UTMB Faculty Senate

UTMB Faculty Senate
October 9, 2006
Caduceus Room 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Members Present: G. Anderson, W. Au, S. Ayachi, C. Baker, C. Christiansen, E. Cuellar, D. Freeman, J. Gonzalez, L. Grumbles, K. High, D. Hudnall, R. Johnson, R. Konig, A. Koutrouvelis, S. Leitch, S. Lewis, H. Li, M. Sheffield-Moore, K. Mossberg, D. Munsell, G. Olson, C. Phillips, K. Sandor, P. Watson, and C. Wisnewski.

I. Approval of Agenda of 10/9/06 – The revised agenda was approved as    distributed at the meeting (Dr. Stobo unable to attend).

II. Approval of Minutes of 8/14/06 – The August 14, 2006 minutes were approved.

III. Dean’s Corner

1 Dr. Watson informed the Senate that the School of Nursing Compensation Plan is modeled after the School of Medicine’s. Part A – AAUP (American Association of University Professors). Part B – AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) data. Part C – three incentive goals based on next rank; SON has many students but the legislature wants 25% more graduates each year; SON working on group norms. 2 Dr. Anderson (School of Medicine) informed the Senate that in regards to faculty salaries, a new payroll system was instituted with relatively few glitches. Eighty-three percent of SOM faculty chose option B and 17 percent chose option A. He encouraged all to read the UT System Strategic Plan 2006-2015. 3 Dr. Christiansen reported that the School of Allied Health Sciences has the highest enrollment seen in the past five or so years. As part of the Navigant recommendations, the SAHS needs to have a balanced budget in three years. Dr. Christiansen reported that the practice plan is in Legal at the moment. SAHS Faculty want practice money as part of Part C. He also reported that cuts made in the student Affairs office has been a significant challenge. 4 Dr. Cooper was not able to attend and give a report on the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

IV. SACS Update – Dr. Pamela Watson

1 Dr. Watson informed the Senate that Chris Stroup-Benham’s resignation from UTMB has created a void. The Office of Institutional Analysis has been renamed the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and is being led by Cissy Yoes and Jay Howell. The compliance certification document is being prepared. SACS is proceeding on schedule for the 2008 visit. Dr. Watson discussed formula funding and tuition with the Senate.

V. Research Services Update and Issues – Mr. Bill New

1 Mr. Bill New informed the Senate of new organization in the Research Services department and the following has been implemented or will be implemented: o A new interface will be piloted in November for new accounts. o There is a new website under the research homepage for proposal development. o Compliance problems were reported to NIH in November 2005 and money couldn’t be drawn down from NIH for about two months ($40M). This funding now has been retrieved from NIH. o A new level of effort reporting database is being considered. o Finalizing a space policy. o Evaluation of a grant life cycle about to begin. o Evaluation of several Sealy Centers needs to be done (greater than five years since last evaluation). o Wants to create a faculty interest database, frequently has problems with not being updated. o Buying a lot of new equipment for UTMB, especially in Animal Resource Center. o Sealy Program was funded only for those currently funded.

VI. Chair’s Comments – Dr. Baker

1 Dr. Baker informed the Senate of the committees chosen by the Senators and that each committee would need a chair who would also serve on the Executive Committee. 2 Dr. Baker informed the Senate of some suggested rules for the conducting of meetings. A question was raised about #3. A suggestion was made about limiting the discussion time to 20 minutes with a vote to extend the time if necessary. A motion was made to adopt the guidelines as amended to be used for Senate meetings. Motion passed. 3 Dr. Baker asked for nominations for Parliamentarian whose primary task would be to keep Senate meetings running on time. Robert Johnson and Dan Freeman were nominated and Robert Johnson was elected. 4 Dr. Baker announced that the Search Committee for a new Dean of Medicine has faculty representation. The School of Medicine Senators will be meeting later this week with the two candidates.

New Business-- Motion was made and seconded that Senate minutes should be sent out approximately two weeks after the meetings. The minutes will be approved by Senators via email and distributed to all faculty before the following meeting. This will enable interested faculty to contact the Senators about issues, facilitating communication and responsiveness of the Senate to faculty concerns. Motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.

Committee meetings followed.

Next Faculty Senate Meeting: Monday, November 13, 2006, 4:30—6:00 p.m. in the Caduceus Room.