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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, April 7, 2016 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 FA president, Chip Klostermeyer at 12:16 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – March 3, 2016 (2 minutes)

    The minutes from the March meeting were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)

    • It was noted that the Summer B& C calendars had an extra week. Registration for summer starts on Monday. After considerable discussion on how to resolve the issue, a decision was made by Academic Affairs to take a week of the end of Summer B and C. Summer A remains the same. Summer B will begin on June 20. Summer B & C will end July 29th. Graduation will remain on August 5.
    • Ashley Ballard, the assistant director for Health Promotion spoke on the focus on health and wellness for students with a new initiative called Healthy Osprey. They have monthly themes based on CDC youth surveillance system to promote healthy youth and young adult behaviors. They have a registered dietician available for students and faculty and staff. They signed on with Partnership for a Healthier America. Resource cards were passed around to share the resources available for students. 
    • The two information items: First Time in College and Transfer Students (Undergraduate) have been removed from the package. 
    • Online Elections for 2016 DP & 2016-2018 Standing & University Committees started today @9:00 a.m. and close on Wednesday, April 13 @5:00 p.m. 
    • Promotion & Tenure Report from Provost.
    • Recommendation on CANVAS.
    • Campus Safety Advisory Update.
    • Spring Term Exam Schedule is included into the packet.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Michael Bovenzi
    They met this morning and will meet on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10 o’clock.


    Academic Standards Committee – Steven Williamson
    Next meeting will be on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the CCB – Intuition Conference Room, Bldg 42, Rm 2004.


    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Elizabeth Gregg
    They did not get a quorum at the last meeting; so they met digitally to revise the adjunct teaching award.


    Budget Advisory Committee – Alan Harris 
    They met on Thursday, March 24, 2016 with Provost Traynham. They discussed the performance metrics, graduate rates and retention rates. They will meet on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

    Campus Technology Committee – Donna Mohr
    They met on Friday, February 26, 2016 to consider the opt-in to Canvas. Their recommendation is included as an information item in the packet. They met again on Friday, March 4, 2016 to consider their recommendations for technology grants. They recommended funding for five completely and 1 partially. They will meet on Friday, April 15, 2016 in the OFE/FA Conference Room and it will be the last meeting for the academic year of 2015-16.


    Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner/Gordon Rakita
    They will meet at 12:15 p.m. a week from today. They will talk about research identity and Divest UNF.


    Faculty Enhancement Committee – Paul Eason
    Joel Beam reported for the committee. They have met twice and will meet again on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM to discuss recommendations for OFE.


    Nominations & Elections Committee – Patrick Kreidl

    Ballot went out this morning. Faculty will have a week to vote.


    Research Council – Aisha Johnson
    Bess Wilson reported for the committee. They met yesterday, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 and are revising the rubric used for the scholarship grants.


    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Pali Sen 
    The committee met on Tuesday, April 5 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room. Their representative on the UNF Strategic Council attended the April meeting and reported to the committee on the UNF strategic plan. The committee discussed a focus on attracting and retaining vibrant and diverse faculty, inspiring collaboration within and across the disciplines and training new faculty to teach effectively. The committee will not meet during the summer.

    Support Services Committee – Luke Cornelius
    Donni Welch-Rawls reported for the committee. The committee met on Wednesday, March 24th 2016. The next meeting is Wednesday, April 28, 2016 and Josh Merchant the VP for university development will be the speaker.


    Executive Committee –Scott Hochwald
    The committee met on Tuesday, March 22. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108.
    With regard to parking permits, there was some difficulty with getting parking permits online. After some discussion, Reggie Brinson said he will check with the vendor to see if issue can be avoided in the future.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney  
    The president is not at the meeting. Dr. Klostermeyer read his report as follows:
    As you know, over the past 3 years, the BOG has absorbed $225 million of annual recurring appropriations. It has place this funding into its metric pot, which it awards based on metric scoring. The awards are non-recurring. If this pot of money was sent directly to the state's universities, the UNF share would be about $10 million of recurring funding, which would solve a lot of problems. 
    But the BOG is treating this money as sort of a bonus pool, awarding non-recurring funds to the higher 8 scores on its metrics plan. 
    The BOG is no longer seeking additional funding for this pot of money. This means that we may seek annual money again directly to the universities. In short, the hope is for a degree of normalcy in funding. 
    This gives some new energy to the strategic planning process. That process essentially is to pick a destination for UNF. How big should we be, how many faculty lines, how do we fix compression and inversion, what salary level, how much research activity, how many endowed professorships, how much scholarship funding, what should our endowment be, etc? 
    All of that requires some expectation of funding, and now it is a realistic exercise. After two and a half years of metrics, we can look to seeking money to fund annual activities. We may win or we may lose under the metric pot of money, but since it is non-recurring funding, missing out is not devastating. 
    See you next month or at graduation. Thanks. 


