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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.


  • George Cook,  Ph.D., President
  • Jami Flick, Secretary 
  • Peg Hartig, president-elect
  • Martin Donaldson, past president

FSEC members:

  • College of Dentistry: Dayna Myers
  • College of Health Professions: Carol Likens
  • College of Medicine - Basic: Terry Cooper
  • College of Medicine - Clinical: Richard Smith and Thad Wilson
  • College of Nursing: Laura Reed
  • College of Pharmacy: Frank Park
  • Library and Unaffiliated Units: Jennifer Langford
  • UFC: Phyllis Richey
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
  • Examine tuition, specifically, the non-educational use of tuition dollars
  • Promote transparency in the campus budget and the budget process
  • Examine tenure and how the percentage of guaranteed salary is determined

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).
  • Monitor the campus debt service.
  • Review faculty salaries to ensure gender equity.
  • Review the budget to ensure that all tuition payments are dedicated to student education.

Meetings held 4th Tuesday of every month 12:00 p.m. CST at 300 Hyman Building.


  • (Chair) Duane Robert Schafer, College of Dentistry
  • Chris Ledbetter, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Christina Spivey, College of Pharmacy – At-Large
  • Dayna Myers, College of Dentistry
  • Jami Flick, College of Health Professions
  • Jerry Jones, College of Medicine
  • George Cook, College of Medicine – Basic
  • Martin Donaldson, College of Dentistry
  • Phyllis Richey, College of Medicine – Clinical
  • Ricketta Clark, College of Nursing - At-Large
  • Terry Cooper, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Thad Wilson, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Associate Vice-Chancellor Chandra Alston, Ex-Officio
  • Vice-Chancellor of Finance, Tony Ferrara, Ex-Officio
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
  • Chair of Clinical Affairs attends the Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee (DFAC)

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 teaching metrics.
  • Keep abreast of the construction plans of any new clinical building.

Meeting times:  TBD 


  • (Chair) Helmut Steinberg, College of Medicine-Clinical
  • Alicia Diaz-Thomas, College of Medicine - Clinical                
  • Aneel Kumar, College of Medicine – Clinical
  • Colin Howden, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Jillian H. McCarthy, College of Health Professions
  • Laura Reed, College of Nursing
  • Michelle Surbrook, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Roberto Levi-D'Ancona, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Shaun Rowe, College of Pharmacy - At Large
  • Uzoma Ibebougu, College of Medicine – Clinical
  • Vinay Jain, College of Dentistry
Education and Academic Affairs

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
  • Chair serves on CASA

The goals of the Education and Academic Affairs committee include:

  • Communicate regularly with Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs (AFSA) about new program development or proposals and changes to or elimination of existing programs.
  • Review proposals for new academic programs and provide feedback and make recommendations about those programs.
  • Review and assess learning platforms utilized by the campus to enhance teaching effectiveness in accordance with the UTHSC Strategic Plan.
  • Promote and monitor the use of electronic plagiarism tools used by faculty and students.
  • Monitor guidelines and/or 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 Teaching and Learning Center.

Meetings: TBD


  • (Chair) Beth Choby, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Bill Dabbs, College of Medicine – Clinical Knoxville
  • Cathy Crill, College of Pharmacy
  • Jackie Sharp, College of Nursing - At-Large
  • Jeff Phebus, College of Dentistry
  • Kirti Upadhyay, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Kristen Bettin, College of Medicine – Clinical
  • Ramesh Krishnan, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Vickie Jones, College of Dentistry
  • Vijay Joshi, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Wes Williamson, College of Health Professions
  • Karen Shader, Teaching and Learning Center Ex Officio
  • Maryann Clark, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Ex Officio
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
  • Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee serves on Faculty Affairs Working Group

The goals of the Faculty Affairs Committee include:

  • Compile and examine information on the faculty evaluation processes employed across campus with an emphasis on consistency and transparency of faculty appointments, evaluations and advancement practices across colleges.
  • Continue examining how the Faculty Senate administers upward evaluation of campus administrators, especially in view of faculty privacy concerns.
  • Continue developing a fair, sensitive and equitable plan to share outcomes of the upward evaluation.
  • Participate in Faculty Affairs Working Group policy development activities and report them to the FSEC.
  • 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.
  • Provide feedback and input into the New Faculty Orientation as appropriate.

Meetings: TBD


  • (Chair) Richard Smith, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Amado Freier, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Dayna Myers, College of Dentistry
  • George Cook, College of Medicine – Basic
  • Jeffery Towbin, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Meiyun Fan, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Nawajes Mandal, College of Medicine- Clinical
  • Peter Fischer, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Penny Head, College of Health Professions - At Large
  • Regan F. Williams, College of Medicine – Clinical
  • Sharon Little, College of Nursing
  • Terry Cooper, College of Medicine - Basic
  • TBD, College of Pharmacy
  • Ex Officio Lori Gonzales (Vice-Chancellor, Faculty and Student Affairs)
  • Ex Officio Cindy Russell (Associate Vice-Chancellor, Faculty Affairs)
Faculty Communications
To be appointed
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 intellectual property, including copyrights and patents
  • Policies on human and animal research
  • Policies on scientific misconduct and fraud
  • Development of interdisciplinary research
  • Removal of impediments to research 
  • Chair attends Post-Doc Committee and Graduate Studies Council

The goals of the Faculty Computing and Technology Committee include:

  • Implement UTHSC Faculty Research Resource Database on Quartzy-UTHSC site.
  • Collaborate with Vice Chancellor for Research in reviewing the institutional and foundation grant applications.
  • Continue to pursue formation of grant review committee.
  • Review invention disclosure and MTA approval policy and procedure.
  • Assist and oversee progress in Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).
  • Discuss and prepare a request for research support among long standing faculty.
  • Survey faculty to identify impediments for research at UTHSC.

