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A Monthly Newsletter for the Faculty of the University of Florida Published by the Faculty Senate

Buzz: People:
The Faculty Senate 2005-06 Pamela Bernard and Ed Poppell

By: Kim Tanzer, Faculty Senate Chair By: Pamela Bernard, Vice President and General Counsel
[Leaving UF in April 2006 to assume
the post of Vice President & General
Counsel at Duke University].
The Faculty Senate, working onu
behalf of the University of Florida It is 7:00 A.M. on a Tuesday mor-
faculty, has had a productive year.in in the lte 1 s. A besie
Among our major initiatives are the telephone rings in m hotel room
somewhere in Arizona. Sleepily, I
following: every admuiot
aim Tanzer foloi Pamela Bernard grope for the phone and hoarsely
answer. The voice on the other end
Implementation of Shared Governance Structure of the line is that of my boss, University of Florida
then-President Marshall Criser. Bolting upright,
Last August, President Machen and I convened a
straightening my pajama top and combing my hair
Joint Task Force, chaired by past Senate Chairs Tony s
eJoint Task Force, chaired b st oSenate Chairs Tony with my fingers, I hear his instructions to get on the
Brennan and Jean Larsen. It worked throughout the
t next plane back to Gainesville; UF has another athlet-
year to prepare an action plan to institutionalize i lem
ics problem.
shared governance within every academic unit of the
university. Their Report specifies five principles of The University and I have come a long way
shared governance: 1) Mutuality, collegiality, collabo- since then. The Office of the Vice President & General
ration, 2) Transparency, 3) Representative Counsel in this decade is not the university attorney's
participation, 4) Mutual accountability and 5) Clarity office of the 1970's. Like the university itself, the
of roles. It proposes a series of elements critical for demands on university counsel now are broad and
the implementation of shared governance and recom- deep. The issues range from First Amendment issues,
mends a time line to be followed by all academic human subject research, complex business arrange-
units in the coming year. The Report was adopted by ments, e-law, whistle-blower cases, anti-terrorism laws,
the Senate at its April 2006 meeting. During the 2006- export control, conflict of interest to the occasional
07 academic year the Senate will work with individual athletics problem. Oh, and don't forget the mass
units to assure that shared governance is fully em- reorganization of Florida's public higher education
braced by the entire UF academic community. The system.
Report can be found at http://www.senate.ufl.edu/ Like the University itself, the counsel's office has
archives/other/finalReport.pdf learned to do more with less and quickly, so as to
see Tanzerpg. 3 see Bernard, pg. 2


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College in Focus 6 Senate Minutes 13

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Bernard, from pg. 1
keep pace with the demands on higher education research, and public service mission to thrive. The
in the state, national and global arenas. We have twelve divisions and almost 2000 employees of Fi-
watched the university's focus increasingly turn to nance and Administration are committed and
research and graduate education, yet it remains deter- dedicated to these support roles.
mined not to forsake its responsibility to arm students We touch many of your areas everyday and we
with the critical skills and information needed to understand how important it is to make our business
succeed in a complex world. We have seen our processes as easy as possible. We try each working
faculty improve, and now watch top high school day to evaluate and improve these processes.
students compete for coveted admission slots. Our W k
We know with your help and cooperation we will
office mantra, like that of all of President Bernie i i
face these challenges and continue that positive
Machen's administration, has become: "Does the
evolution to be the best we can be.
faculty senate need to know about this?"
Ed Poppell is the Vice President for Finance and
The University of Florida has accomplished much Administrtion.
over the past two decades. The backbone of its
efforts is the passion and commitment of its faculty
and staff to be even better. We are not a university
that is ready to rest. As I embark on my own new
opportunity, fondly I will watch from afar as this
university accomplishes what is in reach and more.
The University of Florida moves forward.
Pamela Bernard is a Vice President and General

