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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

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

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by President Chip Klostermeyer at 12:16 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – November 6, 2014 (2 minutes)

    A motion was made to approve the minutes from November 6, 2014. The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    • Susan Anthony Award Deadline Nomination by Women Center is tomorrow, Dec 5, at 5 p.m.
    • Fall Term Exam Schedule
    • Faculty Technology Survey (Deadline: Sunday, December 7, 2014)
    • Result of the Election for the Nominations & Elections
    • ISQ Task Force Report—available on the website
    • Faculty Salaries Comparisons
      •  Comparison between FGCU and UNF
      • corrected version was posted on the website and hard copy not the corrected one
    • Don’t skip the questions and responses particularly the responses
    • Coach Driscoll- UNF Basketball Coach—expressed appreciation for faculty’s concern about students’ graduating and for making education a priority. Flyers about basketball tickets are on the tables.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Michael Bovenzi
    The committee met this morning, December 4 at 10am in the OFE/FA Conference room. January 8, 2015 APC mtg is cancelled. Next meeting is on Thursday, February 5 at 10 AM.  They are working on the online resource for filling out APC packages and improving communication.  Dr. Klostermeyer noted that any input is appreciated as they work to improve the system.

    Academic Standards Committee – Edwin Harris

    They met December 2. They will meet January 14 10:30 to 11:30 AM. They are forwarding two policies to the Executive committee for review, regarding withdrawal and distance learning.  They reviewed the appeals policy and came up with drafts for the academic appeals committee chair regarding the review of the bylaws. 

    Adjunct Affairs Committee –Robert Schupp
    The committee did not meet this month.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Paul Mason/Julie Ingersoll

    Julie Ingersoll reported that we have an information item in the packet regarding salary comparisons between UNF faculty and corresponding CUPA salaries for various time periods before and after adjustment for inflation. It should be noted that many of the comparisons are not optimal given that the UNF disciplines differ from those for which CUPA provides information, and in particular, there are no CUPA values for senior instructors or lecturers; or for fields like Transportation and Logistics, Accounting, specific categories of Engineers, and several others. With this being said, not surprisingly, our salaries are generally on the low side. 

    The committee met on November 13 with guest Associate Provost Jay Coleman. He discussed costs per full time equivalent across the five colleges for the long semesters for 2008 through 2013-2014. While the costs were at different levels across the Colleges (from $3,132 to $6,000 per FTE depending on the year and College), only BCH revealed a decline in the cost per FTE due to their sizable growth in student credit hours. Each of the other colleges showed per FTE cost increases of $1,300 to $1,600 over the five years. They will meet again in January after they determine what time work best with teaching schedule.


    Campus Technology Committee – Donna Mohr

    They cancelled their meeting yesterday, December 3. They have not set the time for January meeting. The technology survey will close December 5. The committee meets in 51/3201 COAS Dean’s conference room.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner/Steven Williamson

    David Fenner reported that they continued their conversations about community engagement and service learning and textbook affordability, and the teaching award eligibility language. They talked with Megan Kuehner about developing policy language about removing students from course regarding disruptive behaviors.  They will meet December 11 at 12:15 p.m. to continue to conversation about ISQ use and evaluations and refine the community engagement and service learning terms.  Dr. Klostermeyer noted that the textbook costs are not on the website when faculty adopt the textbooks and that will hopefully be changed.  They will continue to discuss ways to incentivize faculty who wish to use cheaper or no textbooks.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee –Susan Massey/Paul Eason

    Susan Massey reported that they met on November 24th and discussed the grants. They sent recommendations to the AA office and award letters will go out in next week or so. There will be reviewer comments on the letters going to the award winners and those who were not awarded. There will be no FEC meeting in December.  They will meet on January 28 at
    10 am in OFE/FA conference room.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Albert Loh/Pingying Zhang
    Albert reported that the committee has completed the process and information item 1 has the list of members. The meeting in January will be scheduled.

    Research Committee –Courtney McLeland
    They met November 17 and November 24 to discuss applications and submitted their recommendations to Academic Affairs. They met on December 1 to discuss review process and other issues.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Pali Sen  

    The committee met on December 2nd at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA conference room. Len Roberson was the guest. The discussion was on distance learning. A question was asked about the APC process for DL courses. Dr. Roberson said that at this time there is no APC process.  Next meeting is Tuesday, February 3 at 12:15 p.m. in OFE/FA conference room. One information item is in the package.

    Support Services Committee –Robert Schupp

    The committee met on December 1st at 2:00 pm in CCB 42/2004. There are more faculty permits available –about 80 more in the arena, so everyone should be able to get a permit.  There are several food service organizations opening—the Pita Pit is opening near the pool. The biggest demand is between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. 

    Executive Committee –Scott Hochwald

    The committee met on November 18. The committee will meet on Tuesday, December 9 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, 3rd floor, room 3108. There is an information meeting for the October mtg only is changed to
    12:30 p.m. There is one agenda item 3+3 ACCELERATED LAW PROGRAM.

  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    UNF President – John Delaney
    President Delaney was not present but Dr. Klostermeyer noted that two provost candidates coming in next week and encouraged faculty to attend.


    Legislative Liaison Report – Janet Owen

    Janet is unable to come.


    United Faculty of Florida – John White

    Bargaining is ongoing. They are hoping to wrap up in January. He wants to clarify information that has been circulating– there will be a 4% across the board raise for faculty and it will be retroactive. They are working to get promotable ranks for non-tenured faculty. The question has been where will money come from—the university has put forward $1 million to address compression and inversion and a small part of that may go towards promotable ranks.. An electronic P&T dossier process is being worked on. The website is up and running. There is a social event Friday at the Boathouse from 2:30 to 5pm. Everyone is welcome.

  • Questions and Responses (10 Minutes)

    For the Provost: Is there going to be a waiver for ISQ response rates for this year as there was last year? 
    Earle Traynham, who was present at the meeting, said that yes, there will be a waiver until it is resolved with bargaining. If you have a low response rate and you wish to opt out from the ISQ response as part of evaluation, that option is available.
  • Consent Agenda

    There are no consent agenda items for December meeting
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 14-42: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Biology, Chemistry, Communication, History, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Music, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Political Science & Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study changes (35 packages)   


    The agenda item was approved with no discussion.


     Agenda Item# 2 - FA 14-43: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Graduate) – (Biology, English, Political Science & Public Administration): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study changes (4 packages)


    The agenda item was approved with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 3 -FA 14-44: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (Construction Management & School of Computing): New Course & Programs of Study changes (3 packages).


    The agenda item was approved with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 4 -FA 14-45: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee  
    COEHS (Undergraduate) – (Childhood Education, Literacy, & TESOL): Course Changes & Program of Study changes (1 package)


    The agenda item was approved with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 5 -FA 14-46: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee  
    BCH (Undergraduate) – (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences, Public Health, & School of Nursing): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study changes (4 packages)


    The agenda item was approved with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 6 -FA 14-47: Submitted by the Executive Committee      
    3+3 ACCELERATED LAW PROGRAM. The student serves 3 years at UNF and moves to FSU to finish degree.

    The agenda item was approved with no discussion.



    1. Result of Election for the Nominations and Elections Committee
    2. Executive Committee October Meeting Time
    3. UNF Faculty Salaries Comparisons
    4. Faculty Technology Survey
    5. How does UNF’s strategic plan compare with FGCU?
    6. ISQ Task Force Report Final 2014

    The meeting adjourned at 12:54 p.m.