Academic Programs Committee - Cheryl Frohlich
Cheryl Frohlich reported. The committee met on Thursday, October 3 at 10:00 am. The committee has several items on the legislative agenda. The committee has been asked to develop a definition of a UNF credit hour, to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Academic Standards Committee - Saurabh Gupta
Elinor Scheirer reported. The committee met on September 4. The committee will also be working on the credit hour definition. At the next meeting, the committee will work on the academic appeals process; the current policy is scheduled for renewal and examination. There is also some inconsistency with regard to statements available to students in the student handbook. The next meeting will be on Friday, October 11 at 11:30 am in the Coggin College of Business, Room 2004.
Adjunct Affairs Committee - Peter Magyari/Daniel Dinsmore
Peter Magyari reported. The committee met on Monday, September 9 at 9:00 am in Brooks College of Health, Room 2027. They discussed their agenda for the year. They have invited Interim Provost Earle Traynham and Director of Planning Marianne Jaffee to attend their next meeting. On the agenda for that meeting are discussions of: a) the pay scale for adjuncts, and b) provisions in the Affordable Care Act that apply to part-time workers, and how those provisions might affect adjuncts. The next meeting of the committee will be on Monday, October 7 at
9:00 am in Building 39, Room 2027.
Budget Advisory Committee - Jeffrey Harrison/Paul Mason
Jeffrey Harrison reported. The committee met on Tuesday, September 10 and set the agenda for the year. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 8 at 11:30 am in the Brooks College of Health conference room. Vice-President for Administration and Finance Shari Shuman will be attending the meeting to provide an update on the UNF budget.
Campus Technology Committee - Donna Mohr
Donna Mohr reported. The committee met on Friday, September 20. The committee appointed Sherif Elfayoumy to be the representative to the Distance Learning Committee, and Donna Mohr to be the representative to the University Technology Committee. Donna Mohr met with representatives of the Student Government Association to discuss reduction in the variety of Scantron forms in use on campus. Diana Tanner agree to work with CIRT's Deb Miller on a review of the current clicker technology. The committee also divided the list of general-purpose classrooms among the committee members for the purpose of classroom inspection. These inspections will probably occupy most of the committee's time during this semester. The next committee meeting will be on Friday, October 11 at 9:30 am in Building 42, Room 2004.
Faculty Affairs Committee - David Fenner
David Fenner reported. The committee met last on September 12 in the Faculty Association conference room. They elected co-chairs, David Fenner and Elinor Scheirer. The committee also reviewed the protocol for awarding honorary degrees, and reduced the types of honorary degrees offered by UNF - Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Science, and Doctor of Pedagogy. The committee decided that no member of the UNF administration, faculty, or staff would be eligible to receive an honorary degree from UNF. The committee also decided to submit the committee's recommendations for recipients of honorary degrees to the Faculty Association Executive Committee, and that nominations for honorary degrees would come from college deans. The committee changed the criteria to include, "Excellent character exemplifying ethical conduct with values consistent with the University of North Florida", followed by a list of secondary criteria. The committee also worked on an application checklist for Faculty Association awards. The committee supported the name change for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. The next committee meeting will be on October 10 at 12:15 pm in the Faculty Association conference room. At the next meeting, the committee will consider whether retired and emeriti faculty have the right to continue as graduate faculty. They will also discuss electronic ISQ's, the religious observance policy, and the publication of ISQ's and grade distribution data on the course schedule web page.
Faculty Enhancement - Georgette Dumont
Georgette Dumont reported. The committee met on September 19 in the Faculty Association conference room, and discussed the committee's agenda for the year. The deadline for submission of teaching grant proposals is Friday, October 18. Any faculty member who does not intend to submit a proposal is urged to consider becoming a proposal reviewer. The committee chose Parvez Ahmed and Christine Webb to represent the committee on the Distance Learning Committee. The next committee meeting will be on Thursday, October 17 at 12:30 pm in the Faculty Association conference room.
Nominations & Elections Committee - Steven Williamson
Since committee chair Steven Williamson was absent, President Gordon Rakita reported. There is one item in the agenda packet, a call for nominations to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee for two-year terms. There is one vacancy from the College of Education and Human Services, one from the Library, and one at-large. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, October 24 at 5:00 pm.
Research Committee - Tammie Johnson
Tammie Johnson reported. The committee met on Tuesday, October 1 at 9:00 am in Building 39, Room 4033. They are currently preparing to review summer scholarship grant applications. They discussed ways to improve the process. Assistant Vice-President for Research John Kantner attended the meeting and discussed how to increase incentivized research at UNF. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 5 at 9:00 am in Building 39, Room 4033.
Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen
Pali Sen reported. The committee met on Tuesday, October 1, and discussed first-time freshmen enrollment data at UNF in recent years. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5 at 12:15 pm in the Faculty Association conference room.
Support Services Committee - Robert Schupp
Robert Schupp reported. The committee met on October 2. The guest speaker was Michael Malic, Interim Director of the Counseling Center. Discussed services provided by the center for students and explained how faculty members can help in identification of needs. The next meeting will be on November 6 in Building 42, Room 2004. The guest speaker will be Assistant Vice-President of Administration and Finance Vince Smyth.
Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald
The committee met last on September 17 to set the agenda for today's Faculty Association meeting. The next meeting will be on October 22 at 12:15 pm in the Faculty Association conference room. The committee has two agenda items - the matriculation calendar for
2014-2015, and the change of the name of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work.