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Standing and Special Committees

Standing and special committees receive charges from the Faculty Senate either (1) by way of the Executive Committee or (2) directly from the Faculty Senate at a meeting. The Executive Committee coordinates charges to the standing committees of the Faculty Senate. Any faculty member with an item, needing consideration by the Faculty Senate, may raise the issue with the appropriate departmental senator. The departmental senator conveys the information to the appropriate representative to the Executive Committee.

The matter will be placed on the agenda for the next scheduled Executive Committee meeting. The Executive Committee then formulates the charge and determines the appropriate committee(s) to which it should be routed. The President or Secretary-Treasurer communicates the charge to the committee chair with copies to the Executive Committee liaison. At the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Faculty Senate, the President reports on delivery of the charge.

Alternatively, at a regular meeting of the Faculty Senate, any senator may bring an item to the floor as new business. At this time a motion is made to relegate the matter to the appropriate committee for further consideration. Any motion for action, approved by the Faculty Senate, will be referred to the Executive Committee for formulating the charge and assigning to the appropriate committee.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of the elected officers of the Faculty Senate and at least one representative from each of the colleges or the equivalent. The primary duty of this elected member is representing the needs and point of view of that constituency on the Executive Committee. To this end, an Executive Committee member attends scheduled meetings of the Executive Committee and Faculty Senate. Each representative to the Executive Committee is a liaison to a Faculty Senate standing committee.

As a liaison, the Executive Committee member participates in committee activities and makes regular reports to the Executive Committee. An Executive Committee member may serve as ex officio members of campus committees; as such, the individual participates in committee activities and makes regular reports to the Executive Committee, the Faculty Senate, or appropriate Senate standing committee.


  • Terrance Cooper, Ph.D., President
  • George Cook, Ph.D., Secretary 
  • Martin Donaldson, D.D.S., president elect
  • Thaddeus A Wilson, Ph.D., past president 

    FSEC members:
  • Ashanti Braxton, College of Dentistry 
  • George Cook, College of Medicine - Basic 
  • Terry Cooper, College of Medicine - Basic 
  • Martin E. Donaldson, College of Dentistry 
  • Margaret Hartig, College of Nursing 
  • Carol Likens, College of Health Professions 
  • R.K.Rao, College of Medicine - Basic 
  • Phyllis Richey, College of Medicine - Clinical 
  • Richard Smith, College of Medicine - Clinical 
  • Jennifer Welch, Library & Unaffiliated Units 
  • Regan F. Williams, College of Medicine - Clinical 
  • Wilson Thad, College of Medicine - Clinical 
  • Junling Wang, College of Pharmacy 
Budget and Benefits

Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, policies and recommendations related to the following:

  • Faculty Handbook sections related to faculty compensation;
  • Compensated outside activities policy;
  • Faculty compensation package;
  • Campus-wide long-range planning;
  • Evaluation of space allocations and physical facilities;
  • Faculty recruitment and retention;
  • Education of faculty about the budget process and related issues.

The goals of the budget and benefits committee include:

  • Promote the dissemination of clearly stated Faculty compensation and benefits policies and encourage the equitable application of these policies across all colleges.
  • Promote clear and equitable consideration regarding the criteria for faculty salary raises and bonuses (based on merit, market/gender equity and/or cost of living and salary compression).
  • Provide Faculty input into the planning of the UTHSC annual budget and analyzing of administrative overhead.
  • Monitor the campus debt service.


  • Marin Donaldson (Chair), College of Dentistry
  • Dayna Myers, College of Dentistry
  • Jay Ragain, College of Dentistry
  • Duane Schafer, College of Dentistry
  • Ricketta Clark, College of Nursing
  • Chris Ledbetter, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Christina Spivey, College of Pharmacy
  • Jami Flick, College of Health Professions
  • George Cook, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Thad Wilson, College of Medicine - Clinical
Clinical Affairs

Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, policies and recommendations related to the following:

  • Enhancing Awareness of Excellence in Clinical Activities
  • Promoting Clinical Research
  • Facilitating Corporate/Clinical Relations

The goals of the clinical affairs committee include:

  • Promote consistent Faculty Practice expectations and rewards within the Colleges and Departments.
  • Support Clinical Faculty professional development, including publication, resource availability and grant support.
  • Promote involvement of Clinical Faculty in all UTHSC missions by providing time to participate in teaching, research, and service.
  • Participate in the development and evaluation of policies and plans affecting Clinical Faculty and their missions.
  • Keep abreast of the new curriculum changes and be active in the content and implementation of the "Tool for Tracking Educational Activities".
  • Keep abreast of the construction plans of any new clinical building.



  • Mack Land (Chair), College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Rajesh Cabra, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Collin Howden, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Jim Christian, College of Dentistry
  • Alicia Diaz-Thomas, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Gary Malakoff, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Vinay Jain, College of Dentistry
  • Helmut Steinberg, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Michael Levin, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Ellen Hamby, College of Health Professions
  • Laura Reed, College of Nursing
Educational Policy

Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, policies and recommendations related to the following:

  • Honor Code
  • Curricular and instructional goals
  • Proposal, review, and approval of new programs and elimination of existing programs
  • Development of interdisciplinary programs
  • Standards for admission, retention, graduation, and grading
  • Teaching awards

The goals of the educational policy committee include:

  • Review teaching awards currently available in each College and recommend establishing additional College and University-wide awards if appropriate.
  • Establish a procedure for regular communication with Academic Affairs about new program development or proposals and changes to or elimination of existing programs.
  • Review proposals for new programs and provide feedback and make recommendations about those programs.
  • Establish guidelines for and monitor the use of SafeAssign plagiarism checking software by faculty and students.
  • Review and provide recommendations for changes to proposed policies and procedures for teaching metrics; provide a committee member for a UTHSC committee reviewing these policies if requested.
  • Provide a stable link between the faculty and the faculty resource center.


