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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:32 p.m. by FA President, Gordon Rakita.

Meeting Minutes


    The minutes of the meeting of February 7, 2013 were approved as posted on the web.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    a) Standing and University Committee nominations will be taken from the floor during the report from the Nominations and Elections Committee.
    b) In addition, volunteers are needed to serve the remainder of current terms (until September, 2014) on the following committees (these positions are filled by appointment by the president):

    1. Faculty Enhancement Committee - COAS 
    2. Research Committee - COAS 
    3. Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - COAS 

    c) Elections for UNF committee vacancies and Union officers for the United Faculty of Florida are being held today from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Biological Sciences Building (59), Room 201.
    d) The Academic Technology Task Force will host two town hall meetings:

    1. Tuesday, March 12 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in the Student Union, Building 58W in Room 3806. 
    2. Friday, March 15 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Student Union, Building 58W, in Room 3804.
      Kathy Hughes, Director of IT User Services, will remind faculty about the dates for these town hall meetings. 

    e) Please complete the Faculty Technology Survey by March 13.
    f) Caroline Guardino thanked Associate Vice-President and Compliance Officer Joann Campbell for being active in educating faculty and staff about protecting students from abuse; she is willing to talk with departments and classes about the role of faculty in protecting students from abuse. Faculty may also go to the Center for Professional Development and Training web site for more information about workshops on protecting students from abuse. A brochure and a workshop video are also being constructed.

  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Candice Carter
    The committee has four legislative agenda items to present today.

    Academic Standards Committee – Oliver Schnusenberg
    The committee met on February 15, but did not have a quorum. The next meeting is on Friday, March 8. Agenda items for the next meeting include credit hour definition, the final revision of the residence hours policy, the academic misconduct policy form revision, and a new policy pertaining to the spouses of military personnel.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Peter Magyari
    The committee met on Friday, March 1. They met with Greg Catron, Associate Director for Employee and Labor Relations, to continue the discussion about developing orientation information for new adjunct instructors. In addition, each committee member was charged to ask the dean of his/her college whether the college is currently inviting adjunct instructors to participate in college meetings. The committee will consider the feedback at their meeting next month.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    Michael Kucsak reported for the committee chair. The committee met on February 26, with Janet Owen, Vice-President for Governmental Affairs. The committee discussed the impact of the State University System on the state economy (estimated $80 billion positive impact). The unemployment rate in Florida has dropped to about 8% as of July, 2012. Florida annual population growth is now up to 1.2%, above the national average; projected revenue growth is 4% to 5% per year through 2016. The legislative session ends Friday, May 3, at which point there should be an approved budget.

    Campus Technology Committee – Diana Tanner
    Lauren Newton reported for the committee chair. The committee met on February 8, and reviewed a draft of the Faculty Technology Survey created jointly by the Campus Technology Committee, the Center for Instruction and Research Technology, and Information Technology Services. The survey will be available to faculty online until March 13; tresults of the survey will be used to generate improvements in technology resources for faculty use. The next meeting will be Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9 am in Building 42, Room 2004.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner
    At the last meeting, the committee discussed a set of questions from the Strategic Planning Committee for augmentation of the Campus Climate Survey. The committee will continue this discussion at its next meeting on Thursday, March 14, in the OFE/FA Conference Room on the 3rd floor of Osprey Commons. The committee has two items on the legislative agenda.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Katrina Hall
    On February 25, OFE Director Dan Richard co-hosted an open house jointly sponsored by the Office of Faculty Enhancement, United Faculty of Florida, and the Faculty Association. A committee meeting was scheduled for Monday, March 4, but there were no agenda items. The meeting was canceled.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Steven Williamson
    Caroline Guardino volunteered for the At-Large position on Faculty Enhancement Committee. Christine Holland volunteered for the open position on the Advisory Board for the Center. Scott Hochwald volunteered for the Calendar Committee. Jennifer Kane and Jeffrey Cornett, COEHS for IAC; Kim Cheek, COEHS for Student Conduct Board; Patricia Geesey nominated Yongan Wu for the Distance Learning and UTC; Michael Lufaso nominated Thomas Mullen for the University Appeals (Alternate) for COAS, and Elinor Scheirer had a question about the Academic Standards Committee – At-large her term.

    Research Committee – Caroline Guardino
    The committee met on Thursday, March 7. They are working to restructure the S.T.A.R.S. (Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium), to advertise research happening at UNF, with a focus on faculty members who are funded through the internal research grants. There was feedback at the committee today from Louanne Hawkins, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research) about the restructuring. Next month, the committee will invite Dan Richard, Director of the Office of Faculty Enhancement; speak with the committee about the restructuring. Also, Caroline will meet again with Cheresa Hamilton, Director of Contract Grants Accounting, about the restructuring of the program. The committee finalized a reviewing rubric for use by committee members when reviewing the grant proposals. The next committee meeting will be on April 4 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the 3rd floor conference room of the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education in the College of Education and Human Services.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Pingying Zhang
    There was no report.

