Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:20 p.m.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – November 5, 2015 (2 minutes)

    The minutes were approved as posted on the website.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    • Fall Term Exam Schedule
    • Result of the Election for the Nominations & Elections
    • Disapproval of Legislative Calendar # FA 15-44, ISQ Timing
    • Graduate Rate
    • Observations on UNF Data

           Volunteers are needed for following committees:

    • Academic Programs Committee – CCEC Representative up to 9/17
    • Research Council – COAS (appointed) up to 9/16
    • Research Council – CCEC (appointed) up to 9/17
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee -  Michael Bovenzi
    They met this morning. January 7, 2016 APC meeting will be cancelled, and they will meet on Thursday, February 4, 2016. They have a number of packets for approval today.

     

    Academic Standards Committee -  Steven Williamson

    The November meeting was cancelled. They will meet Friday, January 15, 2016 at noon.

     

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Elizabeth Gregg

    They will meet on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

     

    Budget Advisory Committee -  Alan Harris

    They met on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Shari Shuman was guest and went over annual budget summary and the BOG metrics. They will meet on Thursday, January 14, 2016 and Jay Coleman will be their guest.

     

    Campus Technology Committee - Donna Mohr
    They met on Friday, November 20, 2015 to simply the grant process for the technology grants. They will have a shorter form for spring. There is no December meeting.

     

     Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner/Gordon Rakita

    December meeting is cancelled. They will meet on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm. They will be looking at the content of a research questionnaire to help with the creation of a research identity statement for UNF.

     

     Faculty Enhancement Committee - Paul Eason

    They are meeting tomorrow at 2:00 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room to review the teaching grant scoring process. The committee will be serving as the base for the task force for the review of the Office of Faculty Enhancement.

     

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Patrick Kreidl

    There is one information item for the elected committee members for this committee. They will meet in early in the spring term.

     

    Research Council - Aisha Johnson

    They met on Monday, November 30, 2015. Their summer grant scoring is done and submitted to Academic Affairs. Recipients should receive information by the end of this semester. Next meeting will be met the 2nd week in January, 2016.

     

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee B  Pali Sen
    The committee last met on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room. They discussed the institutional research data. The data gives some insights on the UNF students. A logistic regression analysis indicates the following variables significant for six-year graduation rates.
    1) College GPA 3.0 or above; 2)  Average 12 or more Credit Hours taken; 3) Honors program; 4) Florida student residency status; 5) Scholarship given (need or non-need); 6) Work Study; 7) AP courses in high school. High school credentials are not shown to impact much of the graduation rates.  A mandatory short exit survey for graduating seniors may reveal better information.  SPA has two information items in today’s agenda packet.  They cancelled their meeting for Tuesday, December 1 and will meet Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 12 noon with President Delaney in the President’s Conference Room.

     

    Support Services Committee – Luke Cornelius

    They met last Tuesday with Kathy Hagen from the Small Business Development Center. They will meet Thursday, January 28, 2016 and Dr. Elizabeth Curry will be invited.

     

     Executive Committee – Scott Hochwald

    They met on November 17 to set this agenda. The next meeting is Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at
    12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, and Rm 3108. There is one bylaw proposal concerning the Faculty Affairs.

     
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney  

    This fall I have had an unusual amount of travel, and this has caused me to miss the past couple of Faculty Association meetings. Next year looks better for being able to attend, subject of course to the usual potentiality of emergencies, either at home or in Tallahassee.
    The biggest news of late has been the jacket found hanging by a rope in a tree, with a dinosaur doll inserted inside. This of course came during a time of increased racial concerns triggered by scattered events across the country, particularly over the past year or so. At least 5 dozen universities are dealing with organized student protests and concurrent demands for change.
    Some remarkable detective work led our University Police to identify most of the individuals involved.  The Police were able to find the store that sold the rope and dinosaur doll, and then obtained video of the purchase. The purchase was shortly before the jacket was placed in a tree on campus. 
    Five of the six people were people of color, including two African Americans. Those who have been interviewed have denied racial motivation.
    Whether or not racist thinking motivated the action, there has been a constellation of reactions across campus. As one of our colleagues emailed to me, each individual reaction is valid in its own way. I have met and am continuing to meet with students, staff and faculty. The police investigation is continuing as well. I will continue to update the campus.
    Dr. Klostermeyer is setting up regular meetings with the Faculty Affairs and the Executive Committee
    of the Faculty Association with me. I also meet with the departmental Chairs every 6 weeks or so.
    The process surrounding Strategic Planning continues to take place. As I often say about Strategic Planning, it is an iterative one. Concurrently, we are engaged in Master Planning the physical campus. Every five years we are required to do this, and each cycle brings some adjustments to where we plan to site future construction or which parts of campus we wish to preserve in a natural state. Please give us your input. 

