UTMB Faculty Senate

April 8, 2013

4:30 – 6:00 pm



Present:  Drs. C. Wiggs, Chair, S. Al-Arabi, J. Badalamenti, P. Boor, W. Braun, L. Cain, P. Crane, R. Ellis, S. Fisher, A. Jones, L. Lawrence, B. Leonard, B. Luxon, A. Oberhauser, R. Rupp and D. Wild and D. Young


Absent:  Drs. B. Ameredes, S. Clark, S. Croisant, J. Davis, S. Elsaid, J. Graham, J. McBride, N. Mendias, S. Sarna, T. Wen and H. West


I.        The meeting was called to order at 4:35 pm by Dr. Carol Wiggs, Faculty Senate Chair.


II.     The Approval of the March 11 minutes.  The minutes of March 11, 2013 were voted and approved by email on March 18, 2013.


III.   Provost, VP and Dean’s Report


      Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine – report provided by Dr. Jacobs.

VP and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – report provided by Dr. Cooper.

VP and Dean, School of Health Professions – report provided by Dr. Protas.

      VP for Education and Dean, School of Nursing – reports provided by Dr. Watson.


IV.  Marketing and Communications – Steve Campbell, M.H.S.A, Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Mr. Campbell presented a brief PowerPoint Presentation.  He discussed the goals, the key functions and structure for Marketing and Communications.  After his presentation, he opened the floor for questions and Senator Braun mentioned they need to work with the Intellectual Property office, as they have insight on copyrights, trademarks, etc.  Senator Wild stated that the four schools websites have various people maintain them have they took an inventory of what is out there and are there plans to for them to be more consistent and updated?  Mr. Campbell stated that the websites need better templates and easier to interact with and stated that Michael Cooper in his office is currently looking at the websites.  Dr. Cain asked how can faculty and students share their fantastic news.  Mr. Campbell stated that Raul Reyes is the first point of contact, followed by Mary Havard.  Mr. Campbell added that they want to get the word out about UTMB.  Mr. Campbell would like to be invited back to the Senate in the future.  


V.     Innovation Challenge – Suzanne Tomlinson, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Tomlinson presented a PowerPoint Presentation.  Here are a few highlights from her presentation:  Innovate, like the grants we write.  Novel programs in education for innovation and entrepreneurship.  Extend to all employees.  Like Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt had stated “…create an environment where we are asking why things are the way they are, and wondering if they can be done in a different way…” and “…where you look outside your own field for an idea.”  Unite leadership and employees to better realize UTMB’s goal of working together to work wonders.  The timeline:  Challenge Forum (4/24-5/27), then Collaborative Innovation; then the Challenge Tank (7/29) and finally the Implementation (7/30-8/30).  The Innovation Challenge link: http://www.its.utmb.edu/innovation/


VI.        Reports by Faculty Senate Chair

      Dr. Wiggs announced that they attended the Council of Deans meeting last week.  They are still questioning the Post Tenure Review policy, the wording needs to align more closely with the Regents Rule on Post Tenure Review.  They do not want to send to Legal until wording is correct.  Dr. Wiggs is working with the subcommittee on the wording of the policy.  The next UT SysFAC meeting in Austin, will be the last one for this academic year.  They will be meeting with Dr. Callender soon and Dr. Wiggs will follow-up on the Retirement Plan.  The elections for the Senate Chair-elect will be held in July and the School of Health Professions is the next school, in rotation with the four schools for this position.


VII.      Reports by Executive Committee and Committee Chairs

      Dr. Cain mentioned she initially talked to Dr. Jacobs regarding the possible establishment of a junior faculty development program.  She also mentioned that in his presentations he has been very supportive of faculty development.  She stated in the future she looks forward to continuing the discussion regarding the possibility of implementing a junior faculty development program. 


      The meeting was adjourned at 5:35 pm.