Ed Poppell
By: Ed Poppell, Vice President for Finance and Administration
The University of Florida continues
to evolve, change and grow in all
facets. Having experienced over 30
years of this evolution, I am amazed
at the challenges UF has faced within
the last few years. As the state's oldest
and largest university and one of the
nation's most comprehensive, UF
Ed Poppell continues toward its' goal to be the
Finance and Administration, as the business support
unit for UF, works hard to provide the best of cus-
tomer service in all aspects of its delivery process.
Our services range from payroll, to utilities, to lab
inspections, to campus beautification, to facility con-
struction, to food service, to police service, and yes
even parking.
While we understand our functions are not the
main event on campus, we recognize and embrace
our mission to facilitate and allow the academic,

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Tanzer, from pg. 1 panel discussion on Renaissance faculty members,
Strategic Work Plan co-hosted with the Graduate Student Council, and
began preparations for an Academic Summit to be
The Senate's Academic Policy Council, chaired by held for faculty and undergraduate students during
Barry Ache, worked to recommend improvements to the upcoming academic year.
the draft Strategic Work Plan, taking into consider-
Senate Governance
ation comments from many faculty members across
the university community. On May 4 the Senate In addition to these major initiatives, the Senate
endorsed the Policy Council's recommendations and a continued to refine our internal governance by clarify-
process, jointly developed by the President and ing the mission statements and contributors to the five
Senate. The process will provide for continued Sen- Senate Councils-Academic Policy, Budget, Infrastruc-
ate involvement in this and subsequent iterations of ture, Research and Scholarship and Faculty Welfare.
the Strategic Work Plan. The Recommendations can We added a permanent Joint Sustainability Committee
be found at http://www.senate.ufl.edu/archives/other/ and reaffirmed our support for the Compensation
StrategicWorkPlan 2006 04.doc and the Resolution Committee.
calling for continued Senate involvement can be .
STo continue building faculty trust and support, we
found at http://www.senate.ufl.edu/archives/
found at htt2://www.senate.ufl.edu/archives/ developed a transparent process to appoint Senate
facul senate/2006/20060420stratPlan.df The representatives to ad hoc committees, including Presi-
Resolution, modified at the Senate meeting, also dental committees, and to fill short term vacancies.
endorses the Recommendations.
endorses the Recommendations. We created an annual calendar for the Senate, to help
Arts and Humanities Working Group us coordinate the many time sensitive responsibilities
A university-wide group representing faculty in the that fall to the Senate, such as the review of UF Regu-
arts and humanities, chaired by John Leavey and nations, annual election processes, etc. We further
refined the Senate Newsletter, ACADEMICS, and have
Pramod Khargonekar, met throughout the year, and refined the senate Newsletter, ACADEMICS, and have
prepared a preliminary report for Senate consideration sent it electronically to every faculty member at UF
in April. The Working Group will continue meeting once a month throughout the year.
next year. The Report can be found at http:/ As we build shared governance at UF, full and
www.senate.ufl.edu/archives/faculty senate/2006/ coordinated faculty participation will become increas-
20060420ahwg.pdf ingly important. With this goal in mind, we have
Other Initiatives worked to improve attendance at all Senate-related
meetings. We have also tried to clarify the relation-
Through the course of the academic year the Senate ship between councils, committees and the Senate at
worked on a number of other issues. The Budget large, through annual reports to the Senate and other
Council worked with the Provost to 1) assure that means.
merit pay plans are available to all faculty in all units,
and 2) open next year's Academic Program Reviews To recognize this commitment to and participation
(prepared by each dean for the Provost) for faculty in shared governance at the university level, President
review. The Policy Council on Research and Scholar- and Mrs. Machen hosted a reception for the nearly
ship reviewed indirect cost return (IDC) issues and 10% of the UF faculty currently involved in this impor-
prepared principles for Senate consideration. The tant enterprise. A slide show of the reception can be
Faculty Welfare Council is currently conducting a found on the Senate homepage at
survey of tenure practices across the university. The www.senate.ufl.edu
Infrastructure Council continues to meet with adminis- It has been a privilege to represent the faculty of
trators across campus in an effort to understand and the University of Florida this year, and I thank you for
respond to our vast enterprise, the opportunity to do so.
In recognition of our responsibility to our graduate Kim Tanzer is a Professor of Architecture and
and undergraduate students, the Senate sponsored a Faculty Senate Chair.

