Academic Programs Committee – Michael Bovenzi
The committee chair offered a reminder that the deadline for submission of items for inclusion in the 2017-2018 catalog is October 11, and that there is a schedule for all APC deadlines in the agenda packet. The committee has three items on the legislative agenda. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct 6th in the OFE/FA Conference Room.Academic Standards Committee – Steven WilliamsonThe committee met August 19th. The committee has one item on the legislative agenda and several information items. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Sept 16th in the OFE/FA Conference Room.Adjunct Affairs Committee – Elizabeth GreggThe committee last met on the morning of September 1st. Elizabeth Gregg was elected Chair of the committee, and Catherine Silvers was elected as Secretary of the committee. Marianne Jaffee will be the guest at the next committee meeting scheduled for October 4th at 10:15 a.m. Budget Advisory Committee – Alan HarrisThe committee last met on August 29th. Alan Harris will serve as Chair of the committee. Janet Owen will be the guest presenter in the September meeting. The committee decided to have slightly longer meetings to allow for speaker presentations and committee business. Campus Technology Committee – Jose FrancoThe committee has not met this academic year. The committee plans to meet on Friday, September 2nd, and will elect a Chair at the upcoming meeting. Faculty Affairs Committee – Gordon RakitaThe next meeting of the committee will be Thursday, September 8th, at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room. The committee will elect a Chair. Also on the agenda is a review of the Senior Survey, a name change of the Biology flagship program, a review of a survey of faculty perceptions of research, and a discussion of student behavior issues. Faculty Enhancement Committee – Paul Eason/TBDLast year, the Faculty Enhancement Committee (FEC) was charged by the Provost to review an external review and report on the activities of the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE). The FEC recommended to the Provost that the resources associated with Summer Teaching Grants be re-allocated to a summer course development program for high enrollment and gateway courses through OFE. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 2nd, at 1:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room and new chair will be selected. Nominations and Elections Committee – Patrick KreidlThere is nothing to report from this committee at this time. There are vacancies on committees that are being addressed by the FA President and the Nominations & Elections Committee.Research Council – Aisha Johnson-JonesThe committee last met on August 17th. The committee reviewed the guidelines for the Faculty Research Development Grants. The committee encourages faculty to serve as reviewers for these grants. The next meeting will be on Monday, September 12th in the Special Collections Library and Aisha is chair. Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Pali SenThe committee last met on August 30th and elected the new Chair, Paul Eason. Support Services Committee – Brian KoppThe committee has no report. The first meeting of the committee this academic year will be in September.
Executive Committee – David Fenner
The Executive Committee last met on August 16th. The committee set the agenda for the September FA meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th in the OFE/FA Conference Room.
Responses to questions are posted on the Faculty Association website and included in a future agenda package.
1. Anonymous question for President John Delaney
Why was there no call for faculty applications for the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies position? What is your response to those faculty who might have been interested in serving in that position who were denied a chance to put their name forward? When will a permanent Dean of Undergraduate Studies be selected? Will the process be open to qualified faculty?
President John Delaney will provide a written response.
