Faculty Senate 2017-18

UTMB Faculty Senate 2017-18

UTMB Faculty Senate Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) from 4:30 pm to 6 pm | Marie Hall Room, 4.622 | 4th Floor, SON/SHP Building

The UTMB Faculty Senate is an open forum and welcomes all faculty members to attend.

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Issues addressed and their resolution (see minutes for further details):


Senate Committee Concerns - Questions and issues from the newly formed committees were brought to the President and Provost. Several will involve guests coming to present to the Senate or to the Committees alone.

Salary Goals - From conversations with the President and Provost, getting faculty to the 65th percentile of national norms is the foremost goal, although there is not a time frame for this.

Faculty Lounge Update - Expected to open in March 2018, there are 2 temporary lounges planned. One in Clinical Science Wing 6th floor, and another on 1st floor John Sealy Annex.

SHP Retention Task Force - Dr. Vicki Freeman, Interim Dean of SHP, has supported a SHP Retention Taskforce

SHP Satisfaction Survey - Chair-elect Dr. Lynne Hughes presented the SHP results of the faculty satisfaction survey to the Senate. Results are available in the Minutes and are similar to those from the Senator survey and Clinician survey.

Publication Costs - Dr. Kelly Dineley reported from the Strategic Research Committee the results of exploring the issues around the costs of publication. At this time there is no standard support for faculty. See the Minutes for details and links on this topic.

Ombudsperson Update - Reported by Dr. Cooper. The Senate will inquire for more details about positive results for faculty and if faculty exit interviews are being utilized.

Chancellor McRaven to step down - Dr. Carayannopoulos sent an email notice to faculty.

Senator Badge
Dr. Harold Pine proposed a placard to accompany our ID card which would identify one as a Senator and offer some small perks around campus.

Faculty Satisfaction Surveys
Dr. Carayannopoulos presented results for the Faculty Senate as well as the Top 40 Clinicians results. See link on Minutes for results and suggestions to move forward. 

UTS visitors Shared Governance - The Senate welcomed AVC Tony Cucolo and Dr. Peter Cheng, Faculty Advisory Chair, to discuss Shared Governance at UTMB with Senators.  The Chancellor is a strong proponent of Shared Governance.
360 Evaluation for Administrators - Senators to review and comment on before returns to Provost Office.

Parking for Jennie Sealy when on-call - Stay tuned for final details on this success by clinical committee. 

Retention strategies - Dialogue with Deans about issues that will help

Incentive Pay - Finalizing process for faculty leaving before payout to receive incentive pay.
New Chair-Elect! - The Senate would like to welcome Dr. Lynne Hughes as the new SHP Chair-Elect.

Faculty Retention - Plans for retention submitted by Deans and a Chair were reviewed by faculty in that program. A list of clarifying questions will be forwarded back to the Deans.

Faculty Practice Resolution - Dr. Jacobs was not able to resolve the issue of increasing salary in the clinical enterprise to meet the Provost’s Faculty Practice requirements. Work continues in this area. Please forward suggestions to Dr. Suzanne Alton or Dr. Lynne Hughes.

Interprofessional Education Shelly Smith - 
would like any faculty planning IPE activities to notify her and for faculty to support these endeavors. An IPE communication course will be required of incoming students.

Beyond Resiliency
 - Although physicians are targeted, all clinical faculty are welcome to attend the UT System Symposium on the important topic of ways systems can be improved to support clinicians. See minutes for details and links. 

Faculty Practice Resolution - UTMB is not able to subsidize practice time due to budget cuts. Bring issues to the Provost who has more influence of other sectors of UTMB.

Faculty Exit Interviews - Link to the questionnaire now on HR website on the Leaving UTMB site: https://hr.utmb.edu/employees/.

Publication Costs
 - Strategic Research Group continues working on the issue of the costs of publishing.

Faculty Turnover
 - Reviewed latest figures for schools and departments. Will query on retention plan.

Evaluation Feedback - You may request of a person or that person's supervisor that nominate participants is elected in ePerformance. This will provide feedback from others.

Diversity Goals - SOM, SON and GSBS reported their plan on how to increase diversity in their settings.
Practice Plan - Resolution supporting faculty practice for SON/SHP passed.
Burnout - Message sent from Provost office of faculty support resources as
response to burnout physician survey.

Incentive Plan - Confused about your incentive plan? Contact Ms. Jami Farb-Goodsell to schedule your training session in MyPower.

Evaluation Meets vs Exceeds - Clarified by Dr. Jacobs. Meets = A grade. Exceeds = exceptional. Schools are now more in alignment than they were before.

360 degree Administrator Evaluations - Requested by the Senate. Conveyed by Mr. Paul Bristol to Drs. Jacobs and McKinley of HR.

Diversity - Resolution passed by Senate and forwarded to the Deans and Provost: Faculty Senate requests each school to have goals in order to promote faculty diversity.
Faculty Exit Interviews - The exit survey link is available on the Ombudsman page.  Clarification sought on process.

Legislative update - Contact your legislator on behalf of yourself (not UTMB) to request reinstating the large cuts proposed to UTMB and indigent health care.

Faculty evaluations - Clarification sought of how these are tied to incentives; on the lack of standardization of meets and exceeds expectations across the schools and within departments.

Senate satisfaction survey- 
Top 3 positives:Colleagues; Flexibility/variety of work 
Opportunities (clinical, education, research); and Benefits 
Top 3 negatives:Lack of support/appreciation; Workload; 
Administration/leadership. Satisfaction for all was 5.5 on 7 point scale.

Pulse poll on turnover -
31% think turnover is higher than it should be
47% think turnover demonstrated problems at UTMB
28% think the amount of turnover is about right.
Pulse Polls - Initiated with turnover question.

Scribes in clinic successful, rolling out more
- Trial was a success; rolling out more.

UT Faculty Advisory Council Taskforce on Workload: forward your comments!
UT System Academic Time Initiative - Survey sent to physicians who are active in clinical care.

Dr. Cary Cooper, Ombudsperson - will be conducting exit interviews. Pending what standardized form will be used.

Publication Fees - Drs. Jacobs and Niesel will discuss how departments and chairs want to prioritize funds.
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