Minutes of Meeting

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

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

Call to Order:

Dr. Klostermeyer called the meeting to order at 12:16 p.m.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – June 4, 2015 (2 minutes)
    The minutes from June 4 were approved, and July 2 meeting was canceled due to no Association business.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    • Thanks to President Delaney for providing the luncheon.
    • Dr. Klostermeyer noted that Director & Police Chief of Safety and Security, Francis Mackesy, has said that UPD will try to stop the skateboarders and the smokers on campus. A number of tickets were issued this week.
    • Mr. Hugh Jones Jr. was introduced by Dr. Joshua Merchant, VP for Development & Alumni Engagement & Executive Director, UNF Foundation Inc. announced the Albert Ernest Caring Awards— the Caring Award and the Fellowship Award for Heart of America-a 10 week paid internship in Washington, DC. Deadline for the application is Friday, October 2, 2015. The 2015 Albert D. Ernest, Jr. Caring Award Recipient is Sara Gaver.  Kaitlyn Schwantes is the winner of the Bill and Angie Halamandar Caring Internship at Heart of America.
    • Mr. Jones introduced Kaitlyn Schwantes who spoke about her internship experience in Washington, DC. 
    • Ms. Hailey Guerra, Student Body President attended the Faculty Association Meeting.
    • CIRT – Deb Miller announces 2015 UNF   Academic Technology Innovation Symposium    
    • CIRT flyer included.
    • 44th Fall Convocation  is on Thursday, September 17, at 10 a.m. & Faculty & Staff Appreciation Breakfast to be held from 7:30-9:30 AM in the Osprey Café.
    • APC Workflow System 2016-2017 Catalog Deadline on Tuesday, October 13.  
    • Any APC Workflow System personnel updates  can notify FA president or Faculty Association executive secretary, Cindy Chin.  
    • 2014-2015 APC Workflow System packages Summary by Colleges & Departments. 
    • Policy On Joint Appointments repost.
    • 2015-2016 Committee Directories  
    • 2015-2016 Promotion & Tenure Timeline
    • Faculty Association 2015-2016 Schedules  
    • APC 2015-2016 Schedules  
    • University Matriculation Calendar 2015-2016  (on FA website)
    • Handout  about the Faculty Association
    • Faculty Association President Question Box  located onto the Home Page
    • Academic Center for Excellence Information Included 
    • Usage Rules  for the Faculty Lounge and Talon Room (revised internal rental rates)
    • Faculty Association Support Services Standing Committee  is looking for CCB representative f or  the 2-year term up to 9/2017.  


  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)

    Academic Programs Committee--Michael Bovenzi

    They met this morning at 10:30. They will meet October 1. He will be presenting information on the APC Workflow System process at the next October FA meeting.


    Academic Standards Committee--Edwin Harris/TBD
    They are meeting September 11 at 11:00 am in Bldg 15/Rm 3004. There is an agenda item for a minor change to Latin  Honors Distinction. Thanks to the new faculty who made it here today.


    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Melissa Hargrove/Elizabeth Gregg

    They met last Friday, August 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm and they elected a chair, who is Liz Gregg, will meet in October.


    Budget Advisory Committee --Richard Patterson
    They will meet Friday, September 11 in Bldg 57/Rm 3510.


    Campus Technology Committee --Donna Mohr

    They will meet September 4 at 10:00 am in CIRT, Honors Hall, Bldg 10/Rm 1102. At that time, they will elect a Distance Learning Committee representative and get organized for the technology grants that will be due on Friday, September 18.


    Faculty Affairs Committee --David Fenner/TBD

    They will meet on Thursday, September 17 at 12:15 p.m. in OFE/FA Conference Room. An agenda includes discussion about UNF creating an Honors College.


    Faculty Enhancement Committee --Paul Eason

    They met yesterday morning on Wednesday, September 2nd at 10 AM in OFE/FA Conference Room. The committee approved a rubric for those who review summer teaching grants. Their additional charge is to develop a meaningful process on reports for the grant recipients. Next meeting will be scheduled on Wednesday, October 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Library Small Conference Room, 2nd floor. Paul was elected as chair.


