Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:45 p.m. by FA President, Patrick Plumlee.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES –April 7, 2011 (2 minutes)
    No FA Meeting Schedule of May due to the Summer Break.
    A motion was made by Judy Solano to approve the minutes. The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Janet Owen provided updates on the DROP program changes. The Senate Bill #2100 passed on March 7th (80-39) in the House and (24-13) in the Senate. There were six key topics in this bill:
    (1) 3% pre-tax contributions will be mandatory effective July 1, 2011 (2) the definition of “average final compensation” is changed for new employees (3) the number of years required for 100% vesting is increased for new employees, (4) the normal retirement age and years of service requirements for new employees is increased, (5) DROP remains, but the interest accrual rate for employees entering DROP on or after July 1, 2011 is reduced to 1.3% and (6) cost of living raises (COLA) are temporarily suspended for 5 years. Any questions that faculty may have about these retirement changes may direct them to Human Resources.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee - Candice Carter
    The Committee met in April and again today where they approved a recommendation for a change in the Bylaws to remove the provision for student participation on the Academic Programs Committee since they have not been participating for the last several years.

    Academic Standards Committee - Diane Tanner

    The Committee met May 26th and has one information item today concerning a state mandated rule for reporting student GPAs.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee –Ronald Lukens-Bull

    No report.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Lynn Jones
    The Committee met May 18th where they proposed a list of topics to pursue this upcoming academic year including a review of student fees and a continued focus on faculty salary information. They won’t be meeting again until the fall semester where they plan to elect a new chair. Feel free to forward any additional topic ideas to any of the committee members.

    Campus Technology Committee - Cynthia Jordan
    The Committee did not meet in May. The next meeting is scheduled on June 8th from 11:30am-1:00pm where new incoming members will be attending. Proposals including some issues with student email will be discussed. Skype is now available on campus for faculty use.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee did not meet in May. The next committee meeting will be June 9th at 12:45 p.m. in 57/3201 to continue discussing a number of issues including faculty governance structure.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Rusty Smith
    No report.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Lian An
    No report.

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    The Committee last met in April where they completed their guideline revisions for the Research Grant Summary Reports and have included these as an information item. Meetings will reconvene in August.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Chris Brown
    No report.

    Support Services Committee – Susan Syverud
    The Committee did not meet in May. Their next meeting will introduce their new leadership.

    Executive Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    UNF has two vacant seats on the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates. There is an information item concerning the full deliberations from the Board of Governors recent Legislative Session. The next Executive Committee meeting will be June 21st at 12:45 p.m.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    President Delaney was at a meeting with some potential donors and was unable to attend the meeting.

    Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President Mark Workman
    Provost Workman recognized a number of Chairs that are stepping down for their extraordinary service: Dale Clifford, Judy Solano, Rusty Smith, Paul Mason, Charlie Calhoun, Catherine Christie, and Adam Shapiro.
    He welcomed Jeff Coker as the new Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
    He will soon be meeting with the candidates for the Associate Provost position.
    He recognized Mike Lufaso from the Department of Chemistry and Sherri Shaw from the Exceptional Student & Deaf Education Department as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Professor Oscar Munoz award.
    Greg Ahearn from the Department of Biology has just finished his term as the Delaney Presidential Professor thus new candidates were evaluated by committee. Andrew Buchwalter was selected as the new Delaney Presidential Professor. Runners-up were: Chris Leone and Lev Gasparov.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    In the Governor’s last veto actions, PECO funds were eliminated except for five universities that had less than $1.9 million. The legislature approved an 8% base tuition increase. The Board of Trustees will be meeting in June to approve the operating budget for next year and will also consider the remaining tuition increase proposals. Two big bills that passed pertain to changes to the Bright Futures awards program, the suspension of the Major Gifts program, the limit to administrative salaries, a tightening up of the excess hours rule, and a pilot project for enrollment at UF.
    There is encouraging news that future budget planning centers around faculty support (increasing research & travel dollars, increasing/retaining faculty lines, etc.).

