UTMB Faculty Senate

February 12, 2018


The meeting was called to order at 4:30 pm by Dr. George Carayannopoulos, Faculty Senate Chair.

The minutes from January 8, 2018 were voted on and approved by email by February 12, 2018.

Opening Comments – Dr. George Carayannopoulos  

Dr. Carayannopoulos introduced and welcomed Dr. James Graham who was in attendance.  Dr. Graham was the Faculty Senate Chair from 2014-15.  Dr. Carayannopoulos introduced and welcomed Dr. Christina Maslach.

Dr. Carayannopoulos announced that UTMB is rated number 2 on Viziant for AHCs, right behind the Mayo Clinic.  

Dr. Carayannopoulos announced that a national research workload survey will be sent via email to faculty who have government funded research projects.  Please be on the lookout for the email, and take time to complete it.

Dr. Carayannopoulos asked that the Research Committee, Dr. Vasilakis and Dr. Bouyer to work with Dr. Niesel on the research committee’s idea for evaluating research faculty. 

Dr. Carayannopoulos announced that at the recent meeting with Dr. Callender that they talked about Dr. Pine’s ideal for a Faculty Senator Badge to raise the visibility of the senators on campus, and as way to provide some perks/discounts for the senators for the voluntary work they do representing the faculty.  Dr. Carayannopoulos created a resolution that was discussed.  The Senators did not want a pin, but were particular in wanting this to be a badge.  A motion to that effect was made and the Resolution passed unanimously, with no abstentions nor opposition.

Dr. Niesel announced that there will be a Research Day, a half day event occurring on April 30 in Levin Hall.  Senator Dr. Tilton keep us informed as this date gets closer.  Save the date forthcoming.

Dr. Maslach discussed Faculty Burnout.  She used an example of what is seen in the engineering arena when ball bearings are in a low oil and high pressure/abrasive environment.  Burn out is not a chronic disease but treated as such.  This could be on the path to depression, which is not a sign of weakness.  If diagnosed as clinical depression then treat it.

      Warning Signs

      High stress, Exhaustion, Cynicism and hostility and Despersonalization.

      Six areas which can affect burnout:

1.  Workload

2.  Control/autonomy/choice

3.  Recognition and reward with positive feedback

4.  Community (social context)

5.  Fairness with policy and practice on how we do things

6.  Value, purpose

How to help people:  work on the improving the six areas that can change burnout to its positive, namely, engagement.  Success usually involves working on improving both environmental and personal factors.

“Working together to Work Wonders,” a meaningful goal.  Collaborative, cooperate team approach and social connection.  Make the work place healthier.  Share input.  Repair social network get involved in social activities/groups.  Do team building exercises.  Perhaps every year reward group/dept. have a company picnic and ask at these events, “What can we do to make things better?”  One size does not fit all.

Bring back joy in the workplace

1. Design system to address human needs

2. Develop leader with competency/communication

3. Build social community

4. Remove source of inefficiency

5. Reduce patient harm

6. Bolster individual wellness

Don’t stop at one, take action in several of these 6.

Mentorship is important; having someone to talk to.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:07 pm.