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Faculty Advisory Council Campus Reports Jan 2013

  • UT Arlington

 Nothing to report at this time.

  • UT Austin

1) Prior to the October 15 Faculty Council meeting Interim Dean Larry Abraham chaired a meeting of the School of Undergraduate Studies. He gave brief reports regarding each of the various programs within UGS (Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling, Freshman Reading Round-Up, Sanger Learning Center, Bridging Disciplines Programs, and others). He also shared the following data:

  • 2,116 undeclared students are in the School of Undergraduate Studies.
  • 16% of the incoming fall 2012 undergraduates enrolled in the School of Undergraduate Studies.
  • 200 students per academic advisor make UGS caseloads the smallest on campus.
  • 23 Signature Course faculty members are in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
  • 62,000 people accessed Wayfinder for major and career information this past year.
  • 89% of FIG students surveyed felt that FIGs “helped me feel more part of the UT community.”
  • 67.5% of BDP alumni are enrolled in graduate programs or working in positions directly related to their BDP certificates.

Details about the following new initiatives for 2012-2013 are available through UGS:

  • Core Curriculum Transformation, 2012-16
  • College Readiness
  • Development & Facilities
  • Creation of a Campus-wide Interview & Recruiting Center
  • Enrollment Management & Graduation Rates
  • Academic Support

2) Proposition 1 passed on November 7th opening the door for the creation of a medical school at The University of Texas at Austin.
"...funds will be used for improved healthcare in Travis County, including support for a new medical school consistent with the mission of Central Health, a site for a new teaching hospital, trauma services, specialty medicine such as cancer care, community-wide health clinics, training for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, primary care, behavioral and mental healthcare, prevention and wellness programs, and/or to obtain federal matching funds for healthcare services."
A steering committee will be going through the next steps of this process (i.e. a curriculum, organization, how things will run - a rethought curriculum of four years of medical education, accreditation, a dean of the medical school—this will probably come first). On the facility side, no formal decision has been made on location but the overwhelming opinion would be that it is coordinated with the campus, probably in the area of the nursing school. We have been assured by President Powers that the pro-forma budget for this enterprise is not going to come from the current academic budgets on our campus.
3) Dr. Hillary Hart, Chair-Elect of the Faculty Council presented a report from the Dean of Students Task Force on the Student Conduct Board. The report outlined the structure and implementation of a new student conduct board (SCB) allowing students to choose a hearing by their peers rather than by a single staff or faculty member acting as a hearing officer.
4) Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Dean of Students, sponsored a wonderful event on our campus - the Higher Education Student Veterans Symposium. This moving and motivating meeting centered on the Students Veterans Association and how this group serves veterans either new to our campus or returning after service/deployment.
5) An ad hoc joint committee of the Graduate Assembly and Faculty Council presented their final report on graduate student fellowships. This committee was established in response to the actions taken last year by the administration regarding allocation of graduate student fellowships. Surveys were done of graduate advisors and coordinators and a final report was produced and is posted on the Faculty Council website. I invite you to read the report (D 10042-10087) with special attention to the "findings and conclusions" as well as the seven recommendations. If you find yourself with a bit of time, the full report is also available through this link (full report).
6) Major legislation brought before the Council for discussion included the creation of a Fall Break. The proposal is to begin classes on the 4th Monday of August so that we might have a holiday on the Monday and Tuesday of the 9th week of classes. The university Academic Calendar Committee presented pros and cons to their proposal and discussed in detail the process they had followed to create the proposal. The legislation will be voted on at our January 28 meeting.
7) The UT Austin Faculty Council will have its annual joint meeting with the Texas A & M Faculty Senate on February 25 of this semester. Program details are in the final planning stages at this time. The meeting will be held in Austin this year and will give us a chance to take advantage of the 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature. We hope to hear from both Senator Kel Seliger (Chair, Senate Higher Education Committee) and Representative Dan Branch (Chair, House Higher Education Committee).
8) Dr. Juan Sanchez, Vice President for Research, will join us at the January 28 meeting of the Council to discuss Conflict of Interest and implications for faculty at UT Austin. He will answer questions submitted prior to the meeting as well as questions from the floor.

