Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:18 p.m. by FA President, Gordon Rakita.
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES (2 minutes)
    The minutes of the meeting of December 6, 2012 were approved as posted on the web.


  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Faculty nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Professor Award, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards, Outstanding Faculty Service Award, and Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Awards are being accepted. The nominations are due by Friday, January 18 at 5 p.m.
    The Faculty Association offices will be moving to Building 16 during the last week of January.
    The February Faculty Association meeting will be held in the Talon Room in Building 16, 4th Floor.
    The final ORSP Task Force Report is completed, and was e-mailed to all faculty on January 7. It is also posted on the Provost’s web site.
    There is a vacancy from the Brooks College of Health for the Academic Standards Committee.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee – Candice Carter
    The committee had no new business to be brought before the Association.

    Academic Standards Committee – Oliver Schnusenberg
    The committee had no new business to be brought before the Association. The next meeting will be on Friday, January 18. The committee will discuss the definition of a credit hour, the academic honesty policy, and the final exam schedule.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Peter Magyari
    The committee had no new business to be brought before the Association. The committee will meet on February 1 at noon in Building 39A, Room 4136.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The committee will meet on Tuesday, January 15 in the Brooks College of Health from 2 pm to 3 pm. The Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Bobby Waldrop, will meet with the committee. According to the university enrollment report, this year’s enrollment was 98% of the target value. The committee will discuss the impact of this shortfall on the Academic Affairs budget.

    Campus Technology Committee – Diana Tanner
    The committee met on December 7. At the meeting, Kathy Hughes, the Director of IT User Services, gave the committee a breakdown of the $2.3 million technology fee paid by students; the breakdown is in the minutes of the committee on the Association web site. Bill McSherry, Director of IT Enterprise Systems, met with the committee to discuss the December MyWings outages. He will be meeting with the APC and other interested people to obtain input on changes that may correct the problems. The committee also discussed classroom clickers. The next committee meeting will be on January 11 at 9 am in the Coggin Fisher Bowl, Room 2004.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Elinor Scheirer/David Fenner
    David reported the next committee meeting will be on January 17 at 12:15 in the College of Arts and Sciences conference room. They will discuss an honorary doctorate for Winton Marsalis, emeritus status for library faculty, and timing of award eligibility.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Irma Ancheta
    The committee has sent letters to those faculty members who have been awarded teaching grants, as well as letters to those faculty who had not been awarded grants. The committee thanks those who submitted grant proposals, as well as those who evaluated the proposals. The committee had one item on the legislative agenda.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Steven Williamson
    The committee chair was absent due to an off-campus meeting. Please communicate nominations to him or to the FA President or to the FA Executive Secretary.

    Research Committee – Caroline Guardino
    Stephanie Weiss reported. The committee met on January 9. The committee discussed feedback on the most recent research grant proposals. They also worked on developing a scoring rubric that they hope to have ready for use in the next cycle, so that applicants can see how their proposals will be scored. The next meeting will be on February 6 at 10:30 am.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Jeremy Carter
    Gordon reported for the committee had no report. They will be meeting on Monday, January 14, to identify new questions for the Campus Climate Survey.

    Support Services Committee – Alice Eng
    The committee will meet next on January 14 at 2 pm in the Library. The speaker will be Adriana Lopez from the President’s Office.

    Executive Committee – Scott Hochwald
    Gordon reported for the committee met on December 4 to set the agenda for the January Association meeting. The committee will meet next on January 22.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    President Delaney reported that the university is about to eliminate the last of the portable buildings on campus. He is optimistic about legislative appropriations, since the economy seems to be improving. The capital campaign begun in 2009 (goal: $110 million) has now exceeded its goal.

    Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President – Mark Workman
    There will be a search for the new Vice-President for Research. The Provost is meeting with Dean Tumeo to identify search committee members. The Dean of the Library, Shirley Hallblade, will be retiring at the end of June of this year. The Provost will soon be appointing a search committee for a new Dean. Deborah Kaye has retired as Associate Vice-President for Enrollment Services. John Yancey is now the interim Assistant Vice-President for Enrollment Services. The university is very close to meeting the state target, which is a factor in the level of state funding. General Education reform is moving forward; the five disciplinary sub-committees met over the last semester to establish targets, and drafted recommendations for the five or fewer courses in each area to satisfy GenEd requirements. The proposal is now before the provosts and academic officers in the state college system. After review, the proposal will go to every faculty senate across the SUS and Florida college system for review and approval. Integration between the local requirements with the common core across the system is yet to be determined. The university has entered into a contract with the Educational Advisory Board to use data analytics to assist student progress to graduation. The various institutions involved will share best practices. Performance-based funding, as well as the virtual university, will be on the agenda at the Board of Governors meeting next week. Before the holidays, there was a special Board of Governors meeting to discuss the Parthenon Report. The presidents and provosts of the system recommended against either the status quo or an entirely virtual university. The provost is also currently reviewing more than 40 dossiers for promotion and tenure.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    There was no report; she is in Tallahassee.

    United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
    All grievances have been settled. The union is waiting for a reply from the administration bargaining team on Article 18 – Performance Evaluations and Evaluation File. An issue was raised in bargaining regarding clinical ranks and instructors and lecturers; this issue is still being discussed. The next bargaining meeting will be on Friday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the Human Resources conference room. The union office will be moving into Building 16 on the third floor. Election of union officers will occur in February or early March.

    Chair of ORSP Task Force – Catherine Christie
    The task force met every week starting August 16 for two hours (with the exception of 2 weeks in September). After discussing all recommendations (approximately 130); the discussion was concluded on October 16. Then the task force considered implementation and priorities. The task force did not think that the recent trend in reduced proposal submission and external funding through ORSP or in research requiring IRB approval indicated confusion about the role of research. Rather the task force thought that this trend indicated the lack of a strong culture supporting and rewarding the researchers’ efforts. The chair discussed the implementation and priorities (included in the Task Force report).

    There was a question about how to communicate across the faculty about each other’s achievements by Dr. Kathy Robinson.
    There was another comment, from Dr. Lev Gasparov, Department of Physics, about the Task Force recommendation that college-level research facilitator positions be created, given current funding restrictions.

    Provost Workman responded that such positions would be implemented as funding became available.  

    There were no consent agenda items.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove the item)
    Agenda Item# 1- FA 12-54: Submitted by the Faculty Enhancment Committee
    Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment: Second Reading
    The committee chair moved the item. The item was passed.

    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 13-01: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Proposed Military Coursework Regulation, granting limited credit for training and education acquired in the military.
    The chair moved the item; the item was passed.
    There were no information items.
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:14 p.m.