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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, October 20, 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 Gordon Rakita (chair).

Members Present:

Gordon Rakita, David Fenner, Alireza Jahan-Mihan, Cynthia Cummings, Chip Klostermeyer, Scott Hochwald, Mina Baliamoune

Members Absent:

Julie Ingersoll, Sherry Pinkstaff, Radha Pyati (FA President)

Others Attending:

Radha Pyati (FA President) - absent

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of Minutes

    The committee approved the minutes of its September 8th, 2016 meetings. Due to the Hurricane Mathew impact, the Faculty Affairs Committee meeting scheduled on October 13 moved to October 20.

  • New Business

    • The committee decided to rotate secretaries each month – Cynthia Cummings volunteered for Oct.
    • The committee reviewed the Memorandum from Dr. Tumeo concerning the nomination of  Mr. John Campion for an Honorary BS in Mechanical Engineering. The nomination was unanimously approved. [The nomination was subsequently forwarded to the Executive Committee and they conducted an electronic vote to approve the nomination. Rakita communicated these results to President Delaney.]
    • The committee discussed possible edits/additions to the Graduate Senior Survey. Rakita will compile and send recommendations to Megan Schramm-Possinger.
    • The committee agreed to forward the Shared Governance Informational Item to the Executive Committee for inclusion in the next Association meeting agenda.
    • Research Survey: Fenner provided background on the efforts to date on a research survey to assess faculty perspectives on the role of research at UNF. Rakita will arrange for the survey to be put into Qualtrics and sent out by Radha Pyati. The committee recommends sending the survey out before Thanksgiving.
    • Coggin Graduate Program enrollments and admissions issue was discussed and the committee decided to allow the faculty to pursue the issue with the President and Union.
    • Setting priorities & agenda for the coming year. Possible agenda items include:
      • Need to develop a No Confidence process in our University Bylaws
      • Send out the Research Survey
      • Student Behavioral Issues, including Safety in the Classroom and Disruptive Behavior. The committee will invite Tom Van Schoor, Megan Kuehner, Brian Striar, Linda Howell, and someone from legal (suggested by Karen Stone) to discuss this issue. This will be planned for January 2017.
      • Campus Climate Survey- needs to be reviewed and sent out again, planned for the spring semester.
      • Invite John White to come and present the rationale and a proposal for a UNF Faculty Senate in the spring.
      • Retired faculty email account termination. The committee decided to review this issue in the spring.
      • Feedback on Conflict of Interest has been completed. The committee will verify with Joann Campbell.
      • Consolidating and decreasing the number of committees will be addressed at the next meeting.
  • Adjournment and Next Meeting:

    The next meeting was adjourned at 1:15 pm.
    The next meeting will be Thursday, November 10th, 2016 @12:15 PM in the OFF/FA Conference Room.