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Development and the Americas
By: Hannah H. Covert, Associate Director, Tropical Conservation and
By: Meredith Fensom, Director, UF Law & Policy in the Americas Development Program and Marianne Schmink, Director, Tropical
Program Conservation and Development Program.
The University of Florida's Law &
Policy in the Americas Program, inau- The Topical Conservation and
grated in September of 2005, uses the Development Program (TCD) (htopol
University of Florida's legal expertise www.latam.ufl.edu/tcd), housed in the
to foster the rule of law in the Ameri- UF Center for Latin American Studies,
cas and to strengthen UF's ties with the was established in the late 1980s to
regon. The Program iposoredtrain students for careers related to

Governmental Responsibility, Center Marianne Schmink program is directed by Marianne
for International Business Educations and Research Schmink, Professor of Anthropology
(CIBER), the Center for Latin American Studies, and and Latin American Studies, and is coordinated by an
the International Center. The Program coordinates executive committee with expertise in the natural and
the activities of these centers as they relate to law, social sciences Emilio Bruna (WEC/LAS), Hannah
policy and relations in the Americas. Covert (LAS); Jonathan Dain (LAS), Karen Kainer
(SFRC/LAS), and Rick Stepp (Anthropology/LAS).
The Program carries out a research agenda on TCD also draws on the expertise of 81 affiliate faculty
topics related to the rule of law and justice reform in 21 departments and schools from four colleges.
throughout the Americas and provides technical
support and analysis in regional judicial reform TCD offers a graduate certificate and interdiscipli-
efforts. This work is showcased in the annual Con- nary graduate concentration to Master's and PhD
ference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas, students from its affiliate departments. Graduate
which brings together scholars and political leaders fellowships, summer research awards, workshops,
from throughout the region to discuss the rule of law, seminars, and internships supplement TCD's curricu-
trade and human rights. lum.
The Program sponsors interdisciplinary graduate Approximately 60 students are currently enrolled in
seminars on Program related issues and themes and TCD, half of whom are from Latin America and other
sponsors presentations on these topics on the campus tropical regions. From 1988 to 2005, TCD awarded
of the University of Florida and throughout the 248 one-year fellowships to 145 students from 27
Americas. A Program objective of increased student countries. TCD's 240 alumni have gone on to pursue
and faculty exchange is achieved through the offering careers as researchers and field practitioners in univer-
of Foreign Enrichment courses on the University of sities and in governmental and non-governmental
Florida campus, a visiting guest lecturer series, and organizations in the U.S., Latin America, and else-
the offering of law student exchanges in Brazil, Chile, where.
Costa Rica, and Peru in the areas of human rights,
judicial reform, property rights and trade.
For additional information, please contact program
director Meredith Fensom at fensom@law.ufl.edu or
(352) 273-0835.
Meredith Fensom is the Director of the Law & Policy continued on 5
continued on pg. 5
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Members of the TCD Executive Committee recently By: Roy Graham, Director College of Design Construction and
published a journal article about the program in Planning Historic Preservation Programs
Conservation Biology. The reference is:Kainer, K.A., An Interdisciplinary Concentration
Schmink, M., Covert, H., Stepp, J.R., Bruna, E.M., and Certificate in Historic Preservation
Dain, J.L., Espinosa, S., & Humphries, S. (2006). A (ICCHP) is offered by the Historic
Graduate Education Framework for Tropical Conser- Preservation Programs in the College
vation and Development. Conservation Biology, 20, of Design, Construction and Planning
3-13. (Architecture, Landscape Architecture,
Interior Design, Urban and Regional
Hannah Covert is the Executive Directorfor the y G am Planning and Building Construction)
Center for Latin American Studies and Marianne with partner units of the Colleges of
Schmink is a Professor of Latin American Studies and Fine Arts (Museum Studies), Healh and Human
Anthropology. Performance (Tourism), and College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences (Anthropology Department). A joint
degree with the College of Law is offered and stu-
dents from many other parts of the campus frequently
take courses.
This interdisciplinary program at the University of
Florida is unique in the country and a world leader in
the preservation, management and interpretation of
cultural, historic and landscape resources by preparing
students for transdisciplinary careers and research
opportunities in the profession.
The ICCHP aims to gain additional partners, and to
provide a functional apparatus to consolidate educa-
tional and service topics. For example, heritage
resource management, historic preservation, history,
public archeology, heritage and eco-tourism, museum
studies, area studies, international studies, preservation
law, public and private policy, development and
planning, environmental psychology, real estate
management, public administration, information
studies, business, economics, and other disciplines
that involve conservation, community revitalization,
economics, quality of life and sustainability.
Roy Graham is a Professor in the School of