  • UT Brownsville

Faculty unanimously passed the following resolution:

Whereas, The University of Texas Board of Regents unanimously approved an initiative to authorize Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa to work with the Texas Legislature to establish a new university that includes the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American and the future South Texas School of Medicine;
Whereas, this new university will be eligible for revenue from the Permanent University Fund, a major catalyst for building a world-class research university;
Whereas, the new institution would also be eligible for more funding sources such as the National Research University Fund, the Texas Research Incentive Plan and matching UT System funds;
Whereas, the new university will be an emerging research university;
Therefore, be it resolved that the faculty of the University of Texas at Brownsville support the creation of a new University of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley with campuses in Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, and McAllen.

  • UT Dallas

1. Size. UT Dallas now has just under 20,000 students, about 39 percent graduate.

This fall we added about forty-three new faculty, the largest singe increment in our history. We hope to do the same next fall.  For the previous two years, student growth had rather seriously outpaced faculty growth.

2. Physical plant. The administration is seeking to expand engineering space.  A fairly spectacular new building for our Art and Technology program building is almost finished.  Faculty should be in by next fall.  This is a joint program between School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Engineering, and is getting very good responses fro students and the wider community.

3. Strange occurrences. Probably the oddest thing that has occurred recently is that when the Vice President for Business Affairs held a kind of open meeting to hear suggestions and complaints,  it turned into what he reported as a love feast.  The parking situation on campus was a particular object of praise. This is a great change from the previous year.   In addition to adding a substantial amount of space and reconfiguring the space we already had, he has bought several electric trams with fourteen seats each to ferry people from the more remote areas in the parking lots to different buildings on campus.  We have also established bus service from several stops on the campus to major off campus areas of student housing and shopping.  This is supported by student fees, so users do not need to worry about having the right amounts of money.

4. Web stuff.  We have gone to web-based processes for Senate elections and for course evaluations.  Participation is good in both cases.  For course evaluations, student participation remains about 62%, which is what it was with paper forms. However, peoplesoft is still messing with faculty pay.

5. Policy issues. Encryption. The most prominent source of faculty worry and irritation at the moment is the new and more aggressive system encryption policy.  The worry has two main foci.  The first focus is the demand that they encrypt all university computers, and after that all computers they have bought personally. The second focus is the claims that the UT System has made to justify these requirements.   These include the claim that UT owns or controls all the information the faculty uses “in the course and scope of employment” and all “research data,” among other things. 

The difficulty with encrypting all university owned computers is that some of those cannot do what they are needed for if they are encrypted.   There are three main reasons. Either they have special software that is incompatible with encryption, they special hardware that is incompatible with encryption, or the research they are used for cannot be done with encryption--such as some research on encryption itself.
The difficulty with encrypting personal computers, of course, is that they are personal.  Faculty are very uncomfortable with the idea that since they work for the University of Texas the University can claim ownership of their research materials and resources, even if the university has not provided them.

In response, the UT Dallas Senate established an Information Security Advisory Committee to work with the UTD Information Security Officer. The committee members include faculty with considerable expertise in encryption and allied matters, as well as those totally lacking in such expertise, and represents a wide range of users.  They have begun meeting and will try to develop a scheme to describe information faculty
have, what can and cannot be done to secure it, and how to think about the risks involved in each case.  I have also tried to survey the relevant case law that applies to the claims to own or control our research information and products. At its last meeting, the UTDallas Senate has voted to support my analysis.

School Bylaws.  The second thing that may be of general interest is more a long term concern of the Senate and governance system than a short term worry for the faculty as a whole. In 2002-2003, the Senate issued guidelines for schools bylaws, to be written by the faculty of each school.  At the time, the Senate saw this as mainly addressing the problem of faculty governance, so it concentrated on faculty organizations.  We now have concluded that this was not enough.  Effective faculty governance involves cooperation with the administration, and effective administration involves cooperation with faculty bodies. So with administrative agreement, the new guidelines will include basic faculty organization and responsibilities, basic administrative responsibilities that involve faculty cooperation, and most especially descriptions of the provisions for the interface between faculty and administration so as to assure high levels of transparency and accountability all around. The draft revision was developed over the summer and fall, with both administrative and senate involvement, and is now being circulated to the deans for comment. I hope that it will come to the Senate for discussion and possible approval in February.  

Since Chancellor Cigarroa and Vice Chancellor Reyes have expressed a closely related interest in making the operations of basic administrative units more consistent, coherent, and transparent across the system as  whole, I have shared the UTD draft in its present unapproved form with Dr. Reyes.  I subsequently made a stripped down and generalized version that I have sent to the FAC Executive Committee.

6. Student Government reports that they have managed to extend the hours for serving beer in the Pub until midnight.

People seem quite happy.

