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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, October 8, 2015 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 12:20 PM by David Fenner, Co-Chair.

Members Present:

Dan Richard, Lisandra Carmichael, Diane Tanner, Scott Hochwald, David Fenner, Sherry Pinkstaff, Gordon Rakita

Members Absent:

Mina Baliamoune, Alireza Jahan-Mihan

Ex-Officio Members:

Chip Klostermeyer (FA president)

Others Attending:


Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of the Minutes

    Minutes from October were approved.
  • New Business

    FYI:  Klostermeyer announced that the Faculty Association’s Shared Governance Task Force will meet with the President and Provost on November 19 at 2 pm. 


    Honorary BA/BS Degree: Fenner introduced the topic and explained the rationale, namely to provide a way to honor individuals at a different degree level than the doctorate that might be more appropriate for some individuals.  He also explained the current honorary doctorate process.  The committee voted in favor of creating a process for an honorary BA/BS degree with the same process as that for the honorary doctorate, but with the following criteria:

    • Character exemplifying ethical conduct and values consistent with the University of North Florida; and
    • Achievement or distinction in the arts and sciences, education, the professions, public service, philanthropy, or private enterprise; and
    • One of the following:
    • Evidence of strong support of UNF
    • A record of contributions to the northeast Florida region

    The committee further agreed that there should be a quota of no more than two honorary bachelor’s degrees a year for the university.


    The committee discussed the process for resolving conflicts between colleges not involving APC or other issues currently adjudicated by governance bodies. The committee decided that when these conflicts arise, the Association should defer these issues to the provost and encourages the provost to seek faculty input through its various committees as needed.


    Splitting Colleges: The committee discussed both specific possible college splits and the desirability of having a process for Faculty Association to deliberate about such splits.  The committee discussed possible criteria for splitting college as well as the possibility that criteria might be applicable/illustrative at levels below the college.  The committee decided to discuss the issue further and also look for ideas from other schools and feedback from chairs as a prelude to possibly developing a process recommendation.  The issue of combining colleges was also raised.


    A statement of where research fits into the UNF world: The committee discussed the issue and decided to begin drafting a statement regarding place and incentive structure for various research.
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM.

    Next meeting will be on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, Rm 3108.