Academic programs at UNF are coordinated through six colleges with other learning opportunities provided through the Division of Continuing Education. These units comprise the major teaching, research, and public service units of the institution.
3.1 The Colleges
The College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) offers majors and minors in 15 departments: Art and Design; Biology; Chemistry; Communication; Criminology and Criminal Justice; English; History; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Mathematics and Statistics; Music; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Physics; Political Science and Public Administration; Psychology and Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. COAS also offers a major and minor in International Studies as well as Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition, COAS is home to the Pre-Law and Pre-Medical programs.
COAS is also home to the Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research, the Center for Research and Consulting in Statistics, Economics, Ethics Center, Environmental Center, International Studies, Liberal Studies, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, Public Opinion Research Laboratory, and the University Gallery.
The Coggin College of Business encompasses four academic departments: the Department of Accounting and Finance; the Department of Economics and Geography; the Department of Management; and the Department of Marketing and Logistics. Coggin offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with eight undergraduate majors (accounting, economics, finance, financial services, international business, logistics, management, and marketing) and two graduate degrees (Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy). Minors in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and International Business are also available. All Coggin College of Business programs are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Coggin’s accounting programs also have separate AACSB International accreditation. Coggin houses eight research and service centers, including the Bank of America Institute, the Center for the Management of Technology in Financial Services; the Center for Economic and GIS Research; the Center for Economic Education; the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Research and Development/Small Business Development Center; the Center for International Business Studies; the International Center for Competitive Excellence; and the Paper and Plastics Education Research Institute.
The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction houses the School of Computing, School of Engineering, the Department of Construction Management, and the Taylor Engineering Research Institute.The School of Computing offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in computer and information sciences. The School of Engineering offers a Bachelor and Master of Science in electrical engineering, a Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering, and a Bachelor and Master of Science in mechanical engineering. The Department of Building Construction Management offers a Bachelor of Science in building construction. The undergraduate computer science program and information systems program are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Computing Accreditation Commission. The Bachelor programs in Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Engineering Accreditation Commission. The Building Construction program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
The College of Education and Human Services encompasses four academic departments. The Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL houses undergraduate and master’s programs in Elementary Education and Pre-kindergarten/Primary Education as well as coursework in Literacy Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The Department of Foundations and Secondary Education includes undergraduate programs in Mathematics Education, Science Education, English Education, Social Studies Education, Middle Grades Mathematics/Science Education, Physical Education, and Art Education as well as a master’s program in Secondary Education and various foundations of education courses. The Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education houses undergraduate and master’s programs in Special Education and Deaf Studies/Deaf Education. The Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management houses the master’s program in Counselor Education, master’s and doctoral programs in Educational Leadership, and the undergraduate program in Sport Management, as well as coursework in educational technology. The College’s professional education unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and teacher education programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education. The Counselor Education program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The Deaf Education program is accredited by the Council of Education of the Deaf.
The Brooks College of Health houses the School of Nursing, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences.
The School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, serving students who have graduated from associate degree or diploma schools (RN-BSN track), basic (non-nurse) students (regular prelicensure track) and second degree students (accelerated prelicensure track). The School of Nursing offers a Clinical Nurse Specialist degree at the Master level, as well as the Doctorate in Nursing Practice with tracks in Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia and a post-Masters DNP. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Department of Public Health offers the Bachelor of Community Health aligned with competencies delineated by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing; Bachelor of Health Administration certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; Master in Public Health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health; Master of Health Adminstration accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Health Management Education; and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Education Programs.
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Both programs in nutrition are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; Bachelor of Science in Health with a concentration in Exercise Science that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences; Master of Science in Health with a concentration in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease; and Doctorate of Physical Therapy accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
The Hicks Honors College offers a comprehensive four-year program with multiple options to meet student career goals and aspirations through experiential learning in an interdisciplinary setting. The program is individualized to enable students to distinguish themselves by providing opportunities to make valuable connections, gain access to resources, and build exceptional credentials.
The Hicks Honors College presents an exciting diversity of courses, professors, and types of learning experiences designed to help students be successful in any major or career interest.
