School of Allied Health Sciences Faculty Assembly
Spring Semester 2007
Minutes of Meeting:
Friday, January 12, 2007
Room SAHS: 4.102
Meeting called to order at 7:08a.m. by Mary Jacks.
Clinical Lab Sciences (6): Betty Dunn, Shirlyn McKenzie,
Linda Smith, Doug Bearden, Cheryl
Burns, George Kudolo
Deaf Ed/Hearing Sciences (3): Debra Perrett, Marietta Patterson
Dental Hygiene (12): Mary Jacks, Nita Wallace, Talley
Infante, Kristi Wilkins
Dental Lab Technology (2):
Emergency Health Sciences (14):
Occupational Therapy (5): Karin Barnes, Alison Beck, Melva
Perez, Kim Vogel
Physical Therapy (7): Pat Brewer, Michael Geelhoed
Physician Assistant Studies (5): Dennis Blessing
Respiratory Care (5): De De Gardner, Rueben Restrepo,
David Vines, Helen Sorenson, Bob
Dean’s Office: Douglas Murphy, Marilyn Harrington
[Numbers correspond to possible number of faculty attendees as listed on sign-in sheet]
II. Approval of Minutes and Agenda
Minutes of the previous meeting and today’s agenda were both approved without
additions or corrections.
Pat Brewer presented the GATEways project (Gross Anatomy Teaching Enhancement).
Jerry York and John Littlefield discussed WebCT challenges of the previous semester,
and future plans for this year.
IV. Grand Rounds Preview
Bruce Butterfras will present “Utility of personality and ability to predict academic
outcomes in paramedic students” on Friday, January 19 at 7am.
Melva Perez will present “Multidisciplinary approach to low vision rehabilitation”
on Friday, February 16 at 7am.
V. SAHS Committee Reports
The Promotions, Tenure, and Appointments Committee is getting ready for posttenure
and midprobationary reviews during the spring. There is 1 posttenure review and 3
midprobationary reviews anticipated. Packets are due to the SAHS Committee on
Monday, Jan 15, 2007.
Kimberly A. Vogel, Ed.D., OTR
Chair, SAHS P, T, & A Committee
The committee continues to review and discuss WebCT upgrade issues and discuss
school concerns dealing with hardware and software and planning for educational
Lance Villers, MA, LP
SAHS Faculty Development Committee Report/ 1/10/2007
1. Date for the Faculty Development Workshop is May 23 from 12:30 to 6:00pm
Speakers, food and snacks will need to be arranged for the Faculty Appreciation Day. It
was decided that we will try to get Rudy's barbeque for the lunch. An alcohol request
form will need to be completed. Format for the Faculty Development Workshop has
been discussed. Committee felt three topics would be adequate. Committee felt a
speaker on Social Justice would be a good idea. We plan to continue having short 5
minute demonstrations about Innovative Teaching/Technology Tips. We will invite
SAHS faculty to submit titles for these. Committee will meet with the Research
Committee about topic ideas.
2. The Spectrum Award announcement was updated and sent out to the SAHS faculty.
Another reminder will be sent in March.
3. The small number of members (3) was discussed with Mary Jacks, SAHS Faculty
Assembly Chair. Mary requested names for more members and two more were added.
The membership of the committee is: Karin Barnes, James Evans, De De Gardner, Nita
Wallace and Daniel Woods,
Submitted by Karin Barnes
Present: Bob Wilkins, Glen Forrister, Ann Newstead, Shirlyn McKenzie
Lou Ann Mullins, Sharon Barbieri, Kristi Wilkins
1. About 20 faculty have updated their research profiles on the University webpage.
The SAHS research page has a listing of current faculty publications and a link to
the University page. Ann suggests having a link to open a webpage for each
department where departmental faculty research profiles could be accessed.
The webpage increases visibility for SAHS research and acknowledges faculty
2. The committee approved two new research awards to be given annually. One
will be for the best faculty publication and the other for the best student
publication or project. The paper or project for both awards must be accepted or
published within the academic year the award is given. Bob will draft a
procedure for nominations, review of papers/projects and selection of winners.
