UTMB Faculty Senate

November 9, 2009

4:30 – 6:00 pm



Present:  Drs. Wisnewski, Chair, I. Boldogh, V. Brooke, J. Broussard, C. Cooper, S. Gerik, E. Hannigan, S. Higgs, S. Jain, C. Jansen, M. Kanuth, J. LeDuc, L. Massey, D. Munsell, M. O’Keefe, D. Powell, E. Protas, K. Sandor, P. Singh, E. Smith, D. Solanki, H. Spratt, C. Utsey, S. Watowich, P. Watson and C. Wigg


Absent:  Drs. Y. Davila, N. Mendias, S. Petronella and A. Torres


I.        The meeting was called to order at 4:32 pm by Charlotte Wisnewski, Faculty Senate Chair.


II.      Approval of Minutes of October 12, 2009.  Minutes of October 12, 2009 were accepted as written at the meeting


III.     Provost’s and Dean’s Report


Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – Dr. Cary Cooper (report provided by Dr. Cooper).

·      On Nov 13, at the annual Faculty Awards Luncheon, the holders of two GSBS endowed professorships will be honored.  Dr. Dorian Coppenhaver will be recognized as the new holder of the Leon Bromberg Professorship for Teaching and Mentoring.  Dr. Ken Johnson will be recognized as the new holder of the Mary and J. Palmer Saunders Professorship for Teaching.

·      On Nov 20, the GSBS annual Awards luncheon will be held at the Galvez Hotel.  Scholarships will be presented to GSBS students selected by the two GSBS committees that review all nominations for general and specific category scholarships.  Approximately 80 awards provided by the GSBS and its programs will be made.  We are pleased to resume this luncheon, which was not held in fall 2008 post-Ike, although the awards were given to students at that time.

·      On Oct 9, UTMB received official approval from the Texas Higher Educational Coordinating Board of the GSBS request that the former graduate program in Cellular Physiology & Molecular Biophysics be changed to Human Pathophysiology & Translational Medicine.  The program director is Mark Hellmich.  The name change reflects the intent to refocus and modernize the training and align it with NIH initiatives and the new UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences directed by Dr. Allan Brasier.


Dean, School of Health Professions – Dr. Elizabeth Protas (report provided by Dr. Protas).


·      Dr. Blake Rasmussen, Physical Therapy, was appointed as the Lloyd and Sue Hill Professor in Aging.

·      New Faculty: Camille Loftin, Physician Assistant Studies, Kara Beal, Occupational Therapy.  

·      Madonna Mamerow, Jered Dickinson, David Gundermann appointed as postdoctoral fellows in Rehabilitation Sciences



·      Hosted the Scholarship luncheon that highlighted our donors and scholarship recipients.  $219,000 in scholarships awarded, a second year record for SHP.



·      Dr. Barbara Doucet, Dr. Mon Bryant, Dr. Steve Fisher, Dr. James Graham, Dr. Tim Reikstedder accepted to the ERRIS grant workshop. 




·      Develop 1 new inter-professional clinical experience – new Frontera program in Nueces Co.  includes students in SOM, SON, and SHP

·      Hosting legislative staff in our Posture and Balance Lab and in Clinical Lab Sciences Lab.


Provost - Dr. Watson on behalf of Dr. Anderson (report provided by Dr. Watson).

       Dr. Anderson is attending the AAMC meeting.

·      The University Mission & Vision Values process is moving along.

·    Importance of articulating UTMB’s mission in clear, compelling way.

·    Importance of framing inspirational vision statement and refining core values.

·    Leadership committed to inclusive process.

·    Opportunity for internal and selected external constituencies to be part of process.

·    The blog site is published at http://blog.utmb.edu/missionreview/.

·    Senators are encouraged to offer recommendations for revisions. Your input is highly valued and greatly appreciated.

·      Faculty Awards Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2009 at 11:30am in the Davidson Ballroom at the Tremont House Hotel.

·      The Clinical Strategic Plan is currently being updated and revised.

·      Update on UTMB Master Plan (Dr. Watson presented three master plan boards).

·  Translational Research Building

·  Hospital Tower

·  Clinical Support Building


Dean, School of Nursing - Dr. Pamela Watson (report provided by Dr. Watson).

SON Achievements

This past year, the SON pass rate was 94% which is excellent considering we were declared a federal disaster area.  We will be celebrating our 120th anniversary on March10, 2010 and we have invited Representative Lois W. Kolkhorst, from Brenham.


Darlene (Cheyenne) Martin, RN, PhD, Associate Professor in the UTMB SON, is the first faculty member appointed to The Rebecca and Edwin Gale Endowed Professor of Nursing.


Linda Rath, RN, PhD, Interim Program Director for the Baccalaureate Program has been inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers.


Elizabeth Reifsnider, PhD, RN, WHNP, PHCNS, BC and Linda Rounds, PhD, RN, ANP, were awarded a HRSA Nursing Education, Practice, and Retention Award: “Culturally Competent Nurses in Public Health”.  New funding awarded.


Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, LPC, AHN-BC, professor in the UTMB SON was invited to join a group of experts on the topic of spirituality as a participant, reviewer, and advisor in the development of a Consensus Report, “Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care.” The project was spearheaded by the City of Hope and the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish). This work was funded by the Archstone Foundation. The report was recently published in the October 2009 issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.


