Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 pm by Faculty Association President, Gordon Rakita.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
    The minutes of the meeting of November 7, 2013 were approved as posted on the web page.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The fall term exam schedule is included on the last page of the agenda packet.
     

    Results of the elections to the Nominations and Elections Committee are in the agenda packet.  Sophie Maxis from the College of Education and Human Services, Marielle Veve from the Library, and K. Chitra Lakshmi Balasubramanian from Brooks College of Health were elected.  

     

    The Student Government will discontinue its distribution of the pink, brown, and blue Scantron forms; identification numbers of these forms are in the agenda packet.

     

    The Blackboard to Mywings Grade Migrator Tool has been postponed for technical reasons. 

     

    The Faculty Association website Dreamweaver to CMS migration will officially go live in January.  The CMS website link is http://www.unf.edu/unffa

     

    The LGBT Resource Center’s monthly Osprey Allies Brownbag Lunch will be held on December 6 at noon at the LGBT Center in Building 58 East, Room 1111.

     

    The Provost Search Committee met on November 15.  The search will be an 18-month process, with an advertisement for the published in the summer of 2014.  The committee will set up two web pages – an internal web page for faculty and staff to obtaiun information about the search, and an external page to provide information to candidates.  A subcommittee will draft an advertisement for the search, and Matt Corrigan, of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will do a survey of faculty, staff, and students about desired qualifications for the Provost.  The faculty representatives on the search committee are:  Pam Chally and Cathy Christie from Brooks College of Health; Sharon Cobb, Christopher Johnson, Paul Mason, and Jeff Michelman from Coggin College of Business; Jeff Cornett from the College of Education and Human Services; Chip Klostermeyer from the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction; Michael Kucsak from the Library; and Matt Corrigan, David Jaffee, Sam Kimball, and Gordon Rakita from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

     

    The University Constitutional convention met on November 26; the constitution mandates review of the constitution every ten years, with the possibility of amendment at that time.  President Delaney has asked Matt Corrigan to chair the convention.  President Rakita has asked Karen Patterson from the College of Education and Human Services, Kathy Robinson from the Brooks College of Health, and Karthikeyan Umapathy from the College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction to serve on the convention.  President Rakita will also be a member. Feedback from faculty, staff, and students will be solicited.  Kathy Robinson, former president of the Faculty Association and Vice-Chair of the Florida Advisory Council of Faculty Senates, has provided the convention with a document about faculty role in governance developed by the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates.  The convention will meet again on January 24 at 1:00 pm in Building 1, Room 1306. 

  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

    Academic Programs Committee - Cheryl Frohlich
    Cheryl Frohlich reported.  January is cancelled, and the committee will meet next on February 6.

     

    Academic Standards Committee - Saurabh Gupta

    Elinor Scheirer reported.  The committee met on November 22.  They discussed several complex issues – clarification of the academic appeals process from the student perspective, the definition of full-time student enrollment for the summer term so that it will match the federal definition of full-time student enrollment for financial aid, and a   discussion regarding the reexamination of student rights and responsibilities.      

     

    Adjunct Affairs Committee - Peter Magyari

    Peter Magyari reported.  The committee will meet on Monday, December 9 at 9:00 am in the 2nd floor conference room in the Brooks College of Health.  The committee will continue to discuss the effects of the Affordable  Care Act on adjunct faculty.   

     

    Budget Advisory Committee – Jeffrey Harrison/Paul Mason

    Jeffrey Harrison reported.  The committee met on November 12 at 11:30 am in the Brooks College of Health.  Interim Provost Earle Traynham attended to discuss the Academic Affairs budget process and the strategic planning process.  His plan is that, in January of 2014, the deans will initiate a bottom-up discussion, in which faculty will be involved in planning for their programs.  This academic year, the UNF enrollment target was 10,600 FTE’s.  The legislature funds up to 10,000 FTE’s; the remaining 600 FTE’s generate tuition only.  Current estimates show that UNF will be about 200 students short of the projection, resulting in an approximate $2 million shortfall in revenue.  Graduate student FTE’s remain a priority.  The committee discussed the performance metrics used by Academic Affairs to allocate resources for new faculty positions; the metric currently being used is faculty-to-student hours.  The committee asked that a member of the committee be invited to sit in on meetings of the Academic Affairs budget committee; the Provost was agreeable to this.  The next committee meeting will be on December 10 at 10:30 am.  Interim Associate Provost for Academic Programs Jay Coleman will attend the meeting to discuss the details of the Academic Affairs budget.          

