Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 p.m. by FA President, Patrick Plumlee.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES –February 3, 2011 (2 minutes)
    A motion was made to approve the minutes by Judy Solano.  The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Sitou Gilles Byll-Cataria, President of SGA, announced that there will be several focus group meetings to discuss a new proposed Alma-mater.  The dates of the focus group meetings are: March 8 at 4:00 p.m., March 10 at noon, and March 11 at 1:00 p.m. in 58E/Room 3200.  The lyrics to the proposed and the current Alma-mater can be found at the following link: http://www.unf.edu/groups/sga/Alma_Mater.shtml

    Dr. Melissa Hargrove from the Department of Sociology & Anthropology presented a Powerpoint presentation on the UNF Reads 2011-2013 program. The book that will be used is Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town by Warren St. John.  Faculty are encouraged to incorporate this book into one of your courses, assist with the development and planning of events and programming, and sharing this initiative with your colleagues in order to make this initiative a success.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee - Candice Carter
    The Committee has 3 agenda items today: one from COAS, one from CCEC, and one from COEHS (graduate).

    Academic Standards Committee - Diane Tanner
    The Committee met February 7 and has another meeting scheduled for March 7.  They hope to have additional meetings on March 28 and April 4.  They have one item for today’s agenda, which is a proposal for a Duplicative Credit Policy.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee –Ronald Lukens-Bull
    They have one item today which is the first reading of a committee bylaws
    change.  The next meeting is scheduled for March 18.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Kathy Robinson for Lynn Jones
    The Committee met March 2. They have one information item which is a proposed template for the use of an existing “employee review” module in the Banner HR system to capture faculty evaluative information (i.e. department chairs’ annual faculty reviews). The next meeting is April 6.

    Campus Technology Committee - Cynthia Jordan
    The Committee met February 9. The committee recommended additions to the academic technology goals submitted by UTC’s academic subcommittee for strategic planning. CTC plans to create a template for conducting online virtual meetings to help those faculty committees who have difficulties meeting face-to-face.  They hope to have this in place within the next 3 months.  They are soliciting information from other committees who have already held online virtual committee meetings.  Please send any information that you may have to cjordan@unf.edu. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m. in 12/2405.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee met on Feb 10 where they continued their discussions of alternate faculty governance structures at sister institutions (i.e. USF and FIU) and will continue to examine this over time. They will not be meeting in March due to scheduling conflicts. The next meeting will be April 14 at 12:15 p.m. in 57/3201

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Rusty Smith
    The Feb 17 meeting did not hold due to lack of attendance. Their next meeting will be March 24 at noon in the OFE Library.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – John Dryden for Lian An
    John Dryden reviewed the nominations that have been received for the various Standing Committee   Vacancies. The deadline for receiving nominations is today March 3.  Online elections for the 2011- 2013 Standing and University Committees will be ready on Monday April 4 at 9:00 a.m. and closed by Friday April 8 at 1:30 p.m. The following nominations were taken from the floor for the following committees:
    Faculty Association Standing Committees 

    Academic Programs Committee                            
    Elissa Barr—BCH
    Academic Standards Committee
    Brian Zoellner--COEHS
    Budget Advisory Committee
    Julie Merten—At Large

    Faculty Affairs Committee                             
    Stacy Keller—At Large                                               
    Faculty Enhancement Committee
    Barbara Tuck—Library
    Irma Ancheta—BCH

    Research Committee                                       
    Caroline Guardino—COEHS                          

    Support Services Committee
    Shana Harrington---BCH

    University Committees 

    Calendar Committee                              
    Scott Hochwald—COAS
    *Judy Solano—CCEC
    (* Kathy R. & Judy Solano made a request to lower the two year term to a one year term.)
    Diane Tanner—CCB
    Jan Humphrey--COEHS
    Distance Learning Committee                         
    Sherry Shaw--COEHS                                     
    John Ouyang—COEHS
    Ronald Lukens-Bull—COAS

    General Education Council
    Faiz Al-Rubaee—COAS (Math)

    Honors Council                                                          
    John White—COEHS                                     
    Phil Kaplan—COAS
    Jeff Van Wilder??—COAS

    HR Sick Leave Pool Committee
    Michelle Boling—At Large

    Space Committee                                            
    Lisa Jamba--CCEC                                         

    University Appeals Committee
    Sami Hamid—COAS

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    The Committee met on Feb 25 and finalized the summary report that past award recipients will be submitting in September.  Marianne Jaffee is invited to the next meeting on March 25 at 9:30 a.m. in

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Michael Kucsak/Chris Brown
    Patrick read a written message from Chris that the next committee meeting date is March 4 at noon where they will be hosting a guest from Campus Planning to discuss UNF’s long-term Master Plan.

