QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

November 3, 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 September 1, 2016 Dr. Radha Pyati, President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:
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?

 

QUESTIONER III: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Pali Sen October 13, 2016 Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:
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 IV: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:
 Is it true that cell phones of administrators are paid by the University?

 

QUESTIONER V: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:
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 VI: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:
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 VII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:
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 VIII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:
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 IX: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Rachelle Gottlieb, Vice President
Human Resources 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IX:
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 X: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Albert Colom, Associate Vice President
Enrollment Services 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS X:
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 XI: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Scott Bennett, Associate Vice President
Administration and Finance 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XI:
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 XII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 John White, President
UNF – United Faculty of Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XII:
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 XIII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 John White, President
UNF – United Faculty of Florida 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XIII:
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 XIV: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XIV:
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 XV: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XV:
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? 

 

QUESTIONER XVI: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XVI:
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 XVII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XVII:
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 XVIII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016  Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XVIII:
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 XIX: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XIX:
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 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:

Why was the decision to require UNF scholarship recipients to take 15 credits per semester made, seemingly, without faculty input? This decision seems like it will have many negative consequences such as: students attending other universities instead of UNF, students taking heavier course loads than they can handle well, especially if 4 credit courses or labs are involved.

 
QUESTIONER II:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
 Anonymous September 1, 2016  President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:

Newly appointed Interim Dean, Dan Moon, makes roughly the same salary as Dean Pam Chally. Is there any way to explain this that does not make reference to the fact that Dr. Chally is a woman and Dr. Moon is a man?

 

QUESTIONER III:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
Anonymous   September 1, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:

Why was there no call for faculty applications for the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies position? What is your response to those faculty who might have been interested in serving in that position who were denied a chance to put their name forward? When will a permanent Dean of Undergraduate Studies be selected? Will the process be open to qualified faculty?


QUESTIONER IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
 Anonymous  September 1, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:

What can they do to ensure that administrative searches are conducted with integrity and that the voice of the search committee and the faculty are taken into consideration when final decisions are made on the hiring of academic administrators? There have been a series of searches from the Provost to the COAS Interim Dean and others that did not fully respect the principle of faculty governance or the value of search committee input in the selection process.

 

QUESTIONER V:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
Anonymous  September 1, 2016  Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:

Part A. Did I miss the call for applications for the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies? There was one for the COAS interim dean. There were even interviews for that position. It would have been nice to give the appearance that faculty had input into this latest appointment.

Part B. Exactly what is the rationale for paying an interim dean a salary higher than a sitting Associate VP and Dean especially given the fact that the Interim Dean chose to leave his permanent position? Seems to me a deal could have been reached to just increase his salary by a token amount. It appears that we continue to drive up deans' salaries to ridiculous levels that are not consistent with our stagnant faculty salaries or the deans' performance.

 

QUESTIONER VI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
 Anonymous  September 1, 2016 Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:

Would the Provost please explain how Dr. Moon, with only three years of experience as a chair, was selected as the Arts and Sciences Interim Dean when the search committee ranked as stronger two applicants, Dr. Kimball and Dr. Corrigan, both with much more experience as department chairs, one also with several years’ experience as Associate Dean?

 

QUESTIONER VII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
 Anonymous  October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President
UNF Faculty Association
or
John White, President
UNF United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:

Considering the graduate admissions problems in the Coggin College of Business, please provide the procedures for a “no confidence” vote for a college dean.

 

 

Radha Pyati, FA President answered on the floor:

President Pyati answered from the floor. The UNF Constitution Article V Section 4 states that faculty can conduct an anonymous retention vote of any dean prior to the end of their term. The FA officers are glad to assist Coggin with such a vote; a group of Coggin representatives are invited to meet with FA officers to discuss this issue.

QUESTIONER VIII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
 Anonymous  October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:

At last month’s FA meeting, a question was asked about President Delaney’s retirement. As the FA President and therefore a BOT member, are you aware of any preparation the BOT might be making in terms of a presidential transition, and if so, has it hired a search firm yet? Will the BOT communicate any information to the faculty? Should the FA, led by its president, not urgently take up the issue of a presidential transition? How can FA take a proactive approach to a Presidential transition?

