UTMB Faculty Senate

February 11, 2013

4:30 – 6:00 pm



Present:  Drs. C. Wiggs, Chair, S. Al-Arabi, P. Boor, L. Cain, S. Clark, R. Ellis, S. Elsaid, S. Fisher, J. Graham, A. Jones, L. Lawrence, B. Leonard, B. Luxon, A. Oberhauser, R. Rupp, H. West, D. Wild


Absent:  Drs. B. Ameredes, J. Badalamenti, W. Braun, P. Crane, S. Croisant, J. Davis, S. Sarna, T. Wen, and D. Young



I.              The meeting was called to order at 4:34 pm by Dr. Carol Wiggs, Faculty Senate Chair.


II.           The Approval of the January 14 minutes.  The minutes of January 14, 2013 were voted and approved by email on February 4, 2013.


III.         Provost, VP and Dean’s Report


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

·         Dr. Dana Wild inquired regarding Dr. Steven Mintz’s visit with UTMB faculty and wanted to know if Dr. Mintz provided feedback regarding UTMB’s online learning.  Mr. Slocum agreed to follow up with Dr. Patti Hurn’s office.

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

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

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


IV.        ASG Outplacement – Cameron Slocum, MBA, VP and COO, Academic Enterprise

Mr. Slocum gave a brief history regarding Administrative Support Group (ASG).

After hurricane Ike, the School of Medicine decreased the infrastructure due to the financial exigency.  Thirty two positions were reduced to ten. Areas were grouped and some did not fit together.  Recently, Dr. Callender inquired regarding how the groups were working together.  This resulted in the review of synergies related to the service lines and re-alignment. The ten groups were then reduced to eight groups.  Additional staff will be added, i.e., business analyst or other staff support.  Dr. Callender did receive feedback up front by meeting with the department chairs.  Mr. Slocum agreed to send the new list of leaders of each area.  Mr. Slocum also noted, there is a transition period and the leaders are not to abandon their old areas, but to continue to support them.


V.           Business Operations & Facilities – Mike Shriner, VP, Business Operation & Facilities

      Mr. Shriner presented regarding Business Operations & Facilities. (PowerPoint Presentation given by Mr. Shriner)

Dr. Holly West inquired with Mr. Shriner if there is someone in Risk Management who can address students and faculty regarding the active shooter exercise.  Mr. Mike Mastrangelo is responsible for the planning of the active shooter exercise and emergency preparedness planning.  He can coordinate with campus police and groups.

Ms. Dana Wild inquired with Mr. Shriner regarding the UTMB Child Care Center and if there were plans to ever re-open.  Mr. Shriner explained that the previous business model was reviewed by leadership and UTMB could not subsidize the Child Care Center in the amount of 70% as done in the past.  But he was willing to revisit and needs assessment.


VI.        Reports by Faculty Senate Chair

      Dr. Wiggs announced that the proposed retirement package for tenured faculty is back on the table and is moving in a positive direction. Dr. Wiggs also noted that at the UT Faculty Advisory Council Meeting it was mentioned that “guns on campus” will be going before Legislature.  Dr. Wiggs would like to resurrect the resolution that was passed a few years ago and argued that UTMB is different because we have patients and other people in addition to students.

UTS 180: This system wide policy was approved on January 15, 2013 and considered in effect as of February 1, 2013.  A question was raised at the UT SysFac regarding the range of compensation (page 7).  It is broader than the research reporting and may have a negative impact.  The persons involved at the UT System level were asked to revisit the compensation ranges.  In addition, there was an issue with the disclosure forms as well and they have been asked to go back and revisit the way the forms are treated.

Intellectual Property: Dr. Wiggs explained that the raw numbers belong to UTMB, but the creativity or the product belongs to the Faculty member. 

The Academic Affairs Committee at the UT-SysFac sent a resolution to the Regents requesting they investigate the feasibility of domestic partnership benefits.

Dr. Wiggs will ask Dr. Ben Raimer to attend and update the Faculty Senate regarding the Legislature activities.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:55 pm.