Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:45 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by President Gordon Rakita at 12:45 p.m.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – April 7, 2016 (2 minutes)
    The minutes of April 2016 were approved and posted on our web.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    Bb>Canvas transition by Deb Miller
    Canvas and BB will be available Fall and Spring. In May 2017, BB goes away. The system goes online for faculty on Monday. Workshops started this week and continue daily through the summer. An email will go out Monday with information. Faculty will have a variety of ways to migrate BB courses to Canvas. The Help Desk has been working hard on student support and training for students. 
    2016-201 Faculty Association Schedule
    2016-2017 Academic Programs Committee Schedule
    2016-2017 University Matriculation Calendar
    2015-2016 Faculty Award Winners
    2016-18 Committee Elections Result-
    2016-2017 Standing and University Committee Directories
    Volunteers for the following committees representatives:

    - APC representatives from CCB and CCEC (9/2017)

    - Faculty Enhancement Comte representatives from COEHS and BCH

    - Research Council appointees from COEHS and BCH

    -University Appeals Committee (alternate) representative from CCEC

  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee – Michael Bovenzi
    They met on April 28. Their next meeting is scheduled for September. There are a few agenda items today.

    Academic Standards Committee -Steven Williamson
    No report.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee - Elizabeth Gregg
    No report.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Richard Patterson
    They will meet in September.

    Campus Technology Committee B Donna Mohr
    No report.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – David Fenner/Gordon Rakita
    No report.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Paul Eason
    They reviewed the findings; Dr. Eason met with administration and delivered the recommendations.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Patrick Kreidl
    No report.

    Research Council - Aisha Johnson
    August 17 is next meeting.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen
    No report.

    Support Services Committee – Luke Cornelius
    No report.

    Executive Committee – Scott Hochwald

    Meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 12:45 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108 is cancelled. There is one item on the legislative calendar regarding smokers on campus.

  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney
    There was a squabble with the governor on the bond rating on the UNF project for three projects. There are three bond raters; Standard & Poor is one of those. There are two ways to finance—through the university; or through the state- division of bond finance. UNF did two projects—S&P A+ to an A downgrade. The rating agencies are heavily scrutinized. One reason for the downgrade is that UNF saw a couple hundred drop in student enrollment and transfers are down, which is a national trend. Another reason is the lack of state support for universities. There has been a decrease and all new money is non-recurring. UNF did notify about the bond; the finance people did notified the state in time, but the person who answered the emails was on vacation and the deadline was missed by a day.
    The state legislature is looking to increase funds for higher Ed, including some recurring money beginning next year.
    A reminder is that the walkway to the arena will be coming down. Finally, the student athletes have done well academically.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen

    No report.

    United Faculty of Florida – John White
    The new CBA ratification vote is Tuesday and Wednesday 12-3 in Biology. There is a family day at the ropes course. Everyone is invited.

    Parking Advisory Council Report – Paul Mason
    The council recommended no changes in restricting specific groups to specific areas; no change in rates. The nighttime faculty permit will be $150. The night faculty/staff permit for those who come midnight to 8:30am; that was tabled. The license plate recognition feature is coming; will be tested in the coming year. Nose-end parking will be required and no back-end parking. A citation will be given after three warnings. There is a $50 back-in permit that will go into effect 2017. There is an electric vehicle charging station in lot 53. There is a $30 fee if you park in that spot without charging.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

     "Do the President and Provost give their assurances that the search for the Permanent Dean of COAS in the Fall will truly be an open search and not have a predetermined outcome like the search for the Interim Dean position did?"

    “Why is the person in charge of the retention metric being moved to another position (Dean of COAS) when we have just finished last in the state in the performance metrics?”

    "Why has the search for the Dean of Honors dragged on so long? What is the timeline for its completion?"

    There is no consent agenda item for May meeting.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
     Agenda Item# 1 - FA 16-25: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee
    Faculty Association Resolution on Smoking on Campus
    Dr. Klostermeyer urged the group to support the resolution. Dr. Courtwright noted in view of the FDA stricter regulations last week, does smoking include vaping? Dr. Klostermeyer noted that the current policy does not include vaping. President Delaney said that the initial policy was done when vaping was considered a way to stop smoking; research has since shown that is not the case. Other universities have handled it through student affairs and student conduct. Dr. Dinsmore noted that if there is a policy for enforcement that there should be a strategy for students addicted to tobacco to be able to quit. Dr. Scheirer noted that the Safety Advisory Council contributed to the policy. The Healthy Osprey group does have a support system. The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 2 -FA 16-26: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) - (School of Music, Philosophy & Religious Studies): New Courses, Course Changes & Programs of Study (3 packages)
    The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 3 -FA 16-27: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Graduate) - (Communication, History, & Psychology): New Courses, Course Changes & Programs of Study (3 packages)
    The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 4 -FA 16-28: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    BCH (Doctoral) - (School of Nursing): Course Changes & Programs of Study (1 package)
    The item passed.
    1. Faculty Association Standing and University Committee 2016-2018 & 2016 DP Election Results
    2. Faculty Association Standing & University Committee Directories (2016-2018)
    3. Investment Strategy
    4. Intercollegiate Athletic Committee Remarks to Faculty Association (April 7, 2016)
    5. 2015-2016 Faculty Awards University Selection Committee Members 
    6. 2015-2016 OT Undergraduate College Screening Committee Members
    7. 2015-2016 OT Graduate College Screening Committee Members
    8. 2016-2017 Faculty Association Schedules
    9. 2016-2017 Academic Programs Committee Schedules
    10. 2016-2017 University Matriculation Calendar (Click on the Link)
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:17 p.m.
    The next meeting is on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 12:15 p.m.