    Nominations & Elections Committee – Pingying Zhang/Patrick Kreidl

    Patrick is the vice chair, they have not met this semester.


    Research Council - Courtney McLeland/Aisha Johnson

    They will meet Friday, September 25 in the Library Special Collections Room, 1st Floor from 2 to 3 pm. They will review the grants issue.


    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee -Pali Sen  
    The committee met on Tuesday, September 1st at 12:15 p.m. in the COAS Dean’s conference room (51/3201) and reelected Pali Sen as the incoming chair and Lauren Newton as the secretary for 2015-16. They set their future meeting dates, which will be the first Tuesday of every month for the Fall semester. The committee discussed the data for the 2015 FTIC Profile Gaines over 10 years.  The graphs show a clear separation trend for increased profile and yield for FTIC students in fall and summer over the period. This year, the committee has set its agenda as retention and graduation of better students at UNF. They will try to find a comprehensive solution on how to move forward. The committee will look at the data collected from the Senior Survey administered by Academic Affairs.  Instead of asking why students leave UNF, we will ask why students stay at UNF. Some degree programs ask in-depth questions and students’ responses are interesting. We have access to that data.  Our October meeting will include an examination of the survey data and determining questions to ask. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 6th at 12:15 p.m. in OE/FA Conference Room. Judy Miller, executive director of assessment, will be the guest.


    Support Services Committee – Robert Schupp/Luke Cornelius

    They met last week and elected a chair and recording secretary; Luke is new chair and Brian Kopp will meet on Tuesday, September 22 at 1:00 pm in the Library.


    Executive Committee – Scott Hochwald

    The last meeting was on August 18. The next meeting is on Tuesday, 9/15 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg16, 3rd Floor, Room 3108. Kick Off Luncheon is removed.

  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney
    The UPD will have an increased presence at the beginning of the semester. He just got back from the BOG meeting. The metrics and the projection for the next year is that four schools will be tied for 4th from the bottom. There will be eight schools who will be vying for the bottom three. The nature of the metrics and the nature of UNF will mean that UNF is at risk of being at the bottom. He is part of a committee who is working on having the BOG measure some different elements.
    Enrollment has dropped a bit for 2015-2016; UF is enrolling many of freshmen online. Right now UNF rejects 60% of the applicants, could accept more. There is a proposal to turn the Honors Program into an Honors College—a donor considering a $7million gift for this transition; the cost would be minimal. Over the summer, a garbage truck slammed into the overpass by the Arena. Engineers have discussed taking the overpass down. Kernan Boulevard rerouting issue is not going to work; UNF is going to add signage along Kernan to indicate UNF. President Delaney read aloud an email from a parent who was concerned about textbooks costs; the parent said they were very happy with their son’s experience at UNF.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    Janet introduced Christopher Warren, who is working with her this year; he’s had a lot of experiences with legislation at the local, state, and federal level. He’s opened the door to new internship possibilities. There was a revenue conference in August, and there should be an extra 1.3 billion for the next fiscal year. The session will be in January and February instead of March and April. Committees will meet in mid-September. Textbook affordability and sales tax exemption issues will be continued. Just briefly the notification requirements for textbook selection may move up; move toward need-based aid and guns on campus.

    United Faculty of Florida – John White
    The guns on campus issue is still a concern; the bill will be reintroduced this year and has a lot of support in the legislature. Similar bills have passed in eight states and 21 states have campuses that allow guns. The non-tenure track faculty will be able to go for promotion. There are coffees with President Delaney and the Provost in the fall and spring. The team will start contract issues next week; the guidelines are in lieu of bylaws and will be posted on the website. There is a push for union membership of 50%.

