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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:16 pm by Kathy Robinson.

Meeting Minutes

  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – June 4, 2009 (2 minutes)

    A motion to approve the minutes was made by Judy Solano. The minutes were approved. July 2, 2009 - FA meeting was canceled.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    Schultz Hall, 9/1421:
    The auditorium room has a class scheduled until 12:05 pm so those who arrive early may have to wait until then to enter.

    New faculty:
    Kathy Robinson attempted to welcome new faculty but none attended the meeting.

    From Dr. Pierre Allaire:
    The Campaign Kick Off is scheduled for Friday, October 2. The theme of the campaign is called the Power of Transformation. Faculty can contact the ticket box office to get tickets using a credit card. There will a reception in the student union and then dinner at the arena.

    Tom Serwatka:
    A Town Hall open forum to discuss campus religious centers will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at 9:00 AM in the Faculty Commons.

    Dr. Frederick Beck and Doreen Perez, Director from Student Health Services: 

    H1N1 is on campus. Vaccines will not be available until mid-October. We are in the prevention mode, such as encouraging hand sanitizers, tissues, and masks. If you have students coughing and sneezing, offer them a mask. New triage room available to answer questions. The center is not giving notes to students to miss class. Students with risk factors are encouraged to go to the doctor while those who have mild symptoms are told to stay home. UNF has ordered double the number of vaccines that it has in the past. Faculty can get a vaccine for $25.

    Fall Convocation and Appreciation Picnic:
    Convocation is scheduled for Friday, October 2, at 10:00 am with the picnic following the convocation.

    New Faculty Luncheon:
    A luncheon will be held on October 7 and RSVP deadline is 9/25 for all new faculty to welcome.  Invitations will be sent out.

    APC Catalog Deadline:
    The APC submission deadline to get the results of the UNF Catalog 2010-2011 is Tuesday, October 13.

    Promotion and Tenure Celebration:
    A celebration P&T party for faculty who are newly promoted and newly tenured in 2008 scheduled for Wednesday, October 28.

    CIRT and Office of Faculty Enhancement:
    A list of services provided by CIRT and OFE are attached as an information item in this month’s agenda packet.

    Committee Vacancies:
    Volunteers are needed for the following committees:

    Undergraduate Studies Council (COAS) - 3-year term
    University Appeals Committee – Alternates (CCB) – 2 year term
    Campus Diversity Committee
    Parking Violations Appeal Committee – At-large appeals board

  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Len Roberson
    The Committee wants to thank Arturo for chairing the committee for the last two years. The last meeting was this morning, September 3, to go through the submitted APCs. The Committee will meet again on October 1. Three APC items are on today’s legislative calendar. 

    Academic Standards Committee – Judy Perkin
    The Committee met on August 24 and identified two issues that will be addressed at the next meeting to be held on Monday, September 14. The first deals with the definition of cumulative GPA and the GPA to be used after suspension.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Robb Waltner for Ronald Lukens-Bull
    The first meeting is scheduled for September 23 at 3:30 pm. The Committee will analyze the results of a survey sent out during the summer to part time faculty. At last count there were 78 responses.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Paul Mason

    The Committee met on August 31 and laid out 5 to 6 budget topics for which to collect data. The next meeting is scheduled for September 28 at noon.

    Campus Technology Committee – Terry Cavanaugh
    The Committee has set its meetings for the third Wednesday at 11 AM in building
    57(COEHS) on 3rd floor. The committee has lost its COAS representative and needs a volunteer that can attend at its scheduled meeting time.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Judy Solano for Chip Klostermeyer
    The Committee has will meet on September 10 at 10:00 AM on September 10 at
    12:15 PM in the FA meeting room.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Zornitza Prodanoff

    The Committee met on August 27. Academic Affairs will support summer development grants again this year. More time will be allowed for submitting applications this year. The next meeting is scheduled for September 26.

    Nominations and Elections Committee –Chris Johnson for Mina Baliamoune

    The Committee has not met this year, but is still trying to fill vacancies announced by Kathy Robinson earlier in this meeting.           

    Research Committee – Kathaleen Bloom
    The next meeting is scheduled for September 14. 

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison/Alan Harris
    The last meeting was held on August 25. Dr. Workman gave an update on UNF’s strategic plan. Everyone is encouraged to read the Provost’s newsletter. As part of the strategic planning process, UNF has identified its peer aspirant universities. The Provost provided a document with his newsletter with comparisons of UNF to these institutions.

    Support Services Committee – Kristine Webb/Steven Williamson
    The Committee met on May 11. Steven Williamson will be new chair. The next meeting is scheduled for September 15 at 10:00 AM.

    Executive Committee –Elinor Scheirer

    The Committee met on August 18 during which Pierre Allaire spoke about the capital campaign. The Committee also set the agenda for today’s FA meeting. The kick-off luncheon is scheduled on September 15 at 11:30 AM in the Faculty Commons in Honors Hall for both incoming and outgoing committee chairs.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    UNF President – John Delaney

    For the strategic planning process, the selection of the peer aspirants involved selecting institutions that were better than UNF in at least some aspects. We will be evaluating several metrics to focus on improvement.
    As it relates to the budget, UNF should be able to handle the coming year.  As Interim Chancellor, discussion occurred during the summer to plan how to create a new economy in the State. The State will be buying half of sugar production in Florida to restore the Everglades. Growth has declined during the past few years. The plans are to double the spending on higher education over the next five years. Efforts have been made to sell this to the Legislature and the Governor. We will hear something during the next 60 days. President is very optimistic of the’ new Florida Economy Plan.’
    The capital campaign kickoff and the convocation will both be held on October 2. 

