UTMB Faculty Senate
May 14, 2012
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Present: Drs. S. Croisant, Chair, S. Al-Arabi, B. Ameredes, K. Beal, L. Cain, P. Crane, R. Ellis, S. Elsaid, J. Graham, J. McBride, N. Mendias, C. St. John, C. Utsey, H. West, C. Wiggs, D. Wild and D. Young
Absent: Drs. J. Badalamenti, B. Bryant, J. Davis, L. Farmer, C. Houston, A. Jones, J. LeDuc, H. Pine, T. Riall and S. Sarna
I. The meeting was called to order at 4:34 pm by Dr. Sharon Croisant, Faculty Senate Chair.
II. The Approval of the April 9, 2012 minutes. The minutes of April 9, 2012 were voted and approved by email on April 27, 2012.
III. Provost, VP and Dean’s Report
Interim Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – report provided by Dr. Cooper.
Dean, School of Health Professions – report provided by Dr. Protas.
Dean, School of Nursing and Vice President for Education – report provided by Dr. Watson.
Interim Dean, School of Medicine, Dr. Donald Prough – report provided by Dr. Prough.
IV. Reports by Faculty Senate Chair
Dr. Croisant announced that they met with Dr. Callender on April 25, of the six Provost/EVP/SOM Dean candidates, three will return for a second visit. After this search is completed then the administration will start on the GSBS Dean search. Related to the CMC Contract, UTMB and CMC have collectively been working on the contract negotiations with the Legislative Budget Board. No final agreement will be possible until the Legislature convenes.
Dr. Croisant updated the Senate from their last UT System Faculty Advisory Council on the MyEdu presentation by Deepak Surana, indicating that they are working on revision of the software to more accurately reflect what is desired by both students and faculty. The Student Evaluation of Faculty Teaching Taskforce provided an update by Wanda Mercer, saying that the Task Force has visited other campuses comparing techniques, technologies, means of dissemination, use of findings, etc. An update of the UT Brownsville campus split was provided by Elizabeth Heise, who indicated that the process will be finalized by July. While the Coordinating Board had proposed raising the number of graduates required for graduate programs to remain viable, the initiative has been tabled until 2017.
Dr. Croisant asked that the Committee Chairs and Deans to send her reports for the next meeting with Drs. Callender and Watson.
Dr. Ed Smith sent out letters to the candidates that were not nominated for the University of Texas System, Office of Health Affairs, Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards, nine were recommended from UTMB and now just waiting for the results. She announced that we have two School of Medicine candidates for the Chair-Elect position and will vote on the Chair-Elect right after the school elections.
Dr. Utsey updated the Senate on the Post Tenure Review document, a template is on the horizon.
V. Meaningful Use – Dr. Rex McCallum, VP & Chief Physician Executive, Faculty Practice Group
Dr. McCallum presented the Senate with a PowerPoint presentation. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) authorizes incentive payments to Hospital and Professional components. Their EHR objective is not adoption but “Meaningful Use” to improve care. Dr. McCallum closed the question and answer session by saying that the intent is proper and in the right direction.
VI. Updated on Institutional Effectiveness – Dr. John “Chris” McKee, AVP Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. McKee presented the Senate with a PowerPoint presentation. The mission of this office is to facilitate accreditation; coordinate assessment; guide new program development and report institutional information to appropriate oversight bodies; and conduct institutional research in support of UTMB planning and decision-making with emphasis on academic activities.
VII. Reports by the Executive Committee and Committee Chairs
· Senator Cain reported for the Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee: Dr. Elsaid reported about the purpose and support while Ms. West reported on the design of the Faculty Development Office. After discussion, the design will be revised for the coordinator’s position to be full-time. A motion was made, seconded in acceptance of the design, and voted unanimously in favor and to be sent to the Council of Deans.
· Senator Mendias announced that the Academy of Master Teachers have a Draft of the Community of Developing Educators (CODE). To encourage the development of teaching excellence of interested faculty through a program targeted to and tailored for the specific needs of these faculty. This is not to be considered by these faculty as a segue for AMT membership. The draft goes on to say:
1. To become a member of the community of developing educators, applicant must show a degree of commitment by:
Submitting an application/letter for admission to the Community of Developing Educators which should include a list of possible goals and a commitment to participate in 10 hours/yr of AMT events.
Commit to a mentoring relationship with a current AMT member (this needs to be more fully developed)
2. To maintain membership in the Community of Developing Educators, must:
Participate in 10 hrs. of AMT events/yr.
Attend an educator portfolio workshop sponsored by the AMT
Develop a mentoring relationship with a current AMT member who would help mentee to: Draft an educator portfolio in AMT format, including developing a teaching philosophy.
Identify strengths and areas for growth in their professional education development e.g. in the outcomes or preparing for dissemination categories, and systematically address these.
Develop an education focus that would lead to dissemination of their topic at an AMT event.
· Discussion on the Ombudsperson position and it was announced that it was cut. Dr. Croisant will inquire about this position.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:59 pm.