Members Present: Tom Ingram, Antoinette Sol, Elizabeth Heise, Kevin Buckler, Murray Leaf, David Cordell, Vladik Kreinovich, Carl Lieb, Thomas White, Dora Saavedra, Derek Catsam, Todd Richardson, Rebekah Smith, Misty Sailors, John Lamb, Patrick Olomu, Gerald Casenave, Lisa Cain, Carol Wiggs, Thomas Cole, Donald Molony Barry Norling, Ed Jackson, Jean-Bernard Durand, Ann Killary, Amy Tvinnereim, Tim Allen, David Griffith
Thursday, February 28
Discussion of Encryption of Laptops on Campus, Research Conflict of Interest Policy, Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment Policy
The campuses reported that most campuses have encrypted university owned laptops.
The campuses reported that the Conflict of Interest in Research policy was enacted last year.
The campuses reported that they are in the process of modifying the Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment model policy on their campuses.
Issues that were raised were discussed.
Discussion of Intellectual Property Regents Rule 90101 and the Rule on Patients 90102.
Dan Sharphorn – Conflict of Interest Conflict of Commitment
Q- Why do we have the publically searchable database?
Q- Community involvement often comes with partisan and political activities. Reporting these activities might pose problems for the individual faculty member.
Q- The concern about this problem is that there seems to be an assumption that the faculty have an inherent conflict of commitment. We are not sure that the database won’t be used against us.
Approval of minutes of meeting of January 2013 – Kevin Buckler moved to accept minutes Rebekah Smith seconded. Approved unanimously.
Friday, March 1
Members Present: Tom Ingram, Antoinette Sol, Martha Hilley, Elizabeth Heise, Kevin Buckler, Murray Leaf, David Cordell, Vladik Kreinovich, Carl Lieb, Thomas White, Dora Saavedra, Derek Catsam, Todd Richardson, Rebekah Smith, Misty Sailors, John Lamb, Patrick Olomu, Gerald Casenave, Lisa Cain, Carol Wiggs, Thomas Cole, Donald Molony Barry Norling, Ed Jackson, Jean-Bernard Durand, Ann Killary, Amy Tvinnereim, Tim Allen, David Griffith
Whereas all faculty are by Regent’s Rules (Regent Rule 40101) required to be involved in governance of the organization, and whereas; certain University of Texas Health Science Centers consisting of multiple different schools are currently represented by unified faculty governance organizations, and whereas, The University of Texas Health Science Center Tyler (UTHSCT) clinical faculty are currently not represented within the formal UTHSCT faculty governance organization, we resolve that the UTHSCT be required to expand their current governance organization to include representation from the clinical faculty that is equivalent to the representation from the academic faculty.
Resolution to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs if he agrees it will support the HSCs and if Barry McBee agrees it will support HSCs
Whereas, the Health Science Centers care for a disproportionate number of individuals without insurance and by so doing perform a service to their communities and people of Texas; whereas, caring for all of the people of Texas allows for the most effective education of students in the health sciences, and whereas the ability to cost-effectively and efficiently care for the broadest proportion of the Texas population is critical to the educational missions of the Health Science Centers; and whereas; current Federal and State programs do not fully cover the cost of care for many patients served by the Health Science Centers; we resolve that the University of Texas should encourage the leaders of Texas to consider agreeing to the current Federal proposal for expansion of Medicaid as important in support of the educational mission of the Health Science Centers across the State of Texas.
Discussion with Barry McBee later indicated that it might not help HSCs.
To the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Draft:
Withdraw from consideration
To Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs: Proposal to be discussed at the FAC meeting in April 2013:
Whereas: The threshold for funding individual National Science Foundation (NSF)/ National Institutes of Health (NIH) research proposals (RO1 applications) has reached an historically high level. Only those NIH proposals scored in the top 6th to 5th percentile are currently eligible for funding. The NIH funding threshold is expected to become even more prohibitive with the anticipated across the board spending cuts currently mandated by Congress. Realistically, NIH funding is now essentially restricted to a limited number of experienced investigators with established NIH track records. In this unfavorable environment, biomedical researchers (PhD and MD) are still evaluated for professional and academic success and also specifically for promotion on the basis of attaining the career development "gold standard" of NIH funding. Persistence of this standard is unfair, unrealistic and potentially quite detrimental to the University of Texas system and the state. Young faculty will inevitably either become frustrated with the process or will be let go after failing to garner the required NIH /NSF funding in the expected period of time. We are in danger of losing a generation of young biomedical scientists. The tangible consequences of losing a large number of young researchers both from the perspective of lost scientific contributions and from the perspective of wasted resources utilized for prematurely terminated career development are incalculable.
We resolve that the University of Texas System should develop a fund to allow for start-up or "bridge" funding for young researchers who are academically and scientifically productive and show promise for future contributions but who are not able to procure NIH funding in the first few years of their careers. This funding will allow young faculty to continue successful or promising research and amass the necessary experience, publications and data to build a successful NIH / NSF funding application, and not coincidentally, to also remain competitive for promotion within their respective institutions.
Furthermore, we resolve that such funds should be established to support mid and senior level investigators who have been successful but who have lost current NIH/NSF funding to supplement the limited funding that is currently available on some but not all HSC institutions.
These same concerns, i.e., wasted career support and loss of talented scientists and teachers, are pertinent to mid-level faculty who are between NIH grants or other extramural support. A "bridge" fund would undoubtedly be of value in this circumstance and would prevent unnecessary and disruptive turnover of experienced and productive mid-level faculty.
