Registrar Megan Kuehner announced that there is a new tool in Blackboard that will allow faculty to
migrate final grades entered in Blackboard into the final grade form in the
Banner System. The tool will be
available by the beginning of December. Faculty
will still need to submit grades through MyWings and enter last attendance
dates for students receiving grades of F or I.
Final grades for the Fall 2013 semester are due on
December 17 at 10:00 a.m.
On the last
page of the agenda packet are the following items:
materials for the Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Awards are due by Thursday, November 14 at 5
p.m. Guidelines for materials are posted
on the Faculty Association web page.
There is an enrollment update report posted on the Faculty
Association website – Hotline Page. This
report was given by Interim Assistant Vice-President for Enrollment Services John
Yancey at the last Board of Trustees meeting.
Programs Committee - Cheryl Frohlich
Faculty Association President Gordon Rakita reported. The committee is meeting now, during this
meeting. The next committee meeting will
be on December 5 at 10:00 am in the Faculty Association conference room,
Building 16, Room 3100. The committee
has three items on the legislative agenda today. The committee chair, President Rakita, and
ITS staff have been working on a system to augment the APC Workflow System to
handle the courses that have not been taught in five years and are due to be
Standards Committee - Saurabh Gupta
Saurabh Gupta reported. The committee met on October 11, and discussed
several issues, including an amendment to the University
Academic Appeals Committee Bylaws and term forgiveness. These issues were then brought to the
Executive Committee. The committee is still
working on a revision to the Academic Grades Appeals process. The next meeting will be on November 22 from 11:30
am to 1:00 pm in Coggins College of Business, Room 2004.
Affairs Committee - Peter Magyari/Daniel Dinsmore
Magyari reported. The committee met on
Monday, November 4 at 9:00 am in Brooks College of Health, Room 2027. Interim Provost Earle Traynham met
with the committee to discuss the issue of adjunct pay. Interim Associate Provost Jay Coleman provided
the committee with documentation about the cost to the university of a pay
increase for adjuncts. There was
discussion of the possibility of an increase of the minimum level of adjunct
pay next year by 12.5%. The next
committee meeting will be on Monday, December 9 at 9:00 am in the second floor
conference room of the Brooks College of Health.
Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison/Paul Mason
Paul Mason reported.
The committee met on Tuesday, October 8 with Vice-President for
Administration and Finance Shari Shuman to discuss the upcoming UNF budget. Recurring E&G (Educational and General
Programs) funds increased by $9,133,417 over the previous year. The total increase for the UNF budget,
including increased reserves and FICA savings, was approximately $11.8
million. The total UNF budget for
2013-2014 is then $143,756,841. Due to
the increase in funding, 31 faculty positions have been authorized for hiring
next year; there are still, however, a number of vacant lines unavailable for
hiring. The cost of the raises received
by faculty came to about $2 million. General
Revenue rose to 53.2% of total revenue this year, up from about 50% last
year. In 1988-1989, General Revenue funded
86.75% of the total funding for UNF; tuition, 13.25%. In
aggregate, Academic Affairs gained about $325 thousand; but as a percentage of
the budget, lost 0.6%, in part due to shifting of funds to the President’s
Office to pay for federal lobbying. The
state provided an enrollment target of 10 thousand FTE; the final total for
Fall 2013 was 10,200 FTE. The next
committee meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12 at 11:30 am in Room 4032 of
the Brooks College of Health; Interim Provost Traynham will meet with the
Technology Committee - Donna Mohr
Donna Mohr reported. The committee met on Friday, October 11,
primarily to discuss the project of inspecting classrooms, together with
representatives from ITS. The next committee
meeting will be on Friday, November 8 at 9:30 am in Building 42, room 2004. The committee will review clicker technology;
the current vendor has been bought, so that this is an opportune time to review
the current choice. The committee will
also update their ongoing classroom review, and discuss an information item on
the Student Government’s desire to streamline the variety of Scantron forms.
Affairs Committee - David Fenner
David Fenner reported. The committee met last on Thursday, October
10. They discussed a recommendation to
change the graduate faculty policy to allow retired faculty to retain their
graduate faculty status. The committee
also discussed a recommendation to change the UNF religious observance policy
to avoiding favoring one religion over another.
