Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:15 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by President Radha Pyati at 12:15 p.m. There were approximately 95 individuals in attendance (approximately 81 faculty attendees), and there was a quorum.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – March 2, 2017 (2 minutes)
    A motion was made to approve the minutes from the Faculty Association meeting on March 2, 2017.
    The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (10 minutes)
    Today, there is a ballot open for voting on the Distinguished Professor and on Standing Committee & University Committees openings. The ballot will remain open until next Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

    The five-year course inactivity report is available. Faculty should review this list to determine whether a course should be retained despite the fact that it has not been offered over the past five years. The deadline for changes is April 28th.

    There is an information item for this year’s Promotion & Tenure report.

    There is a report for Early Academic Alert and Midterm Grades. This system might help student maintain enrollment.

    The Presidential search will begin on Monday, April 10th. The first meeting will be on April 10th in the Board of Trustees Room. Input from the campus community is much valued in this process.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
     Academic Programs Committee –Michael Bovenzi
    The last meeting of the committee was on April 6th. The next meeting of the committee will be on April 27th.
    The committee has prepared five agenda items and 1 information item for this Faculty Association meeting.

    Academic Standards Committee – Steven Williamson
    Scott Hochwald reported for the committee. The committee last discussed make-up exams and final exams. Faculty are in charge of administering finals and make-up exams.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee –Elizabeth Gregg

    The committee met and selected the recipients of the four Outstanding Adjunct Affairs Awards. The next meeting of the committee will be in the first week of May.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Alan Harris
    The committee last met on March 30th with Vice President Jay Coleman. The committee discussed the budget requests received from the Deans. The total recurring funding requests of 7.9 million and non-recurring requests of 9.6 million. Last year, Academic Affairs funded 1.9 and 3.9 million in those categories, respectively.

    Campus Technology Committee - Jose Franco

    The committee last met on March 3rd, and the committee provided a ranking for the Academic Technology Grants to the Director of Academic Technology, Gordon Rakita. The committee will next meet on April 7th, in the Faculty Association Conference Room.

    Faculty Affairs Committee –Gordon Rakita

    The committee last met on March 9th. During the last meeting, the committee met with Assistant Vice President, John Hale, and James Taylor, Coordinator with the Environmental Center, regarding the proposed expansion to the Sawmill Slough. There is an agenda item regarding this issue for today’s Faculty Association meeting. The committee also met with Student Government representatives regarding the forming of a Syllabus Bank. There is a resolution regarding this issue in today’s agenda packet. The committee also revisited and revised a previous resolution regarding Guns on Campus. The revised resolution is in today’s agenda packet. There is an agenda item to revise the working for CES award.
    The next meeting of the committee will be on Thursday, April 13th, where the committee will discuss the Research Statement, the Campus Climate Survey, the Distinguished Professor and Community-Engaged Scholarship award, the Title IX and faculty inclusivity initiative, Computing Coding as a language requirement, the Service Award, an Out-of-Unit Faculty issue, the review of the quorum for Faculty Association meetings.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Raphael Crowley

    The committee last met on March 14th. The next meeting will be on April 20th.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Dana Hart

    Radha Pyati reported for the committee and there might be some changes to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee because some faculty serving on the committee will be leaving UNF.

    Research Council – Judy Ochrietor

    The committee last met on March 15th. The committee did not reach a quorum. The committee had an informal discussion regarding the Research Report.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee – Paul Eason

    Lauren Newton reported for the committee. The committee will host a forum for the most recent draft of the Strategic Plan. The forum for faculty related to Goal 3 will be held on Thursday, April 13th, at 12:15 p.m.

    Support Services Committee – Brian Kopp

    The committee last met on February 15th, and met with Dean of Students, Tom Van Schoor, regarding the Supporting our Students Program and how the process relates to the Clery Act. The next meeting of the committee is April 19th.

    Executive Committee – David Fenner
    The committee has three agenda items on today’s meeting.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    President Delaney was not able to attend the meeting today.
    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    The Legislative Liaison, Janet Owen, is in Tallahassee.

