UNF Faculty Association (2019-2020) The Charges for the Standing Committees
All standing committees shall initiate proposals and actions concerning their areas of responsibility whenever they feel that such proposals and actions are needed and appropriate. All such proposals and actions shall be submitted to the Association for its consideration, with the exceptions noted below. No standing committee of the Faculty Association shall assume responsibility beyond those designated in the following paragraphs without prior approval from the Executive Committee. Specific standing committee duties and responsibilities shall include the following:
The Executive Committee (EC) shall serve as an advisory body to the President of the Association; shall review items to be included on the Legislative Calendar of the monthly meetings of the Association, retaining the option of advising those who submit items about wording, clarity or presentation strategy; shall coordinate the efforts of all standing committees, determining committee purview as necessary. In addition, the Executive Committee may return an item only once to a standing committee for a rewrite to insure that legislation put forth by that standing committee is crafted correctly and not in violation and /or conflict with existing policies, procedures, etc., unless its expressed purpose is to change existing policies and procedures. The Executive Committee shall review and recommend to the Association on all questions concerning membership in the Association; and shall interpret to the Association the University Constitution and Association Bylaws.
The Academic Programs Committee (APC) shall review curricular proposals for the creation, deletion, or modification of academic programs and courses. In their review of curricular proposals, members of the committee shall determine (1) whether the degree program or course is academically appropriate in a particular college or department, (2) whether there is overlap, repetition, or redundancy in the creation of new degree programs or courses, and (3) whether all relevant parties have been consulted and had the chance to review the proposal. Matters of presentation of academic curricula - the UNF Catalog, for instance -- are the responsibility of Academic Affairs; matters of compliance with accreditation standards are the responsibility of the relevant department/college and/or Academic Affairs. Representatives to the APC Committee shall review all proposals in a timely manner and work with departments to formulate final submissions.
The Academic Standards Committee (ASC) shall review and recommend regulations concerning admission and re-admission of students to the University, suspension of students, academic loads, withdrawal from courses and from the University, award of credit, award of academic honors, and maintenance of academic integrity.
The Adjunct Affairs Committee (AAC) shall review and recommend policies and practices with regard to the appointment, contractual obligations, evaluation, retention, ethics, affirmative action, academic freedom and teaching issues of adjunct faculty; their instructional support; their orientation and training; their advancement; and such other matters as may pertain to the role of adjunct faculty in the instructional effort of the institution. The Committee shall seek the opinions and recommendations of adjunct faculty. The Committee shall advise adjunct faculty members on their rights and the appeal process in the event of unresolved differences between adjunct faculty members and the administration. Members of the Committee shall serve on the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award University Selection Committee and must participate in the formal and the final meetings of the award during the month of February and March before Spring Break.
The Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) shall evaluate and recommend policies, procedures, and practices concerning the University budget with special emphasis on the academic budget and shall meet regularly with the University Budget Officer.
The Campus Technology Committee (CTC) shall review and recommend policies, regulations, and practices concerning: technology support; classroom, library, and computer lab technology; learning and research technologies; academic and career advisement technology; instructional media, telephony, and communication services; and any other academic technology services. It shall provide advice and recommendations to the University's administration and to Information Technology Services (ITS) concerning IT strategic directions, operating policies, and faculty IT needs. It shall liaison with the University community to provide a forum for the expression of views and ideas concerning IT services, facilities, and needs. It shall be advisory to ITS, the Distance Learning Committee, and the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT). The chairperson of this committee shall serve as one of the faculty representatives on the Faculty Association Executive Committee. Additionally, the chair or a designee shall serve on the University's Distance Learning Committee.
The Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) shall review and recommend policies and practices with regard to faculty assignments and released time, faculty evaluation, promotion and tenure, ethics, affirmative action, academic freedom and teaching issues; the organization and/or re-organization of academic units; the use of the Faculty Lounge; and such other matters that customarily concern the regular faculty. The Committee shall approve all proposed recipients of honorary degrees from the University. The Committee shall also review, on request, unresolved differences between regular faculty members and the administration and make appropriate recommendations, except in instances that are clear violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are addressable through the grievance process.
The Faculty Enhancement Committee (FEC) shall review and recommend policies, procedures, and practices concerning activities that enhance and improve a faculty member's knowledge and skills with regard to his/her duties in teaching, research, and service; and shall be advisory to the Faculty Enhancement Office, meeting regularly with its Director. The Committee shall consider the enhancement needs of both full-time faculty and adjuncts.
The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) shall conduct elections of officers, all Association standing committees, and faculty delegates to other committees; shall adopt and announce procedures for such elections in accordance with these bylaws, shall present an appropriate list of nominees for all vacancies, and shall recommend candidates to fill vacancies which occur outside of the normal election cycle.
The Research Council (RC) shall recommend policies to the Association, as necessary and appropriate, with respect to research activities, facilities, personnel, allocation of monies, and intellectual property; and, shall be advisory to the Vice President/Assistant Vice President for Research and to the Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. They shall also coordinate the review process for internal grants related to research.
The Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC) shall review and recommend the University's Strategic Plan, to include its vision and mission statement, the University's annual institutional priorities, and academic plan. The Committee shall review and recommend strategies and activities which will further the achievement of the University's mission, institutional priorities, and academic plan. The Committee shall also review and recommend policies to guide the development of the Campus Facilities Master Plan and the Land Use Plan, and review and make recommendations on all changes to the Campus Facilities Master Plan and Land Use Plan.
The Support Services Committee (SSC) shall act as a liaison or conduit between the UNF faculty and those departments that offer support to them; review and make needed recommendations regarding the practices and regulations concerning campus support services; disseminate information concerning support services; seek regular input from leaders in Auxiliary Services (e.g., parking, bookstore, ID cards, food services); Center for Instruction, Research & Technology; Library; Academic Center for Excellence; Human Resources (benefits); Physical Facilities; and other support departments.