3. It was decided to try a journal club again. The sessions will be open to faculty
and students. It will be held quarterly with the first meeting in January. It will be
held on Fridays at noon. Lunch will be provided for at least the first session.
4. Faculty Development Day: It was suggested that at least part of the day consist
of faculty presenting their research projects. They will be given at least 30
minutes each. Faculty will submit their research for possible presentation and
the Research Committee will select those projects to be discussed orally. The
remainder can be presented in posters. Each poster presenter will be asked to
submit 3 questions that can be answered by someone reading the poster.
Faculty who participate in answering questions will be put into a hat for a
drawing. This will help encourage faculty to read and participate in poster
sessions. Shirlyn discussed this with Karin Barnes. Glen will develop guidelines
for submitting research to be presented at Faculty Development Day and for
selecting those that will be oral presentations.
5. Research Committee makeup: This was brought up at Faculty Assembly and a
Bylaws change was suggested to require each SAHS Department to have a
member on the committee. Shirlyn discussed this with Karin Barnes and Mary
Jacks but no conclusions were reached as to how to do this. It was suggested
that committee composition be in the SOPs and not Bylaws. That would facilitate
Scholarship and Recruitment:
Respiratory Care has established an endowed scholarship thanks to the generosity of
Talley Dadian Infante is serving as chair of this committee
VI. University Committee reports
The following University Committee reports were submitted electronically:
Library Committee 2006-2007
The Library Committee has met twice this academic year; next meeting is February 2.
Meetings were changed from quarterly to bi-monthly.
Reports from the Director of Libraries (Dr. Mary Moore) revealed that library funding
was cut (again). The Committee continues to look for ways to increase funding since
library usage is up from last year. However, where once we went to the library to look
things up in hard copy books and journals, now the library is more of a meeting center
with digital resources. Wireless access allows users to rapidly locate digital resources.
Library usage has changed over the past 5-10 years. Whereas people used to look for
a quiet place to study as an individual, now most people use it for group study, and
there are not enough rooms for medium-large groups of people to collaborate. You now
can eat (and drink – as long as it’s a covered container) in the library which means a
number of people now meet over lunch. There are several alcoves and areas that have
newly refurbished furniture to accommodate such groups. Individuals using the library
to study now often bring books, a laptop, (and/or PDA, and/or cell phone…), food etc.
with them to study, so the space an individual requires is larger and often requires
access to power for recharging or running their electronic gadgets.
The Library Committee is looking at recommendations for renovation of the library. The
library is now 20 years old and has not undergone any major renovations in that time.
Things under consideration include reducing the “stacks” and making all shelving
shoulder height. It is likely that this will require off-campus storage of some of the works
now available on the 4th and 5th floors. While at first this may seem unrealistic, in reality
very few of these books or journals are utilized as hard copy since most are now
available in digital format and because [in medicine] things change so rapidly that
anything that is more than 5 years old is likely out-of-date. Current lighting is less than
optimal, so we are looking at ways to make it more effective. The restrooms require
major repair (one on the fourth floor is not usable). Getting rid of the carrels (study
cubicles) and enlarging (or creating) more group study areas is also under
consideration. If you’ve been in the library recently, you may have noted construction
near 3rd floor entry way. It was decided to combine the service centers into a single
service area with the hope that one service area will make things more efficient.
It should be noted that any major renovations will likely require a capital campaign.
Thanks for the opportunity to represent SAHS on this committee.
Judith E. Colver, MMS
Physician Assistant Studies
International Relations Committee
No electronic report
Parking and Traffic Safety Committee:
No electronic report
VII. Faculty Senate Report
Full minutes of the January 2007 meeting can be found on the Faculty Senate website
David Vines, Helen Sorensen, and Mike Geelhoed reported that the Faculty Senate is
encouraging all faculty to participate in the upcoming Faculty Tenure and Promotion
Workshops. Also, Dr. Chiang’s office has announced the opening of a new student
fitness center January 31, 2007 for use by students only (since it was financed by
student fees). Dr. Herman reported on new UTHSCSA policies regarding sharing credit
between Departments, Centers and Institute for research efforts/dollars.
