Faculty Senate 2016-17

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.

UTMB Senate Report Card

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


Finalizing process for faculty leaving before payout to receive incentive pay
Senators to review and comment on before returns to Provost Office
Dialogue with Deans about issues that will help retention
Stay tuned for final details on this success by clinical committee
The Senate would like to welcome Dr. Lynne Hughes as the new SHP Chair-Elect

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.

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.
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.
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. 
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.

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

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

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

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

SOM, SON and GSBS reported their plan on how to increase diversity in their settings.

Resolution supporting faculty practice for SON/SHP passed
Message sent from Provost office of faculty support resources as response to burnout physician survey.
Confused about your incentive plan? Contact Ms. Jami Farb-Goodsell to schedule your training session in MyPower.
Clarified by Dr. Jacobs. Meets = A grade. Exceeds = exceptional. Schools are now more in alignment than they were before.
Requested by the Senate. Conveyed by Mr. Paul Bristol to Drs. Jacobs and McKinley of HR.

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.

The exit survey link is available on the Ombudsman page.
Clarification sought on process.
Contact your legislator on behalf of yourself (not UTMB) to request reinstating the large cuts proposed to UTMB and indigent health care.
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.
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.
  • 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.
Initiated with turnover question
Trial was a success; rolling out more
UT Faculty Advisory Council Taskforce on Workload: forward your comments!
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.
Pending: Drs. Jacobs and Niesel will discuss how departments and chairs want to prioritize funds.
Submit questions to UTMB Executive Administrators
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