University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Academic Affairs Committee
March 19, 2013
Osprey Commons, Talon Room at 11:15 a.m.
Committee Members Present
Joy Korman (chair), Myron Pincomb, Lynn Pappas, Gordon Rakita, Fred Franklin
Committee Members Absent
Item 1 Call to Order
With a quorum being present, the meeting was called to order.
Item 2 Approval of Minutes
Minutes from January 15, 2013 approved.
Item 3 Open Comments
Item 4 Tenure through Standard Review Process
Provost Workman presented the list of candidates for tenure and sought the Committee’s approval. He stated that there were two critical processes to the university: 1) the hiring process of our faculty; 2) the tenuring of faculty. Workman explained that tenure-track faculty must meet three expectations: teaching, research and service and that the tenure process is a challenging one. He then outlined the steps in that process including the dossier, internal and external evaluations of the candidate’s work, a self-reflection, and presentation of scholarly work.
The tenure process is multi-staged beginning with the department level committee, followed by the chair and dean review, a review of the cross-college university P&T committee, the Provost’s review and then the recommendation of the President. Tenure is a thoughtful and rigorous process. Provost Workman then read an excerpt of a candidate’s external letter indicating the high level of achievement indicative of the quality of work in all our faculty.
There was discussion regarding what tenure really meant to faculty and the university. Provost Workman discussed the ideal of academic freedom but that after tenure, we continue to evaluate our faculty and if necessary, place them on an improvement plan. While tenure is a commitment from the university to the faculty member, it doesn’t promise a “ticket to job security” if a faculty member is no longer meeting expectations. Additionally, our expectations at the time of tenure (particularly for scholarship) must be consistent with the resources we provide our faculty.
Motion: There was a motion to approve the 2013 list of tenure candidates. Motion seconded and approved unanimously.
Item 5 Tenure as a Condition of Appointment
Provost Workman sought approval for incoming chair of the Criminal Justice department, Dr. David Forde to be granted tenure (upon appointment). Dr. Forde is an accomplished scholar and administrator, already has been through the tenure process at his current institution and has been promoted to full professor.
Motion: There was a motion to approve Dr. David Forde tenure upon appointment. Motion seconded and approved unanimously.
Item 6 Florida Equity Report
Cheryl Gonzalez, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity sought approval of the 2012-13 Florida Equity Report. Ms. Gonzalez provided the Committee with highlights from this year’s report including our progress in diversity as an institution and the challenges we face in specific areas. She outlined specific initiatives where we have impacted employment, student services and athletic activities. She indicated that the commitment by the leadership is evident across the board.
Motion: to accept the report. Motion seconded and approved unanimously.
Item 7 Demonstration of College Scheduler
Due to time, the committee deferred this demonstration until the June BOT meeting.
There was a motion to adjourn; the motion was approved unanimously.