3.2 Undergraduate Education
- College of Arts and Sciences: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Science
- Coggin College of Business: Bachelor of Business Administration
- College of Computing, Engineering and Construction: Bachelor of Science in Building Construction, Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- College of Education and Human Services: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, and Bachelor of Science in ASL/English Interpreting
- Brooks College of Health: Bachelor of Health Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Bachelor of Science in Health, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Requirements for these degrees are enumerated in sections of the University catalog dealing with the colleges, divisions, and institutional programs.
3.2 (2) General Education
The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences coordinates university services for the general education offerings. Questions about this program should be directed to this office.
The General Education program at UNF is governed by the General Education Council. The Council's membership consists of college representatives, one appointee by each college, and representatives elected to two-year terms by the Faculty Association, one from each of four disciplinary areas: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematical sciences. The General Education Council sets general education policy, general education curricular matters, and assessment of the program. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or designee administers the policies and curriculum as determined by the General Education Council.
3.2 (3) Hicks Honors College
The UNF Hicks Honors College recruits high profile students as FTIC, as transfer students, and from within UNF. The College accepts applicants for the fall of each year. During the first two years of college, students take a total of 15 credits of Honors courses, including the Honors Colloquium course which is offered each fall. Most of the Honors courses count toward General Education requirements, however the Honors program makes every attempt to offer both prerequisite courses and major field courses where possible. Each year the Program offers several Honors courses with international travel components. At the upper level, students can participate in the Honors in the Major in cooperation with their major department. Students who complete the requirements of these programs will have the appropriate designation on their transcripts and diplomas.
The Hicks Honors College began in Fall 1990 as a program. Honors in the Major began in Fall 1991; Interdisciplinary Honors began in Fall 1997. The Director of the Honors Program has responsibility for administration of the Honors Program. The Hicks Honors College Council is an advisory group including elected faculty members (through Faculty Association), faculty currently teaching in Honors, Honors staff, and Honors student leaders.
Faculty members interested in teaching an Honors course are encouraged to contact the Honors Program Dean. https://www.unf.edu/hicks/
3.2 (4) Transfer Student and Community College Relations
As a part of the State University System, UNF is subject to the terms and conditions of Florida's Postsecondary Education Articulation Agreement. The Articulation Agreement provides a basic framework within which students who complete associate of arts degree (AA) programs at a Florida state university or a public community or junior college under specified conditions are assured of admission to a state university and the acceptance of their general education program and AA course work.
The administration of UNF's compliance with the Articulation Agreement (as well as other state statutes related to the transfer of students) and the development and implementation of related programs and activities are the responsibility of Enrollment Services through the Office of Admissions. The primary function of this office is to maintain active communication with each of Florida's twenty-eight community colleges through on-site orientations, staff visits, advisors' workshops, and participation in the State Board of Community Colleges meetings; and, through various publications for the community colleges and the latest update of the UNF Transfer Student Counseling Manual. Faculty who are interested in learning more about Florida's 2 + 2 postsecondary education program or the community college associate of arts degree programs (which provide the first two years of study for the majority of UNF's students) are encouraged to contact Enrollment Services, Office of Admissions, Articulation Officer.
3.3 Graduate Studies
3.3 (1) Graduate Programs
- College of Arts and Sciences: Biology (M.A. and M.S.), Criminal Justice, English, General Psychology, History, Mathematical Sciences, Music Performance, Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics, and Public Administration.
- Coggin College of Business: Accountancy and Business Administration.
- College of Computing Sciences and Engineering: Computer and Information Sciences, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
- College of Education and Human Services: ASL/English Interpreting, Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, and Special Education.
- Brooks College of Health: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist, Community Health/Health Promotion, Health Administration, Health Science (with concentrations in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Nutrition and Dietetics.
- College of Education and Human Services: Educational Leadership
- Brooks College of Health: Nursing Practice and Physical Therapy
3.3 (2) The Graduate School
In concert with the University’s academic colleges, the Graduate School supports and promotes graduate education at the University of North Florida by developing, maintaining, and enhancing excellent graduate programs and an excellent graduate faculty. Our programs cultivate students' advanced knowledge and skills in their chosen fields, encourage their proficiency with research and other forms of scholarship, and are relevant to our students and to the communities we serve.
