Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Location: Talon Room, Ospreys Commons, Building 16, 4th Floor

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:26 p.m. by FA President, Gordon Rakita.
    The minutes of the meeting of January 10, 2013 were approved as posted on the web.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    FA President Rakita thanks UNF President John Delaney for sponsoring today luncheon buffet and his support to the Faculty Association.
    Standing and University Committee vacancies for years 2013-2015 are listed on the Faculty Association website - Hotline web page. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the March Faculty Association meeting. The charges for the standing committees are included in the agenda packet.

    The Week of One (February 11 - 15) events announcement. President Rakita will arrange to have the information sent to all faculty members. (Sent on February 8.)

    Katie Chenard, Events Coordinator of the Adam Herbert University Center and the UNF United Way Committee Chair this year, announced the beginning of the current drive. Brochures and donation slips are available on the tables. A representative of the United Way of Northeast Florida talked about the campaign and about the work of the United Way in northeast Florida, which is focused on education, income, and health. She briefly described the three programs currently addressing these three areas. Faculty may donate online with a one-time payment, or contribute though regular payroll deductions, or donate by purchasing tickets to the Players Championship Tournament; the Committee is offering tickets online at a discount, with half of the money going to the United Way.

    The APC Workflow Program Changes deadline is February 19, 2013. 

    Rene Monteagudo, Director of the Counseling Center, announced the beginning of an after-hours call service for UNF students. The service will begin in two weeks. Any faculty member may also call the Center at any time of the day, seven days a week, if the faculty member has a student in crisis or has concerns about a student. 

    The faculty lounge will be open on Monday through Thursday of each week from 7 am to 8 pm; and from 7 am to 3 pm on Fridays. A use policy will be sent to all faculty members. Within the next day or so, all faculty intellikeys will be recoded to be able to access the lounge.

  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee – Candice Carter
    The February 19 deadline given above is for major program changes. Minor changes such as course changes can still be submitted after that deadline. The committee has six items on the legislative agenda.

    Academic Standards Committee – Oliver Schnusenberg
    The committee will meet on Friday, February 15. They will discuss the results of the final exam survey and the definition of a credit hour. They will also discuss the residence hours requirement policy, which was referred back to the committee by the Faculty Association Executive Committee.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Peter Magyari
    The committee met on February 1. Associate Provost Newton Jackson met with the committee to discuss adjunct compensation. The committee also discussed the Welcome Guide that Academic Affairs constructed for adjunct faculty members. The committee has some suggested revisions. Peter will attend an appreciation luncheon for adjunct faculty in two weeks at the Department of Public Health.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The committee met on January 15 at 2 pm in the Brooks College of Health. The guest speaker was Associate Provost Bobby Waldrup. The committee discussed the Academic Affairs budget and student enrollment goals. Roughly 80% of the total UNF budget is in Academic Affairs. This year’s student enrollment target was 10,600 FTE’s. The actual enrollment figure was 10,356 FTE’s, or 97% of the target. This figure exceeded the 10,200 FTE’s funded by the state. The university did not, however, meet the overall budget requirement, so there is a potential funding shortfall of between $500,000 and $700,000. The state has a policy that UNF must have a financial reserve of about $6 million; currently, the reserve is somewhat below that. The next committee meeting will be on February 19 in the Brooks College of Health. Vice-President for Governmental Affairs will be attending to discuss the new state budget.

    Campus Technology Committee – Diana Tanner
    The committee last met on January 11. There is a scheduled Blackboard upgrade to Service Pack 10, to be installed May 1 - May 5. ITS has determined that Windows 8 has compatibility problems with UNF hardware and software, so ITS will hold off on upgrading until the problems are resolved. ITS encourages faculty not to install Windows 8 at home until the problems are resolved on campus. The committee will discuss the need for a testing center, and will review a questionnaire on technology for faculty. The next committee meeting will be on Friday, February 8 at 9 am, in the Coggins College of Business.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner
    The committee met in January and nominated Winton Marsalis for an honorary degree. They also discussed the possibility of moving library faculty inside the faculty handbook under the discussion of emeritus status. They also discussed timing of awards; i.e., how long must a faculty member wait before receiving the same award a second time. The next meeting will be on February 21 at 12:15 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences conference room.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Irma Ancheta
    The committee met on Monday, January 28. They discussed the upcoming Course Redesign Workshop and a New Classroom Observation and Consultation Workshop. The next committee meeting will be on Monday, March 4 in the Faculty Association conference room.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Steven Williamson
    There are a few committee vacancies from the College of Arts and Sciences. The next meeting of the committee will be on February 21. Nominations for vacant positions will be taken from the floor at the March meeting of the Faculty Association.

    Research Committee – Caroline Guardino
    The committee is creating a rubric for evaluating research proposals. They are also reviewing the ORSP task force report, and working with the ORSP on the research week program. The next committee meeting will be on Thursday, March 7 at 9:30 am in the College of Education, 3rd floor, in the Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education conference room.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Jeremy Carter
    President Rakita said that the committee is working on a set of questions for the Campus Climate Survey; these questions have been forwarded to the Faculty Affairs Committee.

    Support Services Committee – Alice Eng
    The committee met on January 14 in the Library. Ashley Talbot, the volunteer coordinator for the On-Campus Transition Program, spoke to the committee. The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12, Vince Smyth, Director of Auxiliary Services.

    Executive Committee – Scott Hochwald
    The committee met on January 22 to set the agenda for the Faculty Association meeting. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 19 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Building 16, Room 3108. On February 1 in Tallahassee, the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates met.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    President Delaney spoke about the new facility - the Talon Room and the Faculty Lounge - and a possible schedule of use. He just returned from Tallahassee; there is now more money, so there is hope for an increase in funding.
    The proposal for a football program did not roll out as hoped. The administration will look at the numbers; odds are that such a program will not support itself, in which case, it will not be feasible. If there is a possibility that the program could support itself, then there will be university-wide discussion about the issue.

