QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

January 12, 2017

 
Responses to questions are posted on the Faculty Association website and included in a future agenda package. 

Comment by FA President Radha Pyati:
For the meeting of December 1, 2016, 17 anonymous questions have been received by the FA office. These questions have been edited and consolidated for the sake of the meeting on December 1, but all the questions received or announced on December 1 FA Meeting, which are represented in the revised questions to follow.



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 October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:
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 VII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 1, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:
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 VIII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 1, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:
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?
 
QUESTIONER IX: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 1, 2016 John Delaney, President
University of North Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IX:
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 X: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 1, 2016 John Delaney, President
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS X:
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?

 




 Written Responses to Questions   

QUESTIONER I:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

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 II:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

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 III:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

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 IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

October 13, 2016 Rachelle Gottlieb, Vice President
Human Resources
  
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:

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 V:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Scott Bennett, Associate Vice President
Administration and Finance
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:

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 VI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

October 13, 2016 John White, President
UNF – United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:

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 VII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

October 13, 2016 John White, President
UNF – United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:

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 VIII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

December 1, 2016 Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President
Student & International Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:

A follow-up question regarding the UNF Confucius Institute: I would like to request that they invite one or more of the following distinguished scholars to give a seminar during the next year: and a list of suggested seminar speakers was provided.

 

Response from the floor by FA President Radha Pyati
This question and list of suggested speakers has been forwarded to Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, Chair of the Confucius Institute Board of Directors and someone who works with the Confucius Institute on programming. 

 

QUESTIONER IX:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

In response to the President's email about the audit report, do the members of the FA Executive Committee and the members of the FA Faculty Affairs committee agree that the two raises in ten months to D. Moon are appropriate and not excessive?

 

Response from the Floor by FA Faculty Affairs Committee Chair, Gordon Rakita:
The members of the Faculty Association’s Executive and Faculty Affairs committees are gravely concerned
about administrative raises that have taken place in the past several years. However, we are even more
concerned about the lack of raises that faculty have received. We find the administration’s practice of giving
raises to administrators when no raises for faculty and staff are forthcoming to be inappropriate and unfair.


QUESTIONER X:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

December 1, 2016 Sharon Ashton, Vice President
Public Relations 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS X:

The electronic UNF sign on the north side of Alumni Drive has had blue bar across the bottom-third of the display for the past year. Is there a plan to fix this sign?

 

Response on the floor by Sharon Ashton, Vice President of Public Relations:
The sign has a continuously loose panel. We have received a quote to fix the sign. The quote has come in at about $3000. The Public Relations office is working with Parking Services to obtain new signs at the three entrances. There will be a larger Request for Proposals for this project. 

 
QUESTIONER XI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

 As of November 28, 2016, Parking Services still had 32 current UNF faculty and staff waitlisted for faculty-staff parking permits for the Fall 2016 semester. Will new parking spaces be added and new faculty-staff permits be issued by the spring semester like it was two years ago? At that time faculty lobbied for an increase in spaces and Parking Services created new faculty-staff spaces.

 

Response from the Floor by Vice President Shari Shuman
There is a Parking Advisory Committee, and there are two faculty representatives on the committee. The committee makes recommendations for what rates will be, what types of spaces are needed, and the number
of these different types of parking spaces. A few years ago, we added the ramp in the Arena Parking Garage to the list of faculty/staff parking spaces. No recommendations regarding increased faculty spaces have come from the committee of late. There have been recommendations regarding reducing the number of Blue (category) spaces (Blue spaces Blue parking permits are valid to park in Lots 1, 2, 5, 34, 41, 46, 47, 100 and the Arena and Fine Arts Center garages on the 2nd thru 4th floors) and decreasing the pricing for Gray spaces (parking permits are valid to park in Lots 14, 18, 53 and 60). The current wait-list for Faculty/Staff parking represents an improvement from previous years.

Additional Response from the Floor by Dr. Ash Faulkner, Faculty Representative on the Parking Services Committee
Both I and Diane Tanner serve on the Parking Services Committee. Diane’s email is dtanner@unf.edu and my email address is ash.faulkner@unf.edu. The faculty representatives of the Parking Services Committee invites feedback from faculty regarding parking services. Please forward questions about parking services to your representatives so that they can bring these issues to the committee.  

 

QUESTIONER XII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

 Is there an initiative for UNF to become a sanctuary campus joining New College, FIU, UF, UCF, USF, and others?

 

Response from the floor by Dr. Gordon Rakita, FA Faculty Affairs Committee Chair
The issue of UNF becoming a sanctuary campus is on the Faculty Affairs Committee agenda to be discussed next week, along with a similar statement that was prepared by the Philosophy & Religious Studies faculty.  

 
QUESTIONER XIII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

The Provost's descriptions of past searches note the value placed on faculty participation in the process, but the actions issuing from Academic Affairs suggest a pattern of setting aside faculty input, or skipping faculty input altogether, in searches and in other areas. This recurrent ignoring creates the perception that faculty governance doesn’t matter, despite assertions to the contrary. How can the administration demonstrate, going forward, that UNF is a university in which faculty participation in governance is essential?