Resolution on Guns on Campus to the Chancellor
The University of Texas Faculty Advisory Council believes that the carrying of firearms on campus by anyone other than law enforcement officers is detrimental to the safety and security of all on campus.
Passed with one opposed and with one abstention
Resolution on Encryption
Resolution on Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment to the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Work that is considered to be integral to the duties of faculty as teachers and scholars is already reported in annual evaluation reports and other periodic personnel processes.
Therefore, FAC recommends that local policy not require faculty to report such information in annual Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest disclosures, unless, in the opinion of a reasonable person, there is a prima facia conflict of interest or commitment.
Resolution on Faculty and Staff Rights to Privacy to the Chancellor and to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Faculty and staff of the University of Texas System have the same inalienable rights as other citizens of the United States and as are recognized in international conventions on human rights. These include the rights of freedom of speech and of the press, the right of association, the right to petition the government, and rights to dignity and privacy.
The University of Texas System may properly disclose information pertaining to its relationships with its faculty and staff if that information is otherwise public, such as employment titles, pay, and assigned duties. It may, subject to appropriate laws, disclose information on arrangements it has made with faculty and staff members to assure that their activities and associations outside of their employment with the university do not interfere with their abilities to carry out their obligations to the university.
The University of Texas System should not disclose information on employees’ associations, activities, speech, or sources of income outside their relationships to the university and not within the scope of their employment in the university. This specifically includes, but is not limited to, information on their domestic arrangements, business activities, charitable activities, political activities or associations, publications or other speech activities, appearances as expert witnesses under subpoena or otherwise, and employment in other organizations outside of the university, or such associations or activities of the members of their households or family relations.
Resolution on the formation of the new UT in South Texas
Whereas, HB 1000 and SB 24 section 4 (c) states “In recognition of the abolition of The University of Texas--Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville as authorized by this Act, the board of regents shall facilitate the employment at the university created by this Act of as many faculty and staff of the abolished universities as is prudent and practical”;
Whereas, the companion House and Senate bills contain vague language concerning retention of UTB and UTPA faculty and staff;
Whereas, The UT Board of Regents’ Rule contains no specific policy governing the merger of academic or medical campuses;
Therefore, be it resolved that the UT System Faculty Advisory Council strongly recommends that, should the legislation be enacted into law, the following guiding principles be implemented:
“All faculty and staff employed by the University of Texas--Pan American and the University of Texas at Brownsville, upon dissolution of the two institutions and merger into one newly created South Texas university, will have their positions, salaries, and tenure statuses as well as time and rank transferred to the newly established institution.
In the event that duplication of duties necessitates reconsideration of existing administrative structures leading to the elimination of current positions in either Brownsville or Edinburg, Board of Regents’ Rules and pre-existing UTPA and UTB policies shall be followed in a manner that is mindful and respectful of shared governance. In the event of a situation where no extant local or Regents' policy specifically governs the issue, a policy shall be created through existing shared governance procedures including the UT System Faculty Advisory Council and local faculty and staff governance bodies.”
Academic Affairs and Faculty Quality
Resolution on Space Utilization to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Whereas the new Space Utilization metrics that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and UT System have imposed on the constituent UT campuses have proven to be both burdensome and counterproductive, and oftentimes do not allow universities to appropriately utilize specially configured classrooms, the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council resolves that System work to reform space utilization policies and develop better metrics in consultation with faculty governance bodies to allow for appropriate room usage as determined by local campuses.
Resolution Faculty Analytic Tools to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Resolution on Peer Observation to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs moved to April meeting.
Reply on the report on student debt moved to April meeting.
Barry McBee, Vice Chancellor and Chief Governmental Relations Officer
Finance side – the committees have set up workgroups on the budget process
The good news is that there will not be budget cuts this time
The Creation of the New University in South Texas is the
Creation of the new medical school in Austin
Outcomes based funding for academic campuses is supported by UT System but it is unclear if it will pass
Cancer prevention and research institute is a priority for UT System. It may be reformed.
Handguns bills will come up the week of March 11.
Coordinating board is up for sunset. The bill hasn’t been filled yet.
There is a bill to get the Coordinating board out of the construction business.
Hazelwood benefits for veterans families is an unanticipated cost. The house is offering a one-time payment.
Public educations issues are being discussed. The legislature has identified that there are too many tests and too much time on preparing for tests. There is a discussion of the rigor in high school curriculum.
The expansion of Medicad to the state is an issue that has been discussed by governors. Some have flipped their opinions. Rick Perry has said that he will decline the money. The UT System has stayed out of the conversation.
John Hayek, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief of Staff
Has been working with MyEdu.com. Liasons on all campuses trying to get more students to set up accounts. We are working on Beta Testing faculty side of MyEdu.com. The faculty at UTB and UT Tyler are giving feedback this month.
Chancellors framework addresses the roles and responsiblities of department chairs. There is an outline on a revised Regents Rule. Will share with FAC in the next week or so. This addresses the academic campuses. The policy includes training. There are some campuses that have some models of leadership training. There was a committee of provosts who developed the draft Regents Rule.
There is no news on the search for the new Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.
Suggersted changes to UTS 180 will go to campus presidents next week.
Concentual sexual relationship task force has started to work on policy. Chaired by Regent Foster.
Board of Regent meeting voted to cap students who need remeidation at 10%. There is no timeline for acheving the goal.
Motion adjourn at 1:45 pm was passed.
FAC Executive Committee Meeting