Minutes of Meeting

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

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Patrick Plumlee at 12:16 p.m.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – November 4, 2010 (2 minutes)
    A motion to approve the November 4 minutes was made.  The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Be sure to check the Faculty Association website for a copy of the final exam schedule as well as updates to the Questions and Responses from previous FA meetings.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee - Candice Carter
    The Committee met this morning at 10:00 a.m. Note that there are only five days remaining for the submission of any paper APC items.  They have 5 agenda items for today’s meeting: two from COAS (graduate and undergraduate), one from CCB, one from CCEC, and one from BCH (graduate).  The APC items submitted by Art and Design were referenced as APC 1, 2 and 3 which are the designations from the paper system.  The remaining APC items were entered into the online system and referenced by a log number.

    Academic Standards Committee - Diane Tanner
    The Committee met on November 15 at 10 a.m. and continued their discussions on GPA calculations, baccalaureate degree requirements, and grade and term forgiveness policies.  They hope to have these finalized by the next meeting. The next meeting is December 6 at 10 a.m. in 39/3042 where they will be discussing dual degree programs.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Ronald Lukens-Bull
    No report.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Lynn Jones
    The Committee met December 1.  They plan to present two information items at the next Executive Committee meeting.  One item deals with a horizontal analysis that was initiated during the Spring 2010 semester and is near completion while the other item deals with some budgetary items that Shari Shuman and Janet Owen discussed at the last meeting.
    The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday January 12, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. in the FA meeting room.

    Campus Technology Committee - Cynthia Jordan
    The CTC committee did not meet in November due to lack of quorum. The next meeting is December 8 at 12:30 p.m. in 12/2405. UTC was also unable to meet quorum for their November meeting and will attempt to meet again on December 12 at 10 a.m.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee met on November 18 to take action in constructing a response to SGA’s desire to reduce the number of designated parking spaces. The Committee forwarded their response to the Parking Advisory Committee by their deadline.  As a result, there will not be a reduction in the number of designated spaces, but there will be a slight increase in the ratio (from 1.50 to 1.60) of designated permits to spaces next year.  The next meeting is Thursday December 9 at 12:15 p.m. in 57/3201 to continue ongoing discussions on encouraging faculty participation in governance, considering the term of the FA president, and discussing the virtues and difficulties of a Faculty Senate.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Rusty Smith
    The Committee met on November 18 to process the 21 teaching grant applications and hope to present the results to Academic Affairs next week.  They also discussed a Faculty Fellows program with Dan Richard.  The next meeting is January 20 at noon in the OFE Library.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Christopher Johnson
    The Committee has one information item reporting the results of the Nominations & Elections Committee election at the November FA meeting.  These candidates will be serving two-year terms: Brenda Vose (COAS), Diane Tanner (CCB), John Dryden (CCEC), Bonnie Holder (BCH) and Guy Yehuda (At-Large).

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    The Committee will be finalizing their recommendations for the Provost today after the FA meeting.  They will also be working on their spring meeting schedule.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Michael Kucsak/Chris Brown
    No report.

    Support Services Committee – Susan Syverud
    The Committee met December 1. Marianne Jaffee has compiled a resource for faculty on grant opportunities throughout the campus which includes information such as the sponsoring unit, the eligibility, the funding amount and the call for proposals date. When this document is finalized they will add it to the meeting minutes. The next meeting is January 5 at 1:00 p.m. in 57/3510 where they will be meeting with Vince Smith.

    Executive Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The Committee met November 16 to set the agenda for today’s meeting.
    The 2011-2012 University Matriculation Calendar will be put forward as a legislative item today.  The next meeting is December 7 at 12:15 p.m. in the Faculty Commons.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    No report

    Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President Mark Workman
    As a point of information, ISQ results are currently accessible as a link through the Institutional Research website.  At SGA’s request, they have asked to make these ISQ results accessible to the students. In concurrence with Patrick on behalf of the Faculty Association it has been agreed upon to make these ISQ results available on the MyWings student portal.
    As a personal request, having faculty at graduation is vitally important to the ceremony, to our students and to their parents. It is especially important if faculty know students who are graduating to be present at graduation to congratulate them.  Your presence as faculty of the university is also critical to the occasion. Having a large number of faculty in full regalia raises the whole ceremony to another level.  The Provost would be very grateful to have faculty attend graduation on behalf of our students and their families.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    No report

