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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, September 17, 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 12:15 PM by David Fenner 2014-2015 Co-Chair.

Members Present:

Dan Richard, Chip Klostermeyer, Lisandra Carmichael, Diane Tanner, Scott Hochwald, David Fenner, Alireza Jahan-Mihan

Members Absent:

Mina Baliamoune, Sherry Pinkstaff

Ex-Officio Members:

Chip Klostermeyer (FA president)

Others Attending:


Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of the Minutes


  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business


  • New Business

    1. Chair selection:

    Fenner & Rakita were elected by the committee as co-chairs for the 2015-2016 academic year.


    1. Discussion of Honors College:

    The committee discussed the proposed new Honors College’s budget, staffing, and the potential changes to undergraduate research scholarships.  The committee voted unanimously to support the creation of “The Hicks Honors College.”


    1. DL Committee:

    Rakita proposed a bylaws change to establish a Faculty Association Distance Learning Committee.  The committee will hold on the proposal in order to give the Provost and DLC committee to respond to the DL Task Force report.


    1. Revisions to the Faculty Affairs Committee charge.

    The committee voted to amend its charge as below to reflect name changes in the Faculty Commons (to Faculty Lounge) and the Board of Regents (to Board of Trustees).

    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 reorganization of academic units; the use of theFaculty CommonsFaculty 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 BORBOT(Board of Trustees)/UFF Agreement and are addressable through the grievance process. (Section 4. F, see”


    1. Shared Governance Task Force:

    Klostermeyer discussed the formation of the Faculty Association’s Shared Governance Task Force.  The group is finalizing its statement of principles and will be meeting with the Provost and President afterwards.


    1. Summer Admit Strategy:

    Klostermeyer discussed a proposal from Dan Moon and Albert Colom related to summer admission of students.  The proposal seeks to identify students who underperform in key courses and support them via various remedial efforts and placements.  The committee will await a more formal proposal.


    1. ISQ Timing:

    Tanner raised the issue of timing of deployment for the ISQs in the summer.  Students can complete ISQ after final exams and thus they know their final grade while filling out ISQs (in Summer B).  ISQ can be completed before the end of the withdrawal period (in Summer A).  Tanner proposed adjusting the time ISQs are open to be completed be from the day after the withdrawal date to prior to the last day of class.  Further it was recommended that if the language in the new CBA is an impediment, than that language be amended.  The committee approved both of these items.


    1. Guns on Campus:

    The committee discussed the guns on campus legislation currently being considered by the state legislature.


    1. Faculty Transferring across Units:

    Klostermeyer is drafting a policy regarding transferring from one unit to another in the University.

  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM.
    Next meeting will be on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Bldg 16, Rm 3108.