Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, March 9, 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, Ali Jahan‐Mihan, Julie Ingersoll, Cynthia Cummings, Sherry Pinkstaff, Mina Baliamoune

Members Absent:

None

Others Attending:

John Hale, David Lambert, Amber Pyle, James Taylor, Dale Casamatta, Kevin Anderson, Heather Truelove, Rachel Bryant
  • Approval of the Minutes
    Minutes of February 9, 2017 approved unanimously with no corrections.
  • Announcements
    None.
  • Old Business
    • Sawmill Slough expansion proposal:
      Last meeting we discussed Sawmill Slough expansion and we had questions. Today we got answers. John Hale presented the Master Plan that was formulated in 2010 and reexamined in 2015 as required by law. John Taylor then led the discussion explaining the value in expanding the Sawmill Slough preserve. The map that was presented had three areas of concern. They were colored purple, yellow, and blue. Dale Casamatta stated that Biology students and faculty use the purple area extensively. David Lambert said the blue area was an easement and it was used by large mammals. Green area had value because contained a large and critical portion of our existing nature trails system that maintains a U.S. Department of the Interior designation as a National Recreational Trail by the since 1978. It was also noted that the purple area was scrubland and those areas were disappearing in Florida. Kevin Anderson stated that students are drawn to some of the proposed expansion areas. James Taylor had a long list of Environmental Center activities connected to the proposed expansion areas. In response to possible commercial development plans for the area, it was remarked that the purple area could become a golf course. This was then followed by the observation that the Loftin Nature Trails went through the purple area. As the conversation ended, it was also noted that the preserve makes us special and the expansion would add more value to it. There was a motion to support the expansion and it was approved unanimously. 
    • Syllabus Bank Proposal:
      Rachel Bryant, Chief of Staff, of the SGA, presented the SGA proposed syllabus bank. She provided three handouts. She noted UF had a syllabus bank, but committee members said some UF departments weren’t in compliance. Since the system was a login system, it really wasn’t clear what actually existed. Other universities with syllabi banks also restricted access. The SGA proposal also restricted access to the bank. The Provost, SGA, and Faculty Association agreed to work together on a plan. Then the SGA met and passed a resolution and had a proposal into IT to build the system. This was not received well by almost all committee members. A lively discussion followed. That conversation ended with committee members saying we wanted to work on a joint resolution but now that was impossible. The committee then passed a resolution summing up their view of the SGA’s actions. That resolution passed with 8 in favor and 1 opposed. 
  • New Business
    • Guns on Campus Resolution:
      An updated resolution opposing allowing Guns on college and university campuses was approved. As long as the state legislature considers it each year, we will also vote on a new resolution each year. 
  • Possible Future Business
    - Moving to a Faculty Senate
    - Student Behavioral Issues
    - Retired faculty Email accounts issue
    - Campus Climate Survey – launch in Spring
  • Adjournment
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
    The next meeting is scheduled for April 13th, 2017 at 12:15 p.m.