The meeting was called to order at 12:15 p.m.
Present: Cheryl Frohlich, Kathleen Cohen, Geraldine Collins, Kim Luther, Sheila Mangum, Paul Mason, Pat Plumlee, Randall Russac, Pali Sen, Cynthia Scott, Steve Shapiro, Judy Solano, Diane Tanner, Barbara Tuck, Cheryl Van Deusen
It was announced that Nick Wilson resigned from the Adjunct Affairs Committee. Sheila Mangum is the interim chair. Hubert Gill has been appointed to serve out Dr. Wilson’s term.
The minutes of the February 18, 2001, meeting were approved.
Kim Luther presented the university calendar up through 2006. She discussed reasons for some of the dates. She noted (and was thanked) that she coordinates spring break with FCCJ and the Duval County schools.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Academic Programs Committee - Randall Russac
The Committee has one agenda item with three components. It includes two new physics tracks and a change in the physics minor.
Academic Standards Committee - Pali Sen
The Committee has two agenda items.
1. Transcript Documentation of Suspension.
Dr. Sen reported that Dr. Kline, Karen Stone, and Everett Malcolm attended their committee meeting to discuss this item that had been returned by the Faculty Association. They worked on new wording for the item. Dr. Kline approved the new wording and Karen Stone said there were no legal problems. Executive Committee members discussed the language and recommended that the first part of the sentence that said, “This transcript reflects only the academic records,..” be removed. Wording will be, “This student currently is suspended for disciplinary reasons. Further information should be requested from the Vice President of Student Affairs.”
2. Indicators of Required English Language Proficiency for Foreign Applicants.
Judy Solano asked if this would circumvent a Board of Regents rule. Pali said other SUS schools had the language.
The item will be in the agenda packet.
Academic Technology and Support Committee - Geraldine Collins
The Committee meets March 14 at 3:30 in FAMA.
The first half of the meeting will be a discussion with Rick Roberts from Career Services. The Committee is gathering information about all the support services on campus.
The second half of the meeting will focus on the multiple platform issue that was returned to the Committee at the last Faculty Association meeting. Dr. Serwatka will attend to address questions. The meeting is open to interested persons.
Adjunct Affairs Committee - Sheila Mangum
The Committee met March 6. No meeting is set for this month. Sheila Mangum is the interim committee chair. Nick Wilson resigned after the last meeting. Hubert Gill is appointed to fill Dr. Wilson’s vacant seat.
Ms. Mangum said the Committee is working with David Jaffee on a Web page for adjunct faculty.
Budget Advisory Committee - Paul Mason
The Committee has an information item in this month’s packet. Dr. Mason noted that it reports the most depressing set of numbers ever brought out by this committee. UNF is dead last in expenditures per student. The Committee was looking for places in the budget to cut spending. It cannot find any, except possibly in Academic Administration, and those numbers are not complete. The Committee will be looking at numbers for the 2000-2001 budget years.
Faculty Affairs Committee - Judy Solano
The Committee had submitted an agenda item addressing the Outstanding Teachers Awards and the Carnegie National Award. Members hoped to find someone to head a group to gather information about national awards and try to find persons to fit the award criteria. No one has come forward to take that responsibility, so the Committee is forced to leave the Carnegie Award in the Outstanding Teacher Award group.
Faculty Enhancement Committee - Cynthia Scott
This Committee, in conjunction with the Research Committee, submitted a document of recommendations based on the Faculty Survey on Research and Campus Climate, Spring 2000. Dr. Scott and Dr. Van Deusen asked for guidance from the Executive Committee about how to proceed with this document. In its current form, it requires no action.
Kathleen Cohen recommended submitting it an in Information Item. Cheryl Frohlich said if the committees want something done, it needed to be presented as some kind of action item.
Dr. Van Deusen noted that it is a lengthy but substantive document.
Terry Bowen asked if there was a way to compare UNF’s output with some other school, possibly West Florida’s. Pali Sen asked what good that would do, that we are interested in UNF’s responses.
It was decided that the item would be distributed in its entirety as an information item. The Committee can then look at pieces of the document to submit as action items.
Governmental Relations Committee - Terry Bowen
No meeting is scheduled at this time. Dr. Bowen reports that he is watching the legislature closely and is reporting to his committee via email. Anyone who wants to be added to his email list should let him know.
Nominations and Elections Committee - Diane Tanner
The Committee has one agenda item for the packet. It is an information item that gives information about the upcoming election to be held April 5 and 6. All faculty members will receive a ballot via campus mail a few days before the meeting. Members can bring completed ballots to the Faculty Association meeting, sign the faculty list at the ballot box table, and deposit the finalized ballot. Voting will continue in the Faculty Commons area of the Faculty Enhancement Center after the meeting through 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The change from the Library to the Faculty Commons for continued voting was noted and bylaws checked for legality. Absentee ballots will be available beginning Monday, April 2, from the Faculty Association office for those who will not be able to vote on either election day.
Ms. Tanner announced that two companies bidding on the bookstore management will make presentations during March. She noted dates and times. The question was raised if these meetings should be open to the public. Diane will send out email announcements and send an announcement to the campus update.
Promotion and Tenure Committee - Pat Plumlee
The Committee has one agenda item this month. It addresses a change in Promotion and Tenure guidelines.
Research Committee - Cheryl Van Deusen
This committee’s report was combined with the Faculty Enhancement Committee.
Strategic Planning Committee - Donna Mohr
No report. Donna Mohr was absent. The Committee will meet March 27.
Kathy Cohen reported that she had unofficial minutes of a meeting with John Winn of the Reorganization Task Force. She spoke about a couple of highlights of the meeting regarding tenure and academic freedom.
Barbara Tuck, Secretary