Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:17 pm.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – December 4, 2008(2 minutes)
    A motion was made to approve the minutes by Ellie Scheirer.
    The minutes were approved. 
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Facilities planning direction, Zak Ovadia, wanted to present the Student Union Plaza concept but did not show up to the meeting. Kathy will contact him for the next meeting.

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Distinguished Professor, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship and Outstanding Faculty Service awards. Guidelines for the awards are located on the Faculty Association Web site at (www.unf.edu/unffa/). Nominations may be submitted via one of the following:

    •Web site (www.unf.edu/unffa/) at On-Line Forms
    •E-Mail to facassn1@unf.edu
    •Handwritten/typed form delivered to the Faculty Association Office – Honors Hall, Bldg 10, Room 1120

    The deadline to submit a nominee is Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 5:00 P.M.

    There will be a town hall meeting with President Delaney to discuss “Do religious centers have a place on campus?” on January 15, 2009, in the Faculty Commons, 10/1102 at 9:00 AM.
    There are a few committee vacancies open: Adjunct Affairs from COEHS; Strategic Planning from the Library, Intercollegiate Athletic Committee, and Food Service.

    A P&T reception for those recently promoted and tenured, next Wednesday. Invitations have been sent out.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee – Arturo Sάnchez-Ruỉz
    The Committee will not meet in January. There is one APC item on today’s agenda.

    Academic Standards Committee – Marcia Lamkin
    The Committee will meet on January 9 at 3 pm in the Doctoral Workroom in Building 9.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee - Robb Waltner
    No report.     

    Budget Advisory Committee - Jeffery Harrison
    The Committee did not meet in December. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 23 at which President Delaney will be present to talk about funding.

    Campus Technology Committee – Katharine Brown

    The Committee finished demonstrations for Eluminate and Adobe Connect classroom collaboration tools. A survey email was sent out in December and another will be sent out next week for those attending the demonstrations that would like to provide comments. The next meeting is on January 15 at 11:45 AM. 

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Barbara Olinzock for Chip Klostermeyer
    There was no meeting in December. A meeting is scheduled for January 15 at 12:15 PM.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Rama Rao
    The Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for January 27.                 

    Nominations and Elections Committee – Mina Baliamoune
    No report.

    Research Committee – Kathaleen Bloom 
    The Committee did not meet in December and its next meeting has not been scheduled.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Dan Richard for Yemisi Bolumole
    The Committee met and talked about the religious center issue for which a town meeting has been scheduled.  A discussion of the Committee’s charge is scheduled for Wednesday, January 14 at noon.

    Support Services Committee – Kristine Webb
    No report.

    Executive Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee met on December 9 to set the agenda for today’s meeting.  A possible shift in the meeting time for the Committee’s next meeting is being considered due to the inauguration occurring at the same time.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President Delaney
    The President will be wearing two hats in his interim BOG’s role along with his UNF role for the next few months.

    The Legislature will finish ratifying a 4% cut from last year this month. UNF has already taken the 4% into consideration, which is good news. The actual size of the budget drop is greater than 4%.  The attitude of the Legislature is becoming a lot more positive towards higher education. The budget projections for next year are horrible. If every State entity was cut the same, it would be another 14% cut. UNF’s top priority is to avoid layoffs. Florida State is looking at abandoning a branch campus, and shutting down fashion design, nursing, and undergraduate College of Education, a cut which will eliminate about 200 faculty. If the budget cut is 7, 8, or 9% or less, we should be able to handle it. It is greater than 10%, will be very tough.
    The Governor has proposed that Universities can raise tuition up to 15% annually and it has been received favorably in both the House and the Senate. This would be about a 3% impact on our budget. Expectations are that President-Elect Obama will pump billions of dollars into the economy, including the operating budgets of the State governments, in order to generate a budget turn around. There is a sense the economy will get worse by the end of this summer with the light at the end of the tunnel in about a year.

    UNF has suspended the Fine Arts Series for a year, which will save $400,000.
    The Museum of Contemporary Art is currently losing money right now. We will not follow through with the acquisition of the Museum if we have to subsidize. Instead, we could loan money or acquire all the art in that museum amounting to a range of a couple of million up to about $10m of art. If continued to be a money losing operation, we would close it down.

    Provost Mark Workman
    President Delaney is really determined to protect our economic security.

    Strategic Planning Update:
    We have identified goals and actions to be taken. Our next step is to benchmark the goals. Tom Serwatka and its committee are working on this. We plan to use NCHEMS, a national center that will provide benchmarks for relevant institutions that we can use to gauge ourselves against either as peers or as aspirational institutions. The Faculty Association Strategic Planning committee will be engaged in this process as well. We have been reviewing software programs to articulate the strategic planning throughout UNF.

    The SACS focus report has been written which responded to 17 out of 80 criteria in which we were out of compliance. Five of them were audit issues for which we did not have enough information available. Some of the non-compliance findings were based on misjudgment on the part of the offsite committee. Others fell into the areas of strategic planning and assessment of learning outcomes. The onsite SACS committee will be here in early February. They can seek with any member of the University community.

