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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Kathy Robinson at 12:16 p.m. Kathy presented appreciation plaques to outgoing vice president, Elinor Scheirer and acting secretary, Diane Tanner. Kathy also acknowledged Judy Solano for her contributions to the Faculty Association. The gavel was then passed to Incoming President Patrick Plumlee. Patrick presented a plaque of appreciation to Kathy Robinson.

Meeting Minutes

  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – June 3, 2010 & No July minutes (2 minutes)

    A motion to approve the June minutes was made.  The minutes were approved. The July 1, 2010 - FA meeting was cancelled.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    Fall Convocation and Appreciation Picnic
    Fall Convocation is scheduled for Friday, October 1, at 10:00 a.m. with the University Picnic following the convocation.

    New Faculty Luncheon
    A luncheon for newly hired faculty will be held Wednesday, October 13 from noon to 2 p.m. with an RSVP deadline to Cindy by 10/1.

    Promotion and Tenure Celebration
    A celebration P&T party for faculty who are newly promoted and newly tenured in 2009-2010 is being held Wednesday, October 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  The RSVP deadline to Cindy is 10/13.

    APC Catalog Deadline
    The APC catalog submission deadline is Tuesday, October 12 before 5 p.m.

    APC Workflow System
    From Lisa Jamba:

    The online APC Workflow System is now live and the website can be accessed through a link in the Faculty Association website. She recommends gaining some experience navigating through it depending on the faculty user’s role.  There will be 3 upcoming training sessions: September 7th, September 13th and one on September 24th (which had been previously scheduled for September 17th).  These recently updated training session dates have been posted to the CPDT registration site.

    Faculty Association 2010-2011 Schedules
    FA association meetings are held the first Thursday of every month.

    University Matriculation Calendar 2010-2011 is posted on the Faculty Association website.

    The UNF Values—Application and Action Workshop
    From Dr. Kris Webb and Dr. Henry Thomas

    Faculty and staff are invited to a stimulating workshop being conducted by Dr. Jon Dalton, Associate Professor at FSU and Director of the Hardee Center for Leadership and Ethics.  This workshop will be held on Wednesday Sept 22nd from 9-11am in the University Center.  This workshop is a direct result of collaborative efforts from a number of offices on campus and from an examination of UNF’s six core values conducted last year.  Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to attend this workshop. More information including registration forms can be located on the CPDT website.

    Committee Vacancies:
    Volunteers are needed for the following committees:
    Support Services Committee – (9/12) - COAS                    
    Food Service Advisor Council** - (9/12) - FA President/ Designee
    SGA Budget and Allocation Committee- (9/12) – At-Large

  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee - Candice Carter
    The Committee does have some agenda items left over from last year.  They did not meet over the summer but has plans to address these items at future meetings. The committee does want to encourage faculty to begin exploring the online APC website system to become more familiar with using it.

    Academic Standards Committee - Diane Tanner for Judy Perkins
    The Committee did not meet in July or August.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sep 13th at 10 a.m.  One item is on today’s agenda.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Ronald Lukens-Bull
    The Committee did not meet in July or August.  An online process has been put into place to name leadership for this upcoming year.  Ronald will be serving as chair.  A meeting will be scheduled soon and announced.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Lynn Jones
    The Committee’s next meeting is on Wednesday, September 8th from 12:30-1:30.  For the remainder of the fall term, meetings will take place on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 12:30-1:30.

    Campus Technology Committee - Terry Cavanaugh
    The Committee met on August 18th where they elected a new chairperson, Cynthia Jordan.  The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, September 8th in the Library Conference room (small conference room).

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Faiz Al-Rubaee
    Next meeting will be Thursday, September 9th from 12:15-1:30 in the Faculty Association Conference Room.  The Committee plans on electing a chair at this meeting.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Zornitza Prodanoff
    The Committee has a newly elected chair, Rusty Smith.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Christopher Johnson
    No report.

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    The next scheduled meeting is Friday, September 10th in the College of Education, 3rd floor conference room from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Jeffrey Harrison for Alan Harris
    The Committee did not meet over the summer. The next meeting will be Monday, September 13th at12:00 noon in the President’s Conference Room with President Delaney who will be discussing the strategic opportunities and challenges that the University faces. The new co-chairs for this Committee will be Mike Cusack and Chris Brown.

    Support Services Committee – Kristine Webb for Steven Williamson
    Kris Webb has served as the interim chair during Steve Williamson’s absence in the spring semester. The committee has not yet determined a new chair but will make an announcement for upcoming meeting dates.

    Executive Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee met on August 17th for preparation of setting the agenda for this meeting and keeping track of appropriate University business.  The next meeting will be September 21st starting at 11:30 am in the Faculty Commons for a combined meeting of past faculty association membership, new faculty membership and University VIP’s with a Kick Off  Luncheon.  Please RSVP Cindy as soon as possible.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    UNF President - John Delaney
    No report.

    Provost & Vice President – Mark Workman
    Dr. Workman introduced the newly appointed Dean of the Coggin College of Business, Dr. Ajay Samant.

    Two announcements were given by Dr. Workman:
    A task force will be assembled soon as the CAVP has been charged by BOG to undertake some consideration with regards to academic deficiencies. CAFA previously suggested, shortly after the economic downturn, to review Best Practices across the state system.  CAVP is being asked to do the same thing to examine program duplication across the state system.  The program duplication problem has been compounded even further by both the emergence of the state college system as well as educational technology advancement.  Perspectives from colleagues across the University are welcomed, especially those in educational technology who are interested in thinking about the long term ramifications of the economic downturn across the state university system and higher education in general.

