Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 12:15 PM

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

Call to Order:

Dr. Klostermeyer called the meeting to order at 12:17 p.m.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – February 4, 2016 (2 minutes)

    Minutes of February 4 was approved and posted on our web.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    • Standing and University Committee nominee names for the term of years 2016-2018 are listed on the Faculty Association website – Homepage.
    • Faculty Association Standing Committee charges and the updated Standing Committee membership are also included in the packet.
    • The 2016-18 Standing and University Committee nominations will also be taken from the floor, and today is the final nominations. After the meeting, no more nominations will be accepted. Each table  is distributed the two set hard copies by listing the committee vacancies for your reference. The yellow color paper is for the standing committees, and the blue paper is for the university committees.   
    • P & T Dossier System demos will be videotaped and demonstrated on Friday, March 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Bldg 51, Social Sciences Building, Room 1205.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee - Michael Bovenzi

    The committee met this morning and reviewed a lot of packages. If you have any curriculum changes, please continue to go through the process. The next meeting is April 7.


    Academic Standards Committee - Steven Williamson

    They met last week of Friday, February 19, 2016 and no meeting scheduled in March due to the spring break. They will meet on Friday, April 15, 2016 in the CCB – Intuition Conference Room, Bldg 42, Rm 2004.


    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Elizabeth Gregg

    They met yesterday, March 2, 2016 and contingently approved the criteria for the new adjunct teaching award. They will review and adopt the award by Friday, March 4.


    Budget Advisory Committee -Richard Patterson/Alan Harris

    Richard reported that the February meeting was cancelled. The next meeting is Thursday, March 24, 2016 @11:00 AM in the Psychology Conference Room. Provost Earle Traynham will be the guest.


    Campus Technology Committee - Donna Mohr
    They reviewed the Canvas program and met last Friday to discuss findings.  They give a qualified approval for a transfer to Canvas contingent to features like Safe Assign being available and support for faculty during the transition. They did not discuss the technology grants, but they will meet tomorrow, Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the OFE/FA Conference Room to review.


    Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner/Gordon Rakita

    They will meet a week from today, March 11, 2016. They will confirm the guidelines for Community Engaged Scholarship Award and will converse about DIVEST UNF. They need to talk about email accounts for retired faculty. They are reviewing.


    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Paul Eason

    They will be meeting three times—March 9 at 11:00 AM in the OFE/FA Conference Room. They will be reviewing the actions and activities of Office of the Faculty Enhancement.  Other two meetings are March 30
    @11AM and April 13 at 11:00 AM are the remainder two meetings. Recommendations will be given to Len Roberson, Associate VP for Academic Technology & Innovation by the end of the semester.


    Nominations & Elections Committee – Patrick Kreidl

    Dr. Klostermeyer took nominations from the floor. Dr. Kreidl recorded the nominations from the floor as below:

    Academic Standards: Scott Hochwald (Mathematics and Statistics, COAS)
    Adjunct Affairs: Patricia Geesey (Languages, Literatures and Cultures, COAS)
    Jacqueline Shank (Nutrition & Dietetics, BCH)
    Research Council: Emma Apatu (Public Health, BCH)
    Calendar Committee: Eileen Pesantes-Tavares (Civil Engineering, CCEC) or (Alireza Jahan-Mihan – N & D)
    Distance Learning: Eileen Pesantes-Tavares (Civil Engineering, CCEC)

    Food Service Advisory: Catherine Christie (Nutrition & Dietetics, BCH)

    Honors Council: Debra Murphy (Art & Design, COAS)

    Parking Violations Appeal: Katie Monnin (Literacy, COEHS)

    Space Committee: Lunetta Williams (Literacy, COEHS)

    Student Conduct Board: Richard Patterson (Mathematics and Statistics, COAS)

    University Appeals: Chip Klostermeyer (Computer Science, CCEC)

    Sherry Pinkstaff (Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences, BCH)

    University Technology: Sherif Elfayoumy (School of Computing, CCEC)

     Research Council -Aisha Johnson  

    No report.