  • UT El Paso

Senate President Vladik Kreinovich has spent much of his Fall in enhancing faculty participation in faculty governance, a process he has described as “not fully painless.” 

The major faculty governance issue that arose over the last three months involved the development of the new Core Curriculum mandated by the Coordinating Board.   That development had been proceeding by an administrator-appointed committee on the basis of guidelines from THECB not directly shared with the Senate or its formal committee structure.   That sharing took place at the early November Senate meeting, and resulted in an affirmation the by all parties of faculty control over the curriculum.  Work continues on this revised Curriculum with full transparency and amicability.

A secondary issue that has also clarified with the administration  has been its space allocation policy.  Moreover, a full Senate discussion of tenure and promotion policies is slated for the Spring.

Other than these, the business of the Senate at UTEP has been mostly routine.  Some non-routine student-related matters dealt with include proposals concerning university-related public transportation, the initiation of discussion about a student Honor Code, and approval of a “no-class” day to on 23 September 2014 to commemorate the first day of classes for the institution’s centennial.

  • UT Pan American

The University of Texas—Pan American (UTPA) is a large, Hispanic serving university located in Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley. This spring we experienced  a modest decrease in enrollment from a high of just over 19,000 in the fall to  17,815 students. Since the last campus report, UTPA has numerous matters on which to report, including:
The Plan to Unify UTPA and UT-B—Since the last Campus Report, the University of Texas Board of Regents unanimously approved an initiative to authorize Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa to work with the Texas Legislature to establish a new UT-System university that will include both UTPA and the University of Texas –Brownsville as well as a medical school, also to be located in the Rio Grande  Valley. The proposed institution will have  a presence in Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, and Rio Grande City and will be classified an emerging research institution. If approved, it will also be the  second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation. The new university may become eligible to participate in the state Permanent University Fund which , if it happens, will enable it to better fulfill its role as an emerging research institution. Staff, faculty, students and alumni from both universities will be on hand for Rio Grande Valley Higher Education Day at the State Capitol next Wednesday, January 30th,  to show their support for the proposed new university.
The Campus Strategic Plan—In the interim, UTPA is pursuing its comprehensive strategic plan entitled The Engaged University. Strides are being made toward encompassing more community engagement in faculty service policies as UTPA seeks to achieve a Carnegie designation. A faculty senate committee has already begun exploring how this can be achieved. The physical plant has been vastly improved by something as simple as the incorporation of new, colorful signage.
Implementation of the $3.1 Million Dollar NSF Grant to Support and Nurture the Careers of Women Faculty in STEM Fields. Last semester, the National Science Foundation awarded UTPA a $3.1 million dollar competitive grant designed to increase the representation and advancement of women, particularly Latinas, in STEM academic careers. UTPA has now established the UTPA ADVANCE Leadership Institute to enhance faculty and leadership development opportunities at UTPA. The inaugural program of this Institute will be held throughout  the spring 2013 semester with 25 faculty participants from across campus. The Leadership Institute participants will be matched with a mentor, who can be internal or external to UTPA, to support their career and leadership development. Upon successful completion of the Leadership Institute, faculty will be eligible to apply for an administrative Faculty Fellow position for the 2013-2014 academic year. We anticipate 4-5 such positions, beginning in Fall 2013.
Changes in Athletics at UTPA. UTPA recently announced it had joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The affiliation will begin for all sports 2013-14. UTPA also announced it will compete intercollegiately in women’s soccer beginning 2014.
Shared Governance. The UTPA Faculty Senate continues to focus on the topic of shared governance and has increased lines of communication with the Administration, as well as the Staff Senate and Student Government. Late this fall, the Faculty Senate was able to pass long overdue revisions to UTPA’s Faculty Tenure Policy after proposed revisions were generated by a legislative-style conference committee consisting of select deans and faculty senate members formed to reach a consensus. The revisions must still proceed along to other stakeholders  but they appear to be on the right course.
Ongoing Matters Before the Faculty Senate. This semester the Faculty Senate continues to review important policies including, but not limited to: (1) Post-Tenure Review in light of changes to the Regents Rules and a proposed template generated by UT-FAC,  (2) whether UTPA needs to formally implement a policy on improper use of social media, and (3) granting maternity/paternity leave. Although the Faculty Senate  established a committee last semester to review UTPA’s  HOP policy on Outside, Employment, Service and Secondary Employment with UTPA, part of the committee’s task has been hastened by the creation of a UTS model policy on these issues which Chancellor Cigarroa requested implementation of by February 1st. The Faculty Senate is also in the process of reviewing UTPA’s policies on (1) sexual harassment/misconduct, and (2) faculty workload including how to insure there is parity in terms of compensation for overloads and granting of release equivalencies.
Student Online Course Evaluations. A university taskforce was established to review/revise our student course evaluation instrument in light of the UT System taskforce recommendations to that. The taskforce will also consider the implementation of a fully online evaluation system and recommend strategies to ensure high  response rate to online surveys. Based on the recommendations of the taskforce, we anticipate running two pilot studies in summer I and II of 2013, with full implementation across campus in fall 2013.
Administration Additions. Since the last campus report, UTPA has hired a new Dean of Students, Mari Fuentes who was the Dean of Students at UT-B as well as a new Human Resources Director.
Low Performing Programs. There has been no significant change in this area since our last campus report. UTPA had no programs identified as “low performing” in the 2012 review of low producing programs. There are, however, 5 programs that were granted temporary exemptions during the 2011 review (Bachelor of Arts in Mexican-American Studies (4 year exemption); Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Bachelor of Science in Physics, Bachelor of Science in Health, and Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology (2 year exemptions)).

