Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, February 2, 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 100 individuals in attendance (approximately 65 faculty attendees), and there was a quorum.
  • Special Announcement
    President Pyati asked that the Faculty Association observe a moment of silence to honor two beloved faculty members.

    Dr. Gerson Yessin passed away on January 25, 2017. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Music, and his instrument was the piano. He wan the Distinguished Professor Award in 1986, and for his Distinguished Professor presentation, he played two pieces of music, the Ballade in G-Minor and the Revolutionary Etude, both by Chopin.

    Dr. Linda Foley passed away on January 30, 2017. Joining UNF in 1974, she won the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Outstanding Scholarship Award, and she won the Distinguished Professor Award in 1982. She served as Chair of the Department of Psychology, she served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and she served as the President of the Faculty Association from 1979-1980.

  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – January 12, 2017 (2 minutes)
    A motion was made to approve the minutes from the Faculty Association meeting on January 12, 2017.
    The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (10 minutes)
    President Pyati and the Faculty Association offered thanks to President Delaney for sponsoring the lunch at Faculty Association meetings.

    The Faculty Association has several vacancies on the Faculty Association Standing Committees and University Committees for the 2017-2018. The Nominations and Elections Committee currently is inviting nominations for these committee vacancies. The standing committee charges are located on the Faculty Association website.

    As a reminder the deadline for submitting program changes to the Academic Programs Committee (APC) Workflow to have these changes appear in the 2017-2018 catalog is next Tuesday, Feb 7th.

    Other important information items are included in the packet.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee –Michael Bovenzi
    The Academic Programs Committee met Feb 2nd 10 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for March 2nd, at
    10:00 a.m. There are two agenda items on today’s agenda.

    Academic Standards Committee – Steven Williamson

    Scott Hochwald reported for there was no meeting of the Academic Standards Committee in January. The next meeting of the committee will be on February 17th.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee –Linda for Elizabeth Gregg
    Linda Connelly reported for the next meeting of the Adjunct Affairs Committee will be on Feb 8th at noon. Eleven adjunct faculty submitted proposals for the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, with all colleges represented. The candidates will be discussed at the next meeting on March 1st.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Alan Harris
    The Budget Advisory Committee last met on January 18th. During that meeting, the committee met with last three Faculty Association Presidents to gain input into the focus of the committee. At the next meeting, on February 15th, the committee will meet with Anne Hoover, Director of Budgets in Academic Affairs, to discuss the timelines for the budget process. This will help the committee be informed about when and with whom the committee should meet.

    Campus Technology Committee - Jose Franco
    The Campus Technology Committee last met January 13th. During their meeting, the committee discussed the language in the call for proposals for the Academic Technology Grants, selected a representative to the Learning Management System Committee, and discussed campus “clicker” (classroom student response) technology. The next meeting of the committee will be February 10th at 10:30 a.m.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Gordon Rakita
    The Faculty Affairs Committee last met on January 19th. The committee is collecting information regarding faculty quorum. Please forward any information you have about the quorum to the Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, Gordon Rakita. The committee discussed the recent Research Survey, the revision to the Teaching Awards, and the Pomona letter on sanctuary campuses. The next meeting of the Faculty Affairs Committee will be on February 9th, where the committee will be discussing make-up exam procedures, the Research Survey, the Campus Climate Survey, and sanctuary campus statements.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Raphael Crowley
    The Faculty Enhancement Committee has not met since the last Faculty Association Meeting, but the committee will be meeting next week, on Wednesday, Feb 8th at 11:00 a.m.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Radha Pyati for Dana Hart
    President Pyati reviewed the vacancies for Faculty Association Standing Committees. These vacancies can be viewed on the Faculty Association website. Faculty are encouraged to nominate colleagues or to self-nominate for these vacancies.