     

    Campus Technology Committee - Donna Mohr

    Donna Mohr reported.  The committee met on Friday, November 8.  The committee discussed their ongoing project to inspect classrooms for technology problems.  The committee also discussed the Scantron issue – the Student Government Association will not continue to provide Scantron forms of certain types.  The next meeting of the committee will be on January 10; there will not be a December meeting.

     

    Faculty Affairs Committee - David Fenner

    David Fenner reported.  The committee has three items on the legislative agenda today.  The next committee meeting will be on January 16 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room.

     

    Faculty Enhancement - Georgette Dumont

    Georgette Dumont reported.  The committee met on Thursday, November 21 to review the applications for the summer teaching grants.  At that time, the committee sent a list of finalists to Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning Marianne Jaffee.     The committee will meet next in January, with a time to be announced.  At that meeting the committee will discuss ways to improve the review process.

     

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Steven Williamson

    Steven Williamson reported.  Albert Loh will become chair of the committee in January.  The chair thanked Faculty Association Executive Secretary Cindy Chin for her work on the nominations and elections process. 

     

    Research Committee – Tammie Johnson

    Tammie Johnson reported.  The committee met on Friday, November 15 to discuss the research grant applications.  The committee sent their recommendations for funding to  Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning Marianne Jaffee.  he December meeting of the committee has been  cancelled.  The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, January 7 at 9:00 am in Building 39, Room 4032.

     

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen

    Pali Sen reported.   The committee met on Tuesday, December 3 at 12:15 pm with guest  Tom Serwatka.  He shared a lot of data with the committee about the first time freshmen who were admitted but did not attend UNF.  The first-time survey tracking these students reveals some interesting facts about students not coming to UNF.  The top reason that admitted students did not matriculate is that UNF is not their dream school (44%).  The committee discussed how to make UNF their dream school.  Another interesting fact was that mandatory freshmen on-campus housing was a factor in their decision not to attend UNF for only 21 respondents (4%).  The committee chair will take the survey results to the Executive Committee as an information item to be included on the agenda for the Faculty Association meeting in January.  The next committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA conference room. The committee has one legislative agenda item today.

     

    Support Services Committee - Robert Schupp

    Robert Schupp reported.  The committee met on Wednesday, December 4.  Virtual Services Librarian Jeremy Hall was there to explain library services.  The committee will meet next on Tuesday, February 4 at 1:00 pm in Building 42, Room 2004.

     

    Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald

    Faculty Association Vice-President Scott Hochwald reported.  The committee met on Tuesday, November 19.  Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning Marianne Jaffee demonstrated the new CMS Faculty Association web page.  The chair thanked Marianne Jaffee and Executive Secretary Cindy Chin for their work on this project.  The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, December 10 at 11:30 am in the OFE/FA Conference Room.  

  • SPECIAL REPORTS

    President John Delaney 

    There was no report.

               

    Legislative Liaison - Janet Owen

    There was no report

     

    United Faculty of Florida - Janice Swenson

    There was an issue raised anonymously, regarding a breach of contract.  The Executive Committee of the UFF is meeting to discuss this issue.  This issue involved a faculty search completed without an actual search being done.  There is also another issue that the Executive Committee will be discussing. 

     

    Intercollegiate Athletic Committee - Jay Coleman

    There were 285 student athletes in 19 sports, with 8 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams.  Participant distribution was 60% female in the last year, which is reflected in the split of the $2.4 million in financial aid to student athletes.  There are 45 coaches, 21 of whom are female.  Total revenue in 2013-2014 is expected to be $8.9 million, up from $8.1 million in the previous year.  About $7.2 million of the revenues will come from student athletics fees; another $605 thousand from game guarantees.  It is expected that the NCAA will contribute about $388 thousand, compared to about $308 thousand last year.  The Osprey Nation student booster group has about 1400 members, compared to 800 members last year, and 60 members during the previous year.  UNF finished 3rd in the Atlantic Sun All-Sports trophy competition (men and women combined); UNF women finished 2nd in the Women’s All-Sports competition.  UNF won 4 conference titles – men’s tennis, women’s sand volleyball, men’s golf, and women’s softball.  There were six students who won the Atlantic Sun Athlete of the Year Awards in their respective sports.  Mean GPA last year for male athletes was 3.02; for female athletes, the mean GPA was 3.3.  Each of these figures is up from the previous year.  The graduation rate for athletes is 65%, versus 48% for all students. 

     

    Jennifer Kane will take over next year as the university’s faculty athletics representative.

  • QUESTION AND RESPONSE PERIOD.

    For the Provost:

    1. “Can a department at UNF be moved from one physical location to another without being consulted? We ask because rumor has it that such plans are in the works which would be very costly and adversely effect a department on campus (and the plans have not been discussed at all with the department, let alone them being consulted).”

