Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Location: OFE/FA Conference Room - Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM by David Fenner 2015-2016 Co-Chair.

Members Present:

Chip Klostermeyer, Gordon Rakita, Diane Tanner, David Fenner, Mina Baliamoune, Lisandra Carmichael, Sherry Pinkstaff, Alireza Jahan-Mihan, Scott Hochwald

Members Absent:

Dan Richard

Ex-Officio Members:

Chip Klostermeyer (FA president)

Others Attending:

None
  • Approval of the Minutes

    Minutes from January 14th were approved by the committee and posted on the web.

  • New Business
    •  Klostermeyer raised the issue of co-nomination/co-awardees for the Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award. The committee discussed the possibility and issues related to it. They agreed to ask Mark Falbo, Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning to weigh in on the possibility.
    • Rakita raised the issue of email accounts for retired faculty. Faculty who retire are provided with email forwarding, but not a full UNF email account. The distinction is clear in ITS’s policy statement but not in the CBA/Faculty Handbook. Thus many retiring faculty are not aware that they will lose a full UNF email account when they retire. The committee discussed a number of issues including: impact to ITS in terms of process and storage space, access to library online resources, the need for retired faculty to feel like they are still connected to the campus, and how will the University know when retired faculty no longer need an email account. Rakita will follow-up with ITS and will try to gather information about what other SUS universities provide to retired faculty.
    • Shari Shuman (VP, Administration & Finance) joined the committee to discuss the issue of the Foundation Board’s investment practices. She presented a history of the Foundation’s investment strategy and how it has evolved. The Foundation has adopted a policy of investment neutrality with the caveat that should a South African apartheid-like issue develop they would divest. In terms of transparency, Shuman explained that the board selects an outside manager who invests in funds, not directly in stocks or corporations. Indeed, some funds and their composition are proprietary. Shuman presented a document outlining the Foundation’s investment strategy and another document that detailed the university’s environmental sustainability efforts. These documents are attached to these minutes.
  • Old Business
    • Developing guidelines for restructuring colleges. The committee discussed Fenner’s draft guidelines and provided edits and suggestions.
    • The committee tabled the discussion of the research/scholarship survey (as an early step in working out a research identity statement for the university).
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 1:05 PM.
    Next meeting will be on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, Rm 3108.