To serve the many goals that faculty are called upon to address, it is necessary that they take care of themselves. This web page is a contribution to that effort. Below you will find a variety of resources that we hope may be of use.
If I am feeling more pressure than I feel comfortable coping with on my own, who can I talk to?
Answer: The Faculty Ombudsperson. Cindy Cummings' contact information is below; she can refer you to someone who can help. If Cindy is unavailable, please contact Dan Richard. Department chairs are usually excellent resources for talking through matters and finding solutions, too, but anything said to the Faculty Ombudsperson will remain in strictest confidence.
Promoting Personal Wellness
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Promoting a Positive Working Environment
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Responding to Bullying and Misconduct
Faculty who are concerned that they or someone they know may be the victim of bullying should contact the Faculty Ombudsperson to explore options.
Faculty Behavioral Misconduct and Bullying Policy
Faculty Handbook Procedure for Dealing with Allegations of Behavioral Misconduct and Bullying
Other Anti-Bullying Efforts
- Administrator-on-Faculty Bullying: Those experiencing or witnessing an administrator treating a faculty member inappropriately should contact the union, the United Faculty of Florida.
- Faculty-on-Administrator Bulling: Those experiencing or witnessing a faculty member treating an administrator inappropriately should speak to that faculty member's immediate supervisor (usually a department chair or school director); if this is not case-appropriate, one should speak to that faculty member's college dean.
- Staff-on-Faculty Bullying: Those experiencing or witnessing a staff member treating a faculty member inappropriately should speak to Human Resources.
- Faculty-on-Staff Bullying: Those experiencing or witnessing a faculty member treating a staff member inappropriately should speak to that faculty member's immediate supervisor (usually a department chair or school director); if this is not case-appropriate, one should speak to that faculty member's college dean.
- Student-on-Faculty Bullying: Those experiencing or witness a student treating a faculty member in appropriately should speak to the Dean of Students.
- Faculty-on-Student Bullying: Those experiencing or witnessing a faculty member treating a student inappropriately should speak to that faculty member's immediate supervisor (usually a department chair or school director); if this is not case-appropriate, one should speak to that faculty member's college dean.
Dr. Cindy Cummings, Associate Professor of Nursing, is serving as the Faculty Ombudsperson for the 2018-20 academic years. Assisting her is Dr. Dan Richard, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Office of Faculty Enhancement. Their contact information is directly below. Below that is a description of the Faculty Ombuds role.
Dr. Cindy Cummings
Department of Nursing, Brooks College of Health
Bldg. 39A, Room 3100
Dr. Dan Richard
Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Office of Faculty Enhancement
Bldg. 16, Room 3110
The Faculty Ombudsperson
is available to speak with any faculty member who wishes to discuss any experience or set of experiences that the faculty member may perceive as instances of bullying; will assist the faculty member in examining the experience(s) and their contexts; will present the faculty member with the range of options that may be pursued to address/redress perceived offences; will assist the faculty member to pursue the course of action, if any, that the faculty member decides to pursue;
is thoroughly knowledgeable about the Bullying Policy, the Bullying and Behavioral Misconduct Formal Inquiry Process (in the Faculty Handbook), the full slate of campus resources relevant to bullying, and the full range of options available to someone who perceives his/herself to be the victim of bullying;
maintains inviolate confidentiality regarding all matters relating to the Ombuds program; shares no information with anyone, including the Associate Faculty Ombudsperson (described below), without the expressed consent of the faculty member who contacted the Faculty Ombudsperson;
maintains impartiality in all matters; does not advocate for any person -- alleged victim or alleged bully -- or for any particular course of action;
is available in person by appointment, by phone, and by email;
is appointed jointly by the FA President, the FA Vice President, and the Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee;
serves a two year term;
is joined by an Associate Faculty Ombudsperson whose two year term is staggered with that of the Faculty Ombudsperson to provide for continuity and who takes over as Faculty Ombudsperson for a subsequent two year term.
Supporting Student Well-being
UNF Ethics Hotline
UNF-UFF Collective Bargaining Agreement