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College in Focus: College of Education
Significant national rankings:
College at a Glance U.S. News Rank: Public: 35 AAU: 22
U.S. News: 1st among education schools in
The following information is provided to increase our Florida
mutual understanding of each other's disciplines at the
University of Florida. It is not intended to suggest a U.S. News: 4 academic programs
hierarchy among our colleges, but rather to reflect the Counselor Education: 2
intellectual and organizational diversity each college S l E
Special Education: 9
lends to the University. Education:
Elementary Education: 12
Total number of faculty (Fall 2005) Curriculum and Instruction: 22
Full-time: 116 Number of comparable programs nationally:
P.K. Younge faculty: 84 276 education programs in U.S. News survey
*Permanent status: 50
SVisiting: 34 College Narrative
Number of faculty in tenure or tenure earning rr
positions (Fall 2004) By: Phil Clark and Cynthia Griffin, Faculty Senators
Tenure: 64 The UF College of Education starts its
Tenure track: 18
Tenure track: 18 second century this year as Florida's
Non Tenure: 34 flagship teacher preparation program.
Number of degrees granted (2004-2005) Students in our varied degree pro-
SBachelor: 195 ^grams, though, also are pursuing
SMaster: 363 careers in school counseling, education
SDoctorate: 50 l psychology, special education, school
Specialist: 79 and educational administration, teach-
Student credit hours generated annually (2004- ing or leadership posts in higher education, and
2005) mental health or marriage counseling.
Lower: 3,624
Upper: 28,275 Under the leadership of Catherine Emihovich, dean
Grad I: 17,721 since 2002, the College of Education is transforming
Grad II: 8,735 its teaching, research and service programs around the
Total student credit hours fundablee units) philosophy of outreach scholarship. This philosophy
*Total SCH majors: 37,608 broadens the concept of scholarship and academic
*Total SCH non-majors: 20,748 research to reflect the issues and concerns of society
Enrollment (Fall 2005) at large.
Undergraduate: 827 By partnering with public schools,
Graduate: 986 school districts, community colleges
SNonDegree: 43 and communities, UF education faculty
PostBacc: 42 are working through several College-
Funded research expenditures (2004-2005) designated centers and institutes to
Sponsored Research: $ 6,564,361 improve schools and student learning,
UF Research Foundation: $9,433 while also addressing important social
Returned Overhead: $39,835 and community issues. Here are just a few examples:
College development during the last year
Gifts: $2,926,501 UF education "professors-in-residence" embed
SPledges: $3,887,622 themselves in classrooms throughout Florida to help
high-poverty schools boost teacher retention and
student achievement.