 

Response from the Floor from Provost Earle Traynham
We do indeed read all feedback received from the search committee. Typically the search committee limits the list of acceptable candidates to 2 or 3 and lists the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. A decision is made based on feedback that the office has received during the interview and search process, feedback from the committee, as well as feedback from other administrators and faculty who were not part of the search committee but who submitted input regarding the candidates. A decision is made, then, based on one’s best judgment. We assure you that we pay attention to all input.

Additional Response from the Floor from FA President Radha Pyati
We have had a lot of faculty concern expressed about meaningful faculty input and meaningful faculty governance, and we have had efforts by the administration to show how faculty input is taken. Moving forward, a focus on our actions is important to demonstrate that faculty participation is listened to and that faculty continue to participate. Paul Eason, for example, explained how faculty can have input into the strategic planning process. Faculty should participate in the upcoming Dean searches. Going forward this Spring semester, we should take an actions-oriented approach to making sure faculty input is copious and valued.  

 
QUESTIONER XIV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

Both the Faculty Association and Student Government have passed resolutions asking for enforcement of the No Smoking policy. Yet there seems to be lots of smoking going on. Can we expect something to be done about smoking on campus?

Response from Vice President Mauricio Gonzalez
Vice President Mauricio Gonzales has responded to this question and his response is listed as Information Item #5 in the current agenda packet. 

 
QUESTIONER XV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

December 1, 2016 Earle Traynham,
Provost & Vice President
Academic Affairs 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XV:

It has been established that UNF finished at or near the bottom of the SUS with regard to the state performance metrics, and that based upon the current metrics our movement upward isn’t likely. Could Academic Affairs appoint a committee of individuals with appropriate expertise to participate in data interpretation, formula creation, and causal versus correlative relationships?

 

Response from the floor by FA President Radha Pyati
A group of faculty worked with Vice Provost Jay Coleman this summer on metrics in various colleges and departments. Their (PowerPoint) presentation will be attached to this response. (Analytics Initiatives by Jay Coleman)


QUESTIONER XVI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

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

The Faculty Association President said at one point that COAS has procedures for a vote of no confidence in its Dean. Could she please tell us where these procedures are located? Could such procedures be used to remove a sitting Interim Dean? When will procedures be forthcoming on how to conduct a vote of no confidence in President Delaney?

 

Response from the Floor by FA President Radha Pyati
The College of Arts and Sciences Operating Procedures include information about votes of no confidence for the college dean. These procedures can be located on line at the following link:
http://www.unf.edu/uploadedFiles/aa/coas/deans/COAS_Bylaws.pdf

The bylaws state that…“(if) ten percent of the College Faculty, with membership in at least three different departments, seek to conduct a vote of confidence in the Dean, they may approach the UNF Faculty Association President with a request for such a vote. The Faculty Association President will then conduct the vote, ensuring confidentiality of participants. The Faculty Association President will report both to the College Faculty and to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs (a) the total number of votes and (b) the number of votes for and against. No more than one such vote of confidence shall be conducted within a twelve month period.”

I do not know whether such a procedure could be used to remove a sitting interim dean. For other university-wide administrators, the vote-of-no-confidence process is underway within the FA; it requires a Bylaws change, the first reading of such is in today’s agenda packet. 

 
QUESTIONER XVII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Pali Sen

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

 While surfing the Legislative Calendar for 2015-16, I came across FA 15-32, passed and adopted on 10/01/15. It was a Resolution of Freshman Housing Requirement brought by the Executive committee. The Faculty Association asks the UNF administration to allow students who live in Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, or St. Johns County to opt out of the requirement. Strangely, the resolution was supported by a set of graphs of GPA versus freshmen yield but not by Zip code vs. freshmen yield. Can you please find out why the resolution needed a set of misleading graphs?

 

Response from the Floor by FA Past President Chip Klostermeyer
At the time the resolution was passed, the FA did not have that data readily available. The FA used the data that was available at the time. The resolution was modeled after resident’s requirements of at least one other State University System institution (i.e., Florida Atlantic University) and after considerable debate and revision in the Faculty Association committees.

 
QUESTIONER XVIII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

 Anonymous

December 1, 2016 John Hale, Assistant Vice President
Physical Facilities 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XVIII:

How much money is spent annually on campus beautification, including grounds keeping and gardening? Can this amount be justified when instructional resources are scarce?

 

Response from the Floor from Administrative & Finance Vice President Shari Shuman:
I will come back to you all with actual amounts for this question. The way that the campus grounds keeping is funded is not with recurring E&G monies. Most of the funding comes from special allocation for plant operation and maintenance funding which is a separate allocation within the legislative budget. When special projects arise, such as the botanical garden between Building 1 and Building 39, we use other non-recurring funds. We do not typically use recurring funds, which are typically reserved for educational purposes.

 

 
 

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