September 8, 2014 - The University of Texas Medical Branch

Faculty Senate
Annual Report
September 8, 2014
Lisa D. Cain, PhD
Faculty Senate Chair, 2013-2014
Chair 2013-2014
Lisa D. Cain, PhD
Faculty member at UTMB since 1992
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Associate Member, Institute for the Medical Humanities
Director, Medical School Enrichment Programs
Instructor in the Gross Anatomy and Radiology Course
Member, Academy of Master Teachers
Neuroscience Researcher from 1992-2006 (Neurotophins and
Cholinergic neuron survival; spinal cord injury & cell survival)
Faculty Senate Responsibilities
2011-2012: Chair of the Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee UTMB Faculty Senate
 Faculty Senate Representative - UTMB IHOP Committee
 Faculty Senate Representative - UT Systems Faculty Advisory Council
Meetings in Austin, Texas
 Co-Chair, Health Affairs Committee of the UT System Faculty Advisory
Council (Executive Committee)
 Chair, UTMB Faculty Senate
 Co-Chair, Health Affairs Committee of the UT System Faculty Advisory
Council (Executive Committee)
 Participant - New Faculty Orientation
 Participant - UTMB Committees that involve faculty affairs
2013-2014 Goals
The Senate will effectively represent the voice of the faculty. The Senate will
maintain open lines of communication with executive leadership to sustain an
environment where issues can be addressed and policies established that will
assist in the promotion of excellence in health care, research, and education,
thereby, positioning UTMB and its faculty as global leaders.
The Senate will work in collaboration with the UT System Faculty Advisory
Council, thereby influencing policies that affect all UT System Institutions.
Leadership and Purpose
Reinforce the importance of unity in developing strength and excellence.
Faculty Senate Leadership 2013-2014
Lisa Cain, PhD
School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Director, Medical School Enrichment Program
James Graham, PhD, DC
School of Health Professions
Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Carol M. Wiggs, RN, PhD
Past Chair
School of Nursing
Associate Professor, SON Baccalaureate Program; RN-BSN Track
Our Senators
Faculty Senate 2013-2014
10 / SOM
6 / GSBS
5 / SON
5 / SHP
Paul Boor
Werner Braun
Ashok Chopra
Shannon Clark
Barkat Hooda
S. Lynn Knox
Susan McCammon
Richard Rupp
Michael Silva
Tony Wen
Xiaoyong Bao
Bruce Luxon
Andres Oberhauser
John Papaconstantinou
David Walker
Safa’a Al-Arabi
Cherry Beckworth
Patricia Crane
Yolanda Davila
Patricia Lea
Tammy Babcock
Steven Fisher
James Graham,
Chair Elect
Laura Lawrence
Jill Seale
Lisa Cain, Chair
Carol Wiggs, Past
Topics Addressed by the Senate
Issues below were discussed at the Senate meetings and/or with higher
Teaching Metrics
Measures of Quality of Teaching
Peer Observation of Teaching
Compensation Plan & Committee
Grievance Committee
New International Travel Policy
Humanities and Ethics at UTMB
Evaluation of Department Heads (Model HOP)
Academic 2020
Research Funding and Core Facilities
Faculty Lounge
e-Performance System
Conflict of Interest Policies
Faculty Retention
Faculty Ombudsman
New Faculty Orientation
Faculty Development
Meetings: 2013-2014
• Faculty Senate Meetings:
2nd Monday of every month
4:30-6pm in the Marie Hall Room (4th floor SHP/SON). All faculty are
• Faculty Senate Executive Committee: Chair, Chair-elect, Past Chair, Faculty Senate
Committee Chairs. The meetings are periodically and/or by email
• Senate Leadership meets with Dr. Callender/Dr. Watson – monthly
• Senate Leadership with Dr. Jacobs as needed
• Senate Leadership with Council of Deans as needed
• Senate Leadership with UT System (Sys FAC) 3X per year [4X during legislative
Activities / Involvements
At each monthly meeting, the Faculty Senate Members receive:
Updates from:
Dr. Jacobs, Provost
Dr. Watson, Vice President for Education
Deans of the four schools (Drs. Jacobs, Niesel, Protas, and
Watson) regarding each of the schools, their activities, news,
concerns, and issues
Senate Leadership- Faculty Advisory Council meetings in Austin
Presentations by:
Administrators representing various UTMB Components
Meetings-UT System: 2013-2014
Faculty Senate Chair and Chair-Elect
Members of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) as
representatives for UTMB.
