UTMB Faculty Senate

UTMB Faculty Senate

May 12, 2008

Caduceus Room, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm



Present:  Drs. T. Albrecht, G. Anderson, C. Baker, V. Brooke, C. Cooper, E. Cuellar, R. Fox, D. Hudnall, A. Hudson Jones, R. Konig, R. Leonard, S. Lewis, M. Moore, D. Munsell, E. Protas, G. Steer, C. Utsey, P. Watson, C. Wisnewski, S. Lieberman


I.                    Approval of Agenda of 5-12-08 –The May 12, 2008 agenda was approved.


II.                 Approval of Minutes of 4-14-08 – The minutes of the April 14, 2008 meeting were approved via e-mail.


III.               Provost’s Comments (Dr. Garland Anderson) – (5 Minutes)

·        The UTMB Academy of Master Teachers’ Educational Symposium will be on May 16th. Dr. Darrell Kirch, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) will be the keynote speaker. The symposium includes workshops, oral presentations, demonstrations, and posters. Everyone was encouraged to attend and to inform their colleagues of this opportunity.

·        Budget Hearings are currently underway for the Academic Enterprise and budget targets should be issued by June 30th. The university had some financial challenges in the month of March, and all areas are being asked to meet their adjusted margin targets for the budget year.

·        Dr. Anderson and Dr. Sexton will be holding open forums to discuss the university’s new Conflict of Interest Policy, which will go into full effect on July 1, 2008. The campus-wide forums will be held at noon in Levin Hall South on May 30th and June 11th. Dr. Anderson requested that members read the policy and provide feedback. http://intranet.utmb.edu/Policies_And_Procedures/Search_Results/PNP_131653. Dr. Baker encouraged the Senators to optimize this opportunity to provide their input as the new policy is quite different than in previous years and has become more rigorous.

·        Research Services has released a new tool to identify research expertise at UTMB: UTMB Scientific Expertise Search (USES). The site is located at the Research Services Web Site. http://research.utmb.edu/USES/USES.asp.


IV.       Vice President for Education Comments (Dr. Pam Watson) – (5 Minutes)

            (Written report provided by Dr. Watson is appended).

·        A proposal has been submitted to the Council of Deans by the Core Committee for Women Faculty and Administrators regarding the development of a Faculty Excellence Center. The COD is reviewing the proposal.

·        The feasibility of sharing Basic Health Science Courses in Health Education Programs across schools and institutions is being surveyed at this time by THECB to promote the idea of no duplication of effort. Dr. Watson will report back as results of the survey are provided.

·        Drs. Anderson, Cooper, Ahmed, and a representative from the UT Houston School of Pharmacy will be traveling to Saudi Arabia to begin collaborations with the King Saud University regarding development of a strategic educational plan between the two schools.

·        The next SACS 2008 Annual Meeting will be held on December 6th-9th in San Antonio, Texas. An abstract will be submitted for presentation at the next SACS conference highlighting the Quality Enhancement Plan and its development.

·        The Council of Deans is currently discussing a process to track and report on all faculty publications each year.

·        The Student Government Association Student Satisfaction Survey has been completed and is being reviewed by Drs. McKee and Saavedra for development of an action plan to address issues identified.

·        Dr. Watson discussed a report from NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education regarding “In Search of Safer Communities: Emerging Practices for Student Affairs in Addressing Campus Violence”. Dr. Albrecht will review and provide input at the upcoming SysFac Meeting on May 21st in Austin.


IV.              Dean’s Corner – (2 Minutes each)


Dr. Anderson, Dean of the School of Medicine reported on the following:

·        The SOM physicians will be receiving a satisfaction survey via email in the month of May. Dr. Peter Hoffman, Chief Medical Officer, is leading this effort to gather information on how to improve the hospital’s systems, procedures and equipment in order to improve the working environment for physicians. Results will be collected by Press Ganey Corp. and will be anonymous. Results will be shared in July.

·        The School of Medicine has launched an addition to the Dean’s monthly message called “Faculty Achievements” to recognize faculty who have been appointed to endowed positions or who have received national awards.

·        Dr. Anderson will be holding a retreat with department chairs to prepare for Dr. Callender’s Leadership retreat in June.


Dr. Cooper, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences reported on the following:

·        The School of Allied Health Sciences Dean’s Search is well underway. Applicants are starting to be reviewed by the search committee and interviews should begin in the next few weeks.