    United Faculty of Florida – John White

    The United Faculty of Florida and the UNF Administration have finished contract negotiations with no changes to the contract. The union will have new leadership next week. A newsletter will be coming out next week. Even though the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement will be going out of date this year, the agreement will continue to be in effect until a new contract is finalized.

    Faculty Intercollegiate Representative Report – Jennifer Kane
    The UNF Athletic Department congratulates its student-athletes for their excellent work in the classroom.
    • 11 Consecutive Semesters with a Department GPA above a 3.0
    • 173 student-athletes named to the ASun Academic Honor Roll (2015-2016)
    • 2 Consecutive Semesters when All 19 teams have a team GPA above 3.0 (Spring 2016 and Fall 2017)
    • Fall 2016 Highest Department GPA: 3.33
    • Fall 2016: 22 4.0s

    Athletic Highlights Last Year (2015-16)
    • Won 9 ASUN Conference team championships
    • Had 11 Player of the Year honorees
    • 3 ASUN Coach of the Year recognitions
    • Saw 94 student-athletes earn ASUN All-Conference selections
    • Seven teams advanced to NCAA Postseason play
    • Earned the ASUN Men’s All-Sports Championship

    Athletic Highlights Fall/Winter (2017)
    • Won 2 ASUN Conference team championships (Men’s Soccer/Men’s Cross Country)
    • Individual titles in both men’s and women’s cross country
    • 2 ASUN Coach of the Year honors
    • 35 ASUN All-Conference selections
    • Women’s swimming broke 10 UNF (school) records last season and 3 this season
    • 1 Player of the Year (MBB), 1 Defensive Player of the Year (MSOC), Most Outstanding Track Athlete (Women’s Indoor Track), Most Valuable Performer (Men’s Indoor Track)
    • 3 Freshman of the Year winners (MSOC, VB, MBB)

    New this year: Athletic Academic Support designed and instituted an electronic progress reporting system. Instead of professors receiving a hard copy of a progress report, if they teach a student-athlete, they will receive an email at the end of the 5th week of the semester directing them to fill out the information via the faculty tab.
  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (18 minutes)

    Responses to questions are posted on the Faculty Association website and included in a future agenda package.

    Q1. Anonymous Question to John White, UFF-UNF President:

    Given that UNF has finally reached 100% pass rate in the promotion and tenure process, is it time to revisit the promotion and tenure process, perhaps by the addition of college-level committees, where the real decision-making process lies?


    John White will provide a detailed answer in writing.

    Q2. Anonymous Question to John White, UFF-UNF President:
    The union has pointed out that our pay is at the bottom of the State University System. Bargaining efforts are more focused on non-tenure track instructors rather than issues of concern to the faculty at large. And recent email blasts have been misleading. Therefore I would like a detailed explanation of the steps for the Faculty to decertify the union.


    Answer from FA President Radha Pyati from the floor:
    Decertification of a union is handled by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Briefly, 30% of members in the bargaining unit must sign a petition requesting a decertification election to be held by the NLRB. Signatures must be collected during non-work times and in non-work areas, without use of employer resources. If the majority votes for decertification, the union will be decertified. More detail is available at the NLRB’s website www.nlrb.gov.


    Q3. Anonymous Question to FA President Radha Pyati or Designee:
    This morning, I saw a student riding a skateboard under a walkway right beside the "No skateboarding sign" and this student was smoking at the same time. What is the enforcement policy on skateboarding, and how can it be enhanced, especially given the narrow pedestrian traffic paths around the Skinner-Jones construction site where skateboarding is often observed? 


    Partial answer from FA President Radha Pyati from the floor:
    A question regarding smoking enforcement was asked at the December 2016 FA meeting, and the response provided by Vice President Mauricio Gonzalez appears in the January 12th Faculty Association meeting Questions and Responses index on the Faculty Association website.