    Academic Center for Excellence – Cherie Woods
    Cherie Woods said that ACE is offering tutoring on campus, at the Library and at the housing area –for
    Math, Chemistry, and Calculus; some online tutoring offered three nights a week; twenty seven classes offer supplemental instruction—breakout groups with former students; if you are interested, contact ACE; Academic coaching is available. Please use the Early Academic Alert System for students who need assistance.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

    Question for Shari Shuman:

    "When is the contract with Follett up for the bookstore? They seem to be gouging our students with prices higher than retail (let alone Amazon) and do not display prices or alternatives to faculty when we order our texts."
    The contract is up next fall. 


    Question for Shari Shuman:

    A concern was expressed about the steps in building 14-this will be forwarded to Shari Shuman


    Question for the Provost:    
     Academic Affairs wants to make sure that students can meet their General Education requirements through DL courses. Unfortunately not all disciplines are well-suited for DL. Exactly what population of students needs a DL path through General Education? Surely, we are not talking about the residents of the dorms. Also, how many students are in that population?”

    The provost noted that he will respond to this in writing. 

    There is no consent agenda item for September meeting.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 15-22: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate-Doctoral) – (School of Nursing): New Degree Program Request – Proposal for Doctor of Nursing Practice NAP (Nurse Anesthetist) Major (1 package)

    The item passed with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 15-23: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Communication, English, & Music): Course Changes & Programs of Study changes (5 packages)

    The item passed with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 3 - FA 15-24: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COAS (Graduate) – (Criminology & Criminal Justice & English,): Course Changes & Programs of Study changes (2 packages)

    The item passed with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 4 - FA 15-25: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCB (Undergraduate) – (Management): Programs of Study changes (1 package)

    The item passed with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 5 - FA 15-26: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    CCEC (Graduate) – (School of Engineering/Civil Engineering): New Course & Programs of Study changes (1 package)

    The item passed with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 6 - FA 15-27: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Undergraduate) – (Childhood Education, Literacy, & TESOL; & Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education): New Course & Programs of Study changes (3 packages)

    The item passed with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 7 -FA 15-28: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    COEHS (Graduate) – (Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education; & Foundations & Secondary Education): New Course, Course Changes, & Programs of Study changes (2 packages) 

    The item passed with no discussion.


    Agenda Item# 8 -FA 15-29: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    BCH (Graduate) – (Public Health & School of Nursing): Course Changes & Programs of Study terminate
    (4 packages)

    The item passed with no discussion.

    Agenda Item# 9 -FA 15-30: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee

    Latin Honors Distinction Upon Degree Completion

    Ed Harris presented agenda item and read aloud the statement. A question was asked about the form being filled out; important for faculty to fill out form. The Provost asked for clarification whether it was any misconduct or just an unforgiveable F.  His concern was that not everyone would be identified—if there is an unforgiveable F, then the registrar has the information—if it’s not an F, then a faculty member might choose to lower a grade. A friendly amendment was made to change the word from “formerly” to “formally”. The registrar’s office will work to help with this. Academic misconduct is to some degree in the eye of the beholder. If the report is filled out, the student can go through the appeals process. A question was asked if student misconduct information will be available if they transfer from another institute.  The answer was that if it’s on the transcript, but typically the graduation deals with UNF transcripts. Marianne Jaffee asked a clarification question about the range on the form.  Marianne Jaffee creates a binder with information—should all of this activity be forwarded to the registrar?

    A motion was made to send the policy back to the committee for procedural issues and to consider 
    some of the issues; the motion was seconded and passed. 
    • Policy On Joint Appointments
    • 2015-2016 Standing and University Committee Directories
    • UNF Rental Rates 
    • Talon Room & Faculty Lounge (Internal) UNF Rates
    • Usage Rules for the Faculty Lounge 
    • APC 2014-2015 Annual Report
    • APC Workflow System Packages 2014-2015 by Colleges & Departments
    • 2015-2016 Promotion and Tenure Timeline
    • 2015-2016 Faculty Association Schedule 
    • 2015-2016 Academic Programs Committee Schedule 
    • 2015-2016 University Matriculation Calendar (click on the link)
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:18 p.m.