VIII. The “Vision” for Allied Health
Mary Jacks presented the Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives of the School of Allied
Health which were developed throughout the course of the last year. Any comments or
revisions should be suggested to Mary Jacks by Friday, January 19. If no comments or
revisions are brought forward, the following document will be adopted:
SAHS Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives:
Values – C6
Demonstrated through honesty, integrity, reliability and trustworthiness
A commitment to the highest standards of performance
Working together for the common good
Challenging what is to achieve what can be
Committed to caring
Mutual respect for the unique contributions of all
We INSPIRE and EMPOWER people to create healthier communities.
The School of Allied Health Sciences promotes the mental, social, and physical well-
being of communities, including those along the Texas-Mexico Border, through
excellence in education, research, patient care, and partnerships.
In order to achieve the mission, the goals of the School are to:
1. Promote the public’s health;
a. Lead and participate in public health/community-based activities
i. Each year, faculty members from seven of the nine programs will
lead the UT System Health Fair for employees in Austin;
ii. At least one faculty member from each department will participate
in the UTHSCSA Wellness Fair with screening and/or educational
programs for employees;
iii. Before graduation, each allied health student will develop and
participate in a community-based project;
iv. At least 20% of the allied health students will contribute to
community-based programs, e.g. Camp CAMP, Camp Broncho,
Head Start, BOHCA, Teach the Teacher, MDA Camp, Camp GET
b. Work in partnership with community and professional organizations
interested in the public’s health.
i. Continue and expand the SAHS relationship with Head Start;
ii. At least 20% of the faculty members, through professional
organizations, will lobby or work for public health policies that are in
the public’s best interest.
2. Offer professional and graduate education programs that actively challenge
students to broaden their thought, engage in life-long learning, use scientific
evidence in the provision of health care services, and assume active roles in
a. Incorporate evidence-based clinical practice guidelines into each
program’s curriculum; 2009
b. Continue Allied Health Grand Rounds for students and faculty. 2007
c. Each program includes self-directed, problem-based learning strategies in
the curriculum. 2007
d. Each student will participate in a research program/activity/capstone
experience commensurate with the program goals of their respective
e. By 2007, at least 30% of all students will be members of their respective
student professional associations.
3. In collaboration with others, develop new programs and/or activities that will
improve the quality of and access to educational programs and services;
a. In collaboration with UTSA, develop an interdisciplinary doctoral program
in Communication Studies, Sciences and Disorders. 2009
b. A Doctor of Physical Therapy degree will be approved and offered by
c. A Bachelor of Science or Master of Science Degree in Dietetics will be
developed and offered between Texas A&M International University and
UTHSCSA and will be offered in both Laredo and San Antonio, September
d. The Physician Assistant Program will design a collaborative program with
TAMIU and offer the program in Laredo beginning Fall 2007.
e. Provide quality distance education programs supported by state of the art
and science technology no later than January 2006.
f. Use evidence-based education to provide distance education learning
opportunities for distance students. Begin the on-going process no later
than September 2007.
g. Faculty members in departments that offer the advanced Master of
Science degree will collaborate in the development of an “umbrella”
Master’s Degree program that will be presented to the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board no later than May 2008.
h. The Deaf Education and Hearing Science program faculty will collaborate
with faculty members in Special Education at UTSA and offer joint
courses, where possible no later than May 2008.
4. Increase research expenditures through independent and collaborative
translational and clinical research;
a. Complete the research study on aging in the Department of Respiratory
Care. September 2007
b. Increase the number of grant applications in the SAHS by 20% from 2005
c. Increase the number of grant awards from all sources by 20% from 2005
d. Appoint a research mentor for each new tenure track faculty member hired
in the SAHS by 2008.
e. Assure that each new faculty member employed has a research plan and
will be given time to participate in that plan/research by 2007.
