Associate Vice-President for Administration and Finance Scott
Bennett announced that the Policy and Compliance Committee will be coordinating
an examination of all non-academic university policies. Many policies have been found to be out of
date. The policy review will be
completed in time for the fifth –year SACS review, so that the university will
be compliant with all policies by that time.
President Delaney has decreed extra days off during winter
holidays and spring break for all support, law enforcement, administrative, 9-
and 12-month faculty, and executive service employees.
President Rakita asked the members of the association to offer
welcome to the new Vice-President for Development & Alumni Affairs, Joshua
The following information items are
included in the agenda packet:
2014-15 Faculty Association Schedule
2014-15 Academic Programs Committee
2013-14 Faculty Award Winners
2014-15 Committee Elections Results
and Distinguished Professor Election Results
2014-15 Standing and University
Program of Study Guidelines &
Requirements, from the Academic Programs Committee
UFF Acknowledgement Letter from
Faculty Allocation Model by
Associate Provost Jay Coleman
Usage Rules for the Faculty Lounge
Programs Committee - Cheryl Frohlich
Cheryl Frohlich reported. The committee
met on Thursday, May 1 and will meet on the first Thursday in June to discuss
courses that have not been taught for the past five years.
Standards Committee - Elinor Scheirer
Elinor Scheirer reported. The committee met on April 18 and continued
to discuss development of a policy on in memoriam degrees and posthumous
degrees. They may meet in late August to
finish developing the policy, which should be ready for consideration by the
Faculty Association no later than October.
Affairs Committee - Daniel Dinsmore
Daniel Dinsmore reported. There was no May meeting; the committee will
meet on Monday, August 4 at 2:00 pm in the College of Education and Human
Services, room 2032.
Advisory Committee - Jeffrey Harrison/Paul Mason
Jeffrey Harrison reported. The committee met on Tuesday, May 13 at 1:00
pm in the Brooks College of Health. Paul
Mason presented updated information pertaining to Associate Provost Jay
Coleman’s faculty and staffing model. During
the period from 2007 to 2011, excluding adjunct faculty, there was a decrease
of 29 faculty member, or 4%. There was,
however, a net increase of 28 tenure-track faculty members during that time,
with decreases in instructors and visiting faculty. The committee also discussed President Delaney’s
letter from March 13 about administrative pay raises. The next committee meeting will be on August 26
at 1:00 pm in the Brooks College of Health in the Public Health conference room.
Technology Committee - Donna Mohr
There was no report.
Faculty Affairs Committee - David
David Fenner reported. There is one agenda item. The next committee meeting will be in the Fall.
Enhancement – Georgette Dumont/Alan Harris
Georgette Dumont reported. The committee met in April to finalize the rubric
to be used for the summer teaching grant proposals. The next committee meeting will be in August.
& Elections Committee – Albert Loh
Committee – Tammie Johnson
Tammie Johnson reported. The committee did not meet in May. They will meet next on August 20 at 1:00 pm
in Building 39, in the 4th floor conference room.
Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen
Sen reported. The committee did not meet
in May. The next meeting will be in
August. There is one information item in
the agenda packet.
Support Services Committee - Robert
Robert Schupp reported. The committee did not meet in May.
Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald
Faculty Association Vice-President Scott Hochwald
reported. The committee met on April 22
to set the agenda for this meeting. The
committee has two items on the legislative agenda. There will be no May and June executive
meetings. The June and July Faculty
Association meetings are also cancelled.
President John Delaney
“Despite my expressed worries about the legislative session,
the legislature approved a significant funding increase for higher education in
general and UNF in particular. Janet
will, of course, provide details in a few minutes.
We will be proposing raises for faculty and staff to
the respective unions, and subsequently to the Board of Trustees. I would like to address compression and
inversion for faculty as part of a salary package.
The performance funding plan was accepted by the
legislature, and in a more acceptable format.
Also, the first phase of renovations for Skinner-Jones Hall was funded
at about $13 million. This last project
is subject to gubernatorial veto, and we are working to keep funding for this
project. The funding is a sign of an
improved Florida economy and augurs well for the next few years.
I recently met with the Faculty Association’s
Executive and Faculty Affairs Committees jointly. I hope to institutionalize such a meeting on
a regular basis as a format for discussions on items of shared governance.”
Liaison Report – Vice-President for Governmental Affairs Janet Owen
“In this session, it was good, money-wise as well as legislation. Even the ‘no’s’ were good – no
pension/retirement changes, no health insurance changes, no textbook
affordability bill, no gun legislation.
So the ‘no’s’ were good; and the ‘yes’s’ were even better.