  • UT Permian Basin

No report

  • UT San Antonio

Revised policies for annual review and CPE.Extensive collaboration between the Faculty Senate and Office of the Provost resulted in revisions of HOP policies in response to revised Regents’ Rule 31102.  A new annual review policy and new policy for comprehensive periodic evaluation (CPE) both incorporate the four categories of evaluation as specified by the Regents’ Rule, but retains a five point numerical scale, with broader numerical range for the top two categories. The policies are both currently with local legal office for review. Important points of protection for faculty include:

    •  the annual review does not lead directly to a faculty development plan (FDP), which can only be triggered by a CPE;
    • a CPE is only triggered outside of the normal six-year cycle based upon two overall unsatisfactory annual evaluations, and not by a single area of evaluation falling into the unsatisfactory category;
    • flexibility in start and duration of FDP timeline;
    • wording for the FDP was clarified to avoid setting vague and unattainable standards within the development plan timeline;
    • final negotiations resulted in the deletion of wording that would have prohibited the possibility of merit if any area was given an unsatisfactory rating, even if exceeds or meets overall;
    • peer review continues to be included in the policy;
    • peer review recommendation is given great weight and chairs and deans must provide a written justification for variations from committee  recommendations;

During the policy development process, it became clear that some departments do not currently participate in peer review process (although included in current policy) and are resistant to doing so. The Senate voted strongly in favor of peer review requirement and this remains in the policy. The policy development process also highlighted concerns that many departments are not negotiating annual workload agreements with each faculty member. The Senate is investigating the latter issue.

  • Conflict of Commitment. The University, with Senate input, was in the process of working on a conflict of commitment policy when it received direction from the UT System that the campus must incorporate the model policy by February 1, 2013. This will prohibit the possibility of following established procedures for policy development and approval. Faculty Senate is working with VPR’s office to integrate protections for faculty within the model policy to the extent possible. We are very interested in hearing how other institutions are responding to this situation.
  • Data ownership and encryption. An attached memo includes a resolution endorsed by the Executive Committee of the UTSA Faculty Senate in support of the points made in the document authored by Murray Leaf and dated Dec 27, 2012. The resolution will be brought to the full Senate in our January 31, 2012 meeting. We have not yet received the memo from the BOR containing the directive for the encryption policy has yet to be circulated.

 

  • Office of Vice President for Research.Restructuring and service enhancements in the Office of the Vice President for Research continue to be implemented by the Provost, serving as Interim VPR.
    • An IRB Accreditation Task Force, with faculty members and chair recommended by the Senate, is working with the Office of Research Integrity in the process of moving toward accreditation of our human subjects research protection program, as well as investigating the possibility of additional outside evaluation of IRB policies and procedures.
    • The University Research Advisory Board, which is distinct from the Senate Research Committee, has been reconfigured and is actively working with the Interim VPR to identify challenges to successfully moving toward a research institute (committee co-chaired by Senate representative).
  • HOP policies approved by System.
    • 2.51 Semester Credit Hour
    • Overtime Payments
    • Hours of Work for Staff (Non-Faculty) Employees

 

