Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:47 p.m. by FA President, Patrick Plumlee.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – April 5, 2012 (2 minutes)
    A motion was made by Jeff Harrison to approve the minutes from April 5, 2012 (as posted on the Web). The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    •Congratulations to all of the 2011-2012 Faculty Award Winners for Distinguished Professor, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship, Outstanding Faculty Service, Outstanding Graduate Teaching, and Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching.
    •The 2012-2013 Faculty Association Standing and University Committee Directories are posted under the Hotline page. A few vacancies remain for some of the college and at-large positions for several committees.
    •The Provost’s Promotion & Tenure report is available as an information item.
    •A decision will be made in the next Executive Committee meeting whether it will be necessary to have a June FA meeting.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee –Candice Carter
    The Committee has two consent agenda items today: one from COEHS (Graduate) and one from BCH (Graduate). 

    Academic Standards Committee – Diane Tanner
    The Committee met April 20 and is currently collecting data on course withdrawals and plans to revisit academic misconduct issues.  The next meeting is May 18 at 1:00 p.m. in 42/2004.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Jeff Harrison for Peter Magyari
    The Committee met April 20 and re-elected Peter to serve as Chair for the upcoming year.  The next meeting is May 25 at 11:00 a.m. in 39A/4136.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Zornitza Prodanoff
    No update.

    Campus Technology Committee – Lauren Newton
    The Committee met April 18 but did not have quorum. They discussed potential items to pursue in the fall. They don’t anticipate having any meetings this summer.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee met April 12 where they discussed the Campus Climate Survey and the alternate survey instrument from The Chronicle of Higher Education in terms of benefits, cost, etc.  The next meeting is scheduled for June 22 at 10:00 a.m. in 57/3201.  Note that this will be one day after the BOG meets and votes on the proposed tuition differential increase.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Patrick Plumlee for Adel Boules (read written report)
    The Committee met April 24. The bulk of the meeting was devoted to discussing Dr. Richard’s detailed update, which included the 2012-2013 event planning and a demonstration of the OFE’s online resources. The committee agreed to meet in the summer as needed but no date was set for the next meeting.  President Plumlee noted that Faculty Enhancement will also move into the new dining hall facility along with the Faculty Association.  The two organizations will share the same hall and conference room.

    Nominations & Elections Committee –Guy Yehuda
    The Committee did not have a quorum at the last meeting. They have two information items today: links to the updated directory for the 2012-2013 Faculty Association Standing & University Committees and a summary of the election results for those committees & 2012 Distinguished Professor.  There is no meeting scheduled in May.

    Research Committee –Caroline Guardino
    The Committee met April 10 and finalized the revisions for the 2013 RFP and submitted them for approval to the Provost on April 21. Caroline will be emailing the new members about a potential meeting in May or June.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee – Chris Brown
    No update.

    Support Services Committee – Alan Harris
    No update.

    Executive Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The Committee met April 17 to set the agenda for this meeting.  The next meeting is May 22 at 12:45 p.m. in the Faculty Commons 10/1102.  Jeff was approached by four faculty members prior to this meeting to express their concern about the proposed reduction to the employer ORP contribution in the FRS as was reported in the Osprey Update today.  Jeff and Patrick will be attending the May 11 meeting in Tallahassee with the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates.  It is anticipated that this issue will be on the agenda.
  • AL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    No report.

    Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President Mark Workman
    Provost Workman thanked Caroline Guardino for her conscientious efforts as Research Committee chair. He also acknowledged Patrick Plumlee for being a great colleague during his term as FA President. This summer, Provost Workman will be traveling to various meetings. Next week, he will travel to China along with Mauricio Gonzalez and Jeff Michelman to try and gain funding for a Confucious Institute at UNF.  On June 1, there will be a meeting in Miami with the Council of Academic Vice Presidents to carry out a BOG mandate to review program duplication and redundancy across the state system. On June 3, there will be a Provost Roundtable Meeting in Washington D.C. sponsored by the Educational Advisory Board. The topic of conversation will be “innovation and disruption.”  The June BOG meeting will be an important one as universities present their annual workplans, one component of the three-part BOG accountability system.  In late June, there will be a meeting in San Francisco with The American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the primary organization for universities like UNF. In early August, Provost Workman will attend a SACS training session to prepare to be an offsite committee chair to review several universities in fall which will help gear us up for UNF’s next SACS review in 2015. Each of these summer meetings bears upon concerns of this faculty body.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    Janet is currently working in a dual capacity with SUS and BOG and will be making a report at the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates in Tallahassee tomorrow.

    United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
    Cheryl gave a recap of grievances from this past year.  There were two grievance/issues in the College of Health, some that went through the entire grievance process and some that were solved prior to it reaching a hearing.  There were numerous grievances in COAS related to a summer issue which was ultimately won by the department involved.  There were two grievances in the College of Computer Science & Engineering. An UFF election was held recently for the Promotion & Tenure, Sabbatical Selection, and Professional Development Committees resulting in a number of brand new officers. Coinciding with this union growth, the number of Senators has doubled. They are currently handling an EEO complaint which is ongoing.  Leonard Carson, the Chief Negotiator for the Administration, called today to apologize for not notifying UFF prior to the dissemination of the Osprey Update notifying faculty of the retirement changes.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)
    FA President Plumlee presented consent agenda items FA12-22 and FA 12-23 for approval.  No discussion.  The items passed.
    Agenda Item# 1- FA 12-22: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Graduate)-(Childhood Education): Course Changes (1 package)

    Agenda Item# 2- FA 12-23: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate)-(Public Health): Course Change (1 package)
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    1.Updated Directories for 2012-2013 Faculty Association Standing & University Committees
    2.Faculty Association Standing & University Committees & DP Election Results
    3.Promotion & Tenure Report
    4.2011-2012 Faculty Awards University Selection Committee Members
    5.2011-2012 OT Undergraduate College Screening Committee Members
    6.2011-2012 OT Graduate College Screening Committee Members
    7.2012-2013 Faculty Association Schedule
    8.2012-2013 Academic Programs Committee Schedule
    9.2012-2013 University Matriculation Calendar (included as a link)
    The meeting adjourned at 1:08 p.m.