2. Anonymous question for President John Delaney and Provost Earle TraynhamWhat can they do to ensure that administrative searches are conducted with integrity and that the voice of the search committee and the faculty are taken into consideration when final decisions are made on the hiring of academic administrators? There have been a series of searches from the Provost to the COAS Interim Dean and others that did not fully respect the principle of faculty governance or the value of search committee input in the selection process. President John Delaney and Provost Traynham will provide a written response. 3. Anonymous question for Provost Earle Traynham Did I miss the call for applications for the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies? There was one for the COAS interim dean. There were even interviews for that position. It would have been nice to give the appearance that faculty had input into this latest appointment. Exactly what is the rationale for paying an interim dean a salary higher than a sitting Associate VP and Dean especially given the fact that the Interim Dean chose to leave his permanent position? Seems to me a deal could have been reached to just increase his salary by a token amount. It appears that we continue to drive up deans' salaries to ridiculous levels that are not consistent with our stagnant faculty salaries or the deans' performance. Provost Earle Traynham will provide a written response. 4. Anonymous question for Provost Earle Traynham Would the Provost please explain how Dr. Moon, with only three years of experience as a chair, was selected as the Arts and Sciences Interim Dean when the search committee ranked as stronger two applicants, Dr. Kimball and Dr. Corrigan, both with much more experience as department chairs, one also with several years experience as Associate Dean? Provost Earle Traynham will provide a written response. 5. Anonymous question for President John DelaneyNewly appointed Interim Dean, Dan Moon, makes roughly the same salary as Dean Pam Chally. Is there any way to explain this that does not make reference to the fact that Dr. Chally is a woman and Dr. Moon is a man? President John Delaney will provide a written response. 6. Anonymous question for FA President Radha Pyati The job description for the search for a Dean of the Honors College seems to limit all acceptable internal candidates to just Jeff Michelman. Is this another example of a "fixed" search? FA President Radha Pyati will provide a written response. 7. Anonymous question for President John DelaneyWhy was the decision to require UNF scholarship recipients to take 15 credits per semester made, seemingly, without faculty input? This decision seems like it will have many negative consequences such as: students attending other universities instead of UNF, students taking heavier course loads than they can handle well, especially if 4 credit courses or labs are involved. President John Delaney will provide a written response. 8. Anonymous question for President John DelaneyThere are reports that this may be President Delaney's last year with UNF. If that is so, should we not begin planning the process to find the next president? If not, could President Delaney tell us his plans for the future? Vice President Tom Serwatka provided a response from the floor. This is not President Delaney's last year. When President Delaney does decide to step down, there will be a plan for a search in sufficient time. 9. Anonymous question for FA President Radha Pyati Given that we are last in the state metrics and likely to stay there, given that we have no serious strategic plan, given that the failed experiment of raising the freshman profile has resulted in backfilling with unprepared transfers, given that the failed experiment of requiring freshmen to live on campus has cost us enrollments and revenue, given that there are no raises for faculty while certain administrators continue to get five-figure raises, what is the process for calling for a vote of no confidence in John Delaney as President of UNF? FA President Radha Pyati will provide a written response. 10. Jose Franco asked a question from the floor. Is there a way to revise the procedure for gaining access to classrooms on campus such that a faculty member filling in for another faculty member will be allowed into the room by the campus police? Vice President Shari Shuman provided a response from the floor. If a faculty member is not attached to a course, there is a safety and security measure with allowing individuals access to classrooms who are not authorized users. A faculty member wishing to substitute for the faculty member of record for a course would need to have the Chair of the department call the campus police and inform them of the substitution. Shari Shuman will follow-up with the Chief of police to clarify the process. 11. Pali Sen asked a question from the floor. Once a grade is posted, can a student petition the grade after it is posted, for example to change an "F" grade after the final exam to make the grade a "W." Provost Earle Traynham provided a response from the floor. Students are able to petition grades. The process involves review and recommendations by the faculty member, Department Chair, the College Dean, the University Appeals Committee, and the Provost. At each stage, recommendations regarding the grade change is determined and communicated to the student. 12. John White asked a question from the floor. Is there a rule regarding who has voting rights at Faculty Association meetings, and is there a system to determine whether there is a quorum? This question relates to who has the ability to vote on academic programs and academic changes. FA Past President Chip Klostermeyer provided a response from the floor.Everyone who is a faculty member (including Deans, Chairs, Librarians, etc.) are eligible to vote on Faculty Association agenda items. The quorum requirement for voting during Faculty Association meetings is 40 faculty. Information about these guidelines can be found in the Faculty Association bylaws (https://www.unf.edu/unffa/Bylaws.aspx), Article III for Membership, and Article V, Section 15 for quorum requirements. 13. Laura Jackson asked a question from the floor. The Interpreting program requires that students only take 12 hours per semester. How will the 15 credit hour rule affect students in this program? Provost Earle Traynham provided a response from the floor.Those programs that allow students to take no more than 12 credit hours per semester would be exempt from the 15 credit hour rule to maintain scholarships. The 15 credit hour rule actually states that students must complete 30 credit hours per year; therefore, if a student does not complete 15 credit hours within one semester, the additional hours could be taken in another semester or during the summer term to satisfy the 30 credit hours per year requirement. 14. Laura Jackson asked a question again from the floor. Is it true that students taking 12 credit hours will receive only 80% of their financial aid funding? COEHS, interim associate dean, Jennifer Kane provided a response from the floor. Student grants are adjusted based on the number of credit hours they take, with the expected number of credit hours being 15 credit hours. Student scholarships are not affected by the 15 credit hour rule.
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