Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Scott Hochwald at 12:16 p.m.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – December 4, 2014 (2 minutes)
    Minutes of December 4, 2014 were approved as posted on the web.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Faculty Awards Nominations are for the 2015 Distinguished Professor, Scholarship, Service, and Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Awards are due Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

    There is an information item on Student Athletes at the end of the packet.

    Kathy Robinson noted the Board of Governor is meeting at UNF next week on Thursday, January 22, 2015. There is a breakfast with the Board of Governor at 7 a.m. She would like 10 faculty members to attend.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Michael Bovenzi
    They met in December and will meet on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room.

    Academic Standards Committee –Edwin Harris
    Their meeting is on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:30 in 57/3201. They have one agenda item and would like feedback. 1) Review of the Latin Honors Policy. The SGA wants a re-review of the policy because they feel the students’ lower level GPAs hurt them if their higher level grades are higher.  2) Further review of grade appeals due to non-academic misconduct—they feel the policy is unclear. The faculty is first contact, then chair, then dean, the academic appeals, then provost, then president. ASC would like to remove the chair and dean as point of contact. Jeff Coker is willing to vet the appeals before they go to the committee. They are working on a policy that would be faculty to Jeff Coker for review, then to the Academic Appeals committee. They will be reviewing the DL policy about the fully online programs and will return to the Executive Committee.  There is one policy to be voted on today.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Melissa Hargrove

    They meet next Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11 am in the College of Arts and Sciences Bldg.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Julie Ingersoll
    Their co-chair resigned as acting dean of the CCB, and they are rescheduling a meeting day and time and a replacement for the co-chair.

    Campus Technology Committee – Donna Mohr
    They will be meeting Tuesday, January 27 at 12:15, location TBA.  They got good feedback from the faculty technology survey. They will be rotating their meetings for the rest of the semester in order for faculty to attend. Please contact Donna Mohr for information on meeting days, times, and locations.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner/Steven Williamson

    They last discussed eligibility for summer research awards, which will be sent executive committee; sent new definitions for community based learning and engagement to Mark Falbo’s office. Their next meet is a week from today in the FA/OFE Conference room.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Susan Massey/Paul Eason
    Julie Ingersoll reported for the Committee. They sent the Summer Teaching Grant recommendations forward.  Next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 10 am in the OFE/FA Conference Room.


    Nominations & Elections Committee – Pingying Zhang

    No report.

    Research Committee – Courtney McLeland
    They met on December 1 and will meet January 14 in the Library Small Conference Room and will discuss any improvements for the next research grant applications.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Pali Sen

    No report.

    Support Services Committee- Robert Schupp

    They have not scheduled a January meeting.


    Executive Committee –Scott Hochwald
    They met on December 9 to form the agenda. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, 3rd floor, Room 3108.

  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney

    Not present.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen 
    Not present.

    United Faculty of Florida – John White
    They have a meeting tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. in COEHS Dean’s Conference Room. They have the bargaining session tomorrow at 1:00 pm in the Special Development Conference Room. All are welcome to attend.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Anonymous question:
    Can you ask the president the status of the Provost Search and why it is taking so long? I heard by the grapevine that one candidate was the unanimous choice and it seems that it should be quicker.  
    Dr. Tom Serwatka will answer in writing.


    No agenda items for consent.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item #1- FA 15-01: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC(Undergraduate) –School of Engineering/Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: New Courses, Course Changes and Programs of Study Changes (2 packages).   A motion was made to approve the agenda item; agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item #2-FA 15-02: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC (Graduate) –School of Engineering/Civil & Mechanical Engineering: New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of study changes (2 packages).  A motion was made to approve the agenda item; agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item #3-FA 15-03: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee

    This is a way for us to track students leaving and why. A motion was made to approve the agenda item; agenda item passed.


     1. Questions and response- Student Athlete

    The meeting adjourned at 12:39 p.m.