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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, November 6, 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 12:15 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

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

    A motion was made to approve the minutes from October 2, 2014. The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    The online election for open seats on the Nominations and Elections committee starts Monday, November 10 and continues through the following Monday, November 17.


    The Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate teaching award materials are due Thursday, November 13th by 5pm.


    Book orders are due November 23rd at the latest. Please refer to the textbook affordability website for a list of non-textbook courses and updated information  


    The Provost Search Committee had 116 applicants and held 11 Skype interviews. The committee will meet on Monday to select 3-5 candidates to bring to campus. The goal is to bring them to campus before the end of the semester.


    Dr. Falbo has requested some assistance in redefining CBTL. He’s asked that faculty contact him or relay the information to Dr. Klostermeyer

  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Michael Bovenzi
    The committee met on October 30 for 3 ½ hours at 10 AM in the OFE/FA Conference room. They met again on November 6 at 10 AM in the OFE/FA Conference Room to review packages for the 2015-16 UNF catalog. The next meeting is on December 4 at10am in the OFE/FA Conference Room. If your department has changes for next fall, please work on them for submission.

    Academic Standards Committee – Edwin Harris
    Elinor Scheirer reported for the committee met on Tuesday, November 4th at 12:15 pm in Bldg 57/Rm 3201. The committee handled two pieces of business. They completed the revision of the policy for awarding of Posthumous Degrees. They also developed a policy on online accelerated term programs that they will forward to the Executive Committee for review.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Melissa Hargrove
    Bobby Schupp reported for the committee met on Tuesday, November 4th at 11 am in Bldg. 51/Rm 3201. They will meet on Tuesday, December 2 at 11am to set goals for the spring.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Paul Mason
    The committee met on Thursday, October 23rd in Bldg 42/Rm 3136.  Shari Shuman provided information about the budget that will be included in the December packet. There will also be an information item on head counts for faculty, as The Florida Trends article had the number incorrect. The committee will meet with Jay Coleman on Thursday, November 13th in Bldg 42/Rm 3136.

    Campus Technology Committee – Donna Mohr
    The committee met on Wednesday, November 5th at 9 am in Bldg 51/Rm 3201.  Faculty will receive an email invite on Monday, November 17th to participate in a Faculty Technology Survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes to fill out and will provide important information. The survey will close December 7. The committee meets next on December 3rd at 9 am in Bldg 51/Rm 3201 COAS Dean’s Conference Room.


    Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner

    When the committee last met, they talked about the definition of Service Learning and Textbook Affordability. The Faculty Affairs committee is serving as the task force looking into textbook affordability issues. The committee will meet on Thursday, November 13th at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room. At that time, they will talk about Service Learning definition, issues around removing a student from a course, and the ISQ use in annual evaluations. They will give final recommendations about textbook affordability.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee –Susan Massey/Paul Eason

    Susan reported that the committee met on October 15th and reviewed potential speakers and the review process for the Summer grants. They meet on Monday, November 24th from 10 am to 11:30 am in the OFE/FA Conference Room. At that time they will rank the summer teaching grant applications that have been reviewed.  They plan to send out reviewer comments with the notifications for the grant awards. There will be no FEC meeting in December.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Albert Loh
    Pingying Zhang reported for the committee has been accepting nominations since October 24 and have several vacancies—including 2 from arts and science and 1 each from other colleges. The positions are for 2 years from 2015-2017. They accepted nominations from the floor. There was one nomination from the floor made for one of the arts and science vacancies.

    Research Committee – Courtney McLeland
    The Research Committee met on Monday, October 13th and discussed the review process of the Research Grant applications. They are currently reviewing 62 applications. They will meet on Monday, November 10th at 1:00 pm in Bldg12/Rm 2405A.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Pali Sen  

    The committee met on Tuesday, November 4th at 12:15 pm to discuss Distance Learning and Strategy Planning. They felt that faculty involvement is key.  During the meeting, they compared to UNF’s strategic plans with those of comparable universities, including Florida Gulf Coast University. They will meet on Tuesday, December 2nd at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room. Len Roberson will be the guest.

    Support Services Committee – Robert Schupp
    Tim Robinson, Director of the International Center, was the guest at the last meeting on November 3 and gave information on the center, including that there are over 500 study abroad students in more than 28 countries. If you have not visited the International Center, the Committee recommends that you do. The next meeting is on Monday, December 1st at 2pm in CCB Bldg 42/Rm 2004.

    Executive Committee –Scott Hochwald
    The committee met on Tuesday, October 21st to provide the agenda for this meeting. The Committee has two bi-furcated items that include the review of the Research Council and the 2016-2017 Matriculation Calendar. An information item on Service Learning and Community Engagement definitions is included. Please provide feedback.

  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney  

    Janet Owen and Earle Traynham are at the BOG meeting and were not able to attend this meeting. The BOG did some tweaks to the performance metrics that benefitted UNF’s metrics.  The two major thematic concerns are lack of a peer-to-peer comparison in the metrics and the idea that the bottom three in the rankings should have funding cut every year. The university presidents agree that the Board should be looking for the welfare of the system and be supportive of all the schools. About a dozen people from UNF are going to meet every few weeks to consider ways to move the numbers. President Delaney said that he and John White are going to meet and work to move the contract negotiations forward. They anticipate an average of 6 1/2 % pay increase—4% across the board and will work out the other 2 percent. Unlike other universities, UNF is not pulling retroactivity off the table. There was a small dispute over non-faculty raises and how they are reviewed; this resulted in adjustments for about 20 people.  Enrollment is still flat—the numbers are lower than 2008. The Physical Master Plan is redone every 10 years and adjusted every 5 years. As part of that, UNF was working to get Kiernan Blvd rerouted, but they encountered some problems with the parcel to the south. The University will adjust how the area will be used around Hicks Hall. He noted that the rerouting would have resulted in some lost parking spaces, so that is one good thing about the rerouting falling through. Mr. Delaney noted that he met with a student before the meeting, and she said that she valued her education at UNF. She was pleased with how well the faculty have interacted with her—she is a walking billboard for the positive experience of UNF.  Finally, regarding the Confucius Institute— this was a 5-year process which resulted in the opening ceremony for it last week. There is a number of Chinese faculty excited about it. Along with that, UNF is aware of some of the controversy surrounding Confucius Institutes in general and will be opened to concerns or feedback from faculty. 


