QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

May 11, 2017

 


QUESTIONER I:  DATE ASKED:  FORWARDED TO: 
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:
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 II:  DATE ASKED:  FORWARDED TO: 
Anonymous October 13, 2016  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II: 
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 III: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous December 1, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:
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 IV: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous March 2, 2017 John White, President
UNF - United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:
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 V: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous April 6, 2017 John White, President
UNF - United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:
Given that UNF has finally reached 100% pass rate in the promotion and tenure process, is it time to revisit the promotion and tenure process, perhaps by the addition of college-level committees, where the real decision-making process lies?

 

QUESTIONER VI: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous April 6, 2017 Shari Shuman, Vice President
Administration & Finance

John Hale, Assistant Vice President 
Physical Facilities
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:
This morning, I saw a student riding a skateboard under a walkway right beside the "No skateboarding sign" and this student was smoking at the same time. What is the enforcement policy on skateboarding, and how can it be enhanced, especially given the narrow pedestrian traffic paths around the Skinner-Jones construction site where skateboarding is often observed?

 

Partial answer from FA President Pyati from the floor, regarding smoking.
A question regarding smoking enforcement was asked at the December 2016 FA meeting, and the response provided by VP Mauricio Gonzalez appears in the January 12 FA meeting Questions and Responses index on the FA website.

Support Services Committee received the response from UPD Chief Mackesy during October 26, 2016 meeting:

UPD "will not enforce" the smoking ban. He specifically mentioned not writing citations for those found smoking on campus. This is in opposition to the stroll it, don't roll it policy, which the UPD does enforce with citations and verbal admonitions.


QUESTIONER VII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Pali Sen April 6, 2017 Megan Kuehner
 University Registrar
 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:
In today’s agenda packet for the Information Item #4, a table is provided for midterm grades. Over the last 4 semesters, records show that 7.7-31.5% eligible professors provided the midterm grades. Since midterm grades are a tool to improve retention and graduation of our students, can the Registrar’s office provide the Chairs/Directors a list of classes with missing grades after the due date? Similarly, if final exam grades are missing for any class, department Chairs are alerted with such a list. 


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

Pali Sen

March 2, 2017 Shari Shuman, Vice President
Administration & Finance
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John Hale, Assistant Vice President Physical Facilities
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I: 

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?

 

QUESTIONER II:   DATE ASKED:    WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

April 6, 2017 John White, President
UNF - United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:

The union has pointed out that our pay is at the bottom of the State University System. Bargaining efforts are more focused on non-tenure track instructors rather than issues of concern to the faculty at large. And recent email blasts have been misleading. Therefore I would like a detailed explanation of the steps for the Faculty to decertify the union.


Answer from FA President Pyati from the floor.
Decertification of a union is handled by the National Labor Relations Board. Briefly, 30% of members in the bargaining unit must sign a petition requesting a decertification election to be held by the NLRB. Signatures must be collected during non-work times and in non-work areas, without use of employer resources. If the majority votes for decertification, the union will be decertified. More detail is available at the NLRB’s website www.nlrb.gov.

QUESTIONER III:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

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

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?

Responses from FA president Radha Pyati:
Twice in the last ten years, we have given compression increases to our lowest-paid employees. We recognize that we need to find more opportunities to do this, but that does mean less in the overall pool when we negotiate our other contracts. With regard to adjunct pay, the questioner should note that the $2,250 referenced in the question is the lowest amount paid for an adjunct at UNF and there are a number of adjuncts who make more. We top out at about $6,000 in highly specialized areas.
If we use the most recent data available in the Chronicle of Higher Education, we find that in Florida when you average adjunct payment across disciplines, the average of averages is $2,389, with a range from $450 (adjunct teaching English at Embry Riddle) to $7,800 (adjunct with specialization in a field of business at Miami University).
There is no doubt that, with greater fiscal resources, we could address the issues facing some of our lowest-paid employees and we will continue our efforts toward that end. With regard to adjunct compensation per course, we currently perform better than the state as a whole.

 

QUESTIONER IV:   DATE ASKED:   WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

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

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?

FA President Radha Pyati spoke with UNF President John Delaney about the reasons for hiring an outside attorney to negotiate with the union. President Delaney said the following: he has worked with an outside attorney to negotiate with public employee unions since 1991, he appreciates Leonard Carson’s noncombative style, and an experienced labor lawyer is needed to ensure that provisions agreed to are strictly legal. An outside negotiator also acts as a buffer for both sides. Also, he is willing to stand up to me and the administration team when we are off base, and an internal negotiator may not feel that independence.

 

QUESTIONER V: DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES:  
Anonymous January 12, 2017 Earle Traynham, Provost 
& Vice President Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V: 
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?
 

 
 

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 for Questions answered during the meeting:
http://www.unf.edu/unffa/minutes/Faculty_Association/Faculty_Association_Minutes_Index.aspx.