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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Affairs Committee Thursday, September 8, 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:

Mina Baliamoune, Sherry Pinkstaff, Chip Klostermeyer, Scott Hochwald, Julie Ingersoll, David Fenner, Gordon Rakita, Alireza Jahan-Mihan

Members Absent:

Cynthia Cummings

Others Attending:

Radha Pyati (FA President), Megan Schramm-Possinger (Director of Assessment, Academic Affairs), James Gelsleichter (Biology), Tom Serwatka (VP and Chief of Staff)

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of Minutes

    The committee approved the minutes of its May and April 2016 meetings
  • New Business

    •  The committee members and guests introduced themselves.
    • The committee selected Rakita to be its chair for 2016-2017
    • The committee discussed but made no selection of a secretary/note-taker for 2016-2017
    • James Gelsleichter (Biology) presented the rationale for a name change of the “Coastal Biology Flagship Program” to the “Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program”. The committee discussed and approved the proposed name change.
    • Megan Schramm-Possinger, Director of Assessment, Academic Affairs and Tom Serwatka, VP, President’s Office raised two issues with the committee.
      • She discussed her interest in developing an Assessment Advisory Council serve as a community of practice that would tap faculty members’ expertise, as well as their perspectives, so that Academic Affairs and faculty can engage in shared decision making regarding assessment policies and procedures. Her hope is that the council would make assessment more meaningful and less time consuming. The committee agreed that such a council would be useful.
      • She also raised issues surround the Graduating Senior Survey ( including increasing the response rates and he desire for faculty feedback and suggestions on questions to be included in the survey. University of Florida uses a non-coercive process that is embedded in their graduation application process and have a response rate close to 99%. (UNF’s response rate is currently ca. 20%.) The committee and guests discussed the reliability of such surveys, possible questions and edits to questions, and efforts to improve response rates. The committee agreed to collate feedback at their next meeting; especially regarding the study abroad questions.
    • The committee reviewed two Honorary Doctorates proposed by Danny Gottlieb of the School of Music. The committee positively endorsed the honorary degree proposal for Jack Kleinsinger and moved the proposal forward to the Executive Committee.
    • The committee agreed to set priorities and agenda for the coming year at its next meeting. Possible agenda items include:
      • Vote of No Confidence Process
      • Research/Scholarship Survey in Collaboration with the Research Council
      • Student Behavioral Issues
      • Campus Climate Survey - Relaunch
      • Moving to a Faculty Senate
      • Retired faculty Email accounts issue
      • Feedback on Conflict of Interest Issue
      • Consolidating and reducing the number of committees
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM. Next meeting will be 12:15pm, October 13th, in the OFE/FA Conference Room.