Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:21 p.m. by Faculty Association Vice-President Scott Hochwald.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (2 minutes)
    The minutes of the meeting of March 7, 2013 were approved as posted on the web.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    • Online elections for 2013 Distinguished Professor and the 2013-2015 Standing Committees and University Committees started today at 9:00 am and will close on Wednesday, April 10 at 5:00 pm.

    • The 2013-2014 Faculty Association meeting schedule and APC schedule, as well as the spring term final exam schedule, are included in the agenda packet for this meeting. 

    • A volunteer from the College of Arts and Sciences is needed to fill a vacancy on the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee to complete the remainder of a term ending in September, 2014.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee - Candice Carter
    The committee met on March 7. There are five items from the committee on the legislative agenda.

    Academic Standards Committee - Oliver Schnusenberg
    The committee met on March 8. We finally passed the residence hour requirement policy revision. The committee also wrote a definition of a credit hour. The next meeting of the committee will be on Friday, April 5 12:30 p.m. in Building 42, Room 2004. At this meeting, the committee will be discussing the final exam schedule policy.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee - Peter Magyari
    The committee met virtually and formalized a resolution that will be presented on the legislative agenda dealing with the inclusion of adjunct faculty members at college meetings. The committee will meet next Friday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the Brooks College of Health 4th Floor Conference Room.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Jeffrey Harrison
    At the last committee meeting, Vice-President for Governmental Affairs Janet Owen told the committee that the legislature has reinserted $300 million into the budget for the State University System. The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, April 16 at 2:00 pm in the Brooks College of Health. Interim Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Ann McCullen will meet with the committee to discuss the UNF Foundation Accounts.

    Campus Technology Committee - Diana Tanner
    The committee will meet on Friday, April 12 at 9:00 am in the Coggin College of Business, Room 2004. The committee will discuss the results of the technology survey and the results from the clicker survey that was done by faculty who have used clickers.

    Faculty Affairs Committee - David Fenner
    At its last meeting, the committee discussed the nomination for an honorary doctorate, finalizing the revision to the Campus Climate Survey, and approval of a name change for the Department of Philosophy to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. The next committee meeting will be on Thursday, April 11 at 12:15 pm in the Office of Faculty Enhancement/Faculty Association Conference Room. The committee will continue to discuss the nomination for the honorary doctorate, and will draw up guidelines for awarding honorary doctorates. They will also review the Faculty Association award instructions, and will discuss the question that was addressed to the Faculty Affairs Committee at the March 2013 Faculty Association meeting.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Katrina Hall
    The committee met on March 25 and chose co-chairs for next year. Drs. Georgette Dumont and Allan Harris are co-chairs for the coming up academic year. The next committee meeting will be on April 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Office of Faculty Enhancement/Faculty Association Conference Room.

    Nominations & Elections Committee - Steven Williamson
    The committee chair encourages everyone to vote in the elections for university and association standing committees and the Distinguished Professor Award.

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    The committee met on Thursday, April 4 and finalized the plan for highlighting research at UNF, combining S.T.A.R.S. (Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium) with other events that focus on research, such as undergraduate and graduate research. The combined event will be a week of research, starting in the spring of 2014. The committee will meet again in May and will look improvements to the process of applying for research grants. The next meeting of the committee will be on May 2.

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

    Support Services Committee - Alice Eng
    The next meeting of the committee will be on Tuesday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library. The guest speaker will be Lieutenant Tammy Oliver from the University Police Department.

    Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald
    The committee met last on March 12 to set the agenda for today’s Faculty Association meeting. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:15 p.m. in the Office of Faculty Enhancement/Faculty Association Conference Room, Building 16, Room 3108.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    Since President Delaney was out of town, there was no report.

    Provost & Vice President – Mark Workman
    There was no report, since the Provost was off campus at a meeting.

