Minutes of Meeting
April 17, 2001
The meeting was called to order at 12:15 p.m.
Present: Cheryl Frohlich, Terry Bowen, Kathleen Cohen, Sheila Mangum, Paul Mason, Donna Mohr, Pat Plumlee, Randall Russac, Pali Sen, Steve Shapiro, Judy Solano, Diane Tanner, Barbara Tuck, Cheryl Van Deusen
Reminder: Committee chairs should get the new committees together before the end of the next semester in order to elect a new chairperson.
The outgoing/incoming chairperson luncheon/orientation will be during the week of August 20.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Academic Programs Committee - Randall Russac
The Committee agenda items include:
At the Committee's last meeting members discussed possible changes in procedures because of the large amount of work. Possibilities include different deadlines for colleges to submit APCs and the number of APCs that the committee will accept at one time. If APCs are not in time, they will not be accepted.
Academic Standards Committee - Pali Sen
The Committee met with Dr. Kline to discuss the issue of withdrawals. There is still interest in changing the policy as it stands. It will be addressed again in the fall. The Committee will meet May 15 in FAMA.
Academic Technology and Support Committee - Geraldine Collins
Absent. No report.Adjunct Affairs Committee - Sheila Mangum
The Committee met April 10 with Michael Rutledge, UNF professor in the Communications and Visual Arts Department and a former adjunct. He and Committee members discussed a number of ideas. Members plan to meet informally with some adjuncts during the summer.
Budget Advisory Committee - Paul Mason
The Committee will meet with Dr. Hopkins on May 1. The meeting will be after the budget is finalized. It will be interesting but there will be no chance for any input.
Faculty Affairs Committee - Judy Solano
The Committee received a request from Provost Kline to consider the reorganization of Natural Sciences. The procedure should go through the Executive Committee prior to action being taken on the reorganization in order that the structural change can be evaluated and routed to faculty with the Committee's endorsement.
The Executive Committee will send a letter to Dr. Kline to remind him that these actions should go through the Faculty Association and that he should allow enough time for procedures to be followed.
Dr. Solano noted that the UNF Constitutional Convention to review the University Constitution is scheduled to convene in the fall of 2003. The current constitution expires December 15, 2003. The Committee feels that the possibility of changing from a Faculty Association to a Faculty Senate should be explored in detail now so that when the times comes, the Association will be ready to present its recommendations to the Constitutional Convention. The formation of a committee will be discussed at the next meeting.
Kathy Cohen commented that UNF seemed to be the only state university that has a constitution. The question was raised about the continuation of the statewide organization of Faculty Association presidents in the new educational environment. Kathy did not know the exact role if any this organization will play in the new structure.
Faculty Enhancement Committee - Cynthia Scott
Governmental Relations Committee - Terry Bowen
The Committee will meet after the semester. The Faculty Senate issue has been discussed and will be again. He talked about the governmental updates he has been sending and noted that if anyone wanted to be added to his list to let him know.
Nominations and Elections Committee - Diane Tanner
Absent. No report.
Promotion and Tenure Committee - Pat Plumlee
The Committee will elect a new chair, either in a meeting or by email.
Research Committee - Cheryl Van Deusen
Dr. Van Deusen asked about feedback in the Faculty Association meeting about the Information Item included in last month's packet.
Strategic Planning Committee - Donna Mohr
The Committee submitted an item addressing faculty representation on the local Board of Trustees. A Position Statement from FGCU about faculty representation is included. The question of student representation was also discussed. It was noted that Dr. Hopkins is not in favor of faculty representation on the local board.
The Faculty Association 2001-2002 budget request was discussed. The Association is asking for a $4,000 increase to pay for a Webmaster. Steve Shapiro moved it be approved. The vote was unanimous.
Steve Shapiro raised the question about the ATM machine replacement on campus and if there should be an additional one. He hoped someone would follow up on this question possibly the University Technology and Support Services Committee.
Kathy Cohen commented on the organizational meeting for next year's Executive Committee. It is tentatively scheduled for August 20. It is the traditional annual lunch for incoming and outgoing members.
Kathy Cohen reported that the Xerox copy services contract may not be renewed or may be very different. The new contract could possibly make an impact on the whole campus.
Ms. Cohen reminded people that the May 3 meeting begins at 12:45.
The next meeting of the Executive Committee is May 22 at 12:15 p.m.
Barbara Tuck, Secretary