Rakita thanked President Delaney for providing the monthly luncheon buffet for
the Faculty Association meeting and has been doing since February 2013.
Timothy Robinson, Director of the International Center, announced the annual
SAILS scholarships (Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship). Friday, February 14 is deadline for students
applying for Summer A or C programs; Friday, February 28 is the deadline
for summer D programs. Last year, 263
students applied; 172 students were awarded $300,000 worth of travel
scholarships. The Center expects over
300 applications this year; so far, there have been 188 applications and 85
awards. Funding comes from the Student
Life and Services Fee.
for the 2014-2016 Faculty Association Officers will be taken from the floor
today; no more nominations will be accepted after this meeting. Also, nominations for vacant positions on the
standing committees and the university committees will also be continued until
the March 6 Faculty Association meeting.
Standing and University Committee vacancies for the term of years
2014-2016 are listed on the Faculty Association website – Homepage &
Hotline web page.
Association Officers & Standing Committee charges are also included in the
Workflow Program Changes deadline is Tuesday, February 18.
Miller, Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research and
Assessment, had two announcements:
Volunteers are needed for following committees:
Academic Standards Committee - CCB vacancy
(remainder term) (9/15)
Intercollegiate Athletic Committee** - Faculty
At-Large (remainder term) (1/2014 to 8/2016)
Programs Committee - Cheryl Frohlich
Cheryl Frohlich reported. The APC Workflow
System deadline is Tuesday, February 18
Standards Committee - Elinor Scheirer
Elinor Scheirer reported. At the last meeting, the committee finalized
language regarding grade appeals processes; this issue will be forwarded to the
Executive Committee, for possible placement on the March legislative
agenda. The committee is working on
four other issues:
the definition of undergraduate full-time enrollment in summer sessions, to
bring it more in line with the definition used for financial aid purposes;
of a new policy about student processing of exceptions to policies;
iii) writing a document,
in conjunction with the Dean of Students, regarding student rights and
a statement on the awarding of in memoriam/posthumous degrees.
The next committee meeting will be on Friday, February
14 in the College of Education and Human Services, Bldg 57, Room 3201.
Affairs Committee - Daniel Dinsmore
Dinsmore reported. The committee met
last on Monday, February
4. To try to make adjuncts feel more a
part of the university community, the committee is making sure all links work
to sites with information useful to adjuncts.
The committee continues to examine adjunct pay compared to other
institutions. The committee is also
looking at accreditation issues related to adjunct faculty. The next committee meeting will be on Monday,
March 4 at 9:00 am in the College of Education and Human Services, Bldg 57, Room
Advisory Committee - Jeffrey Harrison
Jeffrey Harrison reported. The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday,
February 11. Interim Vice-President for
Institutional Advancement Anne McCullen has been invited to attend this meeting
to discuss the UNF Foundation.
Technology Committee - Donna Mohr
Donna Mohr reported. The committee met last on January 10. The committee discussed the newest generation
of smartboard technology and recommended that the university purchase two of
these boards. The next committee meeting
will be on Friday, February 14 at 9:30 am in the Coggin College of Business,
Room 2004. One issue for ongoing
discussion is the evaluation of clicker technology by a subcommittee headed by Deb
Miller, Director of Academic Support Systems of CIRT. There are two possible vendors; both have
done preliminary demonstrations on campus, and another demonstration is planned. Faculty should talk to Deb Miller if they are
thinking about adopting clickers for the summer. The committee will also discuss blackboards,
whiteboards, and custodial services, and begin a discussion about a strategic
plan for classrooms.
Faculty Affairs Committee - David
David Fenner reported. The committee discussed revision of the charge
for the Academic Programs Committee. The
committee also discussed whether to revisit the issue of Faculty Exit
Surveys. The next committee meeting will
be on Thursday, February 13 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Building
16, Room 3108.
Enhancement – Georgette Dumont/Alan Harris
Georgette Dumont reported. The committee last on January 13. Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning Marianne
Jaffee attended to discuss the processing of the Summer Teaching Grant
proposals by Academic Affairs after recommendations are submitted by the
committee. The committee will use the information
to streamline the process for next year.
The next committee meeting will be on Monday, February 10 at 12:00 in the
OFE/FA Conference Room, Building 16, Room 3108.