    Research Council – Judy Ochrietor
    The Research Council last met on January 18th with Faculty Affairs Committee Chair, Gordon Rakita, to discuss the results of the recent Faculty Research Survey. The next meeting will be on February 15th. The council will work on recommendations from the research survey.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Paul Eason
    The committee met on Feb 2nd to discuss how to host faculty fora to receive feedback from faculty regarding the strategic planning document. The committee decided to host one forum specifically focused on faculty-related issues in Goal 3 of the strategic plan. Other fora will focus on other aspects of the strategic plan. The Strategic Planning group has made informed revisions to the current draft of the strategic plan. The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Selection Committee distributed a survey to receive input regarding the selection of the next QEP for the university. The response to the survey was limited. Some themes emerged from the responses provided. A call for pre-proposals will be distributed next week, focusing on seven themes identified by the survey respondents and the QEP Selection Committee. The QEP is a requirement in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation process. The QEP targets some aspect of student learning and implements a coordinated effort to improve student learning in that targeted area. The current QEP for UNF is Community-Based Transformational Learning. This QEP will be evaluated at the next SACS accreditation review, in about 1.5 years from now.

    Support Services Committee – Brian Kopp
    The Support Services Committee last met on January 18th. The committee met with Mike Bender, Director of the Public Opinion Survey Lab. The lab collects surveys for internal units as well as external groups. The next meeting of the committee will be on Wednesday, February 15th.

    Executive Committee – David Fenner
    The Executive Committee has one item (Vote of Confidence) on the legislative agenda for today’s meeting.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)

    President John Delaney
    I would like to thank Len Roberson, Associate Vice President for Technology & Innovation, who has been leading the Distance Learning initiative and helping to manage the relationship with Academic Partners. Len will be returning to faculty ranks following this semester. I also would like to thank Provost Earle Traynham for his service. There has been some restructuring in Academic Affairs, with Associate Provost, Jay Coleman, heading up an initiative to deal with statewide metrics. There will be an Interim Provost position and a national search for Provost.

    With the additional focus on data analytics, we discovered that a student who has lower than a 2.0 after taking courses in their first summer term, the student has a 12% chance of graduating. There have been numerous discussion regarding how to handle these issues, and I will continue to encourage discussion, dialogue, and difference of opinion as we address what is best for our students and for the university.

    I have recently learned that our Nursing students achieved on their credentialing exams the highest pass rate in the State of Florida. Congratulations to our students and faculty in the Nursing program.

    A couple of years ago, a student from Romania emailed me with some serious concerns. The student traveled to the United States when he was young, and his parents had become citizens. He realized that his Visa was expiring and that he might need to leave the US and travel back to Romania. He had not been to Romania since he was a toddler and did not know the language of that country. When we consider policy decisions related to immigration, it is important to understand the impact that these policies have on human beings. This student had not realized the impact that his expiring Visa would have on him until it was almost too late. Someone realized that the student could extend his stay if he was enrolled as a student. We were able to help him become enrolled at Edward Waters College, and the student eventually attended graduate school. A person such as this student is covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Related to this policy, the Pomona Letter, expressing solidarity with individuals under DACA has been signed by 600 institutions of higher learning, and we signed a similar statement yesterday. Related to that is a unity statement that will be considered by the Faculty Affairs Committee, to stand behind those who have been marginalized.

    When we were building one of the new buildings on campus, I was visited by an immigration officer who was on campus to determine whether projects contracted for UNF used undocumented workers. The immigration officer asked that I check with workers to determine if the contracted workers had appropriate documentation. The officer then indicated that UNF would be criticized publically if we did not check and if undocumented workers were eventually discovered. At the time, we resisted this form of intimidation and required the Immigration Office to do their work and not ask us to be deputies on their behalf.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    The Governor rolled out his budget recommendations for the Legislature to consider on Tuesday, and he treated the state universities much better than the state colleges.
    The state employee $500 bonuses included in the Governor’s recommended budget does not apply to state university employees.
    In buying off on the Board of Governor’s desire to raise the total performance funding pot to $600 Million – instead of adding a new $100 million slug to the existing $500 million pot, he adds $50 million, and then requires the universities to collectively contribute the other $50 million from base budgets.
    The Governor does not bond PECO or CITF, so the recommendations for funding projects out of these funds are very minimal.
    The House Speaker wants to cut about $1.9 Billion from the State Budget for FY 2017-18.
    The Senate President wants to fund the enhancement of research and the professional schools in the system, and to fund issues leading to increasing the national reputation of the State University System.