    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen

    They met Tuesday, March 2, 2016 at 12:15 in the OFE/FA Conference Room. They discussed the graduating senior survey. They will meet on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:15 in the OFE/FA Conference Room again. They have one information item in the packet.


    Support Services Committee – Luke Cornelius

    They met last Thursday, February 25, 2016 and discussed International Center programs. Their next meeting is also Thursday, March 24, 2016 @11:00 AM.


    Executive Committee – Scott Hochwald

    They met on February 16, 2016 to craft the agenda. Next meeting is Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney 

    The bad news is that it looks like UNF will be in the bottom three schools this year. FAMU will be ahead of us this year. Seven of the metrics we do well on. There is some hope for next year. They are hoping the formula will blow up next year. One metric that is problematic is cost per undergraduate degree. That metric’s formula is problematic and hopefully it will be changed. UNF is putting a clamp down on funding positions. There are some essential items to spend money on, but they will slow down and will build up reserves; in case, there is a funding issue next year. They will not be considering layoffs or faculty travel cuts. They will not bother the holiday leave time or the tuition reimbursement program. There have been some interesting suggestions from staff, including offering some staff an option to drop from 40 hours to 32 hours per week. Suggestions are welcome. The legislature has about a week left. They anticipate construction money being received for Bldg 4 renovation and money for the Advanced Manufacturing program. The gun bill may be moved to the full floor of the Senate. Good news is that weather is nice.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen  

    No report.


    United Faculty of Florida – John White

    To help with faculty understanding of the BOG and metrics, they have been working with Shari Shuman and getting the budget this year. They are hoping to get the metrics formula to see how it works. They are still in bargaining on Article 35. They will not give up any rights in the contract if legislature decides to nullify the contract; they will be able to fight it. UNF has the fastest growing UFF chapter. Please go to the website for resources there.


    Campus Safety Advisory Report – John Hale

    The council conducted a night safety walk last December. Major improvements have been made in the lighting levels with LED lights. They have installed a new crosswalk near the Flats to expand past the core campus. The COJ improved the sight lines on the north entrance of campus; a berm was adjusted. UNF is in the initial phases for proximity control—your ID will have a code for locks so that you will not need a key. UPD has two new personnel, they have 279 emergency phones; 43 courtesy phones, 69 elevator phones; 229 security cameras. 116 reported crimes 2013-2014; 115 reported crimes 2014-2015.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Question for Provost:

    More than one new Master’s Program has been developed lately and others are in the works. Are there any concerns that these are not in STEM fields and thus might have a negative impact on the metrics?
    "Yes, there is some concern, as we prefer not to take actions that may lower our performance on any of the metrics. However, a major part of our mission, as a comprehensive regional university, is to meet the needs of the northeast Florida region. If new Masters Programs address these needs, we should develop and offer them. Some of the programs we are adding, e.g., Master of Social Work, are in areas of strategic emphasis and will improve our performance on the STEM metric."

    Question for UFF president:

    Given that the UFF bargains the contract for all faculty, not just those who are UFF members, will the UFF consider allowing all faculty to vote for UFF officers?

    John White: Answer: “No. The UFF does not allow for non-members to vote.

    There is no consent agenda item for March meeting.

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

    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 16-12: Submitted by Faculty Association President
    2016-2017 Faculty Association Budget Proposals

    The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 16-12: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) - (Biology, Economics, Physics, & Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (5 packages)

    The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 3 - FA 16-13: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Graduate) – (Communication & Criminology & Criminal Justice): New Courses & Program of Study (2 packages)

    The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 4 - FA 16-14: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCB (Undergraduate) – (Management): New Course, Course Change, & Programs of Study (2 packages)

    The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 5 - FA 16-15: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (School of Computing): Course Change & Program of Study (1 package)

    The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 6 - FA 16-16: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    BCH (Undergraduate)- (Public Health): Course Changes & Program of Study (1 package)

    The item passed.

      I. Faculty Association Standing and University Committee Nominations
     II. Update on the Electronic Promotion & Tenure Dossier System Invitation to Negotiate
    III.        UNF Graduating Senior Survey, Summary of Some of the Responses

    The meeting was adjourned at 12:49 p.m.