Agenda Item FA 14-19

Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

Proposed New Language for the Honorary Degrees

04/03/14: Passed

04/16/14: Approved

Proposed New Language for the Honorary Degrees

 

 Recommendation: 

  1. The Faculty Affairs Committee decided to reduce the honorary degrees that would be available for conferral by UNF to the following three:   
    LittD/Doctor of Letters; ScD/Doctor of Science; PedD/Doctor of Pedagogy
  2. The Committee decided to add a sentence: “No member of the UNF administration, faculty, or staff is eligible to receive an honorary doctorate from UNF.”
  3. The Committee decided that before the Faculty Affairs Committee recommends to the UNF president the conferral of an honorary degree, the Committee will submit the recommendation to the FA Executive Committee for review and a vote. Then the chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee will make the recommendation to the UNF president (upon a positive Exec vote).
  4. The Committee decided that nominations may only be submitted to the Faculty Affairs Committee from a college dean (or dean of one of UNF’s five colleges, to be more specific).
  5. The Committee decided to replace the first line of the “Criteria for Recognition” with “Excellent character exemplifying ethical conduct and values consistent with the University of North Florida.” This will be followed by the list of UNF value, absent the value about ethical conduct.

  

Current Policy Language

8.7 Honorary Degrees

 

Candidates for an honorary degree may be nominated by any member of the University community. Nominations will be accompanied by supportive data which should include (1) resume, (2) an explanation of why the award should be given, and (3) names and addresses of distinguished persons in a position to provide an objective evaluation of the recommendation.  The Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Association shall screen all nominees.  The name of any nominee receiving approval of a two-thirds majority of the committee shall be forwarded to the President of the University for consideration and disposition.

 

 

New Proposed Policy Language for the Faculty Handbook:

8.7 Honorary Degrees


Candidates for an honorary degree (LittD/Doctor of Letters; ScD/Doctor of Science; PedD/Doctor of Pedagogy) may be nominated by any dean of one of UNF’s five colleges any member of the University community.  Nominations will be accompanied by supportive data which should include (1) resume, 
(2) an explanation of why the award should be given, and (3) names and addresses of distinguished persons in a position to provide an objective evaluation of the recommendation. The Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Association shall screen all nominees. The name of any nominee receiving approval of a two-thirds majority of the committee shall be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Association; upon a positive majority vote by the Executive Committee, the nomination shall be forwarded to the President of the University for consideration and disposition. No member of the UNF administration, faculty, or staff is eligible to receive an honorary doctorate from UNF.

 

Criteria for Recognition: 

  • Excellent character exemplifying ethical conduct and values consistent with the University of North Florida; and
  • Extraordinary achievement or distinction in the arts and sciences, education, the professions, public service, philanthropy, or private enterprise; and
  • One of the following:
    • Distinction on a national or international level
    • A history of support of UNF
    • A record of distinguished contributions to the northeast Florida region