Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

Vice President Ellie Scheirer called the meeting to order at 12:17 p.m.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – February 5, 2009 (2 minutes)
    Minutes of February 5, 2009, meeting were approved, as posted.  There were no    corrections.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    There were no announcements.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee – Arturo Sάnchez-Ruỉz
    The Committee met and processed over 60 APCs.  They had three items on the agenda.  Their next scheduled meeting is April 2, 2009.

    Academic Standards Committee –Judy Solano for Marcia Lamkin
    The Committee had two items on the agenda.  Their next scheduled meeting is March 6, 2009.  They will be reexamining the Medical Withdrawal Policy.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee - Robb Waltner
    The Committee attempted to meet, but lacked a quorum.  They will try to convene a meeting on March 23, 2009.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Paul Mason for Jeffery Harrison
    The Committee met with President Delaney to review the status of the State budget and projections for the future, which are constantly changing.  Their next scheduled meeting is March 24, 2009.

    Campus Technology Committee – Katharine Brown for Terry Cavanaugh

    After reviewing several tools to facilitate distance-learning courses, Elluminate was selected as the most desirable product.  The UTC approved acquisition of a license for Elluminate and ITS is currently in the process of securing the license.  ITS wants suggestions from faculty on how to better communicate with faculty.  At one time, there had been faculty interest in a proctored technology-testing lab.  ITS needs to hear from those faculty members who might use such a facility.  The next scheduled meeting of the Committee is March 12, 2009.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Chip Klostermeyer
    The Committee met and considered a request from the administration to reconsider the possibility of administering ISQs online.  Apparently, processing paper and pencil ISQs results in about a 7% error rate.  Given the many problems associated with the online administration of such an instrument and that the faculty have recently voted against such a proposal, the Committee asked Academic Affairs and ITS to submit more than just a simple request.  The Committee would like a detailed proposal on how such an instrument might be administered and how problems such as low return rate would be handled.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Rama Rao
    The Committee is currently reviewing the summer teaching grant process.  The next scheduled meeting of the Committee is March 24.

    Nominations and Elections Committee – Chris Johnson for Mina Baliamoune
    The Committee solicited nominations from the floor the Association’s April elections of representatives to the Association Standing Committees and University Committees.

    Research Committee – Kathaleen Bloom 
    The Committee is currently reviewing the summer research grant process.  The next scheduled meeting of the Committee is March 23.  The Committee invites and encourages anyone with concerns about the process to attend.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Dan Richard
    The Committee met with members of the Strategic Planning Benchmarking Subcommittee for an update on the kinds of measures the Subcommittee is considering.  The Committee is also trying to schedule a meeting with Facilities Planner Zak Ovaida to discuss further plans for changes to the Master Plan.

    Support Services Committee – Kristine Webb
    The next scheduled meeting of the Committee is March 23.  Vince Smyth, Director of Auxiliary Services is scheduled to meet with the Committee.  The Committee is also interested in looking at some issues regarding safety.

    Executive Committee – Kathy Robinson for Elinor Scheirer

    The next meeting of the Committee will be March 10, 2009, at 12:15 p.m., in the Faculty Commons.  The Committee sets the agenda for Association meetings and serves as an advisory body to the President of the Association, assisting in the coordination of and response to all issues before the Association.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President Delaney
    No report.

    Provost Mark Workman
    No report.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    No report.

    United Faculty of Florida –Henry Thomas

    Ongoing salary negotiations:  UFF-UNF proposed a 2.5% retention increase, but the administration rejected this proposal.  Union representatives then followed up with a proposal for a 2.5% bonus.  They are waiting to hear the administration’s response to this second proposal.  UNF continue to fall behind our sister institutions.  UWF is still deadlocked on salary and FAU is essentially moving toward impasse.  All other institutions have reached an agreement of some sort.

    Retaliation issue:  One of our faculty members with an official position in UFF has once again been charged with plagiarism.  The administration would have us believe the faculty member is a threat to the University and has banned him from campus.  UFF has responded that the administration has attempted to prejudice misconduct case against the faculty member.

    Promotion & Tenure Committee Report – Chip Klostermeyer
    The committee considered one candidate for tenure and supported that candidate.

    The committee considered twenty-one candidates for tenure and promotion to associate professor.  The committee supported nineteen candidates for both promotion and tenure.  Two candidates for promotion and tenure received negative recommendations from the committee.



    College Number of Candidates Number of Candidates Supported Number of Candidates not Supported
    COAS 10 9 1
    CCB 3 3 0
    COEHS 2 2 0
    BCH 4 4 0
    CCEC 2 1 1
    Total  21  19

    The committee considered seven candidates for promotion to professor. The committee voted in favor of five candidates, voted against one candidate, and tied on one candidate. 


    College Number of Candidates   Number of Candidates Supported Number of Candidates not Supported   Number of Candidates with Tied Vote
    COAS 4 3 0 1
    CCB 2 1 1 0
    COEHS 0 N/A N/A N/A
    BCH 1 1 0 0
    CCEC 0 N/A N/A N/A
     Total  5














  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)
    Vicki Stanton posed the following question for President Delaney, who was not in attendance:

    During the 2007/08 fiscal year, faculty received a small bonus, but no increase to our base salary.  We have consistently been told for several years that there is no money for faculty raises.  However, some UNF administrators have received substantial increases.  In at least one case over $20,000.00 was awarded to an administrator over the past few years.  Please provide information about UNF administrators’ salary increases for the past four years (2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, and 2008/09) giving the administrator’s name, year of increase, and the amount of increase.

    Mr. President, we appreciate your verbal support for faculty raises, but why would these administrative monies be awarded during a time of fiscal constraint, especially when faculty were not seeing comparable increases?
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list or 20 minutes to act immediately)
    Agenda Item #1 - FA 09-04:  Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    APPROVED with the inclusion of a friendly amendment
    Policy regarding placement and the award of retroactive credit in French, Spanish, and Chinese.
    Amendment (Separate paragraph inserted after the bulleted items and prior to the next to the last paragraph.):  Students shall not be granted retroactive credit for courses for which they already have credit by other means such as through Advanced Placement exams, the International Baccalaureate exams, or the CLEP exam. 

    Agenda Item #2 - FA 09-05:  Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Policy enabling students to use credits earned in summer study abroad courses toward the nine semester-hour summer requirement.

    Agenda Item #3 - FA 09-06:  Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Biology (7 APC 1 forms and 5 APC 3 forms)
    Music (1 APC 1)
    Biology (7 APC 1 forms and 2 APC 3 forms)

    Agenda Item #4 - FA 09-07:  Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Education and Human Services
    Foundations and Secondary Education (1 APC 1 and 1 APC 3)

    Agenda Item #5 - FA 09-08:  Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    Brooks College of Health
    Athletic Training and Physical Therapy (2 APC 1 forms)
    Public Health (7 APC 2 forms)
    Nursing (18 APC 2 forms and 1 APC 3)
    1. Program of Study (POS) Requirements
    2. Vacancies on Faculty Association Standing Committees and University Committees
    Meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.