The next committee meeting will be on Thursday, November 14. The committee will consider the question of
the ISQ and grade distribution data being published on the course schedule
Enhancement - Georgette Dumont
Alan Harris reported.
The committee met on October 27, and discussed the review of summer
teaching grants. All of the grants have
been sent out for review. There were
fewer grant applications and more reviewers this year. There are about 25 reviews currently
outstanding. The deadline for the
reviews is Friday, November 8. The next
committee meeting will be on Thursday, November 21 at 12:30 pm in the Faculty
Association conference room. .
& Elections Committee – Steven Williamson
Steven Williamson reported. There are positions available for a 2-year
term on the committee. There are already
nominations for all these positions; nominations were also accepted from the
floor. There was one nomination from the
floor, Dr. Terry Cavanaugh. The election will start on Monday, November 11 at
9:00 am and conclude on Monday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Committee – Tammie Johnson
Tammie Johnson reported. The committee rescheduled its November 5
meeting, due to the volume of applications for research grants; there were 54
applications. The committee will meet on
November 15, at 11:00 am in Building 39, Room 4032, to review the
recommendations for funding. The
committee hopes to have the recommendations to present to the Faculty
Association before the Thanksgiving break.
The December meeting may or may not occur, depending on the results of
the review and recommendations.
Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen
Sen reported. The committee met on Tuesday, November 5 at
12:15 pm in the Faculty Association conference room, with Interim Provost Earle
Traynham. The committee discussed future
strategic plans for UNF. Also, the
Faculty Association president charged the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee
to review the data relevant to the question of the decline in the number of
First Time in College Students (FTICS) who are enrolling each fall for the last
two years. The committee did the data analysis, and the results are now
available. If faculty members are interested in obtaining an electronic copy, please e-mail the committee chair. The next
committee meeting will be on Tuesday, December 3 at 12:15 in the Faculty Association
Services Committee - Robert Schupp
Robert Schupp reported. The committee met on Wednesday, November 6 at
1:00 pm in Building 42, Room 2004. The
guest speaker was Assistant Vice-President for Administration and Finance Vince
Smyth, who discussed the areas of the university for which he is responsible,
such as concessions. The next meeting
will be on Wednesday, December 4 in Building 42, Room 2004.
Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald
Faculty Association Vice-President Scott Hochwald
reported. The committee met last on Tuesday,
October 22 to set the agenda for today’s Faculty Association meeting. There is one agenda item, regarding the proposed
restructuring of the General Education program.
There was a meeting with the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates; at the
meeting, the ten Board of Governors metrics for making SUS funding decisions
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 19 at
12:15 pm in the Faculty Association conference room.
and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka reported.
1) The provost search committee has met
twice. The search has been extended to two
years, partly because the committee wanted to have more faculty involvement in the
search. There will be two web pages
involved – one for candidates and the other for faculty reactions to candidates. The committee urges faculty members to pay
attention at professional conferences to potential candidates, and to urge them
to apply. The internal web site will be available by the beginning of the week
of Monday, November 11.
administration examined the composition of the faculty of UNF, and found that
we have one of the least racially diverse faculties in Florida. Hence, the administration is making an effort
to recruit minority candidates for faculty positions. Two teams have been sent out to to national
conferences to advertise open faculty positions at UNF. Departments are urged to look at the applicant
pools around the end of November to look for minority candidates.
for Administration and Finance Shari Shuman also reported. There was a question about the rationale for
the closing of the Aquatic Center. Last
year, UNF received $3.4 million in capital improvement trust fund money (the
university had been hoping for $10 million).
first planned capital project calls for recreational basketball courts to be
built. The pool is in bad shape, and it
would take about $2 million or more to renovate the facility. The decision was made to repurpose the
Aquatic Center for the recreational basketball courts; the administration is in
the process of hiring an architect to do design the renovated facility. The university has an agreement with Episcopal
High School for use of their facility until UNF builds a new swimming
will be an outdoor aquatic complex built where the second phase addition of the
Wellness Center was to be built. This
facility will be NCAA-usable; it will also have a diving facility. The
administration is hoping to receive more funds in next session of legislature;
an architect for the new facility is currently being sought.
