QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

October 6, 2016



QUESTIONER I: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
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: FORWARDED TO:
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: FORWARDED TO:
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: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous September 1, 2016 President John Delaney
University of North Florida
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Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs
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: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous September 1, 2016 Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:
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.

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: FORWARDED TO:
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: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous September 1, 2016 Dr. Radha Pyati, President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:
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 VIII: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous September 1, 2016 Dr. Radha Pyati, President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:
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?

 



 Written Responses to Questions   

QUESTIONER I:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Pali Sen

December 3, 2015 Shari Shuman, Vice President
Administration & Finance
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:

The lights need to be looked at in the stairwell of the Mathematics and Statistics Department.

 
QUESTIONER II:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
Anonymous November 5, 2015 Shari Shuman, Vice President
Administration & Finance
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:

Why are we considering renovations to the arena when we have a swim team that doesn’t even have
a pool to practice in?

 

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

There are reports that this may be President Delaney's last year with UNF. If that is so, should we not begin planning the process to find the next president? If not, could President Delaney tell us his plans for the future?

 

Vice President Tom Serwatka provided a response from the floor.

This is not President Delaney's last year. When President Delaney does decide to step down, there will be a plan for a search in sufficient time.


QUESTIONER IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
Jose Franco September 1, 2016 Shari Shuman, Vice President
Administration & Finance
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:

Is there a way to revise the procedure for gaining access to classrooms on campus such that a faculty member filling in for another faculty member will be allowed into the room by the campus police?

 

Vice President Shari Shuman provided a response from the floor.


If a faculty member is not attached to a course, there is a safety and security measure with allowing individuals access to classrooms who are not authorized users. A faculty member wishing to substitute for the faculty member of record for a course would need to have the Chair of the department call the campus police and inform them of the substitution. Shari Shuman will follow-up with the Chief of police to clarify the process.


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

Once a grade is posted, can a student petition the grade after it is posted, for example to change an "F" grade after the final exam to make the grade a "W."

 

Provost Earle Traynham provided a response from the floor.


Students are able to petition grades. The process involves review and recommendations by the faculty member, Department Chair, the College Dean, the University Appeals Committee, and the Provost.
At each stage, recommendations regarding the grade change is determined and communicated to the student.


QUESTIONER VI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
John White September 1, 2016 Chip Klostermeyer, Past President
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:

Is there a rule regarding who has voting rights at Faculty Association meetings, and is there a system to determine whether there is a quorum? This question relates to who has the ability to vote on academic programs and academic changes.

 

FA Past President Chip Klostermeyer provided a response from the floor.

Everyone who is a faculty member (including Deans, Chairs, Librarians, etc.) are eligible to vote on Faculty Association agenda items. The quorum requirement for voting during Faculty Association meetings is 40 faculty.  Information about these guidelines can be found in the Faculty Association bylaws (https://www.unf.edu/unffa/Bylaws.aspx), Article III for Membership, and Article V, Section 15 for quorum requirements.
 
QUESTIONER VII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
Laura Jackson September 1, 2016 Provost Earle Traynham
Academic Affairs
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:

The Interpreting program requires that students only take 12 hours per semester. How will the 15 credit hour rule affect students in this program?

 

Provost Earle Traynham provided a response from the floor.


Those programs that allow students to take no more than 12 credit hours per semester would be exempt from the 15 credit hour rule to maintain scholarships. The 15 credit hour rule actually states that students must complete 30 credit hours per year; therefore, if a student does not complete 15 credit hours within one semester, the additional hours could be taken in another semester or during the summer term to satisfy the 30 credit hours per year requirement.


QUESTIONER VIII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 
Laura Jackson September 1, 2016 Jennifer Kane, Interim Associate Dean
College of Education and Human Services
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:

Is it true that students taking 12 credit hours will receive only 80% of their financial aid funding?

 

COEHS Interim Associate Dean, Jennifer Kane, provided a response from the floor.

 

Student grants are adjusted based on the number of credit hours they take, with the expected number of credit hours being 15 credit hours. Student scholarships are not affected by the 15 credit hour rule. 

 


 

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 for Questions answered during the meeting:
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