UTMB Faculty Senate 2016-17


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.

Suzanne AltonWords from your Chair

February and March Musings
Winter Greetings to faculty! In February we welcomed Dr. Alfredo Torres, Director of Faculty Diversity for SOM to give us an update. Im happy to say that diversity continues to be a UTMB value, but wed like to know if you want diversity to be included in UTMBs #1 institutional… Read more »

UTMB Senate Report Card
Issues addressed and their resolution (see minutes for further details):







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

3/17 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.

3/17 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.

3/17 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

2/17 Pulse Polls Initiated with turnover question
2/17 Scribes in clinic successfull, rolling out more Trial was a success; rolling out more
2/17 Workload UT Faculty Advisory Council Taskforce on Workload: forward your comments!
1/17 UT System Academic Time Initiative Survey sent to physicians who are active in clinical care.
1/17 Faculty exit interviews Dr. Cary Cooper, Ombudsperson, will be conducting exit interviews. Pending what standardized form will be used.
1/17 Publication fees Pending: Drs. Jacobs and Niesel will discuss how departments and chairs want to prioritize funds.
1/17 Memorial Hermann site across from Victory Lakes Dr. Callender informed the Senate that UTMB faculty will be working in the Memorial Hermann facilities. Collaboration!
1/17 Ombudsperson Website for Faculty Ombudsperson Implemented
12/16 ppd and flu shots done at work site Problematic to get ppd's read correctly; stalled flu shots - sites can request from Employee Health
12/16 Day Care on campus UTMB Executive Leadership: was costing UTMB >$200,000 to subsidize; considered an asymmetrical benefit that only benefits a few, on which state funding frowns.
11/16 Faculty Senate Lounge in Rebecca Sealy On hold due to budget issues
10/16 Bylaw change for committees The only committee that requires members from each school is the University committee now. This is in order to vitalize the committees
7/16 Overbooking appointments Per Dr. McCallum, this will not be instituted over all clinics as blanket policy

Results of last month's poll, click here...

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Did you Know?

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