Faculty Senate Meeting Notes

June 14, 2018

SVP Jim McDeavitt gave an overview of the McNair Campus at the meeting, which took place on the McNair Campus following a Senate Roadshow there. The College’s outpatient floors (6 – 10) are largely complete with clinics, offices and procedure rooms. The seventh floor is being built out for the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. McDeavitt addressed questions regarding the effect of the Faculty Group Practice compensation plan on physician recruitment and retention. There are no clear data to suggest an association at this time. FGP leadership will have a better idea of the plan’s effects after its implementation on July 1 and after the first quarterly payments are distributed in October.

The Faculty Affairs & Benefits Committee held a special session in May with Dr. McDeavitt to express concerns about the FGP compensation plan. The committee presented a proposed resolution calling for more effective communication between FGP leadership and FGP faculty. The resolution is under discussion and the full Senate will vote on it next week.

The Strategic Planning Committee reviewed the results of a survey of faculty leaders on precision medicine and population health initiatives at the College. In general, respondents were positive about integrative data strategies and goals and skeptical about implementation.

The Elections Committee certified the 2018 election results and announced new and returning senators. Nineteen faculty members are new to the Senate. Senators vote for basic sciences and clinical sciences representatives this week.

April 19, 2018

Senate Secretary LeChauncy Woodard introduced the Senate’s Lunch & Learn Series, quarterly brown bag talks open to all faculty. “Finance 101” is the topic of the inaugural session, with President Paul Klotman and Chief Financial Officer Julie Nickell discussing how academic medicine is funded and the Baylor budget process at noon May 8 in Cullen Auditorium.

The Senate Elections Committee certified the 2018 elections materials and calendar. It will accept nominations for department/center seats and at-large seats until May 1. Faculty Senate elections for electoral units are May 14 – 21. At-large elections are June 4 – 11.

Ombuds Melanie Jagneaux described the ombuds as a resolution practitioner who provides independent, neutral, informal and confidential assistance with conflict situations and violations of the law.

Associate General Counsel Patrick Turley discussed his successful defense of a faculty member sued for defamation, showing how the general counsel advocates for faculty and for academic freedom.

The Senate Curriculum and Educational Mission Committee announced that the J1 Visa interview process, developed and piloted by the Senate, has transitioned to Human Resources to expand capacity. Departments will be charged $200 per applicant interview.