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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
Considering the graduate admissions problems in the Coggin College of Business, please provide the procedures for a “no confidence” vote for a college dean.
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.
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.
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.
Please check the Faculty Association minutes website for Questions answered during the meeting:http://www.unf.edu/unffa/minutes/Faculty_Association/Faculty_Association_Minutes_Index.aspx.
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