Carol Wiggs, MS, RN, CNM, PhD, Assistant Professor in the UTMB SON successfully defended her dissertation, "Women’s Voices: The Experience of Aging for Late Midlife Women," at Texas Woman’s University-Houston on October 20, 2009.


Paula Stangeland, UTMB nursing PhD student, won the CampusRN Scholarship for the South Central Region.  Six nursing students were selected from the over 3000 applications CampusRN received. Each student receives $2500 toward her or his education. Winners were selected based on financial need, academic performance, and a commitment to serving the nursing community and the community as a whole.



SON Faculty Publications

Cates, L. A. (2009). Pigtail catheters used in the treatment of pneumothoracies in the neonate. Advances in Neonatal Care, 9(1), 7-16.

Cuellar, E. T. (2009).Caring and meaning in war zone nursing. Nursing Clinics of North America, 44(4):483-93.

Heliker, D. (2009) Enhancing long-term care relationships through story sharing. Journal of Gerontological Nursing; 35(6), 43-49.

Lederman, R. P., Weis, K. (2009). Psychosocial adaptation to pregnancy: Seven dimensions of maternal role development. New York: Springer.

Rath, L. L. (2009). Scientific ways to study intercessory prayer as an intervention in clinical research. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 23(1), 71–77.


IV.     Reports by Officers/Chairs:

Dr. Sandor reported for the Faculty Quality Committee.  They are proceeding with the Post Tenure Review on all four schools.  The committee was assigned to this after receiving a request from the SON.  This committee was the original committee that started up the Faculty Club several years ago and it was mentioned that FEMA wanted to put the club back in the same location.   

Dr. Munsell reported for the IHOP Committee.  Last week, they looked at four policies and nothing that affected faculty.  She stated some changes from the comptroller office, they no longer use the mileage chart, you will just write down mileage from your odometer or use Mapquest and also DC travel funded by moneys from the federal government requires prior notification to the Office of State-Federal Relations (OSFR) if the purpose of the trip is to confer on legislative or appropriations issues with U.S. congress/the federal government, staff or officials. The only exemption is personal travel.

Dr. Wigg reported for the Governance Committee.  The Committee reviewed Section 7 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws in regards to “Attendance” and the committee recommended that they stay the same.  The Senators need to attend the 12 monthly meetings.   

Dr. Jansen reported for the Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee.  The Committee would like to invite Mr. New, Associate Dean for Research Administration to attend a Faculty Senate meeting.  It was decided that this Committee come up with some target questions and then we will invite Mr. New.  Please send Dr. Jansen your questions.  Dr. Wisnewski asked that this committee review the changing of the grades.  The Council of the Deans had received the news of the grades that started from the registrar’s office.  Dr. Watson will send Dr. Jansen the information.


V.        New Business – Dr. Wisnewski

·  Dr. Wisnewski stated that the Senators 12 nominees for the Committee on Endowed Professorships were submitted to the Council of Deans and Dr. Callender and the nominees are: SON – Drs. Cuellar and Martin; GSBS – Drs. Johnson and Coppenhaver; SOM – Drs. Cardenas, Powell, White Jr., Schreiber, Weaver and Barrett; and the SON – Drs. Rahr and Baker.  Dr. Shine had asked all the UT schools to evaluate the endowments and who should hold the endowments.

·  Mr. William Elger has been invited to the December Faculty Senate meeting.  A Senator responded and asked about the financial exigency, they were not satisfied with Mr. Elger’s response and Dr. Wisnewski reiterated Mr. Elger’s response.  The Senator would like to know are we still in financial exigency and when will it end?  Faculty have been asking these questions on several occasions.

·  Dr. Wisnewski and Dr. Utsey will be meeting with Dr. Callender in November.

·  Dr. Utsey stated that the Faculty Advisory Council will look at the new faculty orientation.  New faculty orientation questions will be emailed out.  Also, Dr. Utsey indicated that financial exigency was being worked on as well.  Dr. Wisnewski stated that MD Anderson was also having financial problems.

·  We need a Parliamentarian and in the past this has been held by the chair-elect.  The Parliamentarian carries out motions and keeps the chair on track.  Dr. Wisnewski asked for any nominations.  Dr. Watowich stated that this could be the voice of conscience, to see that things are carried out and on track.  Dr. Utsey volunteered to hold this position.  The vote was unanimous.

·  Dr. Utsey made a motion that the Senate to develop a tracking form that would have dates and action information so that we can see can keep track of what needs to be worked on and have this kept on our website.  The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.  Dr. Sandor stated that this should be added to the minutes, with action items and list when open/resolved and the time.  Dr. Utsey indicated that she will work on creating this form.

·  Faculty Annual Luncheon, the responses from the faculty.  Dr. Utsey is working on compiling this information into specific themes.

·  The FAC meets three times a year and we need an official representative.  Since we have representation from SHP and SON we need someone from GSBS or SOM to be a back up.  Dr. Gerik volunteered and Dr. Wisnewski will send her the information and the dates.  The next meeting is in January.

·  The Ombudsman is still being advertised and Dr. Victor Sierpina is the chair of this committee.  Dr. Wisnewski will send Dr. Watowich the information.

·  Dr. Wisnewski wants to schedule a monthly meeting with the Committees Chairs and will be setting this up soon.  The Senate Executive Committee needs to have a Senator from GSBS to serve on this committee and a motion was made that Dr. Watowich serve on this committee and was approved.


A motion for adjournment was made and seconded.  Meeting adjourned at 5:35 pm.