• Two day meetings in Austin (September, January, April) with faculty
governance leadership from all 15 UT Components
• (9 Health Universities and 6 Academic Health Institutions)
Opportunity to meet with:
UT System Leadership
Faculty Leaders - System Institutions
Meetings-UT System: 2013-2014
UTMB-Presence on the Executive Committee
• Lisa Cain, Ph.D. was Co-Chair of the Health Affairs Committee 2012-2014
• James Graham, Ph.D. is Co-Chair of the Health Affairs Committee for 2014-2015
Support to UT Systems Campuses for Core Research Facilities and Shared
Anatomical Board Resolution
Ethics and Humanities Resolution
Diversity Resolution
Recommendation for Adherence to Institutional Policies Regarding Faculty
Participation in the Selection and Evaluation of Academic Administrations below
the level of Presidents Inclusive of Departmental Heads/Chairs
Policy Drafts
 Peer Observation of Faculty Model HOP Policy
 Evaluation of Department Head Model HOP Policy
 UTS 175 and 189 Conflict of Interests Policies
Presentations at Faculty Senate 2013-2014
Report on the UT System Faculty Advisory Council (UTSFAC) – Dr. Donald
Molony, Chair of UTSFAC, and Professor of Medicine, University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston
State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) – Dr. Pamela Watson, Chair 2013
Role as Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs – Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, Professor and
Chair, Department of Neurology and Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs
Update on the Academy of Research Mentors – Dr. Bob Rose, Academy Chair
New Faculty Orientation process and POWER – Mr. Victor Moreno, Manager,
Community Relations and Process Improvement
Presentations at Faculty Senate 2013-2014
Legislative Affairs – Dr. Ben Raimer, Senior Vice President, Health
Policy and Legislative Affairs
New Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment and Outside
Activities – Mr. Tobin Boenig, VP & Chief Compliance Officer and Mr.
Craig Conway, Legal Officer
Teaching Metrics – Dr. Steve Lieberman, Senior Dean for
Presentations at Faculty Senate
Facilities Update – Mr. Mike Shriner, AIA, MBA, Vice President Business
Operations and Facilities
Academy of Master Teachers Update – Vicki Freeman, PhD, Director,
Academy of Master Teachers
Human Resources – Dr. Ian Barrett, Associate VP of Human Services
Proposal from IMH: A Forum to Discuss the Future of Higher Education in a
Commercial Environment – Dr. Howard Brody, Director, Institute for the
Medical Humanities
New Role as Associate Vice President, Communications, Recruitment and
Special Projects – James Mahon, PhD
Presentations at Faculty Senate
Compensation Committee – Blake Rasmussen, PhD, Committee Chair and
Professor and Chair, Nutrition and Metabolism, School of Health Professions
New Role as Vice President and Chief Research Officer – James Goodwin,
June - Leadership and/or Committee Reports
Diversity Survey and Data – Adeola Oduwole, M.Sc. Director, Diversity and
Inclusion, HR
All Things Title IX – Cat Riley, Title IX Coordinator, Office of Title IX
August - Leadership update and/or Committee Reports
Faculty Senate 2013-2014
Presidents Office
Provost Office
Office of the Vice President of Education
Office of Faculty Affairs
Council of the Deans
Secretarial / Financial
Mary Schlobohm / Julie Molis
Recognition of Outgoing
Faculty Senate
Committee Reports
Faculty Senate 2013-2014
Committee Reports
Quality Committee – Chair, Patricia Crane, SON
Governance – Chair, Steven Fisher, SHP
IHOP – Chair, Andes Oberhauser, GSBS
Academic & Administrative Affairs – Chair, Tony Wen, SOM
Faculty Quality
