The joint meeting
of the Faculty Enhancement Committee and Faculty Research Committee
was called to order at 10:10 a.m. The only agenda idea was discussion
of the “Key findings from faculty survey on research-- Spring 2000"
summary report prepared by the Research committee. The committees
met together to work on developing a set of recommendations to send
forward to the Faculty Association with the ultimate goal of strengthening
the ability of the faculty to do significant research in a supportive
furnished committee members with copies of some suggestions that
members of the FEC had developed after studying the “Key findings”
report. Jim Collom distributed a document with ideas that he wanted
to share regarding the research environment at UNF.
The group identified
variability between how department chairs implement efforts designed
to foster research as a major stumbling block to consistent professional
development for the faculty. It was agreed that tackling issues
related to assuring more consistency between departments would be
a good first step to improving the research climate on campus.
The committees discussed the role of “block” class times, being
allowed to “bank” classes, limiting the number of new course preparations,
mandating a limit to the amount of time new untenured faculty can
spend on service the first two years of employment, limiting the
number of department committees as well as other aspects of the
also discussed the perception by many faculty that there is now
a mixed message being given the faculty. While UNF is still refers
to itself primarily as an undergraduate teaching university, there
is increasing emphasis being placed on producing meaningful research
and securing significant grant monies. This change in focus may
signal that administrators particularly department will have to
take a more active role in mentoring the careers of their faculty.
The role of colleague mentoring was also discussed along with the
difficulty of identifying mentors and securing their cooperation.
Cooperative grant writing, improving summer grant dollars, establishing
a system of exit interviewing for retreating faculty, faculty not
having to pay of interlibrary loan material, increased awareness
of what CIRT can do for the faculty especially in helping researchers
analyze their data (particularly statistical information), smoothing
administrative hassles with the purchasing department to make acquisition
of materials related to research projects easier and modification
of the University’s policy for distribution of indirect cost from
grant money to insure that more gets to the faculty member for their
use were mentioned during the discussion.
Chairs Dr. Van Deusen and Dr. Scott will draft a memo based on the
committees’ discussion for the committee members to review with
the end goal of forwarding it to the Faculty Association Executive
Council for discussion before presentation to the Faculty Association.
The next Faculty
Enhancement meeting will be March 14th in the Office
of Faculty Enhancement meeting room at 10:00 a.m. Future joint meetings
of the FEC and FRC may be scheduled.