    Support Services Committee – Alice Eng
    The committee met on February 12. Their guest speaker was Vince Smyth, Director of Auxiliary Services. He updated the committee about the Pepsi-Cola/Red Bull contract, sales at the University Bookstore, food outlets, licensing of UNF merchandise, and the campus shuttles. The next meeting will be on March 11, with Dan Richard, Director of the Office of Faculty Enhancement.

    Executive Committee – Scott Hochwald
    The committee met last on February 19 to set the agenda for today’s Faculty Association meeting. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Building 16, Room 3108.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney
    Since President Delaney was in Tallahassee, there was no report.

    Provost & Vice President – Mark Workman
    There was no report, since the Provost is out of town.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    There was no report, since Janet is also in Tallahassee.

    United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
    Cheryl thanked all who came to open house, and thanked the administration for the new facilities for the United Faculty of Florida in Building 16. Voting will be occurring on March 7 and 8 for university committees and UFF officers in the Biological Sciences Building, Room 201. There are no grievances in process. Cheryl encourages faculty to attend bargaining sessions. At the session after spring break, negotiations about Article 18 will occur; this is the article on faculty evaluation.

    Campus Safety Advisory Report – Joann Campbell, Associate VP & Compliance Officer
    On March 12, there will be a workshop dealing with Reporting Requirements Regarding Vulnerable Persons on Campus. She recognized Elinor Scheirer, Jennifer Weseley, and Beyza Aslan for their work with the Campus Safety Advisory Council; these three members of the Council have been extremely active in agenda discussions.

    1. There were three safety walks last fall, with teams doing walks through the north campus, west campus, and south campus. The teams identified potential hazards, such as dim or missing lights, sidewalk problems, malfunctioning Code Blue telephones, etc. Work orders went out for these hazards; all hazards have been corrected or are on the list for correction. Faculty are invited to participate in spring/summer safety walk in early June. 
    2. With regard to crime reports, UNF has the lowest crime rate of any state university in Florida. Crime statistics are available on the University Police Department web site. 
    3. With respect to insurance claims reports, UNF has the lowest number of claims among state universities in Florida. 
    4. The University Police Department offers a Clery Act Workshop to provide information about the obligation of the university to disclose information about crimes occurring on campus. 
    5. Travel and Data Security While Traveling Workshops are available for faculty. 
    6. She asks that faculty please lock classrooms after completing class, due to safety and theft issues. 
    7. Finally, Physical Facilities, and Information Technology Services, and Environmental Health and Safety have work order systems on their web pages for faculty use. 

    Cynthia Jordan from the Library had a safety question about skateboarders and cyclists on campus and the potential for collisions. Joann Campbell responded that the established policy is that campus safety in this regard is self-policing; each of us has a responsibility to speak to speeding skateboarders and cyclists when needed and possible.


    President Rakita received one anonymous letter to President Delaney and transmitted that letter to President Delaney recently.

    Question 1 to the Faculty Affairs Committee
    Comments: “If Library personnel are able to be given the designation of emeritus, why are senior instructors also included in this proposal? It seem as if the Library personnel are attempting to obtain benefits that are exclusionary for senior instructors who have served for longer than the five years library staff is requesting. Why are instructors not included in this plan?”
    David Fenner, Faculty Affairs co-chair takes the question.

    Question 2
    Comments: “There is a lot of Styrofoam debris which has spread all over the area behind building 45 because of an art project involving what seems to be a sculpture of a giant duck. While I am all in favor of artistic expression, the pieces of Styrofoam could be a health hazard to wildlife on campus. Not to mention that it is an eyesore. I would like to see the students held responsible for cleaning up the mess they made while producing their project.”
    Response from Debra Murphy, Art & Design Chair:
    “Thank you for the inquiry. We’re very much aware of this, and we are working in close concert with Dan Endicott (Director of Environmental Health & Safety) about safety issues, and the students clean up every hour. So, thank you, and I’ll be glad to look into it additionally for our fine feathered friends. We’re worried about the geese and the styrofoam.”

    There was no consent agenda.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item# 1- FA 13-08: Submitted by Faculty Association President
    2013-2014 Faculty Association Budget Proposals
    The President moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 2- FA 13-09: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (English, Political Science & Public Administration, Sociology & Anthropology): New Courses, Course Changes, and Program of Study Changes (5 packages) The chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 3- FA 13-10: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (School of Engineering/Civil): Programs of Study Changes
    (New certificate) (1 package)
    The chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 13-11: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Undergraduate) – (Foundations & Secondary Education): Programs of Study
    (1 package)
    The chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 13-12: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Graduate) – (Childhood Education, Literacy, & TESOL, Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management): New Courses, Course Changes, and Program of Study Changes (2 packages)
    The chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 13-13: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Transmittal and Receipt of PDF Transcripts
    The chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 7- FA 13-14: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee
    The Unification of Faculty Awards Timing
    The chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 8- FA 13-15: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee
    Proposed Policy Changes for Emeritus Faculty for the Faculty Handbook
    The chair moved the item. The item was approved.

    Faculty Association Standing and University Committee Nominations

    The meeting was adjourned at 1:13 p.m.