President John Delaney
Due to the conflict with Board’s meeting, President Delaney was absent and presented no report. Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President – Mark WorkmanThe Provost offered thanks to outgoing FA President Patrick Plumlee for his years of service, and remarked that the FA President sits on the Council of Deans, and would be meeting regularly with the Academic Affairs leadership, including one-on-one meetings with the Provost. He reminded faculty about the Fall Convocation, and exhorted members to attend. He then discussed changes in governance of higher education in Florida, which is shifting rapidly, requiring the university to be institutionally nimble and quick, to adjust to the changes. He mentioned two examples of such changes:
He mentioned that Marianne Jaffee will send a summary at the end of this week about all of the summer grant opportunities available to faculty. Legislative Liaison Report - Janet OwenCurrently, there is little legislative activity to report, due to the presidential election. State general revenue is relatively flat; waiting to see whether there will be a cut in funds to higher education. There are no PICO funds available for next year for construction. The state employee health trust fund will not have a deficit for another year or two. On Friday, September 7, the Supreme Court hears the pension suit. If the decision goes in favor of the employees, it could mean $1.6 billion back to employees. Student leaders have decided to do an initiative called AIM Higher, to try to convince legislators to make higher education a priority in funding. The students plan to use Facebook and YouTube videos to promote this initiative. Next week, the Board of Governors meet to approve the legislative budget request for higher education, possibly enabling avoidance of a tuition increase.United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl FrohlichThe union has elected a new board; Cheryl is the only continuing member of board. Refer to UFF website for issues involving the state or other institutions. There is now someone designated to handle grievances – Dominik Guess from the Psychology Department. Currently there have been three grievances filed relating to evaluations; some of these may not go all the way through the grievance process, since there some are still in negotiation between the administration and the individual member. Also there has been one grievance filed on a letter of reprimand, and one grievance on a counseling memorandum. The issue of providing courses solely online has been raised in bargaining, but not yet addressed:
FA President Rakita moved consent agenda items FA12-31 and FA12-33 for approval. Both items were seconded and passed.
Agenda Item# 4 - FA 12-31: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
COAS (Undergraduate) - (Psychology): Add a new course, EXP4XXXC – Human Factors and Ergonomics; and terminate an existing minor in Behavioral Medicine, which has not been offered in over 5 years.Agenda Item# 6 - Fa12-33: Submitted by the Academic Programs CommitteeCOEHS (Undergraduate) – (Foundations & Secondary Education): Course Changes (1 package)
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