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March 6, 2007


1. We have had a major effort to restructure our graduate admissions process, including our website. The process began with a discussion with the President in the Senate, in which we laid out fairly systematically what the problems were. After some initial disbelief, he agreed to take a direct role in the process of getting matters corrected. He met several times with the Graduate Council and other concerned parties. The results have been exactly in accord with the Senate’s recommendations. This spring, while overall enrollment is up slightly, graduate enrollments and acceptances were up 20%. Quality also seems better. The pattern seems to be repeating itself for Fall 08.

2. Campus beautification. We have a major landscaping program, supported by an initial anonymous gift of $20 million. The chosen designer was Peter Walker and Associates. Their design, however, could not be done for money available, so the project stalled. We have now received another $12 million.

3. We have decided to establish an Ombuds office. A committee has been appointed to draft the relevant policies consisting of two faculty, two staff, and the Vice Provost (Robert Nelsen). The committee has met once, and agreed on a general approach. On this basis I wrote a draft. The committee has accepted it in email consultation, and we are now checking our some further possibilities. There is considerable disagreement between faculty and staff interest, and the Provost is concerned about cost and duplication of existing offices and mechanisms. A major possibility we will explore is to involve a new campus mediation center that has been set up, and who have expressed an interest in being involved.

4. Faculty survey of satisfaction with governance. We designed and administered a survey of faculty satisfaction with our governance system. The purpose was to get feedback from a wider base than the 35 members of the Senate itself. In this, it largely failed. Out of a total of about 413 faculty, however, only 53 responded. Responses generally indicated reasonable satisfaction. About half of the respondents had been involved in governance activities, and half seemed to have very little knowledge.

5. New VPBA, after a hiatus of about two years. The person we have hired, Calvin Jamison, is among other things a former city manager of Richmond Virginia. We had three very attractive finalists in the search, and Mr. Jamison seems to have been the preferred choice of every major group of stakeholders.

6. New Vice President for Diversity and Equity. Dr. Magaly Spector has taken the post. She is still trying to define what she can do, but one major project will be to look into the possibility of a campus day-care facility for children of staff, faculty, students, and possibly others.

7. New Vice President for Enrollment Management, Curt Eley, who has most recently been Dean of Enrollment Management at the University of Dallas. The position involves substantial restructuring of functions, bringing together the offices of admissions, enrollment services, and financial aid. Registrar remains under the Provost.

8. Our legislation regarding disruptive and menacing students has gone forward to the Office of General Council, where it is being considered as a part of a larger package of measures. In the meantime, we are already beginning to act as the legislation says. We have also setting up a panel of concerned administrators and police to react to potentially dangerous students.

9. Our President is encouraging the development of new degree programs. This is actually a new attitude. We have a strategic plan that calls for about a five percent annual growth rate in enrollment, and we have not had that in the last couple years, nor by and large do we have this in individual programs. So the only way we can reach this rate is by adding new programs.

10. We have had one or two cases of faculty coming up under post tenure review and being moved toward efforts at remediation or termination. So far as I am aware, however, none has been terminated by the administration.

10. We have developed new policies on non-academic and on academic certificate programs.

11. And of course the struggle to find a rate of tuition charges continues; effectively, we now have to prepare about three plans each year.

Murray J Leaf, Speaker of the Faculty



MARCH 6-7, 2008

The University and its faculty governance bodies are addressing various issues related to instructor evaluations, gender issues, salary compression, student letter grade options, grievance procedures, and the relationships between academics and athletics, among others. These are reviewed briefly below.


  • The Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (CCAFR) has alerted faculty, as they do each semester, that using electronic instructor evaluations (v. paper) exposes faculty to disclosure of typewritten comments via the Freedom of Information Act. Because of protections to students’ handwritten comments (and FERPA), this disclosure exposure is different for student written comments on paper evaluations. The goal is to allow faculty to make an informed choice in their instructor evaluation administration vehicle.
  • After a lengthy process locally and with the UT System, the Grievance Committee finalized Handbook of Operating Procedure (HOP 3.18) changes that are protective of faculty rights. The Grievance Committee is currently developing parallel legislation for RAs, TAs, and AIs.
  • The Committee on Committees is evaluating the general faculty committee structure to identify committees, functions, and compositions that are in need of change. In a similar vein, the Faculty Council recently approved elimination of the General Faculty Standing Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, because members so recommended and believed that its current function and member composition was no longer productive. A new committee may arise in its place.
  • The Provost’s Task Force on Gender Equity and Salary Compression is entering the writing stage. Recommendations are expected shortly.
  • The Faculty Council Executive Committee is discussing partner rights and access to employee spousal benefit packages. State law is currently prohibitive of expansion of spousal benefits to partners which impacts hiring and retention.
  • In the upcoming March 24 th Faculty Council meeting, we will vote on adding an “Honorary A+” grade to our letter grade structure. It would have no GPA value and the motion requires parallel approval by the Graduate Assembly, to assure parallel graduate and undergraduate grading structures. We recently passed +/- grading for undergraduates (no A+), still awaiting implementation. Graduate classes have had the option of +/- grading (no A+) for several years.
  • The Faculty Council Ad Hoc Academic and Athletics Committee will deliver a report shortly for enhancing the synergy between academic and athletic success.