·        Dr. Cooper provided Educational Updates on the following programs and activities:

ü      An umbrella agreement for the PhD-MPH program has been signed and outlines a specific process with the University of Texas – Houston, School of Public Health. Enrollment will be concurrent.

ü      The PhD-MBA program is ongoing and provides for concurrent enrollment. The MBA portion is handled via UT Telecampus.

ü      The THECB has approved the UTMB GSBS MPH program for UTMB medical residents.

ü      Currently, the GSBS and the SAHS PhD Program are working to develop the PhD in Rehab. Sciences/Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the PhD in Rehab. Sciences/Occupational Therapy Master’s Program. (Pam—I’m not sure of the wording here, so I’m sure Drs. Cooper or Protas will fix it; but I know the way it was worded didn’t make sense…J)

ü      The first year of the Basic Biomedical Science Curriculum was externally reviewed in March of ‘08. The COD is currently reviewing the report and further information should be released by the end of May. The external review was chaired by the UTSA Dean of the Graduate School.

ü      The GSBS will undergo its external review in July of ’08.

ü      The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Biology and their Graduate Program will have its external review on May 18-20th. Experimental Pathology will be externally reviewed in September of ’08.

ü      The new Postdoctoral Scientists Office will open in September 2008.

ü      Last month Dr. Cooper conducted an informal survey of GSBS faculty pubs for the last three year (2005-2007) authored or coauthored by post doctoral students. Results indicated that approximately 30-35% of the GSBS faculty publications were co-authored by students.


Dr. Protas, Interim Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, updated the Senators regarding activities and programs within the SAHS .(Written report provided by Dr. Protas is appended).


Dr. Watson, Dean of the School of Nursing, updated the Senators regarding activities and programs within the SON. (Written report provided by Dr. Watson is appended).


VI.       Chair’s Comments. – Dr. Albrecht reported on the following:

·              Dr. Jose Gonzalez has resigned from UTMB and the Faculty Senate. He will be replaced during the normal SOM election process in June.

·              Dr. Albrecht reminded the Senators present that 2 volunteers are still needed for the Senate IHOP committee and to send him their names by the end of May so that Dr. Hudnall may move forward with the review policy items that require attention at this time.

·              It was noted that the recommendations for the Faculty Compensation Plan were discussed at the Special Meeting of the Faculty Senate on April 28th. The recommendations are still being revised based upon these discussions and should be ready for finalization in the near future.

·              Volunteers were requested to serve on the Institution’s Online Training Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to review current training requirements for UTMB faculty and staff. Dr. Albrecht requested that volunteers should contact him at the earliest opportunity.

·              Drs. Albrecht and Hudnall will be attending the next SysFac meeting in Austin on May 21st. It was noted that an issue under discussion will be the SACS accreditation and reaffirmation process and the rigorous requirements of schools to successfully complete the process. Dr. Albrecht called for comments from the Senators and asked that they send them to him via email.


VII.            Chair-Elect’s Comments– Dr. Hudnall commented on the following:

·        Dr. Hudnall noted that on several occasions recently, the response to voting requests have been significantly low. He asked that Senators please respond to email voting requests promptly so that business can move forward in a timely manner. Dr. Konig indicated that he is uncomfortable voting on issues that may require significant discussion prior to a response. Both Drs. Hudnall and Albrecht reassured the Senators that only votes on minutes or issues that have been fully discussed during the sessions are sent forward regularly for review and approval by the Senate. An example of this was the revisions to the Faculty Senate Bylaws which had several revisions that required approval. Issues of substance were discussed prior to revision of the bylaws but minor typographical corrections were not but were still included during the review and voting process.


VIII.     Past-Chair’s Comments and bylaw changes – Dr. Baker reported on the following

·        An extension for Senators to respond to the Faculty Senate Bylaws revisions was requested by Dr. Baker. Dr. Albrecht agreed that it was necessary and the extension was granted until May 19th. The Senate secretary will redistribute to the Senators via email for their response.


IX.       Senate Business - Committee Reports


Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee

·        No report.


            Faculty Quality Committee

·        No report.


Governance Committee

·        No report


New business:

·        No new business.


A motion for adjournment was made by Dr. Fox and seconded by Dr. Leonard.

Meeting adjourned at 5:20 pm.