    We have learned that the Governor’s Higher Ed Legislative Package will freeze tuition and fees, cut Grad Assistant Fees by 25%, Cap the distance learning fee at $30 PCH, and permanently eliminate a university’s ability to request a new fee to be approved by the Board of Governors. Legislation not yet published.
    The Governor’s legislative package will include the return of the sales tax emption for textbooks.

    Legislation has been filed to:

    • Change the Graduation Rate Metric from 6 years to 4 years.
    • Require the state universities to have block tuition policies in place by Fall 2018 – which under any scenario, as a very negative fiscal impact. The universities are looking at various models and running the fiscal impact numbers in an effort to get the loss funded or to otherwise mitigate the potential negative impact.
    • Restore Bright Futures funding for Summer Term and to restore the Bright Futures award to its original level – 100% tuition & fees and $300 for Books.
    • Change threshold for Excess Hours back to 120% of degree requirements from the current threshold of 110%. 

    Any personal identifying information of an applicant for president, provost, or dean of a state university or Florida College System institution is confidential until . . .The names of applicants who comprise a final group of applicants must be released by the state university or Florida College System institution no later than 10 days before the date of the meeting at which final action or a vote is to be taken on the employment of the applicants.

    Steube’s earlier bill (SB 140), was on the agenda for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s first meeting, but it was canceled. He has not put the bill on the committee’s agenda since, suggesting he may not have the votes to pass the wide-ranging gun legislation out of his own committee.

    "Instead of looking at it as a huge comprehensive bill, we're going to try to do it piecemeal," Steube told the Miami Herald last week. "Just from feeling the tea leaves, it's probably better to attack it piece by piece."

    The bills filed Wednesday include one with the controversial “campus carry” provision allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry firearms on the campuses of public schools and universities. That bill (SB 622) would also bar guns from school and university athletic events that are not related to firearms.

    Here are the other bills:
    — SB 616 would set up a way for concealed firearms licensees to temporarily handover their gun to courthouse security
    — SB 618 allows concealed weapons licensees to carry guns into airports, except for the area of the airport beyond TSA screening
    — SB 620 would allow concealed firearms licensees to carry guns into legislative committee meetings
    — SB 626 allows concealed weapons licensees to carry a concealed weapon into local government meetings, including school board meetings

    We have 6 trustees up for Senate Confirmation during the 2017 session.
    I’ll be able to be with you for your March meeting before the 60-day session begins the following Tuesday.



    United Faculty of Florida – John White
    The United Faculty of Florida-UNF Chapter (UFF-UNF) would like to commend President Delaney and the Faculty Association for working on and signing the Pomona Letter. In an era of xenophobia, it is comforting to know that institutions of higher education are taking a stand.
    The UFF-UNF is opposed to the confirmation of a particular individual to the UNF Board of Trustees. Please look into this issue and contact your senators.
    The UFF-UNF and the Administration are in the midst of contract re-openers. You can find more information on the UFF-UNF website. Starting in the Fall, we will be discussing the full contract.

  • QUESTIONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)

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

    Q1. Anonymous Question to Provost Traynham:

    The Sabbatical Leave Policy in the CBA indicates that year-long (half-pay) sabbaticals "...shall be granted unless the University Administration has determined that the conditions set forth in this Section have not been met or that departmental/unit staffing considerations preclude such sabbatical from being granted." This language seems to indicate that the criteria for faculty accessing a year-long (half-pay) sabbatical is determined by approval of the Department Chair and Dean.
    Alternatively, one-semester (full-pay) sabbaticals often require a committee review, given that more applications are submitted than are offered. Could the Provost's Office provide a report of how many applications have been received and now many applications have been awarded over the past 10 years for the one-semester (full-pay) sabbaticals, including the total number of eligible faculty each year?
    Given that sabbatical leave applications for a one-semester (full-pay) option often require additional review steps (by way of a review committee) and that the applications for a one-year (half-pay) option require only the approval of the Chair and Dean, what is the rationale for having these applications due on the same day? Could the due dates be separated so as to provide faculty the option of submitting for both with full attention given to each?
    Provost Traynham indicated that a response would be provided in writing. For clarification, year-long, half-pay sabbaticals are not reviewed by committee, but half-year (full-pay) sabbaticals are reviewed by committee.

    Q2. From Dan Dinsmore to President Delaney and Provost Traynham
    Recently there seems to be an increase in the number of anonymous questions being asked at faculty association. What are two strategies that the President and Provost could employ that would promote more open lines of communication between faculty and academic affairs?
    Partial response from Floor from FA President Pyati: A partial answer to this question lies within the FA Archive, in the Minutes of the Dec 1, 2016, meeting, within the President’s Report summary given by me: “His door is open to meet with any faculty member. He regularly meets with the faculty union and Faculty Association representatives through the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) Coffee with the President meetings, with the Faculty Affairs and Executive Committees of the Faculty Association, and through meetings with Chairs and Deans.”

    Further response will be provided in writing.

    There were no Consent Agenda items for the month of February.
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list; 20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    Agenda Item# 1 - FA 16-42R: Submitted by the Executive Committee
    Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment– 1st Reading (Resubmitted)
    Addition of New Article Proposal - No Confidence Vote Process

    This is the third attempt at a first reading of this proposal. We have tried to remove the word “vote” where appropriate and replaced it with survey to be more accurate. Also, there was a change to note that those who submit their names would not be protected by anonymity.

    Question from Pali Sen: Regarding the requirement of 40 names to initiate the process, is it clear that these names would be submitted individually or collectively? If an individual request is possible, what is the timeline for collecting such requests?

    Response from David Fenner: The process for identifying the total list of names would be up to the President of the Faculty Association.

    Response from the Floor by Mark Tumeo: It would appear from the statement that a single list or petition would be required.

    Response from the Floor by Gordon Rakita: It is not clear that the language would prevent multiple lists. It would be up to the Faculty Association President to determine whether the request submitted met the requirement established in the policy.

    Agenda Item# 2 - FA 17-07: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    BCH (Graduate) – (Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences): New Degree Program Request – Proposal for Master of Science – Athletic Training Major (1 package)

    This is a proposal for a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training.
    The item passed with majority vote.

    Agenda Item# 3 - FA 17-08: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

    CCEC (Undergraduate) – (School of Engineering/Mechanical Engineering): Courses Changes & Program of Study (1 package)

    This item is for the Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Major. This item describes changes to courses including credit hours for courses.
    Discussion by Paul Eason: How could students be assigned different credit hours for the same activity during the same semester. Could we offer a two-credit hour special topics course to those students who are currently enrolled and need the extra hours to graduate?
    Discussion by Chip Klostemeyer: This approach was a temporary measure to deal with program changes.
    Discussion by Shawn Brayton: The University has a policy on credit hours and how those are established. The policy refers to contact hours and time students spend on a course. SACS would have an issue if the credit hours offered for a course was inconsistent with our stated policy.
    Motion: There was a motion to send the item back for review. The motion was seconded.
    The motion passed with majority vote.

    I. Faculty Association Standing and University Committee Nominations
    II. IPDs How to Find Your Available Balance
    The meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.