    United Faculty of Florida - Cynthia Jordan for Dale Casamatta
    UFF met last week and will be planning on hosting a workshop in the fall for Promotion & Tenure. They also plan to be involved with the New Faculty Orientation with hopes at increasing membership.
    Patrick inquired whether bargaining sessions were underway. Vicki Stanton indicated that they are.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Anonymous question received 4/20 to President Delaney and Provost Workman:
    Recently, the administration released a list of the “hardest” courses at UNF, as if to attach a scarlet letter to each. Would it not be equally fair to release a list of the easiest courses at UNF? If not, the message the administration is sending to faculty is clearly one of low standards, low expectations, and throughput over learning?
    Comment by Judy Solano: I distributed that course list and spoke to my faculty about it and what the intentions were behind it. The question came from someone who refused to attend the meeting and only saw the list without hearing the explanation behind it. I would tend to disregard the question. The intentions were to discuss what can be done to help students succeed better in difficult courses.
    Mark Workman: As you know, I had a task force working with me over the last academic year considering the broad issue of academic redesign and that conversation has centered significantly on strategies developed by the National Center for Academic Transformation that speak very squarely to the issue of what we can do to increase student success in challenging classes. The intention of doing this was hardly to identify them in any way as failures on the part of the faculty.

    Anonymous question received 4/26 to President Delaney:
    Recently while strolling around campus, I noticed one of our police officers rolling around on an expensive Segway. Two nearby students commented "What's wrong with a bike?" So I refer the question to you Mr. President, in this era of tight budgets, pay cuts, greenhouse gases, and an obesity epidemic, what's wrong with a bike?
    This question will be forwarded to Mauricio Gonzalez.

    Judy Solano to Candice Carter:
    Did I understand you to say in your earlier report that you changed the bylaws of your committee with regards to student participation? Because those are Bylaws of the Association they are not changed until it comes through the Faculty Association and there has to be two readings of it.
    Candice: We voted at the committee level to recommend that change and plan on submitting it to the Faculty Association in an upcoming meeting.

    Matthew Corrigan to HR representatives:
    On the ORP 3% contribution does that go to a separate fund or is that the part of the roughly 10% that the University gives us?
    Jennifer Neidhardt: What they are telling us right now about the mandatory 3% employee contribution for ORP is that it will go to your employer accounts so it will be as if it were employer money (3% by employee + employer contribution reduced to roughly 7.4%).
    Jeff Harrison to Jennifer Neidhart: So you will be doing automatic deductions for the 3% employee contributions?
    Jennifer Neidhardt: Yes, that is correct.
    Question from Marsha Lupi to Jennifer Neidhart: What if you have already contributed 5%?
    Jennifer Neidhardt: What we will do is question those individuals to see if they want to contribute an additional 3% up to the maximum allowed or do they want to leave it at 5%? 

    Vicki Stanton to HR representatives:
    I have several colleagues that are looking forward to going into DROP. Can you provide a little more detail for those who don’t yet have 30 years but are in the 50-57 window who would be anticipating entering DROP very soon?
    Deborah Bundy: For people that are coming up in the ranks but are not there yet, we have no guarantee that DROP will continue to be around. It is a year-to-year thing that we are going to have to watch.


    No items were on the consent agenda.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    Agenda Item # 1-FA 11-33: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCB (Undergraduate)- (Economics & Geography): Course Change (1 package)
    Candice moved the item. No discussion. The item passed.

    Agenda Item # 2-FA 11-34: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (School of Computing): Course Changes (2 packages)
    Candice moved the item. No discussion. The item passed.

    Agenda Item # 3-FA 11-35: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Undergraduate) – (Exceptional Student & Deaf Education): New Course (1 package)
    Candice moved the item. No discussion. The item passed.
    1. Reporting and Displaying Student Grade Point Averages
    2. Revised Guidelines for the Final Summary Report Research Grants
    3. Promotion and Tenure Report to the Faculty Association
    4. Standing and University Committee 2011-2012 & 2011 Distinguished Professor Election Results
    5. 2010-2011 Faculty Awards University Selection Committees
    6. Board of Governors 2011 End of Session Summary
    7. University Matriculation Calendar 2011-2012 (weblink)
    A motion for adjournment was made by Judy Solano. Meeting adjourned at 1:33 p.m.