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Education technology researchers develop and Laudamus
evaluate online high school lessons for rural or home- The College of Education (COE), founded in 1906,
schooled students who otherwise might not have ranks 22 among public education schools of the elite
access to such courses. Association of American Universities. Innovative
Special-education professors partner with research and activities that enhance school improve-
public school educators to devise ways to include ment, student achievement and leadership
more students with disabilities in regular classrooms, development in the numerous education disciplines
are hallmarks of a rich heritage 100 years in the
Educational administration professors provide making.
an executive leadership doctoral program for school
and community-college leaders in northeast Florida. Over the past century, UF education faculty have
pioneered landmark initiatives such as Head Start, the
Seeking transformational changes in education, we community college system, the middle school move-
are stepping up our graduate programs to bolster our meant, school counseling programs and Florida's first
research and leadership development efforts. Distance laboratory school (P.K. Yonge).
learning and online degree programs are making
graduate studies more accessible. A new master's/ Teaching is only one of several education
specialist degree program in teacher leadership for career paths students at today's modern college can
school improvement combines online instruction with choose from. Some 1,900 education students are
job-embedded exercises, enabling classroom teachers enrolled in 45 bachelor's and advanced degree pro-
to earn their degrees on-site in their district while grams, offered within five academic units: 1%
working with master teachers and UF faculty Counselor Education 1% Educational Administration
and Policy I% Educational Psychology 1% Special
The College's mission aligns with the research- Education, and 1% School of Teaching and Learning.
intensive mission of the University of Florida. Faculty
educators at the College and its K-12 laboratory To sustain the college's innovative edge deep
school (P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School), into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerg-
together, have recently attracted more than $17 million ing technology, advanced graduate studies and
yearly in research and training grants, interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare
tomorrow's leaders in all education professions.
The College is committed to generating more oppor-
tunities for multi-site, multi-disciplinary collaborations. A t r D e Yy
Assistant Professor Diane Yendol-Hoppey and
One such program is the Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Professor Nancy Fichtman Dana received the 2005
Professor Nancy Fichtman Dana received the 2005
and Training Program (MDTP), a regional program of Did in T r E n A
Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award from
the UF colleges of Education and Medicine providing the national Association of Teacher Educators. They were
the national Association of Teacher Educators. They were
comprehensive treatment of school-aged children with i r ir rii r
cited for their study describing teachers' transforming
complex learning, behavioral or medical problems.
complex learning, behavioral or medical problems roles as decision makers and teacher-educators in newly
The College of Education offers rigorous scholar- created "professional development schools."
ship, distinguished faculty, continuous real-world
experiences and nationally ranked programs that
prepare students to contribute to the transformation of
education in today's rapidly changing world.
Phil Clark is a Professor in Educational Administra-
tion and Policy and director of the college's Center for
Community Education, and Cynthia Griffin is an
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Professor Larry Tyree has received the Associate Professor Zhihui Fang, a
SNational Leadership Award from the specialist in children's literacy and
/ American Association of Community language development, received the
'j Colleges. UF Research Foundation prestigious UF Research Foundation
M Professor Thomas Oakland, an education Professorship for 2005-2007. Over the
psychologist, was UF's 2005 International past five years, Fang has made more than
Educator of the Year. He is a worldwide 30 research presentations at national and
authority and consultant on the international professional meetings and
development and use of educational and psychological generated research and outreach grants totaling over $1
tests for students. The Florida Association of School million.
Psychologists recently presented Oakland with its Lifetime
Achievement Award. Professor James Doud will represent
the National Association of Elementary
The Florida League of Middle Schools School Principals (NAESP) on the
has established an annual lifetime steering committee formed by the
achievement award in honor of UF National Policy Board for Educational
Distinguished Professor Paul George. Administration to review Interstate
The American Association of School School Leaders Licensure Consortium
Administrators has referred to George as standards.
"the foremost expert on middle schools in
the country." The Council for Exceptional Children
presented Assistant Scholar Anne G.
Associate Professor Kara Dawson Bishop with its Early Career Publication
has been named to a state advisory board Award for her landmark journal article
on instructional technology to the Florida outlining the most efficient and accurate
Department of Education. She is one of timeframe and measures for early
the first university-level experts in identification of kindergarten children
education technology invited to join the who may struggle in learning to read.
Assistant Professor Cierecie West-
Olatunji is the new president-elect of the
The UF International Center has Association for Multicultural Counseling
recognized two education professors as and Development, a division of the
international distinguished educators for American Counseling Association.
their work in advancing the globalization
of the University of Florida campus and
curriculum through teaching, research and
service. The senior faculty honor went to
Associate Professor Linda Cronin-Jones Professor Vivian Correa has been
for her contributions to research on environmental named the 2006 TED/Merrill Teacher
education in Africa and Latin America and Educator of the Year by the Teacher
to teaching both at UF and abroad. Education Division of the Council for
Assistant Professor Richard Ferdig Exceptional Children. Correa, who also is
received the junior faculty award for his associate dean for UF's graduate school,
efforts in building intercultural educational serves on the boards of TED and CEC.
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College in Focus:
Health and Human Performance College development during the last year

