Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, July 7, 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 – June 2, 2011 (2 minutes)
    A motion was made by Katharine Brown to approve the minutes. The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    There will be a FLOWHE (Florida Office of Women in Higher Education) Regional Leadership Conference hosted by Lynn Jones. Any that are interested may contact Dan Richard or Lynn for more information.
    The Fall 2011 Convocation Ceremony will be held Friday, September 2, 2011 in the Lazzara Performance Hall.
    There are still several committee vacancies that need to be filled by the start of the Fall 2011 semester:  

    ▪ Academic Programs Committee (BCH)-2year term (2011-2013)
    ▪ Support Service Committee (COEHS)- 1year (replacement) (2011-2012)
    ▪ General Education Council
    (Natural Science)-1 year (replacement) (2011-2012)
    (Social Science)- 2 year term (2011-2013)
    ▪ Undergraduate Studies Council (CCB & BCH)- 3 year term (2011-2014)

      Kathy Robinson announced that the sister of Dr. Catherine Hough recently passed. Memorial services will be held this Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Johns Downtown. Donations in memorial to any cancer or breast cancer charity organization are being requested.

  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee - Candice Carter
    The committee has two items that will appear in today’s consent agenda.

    Academic Standards Committee - Diane Tanner
    The committee last met at the end of May and will meet again during the fall semester. They have one agenda item today (#3 FA 11-38) that is being withdrawn and will be taken back to the committee due to concerns from the advisors.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee –Ronald Lukens-Bull

    No report.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Kathy Robinson for Lynn Jones
    This committee is not meeting over the summer.

    Campus Technology Committee - Cynthia Jordan
    The committee met on June 8th and the next meeting should be sometime in September. They have a pressing need to find a chairperson. Any that are interested should see Cynthia. A campus wide email was distributed concerning any software update requests for the computer labs or classrooms. The deadline for submitting these requests online to IT is August 1st.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The committee met on June 9th and will not be meeting in July. When they reconvene in the fall, they plan to continue their dialogue about alternate faculty governance structures and how to increase faculty participation. They are also planning to put forward a proposal to increase the number of various faculty awards.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Adel Boules
    The committee is not meeting over the summer and plans to meet again sometime in September.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Lian An

    The committee will meet again sometime in the fall semester where they plan to work on revising the committee’s bylaws to account for the online voting process which has replaced the paper ballot system. They will be taking any suggestions/criticisms of the current online voting system in an effort to improve it. Feel free to email these to Lian or any of the committee members.

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    No report.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Chris Brown

    No report.

    Support Services Committee – Susan Syverud
    No report.

    Executive Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The next Executive Committee meeting will be August 16th at 12:15 p.m. to set the agenda for the Faculty Association meeting in September.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    “Patrick Plumlee, who is the faculty representative on the UNF Board of Trustees, shared a letter and a newspaper article that each of the trustees in the SUS system recently received from Governor Rick Scott. The article claimed that greater cost efficiencies in higher education could be achieved by rebalancing faculty research and teaching. Patrick expressed a concern that this letter represented just one aspect of a much larger agenda regarding higher education in Florida. He thinks it important that faculty should be fully aware of potential changes that may be “coming down the pike.” Governor Scott is apparently looking at policies that are being accorded a high priority by Governor Rick Perry in the state of Texas. The general outline of the higher education reforms being supported by Governor Perry can be viewed on the website TexasHigherEd.com, The letter from Governor Scott and the enclosed article will be posted on the Faculty Association website.

    “Furthermore, Patrick reported that he had attended the new trustee orientation at the most recent BOG meeting. Patrick shared his impression that the attitudes of some of the new trustees towards the university system were focused on a model of the university strictly as a business, rather than as a historic institution dedicated to the expansion and preservation of knowledge.”

    “Judy Solano made a recommendation to craft a letter to all faculty informing them of these critical issues and distribute it during the fall semester.

    “Additionally, Gordon Rakita suggested sending a letter to the Trustees and the Legislators to educate and inform them of what the University actually does. Tom Serwatka indicated that this letter should come from the collective bodies of the eleven universities (i.e. current/past FA presidents, lobbyists, etc.) to give it the loudest voice."

    President John Delaney
    No report.

    Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President Mark Workman
    No report.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    The Florida economy is holding steady. The Legislature is not meeting. Various committee meetings are occurring around the state to seek public input on redistricting. At the last BOG meeting, the Universities presented their work plans and received approval for the 15% tuition hikes. One new trustee was appointed (Sharon Wobbleking) and Joan Newton was a reappointment. Three more appointees are expected in July. Two universities will be requesting dental schools (FAMU and UCF). Regulations of boundaries continue to be debated. The lobbyists will be meeting August 3 and 4 to prepare for the 2012 Legislative sessions.

    United Faculty of Florida - Dale Casamatta
    No report.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)
    Kathy Robinson to Janet Owen:
    Did UFF file a lawsuit on the mandatory 3% employee contribution?
    Janet Owen: The FEA has. I’m thinking that everyone is linked to that one way or another. This case is in the early stages and I think that the only ruling at this time is that the money can’t be set aside and placed into a separate account.

    Patrick Plumlee to Janet Owen:
    As part of these recent legislative changes, I read somewhere that after retiring you can’t make a withdrawal from your retirement account for three months. Do you know anything about this?
    Others commented on seeing this same thing and when calling the state legislators about it, was told that it is true and legal to do.
    Janet Owen: I’m not sure exactly on that, but I will find out and will let you know.

    Katharine Brown to Shari Shuman:
    Some of the directional signs, particularly around Building 15 are providing arrows that are incorrect. Can these be corrected?
    Shari Shuman: Yes, the Way Finding Project is an ongoing process, so any items like that can be forwarded to me or to Zak Ovadia and we can make those adjustments. As time goes on we are putting in more and more to help direct.

    Patrick complemented the student tile work projects outside of Building 9 and the other beautification projects going on around campus.
    There are two items on the consent agenda:
    Agenda Item # 1-FA 11-36: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate)
    (Art & Design, Music):  New Courses & Course Changes
    (6 packages)

    Agenda Item # 2-FA 11-37: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Undergraduate)
    (Clinical & Applied Movement Science): Course Change
    (1 package)

    Judy Solano made a motion to approve the consent agenda. No discussion. The consent agenda
    was approved. 

  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    Agenda Item # 3-FA 11-38: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Graduation- First Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
    This item was withdrawn and will be taken back to the committee.
    i. 2011-2012 Faculty Association Schedule
    ii. 2011-2012 Academic Program Committee Schedule
    iii. 2011-2012 University Matriculation Calendar
    iv. Directory of 2011-2012 Standing Committees
    v. Directory of 2011-2012 University Committees
    A motion for adjournment was made by Jeffrey Harrison. The meeting was adjourned at 1:23 p.m.