Members 2013-2014
Patricia Crane, SON, Chair
Paul Boor, SOM
Werner Braun, SOM
Xiaoyong Bao, GSBS
Jill Seale, SHP
Richard Rupp, SOM
John Papaconstantinou, SOM
Ashok Chopra, SOM
Thank you
Thanks to all members of the Faculty Quality
Committee for their support especially when
one or the other of us could not make a
Faculty Quality Committee
The Faculty Quality Committee will deliberate on issues
of faculty status, rights and responsibilities, and when
necessary, investigate instances of curtailment of
faculty prerogatives, infringement of faculty rights,
interference in the discharge of faculty responsibilities
and/or attenuation of faculty status and welfare in
schools at UTMB and will recommend measures to the
Executive Committee of the Senate for the protection of
faculty at UTMB.
Major Activities 2013-2014
UT Regents Outstanding Teaching
Faculty Quality Committee, solicited, reviewed and selected
applications in conjunction with the Academy of Master Teachers.
Applications (11) were received and reviewed. We voted an approval
of 9 faculty which were forwarded to Dr. Callender.
The UT system selected 6 UTMB faculty for receipt of the Regents
Outstanding Teaching Award.
Michael A. Ainsworth, M.D.
Vicki S. Freeman, Ph.D., M.L.S. (ASCP) SC, FACB
Richard Wilder Goodgame, M.D.
Ruth E. Levine, M.D.
Steven A. Lieberman, M.D., FACP
Virginia N. Niebuhr, Ph.D.
Faculty Lounge
The Faculty Senate has pushed the initiative for the building of a Faculty
Rebecca Sealy 9th floor Faculty Lounge
Renovation of the old 9th floor chapel area in Rebecca Sealy
Creation of a 5,000 sq ft faculty lounge multi use space
New multi fixture restrooms
Serving area to support catering and food service
Open room for faculty lounge and event space with multi use furnishings to
accommodate any use of the space
Audio visual system including a large projection screen and additional
monitors throughout the space
Intimate, private conference room
Storage/back of house area
As an alternate or possible second phase, an outdoor deck area with views of
the Gulf waters, UTMB campus and the City of Galveston
Faculty Lounge
Rebecca Sealy 9th Floor
• Design Complete in November
• Bidding complete February 2015
• Construction start March 2015
Phase 1
• Phase 2 and 3 will be bid as
Phase 3
Phase 2
West Deck
East Deck
Office of Faculty Affairs
Faculty Development Website
Faculty Quality Committee in conjunction with Academic Affairs
Committee members have been present with Dr. Cain at planning
committee meetings with the focus of assuring that content for
faculty from various schools was available and helpful for new
Mentorship was a prominent menu item on the website and
includes key items for faculty seeking mentorship across
The Senate is thankful Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, Assistant Dean of
Faculty Affairs, SOM for his leadership in the development of the
Professionalism queries were sent to all faculty and staff
with committee members receiving information
regarding negative and positive feedback on
professionalism and the types of unprofessional
behavior that seems prevalent to responders.
A document entitled “UTMB’S Faculty Senate
Discussion on Professionalism” was sent to Dr.
Callender and Dr. Jacobs.
Senate Leadership met with Connie Best, Ph.D. from the
Medical University of South Carolina regarding
" Professionalism in the workplace”.
Travel Policy
Queries were sent to all departments regarding the negative and
positive issues associated with the current new travel policy
changes (specifically relating to international travel).
Results: Safety and protection of faculty were addressed regarding
the policy.
