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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

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

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was at 12:45 p.m. but called to order at 1:02 p.m. by Faculty Association President Gordon Rakita.

Meeting Minutes


    The minutes of the meeting of April 4, 2013 were approved as posted on the web.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    • June 11 is the deadline for final authorization of travel TA’s for the academic year 

    • The usage rules for the new Faculty Lounge are posted on the Faculty Association website under the Reservations link.
    • The results of the 2013 Faculty Technology Survey are posted online on the Faculty Association website under the Information Items link. 

    • In the agenda packet is a list of courses that have not been taught in the past five years. These courses are scheduled to be removed from the catalog. Anyone with questions about these courses should contact department chairs or the Academic Programs Committee. The process of updating the course outcomes whenever the departments decide to keep courses that have not been taught in five years and submit to the APC Workflow System.

    • The modified Medical Withdrawal Request Form (submitted by Doreen Perez, Director of Student Health Services) is included in the agenda packet as an information item, and is also included under the Information Items link on the Faculty Association website.
    • The 2013-14 Committee Elections results, and the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Professor Award, are in the agenda packet as an information item, which is also posted on the Faculty Association website.

    • The University Selection Committee has an information item in the agenda packet, listing the members of the 2012-2013 Faculty Awards University Selection Committees. As with the previous items, this one is also posted on the Faculty Association website.

    • Nominations for election of faculty representatives to the Search Committee for Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs will be accepted from the floor, and will also be accepted through Friday, May 10 at 3 pm. The election will be conducted electronically, and will begin on Wednesday, May 15 at 9:00 am and continue until 5:00 pm on Friday, May 24. Further information about the procedure for voting is included in the agenda packet, as well as being posted on the Faculty Association website. There were no nominations from the floor.

    • L arry Daniel announced that recent retiree Cassandra Etgeton passed away recently.

    • Volunteers are needed for following committees: Strategic Planning Advisory Committee – COAS vacancy (remainder term) (9/14).
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (5 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee - Candice Carter
    Cheryl Frohlich is the new chair of the committee. The APC will be considering the courses on the list of untaught courses. These courses are designated for deletion from the catalog. Faculty wanting to retain courses from the list will need to submit a course change APC package. The committee has two agenda items.

    Academic Standards Committee - Oliver Schnusenberg
    Elinor Scheirer reported. The committee met on April 12. There are three items on agenda.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee - Peter Magyari
    The committee met on Friday, April 24 and elected new officers; the new chair is Daniel Dinsmore. The committee discussed an adjunct-related issue from the Affordable Care Act; some institutions are reducing adjunct hours to avoid having to pay health insurance under the act. The committee will continue to discuss this issue.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Jeffrey Harrison
    The committee met on April 16 in the Brooks College of Health. Interim Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Ann McCullen met with the committee and discussed the UNF Foundation. The Power of Transformation Campaign, which ran from 2009 to December, 2012, had an original goal to raise $110 million. The final total amount raised was $134 million. The number of scholarships to UNF has grown to 875 per year; the number of endowed fellowships has increased to 39; the number of faculty endowments has increased to 48. Further information about the the work of the Foundation and the results of the Campaign is included in an attachment to the minutes of the committee meeting.

    Campus Technology Committee - Diana Tanner
    The committee has an information item, number 1 on page 10 of the agenda packet, the results of the Campus Technology Survey. The third bullet in the item says that the committee will be visiting every classroom on campus this summer, starting on May 2, “to identify issues with board condition and placement, room lighting, podium connections, equipment, etc. that can be improved.” Due to weather issues, the visits will start in June.

    Faculty Affairs Committee - David Fenner
    The committee met on April 11. The discussed a question raised at the March 7 Faculty Association meeting about the awarding of emeritus faculty status to instructors. The committee also voted to recommend an honorary doctorate for Nat Glover, former Sheriff of Duval County and current President of Edward Waters College. The committee also began to develop guidelines for awarding honorary doctorates, and reviewed the Faculty Association award instructions. The committee has one item on the legislative agenda, proposing a name change for the Department of Philosophy. The next committee meeting will be on September 12.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Georgette Dumont
    The committee met on April 22, and discussed revision of summer teaching grant proposals. The committee also discussed C.R.E.L. (Course Redesign for Effective Learning) results and names to be put forward to attend the C.R.E.L. workshop. The committee will not be met in May and no more meetings for 2012-2013.

    Nominations & Elections Committee - Steven Williamson
    There was no report.