    Thanks for what you do for the students and colleagues on the campus. And I hope you have a Happy Holiday season and break.

     

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen

    Janet is in Tallahassee and there is no report.

     

    United Faculty of Florida – John White    

    There have been a lot of questions about the creation of guidelines. There has been a lot of conflicting information.  Please read the CBA. Faculty should be the drivers behind the guidelines. Some faculty have been told they cannot do some things in their guidelines. That is a violation of CBA. Faculty develops the guidelines, and they will be reviewed. If faculty want certain scholarship to be weighted differently than others, that is within their purview. There are also criteria for a model, and they need to meet the CBA guidelines. A website is being developed to share their information. If you are a member of UFF, you can talk about your contract, wear your t-shirt or button. You are entitled to talk about the union. On a positive note, the holiday social is Friday, December 4, 2015 from 2:30-5:30 at the Boathouse. Everyone is invited.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Questions for Provost:
    "Why are we doing an expensive search for a Dean of the Honors College when the end-result seems a foregone conclusion? Why not an internal search?"

     

    From:    Traynham, Earle
    Sent:     Thursday, November 19, 2015 5:36 PM
    First, we have not yet started a search for a Dean of the Hicks Honors College, but we do plan to have a national search as soon as we can.  As with any national search, there will be expenses beyond those of a typical internal search.  The primary reason we are doing a national search is because we consider the appointment of the inaugural Dean of the Hicks Honors College to be critical to the early success of the college.  President Delaney and I have discussed the possibility of visiting with the deans of some other successful honors colleges to better understand the skill set needed by the first Dean of Hicks Honors College.  We hope that the faculty are excited over the tremendous opportunity we have to develop the Hicks Honors College into one of the best in the southeast.  This search will be critical to that goal, and the outcome is anything but a “foregone conclusion”.

     

    Thanks

    Earle


    Question for Shari Shuman:

    Pali Sen - The lights need to be looked at in the stairwell of the Mathematics and Statistics Department.  A question for John White — How will faculty be evaluated until the guidelines are done?
    Dr. White responded that faculty and administration should use the current bylaws that they have and follow the contract/CBA.

  • CONSENT AGENDA

    There is no consent agenda item for December meeting.

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

    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 15-42: Submitted by the Executive Committee

    Faculty Association Bylaws – 2nd Reading”
    Faculty Affairs Committee Charge Update Proposal

    This is an editorial change to Faculty Commons to Faculty Lounge and acknowledging that there is no longer a board of regents. The item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 15-46: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Art & Design, Chemistry, Communication, History, Mathematics & Statistics, & Political Science & Public Administration): New Courses, Courses Changes, & Programs of Study (17 packages)

    The agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item# 3 - FA 15-47: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Graduate) – (Mathematics & Statistics, Political Science & Public Administration, & Psychology): New Courses & Programs of Study (7 packages)

    The agenda item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 4 - FA 15-48: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCB (Undergraduate) – (Economics & Geography, International Business, Marketing & Logistics): Course Changes & Programs of Study (9 packages)

    The agenda item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 5 - FA 15-49: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCB (Graduate) – (Management & Marketing & Logistics): New Course & Programs of Study (2 packages)

    The agenda item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 6 - FA 15-50: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (Construction Management, School of Engineering/Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, & Mechanical Engineering): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (8 packages)

    The agenda item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 7 - FA 15-51: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC (Graduate) – (School of Engineering/Electrical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (2 packages)

    The agenda item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 8 - FA 15-52: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COEHS (Undergraduate) – (Childhood Education, Literacy, & TESOL, Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education): New Courses, Course Change, & Programs of Study (2 packages)

    The agenda item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 9 - FA 15-53: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    BCH (Undergraduate) – (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences & School of Nursing): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study terminate (2 packages)

    The agenda item passed.

     

    Agenda Item# 10 - FA 15-54: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    BCH (Graduate) – (Nutrition & Dietetics): New Courses & Programs of Study (2 packages)

    The agenda item passed.


    Agenda Item# 11 - FA 15-55: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    BCH (Doctorate) – (Nutrition & Dietetics): New Courses & Programs of Study (1 package)

    The agenda item passed.

     

    Dr. Klostermeyer thanked Dr. Bovenzi and the APC members: including department, college, university and the FA executive committee for doing the work ahead of time, so that the items are clean and ready to be reviewed by the time they get to the floor of the Faculty Association.
  • INFORMATION ITEMS
    • Disapproval of Legislative Calendar # FA 15-44, ISQ Timing
    • Result of Election for the Nominations and Elections Committee
    • Graduate Rate
    • Observations on UNF Data
  • ADJOURNMENT

    The meeting was adjourned at 12:54 p.m.