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

    United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
    Elections for Union officers were held. Next year the Union Chapter president will be Janice Swenson from the Department of Biology. The ending date for the current contract is spring, 2013. Negotiations are continuing for the renewal. There is a negotiating session scheduled for April 10. There is one new grievance, which the Union president will discuss in her report next month. There are opportunities for participation in union committees, such as the Bargaining Committee, the Grievance Committee, or the Membership Committee. There will be a Coffee With Delaney on April 17.
  • QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES (10 minutes)
    Question 1 to Academic Affairs by Dr. Oliver Schnusenberg, chair of the Academic Standards Committee:
    “The Academic Standards Committee, in their initial evaluation the survey results for the final exam policy, noted that several faculty members commented on a potential conflict, well, not a potential conflict, a real conflict, between the exam times on Fridays and graduation. This question is directed at the administration. Would it be possible to shift graduation to a different day of the week?”

    Question 2 to all faculty:
    “Recently, a faculty member discovered, upon entering a classroom, that there was a large amount of yellow chalk dust on the blackboard tray and other surfaces. Could we find a way to prevent this in the future? It would help if faculty members would remember to use the dustless chalk.”

    Question 3 to Vice-President for Administration and Finance Shari Shuman and Vice-President and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka:
    “In the past two years, the number of skateboarders on campus has increased exponentially. Besides ignoring the signs currently posted on campus, they race through crowds of people even through the walkways that are only 2-4 feet wide. Recently at FSCJ, a pregnant woman was struck by a skateboarder and almost lost her baby. It has gotten to the point that every day that I walk to class, I am in fear. As this is my workplace, I do not feel that I should be subjected to this type of risk. I also have students who have had boards fly at their shins, and in a quick poll, half the students in my large lecture agree that stakeboarders are an issue.
    Given that they pose a workplace hazard to faculty and staff as well as posing a huge liability for the university, what can be done to curtail skateboard use on campus? Like cars, are there strips that can be laid in parts of campus to make the boarders pick up their boards and walk at certain places?”

    Question 4 to Provost Mark Workman:
    “I would like to submit the following questions anonymously to the Faculty Association and ask for a written response from the administration.
    It seems UNF posted the Student ISQ evaluations of faculty to comply with state laws.
    1. Why were faculty not informed?
    2. Why was only one item selected?
    3. Why were the grade distributions posted as well? What is the rationale? Is it required by law to post those?
    4. Why are faculty IDEA ratings of administrators not shared with faculty? Would those ratings not fall under the Florida sunshine law? Even if it is not required by law, what is the reason not to make these ratings of administrators available, especially in light of greater transparency and accountability?”

  • CONSENT AGENDA
    There were no consent agenda items.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    Agenda Item# 1- FA 13-16: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Biology, Music, & Sociology & Anthropology): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (10 packages)
    The chair moved the item. The item was passed.

    Agenda Item# 2- FA 13-17: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Graduate) – (Sociology & Anthropology): New Course (1 item)
    The chair moved the item. The item was passed.

    Agenda Item# 3- FA 13-18: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Undergraduate) – (Clinical and Applied Movement Science, Public Health, & School of Nursing): New Course, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (4 packages)
    The chair moved the item. The item was passed.

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 13-19: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate) – (Public Health): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study
    (2 packages)
    The chair moved the item. The item was passed.

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 13-20: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Undergraduate) –(Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences): New Degree Program Request – Proposal for a Bachelor of Science – Radiography Major
    The chair moved the item. The item was passed.

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 13-21: Submitted by the Adjunct Affairs Committee
    Adjunct Affairs Resolution
    The chair moved the item. The item was passed.

  • INFORMATION ITEMS

    The following information items are included in the agenda packet;

    • Promotion and Tenure Report to the Faculty Association 
    • Academic misconduct Reporting Form 
    • Vitae Summaries of 2 Finalists for 2013 Distinguished Professor Award 
    • Faculty Association Standing and University Committees & DP Elections 
    • 2013-2014 Faculty Association Schedules 
    • 2013-2014 Academic Programs Committee Schedules 
    • Spring Term Examination
  • ADJOURNMENT
    The meeting was adjourned at 12:47 pm.