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Minutes of Meeting

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

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 pm by Kathy Robinson.

Meeting Minutes

  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – October 1, 2009 (2 minutes)

    A motion to approve the minutes by Judy Solano. The minutes were approved.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    Campus Master Plan open meetings are scheduled for Monday, November 9, from 3 to 7 p.m., in Building 57, Room 1100A, and Tuesday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to Noon, in the same location.

    Search for Graduate Dean open sessions are scheduled for Thursday, November 5, at 2 p.m. (Len Roberson), Monday, November 9, at 3 p.m. (Kathy Robinson), and Monday, November 16, at 3 p.m. (Sanjay Ahuja).  All sessions will be held in building 51/3201.

    Dee Baldwin was introduced as the new Associate Dean of the Library.

    Kathy Robinson reported on stimulating interaction at event for new faculty and newly promoted faculty. 

    She put forth the idea that maybe we could streamline our regular Association meetings and make time for a small forum on something of interest – it would be an opportunity to interact.  If anyone has any reaction to this, please contact Kathy or members of the Executive Committee.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Len Roberson (Thr, 11/5@10:00 - FA Commons)The committee processed 196 APC forms this month.  Next meeting will be the first week of December.

    Academic Standards Committee – Judy Perkin (Mon,11/9@10:00 – 39/3042)Committee will be discussing GPA definitions, baccalaureate degree requirements, proposed revisions to the attendance policy, and implementation of approved change to the Latin honors policy.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Robb Waltner (Fri, 11/20@11:00 – FAMR)
    No report

    Budget Advisory Committee – Paul Mason (Mon, 11/16@Noon – 42/3136)
    The packet contains an information item on per student allocations from tuition and from the combination of E&G and the lottery.  Funding is down $2,000-3,000 per student compared to funding prior to the lottery.  Next time the committee will look at growth rate for salaries for administrators.

    Campus Technology Committee – Jeff Michelman for Terry Cavanaugh (Wed, 11/18@11:00 –57/3201)  
    The committee is investigating the use of computer labs to be testing sites.  The Microsoft Exchange Server will be upgraded to version 2007 in the next few months.  This will provide faculty three times more storage space in Outlook (default will be increased to 500 MBs).  Out of Office replies will be able to be set to respond only to emails received from other UNF email addresses (this will cut down spam).  Web Access functionality will be improved.  ITS will migrate employee Outlook mailboxes in groups of a couple of hundred each night.  The dates of the migration will be published in Campus Update when they become known.  Faculty will need to archive pre-2008 calendar entries before the migration.  Release of a Windows 7 campus client is being researched.  Currently Windows 7 is not certified as compatible with Banner and Luminis.  Given the strategic importance of these two products, this certification is necessary prior to releasing Windows 7 to the campus community.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Faiz Al-Rubaee (Thr, 11/12 @12:15 - FAMR)
    The committee is finalizing exit survey for when faculty members terminate employment or retire and a campus climate survey.  At the next meeting, the committee will be considering an online approach to administering the ISQ.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Zornitza Prodanoff (Thr, TBA@12:15 – OFE Library)
    The committee continues to review the summer teaching grants process and is transitioning to the use of Blackboard for the submission of application packets.

    Nominations and Elections Committee –Mina Baliamoune (Fri, 11/6@2:00 - FAMR)
    The committee is working with CIRT on making electronic voting a reality.  Voting for Nominations & Elections Committee members will take place after the meeting.  Additional nominees for members of the committee were Greg Wurtz and Mary Borg.

    Research Committee – Kathaleen Bloom (Tue, 11/10@9:00 – 39A/3088)
    No report

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison (Tue, 11/24@Noon – 39/4032B)
    The committee met with the master plan consultant and encourages others to attend the open hearings.  They also met with Shari Shuman to discuss Goal 5 of the Strategic Plan.  Zak Ovadia will be coming to the next meeting to talk about traffic patterns.

    Support Services Committee – Steven Williamson (Thr, 11/12@10:00- 42/2004)
    No report

    Executive Committee – Elinor Scheirer (Tue, 11/17@12:15 – FA Commons)
    If anyone has questions or concerns and is unsure of the committee to which they should be addressed, send them to the Executive Committee.  One of the roles of the Executive Committee is to see to it that the appropriate committees be alerted to issues.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    UNF President – John Delaney
    The good news is we christened the new amphitheater the other night with the Ludicrous concert.  The bad news is we got many complaints about noise and language from our neighbors in the surrounding community.  We had a wonderful response to the kickoff event for the capital campaign.  The evening included two moving presentations from students who have received scholarships.

    Provost  & Vice President – Mark Workman
    He has visited about a dozen departments.  Faculty should feel free to stop by his office, if they wish to talk.  You should not feel like you have to wait until he comes around to your department.  Academic Affairs has been busy generating data feeding into strategic planning process.  They hope to share this information with the faculty in the near future.

    Legislative Liaison Report – Janet Owen
    It is doom and gloom in Tallahassee at the committee meetings.  They are trying to contend with how we are going to meet our expenses when revenues that are not bouncing back.  The state should end this year in the black.  2010-2011growth is just not expected to go where it should go.  If we fund critical needs, we will be in the red, never mind funding high priority issues.  Federal stimulus funds are supporting about 4,000 SUS positions.  There is concern about what we are going to do when the stimulus funds dry up after year two.  Next week the BOG, Board of Education, and the Council of 100 will meet together for the first time to focus on creating an educational environment that will foster Florida’s knowledge-based economy.  The Chancellor is supposed to announce a higher education council that will have the task of aligning education in the state and reducing the duplication of effort.