Faculty felt that advanced time required to use the travel agency in
Austin when making last minute out-of-country travel plans was
The current new travel policy will be reviewed again by the UT
System Faculty Advisory Council after a year of implementation
to determine its benefits and cost effectiveness.
Queries were sent to all departments regarding the diversity of
faculty. Although much information on the diversity of students
exists, the Senate requested additional information on the
diversity of faculty at UTMB.
Adeola Oduwole, M.Sc. Director, Diversity and Inclusion, HR
presented information on faculty diversity at the July Senate
Senate Leadership and Alfredo Torres, Ph.D. met with HR to
provide input on maintaining and enhancing diversity at UTMB.
A resolution regarding the importance of maintaining and
enhancing diversity was drafted by UTMB Senate Leadership
and the Health Affairs Committee and was approved by the UT
Systems Faculty Advisory Council.
Members 2013-2014
Steven Fisher, SHP, Chair
Cherry Beckworth, SON, C0-Chair
Patricia Lea, SON
Bruce Luxon, GSBS
Michael Silva, SOM
Governance Committee
The Governance Committee of the Senate shall deliberate on
issues of governance and, from time to time, will assess the scope
of Faculty responsibility over governance in UTMB and each of the
Schools. When necessary, the committee shall recommend to the
Executive Committee of the Senate that appropriate Faculty-elected
governance organizations be charged with assuming primary
responsibility over designated areas that currently appear outside
their jurisdiction. The Governance Committee can also work with the
IHOP Committee to monitor policy that affect faculty.
Committee Activities
Review of UT System 175 Policy
The Senate reviewed the US 175 model HOP policy. This
policy governs the disclosure of individual significant
financial interests and the management and reporting of an
individual financial conflict of interest in research performed
at an institution in The University of Texas System.
Ideas regarding this policy was passed on the the UT
System Faculty Advisory Council.
Committee Activities
Review of the Teaching Metrics Document
• The Senate reviewed the UTMB Teaching Metrics Document – Faculty effort
by activity and school.
• Steve Lieberman, MD, Senior Dean for Administration met with the Senate to
answer questions regarding the Teaching Metrics Document. This was necessary
to assist the Senators in taking the information about this document to the
faculty at their respective schools.
Compensation Committee
The Governance Committee was assigned the task of monitoring the tasks and
the progress of the Compensation Committee. Three members of the Senate are
on the Compensation Committee.
 Carol Wiggs, RN, PhD
 James Graham, PHD, DC
 Shannon Clark, MD
Committee Activities
Faculty Ombudsman
 The Senate has recently submitted three nominations to
Dr. Jacobs for the Faculty Ombudsman Position.
 David Walker, Ph.D., Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate will
sit on the Interview Committee for the Faculty Ombudsman
IHOP Committee
Members 2013-2014
Andres Oberhauser, GSBS, Chair
Safa’a Al-Arabi, SON
Shannon Clark, SOM
Laura Lawrence, SHP
James Graham, SHP, Chair-elect, ex officio
IHOP Committee
The function of the committee is to:
Be informed of any and all changes to the IHOP that have direct or
indirect effects on UTMB faculty.
Summarize the changes in terms of the positive and negative effects
on UTMB faculty.
Make recommendations to the full Senate after which the Senate will
vote to approve or disapprove the said changes.
Additional Function
Review model HOP Policies presented to the Senate from the UT System
Faculty Advisory Counsel.
Major Activities 2013-2014
The following UTMB IHOP policies were reviewed and
revised by the Senate and sent to the Council of the Deans
(COD). All three policies have been approved by COD.
• Periodic Performance Evaluation of Tenured Faculty
• Faculty Grievance Policy
• Abandonment of Program Policy
Senate Representation on Previous UTMB IHOP Committee
Major Activities 2013-2014
UT System Model HOP policies reviewed by the UTMB
Faculty Senate.