College at a Glance Gifts:ollars: $276,668
Annual Dollars: $276,668
The following information is provided to increase our Endowed Dollars: $197,776
mutual understanding of each other's disciplines at the Pledges:
University of Florida. It is not intended to suggest a
hierarchy among our colleges, but rather to reflect the Annual Pledges: $3,000
intellectual and organizational diversity each college Endowed Pledges: $115,009
lends to the University. Fellows in major societies or equivalent honors
Total number of faculty (Fall 2005) American College of Sports Medicine
Full-time: 56
Part-Time: 1 Dr. Randy Braith, Dr. Paul Borsa, Dr. John Chow,
Number of faculty in tenure or tenure earning Dr. David Criswell, Dr. Steve Dodd, Dr. Scott Powers-
positions (Fall 2005) Endowed Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesi-
Tenure: 28 ology and Dr. Lesley White
Tenure track: 16 American School Health Association
Number of degrees granted (2004-2005) Dr. Robert Morgan Pigg and Dr. Barbara Rienzo
Bachelor: 496
Master: 98 American Academy of Health Behavior
Doctorate: 7 Dr. Dennis Thombs and Dr. Chad Werch
Student credit hours generated annually (2004-
2005)Additional Societies
Lower: 30,914 Dr. J.O. Spengler, American Alliance for Health,
Upper: 33,910 Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Grad I: 4,535 Dr. Robert M. Weiler, American School Health
T Grad II: 1,305 Association, American Alliance for Health, Physical
Total student credit hours fundablee units) Education, Recreation and Dance
Education, Recreation and Dance
*Total SCH majors: 34,174
*Total SCH non majors: 36,490 Dr. James Zhang, North American Society for Sport
Enrollment (Fall 2004) Management
Undergraduate: 1,675 Other important information
Graduate: 374
Student/Teacher ratio (Fall 2003) The College of Health and Human Performance is
celebrating its 60th anniversary this fall.
Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management:g its 60th anniversary this fall.
Lower: 43.0
Upper: 45
Graduate: 15.9
Total: 37.5
Applied Physiology and Kinesiology:
Lower: 35.7
Upper: 44.9
Graduate: 32.5
Total: 37.4
Health Education and Behavior:
Lower: 86.2
Upper: 70.5 Graduate: 13.3 Total: 56.8

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in strategies for preventing harm and promoting
College Narrative health among adolescents and young adults. Also
By: Peter Giacobbi and William Chen, Faculty Senators housed within the College is the Center for Tourism
Research and Development (CTRD) which focuses on
SThe central mission of the College of the recreation and tourism fields and provides re-
Health and Human Performance search and service expertise to public and private
(CHHP) is to provide recognized organizations throughout the country.
programs of excellence in teaching, The CHHP also provides numerous health related
research, and service that focus on services to the university community by managing the
assisting individuals, families, and Living Well faculty and staff fitness center, the Alan C.
communities to promote health, pre- Moore sport and fitness program, and Healthy Gators
Peter Giacobbi vent disease, and enhance quality of 2010. These programs serve to provide the UF faculty,
life across the age span. Faculty mem- staff, and students valuable educational experiences,
bers are dedicated to investigating the antecedents health assessment practices, and opportunities for
and consequences of a broad range of health behav-
iors including physical activity, diet, drug and alcohol activity at promote a healthy
abuse, leisure, as well as communicating the results of lifestyle.
their research to practitioners. The college is also No single discipline holds all the answers to com-
dedicated to preparing students for academic positions plex questions concerning disease prevention, healthy
and professional leadership roles in applied physiol- aging, health education and improving quality of life.
ogy and kinesiology, health education, health CHHP faculty actively collaborate with top scholars in
promotion, tourism, recreation, and sports manage- other colleges and centers at UF and regularly partici-
ment. Students within the college are provided with pate in international programs with scholars from
rigorous and inspiring research and applied experi- around the world.
ence within a range of settings. Peter Giacobbi is an Assistant Professor in the
Numerous multi-disciplinary labo- Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
ratories and centers dedicated to and William Chen is a Professor in the Department of
cutting edge research are located Health Education and Behavior.
within the CHHP. The college is
home to the Center for Exercise
Science (CES) which features several Laudamus
state of the art laboratories focused "i
William Chen
on investigating the complex interac- Dr. Randy Braith was awarded a
tions between physical activity, aging, and nutrition. $1.2 million NIH grant by the Heart
The primary goal of the CES is to improve human Lung and Blood Institute titled, "Effects
health through research. The Florida Center for of Enhanced External Counterpulsation
Health Promotion (FCHP) conducts research and on Arterial Function." Additionally,
development activities for drug and alcohol educa- Braith hosted a Vascular Biology Con-
tion, HIV/AIDS education, nutrition education, ference in February 2006 at UF. A total
physical activity education, smoking prevention and of 10 scientists/clinicians from four
cessation, and stress management techniques. FCHP universities presented original research papers.
also conducts research to develop health promotion
strategies for racial, ethnic, and cultural groups
throughout the age span. The Addictive and Health
Behaviors Research Institute conducts research fo-
cused on addictive and health behaviors primarily
through prevention and intervention trials that result