    Proposals will be called soon for a new flagship program, perhaps even more depending on the budget scenario.  The 2010-2011 budget looks solid and we should be able to move forward with at least one or more of those flagship programs.  The deans have already been asked to identify committee members to begin assembling proposals.  The flagship program initiative has already proven itself to be quite successful.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    The most emergent item is that UNF will be hosting the Board of Governors on Wed Sep 15th at 1:30 where they will be holding various committee meetings in the Student Union ballroom.  This is a great opportunity to show off our campus.  At 1:30 on the 15th will be their budget and finance committee meeting where they will be approving a regulation that implements the new authority that universities can use to request fee increases or to add new fees.  At 2:30 p.m. on the 15th, the Legislative Affairs committee meets to discuss substantive legislation. $150 million in recurring dollars will be requested from the legislature to advance the new Florida initiative.  There was not enough money in last year’s budget to fund this completely; however, partial funding has been made to the system through a few competitive grants.

    The Facilities committee will be meeting in September to determine which construction projects will be funded in the upcoming year.  There is an anticipated update to the PECO estimating conference with a potential for even more money so construction funding decisions will be deferred until January.

    More general revenue is anticipated for this upcoming budget year.  Minor tweaks may be made here and there but are not anticipated to be major.

    GovAffairs website should have up to date agendas and schedule for the BOG meetings.

    United Faculty of Florida – Henry Thomas
    UFF has been very involved in recent years in legislative affairs regarding faculty.  The outcomes at the last legislative sessions have been very positive and they hope to continue this trend.  New decisions that will be made will very much affect how successful we are and as critical decisions are continuing to be made, faculty need to remain very much involved.

    With regards to raises, a joint statement with the president should be forth coming to avoid any confusion on either side.  The data files for the last three years that they have been looking at have been found to have omissions in them and have been exchanged back and forth. This has since been rectified and the process is now ready to move forward. It should be finalized with a vote coming to the faculty in the next two weeks.  Raises will be made retroactive and they are working on this as rapidly as they can.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Question from Judy Solano
    Why does Blackboard need to be down for an entire week in between semesters for maintenance and upgrades and isn’t there an alternative way to handle that?
    This will be forwarded to Deb Miller in CIRT and Kathy Hughes in ITS.

    Another question from Judy Solano
    With regulations governing the driving of golf carts, skateboards, bicycles etc.  why are there not any regulations for students driving automobiles and pick-up trucks on sidewalks near the green and on the green itself?
    This will be forwarded to Shari Shuman. 


  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 10-22: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Admission of Undergraduate, Degree-Seeking Transfer Students
    The item was moved by Diane Tanner.  No discussion.  The item passed

    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 10-23: Submitted by the Executive Committee
    Department of Leadership, Counseling, and Instructional Technology Name Changed Request
    The item was moved by Elinor Scheirer.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 3 - FA 10-24: Submitted by the Executive Committee
    Department of World Languages Name Changed Request
    The item was moved by Elinor Scheirer.
    Ronald Lukens-Bull had concerns about the potential overlap and conflict between multiple colleges when culture themed courses would be offered especially if during the APC process that it would be necessary to obtain a signature from the Languages, Literature, and Cultures department to sign off for any particular culture course offering. Someone rebuts that it is merely a descriptive name and is used by a number of universities and colleges. Candice and Dale stated their optimism that the new APC workflow system will make these types of processes more transparent allowing for much better communication between departments. After several more minutes of discussion about how the process by which the vote for this decision had been made, the time limit was reached for the debate.
    No motion was made to extend debate. The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 4 - FA 10-25: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Arts and Sciences (Undergraduate)
    (History, Music, Physics, Sociology & Anthropology) (APC 3 – 16 items)
    The item was moved.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 5 - FA 10-26: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Arts and Sciences (Graduate)
    Mathematics & Statistics - (APC 3 – 1 item)
    The item was moved by Candice.  No discussion.  The item passed

    Agenda Item# 6 - FA 10-27: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    Coggin College of Business (Undergraduate)
    Marketing & Logistics - (APC 3 – 1 item)
    The item was moved.  No discussion.  The item passed

    Agenda Item# 7- FA 10-28: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Computing, Engineering, & Construction (Undergraduate)
    School of Computing, School of Engineering/Electrical – (APC 3- 5 items)
    The item was moved.  No discussion.  The item passed

    Agenda Item# 8 - FA 10-29: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Computing, Engineering, & Construction (Graduate)
    School of Engineering/Electrical – (APC 3- 1 item)
    The item was moved.  No discussion.  The item passed

    Agenda Item# 9 - FA 10-30: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Education & Human Services (Undergraduate)
    Foundations & Secondary Education – (APC 3- 1 item)
    The item was moved.  No discussion.  The item passed

    Agenda Item# 10 - FA 10-31: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Education & Human Services (Graduate)
    Leadership, Counseling, & Instructional Technology – (APC 3- 1 item)
    The item was moved.  No discussion.  The item passed

    Agenda Item# 11 - FA 10-32: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    Brooks College of Health (Graduate)
    Public Health – (APC 3 – 1 item)
    The item was moved.  No discussion.  The item passed

    i. Summer Term Association Meeting Provision: Actions Taken
    ii. APC Workflow System is ready for use this fall term
    iii. Faculty Association 2010-2011 Schedule
    iv. Academic Programs Committee 2010-2011 Schedule
    v. University Matriculation Calendar 2010-2011
    (Not included in packet, please check on FA website under Schedules or Hotline) 



    Meeting was adjourned at 1:14pm