    Provost & Vice President – Mark Workman
    The searches are underway for the Dean of the Library (chaired by Dean Pam Chally) and the Assistant Vice-President for Research (chaired by Dean Mark Tumeo). A search will soon start for a replacement for Associate Provost for Academic Programs Bobby Waldrup. There is an article in today’s Chronicles of Higher Education about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses); ACE has endorsed a number of MOOCs for credit. There is a conversation involving the Academic Standards Committee Chair, Oliver Schnusenberg, about possible credit for MOOCs, and about whether UNF might wish to offer a MOOC. Next week, the Provost will meet with Associate Dean Cathy Christie to talk about the composition of the Research Advisory Council. Tomorrow, February 8, the Provost will meet with the Tenure and Promotion Committee. The Provost congratulates the faculty, administration, and dean of the Coggin College of Business for having achieved re-accreditation for 5 years with no findings.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    There was no report, since our legislative liaison, Vice-President for Governmental Affairs Janet Owen is in Tallahassee.

    United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
    The leaders of United Faculty of Florida, the Office of Faculty Enhancement, and the Faculty Association invite everyone to an open house on the 3rd floor of Building 16 on Monday, February 25, from 2 pm to 6 pm. Coffee and fruit will be served, and there will be a cash bar. The next bargaining session will be on Wednesday, February 13 from 10 am to noon. The summer appointments article (number 17) will be sent out Friday, February 8. Voting on this article will be held in Building 10 in the Faculty Commons on February 13 and 14. This article guarantees a first course at 12.5%. Election for the United Faculty of Florida board will be held during the first week of March. Anyone deemed to faculty is eligible to vote (union membership is not necessary)

    IDEA Surverys – Judy Miller
    Judy Miller, Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, encouraged everyone to complete the IDEA ratings of administrators and chairs. All
    full-time faculty, except visitors, should have received e-mails on Friday, February 1, with invitations to evaluate the Provost and their college deans. In addition, all full-time faculty, except visitors, should have received e-mails inviting them to evaluate their chairs in the Coggin College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services. In addition, all full-time faculty, except visitors, in the Division of Engineering should have received invitations to evaluate Dr. Murat Tiryakioglu. All responses to the surveys are anonymous. However, the IDEA Center will repeatedly contact each faculty member until the survey is complete.
    To President Delaney:
    “A recent widely published study indicates that 3 to 1 is the ideal ratio of faculty to administrators at a university. Data on the SUS web site indicates UNF's ratio is 2 to 1, if we include non-tenure- track faculty, and that our ratio is worse than many others in the SUS. What can UNF do to improve these numbers, operate more efficiently, and reduce the administrative bloat?”
    The President will respond in writing to this question; however, the data on web site is wrong.

    Also To President Delaney:
    “Given the recent data on the short-term and long-term effects of concussions and sub-concussive injuries on young men playing football, why would UNF even consider creating a football program and adding to this mounting tragedy.”
    The President addressed the issue in his report.

    To Provost Workman:
    “Should the provost have the power to reject a General Education proposal - a proposal that has been painstakingly crafted by the General Education Council and the General Education Task Force, that has been reviewed by the leadership of every college, that has the documented support of every college dean, and that has been praised by the Gen Ed external program reviewer who recently visited UNF - because of his opposition and that of one other faculty member?”
    “Well, the proposal ultimately will have to be reviewed by this entire body, so really, you’ll have as much say in its composition and structure as will I, but like all actions taken by the Faculty Association with regard to academic programs, they come to me for my approval and then I forward them on to the President for his approval. That same chain will be in effect in this case. I regret that there’s a perception that I summarily dismissed the proposal. I thought we had a good conversation about it. There is merit in the proposal. I’m very grateful to the people who labored in putting it together. From the outset, I indicated to members of the Gen Ed Task Force that I had some concerns with the proposal, and I regard it as very much my responsibility as the chief academic officer of the university to express my concern. But I would love to engage in a constructive dialog with members of the committee to make sure that we’re very much on the same page and that we have a Gen Ed curriculum that we can all feel good about. So I’ll look forward to further constructive, positive, and very collegial conversations on this matter.”
    Faculty Association President Gordon Rakita presented the consent agenda item# FA 13-03 for approval.
    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 13-03: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCB (Undergraduate) – (Management): Course Change & Programs of Study Changes (2 packages)
    A motion was made and seconded to approve the item. The item was approved.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    Agenda Item# 1- FA 13-02: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Philosophy & Religious Studies and Political Science & Public Administration): New Course, Course Changes, and Programs of Study Changes (10 packages)
    The committee chair moved the item.The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 3- FA 13-04: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (School of Engineering/Mechanical Engineering): New Courses & Course Changes (2 packages)
    The committee chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 13-05: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Graduate) – (School of Engineering/Civil Engineering): New Courses and Programs of Study Changes (3 packages)
    The committee chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 13-06: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Undergraduate) – (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences, Nutrition & Dietetics): New Course, Course Changes, and Programs of Study Changes (2 packages)
    The committee chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 13-07: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate) – (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences): New Courses, Course Changes, and Program of Study Changes (1 package)
    The committee chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    The following information items are in the agenda packet.

    • Faculty Association Standing and University Committee Nominations 
    • Annual IDEA Ratings of Chairs and Administrators 
    • Local Administrator Rights on UNF Computers 
    • ITS By The Numbers 
    • Final ORSP Task Force Report 
    • Report of Faculty Association Research Committee on Research Grant Recommendations & Funding – 2010 to 2013 
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.