Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Chip Klostermeyer at 12:15 p.m.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – April 2, 2015 (2 minutes)
    The minutes of March 5, 2015 were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    • Online elections for 2015 DP & 2015-2017 Standing and University Committees started today at 9:00 am and close on Wednesday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Note the Faculty Deferment Pay Enrollment is until June 30
    • Promotion and Tenure Timeline for Academic Year 2015-2016
    • APC Workflow System Package Help Guide is posted under the APC Homepage
    • The question related to Sabbatical approval was answered
    • The spring term exam schedule is included in the packet
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Michael Bovenzi

    The meeting for today was cancelled. Next month, the meeting is 4/30 at 10am- OFE/FA Conference Room
    At the back of today’s packet and on the FA website is the APC Help Guide; this resource will be updated as needed.

    Academic Standards Committee –Edwin Harris
    Meeting is Wednesday, 4/15 at 10:30am in Bldg 57/Rm 3201

    They will be reviewing the Latin Honors survey feedback; will have guests to discuss NCAA and financial aid issues; will look at the withdrawal dates and student probation and suspension issues.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Melissa Hargrove

    Robert Schupp reported for the comte.  They met Thursday 3/5 at 11am in 51/2121, and since Melissa Hargrove, chair, is on family medical leave, so there is not a meeting scheduled at this time.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Richard Patterson

    They will meet on 4/3 at 10 am in the Library Dean Office in Bldg 10/Rm 2451.


    Campus Technology Committee – Donna Mohr
    They met 3/25 to look at a proposal for a mini grant system (up to $1,000) for information technology for faculty who need software or hardware. ITS will put this in their budget request. They will meet Wednesday 4/22 at 2pm in OFE/FA Conference room.

    Faculty Affairs Committee –David Fenner

    They discussed the ISQ content and questions; they will forward the result to the FA Executive Committe next. They discussed the ISQ data use in faculty award applications and some revisions to the course expulsion policy. They will meet 4/9 12:15 pm in OFE/FA conference room.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Kristine Webb

    They met 3/25. They are revising the summer teaching grant rubric and compiling a reviewer packet for Fall 2015. Their next meeting 4/22 at 10 am in OFE/FA conference room.


    Nominations & Elections Committee – Pingying Zhang

    No report; please vote.

    Research Committee – Courtney McLeland

    They meet 4/8 at 9:30 in the Library Small Conference Room.


    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Pali Sen

    They met 3/3. They cancelled the April meeting. They will meet 5/5 at 12:15 pm in OFE/FA Conference room and will have Albert Colom, Associate VP for Enrollment Services as a guest. They have an information item in the packet.

    Support Services Committee – Robert Schupp

    They did not meet quorum at the last meeting. Stephanie Race, Head of Research at Library, will be guest at the next meeting 4/30 at 2pm in 42/2004.

    Executive Committee –Scott Hochwald       

    We met on 3/10 to set today’s agenda. Next meeting is Tuesday, 4/21/2015 at 12:15pm in OFE/FA conference room.

  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney

    He is not here today. There was a BOT conference call about conference metrics and concerns. UNF were able to raise our performance data by a point, so we will not be bottom group this year and thank you IR – Fen Yu to correct the data. It is not clear if there will be new money for any of the universities. If there is, it is likely that UNF will get some of it, but will reserve as much as possible to prepare for future uncertainty.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen 
    No report.

    United Faculty of Florida – John White

    As many of you have seen from the emails, there is an agreement with the CBA. A ratification vote will take place on 4/8 and 4/9.  All in-unit faculty are eligible to vote. The CBA old and new are available on the website.  Faculty will receive a 4% across the board raise, hopefully before the end of the semester.  For the compression and inversion funds, they worked closely to create the model; faculty can contact him, John Hatle, or Jay Coleman to find out how this impacts them.


    Faculty Intercollegiate Representative- Jennifer Kane
    There are some fact sheets on tables; 280 student athletes in 19 sports; the participation 57% female; the scholarship distribution is about the same; please note the GPAs of the student athlete; the 2008-2009 cohort is 61% graduation rate, which is higher than the general population. They were better able to track the mandatory study hall visits from athletes; UNF received a 4-minute highlight on ESPN and they will be tracking that media impact. The men’s basketball program met the NCAA; Matt Driscoll received Coach of the Year for AC/Sun.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    From Scott Hochwald— In the parking lot behind building 14, there are some roadside pavement markers that stick out a lot on one side, and people are tripping on them. He would like the issue addressed.


    From Jose Franco: There seem to be an increase in amount of students skateboarding on 2nd floor walkways. Pali Sen expressed concern they will fall and break bones, which will impact their class attendance.