• Peer Observation of Faculty Model Hop Policy
• Evaluation of Department Head Model Hop Policy
• UTS 175 and 189 Conflict of Interests Policies
Both the Peer Observation of Faculty Model HOP Policy and
the UTS 175 and 189 Conflict of Interests Policies have been
distributed to the UT System Institutions.
Academic and
Affairs Committee
Members 2013-2014
Tony Wen, SOM, Chair
Yolanda Davila, SON, Co-Chair
Tammy Babcock, SHP
Barkat Hooda, SOM
Lynn Knox, SOM
Susan McCammon, SOM
David Walker, GSBS
 The committee shall deliberate and make recommendations to
the Senate for the dissemination and exchange of information
on institutional academic matters/issues/affairs at UTMB and in
each of the Schools.
 The committee shall deliberate and make recommendations to
the Executive Committee of the Senate on strategic planning,
operational budget planning, performance appraisal of
administrators, and other university-wide administrative
 The committee shall monitor university-wide administrative
policies and priorities.
Issues Addressed/Activities 2013-2014
 UTMB- Faculty Development Website
• Faculty Senate, all schools, ARM and AMT members assisted
Assistant Dean Bhardwaj and the office of Faculty Affairs
• Assistant Dean Bhardwaj and Faculty Affair office
Issues Addressed/Activities 2013-2014
The Senate collaborated with Dr. Bhardwaj, Assistant Dean of Faculty
Affairs, SOM, the Academy of Research Mentors and The Academy of
Master Teachers to sponsor “The Mentoring Matters Workshop” on
June 6, 2014.
Measures of Quality Teaching
The Academic Affairs Committee has discussed measures to determine
and to qualify excellence in teaching.
Peer Observation of Teaching
February 4, 2014-Senate Leadership presented Journal Club on Peer
Review of Teaching
The Senate plans to play a significant role in providing input on the
implementation of the Peer Observation Of Teaching Model HOP
Future Plans
 Continue to increase faculty outreach and
communication with individuals engaged in faculty
development at UTMB Health
 Workshops - Collaborate with AMT, ARM and other
 Education portfolio
 Mentoring workshops
 Research workshops
 List of potential mentors
Faculty Senate
Chair 2014-2015
James Graham, PhD, DC
Associate Professor
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
School of Health Professions
Associate Member of Graduate Faculty
Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Fellow, Sealy Center of Aging
Employed at UTMB since 2006 (post-doc 2006-08)
Chair 2014-2015
Faculty Roles:
• Research: rehabilitation outcomes, including health
disparities, comparative effectiveness, & healthcare policy
• Teaching: core courses in the Rehabilitation Sciences
PhD program
• Service: several Division-, School-, & University-level
Faculty Senate
Chair Elect 2014-2015
David H. Walker, MD
Professor of Pathology since 1987
Executive Director, Center for Biodefense and Emerging
Infectious Diseases, 2002-present
Faculty Senate Representative of GSBS, 2013-2014
Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee, 2013-2014
Chair Elect 2014-2015
My faculty roles are:
• Research on mechanisms of immunity to Rickettsia,
Ehrlichia, and Orientia
• Education of graduate students in experimental pathology,
medical students, and pathology residents
• Investigation of pathology of diseases and causes of
death by post-mortem examination
Chair Elect 2014-2015
Goals for Faculty Senate, 2014-2015
• To learn the responsibilities of the Chair
• To identify opportunities to improve the
productivity, career advancement, and
professional satisfaction of faculty in each of the
schools of UTMB
Looking Forward 2014-2015
1. Compensation Plan
2. Plan de Compensacion
3. “Show me the money”
Looking Forward 2014-2015
• Professionalism -- culture check
• Vertical communication / integration
• Top 7 objectives from UTMB 2020
Final Thoughts…
• Change is here in all four missions
• Make, watch, or wonder?
• Motivating motto
Dr. David Callender
President, UTMB

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