3.3 (2.1) Dean of the Graduate School
The authority and governance responsibilities for graduate programs rest with the Dean of the Graduate School as delegated by the Provost. The primary task of the Dean of the Graduate School is to articulate and recommend to the Provost and the President those policies and procedures that bear on graduate standards, maintenance of quality programs, and the centralization of operations that serve the interests of students, faculty, and graduate programs. The Dean of the Graduate School also works with the Provost and the President in reviewing proposals for new graduate programs at the University. Within this framework, the primary responsibility of the Dean of the Graduate School is to provide administrative oversight and to supervise graduate programs. The Dean of the Graduate School works with the Graduate Council, College Deans, and the graduate faculty in the development of policies and procedures for the administration of graduate studies and to secure support for graduate students.
The University of North Florida operates on a decentralized approach in the administration of graduate programs. Within this framework, the primary responsibility for graduate programs is vested in the graduate faculties of the individual colleges, divisions, and departments. A dean, associate dean, or other administrator is responsible for the operation of graduate programs in a department or college. In the formation of policy, procedure, and practice, administrators and faculty work with the Dean of the Graduate School in a dynamic, interactive, and collegial way. The final authority in all matters of policy, program, and change rests with the Provost and the President.
3.3 (2.2) The Graduate Council
The Graduate Council serves as the faculty’s representative body for governance of the Graduate School at the University of North Florida. The Graduate Council is vested with the responsibility of formulating, reviewing, disseminating, and monitoring the implementation of policies and procedures concerning graduate education at the University of North Florida, including but not limited to:
graduate admissions requirements and policies,
graduate completion requirements,
graduate curriculum standards,
graduate instruction standards, and,
graduate faculty standards.
To that end, the Council approves all proposals for new graduate programs or changes to current programs. The Council approves renewal of graduate faculty and requests for non-graduate faculty to teach graduate courses. The Council’s advice may be sought regarding the allocation of graduate assistantship funding, but the Council will not allocate such resources.
Graduate Council policies, including all policy and procedural information published in the Graduate Catalog and other university documents, are subject to review and approval by the College Deans, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Provost, and the President. They may also be subject to review and approval by the Faculty Association.
Structure of the Graduate Council
The Graduate Council is composed of voting and non-voting members. The membership is determined as follows:
- Voting members. All voting members must be graduate faculty. Each department offering a graduate program shall be represented by one member. The Dean of the Graduate School shall automatically serve.
- Non-voting members. The Faculty Association President, the Dean of the Library, the Director of Student Services’ One-Stop Center, and the Assistant Director of the Graduate School will serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Council. The Chairperson of the Graduate Student Organization, or her/his appointed delegate, will serve as the graduate student representative.
- Chairperson. The Dean of the Graduate School shall serve as chairperson of the Council.
The following guidelines prescribe the designation of Council members.
- Existing program representatives. Each department offering a graduate program will, according to that department’s policies and procedures, designate a representative for the Graduate Council. New designees for existing graduate programs will take office at the first regularly scheduled meeting in the fall term.
- New department representatives. As new graduate programs are approved, the Council membership may grow in accordance with the bylaws. Such growth will not require revisions to the bylaws so long as the changes affect only the membership. New programs within departments already represented on the Council shall be represented by the existing Council member. Departments otherwise not represented will designate a representative to serve on the Council. New representatives may take office at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
- Student representative. The Chairperson of the Graduate Student Organization or her/his appointed delegate, in accordance to that organization’s constitution, will represent the graduate student body on the Graduate Council as a non-voting member.
3.3 (3) Graduate Faculty Membership
Graduate faculty are those faculty approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and Graduate Council to teach graduate courses and/or to offer direct assistance to graduate students in their graduate programs. Teaching graduate courses does not automatically confer graduate faculty status.
All full-time tenured or tenure-earning faculty who possess the earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline are eligible to become members of the graduate faculty. Nontenure-earning faculty who otherwise fulfill the eligibility criteria may become members of the graduate faculty when the particular case, as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School, warrants.
The initial appointment of faculty to graduate status, whether for current faculty new to graduate programs or faculty new to UNF, may be recommended to the Dean of the Graduate school at any time. Academic departments with graduate programs will recommend qualified faculty who are, or will be, actively involved with teaching graduate courses and/or offering direct assistance to graduate students for appointment to the graduate faculty. The Dean of the College will review each such nomination and add a recommendation. (The College Dean has the right not to forward names she/he does not judge to be appropriate.) The nomination will then be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School.