    United Faculty of Florida – John White

    Dr. White noted that the Union has made a lot of progress—there is a bargaining team meeting today till 4pm. new website. Will help them be more transparent and provide updates. A newsletter went out this week—part of effort to communicate better. There is a breakfast at Mimi’s tomorrow from 10 am to 11:30 am for prospective members or members. In addition there is a Happy Hour planned on Friday, December 5th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for administrators, faculty, and prospective members.


    Head Basketball Coach-Matthew Driscoll

    Coach Driscoll was not present, but Dr. Klostermeyer relayed that athletics is interested in having faculty attend basketball games and show their support.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    1. It has come to the attention of a number of faculty that some faculty members are not actively participating, such as by only Skyping or phoning in for planned meetings, even ones where they have a say in the date and time of such meetings.  These meetings have included hiring committees, promotion committees, and the review of doctoral candidates as they make their final presentation after approximately five years of dedicated work.  If indeed our tenant is that there is “no one like you, and no place like here” how does such faculty’s behavior in lacking in propriety, follow such a motto.  While these behaviors have been brought to the chair of the department, no actions have yet occurred.  What is the response from administration of a faculty member who has taken to such “phoning” in their required work with the university?

    Dr. Klostermeyer responded that the university and Faculty Association supports faculty actively participating in the work of the university.  

    Scott Hochwald posed 3 questions/comments from the floor:


    1. Presented the clock from the department office and noted that the clock has not been set to daylight savings time and that there was not a way to manually set it from what he could see. He requested that the clocks be adjusted.
    1. He noted that the Parking Committee said that they would not support providing faculty preference for parking renewals because the waiting list will be taken care of by the additional spots. Dr. Hochwald noted that he would like to suggest that a report be done annually to determine how many people are able to renew faculty/staff parking without issues. It was noted that eighty-one faculty members are on the wait-list and UNF will be getting 80 spaces in addition to possibly 20 more that are returned by employees.
    1. He noted that the metrics used for the 2nd year GPA can be impacted by WP/WF grades. He asked the group how many were in favor for late withdrawals with WP/WF grades rather in just W. Three faculty said that they preferred the WP/WF option be kept.
      Anonymous Question:  
      • I recently learned that UNF has established a Confucius Institute. In recent years there has been significant debate about Confucius Institutes at other US universities; in particular, many faculty have expressed concern about the extent to which financial support from China will pressure faculty to avoid studying topics that are viewed negatively by the Chinese government. In July, the AAUP issued a report that was highly critical of the funding model for Confucius Institutes, saying that they “sacrificed the integrity of the university and its academic staff.” The AAUP report recommended shutting down Confucius Institutes until issues of academic freedom could be appropriately addressed. Some US universities, such as the University of Chicago, have followed this recommendation and closed their Confucius Institute. In light of these issues, I would like to ask the administration to comment on the extent to which faculty and the Faculty Association were involved in the decision to open a Confucius Institute at UNF. I would also like to ask them to comment on what measures have been taken to ensure the academic independence of UNF faculty who are associated with the Confucius Institute or who study issues related to China and the Chinese government.

      President John Delaney addressed that in regarding the Confucius Institute— this was a 5-year process which resulted in the opening ceremony for it last Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in the University Center. There is a number of Chinese faculty excited about it. Along with that, UNF is aware of some of the controversy surrounding Confucius Institutes in general and will be opened to concerns or feedback from faculty.   


    1. LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

      Agenda Item#1- FA 14-34: Submitted to the Executive Committee

      Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment: Second Reading

      Propose Change to Makeup and Name of the FA Research Committee

      Dan Richard made a friendly amendment that language be added to specify that nominations from faculty are accepted and those nominations are sent to Executive Committee. The amendment was accepted.  The item passed.


      Agenda Item#2- FA 14-37: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

      COAS (undergraduate)- (Communications, Mathematics & Statistics, Philosophy & Religious Studies): New courses, course changes, and change of programs of study (6 packages).

      The item passed.


      Agenda Item#3-FA 14-38: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

      COAS (Graduate)-(Music and Philosophy & Religious Studies): New courses, course changes, and change of program of study (2 packages). The item passed.


      Agenda Item#4-FA 14-39: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

      CCEC (Undergraduate)-(School of Computing): Course changes and change of program of study (1 package). The item passed.


      Agenda Item#5-FA 14-40: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee

      Award of Posthumous Baccalaureate Degree and In-Memorium Degree.

      Dr. Scheirer noted that the degree is undergraduate and that In-Memorium Degrees are not reported to the state. The item passed.


      Agenda Item#6-FA 14-41: Submitted by the Executive Committee

      2016-2017 Matriculation Calendar (DRAFT)

      The item passed.


      1. Elections of Nominations and Election Committee
      2. 2007 through Fall 2014 Updated Assessments
      3. Feedback request on Service Learning and Community Engagement Definitions
      4. Retirement information from Academic Affairs

      The meeting adjourned at 12:59 p.m.