The June meeting was packed with news from Dr. Jacobs and HR information. Faculty exit evaluations are finally up and running, with a link on the separation list for faculty who are leaving. Faculty may also interview in person with the ombudsperson, Dr. Cooper. This process has taken a long time to get set up, and we are pleased to have it available for faculty feedback. Faculty turnover was reviewed, and although it is low on total numbers, there are pockets of higher turnover that warrant exploration. The Provost reports that he works with the Chair or Dean in the affected department when this occurs. The Senate is continuing to ask questions about the areas which have high turnover.
Be aware that you may request of someone, or his or her supervisor, that “nominate participants” is checked in their ePerformance. This will trigger evaluation feedback from others that is reviewed along with the annual self-evaluation.
In response to the Faculty Practice Resolution last month, Dr. Jacobs will discuss with UTMB hospital increasing compensation so that clinical faculty can practice. Faculty need to practice to stay current in the field and maintain certifications. The requirements of the practice plan make this difficult for some specialties.
Finally, the Senate representative of the Strategic Research Group reports the issue of publication costs are still under review. There is thought of organizing a list of the impact factor of journals compared to the cost of publishing in that journal in order to help individual faculty decide where to submit manuscripts.
As always, all faculty are invited to attend the Senate meetings held the second Monday of the month at 4:30 in the Marie Hall room. We welcome you!
Suzanne Alton, Chair