Academic Programs Committee – Michael
BovenziThe met this morning. April 2 is next meeting. Some material
for the APC Workflow System will be provided next month to show some of the
upcoming changes in web content.Academic Standards Committee –Edwin
They met yesterday. They thanked Ellie Scheirer for attending the meeting. They
discussed the survey regarding the Latin Honors Policy—it has been forwarded to
Exec committee. The final version of the Complete Withdrawal Policy is included
in the packet this month with some edits by Provost’s office that were approved
of by ASC and Executive committee. Their next meeting is April 15, and they
hope to have the survey results by then.
Adjunct Affairs Committee – Melissa
Budget Advisory Committee – Julie
will meet Friday, March 6 at 10 am in the President’s Conference Room to have
conversation with the Council of Chairs to determine a view of how budget works.
Another meeting will be held in early April to meet with the Library regarding
Campus Technology Committee – Donna Mohr
They met Feb. 18; they reviewed items from the technology survey from the
fall—a few of the themes have big budget items attached—including an expansion
of the high quality research software access and licenses. When Lance Taylor
brought in the added costs, it was an eye-opener. One budget request that they
hope to be high on the list is a mini-grant system for hardware or software
that won’t fit into a department budget. The committee meets again on March 25th
at 2:00 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room.
Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner/Steven
Fenner reported that they met with John Kantor and IRB staff and discussed the
IRB process. The climate survey will be distributed next week to faculty. They
discussed the content of the ISQ questions and then will share with the
Executive Committee. One agenda item of Summer Scholarship Grants Policy will
be considered today. They will meet next Thursday, 3/12 at OFE/FA Conference Room.
Faculty Enhancement Committee – Kristine
Eason reported that they are in the process of revising the rubric for the
teaching grants; they are revising some of the procedures regarding
disseminating the grant applications and the review process. They will meet Wednesday,
March 25th at 10am in OFE/FA Conference Room.
Nominations & Elections
Committee – Pingying Zhang
They met and have completed their goal of nominations, but will take
nominations from the floor today.
Technology—Jose Franco from Arts and Sciences
Planning Advisory —Richard Patterson from Arts and Sciences
Committee- Scott Hochwald from Arts and Sciences
Committee- Edwin Harris for At-large
Board- Edwin Harris for At-large
Research Committee – Courtney McLeland
met on February 11th and will meet Wednesday, March 11th
in the Library Small Conference Room to look at award data.
Strategic Planning Advisory
Committee- Pali Sen
met March 3 at 12:15 p.m. — Aaron Spaulding will represent their committee in
the University Strategic Planning group. They are waiting on data regarding on
transfer students from IR. The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at
12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room.
Support Services Committee – Robert
met Thursday, Feb 26 and Marc Snow was the guest. They discussed free speech on
campus; their next meeting is on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 @2 p.m. in
Bldg 42/Rm 3136.
Executive Committee –Scott Hochwald
They met on February 17 to set the
Next meeting is Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA
Conference Room, Bldg 16,
3rd Floor, Room 3108
President John Delaney
Legislature is in session—they are still dabbling with the performance metric
system; the Board of Governors has not released the university scores as some
schools are still working on their data submission—the bottom three will not
get more money and may lose money; UNF is tied for 6th according to their
scoring. Two weeks ago, the Board of Governors
had to recalculate the excess hours metric; next year is still a
mystery—because you can gain points. Strategic planning conversations are going
on at this time—it is an iterative process, so appreciate the input.
emails have come in regarding the on-campus transition program; UNF is one of
the few schools doing this. This email is from a Texas family—they were impressed
with the program at UNF and how well the director and program welcomed. Thank
you to Dr. Kris Webb for coordinating this.
UNF basketball team is doing well and they have the largest student attendance
in the conference. If they win on Sunday, they go to the NCAA tournament; the
faculty are invited to come out tonight and see the game.Legislative Liaison Report - Janet
United Faculty of Florida – John White
contract is very close; they will meet on Monday, March 9 from 1pm to 3pm in
Building 1, Room 1306 and hopefully for the last bargaining session. A reminder
that all in-unit faculty can vote on the ratification. To view the contract,
please go to the Union website or email Dr. White. They are still fighting the Guns
on Campus Bill and a proposal for exempting searches for university president
and provosts from the Sunshine laws—no mention would be made until the final
offer. Their objection is that the process is not clear. The chapter meeting is
Friday, March 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and all faculty are welcome.
Safety Advisory Report – John Hale
The bylaws were updated to recognize how the council is
functioning—a) recognize compliance officer and HR as members; b) updated
process for election of officers; They
conducted a night safety walk in November. Major improvements were made in
exterior lighting levels. Additional projects are in process with the Fountains
crosswalk or pending (bollard replacements). The parking lots are being updated
with LED fixtures. They discussed use
and deployment of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). They recommended
that they be kept and maintained by UPD.
Subsequently, UPD received a $16k life-saving equipment grant from
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase 12 devices. One has already been used in saving a life on
campus. They recommended changes to the traffic flow in Lot 9. Parking services
made changes for one-way only traffic through the loop adjacent to B14. With the acquisition of the Flats, and Kernan
Realignment project now dead, they will be making improvements to the Flats
including a new crosswalk between the Flats and Hicks Hall with LED flashers in
the road. The Victim’s Advocate office
will be posting “violence” awareness signage in all restroom on campus. The signage will be periodically removed and
replaced to keep it current. The liability claims are low and the costs are
down with the exception of one liability claim that was made.
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 causes 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.
would like to see a breakdowns 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.
Agenda Item# 1 - FA 15-06: Submitted by the Faculty
2015-2016 Faculty Association Budget Proposals
agenda item passed.
Agenda Item# 2 - FA 15-07: Submitted by the
Academic Programs Committee
COAS (Undergraduate) – (Art & Design, Communication, History, Music,
Physics, Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work): New Courses, Course
Changes, & Programs of Study changes
This agenda item is lengthy; the first change from Art and Design; the second
is from the Department of Communication for a special topics course; the third
agenda item is changes to the communication program; the fourth package is
adding of a new elective course for History; the next one is a lengthy one from
Music; also changes to the physics undergraduate program; changes to the
sociology major course descriptions.
The item passed.
Agenda Item# 3 -FA 15-08: Submitted by the Academic
(Graduate) – (Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management): course
changes & programs of study (1 package)
This is a course title
change and a change to the internship.
The item passed.
Agenda Item# 4 -FA 15-09: Submitted by the Academic
(Undergraduate) – (School of Nursing): course changes & programs of study
These are changes to the Nursing
Major; mostly clerical changes; pre-requisite changes.
The item passed.
Agenda Item# 5 -FA 15-10: Submitted by the Faculty
Summer Scholarship Grants Proposed Policy
Fenner noted this is a recommendation to effectively move more of the award
money into the hands of junior
faculty—a slight modification of the requirements.
The item passed.
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