& Elections Committee – Albert Loh
Albert Loh reported. The committee last met on January 24 to review
the timeline for nominations and elections.
The next meeting will be on Friday, February 21 at 11:00 am in the Coggin
College of Business, Room 2004. So far,
there is one nomination for Faculty Association President, Chip
Klostermeyer. There is one nomination
for Faculty Association Vice-President, Scott Hochwald. There is one nomination for Faculty Association
Secretary, Katrina Hall. Nominations are
closed as of this Faculty Association meeting.
At the next Faculty Association meeting, on March 6, nominations will be
taken for members of Faculty Association and University standing committees.
Committee – Tammie Johnson
Tammie Johnson reported. The committee met on Tuesday, February 4 at 9:00
am in Building 39, Room 4032. The
committee discussed improvements to the process for handling summer scholarship
applications. They also considered the possibility
of moving the proposal deadline to the spring semester but decided against
it. The next committee meeting will be
on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Building 39 in the 4th floor conference
Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen
Sen reported. The committee met last on
Tuesday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA conference room. Interim Provost Earle Traynham was the guest. He shared information about the future role
of FTIC (first-time in college) students. (Inaudible) There was a question raised about the overall
participation rate on online ISQ for the Fall, 2013 semester; he estimated the
rate at about 50%. The committee also
has an information item in the agenda packet.
The committee will meet next on Tuesday, March 4, 12:15 p.m in the OF/FA
conference room, Building 16, Room 3108.
Support Services Committee - Robert
Robert Schupp reported. The committee met on Tuesday, February
4. The Director of the Office of Faculty
Enhancement Dan Richard was the guest. The
next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, March 4 at 1:00 pm in Building 42,
Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald
Faculty Association Vice-President Scott Hochwald
reported. The committee met on Tuesday, January
21. There are no legislative agenda
items. The next committee meeting is on
Tuesday, February 18 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA conference room, Building 16,
“The news of the hour is that the Board of Governors
has submitted to the legislature a funding formula that, frankly, is biased
toward the larger schools and biased against the smaller schools. They’ve got 10 metrics that they’ll be
measured by. One is submitted by the
universities; and so the tenth metric’s really irrelevant, because everybody is
submitting a metric that they are going do well on. So there’s really nine others. Graduation rate is at the top (they’re all
weighted equally at this point in time). And so: graduation rate; freshmen retention, from the
freshman to the sophomore year; employment after graduation within 6 months;
salary after graduation (the data for that is a little spotty, but they’re
sticking with it at this point in time).
One of the ninth metric (sic) is percentage of your
students that graduate with more than 120 hours. I don’t really know how in the Hell to move
that metric, particularly. My youngest
daughter did a year of nursing school before she decided that she didn’t like
blood; and that’s my own daughter, and I’m paying the bill. And, uh, I can’t figure that one out.
There’s problems with all of these metrics, not the
least of which is there’s been very little – virtually none – input from the
universities; and any input that was given has essentially been rejected. And we’ll just start, say, with the
graduation rate. UNF, after 6 years,
it’s about a 50% graduation rate. About
10% to 15% of the students that start here, historically fully intended to
transfer to Florida or Florida State in their junior year, which they do, and
then graduate from there. Another 10% to
15% get homesick, break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, run out of money,
and then go back home and graduate from the hometown university. And after six years, we’ve got 7% of our
students – 7 or 8 – that are still taking classes. They’re taking one or two classes a semester
while they work full-time. So, we’ve got
about 83% have either graduated from some place or are still working towards
graduation. The University of Florida
has a graduation rate, I think, of about 85%.
Half of the students that go to the University of Florida start,
completing two years of credits; they walk in the door with two years’ worth of
credits. So their students have six
years to complete two years’ worth of classes.
None of the metrics – it’s really a one-size-fits-all for
the system – there’s no peer-to-peer types of measurements. There’s no evaluation of the different
missions of the varying universities.
