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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.


  • (Chair) Duane Robert Schafer, College Of Dentistry
  • Ricketta Clark, College of Nursing - At-Large
  • George Cook, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Terry Cooper,  College of Medicine - Basic
  • Jami Flick, College of Health Professions
  • Chris Ledbetter, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Dayna Myers, College of Dentistry
  • Jay Ragain, College of Dentistry
  • Christina Spivey, College of Pharmacy - At Large
  • Thad Wilson, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Associate Vice-Chancellor Chandra Alston, Ex-Officio
  • 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

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.



  • (Chair) Helmut Steinberg
  • Ellen Hamby, College of Health Professions
  • Colin Howden, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Gary Malakoff, College of Medicine - Clinical - Chattanooga
  • Laura Reed, College of Nursing
  • Shaun Rowe, College of Pharmacy - At Large
  • Helmut Steinberg, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Michelle Surbrook, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Craig V. Vinall, College of Dentistry
  • Vinay Jain, College of Dentistry
  • Roberto Levi-D'Ancona, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Alicia Diaz-Thomas, College of Medicine - Clinical                
  • Aneel Kumar, College of Medicine - Clinical
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
  • Teaching awards

The goals of the Education and Academic Affairs committee include:

  • Review teaching awards currently available in each College and recommend establishing additional College and University-wide awards as appropriate.
  • 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 programs and provide feedback and make recommendations about those programs.
  • Promote and monitor the use of SafeAssign plagiarism checking software 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 Faculty Resource Center.


  • (Chair) Beth Choby
  • John Boughter, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Beth Choby, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Brent Haberman, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Vickie Jones, College of Dentistry
  • Vijay Joshi, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Lauren Mutrie, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Eric Nelson, College of Medicine - Clinical - Chattanooga
  • Jeff Phebus, College of Dentistry
  • Tim Self, College of Pharmacy
  • Jackie Sharp, College of Nursing - At-Large
  • Wes Williamson, College of Health Professions
  • Maryann Clark, Ex Officio
  • Karen Shader, 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

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.


  • (Chair) Richard Smith, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • George Cook, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Cindi Dabney, College of Nursing
  • Terry Cooper, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Peter Fischer, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Amado Freier, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Penny Head, College of Health Professions - At Large
  • Rod Hori, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Nawajes Mandal, College of Medicine- Clinical
  • Dayna Myers, College of Dentistry
  • David P. Rogers, College of Pharmacy
  • Jeffery Towbin, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Regan F. Williams, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Ryan Yates, College of Pharmacy
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 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 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 OSPR.
  • Discuss and prepare a request research support long standing faculty
  • Survey faculty for identify impediments to research at UTHSC.


  • (Chair) Fruz Pourmotabbed
  • James Christian, College of Dentistry
  • Mike Davis, College of Medicine - Chattannoga
  • Ioannis Dragatsis, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Tammam Elabiad, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Csaba Kovesdy, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Sajeesh Kumar, College of Health Professions
  • Tao Lowe, College of Pharmacy - At Large
  • Tracy Mcclinton, College of Nursing
  • Megan K. Mulligan, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Frank Park, College of Pharmacy
  • Tim Saltuklaroglu, College of Health Professions
  • Reese S.Scroggs, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Nadeem Shafi, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Wen Lin Sun, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Fridtjof Thomas, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Zhaohui (Sunny) Wu, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • 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.


  • (Chair) William Callahan
  • Dawson Colvert, College of Dentistry
  • Bill Callahan, College of Dentistry
  • Jennifer Langford, Unaffiliated
  • Sharon McDonough, College of Pharmacy
  • Marie Hatten, College of Health Professions
  • Jami Brown, College of Nursing
  • Colleen Hastings, College of Medicine - Clinical
Handbook Committee


  • (Chair) Terry Cooper,  College of Medicine - Basic
  • George Cook, College of Medicine - Basic
  • Martin E.Donaldson, College of Dentistry
  • Margaret Hartig, College of Nursing
  • Carol Likens, College of Health Professions - At Large
  • Thad Wilson, College of Medicine
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.
  • 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 gubernatorial legislative forum.



  • (Chair) Carol Likens, College of Health Professions - At-large
  • Tammam El Abiad, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Bruce Hamilton, College of Dentistry
  • Elisha Mccoy, College of Medicine
  • Stephanie Nikbakht, College of Nursing - At-Large
  • Jie Zhang, College of Medicine - Clinical
  • Valerie Yancey, 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: Jun 26, 2018