Each college has specific criteria for graduate faculty status which have been approved by the appropriate dean, by the Graduate Council, by the Dean of the Graduate School, and by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Once approved, these criteria form the basis on which each college makes its recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Council for appointment to and retention of graduate faculty status. These criteria capture in ways determined by the faculty in a particular college to be appropriate to that college (1) active involvement with teaching graduate courses and/or offering direct assistance to graduate students, (2) appropriate pursuit of a scholarly agenda, and (3) instructional effectiveness in her/his graduate level courses.
College Specific Criteria
Brooks College of Health Graduate Faculty Membership Criteria
Coggin College of Business Graduate Faculty Membership Criteria
College of Computing, Engineering & Construction Graduate Faculty Membership Criteria
College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Faculty Membership Criteria
College of Education & Human Services Graduate Faculty Membership Criteria
Review of Graduate Faculty Membership Status
A member of the graduate faculty who is a professor is reviewed every ten years, beginning from the time she/he was promoted to professor. A member of the graduate faculty who is an associate professor or an assistant professor with tenure is reviewed every five years, beginning from the time she/he was promoted to associate professor or was awarded tenure, respectively. Tenure-earning members of the graduate faculty are reviewed at the time of hire.
If the case provided by the candidate demonstrates that the College-specific criteria are met, as judged by the College Dean and endorsed by the Dean of the Graduate School, the Graduate Council will consider the graduate faculty member to have achieved renewal.
3.3 (4) Doctoral Faculty
Doctoral Teaching Faculty
The Doctoral Teaching Faculty consists of those members of the graduate faculty who regularly teach in UNF doctoral programs (DNP, DPT, EdD).
Doctoral Teaching Faculty in the EdD Program in Educational Leadership
Members of the Graduate Faculty from other colleges in the University who regularly teach courses within the doctoral program in the College of Education and Human Services or serve on students’ doctoral dissertation committees shall be recognized as Doctoral Teaching Faculty and invited to participate in seminars, workshops, and other events sponsored by the Doctoral Studies Faculty in the College.
Doctoral Studies Faculty
Graduate faculty may be eligible to serve as members of the Doctoral Studies Faculty in order to serve on doctoral committees, doctoral dissertation committees, and chair the graduate work of doctoral students. Eligibility requirements for doctoral faculty status are determined within the college that offers a doctoral program.
Eligibility Requirements for Doctoral Studies Faculty Status in the EdD Program in Educational Leadership
Doctoral studies faculty members are graduate faculty members who also serve as faculty sponsors and research mentors for students enrolled in a doctoral program and who vote on all matters presented to the Doctoral Studies Faculty. Doctoral studies faculty must:
- have published scholarly work of recognized quality or demonstrated creative achievement in their field;
- provide evidence of current involvement in scholarly and/or creative work;
- provide evidence of teaching effectiveness in graduate courses; and
- be recommended by the Doctoral Steering Committee, the Doctoral Studies Faculty, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Doctoral studies faculty may serve as chairpersons of doctoral dissertations provided they:
- have served as chairperson of a completed dissertation at another regionally accredited institution; or,
- have served as co-chairperson of a completed dissertation at the University of North Florida; and
- have been recommended by the Doctoral Steering Committee, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Inactive Status of Doctoral Studies Faculty in the EdD Program in Educational Leadership
A member of the Doctoral Studies Faculty will be considered to be inactive if:
- the doctoral studies faculty member requests inactive status and is approved by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, or
- the required annual review indicates insufficient scholarly activity and the Division Chairperson, subject to approval of the Doctoral Studies Faculty, recommends to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services that the doctoral studies faculty member be placed on inactive status.
A doctoral studies faculty member on inactive status may petition for reinstatement by providing documentation of renewed scholarly activity and involvement in graduate education. Reinstatement is made by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services subject to the recommendation of the Doctoral Studies Faculty.
Appointment of Consulting Faculty in the EdD Program in Educational Leadership
Consulting faculty may be appointed to serve as consultants to the program and as facilitators for the provision of clinical experiences.
