QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

April 6, 2017

 

QUESTIONER I: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:
If it is true that the interim dean of the College of Arts and Science received raises over his last two promotions equal to or greater than $80,000, how can the administration possibly defend paying a great number of UNF staff members less than $25,000 a year? And how can it defend paying adjuncts $2250 per course? How is this just? 

 

QUESTIONER II: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:
Has there been any study done at the university to support what is being discussed among some faculty members about male patriarchy and faculty salaries? I would like to know if there is any truth to the rumor that female faculty members make less than their male counterparts. 

 

QUESTIONER III: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:
Could the Faculty Association request the salaries of every administrator as well as the history of raises for all of these individuals during the time in which John Delaney has been president? Could the Faculty Association then report on the trends and especially the comparison with faculty raises over this same period? 

 

QUESTIONER IV: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 1, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:
The administration claims there are no resources for faculty raises. Yet salaries and raises for current and former administrators, as well as ongoing payments to Leonard Carson, suggest that there are resources available for salaries. How can these resources be shared with faculty, who are teaching students on the front lines and are justifiably surprised by these raises, when their own cost-of-living rises with no increase in pay?

 

QUESTIONER V: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous January 12, 2017 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:
Why does the administration employ an expensive outside attorney to negotiate with the union, when the union/faculty do not similarly employ an attorney to represent us and negotiate on their own? We have many in-house lawyers, including John Delaney, and all of our in-house lawyers recently received very large raises because they threatened to walk out en masse, in a state where faculty do not have the right to strike. Couldn't the fees that Leonard Carson charges each year be put instead toward a faculty/staff raise?
 
QUESTIONER VI: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous January 12, 2017 Earle Traynham, Provost
& Vice President Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:
Each year faculty members are asked to provide evaluations of the Provost and their respective deans, but not their department chair. Why is this? One would think that an annual assessment of chairs would be at least as important as that of the other administrators, as they are responsible for the day-to-day functioning of units that most directly interact with faculty and students. Also many chairs are first-time administrators and so can benefit particularly from feedback on their performance. As it now stands, chairs, it seems, are subject to faculty evaluations only when they are eligible for term renewal. Yet this occurs long after such feedback might be useful. And for chairs who elect not to stand for an additional term, this type of feedback seems not to have use at all. Why then are chairs not subject to the type of annual faculty evaluation that their supervisors undergo (and that their faculty also undergo): And why would the University not want to conduct such evaluations when it regularly surveys faculty on a whole range of other matters that are arguably far less relevant to its core academic mission?
 
QUESTIONER VII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous March 2, 2017 John White, President
UNF - United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:
In a recent "Did you know" item you said: "Not having any discipline-specific guidelines leaves Promotion and Tenure decisions entirely at the discretion of administration, without feedback from departmental faculty."
This statement seems misleading given the composition of department P&T committees, which are made up of departmental faculty, and the role their vote plays in the outcome of P&T cases. As well, department faculty are able to write department letters of recommendation. And the University P&T committee is made up of faculty as well, although not departmental faculty. How do you claim that P&T decisions do not have feedback from departmental faculty, and that discipline-specific guidelines are the antidote?
 
QUESTIONER VIII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Pali Sen March 2, 2017 Shari Shuman, Vice President
Administration & Finance
&
John Hale, Assistant Vice President
Physical Facilities
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:
One evening, I was about to make a left turn in a parking lot on the UNF campus, and two students crossed my car on rollerboards – they came out of nowhere. I had to slam on my brakes. Some students seem to use the parking lots as playgrounds. Can we get some border collies to chase these rollerboards away from the parking lots (not the students), before someone gets hurt?

 




 Written Responses to Questions 
   
QUESTIONER I:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Mary Borg

January 12, 2017 Dr. Radha Pyati, President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:

The podium computer in Building 15, Room 1206, has been reported to Information Technology Services on Monday. Why has the computer still not been fixed?


QUESTIONER II:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

February 2, 2017 Earle Traynham, Provost
& Vice President Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:

The Sabbatical Leave Policy in the CBA indicates that year-long (half-pay) sabbaticals "...shall be granted unless the University Administration has determined that the conditions set forth in this Section have not been met or that departmental/unit staffing considerations preclude such sabbatical from being granted." This language seems to indicate that the criteria for faculty accessing a year-long (half-pay) sabbatical is determined by approval of the Department Chair and Dean.  

Alternatively, one-semester (full-pay) sabbaticals often require a committee review, given that more applications are submitted than are offered. Could the Provost's Office provide a report of how many applications have been received and now many applications have been awarded over the past 10 years for the one-semester (full-pay) sabbaticals, including the total number of eligible faculty each year? 
Given that sabbatical leave applications for a one-semester (full-pay) option often require additional review steps (by way of a review committee) and that the applications for a one-year (half-pay) option require only the approval of the Chair and Dean, what is the rationale for having these applications due on the same day? Could the due dates be separated so as to provide faculty the option of submitting for both with full attention given to each?
 
QUESTIONER III:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

March 2, 2017 Elizabeth Curry, Dean
UNF Library
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:

Many faculty librarians have resigned and left the University. How is the University acknowledging this problem?

 

QUESTIONER IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

January 12, 2017 John Kantner, Assistant Vice President
ORSP & Dean of the Graduate School 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:

The sluggish pace at which ORSP's Research Integrity division and the IRB process research protocols existed with former director Dr. Ebong and continues to this day. This has become for many of us a serious hindrance to advancing our research agendas. When should we expect a real change in the speed at which IRB completes this work, and how do you plan to clear the backlog of review requests in an expeditious manner?

 

QUESTIONER V:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Daniel Dinsmore

February 2, 2017 John Delaney, President
University of North Florida
&
Earle Traynham, Provost
& Vice President Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:

Recently there seems to be an increase in the number of anonymous questions being asked at Faculty Association. What are two strategies that the President and Provost could employ that would promote more open lines of communication between faculty and academic affairs?

 

Partial response from Floor from FA President Pyati:
A partial answer to this question lies within the FA Archive, in the Minutes of the Dec 1, 2016, meeting, within the President’s Report summary given by me: “His door is open to meet with any faculty member. He regularly meets with the faculty union and Faculty Association representatives through the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) Coffee with the President meetings, with the Faculty Affairs and Executive Committees of the Faculty Association, and through meetings with Chairs and Deans.”


QUESTIONER VI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

March 2, 2017 Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President
Student Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:

Can the daily crime log, which is required to be posted, be posted online like other institutions, rather than only in the lobby of the UPD building?

 


 
 

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