    Support Services Committee – Susan Syverud
    The Committee met March 2. Kris Webb was in attendance and provided statistics on the use of UNF’s Disability Resource Center.  Kris and her staff are willing to attend department meetings to discuss the accommodation and servicing of UNF’s disabled students.  The next meeting is April 6 at 1:00 pm in 57/3510.

    Executive Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The Committee has one agenda item today which is the first reading of a Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment to how FA business is conducted.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, 3/22 at 12:15 PM in the Faculty Commons, Bldg 10, Rm 1102.

  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    No Report.

    Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President Mark Workman
    There is an expectation that the FCLA and CCLA will be merging databases which is symptomatic of the increasing pressures across the state institutions to identify academic deficiencies.  Certain academic programs may require justification to keep them if they fall beneath certain enrollment thresholds. There is continued support and interest for the flagship programs.  Seven applications for flagship programs have been submitted to the Selection Committee.
    Input has been received from the Deans and Chairs to help define the position of an Associate Provost.
    A Dean of CCEC has been recruited, Dr. Mark Tumeo, who will start this summer.
    At the next BOT meeting in mid-March action will be taken towards two new proposed degree programs: Religious Studies and Art History.
    One point of clarification on the information item by Kathy with regards to the “employee review” module is that it will be located in Self Service rather than in INB making it more accessible and easier to self-monitor the accuracy of the data.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    Next Tuesday the Legislative Session begins. There will be a Revenue Estimating Conference on March 18 to determine allocations.  The Communication Services and the Gross Receipts Taxes (which is what funds PECO) are not doing well.  Lottery sales are down significantly (almost $40 million this year and projected to be down another $12 million next year) which will have a negative impact on Bright Futures. This will cause additional future cuts and changes to this program.
    There is a bill in the Senate on Pension Reform.  The exact % that teachers are required to contribute has not been determined and may even be 0%.  There are several amendments that are being discussed (i.e. creating a pension ceiling, increase vesting from 6yrs to 8yrs, enrollment in a compulsory plan for those beyond a certain salary, etc).  These have not been voted on. 
    The gun bill did not come up because the chair and sponsor of this bill had to hear a father speak whose daughter was accidentally shot at FSU.  His presence was impactful and he is willing to come back and speak again. 
    There will probably be some changes to Health Care plans as a budget deficit is on the horizon. 
    E-mail updates will continue.

    United Faculty of Florida – Henry Thomas
    No report by Henry.
    Cynthia Jordan spoke about a bill filed in the legislature that would require 50% faculty union membership in order to prevent the union from becoming defunct.  Cynthia urged faculty to join to meet this membership level.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)
    Patrick commented that President Delaney is working on answering the large number of written questions that were submitted at last month’s FA meeting.

    Kathy Robinson
    expressed her appreciation for the response to the safety hazard in Lot 7 that she called attention to in February’s FA meeting.

    Judy Solano had a comment on the bill proposal that Cynthia Jordan mentioned particularly for the statement: “The certified b-argaining agent that represents less than 50% of the employees eligible for representation must recertify” and wanted to know if this was something really worth worrying about

    Marc Snow, Jr.,Associate General Counsel, (Office of the General Counsel) commented that the confusion lies in the poor wording of the bill. 100% of the bargaining members are represented by UFF
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    Agenda Item# 1- FA 11-16: Submitted by the Executive Committee
    First Reading: Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment of Conduct of Business

    Agenda Item# 2- FA 11-17: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Arts & Sciences (Undergraduate)
    – (Art & Design): New Course & Course Changes (2 items)                
    Candice moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 3- FA 11-18: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Computing, Engineering, & Construction (Undergraduate)
    – (School of Engineering/Civil): New Course, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (9 items)
    Candice moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 11-19: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Education & Human Services (Graduate)
    – (Childhood Education): Programs of Study (1 Package)          
    Candice moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 11-20: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Duplicative Credit Policy

    Diane Tanner moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 11-21: Submitted by the Adjunct Affairs Committee
    First Reading: Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment for the Adjunct Affairs Committee Charge Change Proposal

    Agenda Item# 7- FA 11-22: Submitted by the Faculty Association President
    2011-2012 Faculty Association Budget Proposals

    Jeff Harrison moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    1.“Employee Review” Module
    2. Faculty Association Standing and University Committees Nominations
    Judy Solano made a motion to adjourn.  Meeting was adjourned at 1:08 p.m.