    Q4. Question from the floor from Pali Sen to Megan Kuehner, University Registrar:
    In today’s agenda packet for the Information Item #4, a table is provided for midterm grades. Over the last 4 semesters, records show that 7.7-31.5% eligible professors provided the midterm grades. Since midterm grades are a tool to improve retention and graduation of our students, can the Registrar’s office provide the Chairs/Directors a list of classes with missing grades after the due date? Similarly, if final exam grades are missing for any class, department Chairs are alerted with such a list.

  • CONSENT AGENDA
    There were no Consent Agenda items for the month of April.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list; 20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)

    Agenda Item #1 – FA 17-20: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee: 

    CCB (Undergraduate) – (Management): New Courses & New Minor Program of Study (1 package
    This item includes a request to add a minor in Human Resources Management.
    The item was approved by majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 2-FA 17-21: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee:

    CCB (Graduate) – (Accounting & Finance): Course Changes & Programs of Study Changes (2 packages)
    This item requests to implement changes to the General Business Major. This includes termination of courses that are not currently being used in the program. The item also makes changes to the Masters of Accounting major.
    The item was approved by majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 3-FA 17-22: College of Computing Engineering, and Construction (Graduate)
    CCEC (Graduate) – (School of Engineering/Civil Engineering): New Course & Program of Study Changes (1 package)
    This item proposes changes to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering, adding a new course.
    The item was approved by majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 4-FA 17-23: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee:
    COEHS (Graduate) – (Leadership, School Counseling, & Sports Management): Programs of Study changes (2 packages)
    This item proposes changes to the concentration in Educational Technology Leadership to Educational Technology Training and Development, and creating a new concentration in the Masters of Education Leadership Major called Early Childhood Education Leadership Concentration.
    The item was approved by majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 5-FA 17-24: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee:
    BCH (Undergraduate) – (Public Health): New Course & Programs of Study Changes (2 packages)
    This item proposes program changes to the Bachelor of Science, Health Science Major, changes to courses and credit hour changes. This item also proposes changes to the Minor in Public Health and removes courses and changes courses listed in the program.
    The item was approved by majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 6-FA 17-25: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee:

    Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award Revision
    This item proposes minor changes to the wording of the award, to appoint a faculty member selected by the Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning to the selection committee.
    The item was approved by majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 7-FA 17-26: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee:
    Resolution – Support of the Proposed Expansion of the Sawmill Slough Preserve
    This item is a resolution in support of the expansion and completion of the Sawmill Slough Preserve.
    The item was approved by majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 8-FA 17-27: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee:
    Resolution – Opposing the Student Government Proposal Syllabus Bank
    The item opposes the creation of the Student Government version of a Syllabus Bank. The students are asking that we create a mandatory Syllabus Bank. The faculty are supportive of a syllabus bank that affords for optional participation. Syllabi currently are being recorded for SACS purposes. These syllabi are not available to students.
    There was a question as to whether students could require faculty to post syllabi. It was noted that the requirement could come from the Provost.
    The item opposing the creation of the Student Government version of the Syllabus was approved by majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 9-FA 17-28: Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee:
    Resolution – Opposing Guns on Campus

    The item opposes allowing guns on college campuses. Pali Sen asked whether a statement similar to the unity statement could be used to oppose guns on campus as opposed to a resolution. The resolution was modeled after similar resolutions that have been generated on other Florida state campuses.
    Judy Rodriguez questioned whether it would be more effective for faculty to attend the Legislative Committee than passing a resolution. Gordon Rakita noted that all but one of the slots available to speak to the Legislative Committee are currently taken, mostly by pro-gun advocates. It was noted that the UNF Police Chief had taken personal time to visit the Legislature.
    The item was approved by majority vote.

  • INFORMATION ITEMS

      I. Promotion and Tenure Report
     II. Vitae Summaries of 2 Finalists for 2017 Distinguished Professor Award
    III. Faculty Association Standing and University Committee & DP Elections
    IV. Early Academic Alert System and Midterm Grades
     V. Campus Safety Advisory Update
    VI. Five Year Course Inactivity Report

  • ADJOURNMENT
    The meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.