Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:15 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:18 pm by Faculty Association President, Gordon Rakita.
    The minutes of the meeting of December 5, 2013 were approved as posted on the web page.

    Nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Professor Award, Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award, Outstanding Faculty Service Award, and Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award are being accepted until Friday, January 17 at 5:00 pm.

    The Faculty Association web site will officially migrate to CMS on Friday, January 10, 2014.


    Academic Programs Committee - Cheryl Frohlich
    Cheryl Frohlich reported.  The committee will meet next on February 6.     


    Academic Standards Committee - Elinor Scheirer

    Elinor Scheirer reported.  The committee will meet next on Friday, January 17 in Room 2004 of Coggin College of Business.  Issues that the committee is currently considering are revision of the statement of student rights and responsibilities and the definition of full-time student enrollment during summer sessions.


    Adjunct Affairs Committee - Daniel Dinsmore

    Daniel Dinsmore reported.  At its December meeting, the committee discussed adjunct pay and the status of adjuncts with regard to the Affordable Care Act.  The committee will meet next on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10 am in the Brooks College of Health, Building 39, Room 2027.


    Budget Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison/Paul Mason

    Jeffrey Harrison reported.  At its last meeting on December 10, 2013, the committee met with Interim Associate Provost Jay Coleman.  The committee discussed the performance metric used by Academic Affairs to allocate resources and faculty positions; the metric is linked to faculty and student hours.  The committee also discussed the procedures for approval of expenditures by the university administration.  The committee meets next on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in the Brooks College of Health.                


    Campus Technology Committee - Donna Mohr

    Donna Mohr reported.  The committee will meet on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:30 am in Room 2004 of the Coggin College of Business.  The three issues currently being discussed by the committee are as follows: 

    1. The committee has not received negative responses to the request from the Student Government for reduction of the number of different types of Scantron forms provided at no charge to students.
    2. Deb Miller of CIRT has organized a review of the clicker technology being used on campus; the current vendor has been bought, so there will be a change.  Two possible vendors will be on campus to present their products in January and February.   Information is available on the CIRT web site.
    3. The committee continues its review of classroom technology needs, to be concluded by the end of the semester.


    Faculty Affairs Committee - David Fenner/Elinor Scheirer

    David Fenner reported.  The committee will meet next on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the OFE/FA Conference Room.


    Faculty Enhancement – Georgette Dumont/Alan Harris

    Alan Harris reported.  The committee will meet on Monday, January 13, 2014 in the OFE/FA Conference Room.  The committee will be discussing changes to the review process for summer teaching grants.  Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning Marianne Jaffee will meet with the committee to explain what happens to the grants after they are submitted to Academic Affairs.     


    Nominations & Elections Committee – Steven Williamson/Chung-Ping Loh

    Albert Loh reported.  The committee will meet soon.


    Research Committee – Tammie Johnson

    Tammie Johnson reported.  The committee met on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:00 am in the Brooks College of Health 4th floor conference room.  The committee discussed their agenda for the semester, and reviewed the summer scholarship grants that were awarded (15 awarded supported 20 faculty for approximately $142 thousand).  The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:00 am in Building 39, 4th floor conference room.      


    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen

    Pali Sen reported.  The committee will meet on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room.


    Support Services Committee - Robert Schupp

    Robert Schupp reported.  The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm in Building 42, Room 2004.


    Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald

    Faculty Association Vice-President Scott Hochwald reported.  The committee met on December 10 to set the agenda for this meeting.  Note the information items in today’s agenda packet.  Faculty are invited to provide input into the university’s Constitutional Convention, currently ongoing.  Also note the Statement of Shared Governance from the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates.  The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room.  


    President John Delaney 

    There was no report.


    Interim Provost Earle Traynham

    Applications for the John Delaney Presidential Professor Award are being accepted. 


    The search for the new Dean of the College of Education and Human Services has been closed.  There are currently 45 applications, which are now being reviewed.  Dean of the Coggin College of Business Ajay Samant is chairing the search committee. 


    Dean for Undergraduate Studies Jeffrey Coker is chairing a search for the new Assistant  Vice-President of Enrollment Services.  There are currently about 60 applicants.  Review of applications will begin soon.    


    Professor Jeff Michelman has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of the Honors Program. 


    There have been some changes to the Administration’s bargaining team.  Leaving the team are Dr. Scott Hochwald, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Dean Barbara Hetrick of the College of Arts and Sciences.  New members of the team are Dean Pamela Chally of Brooks College of Health; Dr. David Jaeger, Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance; and Assistant Vice-President for Research John Kantner.   


    Academic Affairs, together with the college deans, have begun a strategic planning process, beginning with the mission statement adopted by the university.  It is hoped that there will soon be a faculty task force selected to participate in the process. 


    The process of awarding funds for summer teaching grants, research grants, and development grants has nearly been concluded.  Altogether, about $370,000 was allocated for grant awards.  


    Legislative Liaison - Janet Owen

    There was no report


    United Faculty of Florida - Janice Swenson

    Cheryl Frohlich reported.  The last issue that came up (mentioned at the December, 2013 Faculty Association meeting) involved the hiring of two individuals by a department without a search process.  The UFF Chapter President asked for and received input from the department faculty about the issue.  The union officers have discussed the matter with Senior Associate General Counsel Marc Snow.  President Delaney has written a letter to be sent to everyone apologizing for the breach of contract, and assuring that such an occurrence will not happen again. 


    The union is organizing its bargaining team and to prepare for new bargaining sessions.


    For the President:

    1.  “Faculty Association meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at the same time and in the same location.  Should the faculty interpret your lack of attendance and participation as a signal that you don’t believe these meetings to be of importance?  You have missed nineteen of the past twenty-four meetings, and have not attended one this year.  If you continue this attendance record, it might be helpful to establish another way to communicate with your faculty about initiatives and plans, so we know where we are headed.“
    2. “How do you justify the recent $60,000 salary increase for Tom Serwatka?”


    Question from Matt Corrigan, Department of Political Science and Public Administration to either Interim Associate Provost Jay Coleman or Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning Marianne Jaffee:

    “I think it would be helpful, since we’re doing a new ISQ method, that we see if there’s any differences between going totally online and what we did before, in terms of response rates, in terms of means on particular questions, in terms of demographics of students who are answering the questions.  So, when you get a chance, could you try to make those comparisons, maybe from last fall – you know, the previous fall? That would be helpful.  Thanks.“

    There were no consent agenda items.

    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 14-01: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Graduate)-(Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management): Programs of Studies Changes (1 package)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.


    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 14-02: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate)-(Public Health): New Course, & Programs of Studies Changes (2 packages)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

    1. Remarks to Faculty Association (December 5, 2013)
    2. Constitutional Convention & Constitutional Jurisdiction Committee
    3. Advisory Council of Faculty Senates (ACFS) – Statement of Shared Governance
    The meeting was adjourned at 12:46 pm.