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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:18p.m. by FA President, Patrick Plumlee.

Meeting Minutes

  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – November 3, 2011 (2 minutes)

    A motion was made by Jeff Harrison to approve the minutes from November 3, 2011 (as posted on the web).  The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    - A moment of silence was held for Dr. Carolyn Williams who recently passed away.  A community  memorial will be held on December 9 at 3pm in the Ritz Theatre.  There will be a campus memorial  held for her sometime in January.  Details will be forthcoming.

    - IT Services Unavailable from December 26 through 31.

    - Fall Term Exam Schedule

    - The Faculty Commons will be closed from December 9 through January 3 for HVAC work.

    - Volunteers are needed for the following committees:

    • Faculty Enhancement Committee - At-large vacancy (remainder term) (9/12) 
    • Strategic Planning Advisory - COAS vacancy (remainder term) (9/12) 
    • University Technology Committee – At-Large vacancy (remainder term) (9/12) 
    • Campus Safety Advisory Council (?)   
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee - Lisa Jamba for Candice Carter
    The Committee met today where they reviewed 47 items. It is uncertain at this time whether there will be a January meeting although something from today’s Committee meeting may roll into January.  If not, the next meeting will be the first Thursday in February but remains TBD.  They have nine agenda items for today: two from COAS (Undergraduate & Graduate), two from CCB (Undergraduate & Graduate), two from CCEC (Undergraduate & Graduate), one from COEHS (Undergraduate), and two from BCH (Undergraduate & Graduate).

    Academic Standards Committee - Diane Tanner
    The Committee met November 18.  The next meeting will be January 13 with a number of guests in attendance including Everett Malcolm and Marc Snow to discuss Academic Misconduct Policies.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Peter Magyari
    Due to their meeting date taking place over the Thanksgiving holidays, the Committee held a virtual meeting where they drafted a letter to an adjunct faculty member who had inquired about their faculty rights. This letter was reviewed and edited by FA President Plumlee and then forwarded to the faculty member. They also met with the Faculty Enhancement Committee to brainstorm ideas on enhancements for all faculty including adjuncts.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Zornitza Prodanoff
    No report.

    Campus Technology Committee - Lauren Newton
    The Committee met November 9 and had a presentation by a representative from “Turn It In”. They plan to discuss this product further in their January meeting so if Faculty have any questions, issues, or information about this product please forward them to CTC.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee met November 10 with Newton Jackson sharing concerns and issues among faculty of all levels. The last meeting of the semester will be December 8 at 12:30-1:45p.m. in 57/3201 where they plan on discussing the possibility of a new faculty award.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Adel Boules
    The Committee met November 20 and discussed the management of the summer teaching grant applications as well as a number of OFE initiatives. The next meeting is January 19 at 12:15 p.m. in 10/1106.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – John Dryden for Lian Ann
    The Committee met November 10 where they developed proposed amendments to the FA bylaws to accommodate for the online elections and implement a procedure for handling a tie vote for any office. There will be a first reading of these amendments today.  They also have an information item that shows the elected 2012-2014 Nominations and Elections Committee members.  Note that there was only one nominee for each vacancy; therefore, no formal election was held.

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    The Committee will be meeting December 2 at 3:00 p.m. in 57/3510 to finalize their recommendations for which grants to fund and then forward them to the Provost.  Caroline thanked everyone who assisted with the review process.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Christopher Brown
    The Committee met November 12 with Dan Richard and discussed “faculty happiness”, the Campus Climate survey, and various non-monetary items that tie in with faculty satisfaction. The next meeting will be sometime in January (2nd week) at 12:00 p.m. in 50/2800.

    Support Services Committee – Alan Harris
    The Committee met November 8 with Frederick Beck who shared information about the services that Student Health offers to faculty, staff, and students.  Note that faculty & staff may take advantage of their services (for a fee) and first priority is given to students.  The next meeting will take place in January where they plan to invite Deb Miller from CIRT to attend.

    Executive Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The Committee met on November 15 to set the agenda for this meeting.  The next meeting is on Tuesday December 6 at 12:15 p.m. in the Faculty Commons in 10/1102 to review a number of items for January’s FA meeting agenda.  Jeff Harrison acknowledged Cindy Chin and expressed appreciation for all of her hard work and effort that she puts forth for the Faculty Association.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney
    No report.

    Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President Mark Workman
    At yesterday’s BOT meeting, President Delaney ran through his presentation that he gave the Board of Directors in November. President Delaney (representing the other Presidents) and Professor Yost (representing Faculty) did a great job addressing the relevance of the Texas Breakthrough Solutions with regards to teaching evaluations and its relevance in the state of Florida. They made a compelling case that Universities can receive targets from the BOG but should not receive instructions on how to fill those targets. Institutions need greater and not lesser latitude in carrying out their missions and fulfilling their obligations to the state.  It is hopeful that some of the draconian aspects of the Texas Breakthrough Solutions should not gain traction in Florida.

    Academic Affairs purchased a new microwave for the Faculty Association as a holiday gift. 

    Patrick Plumlee added a comment about yesterday’s BOT meeting.  It is worth noting that irrespective of the amount of restructuring of the conversation of the BOG’s Special Committee Report, there is still a large emphasis placed on Universities following a business model with students looked upon as “customers”.  Faculty should be aware that Governor Scott may still expect Universities to make significant contributions to student career paths.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    No report.

    United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
    UFF has been visiting all of their faculty union members to discuss any issues that may have arisen in order to incorporate them into an agenda to take to bargaining. During this process they discovered in a few situations that some had misinformation. If there is any uncertainty about information that a faculty member receives please forward it to UFF for validation. Often times it is simply a misinterpretation.  There have been several meetings with the President and the Provost to inform them of general faculty issues.  They are still looking for volunteers for the newly formed Bargaining and Membership Committees.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    An anonymous written question for Shari Shuman (or Physical Facilities):
    Where does the water come from for the irrigation of our landscaping? Is it something that we pay for?  I notice sprinklers often running on days after a substantial rain and hope we are not wasting money on this.
    This question will be forwarded to Shari Shuman

    A question from Judy Solano to Campus Technology Committee:
    Can you expand upon the discussion that you are having about “Turn It In”?
    Lauren Newton: There have been a number of requests to look into “Turn It In” which is an Internet plagiarism detection service similar to “Safe Assign” in Blackboard but offers additional advantages which includes a much larger database than the Safe Assign product and an automatic assessment feature. We would like to do a pilot for this program with interested faculty but will need to talk with Deb Miller/CIRT and possibly Len Roberson on the feasibility of using the product campus-wide and integrating it with Blackboard.
    Judy Solano: The School of Computing is currently using “Turn It In”.  I don’t know if there are any other departments using it.
    Lauren Newton: I believe that is the only department using it.

    FA President Plumlee will present the consent agenda items # FA 11-59, FA 11-60, FA 11-61, FA 11-63, FA 11-64, FA 11-65, FA 11-66 & FA 11-67 for approval. A motion was made by Jeff Harrison to approve the consent agenda.  No discussion. The motion passed.

    Agenda Item# 1- FA 11-59: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Biology, History, Physics, Political Science & Public Administration): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (25 packages)

    Agenda Item# 2- FA 11-60: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Graduate) – (Biology):  New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (11 packages)

    Agenda Item# 3- FA 11-61: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCB (Undergraduate) – (Accounting & Finance, Economics & Geography, Marketing & Logistics):  New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (5 packages)

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 11-63: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (School of Computing): Course Changes (1 package)

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 11-64: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Graduate) – (School of Engineering /Civil/ Engineering /Mechanical): Course Changes & Program of  Study Changes (4 packages)

    Agenda Item# 7- FA 11-65: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Undergraduate) – (Exceptional Student & Deaf Education, Foundations & Secondary Education):    Course Changes (2 packages)

    Agenda Item# 8- FA 11-66: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Undergraduate) – (School of Nursing): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (2 packages)

    Agenda Item# 9- FA 11-67: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate) – (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences): New Courses & Programs of  Study
    (1 package)
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 11-62: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCB (Graduate) – (Management): Program of Study (1 package)Candice Carter moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 10-FA 11-68: Submitted by the Nominations & Elections Committee
    1st Reading: Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment for Nominations and Elections Committee Online Elections Changes Proposal – ARTICLE VII, NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

    Result of Election for the Nominations and Elections Committee

    A motion for adjournment was made by Judy Solano.  The meeting adjourned at 12:41 p.m.