We’re trying to take those apart right now; they’ve been handed over
whole-cloth to the legislature. Eight of
the presidents, yesterday, spent the day going through the legislature, pretty
violently opposed to the current format that’s being presented. All of the presidents have spoken to the
incompleteness of these metrics. And
again, you think that one-ninth of your score is based upon how you rank with
students that take more than 120 hours to graduate. The weighting just doesn’t really make any
But, the biggest impact is this, that the governor,
and the senate in particular (and right now the house has agreed) that three or
four of the institutions in the state - of the eleven that are in the state -
every year will lose money, and it will go to the three or four institutions that
have the most points on the document. So
the larger schools were in the top five; the smaller schools were in the bottom
four; and we were really in the middle.
So we were not in danger of losing money, but we also didn’t get the
extra money that the schools at the top got.
The president of the University of West Florida has described it as kind
of a death spiral thing; if they keep taking money from you every year, there’s
no way to dig back out and move some of those metrics.
So we are putting together groups to look at each of
these individual metrics, and see what we can do to move the needle. Some of them… for example the percentage of
your students with Pell grants – the more Pell grant students you have, the
more points you get. But the way they’ve
done the scoring, virtually everybody gets the maximum points; there hasn’t
been any kind of tiering. At UNF, we
have about one-third of our students are Pell-grant eligible - which means that
they’re below the federal poverty line - which is a really huge
percentage. And, quite frankly, those
students - it’s more difficult for them to graduate, because they have to work
while they’re trying to go through school - which is really one of the flaws of
So, we’ve got a third of our students are Pell; we’ve
got about another 5% that are military, which often are transient and don’t
graduate from the place they start. And
another 5% have a certified disability, either a learning disability or a
physical disability. It’s a program that
we’ve invested a lot of resources in to help the students with
disabilities. We’ve now become a magnet statewide;
many of you would know this. We have
more deaf students at UNF than the rest of the universities combined; more
blind students than the rest of the universities combined. And frankly, you get punished, because it’s
difficult for students with some of those limitations to get through in a
six-year time frame.
So these are all metrics that we’re working - trying
to break apart. Obviously, we’ll have a
more full presentation as the details spill out. They still haven’t released the scoring on
the points, but we’ve gone to the NSA and been able to get a copy, and that’s
why we know where we stand relative to the rest of the system.
So with that, Gordon, I’ll turn it back over and let’s
see if anybody has some questions.
Legislative Liaison - Janet Owen
was no report; the Legislative Liaison is in Tallahassee.
United Faculty of Florida - Janice
Janice Swenson reported. We are anticipating having to go back to bargaining
because our contract ends in June. The
bargain team consists of Cheryl Frohlich as chief negotiator, Janice Swenson,
and Susan Perez. We have an advisor from
UFF, of course, as part of the team.
Male faculty members are invited to join the team, as well as members of
other colleges. The team is looking for
more input from faculty; anyone wanting to participate or provide input should
talk to Cheryl Frohlich or Janice Swenson.
Constitutional Convention – Matthew
UNF Constitution is a document that came from a commitment to shared
governance, and also the idea of going across associations – students, staff,
and faculty – to come up with some common values and standards. The Constitution requires the calling of a
convention every ten years to review the constitution; the process is underway
right now. We’ve had two meetings so
far, involving faculty, students, and staff.
Faculty can submit ideas through the Faculty Association, or through the
Faculty Association web site (http://www.unf.edu/president/UNF_Constitution.aspx under
Issues under consideration include:
Faculty are encouraged to participate.
Question #1 for either President Delaney or Interim Provost Earl
In announcing his intention to step down as Dean of the College of
Education and Human Services (see emailed announcement below), Larry Daniel
stated that once leaving the Office of the Dean he would both assume a faculty
role AND “continue to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Urban
Education and Policy.” As the Director of the Center for Urban Education and
Policy has a prominent role in promoting the College’s vision for educational
reform, for representing the College to the greater public, and for bringing
external funds to the College, it seems only logical that the new Dean of the
college would have significant input into the person chosen to fulfill that
role (e.g., to work with faculty and a search committee to select a person to
assume that role). It also seems logical—for the reasons noted above—that the
new Dean would have direct supervisory authority over the “Director” and
her/his responsibilities. Yet by appointing himself “Executive Director” into
the indefinite future, Dean Daniel seems to be circumventing normal lines of
authority and using a power that is not his to use in order to ensure himself a
future administrative role within the College. It also seems that Dean Daniel
is assuming a representative role that ignores the contexts behind the change
in leadership within COEHS. If, on the other hand, the Provost or the President
approved this future role for Dr. Daniel, faculty would like to know the rationale
for the decision, why they were not consulted in the decision, and whether or
not the new Dean will have the authority to supervise the person fulfilling the
role of Director (and thus have significant input into the messages emanating
from the “Center”)?