    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen  
    They finished on time on March 11. They will do that early session again in January 2018. She has a very long report, but has not released it yet. UNF will get 11million to finish construction; 855,000 for advanced manufacturing and materials. Two major pieces were given to the governor on March the 30 that include the funding model, which changes the mandate of the ranking and issues with textbook. The governor has until April 13 to sign them.  Joe Negron from Stuart is going on a listening tour to universities, will be here this month. The BOG is doing a joint meeting of facilities and innovation and online committees. The governor is having a Trustee summit in April. The BOG meets in June with work plan presentation. She’ll provide a final report when it’s available.

    United Faculty of Florida – John White
    Next month UFF faculty members will receive an email ballot on the UFF committees. Please don’t overlook the ballot—April 11 and 12th. We are hoping to finish the contract negotiations. Our chapter elections were last week; Bess Wilson is our new secretary and we have new senators. Our end of the year party will be at the Ropes course; it’s a family event and we hope you will come.


    Faculty Intercollegiate Representative – Jennifer Kane

    Academic Achievements of UNF Student Athletes

    2015-2016: 296 student-athletes in 19 sports (some participate in multiple sports): 8 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams (53% female)

    • Cumulative GPA for Fall 2015 All UNF UNDERGRADUATES: 2.96
    • 2014-2015 mean GPA:  Men:  3.07; Women: 3.263
    • Overall Spring 2015 GPA (men + women):  3.2
    • Highest team GPAs:  Women:  Golf (3.651); Men: Tennis (3.407)
    • Overall Fall 2015 GPA (men + women):  3.27
    • Highest team GPAs: Women: Golf (3.710); Men: Tennis (3.594)

    Atlantic Sun Academic Honors (3.0 or higher with athletic achievement component)

    • Cross Country: 3
    • Men's Soccer: 2
    • Volleyball: 1
    • Men's Basketball: 2
    • Trent Mackey (ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year)
    • Indoor Track: 6
    • Swimming (CCSA Conference): 14

    Atlantic Sun All-Academic awards (2014-2015)

    • 177/260 students recognized for ASUN All-Academic awards. They had to maintain a 3.0 GPA for the 2014-2015 academic year. (Completely academic with no athletic component)

    Academic Support (new this academic year)

    • staff partnered with the Thomas G. Carpenter Library to offer mandatory library orientations for freshmen student-athletes and new transfers.
    • Thomas G. Carpenter Library now hosts afternoon study hall for student-athletes. Students have access to all of the Library resources while still being able to obtain study hall hours.
    • members of the library staff and athletic staff presented at the FLA conference in March and the title of the presentation was "Why not play ball? When athletes and libraries partner, together, everyone wins."

    Athletic Achievements


    Spring 2015 ASUN Conference Champions:

    • Men’s Golf, Women’s Tennis, Baseball, Beach Volleyball (shared with Stetson)


    Fall 2016 ASUN Conference Champions:

    • Men’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball
    • Men’s Basketball made it’s first NIT tournament

    The Osprey Club (fundraising arm of the Athletic Department)

    • raised over $433,000 from 590 Osprey Club members which is a 10% increase in dollars raised and a 16% increase in donors acquired compared to FY15.
    • has acquired 114 new donors, 35 are first time donors to UNF.
    • has a 47% retention rate from previous years.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Question to President Delaney and Provost Traynham is:
    Given the budget issues discussed in President Delaney's message from the President on February 29th, is the administration/UNF Faculty Association still considering the electronic P&T dossier software, which has an estimated recurring cost of $25,000 per year?

    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 16-17: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) - (Biology & Psychology): Course Changes & Programs of Study (3 packages)

    The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 2 -FA 16-18: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Graduate) - (Psychology): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (1 package)

    The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 3 -FA 16-19: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCB (Graduate) - (Management & Marketing & Logistics): New Courses & Programs of Study (5 packages)

    A friendly amendment was made by Sherif Elfayoumy to log #201601-5 to change the description slightly to insert the word “marketing” for clarification. The amendment was accepted.
    The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 4 -FA 16-20: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Undergraduate) - (School of Computing): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study
    (1 package)

    The item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 5 -FA 16-21: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Undergraduate) - (Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education, Foundations & Secondary Education, & Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (8 packages)

    This item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 6 -FA 16-22: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Graduate) - (Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management): Programs of Study (1 package)

    This item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 7 -FA 16-23: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate) - (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences): New Courses & Programs of Study
    (1 package)

    This item was approved.

    Agenda Item# 8 -FA 16-24: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee
    We put together some comments for restructuring colleges.
    This item was approved. 

    • Promotion and Tenure Report
    • Vitae Summaries of 2 Finalists for 2016 Distinguished Professor Award
    • Faculty Association Standing and University Committee & DP Elections
    • Recommendation on CANVAS Opt-In
    • Campus Safety Advisory Update

    The meeting was adjourned at 1:42 p.m.