President Powers will host two breakfasts with the Faculty Council (April 1 and May 1) to discuss current issues, as well as fundraising and development plans. Faculty had their choice of an attendance date, facilitating a smaller group discussion.

Dr. Linda L Golden, McCombs School

Immediate Past Chair, Faculty Council

UTEP Report to UT System Faculty Advisory Council

March 6, 2008

The spring enrollment at UTEP is flat this year, perhaps 20 more students than in 2007. This, together with the cap on tuition increases and the need for a 3% raise for faculty, limits the introduction of new programs and limits compensation for graduate student assistants. On the one hand, about the only flexibility is in the summer budget, and on the other hand we need to increase enrollment as much as possible in a census year. The Provost and the Deans have agreed to impose a cap on summer earnings by faculty. The maximum that can be paid to senior faculty for one course in a month is $6,000.00. Lower caps hold for non tenure track faculty. This policy is evidently copied from Northern Arizona State.

The constitutional amendment to permit select full time non tenure track faculty to participate in faculty government passed and has been signed by President Natalicio. We hope to have full participation by September 1.

Faculty evaluation of academic administrators ends on Friday, March 7. Participation is about 50% this year, up from 45% two years ago. This process is taken seriously by the administration.

University of Texas-Pan American Campus Report

March 6, 2008



  • The College of Business has a new Dean. Teofilo Ozuna, Interim Dean, was recently named as Dean of the College.
  • SACS Accreditation was granted in December with no stipulations for monitoring, etc.
  • The Salary Study TaskForce recently had the principles for the Study approved by the Provost. The TaskForce will now work on the methodology for addressing compression/inversion issues.
  • The Faculty Senate is developing a procedure for reviewing controversial HOP policies jointly with the members of the Council of Deans. This process is for policies that have already been reviewed by both bodies, and there have been significant differences of opinion about the policies. Members of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate as well as the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee members assigned to review the policy will be included in a pilot of this new procedure to work out differences of opinion with the Council of Deans.
  • The Faculty Senate and the Council of Deans will also be piloting a “Team of Four” approach to upcoming policies that need to be reviewed. There will be an attempt to address differences earlier in policy review process. Two Faculty Senators and two Deans will be designated for each policy. All other processes of review and presentation to the respective bodies will remain intact. It is believed that beginning a dialogue earlier in the review process may help educate both groups about issues so that they can be resolved earlier in the review process.
  • The New Faculty Support Program that is coordinated by Provost Fellow Dr. Ala Qubbaj has been such a success that this second semester it was expanded to include tenure track faculty in their 2 nd – 4 th year.
  • A Stewardship Retreat was held for about 130 members of the campus community. The day long meeting focused on assessment and continuous improvement issues.
  • The Provost announced that UNIV 1301, a learning frameworks course that the Faculty Senate had argued had become a de facto general education core course, will no longer be required of students. A committee will set up criteria to help identify “at risk” students who may benefit from this course.

UTB Campus Report

Meeting FAC

March 6 &7, 2008



  1. SACS
    1. Onsite visit April 8-10
    2. QEP multi departmental with biology and composition; Linking classes
  1. Strategic Plan Committee working on completing strategic plan
  1. SAP- satisfactory academic progress
    1. Instituted in the fall 2007
    2. 2.0 and 70% completion rate
    3. 425 students suspended this spring
  1. Ongoing Wall controversy
  1. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on campus
  1. Senate
    1. Hoop Policies
    2. Faculty welfare issues
      • Salary compression
      • Salaries
      • Workloads
      • Adjunct salaries

UT Southwestern Medical Center Report to the FAC, March 2008

Update on Faculty Senate Study Project for 2008/2008

Over-arching Question: Faculty development and retention requires establishing an institutional culture that supports and encourages individual growth in teaching, research, clinical service and mentoring. What changes at UT Southwestern Medical Center would result in significant even transforming improvements in the quality of faculty development and retention?

Preliminary information gathered will be later synthesized into a report directed to the school administration.

A. Evaluation of why faculty leave. For faculty who left during the past several years, major reasons are believed to be as follows (not based on exit interviews).

