Dan Burke presented information from the most recent meeting at the Quarterly Meeting. At the last meeting, the senate voted to expand the medical student class. They also discussed the ongoing problem with state funding and Dan reported that President Benson is considering putting forth a referendum directly to the voters to help fund higher education because of the ever-declining allotment from the state’s general fund.
The governmental immunity cap for state employees has been raised from $150K to $350K. University Counsel anticipates an increase in people suing due to the increased limits, but have no way to guess how many more. Of note, the cap has not been adjusted since the early 1970s.
On a brighter note, the state IS committed to funding rural workforce development, and are trying to determine (we are having significant input) the best way to spend the $1.5M+ over 3 years that they have allotted. The University continues to encourage and enforce a “community of respect” between faculty and students. There are a number of efforts being made to institutionalize this value, including an attestation in all performance reviews, and, coming soon, pocket cards with reminders.
Bonnie Jortberg is stepping down from her faculty senate seat, so alternate Corey Lyon will step into hers and there will be an open alternate seat in September. Our other current members are Deb Bislip and Dan Burke.
About the Faculty Senate:
Every two years, the Department of Family Medicine appoints 3 faculty members to represent us on the School of Medicine Faculty Senate. All regular faculty members of the department are eligible for these seats. As a Faculty Senator, you would serve for a two-year term. The job is important and the commitment is light: the Senate meets every 2nd Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm in Academic Office 1 on the Anschutz Campus.
There are no job duties beyond preparing for and attending this meeting and voting on our behalf on the faculty issues that are on the agenda. These might be conflict of interest policies, a new faculty promotion track, or rules about relationships with industry. If you need to miss some meetings, that’s OK —as long as one of our senators is there.
Please contact (after mid-July) if you’re interested.