    The other day I did see my faculty colleague walking in our building with goose feces on her shoe. Due to my background, I do not say such things to people, but it is a concern of mine. With all of the geese and people that walk, we shouldn't have to suffer through this situation. Are there solutions? Can sidewalks be washed regularly? Must geese stay near people? Are there other options? Thank you for the consideration.


    At the last meeting, my question was read and I sensed most people joking, so please let me try again to share the serious issue of the goose feces in building. Now I see the geese causing issues of making feces on sidewalks. I saw the students - and even the faculty - having the geese feces on their shoes and making public building carpets and floorings so messy. I researched the issue and found that Chattanooga State Community College had similar issue. Their maintenance crews remove up to 100 pounds of geese feces each day. Goose feces in ponds are bad for the water and cause much algae growth. Stony Brook University had similar issue and used the border collie dogs with trained handlers to humanely remove the geese. Other idea is the Solar Super Sonic system. With this technology, the system plays pre-recorded goose distress calls every ten minutes to alert geese of danger. There must surely be more options the university can enact before we have a feces crisis.

    Response: Dr. Klostermeyer said the geese issue is being reviewed.


    Response from Shari Shuman: I understand your concern about the geese droppings on our campus.  It is a daily reminder that life existed on this plot of land before UNF was built and hopefully it will be here long after we as individuals are long gone.  Our campus has a tradition of coexisting with the natural beauty that surrounds us, which makes us very attractive to prospective students and visitors.  Still, it is not fun to have to dodge droppings as you walk across campus.     


    Physical Facilities works hard to clean the walkways of the droppings daily.  Pressure washers are going full speed every morning. 


    We have researched various ways to handle this dilemma, including the very unconventional method of using what’s called a Goosinator.  It is essentially a remote controlled creation that can go as fast as 25 mph to scare geese away.  If you want to see for yourself, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=junuoSsHqks

    After much debate, it left us with a variety of concerns, including how we treat wildlife on our campus and dangers of possibly scaring the geese into crowds of people.  Goosinators have been successful on golf courses, but we are a campus, with activity 24-hours a day and 3,000 residential students. 


    We are continuing to research ways to make the campus safe for all:  faculty, staff, students, visitors and yes, even safe for the geese. 



    Question Synopsis II:

    I would like to see a breakdown by college/unit for those awarded half-year, full pay sabbaticals. Although I have been at UNF for many years, I have never taken a sabbatical, and have been turned down for the half-year, full pay sabbatical (many faculty cannot afford the full year, half-pay sabbatical). I would also like to know if there will be an increase in the number of half-year, full pay sabbaticals as the number of faculty has increased steadily. Obviously, the odds have been skewed against

    the faculty with so few sabbaticals and so many more faculty competing for them than in years past.


    Written Response from Jay Coleman, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs: 

    There is no consent agenda item for April meeting.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item # 1 - FA 15-11 Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Undergraduate) (Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education). This is a new degree program request for Bachelor of Arts in Education-Deaf Education Major- Undergraduate (1 package) 

    Motion to approve; agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item # 2 - FA 15-12: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate)- (Communications and Music): Course changes and programs of study changes (3 packages)            

    Motion to approve; agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item # 3 -FA 15-13: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Graduate)- (Political Science and Public Administration and Music); Course changes and programs of study changes (3 packages)

    Motion to approve; agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item # 4 -FA 15-14: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCB (Graduate) (Accounting and Finance); Programs of study changes (1 package)                    

    Motion to approve; agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item # 5 -FA 15-15: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC (Undergraduate) (School of Computing): New course (1 package)

    Motion to approve; agenda item passed.

    Agenda Item # 6 -FA 15-16: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Undergraduate)- (Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education; Foundations and Secondary Education): Course changes and programs of study changes (2 packages)
    Motion to approve; agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item # 7 -FA 15-17: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Undergraduate) (Public Health): New courses; course changes, and programs of study changes (1 package) Motion to approve; agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item # 8 -FA 15-18: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate) (Public Health): Course Change (1 package)
    Motion to approve; agenda item passed.

    1. Open Enrollment for Faculty Defer Pay Option Plan Package 
    2. Promotion and Tenure Report 
    3. P & T Timeline 
    4. Vitae Summaries of 2 Finalists for 2015 Distinguished Professor Award 
    5. Faculty Association Standing and University Committee & DP Elections 
    6. APC Helpful Items 
    7. Campus Safety Advisory Update 
    8. Published Data from the UNF website: Common Data Set
    The meeting adjourned at 12:48 p.m.