1. Unhappy (37)

2. Asked to leave (23)

3. Recruited away (23)

4. Financial issues (22)

B. Elements of the administration’s program focused on faculty developed

1. Lunches with new clinical and basic sciences faculty members

2. Teacher development and recognition (seminars on effective teaching; Southwestern Academy of Teachers)

3. Career development (new faculty research forum, women in science symposium)

4. Clinical research scholars program

5. In development: Web-based “roadmap to success”

C. Sabbatical leave ( reassignment of duties).

Not the traditional philosophy in which faculty member has earned (6 years of equity) the opportunity to take time off from regular responsibilities to pursue professional interests not otherwise possible.

UT Southwestern permits reassignment after two consecutive years. No state‑appropriated funds. I nstitutional sources provide six months’ full pay or twelve months’ half pay. Few UT Southwestern faculty have taken reassignment of duties. Requires justification for how the institution will benefit. Only one person pursued professional interests other than their specific research work.

UT Tyler

Report to FAC



  • After three years, the final version of the Tenure & Promotion policy was received
  • Several construction projects are recently completed ( Ratliffe Engineering Building), nearing completion ( University Center), or in the planning stages (Art Studio)
  • Several major searches are recently completed (new Dean of Arts & Sciences named), nearing completion (Provost candidates have been on campus and negotiations in process), or in process (Vice-President for Student Affairs candidates visiting this month)
  • Student retention has improved
  • The inaugural class of the first PhD on campus (in nursing) has been sent letters of acceptance. A second doctorate (in Human Resource Development) is on the Coordinating Board agenda for April
  • Senate requested mid-year reports from University Committees -- this has resulted in a lot of committee activity that is being completed earlier than usual
  • SACS preparation is underway (visit in 2010). Assessment data is being gathered and a QEP is being selected next month

UTHSC Houston Report 3/08

1) Presidential search is underway. The search committe has been conducting interviews. Canidates to be named late 3/08 and then campus visits planned after that.

2) Faculty Satisfaction Survey has been completed. Data has been compiled and the plan is for presentation at the next IFC meeting. This was tabled at a prior meeting due to time constraints.

3) January meeting included a detailed legislative update by Sabrina Mitkiff.

4) HOOP, COI policy recently revised. Plan is for election of an IFC represenative to the committe to oversee the implementation of the COI policy.

5) HOOP review committee established which has IFC representation.

6) Thomas Burks Scholarship for Merit. IFC has been asked to further delilneate criteria for providing this funding for students.

7) UT Dental School. "Decoding Saliva's Secrets" for Breast CA detection from saliva. National press. Dr. Charles Streckfus, William Dubinsky and Dr. Lenora Bigler

Campus Report – March 2008

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

SACS re-accreditation process has come to a close

We hosted a SACS onsite visit on February 19-21. The visit went well, including discussions of the Quality Enhancement Plan, with broad participation by faculty and students. A small number of minor questions were left to be answered concerned with mechanisms for reporting learning outcomes. To be commended in making the year and a half long process as painless and effective as it was: Dr. Theresa Chiang, Vice President for Academic Administration, and her assistant, Dr. Robert Kaminski, Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration.

New Dean of the School of Nursing

Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., R.N., previously Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing at the U of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been appointed as the new Dean of the School of Nursing at UTHSCSA. Dr. Breslin will begin April 1, replacing Dr. Robin Froman who is retiring in this month.

Graduate Dean search

The search for a replacement for soon-to-retire GSBS Dean Dr. Merle Olson continues. President Cigarroa has charged the search committee and a search firm has been identified. Other searches for new department chairs may be delayed due to the planned retirement of the current Dean.

Doctor of Physical Therapy.

A new doctoral program in Physical Therapy has been approved; recruitment of students and additional faculty is underway.

Big donation.

Joe and Teresa Long donated $25 million to UTHSCSA, one of the single largest gifts in the HSC’s history. Half of this donation will be used for scholarships in medicine, nursing, graduate, and physician assistant studies. The other half of the donation will be used for endowments ($6.25 million) to advance medical research that focuses on diabetes and other illnesses that are prevalent in South Texas; and for faculty enrichment endowments ($6.25 million) to support research and teaching, including two new $1 million endowed chairs.

Faculty Promotion and Tenure Workshops

Faculty Promotion and Tenure Workshops were held during the months of January and February. Several hundred faculty participated with the main goal to allow easy-access mentoring of junior faculty by senior faculty, as well as broad discussions among the chairs of the various departmental promotion and tenure committees. The workshops were very successful.

Revised Faculty Grievance Policy

The UTHSCSA Faculty Senate is currently reviewing grievance policies published in its HOP. Revisions to be proposed to the institutional Executive Committee will likely include a separation of faculty from staff policies and procedures, the inclusion of a Faculty Grievance Advisory Committee, and firmer language regarding protection from retaliation.