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Drs. John Chow, Peter Giacobbi Dr. Scott Powers received the
and Mark Tillman were awarded with Citation Award from the American
a NIH grant to study the "Impact of College of Sports Medicine during their
Power Assist Wheelchairs on Quality of annual national conference in June
Life." The study will determine the 2005. Powers' was one of four people
impact of power assist wheelchairs on in 2005 presented with the award. This
user's everyday life, which characteris- award is presented each year to practi-
tics of the chair benefit tioners in the sports medicine field
the users' quality of who have led an accomplished career, and who are
life, and collect infor- making significant contributions to their profession.
nation on users'
experiences through
interviews. Dr. Dennis Thombs has been
elected into the Fellow membership
of the American Academy of Health
Behavior in recognition for his out-
standing contributions to health
Dr. Steven L. Dodd's Muscle Physi- promotion, education and research.
ology Lab received a two year Thombs will receive this recognition
American Heart Association grant to during the Academy's next annual
study mechanisms of muscle adapta- meeting.
tion to exercise.
Dr. Robert M. Weiler was a guest of the Robert
Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin, Germany in December
2005. Along with four other university professors from
SDr. Peter Giacobbi received a grant the U.S. and Germany, Weiler met with the Center for
to study occupational stress in the Biological Safety at RKI about risk perspectives and
athletic training profession. The study communicating risk to the general public with respect
will assess personality burnout, stress, to biological and chemical hazards.
A occupational engagement and somatic
health complaints. From the study, Dr. Chad Werch, director of the
specific psycho-educational interven- Addictive and Health Behaviors Insti-
tion strategies will be developed in tute, currently holds three NIH grants
order to reduce the impact of stress within health care totaling more than $7 million. The
and athletic training settings. Institute will hold its Second Annual
Symposium on Addictive and Health
Dr. Heather Hausenblas received Behavior Research on June 12, 2006.
the North American Society for the
Psychology of Sport and Physical
Activity award for "Early Career Distin- Dr. Lesley White received a grant
guished Scholar Award." Hausenblas from the National Multiple Sclerosis
was also awarded a NIH grant titled, Society that will be funded until
"Multimedia for Exercise during Preg- March 2009. The goal of the study is
nancy and Postpartum." The grant will to determine if progressive resistance
develop a behavioral multimedia package to present training is associated with changes in
exercise interventions economically and efficiently to mobility and quality of life in indi-
pregnant and postpartum women. viduals with multiple sclerosis.

