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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Location: OFE/FA Conference Room - Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM by David Fenner 2015-2016 Co-Chair.

Members Present:

David Fenner, Chip Klostermeyer, Gordon Rakita, Diane Tanner, Lisandra Carmichael, Mina Baliamoune, Scott Hochwald

Members Absent:

Dan Richard, Sherry Pinkstaff, and Alireza Jahan-Mihan

Others Attending:

Brian Striar (chair of English), Linda Howell (Director of the Writing Center), Kathy Robinson

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of the Minutes

    Minutes from March 10, 2016 were approved by the committee.
  • New Business

    • Student Civility: Striar and Howell raised the issue of an increase in extremely uncivil (bordering on dangerous) student behavior. Incidences of uncivil behavior are becoming more and more common and serious. A lot of the issues have come up in early writing courses in a variety of settings (in email, office hours, and the classroom). One faculty had a student that had an emotional breakdown in both office hours and in class. There have been incidences of swearing at an instructor and other students being fearful about the behavior of a student. Some of the students are registered with the DRC and there is no training for faculty to deal with DRC issues. Striar and Howell felt that Student Affairs was not as helpful as they could be. There are protections in place for students, but not for faculty. Striar believes that the only way something will be done about the issue is if a proposal comes from Faculty Association. Hochwald suggested uniform, boilerplate language for syllabi. This issue will be discussed further at a future meeting.

      • Research Integrity case: Fenner reviewed the status of the two cases currently active. The first case is now in the hands of the Provost. The second case is currently being reviewed by the investigatory panel. The committee will need to meet in the summer to handle that case.

      • Faculty-on-faculty bullying: Fenner presented the issue and read the comments committee member Pinkstaff communicated to him. The committee discussed the possibility of creating a group to be a resource for faculty being bullied. It was decided that the committee will consider preparing and disseminating a statement and resource page. Fenner and Rakita will attempt to craft a draft statement.

      • Honorary doctorates: The committee reviewed the proposal from the School of Music to offer an honorary doctorate. The committee voted not to recommend the awarding of the honorary doctorate.


    • Old Business

      • Divest UNF: The committee discussed the issue of both the UNF Divest recommendation and the idea of recommending the formation of an Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility. The committee decided not to put forth a resolution at this time. The committee did decide to forward an informational item to the Executive Committee.

      • Conflict of Interest observations/questions: The committee discussed the COI documents presented by J. Campbell at our last meeting. Fenner will communicate the committee’s observations to her.

      • Research/Scholarship survey: The committee worked through the survey questions making edits. Fenner will pass the edited version along to the Research Council.

      • Retired faculty email accounts issue: Tabled till next fall.
    • Adjournment & Next Meeting

      The meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM.

      Next meeting will be determined on the basis of the timing of the research integrity case mentioned
      above. The meeting will either be held electronically or in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16,
      Rm 3108