As the University of North Florida grows, the need to address structuring and restructuring academic units will continue. This document expresses the Faculty Association’s view of how colleges should be structured and/or restructured.
- Academic units – departments and schools – forming a college must share disciplinary affinity; this may be defined in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: a shared methodology for the discovery of knowledge; a shared medium or set of media for scholarship; a shared set of evaluative processes and standards for scholarship; robust intra-college interdisciplinary programming; a shared (non-regional, i.e. not SACS) accreditation agency.
- All faculty members who are to comprise a new college, or who are being moved from one college to another, must vote, via a secret ballot, on whether they wish to move. The final result of this vote will be made available to the Faculty Association. Normally, a strongly positive vote would be expected.
- For informational purposes, all faculty members of the original college who are not moving must vote, via a secret ballot, on whether they wish the others to move.
- An academic college shall normally consist of more than a single academic unit.
- An academic college must have its own bylaws or governing/operating procedures which include at least a means of choosing a dean, a means of evaluating curricular developments among its units, and a means of handling faculty governance matters that are common to colleges.
- An academic college must have enough senior faculty to evaluate junior colleagues for tenure and promotion to associate professor, and a college must have enough full professors to evaluate associate professors for promotion to full professor.
- An academic college must have a dean, an associate dean (and so, implicitly, a justification for having an associate dean), and at least one staff member (at least at the administrative assistant or office manager level).
- An academic college must have a Director of Development and be active in the pursuit of donations.
- In determining whether a college should be created, an open, transparent, and frank conversation about associated costs and resource deployment/redeployment must be conducted through the Faculty Association.
- If the advent of a college is occasioned by a major “naming” gift (the receipt of which depends upon the creation of a college), the annual proceeds from the gift corpus must be more than sufficient to cover college administrative overhead (including salaries and fringe benefits) entirely.
A strong research/scholarship presence, including robust external funding, on the part of those faculty who would comprise a new college contributes to the strength of the argument for separation from their original college.