Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, April 13, 2017 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 Gordon Rakita.

Members Present:

Gordon Rakita, Chip Klostermeyer, David Fenner, Scott Hochwald, Radha Pyati, Julie Ingersoll, Cynthia Cummings, Sherry Pinkstaff

Members Absent:

Ali Jahan-Mihan

Others Attending:

Patricia Geesey, Chair of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Approval of the Minutes
    Minutes of March 9, 2017 approved unanimously with no corrections.
  • Agenda Items
    • FA Meeting Quorum:
      It was discussed that further discussion of this issue be put on hold until a new University President is hired. This was approved unanimously with no abstentions.
    • Unity Award Dissemination: 
      It was suggested that appropriate places for dissemination could be the Campus Update and President’s page on the UNF website. 
    • Research Statement update:
      The Research Statement is still with the Research Council. David Fenner asks that the statement continue to be considered by the FAC and suggestions and edits be sent to him. It is expected that this may be finalized in the Fall 2017.
    • Campus Climate Survey:
      Gordon agreed to send the Qualtrics survey to Radha so that it can be distributed to all faculty. Frequent reminders will be sent out to faculty until it closes in Summer A. The data will be processed over the summer. 
    • Awards Language Changes:
      Minor changes were requested for three of the Association’s awards language. A motion to approve all three changes passed unanimously with no abstentions.
    • Service Award:
      A motion to leave the language as is was unanimously approved with no abstentions. 
    • Computer Coding for Language Requirement:
      A discussion was had with Dr. Patricia Geesey about the bill that is being considered in the FL legislature that would allow computer coding to count as a foreign language and satisfy this high school requirement. It was suggested that the FA President, Radha, draft a statement that may be shared with all faculty informing them of the issue and suggesting actions that may be taken (with a reminder that any lobbying be done without the use of UNF resources).
    • Faculty Inclusivity Initiative:
      A motion to forward questions regarding the Faculty Inclusiveness Initiative to the President was unanimously approved. 
    • MSU “Sanctuary” Statement:
      There may be more to discuss as the FL Legislative Session wraps up. It was decided to hold off on more discussion until that time.
    • Faculty-on-Faculty Bullying:
      Discussion centered around the issue of how to understand the scope of the problem of faculty-on-faculty bullying. Edits to the Campus Climate Survey were suggested and will be incorporated. It was decided to further discuss this issue after more information is gathered.
  • Possible Future Business
    • Moving to a Faculty Senate
    • Student Behavioral Issues
    • Retired faculty Email accounts issue 
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
    The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room.