Faculty Senate to review 2012 activities at meeting

By Jan Jarvis

For years, the Faculty Senate has worked quietly behind the scenes of UT Southwestern Medical Center, playing an important role in many of the issues that directly affect the faculty.

Dr. George Liu (right) talks with Dr. Gerald Casenave, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling and a fellow Senate member, at a recent Faculty Senate meeting.
Dr. George Liu (right) talks with Dr. Gerald Casenave, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling and a fellow Senate member, at a recent Faculty Senate meeting.

The Senate serves as the representative body of the faculty for conception, review, and recommendation of policies affecting the University and faculty body. Simply put, the Senate considers all matters of general interest and concern to UT Southwestern and its faculty.

The Faculty Senate is led by its President, Dr. George Liu, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.

This year, the Senate has worked on the approval of a new post-tenure review process, examined UT Southwestern’s nondiscrimination policies, and conducted a University-wide survey on the faculty work environment and process-improvement culture.

“We have had a very productive year in the Senate,” Dr. Liu said. “This is largely due to the active contributions from each individual senator and collaboration with the Office of the Dean and Administrative Departments.”

A report of the Faculty Senate’s activities will be presented during the annual Faculty Assembly on May 23. The meeting agenda includes guest speaker updates on establishment of the Office of Clinical Research Facilitation, the PeopleSoft initiative, and strategic initiatives addressing changes in national health care policy.

Despite its growing presence on campus, the Faculty Senate remains unknown to many who work at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Liu, President of the 34-member organization that represents 2,631 faculty members, wants to see the Senate become more visible.

“Much of the important groundwork has been paved by past presidents and senators to keep the Senate visible and active at the Medical School,” Dr. Liu said.

Dr. Liu notes that one of his goals as President is to represent the faculty interests at UT Southwestern.

“I can’t think of a better way to serve the faculty than in this role,” he said. 

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