    Everyone is encouraged to read the QEP, which is posted.

    Current Searches Update:
    No report.

    United Faculty of Florida –Henry Thomas
    UFF has concluded the bargaining session and is now editing the document that is posted on the UFF website. There will have a series of meetings about the bargaining process and the result. The ratification vote will be likely take place in March. A note sent out about salaries as this section of the bargaining agreement has been left open.

    The UFF presidents are meeting at the end of January to review what is occurring on each campus as it relates to budgets. The UFF president at USF received a note similar to the one the President of FSU sent out concerning the faculty layoff announcement. UFF will have a series of meeting after the UFF president meetings conclude.

    There will be a social event on January 23 that will be announced later this week.

    Promotion and Tenure – Kathy Robinson for Jeff Steagall
    The P&T Committee is in the process of review. They have 21 candidates, 1 for only tenure, and 7 for promotion to full professor.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)
     Dr. Serwatka has responded to the questions about the loss of the locker room and religious centers. The responses are in and will be posted when Cindy Chin gets back from vacation. The response from Kathy Hughes concerning administrator rights on faculty computers should already be posted.

    Anonymous question for the Bookstore:
    I submitted my book order in October. How come I was not told until December that the book was not available?
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list or 20 minutes to act immediately)
    Agenda Item # 1 -FA 09-01: Submitted by the Executive Committee     
    Motion to Reconsider (Army ROTC Program)

    The item was moved by Elinor Scheirer.

    Comments from Judy Solano:
    This is an item that has been moved to reconsider an item that was discussed and approved as amended in December. The approval in December establishes a policy for Army ROTC that we don’t have for Navy ROTC which seems to be an inconsistency in policy.
    The first vote is needed for approval to reopen the item to reconsider it.
    A motion was made by Ellie Scheirer on behalf of the Executive Committee to reconsider the item.
    The motion passed.

    A motion was made by Judy Solano to alter the course descriptions and remove the sentence, ‘This course will not be used to fulfill the 120 hours graduation requirement’ from each course description.

    Comments from Judy Solano: The rational is that Navy ROTC is not constrained with respect to counting their ROTC courses being excluded from a degree program. The Navy ROTC students are able to use the courses towards their 120-hour degree. The agenda item states that Army cannot use the courses. Some programs of study have a few free electives are available in some of our programs. These electives are where the Navy ROTC students apply their courses.

    Question from Terry Cavanaugh: Are the students punished with higher tuition beyond the 120 hours?

    Response from Judy Solano: No. Students can go up to 10% extra beyond the 120 hours without being charged extra.

    Response from Kathy Brown: UNF does not charge the student for the extra hours. UNF is only impacted the student if they have federal financial aid. They would have to appeal to have extra hours. We could charge if they exceed the limit.

    Questions from Scott Hochwald: Speaking against this issue, since the courses are not part of departments what about the qualifications of the faculty teaching the courses. What happens to the course credit if a student drops out of ROTC before they graduate? Are these courses open to everyone?
    Response from Judy Solano: Instructors have to meet the SACS requirements. If students don’t finish ROTC, it is presumed they can use the ROTC courses as electives.

    Comment form Kathy Robinson: The courses are available only to upper division students and are limited to those with prereqs of lower division including those who have military experience, which need permission of instructor to enroll.

    Question from Kathaleen Bloom: Are we empowered to change the course descriptions?

    Response from Judy Solano: We are not empowered to make a change. It will have to go back through the process.

    Comment from Dale Clifford: Dale is not opposed to taking the line out of the descriptions. There is one important point: It is our curriculum, including the Navy courses. There is strong argument for UNF to have a good, strong ROTC program. A citizen army is crucial.

    Comment from Shawn Brayton: The Navy ROTC program is not a UNF program. It’s a JU program, with courses taught by JU faculty and the degree awarded by JU.

    Comment from Judy Solano:
    In reading our UNF catalog, it says nothing about the program belonging to JU. A phone number is provided, but the number goes to JU.

    Comment from James Mauro: In favor of amendment, it would be a public relations nightmare to kick the Army out.

    Comment from Kathy Robinson: We need to be aware there are potential negative impacts by the Army. The Solomon Amendment has been upheld several times.

    Comment from Arturo Sάnchez-Ruỉz: The point is not whether UNF will offer an ROTC program…its whether courses can count towards the degree chosen by ROTC students.

    Comment from Scott Hochwald:
    Quoting the catalog can be dangerous as the source is not reliable. Would UNF be different if they get credit? Do all ROTC programs give students credit for ROTC courses?

    Response from Kathy Robinson: All the programs that Kathy looked at gave credit for ROTC courses.  UF does.

    Comment from Russell Mays: There is a bigger issue here. These young people are putting themselves into service for our country. Achieve.

    The question was called to strike the sentence that disallows the courses to be counted as part of the 120-hour degree.
    The Item passed.

    Agenda Item # 2 -FA 09-02: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS - (Childhood Education): Course changes and Programs of Study (4 items)
    Arturo Sάnchez-Ruỉz moved the item.
    The item passed.
    There is no information item.
    The meeting adjourned at 1:05 pm.