Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:17 pm by Kathy Robinson.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – September 3, 2009 (2 minutes)
    A motion to approve the minutes by Judy Solano. The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Jeanne Middleton, Office of Parent and Family Programs:
    Family Weekend is scheduled for October 23 to 25. Programs are set up for parents to leave about UNF and to let them meet faculty. A Sunday picnic at the Student Union will allow Departments and faculty to showcase the campus. All faculty are invited and welcome to bring their families. Games such as rock climbing will be available. 

    Hugh Jones, Founder of Caring Awards:
    Two annual awards for which faculty can nominate students. 
    Each year since 1992, student nominees have been solicited to receive two prestigious awards to embody the spirit of caring, volunteerism, and humanitarianism. The first award is to honor a student that The second award is a fellowship in Washington for 10-12 weeks with a focus on literacy through rebuilding 20-25 libraries. Sara Burbecker was last year’s internship recipient.

    Fall Convocation and Appreciation Picnic:
    This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, October 2, at 10:00 AM with the picnic following the convocation.

    Town Hall Meeting:
    A Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 at 9 AM to discuss a policy for religious centers on campus.

    Outstanding Teaching Award:
    Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday. The submission process will occur thru BlackBoard this year instead of hard copy submission.

    APC Catalog Deadline:

    The APC submission deadline is Tuesday, October 13.

    Promotion and Tenure Celebration:
    A celebration P&T party for newly promoted and tenured faculty in 2009 is scheduled for Monday, October 28. Funding is provided by Chartwells.

    Committee Volunteers Needed:
    Volunteers are needed for the following committees:
    Undergraduate Studies Council (COAS) 3-year term
    University Appeals Committee – Alternates (CCB) – 2-year term
    Campus Technology Committee – COAS representative
    Faculty Enhancement Committee – At-large
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee – Len Roberson
    The Committee met and addressed 32 items today. The deadline to submit APC forms in October 13. The next meeting is scheduled for October 29.

    Academic Standards Committee – Judy Perkin
    The Committee met on September 14 and discussed GPA definitions. The Committee will be continuing discussions on this and on graduation requirements for undergraduate degrees at its next Committee meeting scheduled for October 5 at 10:00 AM.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Robb Waltner for Ronald Lukens-Bull
    The Committee will be meeting on October 16 at 11:00 AM in the Faculty Association meeting room.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Paul Mason
    The Committee met and finalized an information item for the Faculty Association next meeting. The information pertains to budget per student at UNF after adjustment for inflation and the budget implications of the cut on enrollment. The next meeting is scheduled on October 19 at noon.

    Campus Technology Committee – Terry Cavanaugh

    The Committee met on September 16th and discussed the effects of health issues and how germs can be spread in computer labs. The Committee will meet on October 23rd. The computer labs need to be stocked with disinfectant for students.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Faiz Al-Rubaee
    The Committee will be meeting on October 8 at 12:15 PM. The Committee is discussing editing a campus climate survey that it will send out to all faculty soon. The second item the committee is editing is an exit survey for faculty leaving the University. Academic Affairs will present a proposal to the Committee at its next meeting concerning online ISQs.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Judy Solano for Zornitza Prodanoff
    Zornitza has H1N1 so there is no report.          

    Nominations and Elections Committee – Mina Baliamoune
    The Committee has one information item in today’s packet which lists three vacancies that will be available for the upcoming term beginning January 2010 through January 2012. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, October 29, and from the floor at the next FA meeting.

    Research Committee – Kathaleen Bloom
    The Committee will meet on October 6. The application process for the annual summer research awards is open.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The Committee met on September 22.  The Provost emailed a planning document listing peer institutions which is attached to the Committee’s most recent minutes. The report contains lots of interesting information. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27 with Shari Shuman discussing availability of resources. The UNF campus master plan consultant has evaluated traffic plans and other campus planning issues.

    Support Services Committee – Barbara Tuck for Steven Williamson

    The Committee met September 16 and finalized its agenda for the year. The next meeting is October 15 at 10:00 AM.