  • GRIP.UTSA is continuing efforts towards its Graduation Rate Improvement Plan; Senators on the Executive Committee provide representation and input at weekly meetings of the Cross Campus team. Faculty Senate recently sponsored two faculty forums on a proposed early warning system.
  • UTSA rankings
    • 17,000 universities in the world (7,500 are US institutions)
    • UTSA ranked in the top 400 universities in the world (Of those ranked in the top 400, 111 are US based; 66 are public institutions)
    • UTSA ranked 53rd in top 100 universities under 50 years old
    • UTSA is one of 21 universities with an A-rating for core curriculum
    • UTSA is among the top quartile of research universities world-wide

 

  • UT Tyler

Campus Communication
-Incentive Plan
The faculty senate responded to the UT System Executives/Presidents’ Incentive Plan. We recommended our President follow the lead of President Nelson at UT Pan American.
-Football
The faculty was presented with the idea of establishing Football at UT Tyler. A current white paper is being formulated to present the effects such an addition would have on our campus.
-Encryption
The faculty was addressed by our Informational Technology director who shared how our computers were encrypted and the upcoming requirements coming to us in the future.
-Informational Technology
The faculty was addressed by our VP of Information Technology who addressed our faculty concerns related to freedom in general updating and downloading of software and overall management of software on desktop and laptop computers.
-Peer Evaluations
The faculty had the chair of the UT Tyler Chair’s Council present their recommendation for university peer evaluations of teaching.
-Apartment Complex Acquisition
Our VP of Business Affairs presented to the faculty our plan to acquire neighboring apartment complexes to expand our student housing.
Faculty Compensation
-HESSE
The faculty was presented information from the following year’s survey of faculty and staff morale. The results indicated Faculty and Staff Pay to be the area of greatest concern.
-Salary Study
The faculty has begun a study addressing Faculty salary compression, inversion, fairness in pay, and equality and pay.
-Dividends
The Administration has decided to continue the practice of providing Dividend payments in lieu of baseline salary raises.
Faculty Voice and Profile
-Website
The faculty senate is designing a website designed to present information to faculty related to events of the Faculty.
-Video Minutes
Following the approval of Minutes, a video is produced to describe the highlights from each meeting.
-Video Invites
Prior to each faculty senate meeting, videos are generated to invite non-senators to attend and contribute to the meetings.
-Distinguished Faculty Monthly Award
The senate will be providing distinguished faculty awards each month to recognized faculty who go above and beyond their normal duties. These awards are coming from the faculty.
-Daily Higher Ed Newsletter
Email notifications of highlights from higher education are circulated to all faculty with opportunities for discussions.
report

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center

No report

  • UT Medical Branch at Galveston

Highlights from UTMB:
1. A committee of faculty and administrators met several times over the past few months to outline a new faculty compensation plan. The university engaged Huron consultants in this process. The compensation plan is almost ready to be pilot tested.

2.  Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS began October 1, 2012 as the Executive Vice President and Provost and Dean, School of Medicine. In January he outlined his vision for the Academic Enterprise at UTMB through 2020. Chief among his priorities is working toward a cooperative endeavor to solve identified challenges to help make the Academic Enterprise more effective and efficient. He is working closely in conjunction with the Health Systems Enterprise and the Research Enterprise as many of the faculty overlap into all 3 areas.

3. The revised Post Tenure Review Policy was worked on jointly between the UTMB Senate Governance and IHOP committees. The Policy was approved by the Senate and is now at the Council of Deans.

4. UTMB continues on remediation activities from Hurricane Ike.  Major renovations now include the heating and cooling systems, especially the underground steam system. Construction remains on schedule for the new Clinical services Building and Hospital. A new 300 seat computer testing facility opened in December. This also included space for 12 individual testing rooms for students who need special accommodations.

  • UT Health Science Center at Houston

Since the last UT System Faculty Senate meeting, the Interfaculty Council at UT Houston met in October, December and January.  In October, the IFC received a report on the September UTSFS meeting from Dr. Molony.  Many long-term members of the IFC rotated off the Council and they were thanked for their service as new members assumed their positions.  The Council members were asked to propose governance issues that they wanted to see addressed in the coming year.  A review of the IFC by laws, faculty grievance mechanisms, and assignment of policy issues to the appropriate standing committees were discussed. 
No IFC meeting was held in November.  At the December meeting, the Council discussed the issue of the length of the terms of the IFC Chair and Past-Chair, which are currently one year long.  This term leaves little time for IFC representatives to become familiar with UTSFS  and therefore limits their ability to become involved long term and possibly serve in leadership positions on the UTSFS.  It was decided that this issue would be addressed in future meetings.  Dr. Molony reported briefly on the new UT System computer security policies as discussed at the September meeting of the UTSFS.  The local impact of these new encryption policies designed to comply with HIPPA and FERPA was scheduled for discussion at the January meeting.        
The priorities for FY 2013 were set as: conflict of interest; professionalism and bullying; revision of the IFC Bylaws; and Intellectual Property.  These priorities were assigned to the three standing subcommittees of the IFC: Governance and Academic Affairs; Faculty Status, Rights and Responsibilities; and Administrative Affairs.  IFC Chair Dr. Cole was assigned to choose interim subcommittee Chairs, who would then convene meetings to decide on permanent Chairs and develop schedules to accomplish their tasks. 

