile
performance in clinical outcomes, patient service and employee satisfaction.
Community – developing and implementing model programs that optimize the
health of the populations that we serve, including those that are vulnerable
Dr Callender pointed out that the Deans of the four UTMB schools have
established entity level goals and priorities that are aligned with the
institutional priorities. In each of the schools, the Deans have sought
input from faculty and staff on these priorities and goals which are
specific to their departments and operating units.
Dr. Callender expressed his goal of meeting with all the academic
departments on campus so as to communicate with faculty and staff regarding
institutional priorities and the manner in which these have cascaded to the
entities. Accordingly, he noted he looks forward to the opportunity to hear
from all faculty members as much as possible. He emphasized his interest in
hearing faculty impressions regarding what UTMB is doing; not doing, and the
nature of the appropriate focus for UTMB. Dr Callender also stated his
intention to hold small informational forums. He asked that the Senators to
please convey his message that he would appreciate invitations to come to
departmental faculty/staff meetings.
With regard to capital/facilities planning, Dr. Callender reported that
the UT Regents have approved funding to build a new hospital tower, to
expand our operating rooms, surgical units, patient rooms and intensive care
unit capacity. The Regents have also approved funds to be used to build a
new Research Building on campus. Lastly he noted that the Victory Lakes site
will be used to build and enhance current clinics that are located off the
island. The site will also be used for a new UTMB imaging center, and to
establish new practices.
IV. Chief Academic Officer Comments –Dr. Pamela Watson - (written report
provided by Dr. Watson is appended).
• The SACS working group completed UTMB’s Focused Report which addresses the
twelve issues raised by the SACS off-site review committee. The Focused
Report, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) - synergy, and a draft of UTMB’s
Financial Statement was sent to SACS on Friday, January 11, 2008.
• Dr. Watson has sent a copy of synergy – QEP to the UTMB Faculty Senate.
synergy focuses on interprofessional education. Dr. Watson asked that all
Senators read and review the document and share it with others in their
• The Office of the Chief Academic Officer along with University Advancement
is currently conducting an extensive marketing campaign to inform the UTMB
campus about synergy our QEP. When the SACS on-site review committee visits
in February, they expect to be able to ask anyone on campus, including
students, faculty and staff about synergy. Everyone will be expected to have
a general knowledge of the plan.
• Dr. Barry Goldstein, chair of the SACS on-site review committee is
scheduled to be on campus on Thursday, January 24th, 2008. He will be
conducting a preliminary site visit. He will be meeting with the President,
the Executive Leadership Council, and the SACS and QEP executive leadership
• The SACS on-site review committee is scheduled to be on campus on February
26-28, 2008 to conduct its evaluation. They will want to meet with the UTMB
Faculty Senate during this time. Dr. Watson will send the Faculty Senators a
roster of the committee members.
V. Dean’s Corner (written reports provided by Drs. Protas and Watson are
Dr. Anderson reported on the following:
• The School of Medicine is currently conducting searches for three
departmental chairs: Department of Otolaryngology – five candidates have
been invited to interview. Dr. Courtney Townsend is chairing the search
committee. Department of Pharmacology, Dr. David Walker is chairing the
search committee. Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Hankins is chairing the
• An announcement will be made on Friday, January 18, 2008 on who will be
the new Director of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development.
Dr. Cooper did not attend the meeting and no report was submitted.
Dr. Protas reported on the following:
• Dr. Chris Baker submitted a grant entitled STAIRS, to the Department of
Education in January. The purpose of the grant is to educate physical and
occupational therapists to work with children with special needs.
• Dr. Vicki Freeman was appointed a Marie Hall Scholar during her term as an
Academy of Master Teachers.
• Dr. Vicki Freeman was also nominated as a Piper Professor to the Minnie
Stevens Piper Foundation. Her nomination was supported by UTMB’s Academy of
• Dr. Soham Al Snih, M.D., PhD.. has been appointed as an Assistant
Professor, to the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of
Allied Health Sciences.
• The SAHS has submitted a request for increases in designated and
differential tuition to UT System for approval. They are requesting an
increase of $15 per SCH for FY 2009 and an additional $15 per SCH for FY
2010 for CLS and RC, and $20 per SCH for OT, PT, and PA each year plus a
differential of $10 per SCH for each year for PAS and PT. If approved this
will go into effect fall, 2008 with a second increase fall, 2009. • Lauren
Marie Reynolds, a second year PAS student, has been nominated for the John
D. and Mary Ann Stobo Award in Oslerian Medicine. This award rotates among
the four schools within UTMB. This is the first time the award will be held
by a SAHS student.
Dr. Watson reported on the following:
• The School of Nursing has submitted a revised tuition and fees proposal to
UT System for approval.
• Dr. Watson introduced Dr. Martina Gallagher, Assistant Professor. She is a
new faculty member in the SON and will be part of the Master’s program.
• Dr. Jeanne Ruiz, Associate Professor of the SON will be featured on
Research Services website as the Researcher of the Month for the month of
• The SON has received two Omnibus appropriations bill FIPSE (Fund for the
Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) awards (supported by Congressman
Ron Paul): $146,000 for nursing education programs and $97,000 for a
centralized placement system.
• Two professorships in the SON have been elevated to “Distinguished”. They
are the John P. McGovern Professorship awarded to Dr. Alice Hill and the E.
Burke Evans Professorship awarded to Dr. Linda Rounds.
• The Odelia Brown McCarley Professorship has been fully funded.
• There are currently several SON faculty positions available.
VI. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Albrecht
• Dr. Albrecht allocated Dr. Baker more time to report on the SACS review
VII. Chair-Elect Comments – Dr. Hudnall
• Dr. Hudnall did not make a report.
VIII. Past-Chairs Comments – Dr. Baker
• Dr. Baker provided the Faculty Senate with a review of the SACS review
process. She emphasized that many of the UTMB faculty have been involved in
the process. There has been representation from all four of the schools. Dr.
Baker emphasized the importance of SACS, reaffirmation of UTMB will mean
continued federal funding for research. Academic accreditation is a very
important to UTMB.
• Dr. Baker encouraged all Faculty Senators to take any and all
opportunities to inform faculty and staff members in their departments about
SACS. She asked that they encourage them to read the synergy document, and
review information being circulated on campus regarding synergy.
IX. Senate Business Committee Reports
- Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee - No report was submitted.
- Faculty Quality Committee - No report was submitted.
- Governance Committee - The committee reported that they had received
three responses regarding the Faculty Compensation Plan and were currently
New business: - No new business.