The roles of consulting faculty members are defined as follows:
- to facilitate the development of field and leadership assessment experiences for doctoral students;
- to consult with faculty on issues of program evaluation and development from a clinical perspective;
- to serve as guest lecturers as appropriate;
- to help students select problems for study and to work with students doing field research; and
- to serve as a bridge between university faculty members and those working in the field.
Qualifications of the consulting faculty member are as follows:
- hold appropriate academic degree (s);
- have significant leadership experience; and
- be able to make a two-year commitment to the program.
3.4 Division of Continuing Education
The mission of the UNF Division of Continuing Education is to provide a leadership in developing, promoting and delivering educational programs that meet the diverse needs of lifelong learners. As one of several UNF academic support units, the Division of Continuing Education performs a vital outreach function for the University through its many programs and services. Educational opportunities include instructor led seminars and certificate programs, courses and conferences. These include:
- Non-Credit Open Enrollment Courses, Seminars, Workshops and Special Programs
- Conference and Meeting Services
- Customized Learning Solutions
3.4 (1) Non-Credit Program
The Division manages an extensive non-credit continuing education program which offers over 450 courses per year to over 5,500 participants. Faculty/staff members who wish to conduct non-credit educational programs should contact the Dean of Continuing Education. Faculty members who teach continuing education programs are compensated from funds generated by the program.
3.4 (2) Conference and Meeting Services
The Division provides professional management services for businesses, organizations, professional associate and UNF departments. An event can be held on the UNF campus, at a hotel or resort, or any other location appropriate for the event.
3.4 (3) Customized Learning Solutions
The Division provides specifically design training solutions and executive coaching for organizations. Faculty/staff members who wish to conduct programs should contact the Dean of Continuing Education. Faculty members who teach continuing education programs are compensated from funds generated by the program.
3.5 Florida Institute of Education (FIE)
In 1982, the State University System established the Florida Institute of Education as a system-wide entity designed to serve the entire state. The only state-level agency of its kind in the nation, the Institute was assigned to the University of North Florida and charged with responsibility for planning and developing collaborative programs and activities among Florida's universities, community colleges, and public schools.
The Florida Institute of Education provides statewide leadership to improve education at all levels by working collaboratively with Florida’s universities, community colleges, public schools, school readiness agencies, and communities to:
- Foster collaborative programs that address critical educational needs by supporting innovation and engaging in problem-focused research;
- Increase access to and use of the knowledge and skills needed to improve practice and inform decision-making; and
- Enhance achievement for all students, especially those at-risk.
3.6 Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is designated as both the advocate and the administrative oversight office for all externally funded contracts and grants related to the research, training, and public service activities within the University. ORSP provides proposal and funding advice and assistance, award negotiations, post-award administration, accounting services, and financial administration for faculty interested in grants and contracts. Through the programs which it administers, ORSP contributes to professional development of faculty, enhances the educational experiences of students, and facilitates the University’s efforts to address critical concerns of the community and region.
3.7 The University Press of Florida
Established in 1945, the University Press of Florida (UPF) ranks in the top third of publishing houses in the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) and is the second largest university press in the Southeast in new titles published. The Press has 1,100+ titles in print and, at any given time, some 90 titles in production and 200+ additional titles under contract. UPF is a member of the AAUP and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.
A nonprofit publishing house, UPF operates as a Type 1 Research Center in the SUS and as a publishing business. The director reports to the president of the University of Florida, who supervises the UPF on behalf of the other SUS universities. An Editorial Committee, made up of faculty representatives from each of the ten public universities, determines whether manuscripts submitted to it meet the academic, scholarly, and programmatic standards of the Press.
UPF is dedicated to advancing the professional excellence of American university presses by publishing the finest national and international scholarship the fine arts, American religion, Southern history, Latin American and Caribbean studies, literary criticism, Middle Eastern studies, environmental studies, archaeology, anthropology, natural history, horticulture, natural science, and space and technology. In recognition of the State University System's educational outreach and public role, UPF also publishes books of general interest and significance for our region and our state.
Manuscripts may be submitted to Editor-in-Chief, University Press of Florida, 15 NW 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611. Inquiries may be directed either to that address or to Professor Bizot, Department of English, UNF. For general information about the University Press of Florida and for specific contact information, visit its website: www.upf.com.