QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

February 2, 2017

 

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

 

QUESTIONER VI: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 1, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:
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 VII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous January 12, 2017 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:
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 VIII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous January 12, 2017 John Kantner, Assistant Vice President
ORSP & Dean of the Graduate School
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:
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 IX: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous January 12, 2017 Earle Traynham, Provost
& Vice President Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IX:
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 X: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Mary Borg January 12, 2017 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS X:
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?
 



 Written Responses to Questions   

QUESTIONER I:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

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 II:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

December 1, 2016 John Delaney, President 
University of North Florida    
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:

This past summer the President made trips to visit honors colleges and art museums with many of the Vice Presidents, the costs of which are a concern when academic resources are dwindling. Could the president please tell us how many trips were taken and how many individuals went on each?

 
QUESTIONER III:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

December 1, 2016 John Delaney, President 
University of North Florida  
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:

The university seems to be in a spiral of waning faculty confidence in its administration. Does President Delaney have a plan for restoring faith and morale?

 

QUESTIONER IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous 

January 12, 2017  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:

How long does the administration have to answer a question from the Faculty Association?

 

Answer from Radha Pyati from the floor:
There is no official deadline for submitting responses to questions. Responses are typically received 2-4 weeks after the meeting at which the questions were read. Sometimes it takes a little time for answers to be posted on the FA website. At present the only person with unanswered questions is me, the FA President, for which I am truly sorry. I am attempting to clear all my questions now.

 

QUESTIONER V:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
John Hatle  January 12, 2017  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:

I write to comment on the November 2016 draft of the Course Banking Policy. In particular, I would like to understand the motivation behind the first part of the last Exemption. 

"Any independent study that has students paid as research assistants on the topic associated with the DIS..."

I have a federal grant that has dual goals of doing good science and exposing young students to real research. (Page from NIH AREA solicitation: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area/area.htm).
This exemption in the banking policy would not allow me (and others in a similar situation) to earn credits for mentoring two students on one project, with one student paid off the grant (a reward for longevity on the project) and another earning DIS credits. Training students is a major goal of the grant program, and a record of successful mentoring is vital to renewed funding. To me, prohibiting faculty to bank credit in this situation penalizes those who have been successful at attaining grants to support scholarship. And the university is still collecting tuition and fees from the DIS student.

Response from the Floor by Provost Earle Traynham
The provision referred to in this question has been eliminated.

 
QUESTIONER VI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous 

January 12, 2017  Shari Shuman, Vice President
Administration & Finance
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:

Is it true that if for instance lightning were to fry a piece of scientific equipment, used either for research or teaching purposes, that the university does not possess insurance, maintenance agreements, or have a fund for repairing or replacing that item of equipment? Does not having such a backup plan mean that one's research, and maybe even one's career, could potentially be brought to a halt by such a loss?

 

QUESTIONER VII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

John Anderson 

January 12, 2017  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:

 The 2016-2017 Matriculation calendar on the Faculty Association site has the withdrawal deadline for Spring 2017 as 3/27. The Calendar of Events has it as 4/7:

QA feb

Response by Megan Kuehner, Registrar:
The date moved after faculty approved pushing the w/d deadline this past term. We’ve updated the official University calendar because that is designated as the only calendar that should be posted.
The Faculty Association website Matriculation calendar is correct as of the date it was approved.

 

QUESTIONER VIII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous 

January 12, 2017  Karen Stone, Vice President
General Counsel 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:

The level of risk tolerance that UNF's General Counsel's office routinely functions at is much lower than at our sister universities or even R1 universities. This seemingly absolute intolerance for any risk whatsoever may protect UNF, but it results in research progress being seriously hampered as months go by waiting for a contract for acquisition of necessary material to be finalized. Why can we not come up to the level of risk tolerated by universities whose faculty's research is not imperiled by abnormally long wait times?

 

QUESTIONER IX:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous 

January 12, 2017  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IX:

Faculty who have sought to un-do entry into the Drop program have found this impossible. If President Delaney or, for instance, Dean Chally, were try to un-do their entry into the Drop program, would the university have any financial responsibility or provide any financial reimbursement of any kind?

 

QUESTIONER X:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous 

December 1, 2016  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS X:

What is the policy for the UNF Army ROTC and physical training in the mornings? On Monday morning (11/28/2016), these students were blocking the entrance to the Arena Garage while doing physical training by stretching in the middle of the entrance and then running up the various levels of the Arena Garage. They moved out of the way, but this is dangerous. Do they have access to other UNF facilities for physical training in the morning?

 


 
 

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