    United Faculty of Florida – Henry Thomas
    Henry reported that Carolyn Williams wanted to wish everyone well during their exam week and also ask that you think of her.
    UFF’s principal report can be found in the Dimension newsletter that was distributed during this meeting.  In addition, UFF would like to invite faculty to a coffee and chat session next Wednesday from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Faculty Commons. Next, the statewide UFF is very concerned about the upcoming legislative session.  Each of the chapters statewide will be focusing to a greater extent on increasing its membership.  Even more troubling are rumors of plans being developed in the current legislature to return the same items that were vetoed by Crist last year.  UFF is gearing up to oppose this and foresees difficult weather ahead.  As these events occur, UFF will keep faculty posted.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)
    Question synopsis from Scott Hochwald: At the beginning of the semester an out of state student who was willing to pay out of state fees for a graduate level class was unable to obtain a parking permit that would allow her to park in the premium lots because they were sold out. Consequently, she did not register for this class because with her work schedule she would not have been able to get to class on time being forced to park in the further lots. Wouldn’t it be in UNF’s best interest to find a way to sell a student a $250 parking pass in order to collect $1500 in out of state fees for graduate tuition?
    Response synopsis from Shari Shuman:  As you know everything is ratios.  About one to two years ago we did agree to sell a night pass (which is 5:00 p.m. and after) because it is at this time when the ratios go down.  We do have situations that classes start at 4:30 p.m. so if you do 4:30 you then get the person who says “well my class starts at 3:30 p.m.” and then you no longer have a night pass.  This has been discussed at the Parking Council and you should talk to your parking representatives on the council.
    Scott said this student has already talked to the Parking Council about this matter.
    Shari indicated that there has to be a cutoff for what constitutes a night parking pass.  It is between the hours of 5:00-6:00 p.m. where the most departures occur.  Otherwise if parking were opened up to everybody then nobody would find any parking.
    Scott asked if there could be parking passes reserved for graduate students paying higher tuition.
    Shari indicated that what a student pays has no bearing on parking considerations.  It is still another space taken up.

    Question synopsis from David Courtwright: On a statement in the Dimension newsletter indicating that there was a problem in that information contained a number of NA responses in the area of individual evaluations.  I assume that was referring to things like sabbaticals which if you were away for a year you weren’t evaluated for teaching which is all understandable. This has been a problem in the past.  Sabbaticals have to be somehow figured into the raise process.  This is not a revenue neutral exercise where it is just a missing data problem. Some people in the past who have been on sabbatical have been hurt by this process and for others in different years it has been more neutral. How is this NA issue going to be worked out?
    Response from Henry Thomas: That is in process as we speak. It has been a bigger problem recently than it has been in the past. There have been many more NAs than in the past and it is not clear why that has happened but it is currently being worked out.

    Question synopsis from Caroline Guardino:  In terms of going green, can we eliminate the paper distribution to faculty for the FA meeting announcement and go electronic or is there evidence that shows that there is increased attendance from its distribution?
    Patrick Plumlee indicated there hasn’t been a lot of research into this and that the one page FA meeting announcement started approximately one year ago when they quit distributing the entire agenda packet.  Patrick had a discussion with Cindy Chin just this week on whether or not it was advisable to keep sending the announcement out.  There is a $21 duplication cost involved but there are some people who do like to have the reminder.  This issue can be discussed with the Executive Committee.
    Kathy Robinson indicated that there are still people who never check their email.
    Patrick said that if anyone has any strong issues on this matter too, please contact him.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    Agenda Item# 1- FA 10-45: Submitted by the Executive Committee
    2011-2012 University Matriculation Calendar
    Jeffrey indicated that the University Calendar has already been reviewed by the Faculty Association staff and the Executive Committee and did not see any major problems with it and so moved the item.
    A comment was made by Scott Hochwald who has served on the calendar development committee that there was a complaint approximately a year or two ago for classes that met only for Monday sessions and only had 13 Monday classes in the semester.  That issue has come up again for this coming spring semester and may be problematic for those teaching lab classes that will meet once per week on Mondays.  The way this has been proposed to be handled is to designate either the Thursday or Friday of the last week of classes as a make-up for one of the Mondays. There was no further discussion. The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 2- FA 10-46: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Arts & Sciences (Undergraduate)
    (Art & Design, Biology, English, Mathematics & Statistics, Music, Physics, Political Science & Public Administration): New Course, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (45 items)
    The item was moved by Candice Carter. No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 3- FA 10-47: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Arts & Sciences (Graduate)
    (Biology): Course Change (1 item)
    The item was moved by Candice Carter. No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 10-48: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    Coggin College of Business (Undergraduate)
    (Accounting & Finance): Programs of Study (2 items)
    The item was moved by Candice Carter.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 10-49: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction (Undergraduate)
    (School of Computing): Course Change (1 item)
    The item was moved by Candice Carter.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 10-50: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    Brooks College of Health (Graduate)
    (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences): Programs of Changes (1 item)
    The item was moved by Candice Carter.  No discussion.  The item passed.
  • INFORMATION ITEMS
    Results of Election for the Nominations and Elections Committee
  • ADJOURNMENT
    Meeting was adjourned at 12:48 p.m.