    United Faculty of Florida – Henry Thomas
    The Union has heard complaints from faculty on campuses that have online student evaluations of faculty.  Apparently, students are completing evaluations in groups rather than individually.  Additionally, administrators can drill down in the evaluation data and see what a particular student had to say about a particular faculty member.  There is concern that having the data available online is a violation of the one evaluation file provision of the contract.  Tenure is coming under attack.  There have been recent events at UF and FSU.  We may have a case emerging here at UNF where a tenured faculty member is being treated differently.  Post tenure revue is kaput and cannot be relied upon to protect faculty.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Edgar Jackson wanted to know about the Commission on Diversity.
    Henry Thomas responded and said they have met twice and focused on faculty and student recruitment.

    Mina Baliamoune asked Henry Thomas to provide more specific information about the tenure issue he alluded to in his report.  She felt it was important for faculty, particularly new faculty, to have more information.  There was no response.

    Scott Hochwald said that Building 51 is a green building, so he wanted to be green and walk up and down the stairs rather than take the elevator.  However, the staircases were locked and he wanted to know why. 
    Shari Shuman will look into this.

    Scott Hochwald said that the deadline for research proposals was upon us and he discovered there are all kinds of requirements for formatting the proposals.  Apparently, the Research Committee has declared that it will not consider any proposals that do not meet the formatting requirements.  Scott requested the requirements be relaxed, as he does not believe faculty members’ hard work should just be discounted.
    There was no response.

    Anonymous – UNF’s mission appears to change every time we have a new president and/or provost.  Twenty to 30 years ago, we used to focus in recruiting faculty who cared about and excelled in undergrad education and service to UNF and its community.  Many young faculty members elected to join UNF because of that mission.  Most of those faculty members were promoted and tenured.  Now, however, it appears that the administration is attempting to make UNF a tier-1 research institution and force some of those same faculty members out.  Do you think it is fair for the administration to threaten tenured faculty, who had served this university for 20 to 30 years, with termination if he/she is not as productive in research as some of the young faculty we are hiring now?  Is this a new policy of the current administration?
    The president responded that we are not attempting to become a tier-1 research institution.  A written response will be provided.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item # 1 -FA 09-23: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Arts and Sciences 

    Undergraduate- Mathematics and Statistics

    09/10-011 APC 1 MAD 4XXX Discrete Biomathematics (3 crs)
    09/10-013 APC 1 MAD 4204 Graph Theory (3 crs)
    09/10-014 APC 1 MAD 4203 Combinatorics (3 crs)
    09/10-015 APC 3 BA: Mathematics Major
    09/10-016 APC 3 BS: Mathematics Major
    09/10-017 APC 3 BS: Mathematics Major - Discrete Analysis Track

    Undergraduate- Music
    09/10-018 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Brass Choir (1 cr)
    09/10-019 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Trumpet Ensemble (1 cr)
    09/10-020 APC 1 MUN 3XXX UNF Men's Chorale (1 cr)
    09/10-021 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Flute Ensemble (1 cr)
    09/10-022 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Saxophone Quartet (1 cr)
    09/10-023 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Clarinet Trio Ensemble (1 cr)
    09/10-024 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Clarinet Quartet Ensemble (1 cr)
    09/10-025 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Clarinet Choir (1 cr)
    09/10-026 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Mixed Chamber Music Ensemble (1 cr)
    09/10-027 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Woodwind Quartet (1 cr)
    09/10-028 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Woodwind Quintet (1 cr)
    09/10-029 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Brass Chamber Ensemble (1 cr)
    09/10-030 APC 1 MUN 3XXX Brass Band (1 cr)
    09/10-031 APC 2 MUN 3323 North Florida Women's Chorale
    09/10-032 APC 3 BME: Music Major - Music Education Track

    Item #1 was approved without discussion.

    Agenda Item # 2 -FA 09-24: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction 

    Undergraduate – School of Computing

    09/10-001 APC 3 Minor: Computer Science for Information Systems Majors
    09/10-002 APC 3 Minor: Computer Science for Information Science Majors

    Item #2 was approved without discussion.

    Agenda Item # 3 -FA 09-25: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    Honors Program 

    09/10-003 APC 2 IDH 3630 Service Learning: At-Risk Youth
    09/10-004 APC 2 IDH 3631 Service Learning: Health Issues
    09/10-005 APC 2 IDH 3633 Service Learning: Refugee Issues
    09/10-006 APC 2 IDH 3951 Honors Portfolio
    09/10-007 APC 2 IDH 3637 Service Learning: Jaguars Mentoring
    09/10-008 APC 2 IDH 3635 Service Learning: Alternative Spring Break
    09/10-009 APC 2 IDH 3636 Service Learning: Domestic Violence
    09/10-010 APC 3 Other: Change the requirements for University and Baccalaureate Honors

    Item #3 was approved without discussion.  


    i. Elections of  Nominations and Elections Committee
    ii. Analysis of 1984-2008 Inflation Adjusted Data

    Kathy Robinson adjourned the meeting at 1:17 PM.