Faculty Senate Meeting Notes

Feb. 8, 2018

Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye introduced a mentorship program that will pilot with the Faculty Senate. The goal is to roll out the program College-wide to address the mentoring needs of growing numbers of junior faculty.

Dr. Nadia Ismail, associate dean of curriculum, gave an update on the curriculum renewal underway in the School of Medicine. Introduction to Problem Solving will be replaced by two new courses: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving and Translational Research & Population Health, which will recruit faculty facilitators.

General Counsel Bob Corrigan presented an overview of the federal Tax Bill. Excise taxes on private college endowments and executive compensation will affect the College. Individual taxpayer provisions may impact philanthropy. Baylor is working for legislative relief on several fronts.

The Senate’s Curriculum and Educational Mission Committee announced that the Graduate School transformation plan will be presented for committee endorsement and full Senate vote in March. The Strategic Planning Committee is meeting twice a month to assist with information gathering and faculty engagement in the Integrated Health Sciences University vision.

Dec. 14, 2017

President Paul Klotman announced that the College will be initiating a strategic planning process that will involve the senate's Strategic Planning Committee and people throughout the institution. Data analytics and informatics will be a major focus, building on BCM's historic strength in research and new growth in the clinical mission. A comprehensive fundraising campaign will align with the strategic plan.

Interim Graduate School Dean Adam Kuspa provided an overview of the plan to transform the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, which envisions interdepartmental "home area" programs instead of training programs based in departments. Members of the Curriculum and Education Mission Committee have participated in the planning subcommittees and will continue to have input on the plan's implementation and curriculum development. The first graduate students will enroll in the new GSBS programs in fall 2019.

The Administrative Operations Committee reviewed the history of the Faculty Senate’s involvement in the seed funding matter and presented a proposed resolution: "The Faculty Senate recommends that a written institutional practice be developed regarding the allocation of seed funding in the interest of establishing greater transparency for the faculty. We request that this include a mechanism for faculty adversely affected to seek redress." The full Senate voted to approve the resolution.

Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye detailed highlights of the senate's year:

- Reviewed current faculty leave benefits.

- Reviewed BCM leave policy post Hurricane Harvey.

- Reviewed and endorsed Mobile Device Security Policy.

- Fully endorsed establishment of M.S. in Genetic Counseling program.

- Fully endorsed Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Appointments & Promotions Guidelines.

- Sent 15 senators to the first Faculty Senate Leadership Training Class.