At the January meeting, the IFC reviewed and approved revisions of HOOP policy 127 covering faculty grievances.  The bulk of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of the new encryption policies.  Representatives of Legal Affairs and Information Technology were present.   Dr. Cole had previously request a list of questions from IFC members. These included:  what exactly are the new policies and when do they go into effect?  To what extent are they modifiable?  What effect will they have on workflow, transfer of old data, replacement of older equipment? Ownership of data and of lectures, papers and research not connected to patients or students?
Some older machines did not function properly after encryption.  And it was pointed out that encryption also poses serious problems for new state-of-the-art machines and software which sometimes do not function correctly after encryption.  In addition, encryption of research computers has caused linked monitoring equipment to malfunction requiring costly repairs or adaptation of such equipment.  One action item for future discussion is the provision of a fund devoted to making such changes on equipment which malfunctions due to encryption.

  • UT Health Science Center at San Antonio


Major news worthy items at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio:

  • The President of the Health Science Center, William Henrich, M.D. who is currently away on medical leave is expected back sometime next month.
  • Yeman Collier has been appointed as Vice-President and Chief Information Officer and Michael Gargano Jr., Ed.D, was named as Vice-President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs for the Health Science Center. Both Vice-Presidents assumed their new roles last fall.
  • The search for a new Dean for the Dental School is nearing completion. The Dean of the Nursing School, Eileen Breslin, chairs the search committee. There are four finalists, three of whom have already visited the campus on a second visit and met with the President, Dr. Henrich, the deans and other senior leadership, members of the faculty, staff and students.
  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Oral Health Care & Research, a $95 million Dental School facility was held October 26, 2012. The new facility, to be constructed adjacent to the Medical Arts & Research Center, will improve dental education and training, and enable the Dental School to sustain its top-tier ranking.
  • The Board of Regents has authorized the Health Science Center to enter into negotiations with Vanguard Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with the purpose of developing (and becoming the academic partner for) a top tier free-standing children’s hospital to be constructed in the South Texas Medical Center. The Health Science Center’s present affiliation with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System will be gradually phased out.
  • The Board of Regents has authorized a $45 million Academic Learning and Teaching Center to be constructed at the Health Science Center. The 125,000-square-foot center will include a state-of-the-art gross anatomy teaching facility that is needed to train medical, dental, nursing and health professions students. It will also help relieve the Health Science Center’s nearly half-million-square-foot space deficit by providing additional classroom space and lecture halls. Planning for the new building is in progress.
  • The reorganization of the academic programs in the School of Health Professions continues with the goal of a possible alignment within other areas of the Health Science Center.
  • Work continues on incorporating the new Regents Rules and Regulations, with respect to post-tenure evaluation of members of the faculty, into the Handbook of Operating procedures. The Faculty Senate is preparing its recommendations to forward to the Vice-President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs and the H.O.P. committee.
  • The Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the use of new Lecturer titles for faculty members that teach primarily. The titles, which are already approved by Board of Regents, are contained in their Rules and Regulations.
  • The Faculty Senate is continuing to discuss and will make recommendations as appropriate on the educational components of the Health Science Center’s five-year Strategic Plan.
  • UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

No report

  • UT Health Science Center at Tyler

The Board of Regents held their November quarterly meeting on our campus in the newly renovated biomedical research building. Dexter Jones received recognition of his service as chair of the UT System Employee Advisory Council from the Board of Regents during the meeting.
Renovations to the biomedical research building have been completed and completion of the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Academic Center building has begun.
The First Annual Hope Hustle 5K and Fun Run were held on the campus in November.  Approximately 500 people participated. 
Anna Kurdowska, Ph.D. recent received two grants totaling $465,000 for her research in heart and lung diseases. Torry Tucker Ph.D. received a $550,800  NIH grant to study pleural fibrosis.

 
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