QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

December 1, 2016



QUESTIONER I: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous September 1, 2016 Dr. Radha Pyati, President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:
The job description for the search for a Dean of the Honors College seems to limit all acceptable internal candidates to just Jeff Michelman. Is this another example of a "fixed" search?

 

QUESTIONER II: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:
Last academic year, the Faculty Association and Faculty Affairs Committee rejected a proposal to create a committee of faculty to consult with the UNF Foundation concerning its investments. Even if the proposal to stop certain investments is rejected, does that also mean that the creation of a faculty consultative committee should be rejected as well?
 
QUESTIONER III: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:
The President recently put out an email that cites the quality of the new freshmen. Could he please now share the same sort of data about the transfer students that UNF admitted this fall?

 

QUESTIONER IV: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:
The graduate admissions situation in the Coggin College of Business is very serious and dangerous – it could jeopardize the college’ accreditation and its reputation for quality. It has been said that you have known about it for at least a month what leadership have you shown in addressing this crisis? 

 

QUESTIONER V: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Rachelle Gottlieb, Vice President
Human Resources 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:
Would you please provide to the Faculty Association a breakdown of the different benefits that different employees of UNF receive: USPS, A&P, non-tenure-line faculty, tenure-line faculty, administrators, staff, and anyone else. I have heard that there are “executive benefits.” What are those, and who receives them? 

 

QUESTIONER VI: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Scott Bennett, Associate Vice President
Administration and Finance 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:
Would you please report to the Faculty Association the salary increase Professor Dan Moon received when he was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the salary increase he received when he was appointed Interim Dena of the College of Arts and Sciences?  

 

QUESTIONER VII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 John White, President
UNF – United Faculty of Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:
As you know, a number of faculty (I have heard 17) felt shortchanged last year when they did not receive the full raise amount they thought they should have gotten. I have heard that the annual cost of remedying this would have been approximately $75,000. Is this correct? 

 

QUESTIONER VIII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 John White, President
UNF – United Faculty of Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:
On October 3rd, you emailed all faculty claiming that "Among the 11 established State University System schools in Florida, UNF ranks last in average faculty salary." Shouldn't UNF's faculty take this as a sign that our union has done a poor job negotiating salary increases? 

 

QUESTIONER IX: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IX:
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 X: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS X:
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 XI: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XI:
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 XII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XII:
Is this Provost Traynham's last year with UNF? If so, should we not be starting the search process for his successor now? 

 


 Written Responses to Questions   

QUESTIONER I:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

September 1, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:

Given that we are last in the state metrics and likely to stay there, given that we have no serious strategic plan, given that the failed experiment of raising the freshman profile has resulted in backfilling with unprepared transfers, given that the failed experiment of requiring freshmen to live on campus has cost us enrollments and revenue, given that there are no raises for faculty while certain administrators continue to get five-figure raises, what is the process for calling for a vote of no confidence in John Delaney as President of UNF?


Comment by FA President Radha Pyati:
I will begin the Question and Response period with a response to a question asked at the September 2016 meeting.

Regarding a vote of no confidence on the President, there is no procedure for such a vote. But there is a current opportunity for input, in the form of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Presidential evaluation process occurring this October. As FA President, I am your representative to the BOT, so please let me know your input via phone (X1918), face-to-face, or email (radha.pyati@unf.edu) by Monday, October 24.


QUESTIONER II:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
 Anonymous October 13, 2016  Megan Kuehner, Registrar
Registrar's Office 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:

On 9/22 we received an email from the registrar informing us that a policy is under development regarding preferred name use. I already find it challenging to learn the names of 100+ students each semester. Is there much of a need for this new policy, or are we furthering students’ sense of entitlement?

 
QUESTIONER III:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:

What is your position on the two raises, just 10 months apart, that the president and provost authorized for the current interim dean of COAS, in relation to the faculty (17?) who felt short changed on the recent raise? 

 
QUESTIONER IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

October 13, 2016 Albert Colom, Associate Vice President
Enrollment Services  
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:

President Delaney recently sent out a notice about the admission profile of our freshman student class. Would you kindly provide the Faculty Association with the admission profile of students admitted for Spring 2017 as well as for Summer 2016?

 
QUESTIONER V:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
Pali Sen October 13, 2016 Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs 

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   Megan Kuehner, Registrar
 Registrar's Office
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:

A question on a student’s petition of a grade of a F to a W in the faculty association meeting on September 1, missed the intended mark. I know students can petition any grade, I am asking about the outcome of it. If a student uses a Waiver of University Policy form to change a final grade in a course to a W, and the faculty assigning the grade denies the request, then it can be granted by a chair or a dean or ultimately, the Provost. I believe this violates the collective bargaining agreement. The process for assigning a W after a final grade has been assigned, needs a clarification so that faculty know the answer to an important issue.

 
QUESTIONER VI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

October 13, 2016 Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:

Is it true that cell phones of administrators are paid by the University?

 
QUESTIONER VII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
  
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:

I have read with concern about other schools having problems with the Confucius Institute in terms of unethical funding and hiring practices and violations of freedom of speech and academic freedom. Some schools have ended their relationship with the Confucius institute and the American Association of University Professors has warned against partnering with them. Has the Confucius Institute been thoroughly vetted and regularly reviewed?

 

 
 

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