We had the biggest budget in Florida’s history, $77.1
billion. And it was great for the state
universities - $200 million in a performance funding package. Of course, a large part of that – about $80
million – comes from base budgets. But,
thankfully, UNF is in the winning category; we have enough points to get our
base budget cut… contribution to the pot returned, as well as additional
money. And then, we were successful in
getting about a $2.5 million recurring add to our base, that we said was to
help us with performance funding metric(s) in the future… so, in terms of
academic enhancements and student support services that we need to address to
look at graduation and retention rates and those kinds of things.
PECO was wonderful, and I’ll tell you why. We need to thank the commissioner of
agriculture, who came up with an initiative where he transferred some tax on
energy to the PECO trust fund as a(n) every-year recurring contribution of
about $160 million to a fund that was dying.
So, we’re really appreciative of that, which allowed there to be PECO
projects. It was $11.750 million for
Skinner-Jones Hall; and our BOG approval was for $9 million; so that was more
than we were actually even approved for.
We have to thank a lot of our legislators for coming together and
supporting that. But, I really want to give
a special thanks to you all and individually to Dr. Jay Coleman, Dr. Barbara
Hetrick, Dr. Mark Tumeo, Dr. Garner, Dr. Eason, and Dr. Pyati, who, on 24-hours
notice, turned around incredible letters of support, each one individually
written, specifically talking about that corporation or company’s tie to UNF
and what they do and why the renovations in 3 and 4 are so important. And we got letters from the JAX Chamber, USA
Partnership, Stash Investments, Shahid Khan’s business, Haskell, two from Mayo,
the Department of Defense Army Research Lab, Vistakon, Saft Batteries, Stellar,
Goodrich Corporation…. That’s just to
name a few; and then a ton of engineering firms and other environmental
companies here in town who support. So,
I’m hoping we can, you know, tap that energy and keep going with it.
Like I said, probably together with the special that
we got and our performance funding, we’re probably upwards to about $10 million
to our base recurring, which is going to be very helpful, and especially as we
look to the future.
Differential tuition, which I am characterizing, I
think appropriately, as 15% authority given to the Board of Governors to
consider requests by the universities, which, of course they have not given us
in the last two years. But, nonetheless,
that authority was removed from statute.
I think, it’ll be, in an election year, characterized as: ‘We got rid of your 15% increase.’ But the truth is, it was authority to the
Board of Governors that was repealed from law, so they won’t be considering
that for the rest of us. They will be
able to consider up to a 6% of a tuition increase for the pre-eminent
universities based on their performance on three metrics that represent two
points per metric… and, anyway, just for Florida and Florida State. The inflationary adjustment is also gone; but
the good news is, they did approve a waiver of the out-of-state fee portion for
undocumented students; the big Florida GI bill also provides a waiver for
out-of-state military veterans….
But, I will get my report out later today, and if you
need particular bills – and particularly I’m thinking nursing and education –
you want to look at those, just holler and I’ll get them to you.“
Faculty of Florida – Janice Swenson
Cheryl Frohlich reported. “We had our elections just recently, and we
have a new president that will be coming in, John White; and I am sure that
he’ll be here and be informing you on all the things that will be changing at
the next meeting.”
Diana Tanner – Parking Advisory Council
will be a change to the daily permit fees, right now, it costs $3 to get a
daily permit; the new rates will be $5 for premium; and that’s to put us on par
with the other universities around the state.
Discount will be $2; so it’s being lowered a dollar. Hopefully that will make students not lie
when they come to you and ask for a daily permit; because they’ll have to pay
$3 less to be able to go out in a discount lot to park.
be no changes to the locations in which specific groups park, the hierarchy of
permit sales, citation fees, permit categories, or sales ratios. There’ll be a couple of minor changes to some
parking spaces over near the housing areas; that will be converted to housing
from premium. Alumni Hall parking will
change from premium to discount.
I’ve been waiting for this part for a long time; no longer will we call the
parking spaces premium; we’ll call them the blue spaces; and the discount
spaces will be called the gray spaces; and that will begin on August 16. Faculty/staff parking will eventually become
yellow parking – they’re trying to stay away from pairing orange with blue
is a new garage that they began construction on May 1; it should be finished
January 1; it has four stories, 554 parking spaces. It’s for use primarily for housing, so it’s
going to sit behind the other parking garage.
The top two floors – there’ll be four floors – floors four and three
will have ramps that go over to the current parking garage, so that they can
make those two floors premium, or they can block them off and make them just
Schuman noted that registered guest permits are still $2.