    Announcement from Judy Solano:
    The faculty are glad that President Delaney did not get the Senator position and happy he is here at UNF.

    Academic Affairs Vice President & Provost – Mark Workman

    Metrics for the strategic plan:
    We have not resolved which metrics will be adopted for the strategic plan. We have baseline data about our performance and similar information of the peer institutions. Our goal is operationalize these metrics.
    H1N1 virus:
    If H1N1 becomes a massive issue on campus, we will have to have a uniform response. About two-thirds of all our courses are on BlackBoard. We need to find out why one-third of our classes are on BlackBoard just in case we have a situation that requires all faculty to conduct online courses.
    Summer Grants:
    Summer grant information will be sent out soon.
    New colleague:
    Dr. Judy Miller is the new Executive Director of Assessment.
    Due to a revision of the SACS review cycle, we will be reviewed in 5 years rather than 10 years.
    Departmental Visits:
    Dr. Workman and President Delaney will go on the road to visit this fall.

    Legislative Liaison Report – Janet Owen

    What is the Legislative Doing?
    They are not meeting now, therefore we are safe. The year 2010 looks more positive than the current year. There are interim committee meetings set up in October, November, and December. The Seminole Indian Gaming compact needs to be signed and ratified by the Legislature. The Tribe will pay the State $150 million, for which a portion will come to Universities. The general State revenues in July were up from prior estimates by $45.5 million. All 6 components of sales taxes have been down, but now three are above estimates and three are below. There are no rumors of call backs for this year’s budget.
    What is the State Board of Governors doing?

    Frank Brogan was appointed as the new Chancellor. The BOG has put procedures in place to approve the new undergraduate differential tuition. They conducted a workshop on strategic planning and annual reporting to help Universities understand key indicators.  Their next meeting is September 23 and 24 at USF to approve a budget for 2010-2011 year, and a PECO list. PECO will like consist of infrastructure money only with no new construction. There are 21 upcoming vacancies on 11 university boards of trustees. There are 95 applicants for 2 FSU vacancies.

    United Faculty of Florida – Henry Thomas

    UFF is hopeful that budget picture is improving.
    State ban on research in terrorist nations:
    UFF and others have joined in a lawsuit against this ban. The lawsuit will be delayed because UFF will be asking for increases in funding.
    There is some interest of returning to state bargaining at central level. UF and USF want to move to this, however, UNF-UFF does not.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Questions from Ellie Scheirer:
    1) Who was responsible for the decision to replace all of the Xerox/printer machines in the College of Education 

    and Human Services during the first week of classes and with no prior notice of the specific date? 

    2) What plans are being developed to make such decision-makers aware of the academic calendar in order to 

    respect the core mission of the University—the work of faculty to promote student learning? 

    3) The argument for this change in the contract for the equipment and reproduction service was cost savings. 

    However, at the departmental level this generally is not the case. Where are the savings? Who benefits? 

    Response from President Delaney:

    One way UNF has handled budgets is to centralize budgeting to save millions of dollars. Remaining issues will be submitted in writing.

    Question from Dale Clifford:

    Has it been considered to quit calling buildings parking lots by numbers and start calling them by names? One way to transition is to stop assigning classes in the enrollment system as numbers.
    Response from President Delaney: 

    President Delaney agreed. This is a computer issue, but we definitely need to make this change.

    Comment from Shari on building numbers: Building numbers are for the fire marshals so we can’t get rid of them completely.

    Question from Carol Ledbetter for Parking Services:
    Carol has spent 5 hours looking for a parking spot over last two weeks. She has learned that the lack of faculty parking has been around since UNF began. What is the best use of faculty’s time? Carol would like to put the question forth to the appropriate body to do something about faculty parking.
    Response from Shari Shuman:
    There has been a tremendous shift with the opening of the education building and the student union. The adjacent parking garage is very full.

    Comment from Judy Solano:
    There are twice as many students on the Parking Advisory Council as faculty. Diane Tanner and Marcia Lamkin are the faculty representatives on the Council  

  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list or 20 minutes to act immediately)

    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 09-20: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee College of Arts and Sciences - (Mathematics & Statistics & Psychology):  New Courses, Courses Changes, & Programs of Study Changes (8 items) 

    Len Roberson moved the item.

    The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 09-21: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Education and Human Services - (Leadership, Counseling, & Instructional Technology): Courses Changes (5 items)

    Len Roberson moved the item. 

    The item passed. 

    Agenda Item# 3 - FA 09-22: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    Brooks College of Health - (Public Health): Programs of Study Changes (1 item)

    Len Roberson moved the item. 

    The item passed. 


    i. Summer Term Association Meeting Provision: Actions Taken
    ii. Departmental Name Change
    iii. Faculty Association 2009-2010 Schedule
    iv. Academic Programs Committee 2009-2010 Schedule
    v. University Matriculation Calendar 2009-20010

    Kathy Robinson adjourned the meeting at 1:17 PM.