 

 

Response from the Floor by FA President Radha Pyati:

The Board of Trustees (BOT) have not made any preparations for a Presidential transition as of its September 2016 meeting, nor has it hired a search firm to assist in this process. The FA let by its President will take a role in any Presidential transition. This question could be rephrased is “how can the FA take a proactive approach to a Presidential transition?” The FA officers and committees will be addressing how the FA can take a proactive approach to any Presidential transition.

 

QUESTIONER IX:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
 Anonymous  October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IX:

What is UNF’s plan to prevent and address Zika virus, including public health/safety issues and standing water/landscaping issues? UNF is a beautiful campus with ponds and swamps, and all water need not be removed, but we need a plan.

 

QUESTIONER X:  DATE ASKED:  FORWARDED TO: 
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida  
QUESTION SYNOPSIS X: 
The President recently put out a note that encourages us to brag about UNF; this is of course much easier done if those to whom we brag do not then remind us of our position vis a vis the state metrics. Can the President assure us that we will not continue to be in the bottom of the rankings next year or in subsequent years?

 

QUESTIONER XI:  DATE ASKED:  FORWARDED TO: 
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
&
Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XI: 
What is the 10-step plan to lead UNF to a university ranked in the middle among the other universities?


Response from the Floor by Vice President Tom Serwatka:

The answer to this question depends on what is meant by the middle of the metrics. If one looks at each of the 10 metrics and UNF’s score on each of the metrics, UNF scores either above the middle or at the middle of each metric. What UNF has not done is received growth scores according to the metrics. For example, when looking at graduation rates and employment rates, we are at or above the center score. The place where we are below center is cost per degree. There is no need for UNF to be ashamed of our performance on the metrics. Please see the attached addendum submitted by Dr. Serwatka regarding the metric scores.


QUESTIONER XII:  DATE ASKED:  FORWARDED TO: 
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XII: 
What is the real intention behind Jay Coleman’s transfer to data analytics?


Response from the Floor by Vice Provost Jay Coleman:

The intention for the transfer to the new position was to help the university deal with the requirements for State-wide metrics.
 
QUESTIONER XIII:  DATE ASKED:  FORWARDED TO: 
Anonymous October 13, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XIII: 
In the e-mail you sent to faculty on 9/22, you noted the large number of Presidential scholarships awarded to UNF students. While this is certainly great, I am wondering if we can get (a) an accounting of how much is being spent on these scholarships and where the money comes from and (b) why the UNF endowment seems to not have increased substantially in many years.
 

Response from the Floor by Vice President Shari Shuman:

There were three parts of the question. The first part was about the number of Presidential Scholarships. That information will need to come from Enrollment Services. The second part of the question relates to from where are the Presidential Scholarships are paid. Presidential Merit Scholarships are paid for through the regular E&G (Education and General Funds) budget. The UNF Foundation also provides many merit-based scholarships for students from the UNF Foundation budget. The third part of the question is about the Foundation and its endowment. In 2008, it was about $100 million dollars. After the economic crash in 2008, the endowment reduced to about $70 million. Currently, the endowment is up to about $90 million dollars. In 2003, the endowment was around $50 million. There have been some declines, but other than the dramatic drop in 2008, the endowment was on an increasing trend.
 
QUESTIONER XIV:  DATE ASKED:  FORWARDED TO: 
Anonymous October 13, 2016 Albert Colom, Associate Vice President
Enrollment Services
QUESTION SYNOPSIS XIV: 
Have you examined the results and implications of the Math and writing placement testing that was done this past summer? If so, have any patters emerged in who has scored what in relation to their overall admission profile?
 

Response from the Floor by Albert Colom:

The data associated with the Math and Writing Placement testing has not yet been analyzed, but it is in the process of being analyzed. The admissions office will provide this analysis once it is complete.
 



 

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