student aquatic activities, in addition to the swimming pool at the Osprey
Fountains, the new swimming pool and clubhouse for students at Osprey Landing
will open next Fall.
were several questions about the new aquatic facilities. The new swimming pool will be outdoor and heated;
it will also be open to faculty.
university has also received $4 million for Skinner-Jones Hall North (Building
4). The administration is searching for
an architect for this project, which will include adding a third floor and refacing
the building to look more like the rest of the campus. Skinner-Jones Hall South (Building 3), the
Science and Engineering Building, and parts of Building 14 will also have some
smaller parking garage will be built near the new clubhouse, with two levels
for student parking. The third level will
connect to the Fine Arts Center garage and would be available for student
The university is also closing on a warehouse in the
East Park property north of the campus; the Physical Facilities maintenance
shops will move to this building. The
current Physical Facilities site will then be available for academic use, such
as Art and Design and the College of Computer Science, Engineering, and
Bargain is not currently occurring. The contract was passed. As soon as all official signatures are
affixed to the contract, the contract will be posted on the UFF web site.
One question came through the Faculty
Association regarding the make-up of Professional Development and Promotion and
Tenure committees. The question has been presented to the bargaining committee
(which is an advisory committee to the negotiating team).
The committee is looking at changes
that might be beneficial to faculty. The
negotiating team is preparing for the next bargaining session, which will begin
soon, since the current contract will end on June 30 of next year.
There was also an anonymous note
suggesting that there was a breach of the contract by one of the university departments. The union is investigating this issue.
Political Science & Public
Administration Chair Matthew Corrigan
President Gordon Rakita received a set of anonymous questions for Dean Len Roberson about the Academic Partnerships International. Questions were embedded and signed in the Service Agreement with Academic Partnerships International were posted under the Questions & Responses on December 5, 2013. View the questions by the link: (Attachment with Questions of Service Agreement)
Question from Philosophy Department, Dr. Andrew
“I think the idea of diversifying the faculty is a great thing, and I think we
need to do it. And over the years in our
department, Philosophy, when we’ve conducted searches, we’ve actively tried to attract
minorities. And the problem we often get
is that UNF is not the only school in the country that’s also interested in
minorities. And what typically happens
is that the candidates who may be among our finalists receive much better
offers from other places; some are more prestigious; some are simply
financially better. Is the university
committed to some special packages in the effort to attract them, and if so, is
that a good idea? What might your
thoughts be on that?”
Tom Serwatka responded: “We do have an opportunity fund. It’s not exclusively for minorities; that
would not be legal. Okay. So, but, we do have an opportunity fund; so that
you could go to the Provost and say, ‘Here’s a particularly great candidate,
and we can’t meet the requirement. Can
you offer some additional money for us to go ahead and recruit?’ Yes, it is,
but again, it’s not just for minorities.
It’s for unique candidates that would really add something to your
department; and diversity is certainly one of those things that a person could
add to your department.”
Question again from Philosophy Department, Dr.
Andrew Buchwalter, “Weren’t there
some special minority lines at one time?”Tom Serwatka responded: “Marti tells me, yes. A long time ago; she tells me. But, again, there is a system that we can use
to try and address that. We’re also
looking at some other options that might look more like that, but we don’t have
them in place yet.”
Item# 1 - FA 13-41: Submitted by the Executive Committee
Proposed Restructuring of the UNF General Education Program
The committee chair moved the item. Samuel Kimball addressed the item, noting
that the proposal has received very strong support during many meetings in the
last year. The proposal has also
received formal endorsements from the five academic deans and their leadership
teams, from the undergraduate studies dean, the dean of the library, from the
CAP advising leadership, from the Provost, and from the Student Government
Association. The item was passed.
Agenda Item# 2 - FA 13-42:
Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
COAS (Undergraduate)-(Art and Design; Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work):
New Courses & Programs of Study (4 packages)
Hochwald moved the item. The item was
Agenda Item# 3 - FA 13-43: Submitted by the Academic Programs
CCB (Undergraduate)-(Management): New Course (1 package)
Vice-President Scott Hochwald moved the item. The item was passed.
Item# 4- FA 13-44: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
(Graduate)-(School of Engineering/Civil): New Course (1 package)
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