5. Develop partnerships that are aimed at reducing health disparities; Recruit,
prepare and graduate students from underrepresented populations and
a. Complete an affiliation agreement with Texas A&M University Prairie
View, Spring 2007.
b. Increase the conduct of recruitment trips and/or other programs aimed at
students living in underrepresented areas by 20%. 2007
c. Each department will attain an 80% student retention rate by 2009.
d. Recruit, prepare and graduate students from underrepresented
populations and underserved regions so that the number of minority
students admitted remains equal to or higher than the number attained in
6. Expand opportunities for multi-disciplinary education, research and/or patient
care with colleagues from the dental, graduate, medical and nursing schools;
a. SAHS will partner with the School of Nursing to offer a quality, student-
friendly UTHSCSA Student Health Center. 2006
b. The Department of Dental Hygiene will partner with the Dental School in
the delivery or oral health education and services in Laredo by September
c. The SAHS will continue to partner with UTSA, the Department of
Otolaryngology, and the Research Imaging Center in the development of a
doctoral program in Communication Studies, Sciences and Disorders.
d. Provide quality pulmonary rehabilitation care for patients with lung
diseases through UT Allied Health Therapeutics and physicians in
Pulmonary Disease in the Medical School. 2007
e. The Department of Occupational Therapy will continue to provide quality
rehabilitation services through the Low Vision Center in collaboration with
the Department of Opthalmology in the Medical School. 2006
7. Create the structure, environment, culture and resources for faculty and staff to
achieve their full potential;
a. Conduct staff needs survey for development (2006) and implement
suggestions beginning 2007.
b. Continue to participate in the LEAD program. 2006
c. The Faculty Development Committee will offer faculty development
workshops in the SAHS at least once per year. 2006
d. Conduct work environmental survey of faculty and staff every other year.
e. Recognize faculty and staff for their achievements and success through
increased communication, i.e. email, posters, newsletters, Faculty and
Staff Assembly, etc. 2007
f. Continue to seek funding from the General Fund for equitable
reimbursement of state dollars to the SAHS for that sufficient resources
are available for faculty and staff recognition and work. 2007
8. Prepare selected students to become educators in allied health education
a. Establish an institute for excellence in clinical education and leadership in
Allied Health Education. 2009
b. Increase opportunities for students to experience academic life during
their educational programs. 2009
c. Complete strategy stated under Goal 3, Objective f. “Faculty members in
departments that offer the advanced Master of Science degree will
collaborate in the development of an “umbrella” Master’s Degree program.
9. Assume professional leadership roles;
a. At least two allied health faculty members will graduate from the LEAD
program each year in 2006 and 2007.
b. At least 30% of all faculty members will serve in leadership roles in the
SAHS, UTHSCSA or their professional organizations. 2007
10. Increase non-state revenues;
a. Receive Medicare certification from the State of Texas for the
Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility. 2007
b. UT Allied Health Partners will generate 25% more revenue than it did in
c. Obtain at least two major philanthropic gifts during 2006-07.
d. Initiate an annual fund campaign. 2006-07
e. At least six out of the nine programs will provide continuing education
programs for practicing community members by 2008.
11. Enhance and streamline policies and procedures to improve effectiveness and
a. Working with appropriate offices and people at UTHSCSA, reduce the
paperwork and procedures required in the faculty recruitment and
employment process. 2008
b. Identify policies and procedures that are misaligned with core values.
c. Registrar’s Office, in collaboration with the Associate Dean’s, will generate
student reports at pre-determined times and with agreed upon variables.
d. SAHS will have developed a database to support and facilitate the
accumulation of annual data no later than December 2007.
IX. Old Business
Progress is being made on recycling, with an anticipated start of February 2007 for
resuming paper recycling services in the SAHS building.
X. New Business
The Department of Dental Hygiene announced Kristi Wilkins as new faculty.
Shirlyn McKenzie reminded faculty of journal club, which will begin on January 26
Mary Jacks announced that all SAHS committee vacancies have been filled.
DOOR PRIZE: The Door Prize went to Pat Brewer
XII. Adjournment – 8:30a.m.
Secretary, SAHS Faculty Assembly