    Executive Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee met on September 15 at its annual kickoff luncheon, courtesy of Chartwells. There were discusses of which committee will handle the textbook legislation policy. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    UNF President – John Delaney
    No report.

    Academic Affairs Vice President & Provost – Mark Workman
    Swine flu is amongst us.  Faculty are encouraged to be accommodating to students who are ill.  So far there have been 200 cases reported on campus. For faculty born after 1957, faculty are encouraged to cover for one another if a faculty member becomes ill. When swine flu is compounded with seasonal flu, more illness will be expected. The President and Provost have already met with 5 or 6 departments and looks forward to visiting other departments.

    Legislative Liaison Report – Janet Owen
    Our newest senator is John Thrasher. There are 8 house members and 3 senators representing NE Florida. We will continue to have challenges with budget issues as it relates to higher education.
    The BOG met last week and passed a skinny budget request for the system. The focus is on three ‘must haves’ which include: 1) replacing non-recurring money, 2) get federal stimulus money, and 3) get enough money to operate existing buildings. The idea is to let the new chancellor make presentations beginning next week to double University budgets over the next 5 years.

    United Faculty of Florida – Henry Thomas

    UFF had a meeting in Tampa with representatives from all institutions to map strategies for the coming year. The good news is UFF is looking closely with presenting an argument towards investing in education.  The not-so-good news relates to what is happening on some campuses, particularly with layoffs. These issues will result in a host of discussions over the coming year.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

      Anonymous Question for Marc Snow:

    With the increasing use of technologies on campus, our students have the capable of taking photos and recording conversations without the knowledge of a faculty member. During the office hours, students’ recording of a conversation can be taken out of context and be used against a faculty member. Since UNF cannot provide a witness present in every faculty office, will administration consider banning the practice of secret taping on campus?

       

    Response from Marc Snow

    This is automatically banned under current policy and recorded conversations are not admissible in any type of hearing.

     

    Question to Marc Snow from Faiz Al-Rubaee:

     Does this include taping in the classroom?

     

     

    Response from Marc Snow: 

    Taping in the classroom is up to each faculty member and faculty should be asked by students prior to a student taping a lecture.
      

    Comment from Kathy Robinson:

     Kathy talked with President Delaney who
    indicated that if anyone would bring a complaint about a taped class, UNF would
    not consider only a portion of the comment, but would take the whole lecture in
    context.

    Response from David Courtwright:

     If a student has a disability, this may create an exception. However, perhaps thinks we should ban all taping in the classroom.  It also has an effect on what other students may be willing to contribute to the class.

    One concern is to whether a student may be posting a recorded conversation on the Internet.

    A written response will be forth coming from the general counsel’s office. 

     

    Anonymous Question for Shari Shuman:    

    Why is it necessary to hold cars that have been booted for 20 days prior to having them towed? 

    In some instances, booted cars take up valuable parking spaces, such as on the
    first floor in a garage or a 30 minute spot in the circle near building one. 

    Response from Shari Shuman: 

    Current parking regulations reflect this procedure.  The BOT must approve all parking regulations. The time period used to be 30 days. It often takes students a while to get the resources to pay to have the boot removed.  One thing we have discussed is to tow the car to lot 18; however, this will be an expense we will have to pass onto the student.  We do have the ability to go to the president to have a car removed if it is obstructing a right of way.  

     From Judy Solano for the Provost: 

    Concerning the TFUA report that has been submitted to Academic Affairs, what is the timeline to act upon and identify which recommendations will be implemented?

     

     Response from Mark Workman: 

    The chairs of the Task Force presented the recommendations, which a under consideration at this point. Academic Affairs will respond in an appropriate venue and share the responses with the appropriate bodies.

     

  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    There is no agenda item for October FA Meeting.
  • INFORMATION ITEMS
    I.  Nominations for the Nominations and Elections Committee
    II. Report & Recommendations to Undergraduate Advising
  • ADJOURNMENT
    Kathy Robinson adjourned the meeting at 1:02 PM.