  • Margaret Hartig (Chair), College of Nursing
  • John Boughter, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Lauren Mutrie, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Eric Nelson, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Beth Choby, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Vijay Joshi, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Brent Haberman, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Jeff Phebus, College of Dentistry
  • Anastasios Karydis, College of Dentistry
  • Tim Self, College of Pharmacy
  • Jackie Sharp, College of Nursing
  • Wes Williamson, College of Health Professions
Faculty Affairs

Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, policies and recommendations related to the following:

  • Policies for appointment, promotion, and tenure
  • Policies for off-campus assignments and leaves of absence
  • Policy for discharge for cause
  • Evaluation of administrators
  • Procedures for faculty performance assessment;
  • Workshops on promotion and tenure
  • Policy on consulting
  • New faculty orientation

Goals of the faculty affairs committee include:

  • Promote consistent and transparent faculty appointments, evaluation, and advancement practices across all colleges.
  • Advocate for faculty support and incentives to encourage faculty retention.
  • Promote transparent and equitable workload expectations and requirements for all Faculty across all colleges.
  • Continue upward evaluation of administrators on a regular basis.
  • Promote the optimal balance between campus security and access.
  • Regularly review and recommend revisions of the Faculty Handbook and Evaluation Manual to the Faculty Senate.


  • Richard Smith (Chair), College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Amado Freire, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Alexander Matthew, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Regan F. Williams, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Jeffery Towbin, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Terry Cooper, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Rod Hori, College of Medicine - Basic
  • George Cook, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Penny Head, College of Health Professions
  • Hallie Bensinger, College of Nursing
  • Nawajes Mandal, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Ryan Yates, College of Pharmacy
  • Ashanti Braxton, College of Dentistry
Faculty Handbook


  • Terry Cooper (Chair), College of Medicine - Basic
  • George Cook, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Martin Donaldson, College of Dentistry
  • Margaret Hartig, College of Nursing
  • Carol Likens, College of Health Professions
  • Thaddeus Wilson, College of Medicine - Clinical
Faculty Research

Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, policies and recommendations related to the following:

  • Enhancement of the research environment
  • Policies on research grants and funding
  • Policies on copyrights and patents
  • Policies on human and animal research
  • Policies on scientific misconduct and fraud
  • Development of interdisciplinary research
  • Removal of impediments to research

The goals of the faculty research committee include:

  • To work with the Vice Chancellor of Research to develop and implement the guidelines for the evaluation process of Bridge Funding.
  • To work with administration to upgrade research equipment; and/or obtain service contracts for research equipment.
  • Review and support equitable guidelines for research space allocation.
  • Continue review of Post-doctoral Trainee issues.
  • Support Research Faculty professional development, including publication, resource availability and grant support.
  • Review and make recommendations on how faculty are evaluated for research efforts.
  • Work to require that a portion of the F&A be returned to the investigator.


  • Radhakrishna Rao (Chair), College of Medicine - Basic
  • Sarka Beranova, College of Pharmacy
  • Reese Scroggs, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Wen Lin Sun, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Zheng Fan, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Nadeem Shafi, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • David Hamilton, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Sajeesh Kumar, College of Health Professions
  • Fridtjof Thomas, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Tamman ElAbiad, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Csaba Kovesdy, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Reese Scroggs, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Tim Saltuklaroglu, College of Health Professions
  • Anthony Versluis, College of Dentistry
  • Zhaohui (Sunny Wu, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Junling Wang, College of Pharmacy
  • Tracy McClinton, College of Nursing
 Faculty Computing

The responsibilities of the faculty computing committee include:

  • To represent the faculty in reporting the computing needs and concerns of the faculty on the UTHSC campus regarding training, infrastructure and support.
  • Regularly update the Faculty Senate blackboard site regarding committee work.
  • Provide input to handbook committee for faculty computing sections.

The goals of the faculty computing committee include:

  • Facilitate communication and collaboration for the Faculty with the CIO Committee/IT Department and Administration regarding technologies and resources available to the Faculty.
  • Provide input to IT on new and existing technologies, including training for those technologies, as they relate to faculty academic, research, and clinical computing.
  • Promote continued expansion of electronic access to campus resources and events (i.e. meetings) from off campus via web-casting or other remote conferencing technologies.
  • Promote improved payment for faculty on major software innovations and a replacement cycle for faculty and student lab computers.
  • Establish a working relationship with the new CIO.


  • Phyllis Richey (Chair), College of Medicine - Clinical
  • William Noyes, College of Dentistry
  • Bill Callahan, College of Dentistry
  • Jennifer Welch, Unafilliated
  • Sharon McDonough, College of Pharmacy
  • Marie Hatten, College of Health Professions
  • Jami Brown, College of Nursing
  • Tony Marion, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Colleen Hastings, College of Medicine - Clinical
 Legislative Resource

Responsibilities of the legislative resource committee include:

  • Maintain contact with legislators for efficient exchange of information.
  • Update legislators on UTHSC events, resources, expertise, etc.

Goals of the legislative resource committee include:

  • Continue efforts to effectively communicate with our legislature using every available channel.
  • Utilize and update the existing legislative resource database.
  • Gather information from UTHSC sources to present to legislators.
  • Maintain open communication with the Associate Vice President in the UT Office of State Relations.
  • Send UTHSC representatives to participate in the Day on the Hill.
  • Set up a campus legislative forum.



  • Staphanie Nikbakht, College of Nursing
  • Elisha McCoy, College of Pharmacy
  • Uzoma Ibeguogu, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Richard Williams, College of Dentistry
  • Bath Choby, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Jie Zhang, College of Medicine - Clinical

Last Published: May 5, 2017