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Faculty Senate News: 3.23.06 *Meeting Outcomes
Reports: Information Items:
Board of Trustees update Kim Tanzer, Chair
Chair's Report University Relations Update
The Academic Policy Council is reviewing the draft Joe Hice, Associate VP of Marketing and Public
Strategic Work Plan and would like comments on Relations
the strengths of the document as well as missing Cm
Curriculum Committee
pieces. Professor Tanzer also discussed the student
diversity and access inventory being conducted by Sheila Dickison, University Curriculum Committee
the Provost and the Vice President for Student Af- Chair
fairs. There is a task force for NCAA Division 1 College of Business sunset concentrations no
athletic certification which will look at several areas. longer in use
The libraries are requesting information from col-
leges regarding which journals could be cut in the Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate School
event of a budget need to cut serials. There is a Constitution Committee Report
projected $750,000 budget shortfall for the Smather's Cs Ss, C C
Chris Snodgrass, Constitution Committee Chair
library, $500,000 for the Health Science Center
library and $100,000 for the law library. Professor Academic Learning Compacts
Tanzer also discussed the process for getting items Sheila Dickison, University Curriculum Committee
on the Senate agenda. Professor Tanzer also an- Chair
nounced that all merit pay plans should be available
in all college offices. Deans are preparing their Shared Governance Task Force report
annual program reviews and these reviews will be Tony Brennan and Jean Larson, Task Force Chairs
made available to all faculty. Action Items:
UFIC International Student Funding resolution
Provost's Report Lynn Frazier, Executive Associate Director UFIC
The motion was approved with one opposing vote.
Dr. Fouke reported that the NCAA document is due
on May 15. The document is currently in a draft form. Committee on Committees resolutions for Con-
Program reviews are also due to the Provost's office, pensation Committee
These program reviews are used for budget requests Michelle Foss and Marylou Behnke, Committee on
for upcoming academic years. Dr. Fouke requested Committee co-chairs
that these budget requests come with a justification of Option two was approved.
Option two was approved.
monetary expenses. She will meet with Deans and
Directors to discuss the program reviews and will Honorary Degrees Candidates
respond to requests and provide feedback. Dr. Fouke Barry Ache, Chair Honorary Degrees Committee
also reported on the status of several ongoing
searches on campus for deans and directors. Dr. Both candidates were approved unanimously.
Fouke requested that colleges look at degrees to Electronic Voting Kim Tanzer, Chair
determine which degrees are necessary and consider Doug Cenzer moved to cease the pursuit of elec-
Doug Cenzer moved to cease the pursuit of elec-
terminating degrees that are no longer utilized. The ironic voting capabilities at Senate meetings. The
tronic voting capabilities at Senate meetings. The
Provost is also creating a library committee to review
motion was approved with 4 opposing votes.
library organization. Barbara Wingo will become the
Interim General Counsel on April 1st


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Faculty Senate News:

Meeting Outcomes
April 20, 2006 3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium

Approval of March 23, 2006 minutes The minutes were approved ..........................Kim Tanzer, Chair
SC hair's Rep ort..................................................................... .................................K im Tanzer, Chair
S President's Report......................................................... ......................... Bernie M achen, President
Information Items:
Compensation Committee Report David Denslow, Compensation committee chair
Strategic Work Plan Resolution Kim Tanzer, Chair
Humanities Working Group Report
John Leavey and Pramod Khargonekar, Humanities Working Group co-chairs
Nominating Committee Report Carol Kem, Nominating Committee chair

Action Items:
Chair Elect elections
Rick Yost was elected chair elect of the Faculty Senate

Curriculum Committee Sheila Dickison, Chair University Curriculum Committee
School of Health Professions Approved
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Tabled
Name Change for Department of Rehabilitation Counseling Approved
Proposed Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Approved
Proposed Bachelor of Science in Biology Approved

College of Business sunset concentrations no longer in use Approved
Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate School
Constitution Committee Items Chris Snodgrass, Constitution Committee Chair
Article V Section 3 Approved
Article V Section 5 Approved
Article V Section 7 Approved
Article VI Section 5 Approved
Bylaw 20 Approved
Article V, Section 4 Approved

Shared Governance Task Force resolution adoption Approved
Tony Brennan and Jean Larson, Task Force Chairs

Open Discussion from Floor of Senate:
SThree minute limit per speaker, floor will be open to Senators first


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