Meeting: 4th Tuesday of every month at 3:00 p.m. CST


  • (Chair) Fruz Pourmotabbed, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Csaba Kovesdy, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Frank Park, College of Pharmacy
  • Fridtjof Thomas, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Ioannis Dragatsis, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Megan K. Mulligan, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Nadeem Shafi, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Reese S. Scroggs, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Sajeesh Kumar, College of Health Professions
  • Tammam Elabiad, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Tao Lowe, College of Pharmacy - At Large
  • Tracy Mcclinton, College of Nursing
  • Wen Lin Sun, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Yanhui Zhang, College of Dentistry
  • Vice-Chancellor Steven Goodman, Ex-Officio
Faculty Computing and Technology

The responsibilities of the faculty computing committee include:

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

The goals of the faculty computing committee include:

  • Facilitate communication and collaboration for the Faculty with the IT Department technology resource units and Administration regarding technologies and resources available to the Faculty.
  • Provide input to IT on new and existing technologies, including training education 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 funding for faculty on major software innovations and a replacement cycle for faculty and student lab computers.
  • Promote clinical application technology, such as 3-D printing and robotics.

Meetings: First Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. CST


  • (Chair) William (Bill) Callahan III, College of Dentistry
  • Dawson Colvert, College of Dentistry
  • Jami Brown, College of Nursing
  • Jennifer Langford, Unaffiliated
  • Kwame Torgbe, College of Medicine – Clinical
  • Phyllis Richey, College of Medicine – Clinical
  • TBD, College of Pharmacy
  • Myra Meekins, College of Health Professions
  • Ex Officio, Cindy Russell – Teaching and Learning Center (Academic Affairs)
  • Ex Officio, Jan van der Aa – Vice Chancellor of Informational Technology/CIO
  • Ex Officio, Sally Badoud – Assistant Vice Chancellor of Communications and Marketing
Handbook Committee

Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Work collaboratively with the UTHSC Faculty, The Faculty Senate, the Faculty Senate Executive and other Senate committees, the Faculty Affairs Working Group, the Office of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs leadership as well as the UTHSC and System Administrations to propose, develop, review, and negotiate changes to the UTHSC Faculty Handbook.
  • Contribute to the Preparation of UTHSC Faculty Handbook or sections thereof negotiated between the Faculty Handbook Committee and Administration for presentation to the UTHSC Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the UTHSC Faculty Senate.
  • Verify the accuracy of texts as they proceed through the process of negotiation, approval and subsequent integration into the UTHSC Faculty Handbook

The goals of the UTHSC Faculty Handbook Committee include:

  • Collaboratively propose, develop and negotiate policies, processes, procedures and language for the UTHSC Faculty Handbook that are in the best interest of the UTHSC faculty and for achievement of the missions of the UTHSC campus within the limits of policies approved by the UT Board of Trustees.

Normal meeting dates: 1st Thursday at 3:00 PM and 3rd Thursday at 4:00 PM with Office of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs leadership.


  • (Chair) Terry Cooper, College of Medicine, Basic
  • Carol Likens, College of Health Professions – At Large
  • Peg Hartig, College of Nursing
  • George Cook, College of Medicine, Basic
  • Martin Donaldson, College of Dentistry
  • Frank Park, College of Pharmacy
  • Thad Wilson, College of Medicine, Clinical
  • (Ex officio) Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty Affairs Office of Academic, Faculty, & Student Affairs
  • (Ex officio) Vice Chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs
Legislative Resource

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

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

The goals of the Legislative Resource Committee include:

  • Continue efforts to effectively communicate with our legislature using every available channel.
  • Gather information from UTHSC sources to present to legislators.
  • Maintain open communication with the Director of Government Relations.
  • Facilitate a legislative reception during session.
  • Send UTHSC representatives to participate in the Day on the Hill.

Meetings: TBD


  • (Chair) Carol Likens, College of Health Professions - At-large
  • Bruce Hamilton, College of Dentistry
  • Elisha Mccoy, College of Medicine
  • Jie Zhang, College of Medicine – Clinical
  • Kirti Upadhyay, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Tammam El Abiad, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • TBD, College of Nursing
  • TBD, College of Pharmacy
  • David Mills, Ex Officio

Procedures Manual


  • (Chair) Martin E. Donaldson, College Of Dentistry
  • George Cook, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Terry Cooper, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Margaret Hartig, College of Nursing
  • Jennifer Langford, Unaffiliated - HS Library

Last Published: Sep 25, 2018