Dear COEHS Faculty and Staff:
It is my pleasure to serve as Dean of the College of Education and
Human Services. The upcoming academic year will be my tenth year as Dean, and,
with my approaching the completion of a decade of service, this milestone has
given me reason to reflect on the many things that we as a College have been
able to accomplish over the past years as well as the bright future that we
have ahead of us. I have also been thinking about my own career and the
experiences I have had over my 30+ years as an educator. The 13 years I have
spent at UNF have been the most enriching of my career, and I hope to be a part
of the UNF community for many years to come. However, there is an optimal time
for every experience, and I am at a point in my own career in which a change of
pace is in order. Therefore, I am announcing my decision to resign as Dean of
the College of Education and Human Services at the end of the current fiscal
year (June 30, 2014). I look forward at that time to joining the Department of
Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management in a full time capacity. I
will also continue to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Urban
Education and Policy. In the meantime, we have a busy year ahead of us with
many challenges and opportunities awaiting. I will be corresponding with you in
a few days regarding some important items to be accomplished this year. Thank
you for all that you do, individually and collectively, to ensure outstanding
service to our students and the community. As always, if you have ideas as to
how we might be more effective as a College, please drop me a note or schedule
a time to meet with me.
Larry Larry G. Daniel, Ph. D., Dean and Professor College of
Education and Human Services University of North Florida 1 University of North
Florida Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699 Voice: (904) 620-2520; FAX: (904)
620-2522 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Provost will respond in writing.
for President Delaney:
As a follow-up to last month's question, could the administration
please provide the faculty with the following public information: The total
salaries (including any salary funds drawn from the Foundation) for 2011-12,
2012-2013, and 2013-2014 for the following individuals: Tom Serwatka, Shari
Shuman, Pam Chally, Barb Hetrick, Mark Tumeo, Ajay Samant, Larry Daniel, Jay
Coleman, Len Roberson, Jeff Michelman, John Kantner, Mark Workman.
President Delaney will respond in writing.
#3 & #4, the first for President Delaney, the second for Faculty
Association President Gordon Rakita:
#3 - Two recent pieces of information cause me to ask: Is UNF
"over-administered"? First, in Florida Trend's June 2013 issue, it
was noted that the number of administrators at UNF increased by 15.7% from 2007
to 2011. (In 2007, there were 235 administrators and in 2011 there were 272
administrators). As a side note, in fall 2007 there were 16,406 students and in
fall 2011 there were 16,368 students.
President Delaney will
respond in writing.
#4 - Second, we recently learned that Tom Serwatka received a $60,000
raise. I think a thorough analysis of this issue is warranted. Has the Budget
Advisory Committee looked into this? Is there another group of
non-administrators on campus that should be examining this issue?
President Rakita: “I’ll answer
that, and I’ll answer it from the floor.
The answer to the first part – Has the Budget Advisory Committee looked
into this issue? No, to my knowledge the
Budget Advisory Committee has not looked into it. Should they, or should some group of
non-administrators look into it? I would
ask that the Budget Advisory Committee await the response from the President’s
office about the salaries that was asked in Question 2, and then, given that
response, make a recommendation to me about any action the Faculty Association
may want to take on the issue.”
to President Delaney and Interim Provost Earl Traynham:
Given the recent shortfall in the projected FTEs combined with the
proposed recalculations of the allotment faculty lines that may result in the
moving some lines from COAS to the professional schools, how will these factors
impact the faculty and the departments that participate honors program? Using
the honors courses offered in Fall 2013 as a sample, approximately 60% of the
courses were taught by COAS faculty, is this factored into the FTE
calculations? Honors courses require significantly small class sizes and may
affect the FTE calculations. This may prevent departments from participating in
the honors program in the future.
The Provost will respond
for Deb Murphy, Chair of the Department of Art and Design:
What happened to the large, yellow duck that was floating near the
library and business building? Will we be seeing this artwork again?
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