Question 1, for President Delaney:
“At a recent Faculty Association meeting you
were asked about the growth of administrators at UNF over time. You indicated that the university’s overall
jump in administrative numbers was due to the use of director titles. Why then are we filling the position of
Director of Academic Technology in ITS when Kathy Hughes retires when we
already have an AVP of Academic Technology in Academic Affairs? Would you consider revisiting this decision
since it appears somewhat redundant and presents us with an opportunity to save
some money as well as eliminate one director position from our numbers?”
Response from Shari Schuman, Vice-President of
Administration and Finance:
“I just wanted to give a
little bit of background on the position and why we established it to begin
with and put Kathy Hughes in it. So it’s
not a new position. We did a
re-organization – I had three or four directors that retired out of Information
Technology – and if that’s not an opportunity to do a re-organization, what
is? And so, we did a task force that had
faculty members that participated on that task force as well as administrators,
that was led by Scott Bennett. And, one
of the things that was loud and clear was that there was a thought, especially
by faculty and some others, that IT did not spend enough time on academic technology;
that they were focused on the Enterprise systems, the student system,
Blackboard, and those sorts of things, and that we needed someone who would
focus and advocate on behalf of faculty within IT.
And so, what we’re looking
at… and that’s what Kathy has done for thirty years, for those that know
Kathy. And she unfortunately did decide
to retire; that was her right. And so,
we put out a search, that failed. And
then we put out a second search, and decided, who better to advocate for
faculty than a faculty member? And so,
we did a search, and, as you know, it did get announced that Gordon accepted
that position, starting June 9. He’ll
stay in a faculty line, and he’ll still be a faculty member. What we look at this position doing is also
helping in regard to coordination, identifying research projects that we can
help leverage with our Florida Lambda Rail, LLC (FLR). Also, there’s a Sunshine State Education and Research
Computing Alliance that we work with – CCEC in particular – that’s also
research and has other aspects. So, not
only will they be looking at and working with CIRT, with classroom technology,
and coming up with innovative and ‘what’s the next thing?’, along with
CIRT. But they’ll also be working with
the faculty on research… ‘do you have a database that you need for a
classroom?’ That’s some of the stuff
that Kathy’s done. There’s just
different things, and we want to put an emphasis on what you need. And I seriously mean that. We do understand that there’s more than just
running the numbers and running the administrative systems, that faculty matter
and faculty care, and we want to help you.
So, that’s the reason for the position.“
Question 2, for President Delaney and Interim Provost Earl
From the Faculty Enhancement Committee
- “Could someone in the administration clarify intellectual property rights as
related to course development – online, hybrid, and face-to-face – online
instruction, and creative content? Also,
with regard to intellectual property rights for 9-month faculty? Also, address the relationship between those
who teach during the summer and those who do not?”
Interim Provost Earl Traynham:
“I think really a forum is
the best way to deal with this particular topic, because it is a complex issue. There is collective bargaining language
already that addresses this issue, maybe in a too-simplistic way. And it’s kind of a hot-button issue. My own personal opinion is that it is an
issue in which there’s probably more smoke than fire – that it’s really not as
much of an issue, crucially, as sometimes we’re making it. So I think that that might be the best way to
deal with this. You can be sure that it
is an issue that’s going to be addressed in the upcoming bargaining, to try to
reach some clarification about intellectual property rights. But probably a forum would be a very good way
to deal with that.”
Question 3, from Faculty Association Vice-President
“There are two business models out there – the Jaguar
one and the Wal-Mart one. And I’d like
the parking services to be the Jaguar one, as opposed to the Wal-Mart one, so
that when the premium spaces go on sale, that if you have one of those,
especially if you’re faculty and staff, you get the invitation to keep it, as
opposed to being told, ‘You have 30 minutes to get online, buy it, and if you
don’t make it, you can park way away.’
I’ll let you know I didn’t make it; I’m late all the time; and if I’m serving
on any committee with you, I will be later.”
Agenda Item# 1- FA
14-17: Submitted by the Executive Committee
SECOND READING: Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment of
Academic Programs Committee Charge Changes Proposal.
The proposal was withdrawn
by the Executive Committee for further consideration.
Agenda Item# 2 - FA 14-18: Submitted by the Executive
SECOND READING: Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment of
Nominations and Elections Committee Additional Proposal for the Voting
The chair moved the item.
The item was passed.
Agenda Item# 3- FA 14-20: Submitted by the Executive Committee
University of North Florida Final Draft 2014
Agenda Item# 4- FA 14-21:
Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
COEHS (Graduate) – (Foundations and
Secondary Education): Course Changes
chair moved the item. The item was passed.
Agenda Item# 5- FA 13-26:
Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee
Resolution on Distance Learning
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