    The Provost will answer this question in writing. 

     

    2. “For years there has been talk of creating a college of science, or some such college. Are there serious plans to do so, as it seems a logical thing for UNF to consider.”


    “It is my understanding that some people within the College of Arts and Sciences have discussed for some time the feasibility and the pros and cons of splitting that college one way or another, into two or three.  I have had a conversation with Dean Hetrick, and asked her to officially begin that discussion, not with a view toward making any changes affecting Fall 2014, or probably even 2015, or possibly even 2016.  However, we’re not going to arrive at a decision of structure that’s ideal if we don’t have the conversation about it.  And so, I believe that she has begun that process.  How far down, in terms of whether the discussion has gotten to a broad faculty discussion, or not; she would be in a better position to answer that than I.  But, at least the topic has been opened.” 

     

    For the President:

    1a. “After hearing the discussion at the November meeting about the incentive/signing bonus for ‘minority’ faculty members, I was quite bothered. Has the administration had any discussions that move beyond a numbers perspective of white vs. non-white faculty members? For example, it may be fruitful to encourage some changes on campus that will get rid of the "token" hire approach we heard about in the last meeting.”

     

    1b. “Are we to take away from Tom Serwatka's statement at the November meeting about being ashamed of UNF because it is too white and that there is additional money to pay above market for faculty of the ‘right’ color that color itself has a value that UNF is willing to pay?”

     

    2. “I read with interest your response to the previous question about the effect of requiring freshman to live on campus. I ask, as a follow-up, whether the following data is being collected also:

     

    1. The amount of student loans being incurred by students. It seems to me that the residence requirement may cause some students to take on extra loan debt (and this may become either a hurdle to completion or a difficulty later in life).

     

    2. Whether UNF is seeing an increase in the number of students who transfer to UNF from FSCJ as sophomores, meaning they did not spend their first year at UNF. Such students likely received a weaker academic (and social) preparation during their first year of college and as such may have difficulty adapting once they get to UNF; not to mention the financial impact on UNF of a smaller freshman class size.

     

    In short, are there unintended consequences to this policy that may not have been examined?”

  • CONSENT AGENDA
    There were no consent agenda items.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 13-39R: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Undergraduate) – (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences): New Courses & New Degree of Radiography Major Programs (2 packages)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.
     

    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 13-45: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Graduate) – (Music): New Degree Program Request – Proposal for a Master of Arts – Music Major (1 package)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 3 - FA 13-46: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Undergraduate)-(Art & Design, Chemistry, Communication, English, Music,
    Political Science & Public Administration, Sociology & Anthropology): New Courses,
    Courses Changes, Courses Termination, & Programs of Studies Changes (27 packages)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 13-47: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Graduate)-(English, Music, Political Science & Public Administration): New Courses, Courses Changes, & Programs of Studies Changes. (5 packages)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 13-48: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC (Undergraduate)-(School of Engineering/Civil Engineering): New Courses (3 packages)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 13-49: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC (Graduate)-(School of Engineering/Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering):
    New Courses (8 packages)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 7- FA 13-50: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COEHS (Graduate)-(Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management): New Course & Programs of Studies Changes (1 package)

    The chair moved the item.  Item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 8- FA 13-51: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    BCH (Undergraduate)-(Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences): Programs of Studies Changes (2 packages)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 9- FA 13-52: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    BCH (Graduate)-Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences): New Courses, Courses Changes, & Programs of Studies (1 package)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 10- FA 13-53: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

    Graduate Faculty Membership and Review

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed. 

     

    Agenda Item# 11- FA 13-54: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

    ISQ and Grade Distribution Data

    The chair moved the item.  Michelle DeDeo offered an amendment to remove the 2-year restriction on the data (she teaches courses that are offered more rarely than that).  There was vigorous discussion of the issue.  President Rakita shared that data from ITS says that less than 10% of students are actually accessing this data right now.  Kathy Robinson noted that the committee would have to accept a friendly amendment; therefore the amendment is not a friendly amendment.  The amendment was passed, with 39 in support and 21 opposed.  The amended item was passed.          

     

    Agenda Item# 12- FA 13-55: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

    Religious Observances

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed. 

     

    Agenda Item# 13- FA 13-56: Submitted by the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee

    Student Data

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.  

     

    Agenda Item# 14- FA 13-57: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Graduate)-(Political Sciences & Public Administration): Programs of Studies
    (5 packages)

    The chair moved the item.  The item was passed.

  • INFORMATION ITEMS

    1. Results of the Elections for the Nominations and Elections Committee 
    2. Blackboard Update 
    3. Scantron Forms

     

  • ADJOURNMENT
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:08 pm.