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    The committee met on May 2, and elected Tammie Johnson to be the new chair. Caroline and Tammie will meet with the new Interim Provost and the Assistant Vice-President for Research in July to move forward with changes to be implemented in the new Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Pingying Zhang
    President Rakita reported. The committee met with Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning Marianne Jaffee to discuss the process of strategic planning. They have a meeting on Monday, May 13, 2013 in OFE/FA Conference Room.

    Support Services Committee - Alice Eng
    The committee met on April 16. The speaker was Lieutenant Tammy Oliver from the University Police Department, who talked about how to handle active shooting on campus. She is available to speak to classes; contact the UPD.

    Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald
    The committee met on April 23 to set the agenda for this meeting. The next meeting of the Executive Committee will be on Tuesday, May 21 at 12:45 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Building 16, Room 3108.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney
    There was no report.

    Interim Provost & Vice President –Earle Traynham
    The Interim Provost introduced himself to the faculty, some of whom did not know him, since he retired in 2008.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    The legislature adjourned on May 3, after passing a $74.5 billion budget, an increase of approximately $4 billion over the current year. There were five big initiatives accomplished, including higher education reform, Senate Bill 1076. The State University System received an 8.3% increase, amounting to $314 million above the restored $300 million that was cut last year. There is a 3% tuition increase, which will amount to about $1 million to UNF. There are no funds available from the Public Education Capital Outlay program. However, legislature put $70 million into SUS projects, including about $4 million for UNF to be put toward renovation of the Natural Sciences Building (Building 4). The budget includes an increase for state employees for the first time since 2006. Employees earning $40,000 or less per year will receive a $1400 increase in their base pay. Employees earning more than $40,000 per year will receive a $1000 increase in their base pay. There will be no health insurance premium increase and no changes to retirement. The Bright Futures Program received a 3% increase. All six of our trustees were confirmed on the last day of the session.

    United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
    Cheryl Frohlich introduced the new president of the UFF chapter at UNF, Janice Swenson. A member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty has come to agreement with the administration on a severance package. The bargaining sessions are currently working on Article 18, the evaluation article. She asked for feedback from the faculty on the administration’s proposal on Article 18.

    Question 1 to the Interim Provost:
    “Will you be accessible to the faculty in case they need to discuss some issue? Or should they have to follow a chain of command, like the chair, then the dean, then the provost?”
    “Coming in the door, I told somebody that I will always answer these things in writing, rather than off the cuff. I’m going to violate that right away. The answer to that is, ‘Yes’ and ‘No.’ I mean, I think if you ask anyone in the Coggin College about how I operated when I was dean there for ten years, I had pretty much an open door policy. Anybody who needed to see me, they could come see me, and we would talk about things. To whatever extent possible, I will try to accommodate you, see you on an individual basis. I won’t require a strict chain of command for you to come into my door and tell me something and complain to me about something or tell me [inaudible]. On the other hand, I do respect the chain of command, and indeed, I may listen to you and say, ‘Well, you know, this is something that, first, I want you to talk to your chair about, or your dean about, and then we’ll get together and go from there.’ So, I’m not going to run around people in this process, but I think I’ll be at least as open as you’ve ever had anybody in the Provost’s office to just having you come in. To the extent that I have gaps in my schedule, I love talking with you, or listening to you.”

    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 13-22: Submitted by the Executive Committee
    Philosophy Department Name Changed Request
    The committee chair moved the item. The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 2- FA 13-23: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (School of Computing): New Courses (1 package)
    The committee chair moved the item. The item passed

    Agenda Item# 3- FA 13-24: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Graduate) – (School of Computing): New Course (1 item)
    The committee chair moved the item. The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 13-25: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Graduation-First Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
    The committee chair moved the item. The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 13-26: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Military Withdrawal Policy
    The committee chair moved the item. The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 13-27: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Final Exam Policy
    The committee chair moved the item. The item passed.

    • 2013 Faculty Technology Survey Results 
    • Special Election of Search Committee for Provost & VP 
    • Usage Rules For The New Faculty Lounge 
    • Election Results for 2013-2014 Standing and University Committees & 2013 Distinguished Professor 
    • The Updated Directories for 2013-2014 Faculty Association Standing Committees and University Committees 
    • 2012-2013 Faculty Awards University Selection Committee Members 
    • 2012-2013 OT Undergraduate College Screening Committee Members 
    • 2012-2013 OT Graduate College Screening Committee Members 
    • Administrative Medical Withdrawal Request Form 
    • Untaught Five Years Courses 
    • 2013-2014 Faculty Association Schedules 
    • 2013-2014 Academic Programs Committee Schedules 
    • 2013-2014 University Matriculation Calendar

    The meeting was adjourned at 1:34 p.m.