STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
2016-2017 Faculty Association Schedules
Agenda Item# 1 – FA 16-25: Faculty Association Resolution on Smoking on Campus
Agenda Item# 6 -FA 16-27: Proposal for an Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Awards
The committee revised the document; a friendly amendment was made to change academic year to calendar year and to be an adjunct teaching award (not specify graduate or undergrad). The item was recommended to be returned to the committee for clarification.
The March meeting had Provost Traynham as the guest who presented on the AA budget. A discussion on admission requirements was held. One member of the committee will sit in on the annual budget meeting with the deans. Next meeting is Thursday, April 21, 2016 @11 AM in Psychology Conference Room, Bldg 51, Rm 3202.
Last Friday, April 15, 2016 was the last meeting of the semester. The committee approved CIRT to revise their check-out policy. A few faculty damage the materials; they will revise their policy to include a notation that those who damage or lose the equipment may not be allowed to check out the materials. The clicker technology will increase in price sometime next year. They will not purchase Turn-it in.com as it is too expensive. They are looking at “Veri-sign” which is similar to SafeAssign. They did hear a report on the transition to Canvas. By May 16, every faculty will have access to an account to explore the site. Blackboard will be available through the spring semester.
Information Item# 3 -Investment Strategy
They had two guests, Linda Howell and Brian Striar who spoke on the idea of addressing the increasing incivility on the part of students. A research integrity case is moving through the system. A statement on faculty bullying may be developed. An honorary doctorate was considered and voted not to approve. A survey on the faculty scholarship was reviewed. A conflict of interest issue was discussed. The Divest UNF issue was discussed; there is an information item.
They met and discuss OFE recommendations. They want to revisit the OFE mission statement; CIRT is taking up a lot of this as is research; the OFE should be provided some form of faculty fellows to help the office do some of the course redesign and delivery models; the committee voted to dissolve the Summer Teaching grant and put that money to course redesign for gatekeeper and general education courses. That will create about $80,000 in funding to support OFE.
Information Item# 1 -Faculty Association Standing and University Committee 2016-2018 & 2016 DP Election Results Information Item# 2 -2016-2017 Committee Directories
Dana Hart reported for the committee. There was a tie for the At-large position on the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee between Paul Mason and Matthew Ohlson. A coin toss was held after the Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016. The toss was conducted by Steven Williams+-on (chair of Academic Standards Committee) and witnessed by Dana Hart and Gordon Rakita (co-chair of Faculty Affairs Committee). Paul Mason won the toss and will serve as the Faculty At-large committee member.
They met on April 6th and discussed matching the rubric with the guidelines for the grant as well as the research profile of the institution.
They met on April 6 and the report was given in the Faculty Association meeting.
They met last month with Sherif Elfayoumy, director of School of Computing, and found how big data are used and determined how they should be used. They will be holding their final meeting next Thursday, April 28, 2016 because Josh Merchant will be able to meet. They will elect next year’s officers at the meeting.
Agenda Item# 2-FA 16-26: HHC – Undergraduate
Many concerns were voiced (see below) including a concern about course content; a concern that courses can be repeated for too many credits (up to 12), a concern about conflicts with existing course, and concern about students paying tuition for seemingly doing a TA’s job. The committee voted to send the agenda item back to the Honors College to address the concerns and be sure that all departments or groups affected are consulted and that documentation is provided in the APC process.As far as Honors goes, two of the issues were: 1) Conflicts with COEHS courses that teach leadership and conflict resolution. 2) Concerns about allowing so much credit for this kind of activity (up to 12 hours, not to mention taking the seminar course itself as freshman). This number of credits was a concern and some felt that it needs to be brought down. Furthermore, with this many credits at stake, the bigger picture of the honors curriculum (+ Honors minor) needs to be explained to understand how a student can do honors, do a major, and do the other things they might want to do.
Agenda Item# 3-FA 16-XX: COAS – Undergraduate
The item was approved for the meeting, 13-1.
Agenda Item# 4-FA 16-XX: COAS – Graduate
Questions included why the courses were 5000 level and not 6000; also how the courses would be staffed. The questions will be addressed at the faculty association meeting. The item was approved for the meeting.
Agenda Item# 5-FA 16-XX: BCH – Doctoral
The agenda item was approved for the meeting. 2016-2017 Academic Programs Schedules
The meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
Association Meeting: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. @Talon Room, Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 4th Floor Executive Committee Meeting: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. @ OFE/FA Conference Room, Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Room 3108P.S. Meeting Time Changed from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. for the May, June, and July Executive Comte Mtgs and the Faculty Association Meetings
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