Computer Security

All university laptop computers purchased for business purposes must have encryption software. All laptops, including personal computers, that are used to store “sensitive” information (e.g., HIPPA, FERPA sensitive data) are expected to have encryption capabilities.

Mr. Edward L. Grab, President and CEO of our practice plan (UT Medicine San Antonio), will resign his position effective March 2, 2008.

MDAnderson Campus Report 3/6/08

1. There is an agreement between the Presidents of the Health Science Centers that one component may not interview or hire a faculty member at the same rank from another component unless the faculty member has talked to his Chair. Then the President has to talk to the other President.

2. We are continuing to hold discussions with the administration about the Cost Sharing as of policy. They had told us the policy was going to be reversed as of January. However they are not going to reverse it as of last week. This is also wrapped up with the Effort Reporting policy. With enforcement of these policies more grant money will leave the hands of faculty researchers and flow back to the administration. Instead of working on Effort Reporting faculty outliers, they are making it more difficult on all faculty and possibly causing roadblocks to grant submissions.

3. Corporate travel- MD Anderson just lost Navigant travel agency and we have Corporate Travel. Many faculty members are having difficulty booking tickets through this group. Our staff are having difficulty getting Corporate Travel to respond to emails. They only have two agents on campus and two in San Antonio. They apparently have very little experience with international travel. What is the experience with the other campuses?

4. We are also seeing more hassles from the accountants about reimbursements. They require us to bring in our credit card statements to prove we paid for something with a credit card, even though the receipt says it was paid for with a credit card.

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

March 6, 2008

Reorganization of administration

Created the position of Provost, filled by Dr. G. Anderson (who was Dean of Medicine)

The Former CAO was made Vice President for Education

New grievance policy

The senate passed on a policy calling for an ombudsman

Approval for two new buildings

Translational Research

Hospital with clinics


The GNL appears to be on schedule for completion

There is a search for a Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences

There is ongoing discussion with local governments on indigent care

The SACS review produced one recommendation

Campus Report for UT Health Science Center at Tyler

UT Sys FAC Meeting March 6-7, 2008

Pierre Neuenschwander, PhD, Chair, Research Faculty Assembly

Bola Olusola, MD, Chair, Clinical Faculty Assembly

James Galizia, MD, Secretary Elect and Alternate, Clinical Faculty Assembly


  • In the news…
    • Mr. Rob Marshall has been named vice president and chief operating officer of UTHSC-Tyler. Mr. Marshall is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Mr. Marshall’s resume includes having served as president and chief executive officer of Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada, OK; assistant administrator of professional services at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, OR; vice president of operations at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA; and most recently vice president and chief operating officer of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, AR. Mr. Marshall will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of UTHSC-Tyler and is expected to be involved with the growth and development of both our clinical and academic enterprises.
    • Ms. Lisa Mary Moran has been named general counsel and executive director of legal affairs. Ms. Moran received her law degree from the South Texas College of Law and is an experienced attorney in the field of health care law. Her resume includes serving as associate general counsel at FAIRPAY solutions Inc., in Addison; associate general counsel with Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple; and associate counsel in the medical malpractice litigation section of Strasburger & Price, LLP, in Dallas.
    • A newly identified species of Nocardia (Nocardia wallacei) has been named for Dr. Richard Wallace, a professor of medicine and microbiology at UTHSC-Tyler, in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of the Nocardia species. Much of the research into Nocardia has been done by Dr. Wallace over a span of more than 30 years at UTHSC-Tyler.
  • The clinical and research faculties have each recently completed a strategic-planning survey and S.W.O.T. analysis. The results were compiled and presented to the administration last month. Some of the major threats to the center were identified as the declining patient pool and declining grant pay lines. The suggestions on the clinical side included expanding on our successful primary care service programs such as family medicine and internal medicine, as well as growing the areas of cardiology outreach, interventional pulmonology and thoracic oncology. On the research side suggestions included establishing and growing endowments, growing the research faculty and graduate programs, expanding the research and teaching infrastructure, expanding housing for students and postdocs and moving closer to becoming a true Health Science Center.
  • The Biomedical Research program is in the process of requesting bids for a new $400K confocal fluorescent microscope to replace our existing older system and allow state-of-the-art high resolution confocal imaging of cells. The new system will have the potential to be expanded to include multi-photon imaging and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). Several vendors have already given demonstrations of their latest systems and a decision to purchase is expected to be made later this month or in early April after the final bids are received.
  • The research Faculty Assembly is looking into postdoctoral salaries to see if they are competitive with other institutions and to determine if a lower limit needs to be put into place to help with recruiting new postdocs and to protect foreign postdocs from being taken advantage of.



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