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    Buzz: Faculty challenge initiative demonstrates early success
        Page 1
    People: Jane Adams
        Page 1
    Interdisciplinarity: Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
        Page 2
    College in focus: College of Fine Arts
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    College in Focus: Design Construction and Planning
        Page 6
    College in Focus: Design Construction and Planning
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        Page 8
        Page 9
    Faculty Senate news: reports
        Page 10
    Faculty Senate news: Senate agenda
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Buzz:

Faculty Challenge Initiative
Demonstrates Early Success
By: Paul Robell, Vice President of Development andAlumni
Affairs
The Faculty Challenge Initiative, a
$150 million seven-year initiative to raise
endowment funds for new faculty posi-
tions and to provide additional
endowment for graduate fellowships,
equipment and research efforts, was
announced by President Bernie Machen at
the Faculty Senate meeting in August
Paul Robel
2004. As of the end of October 2005,
$50.5 million has been committed for this important
priority. Though the current total represents one-third of
the originally announced goal for the Faculty Challenge,
we feel confident that we can exceed that goal during the
university's seven-year comprehensive capital campaign
started this past July.
The messages about the immediate need for, and
benefits of, a strong faculty have resonated with many of
our sustaining major donors as well as with new and
prospective donors. The response has been swift and
steady as the university's deans and development staff
continues the push for this important initiative.
The fact that the funds raised for the Faculty Chal-
lenge are solely for perpetual endowments, such as
professorships and research funds, is very compelling to
donors. They are encouraged and enthusiastic about
knowing that their gift will impact research endeavors and
teaching far into the future.
see Faculty Challenge, pg. 9


People:

Jane Adams

By: Jane Adams, Vice President of University Relations
I recently attended a welcome recep-
tion for our new Provost which prompted
memories of last holiday season when I
was new to the University of Florida. I
clearly understood the challenges facing
the recently-created Office of University
Relations and was full of ideas of how to
JaneAdams support the goal of becoming a top ten
public institution.
So where have we come in the past year?
Separate teams of public relations, media relations,
community relations and government relations profession-
als have joined together in one office to promote the
university's interests. The result is greater synergy which
helps us tell the story of the University of Florida's ac-
complishments and potential in a world where every
publicly funded organization is clamoring for public and
legislative support.
In Tallahassee, the University Relations group success-
fully represented our legislative priorities. Back in
Gainesville, the team launched a new branding campaign
designed to recognize the unique bond that Gators share
and align the public perception of UF with the excellence
of the institution. And, University Relations professionals
promoted positive relationships with all external audi-
ences, including the media and our local community.
None of this would have been possible without your
support. You provide us good news to tell, advice to
see Adams, pg. 9


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Faculty Senate News


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Interdisciplinarity















Buzz:

Faculty Challenge Initiative
Demonstrates Early Success
By: Paul Robell, Vice President of Development andAlumni
Affairs
The Faculty Challenge Initiative, a
$150 million seven-year initiative to raise
endowment funds for new faculty posi-
tions and to provide additional
endowment for graduate fellowships,
equipment and research efforts, was
announced by President Bernie Machen at
the Faculty Senate meeting in August
Paul Robel
2004. As of the end of October 2005,
$50.5 million has been committed for this important
priority. Though the current total represents one-third of
the originally announced goal for the Faculty Challenge,
we feel confident that we can exceed that goal during the
university's seven-year comprehensive capital campaign
started this past July.
The messages about the immediate need for, and
benefits of, a strong faculty have resonated with many of
our sustaining major donors as well as with new and
prospective donors. The response has been swift and
steady as the university's deans and development staff
continues the push for this important initiative.
The fact that the funds raised for the Faculty Chal-
lenge are solely for perpetual endowments, such as
professorships and research funds, is very compelling to
donors. They are encouraged and enthusiastic about
knowing that their gift will impact research endeavors and
teaching far into the future.
see Faculty Challenge, pg. 9


People:

Jane Adams

By: Jane Adams, Vice President of University Relations
I recently attended a welcome recep-
tion for our new Provost which prompted
memories of last holiday season when I
was new to the University of Florida. I
clearly understood the challenges facing
the recently-created Office of University
Relations and was full of ideas of how to
JaneAdams support the goal of becoming a top ten
public institution.
So where have we come in the past year?
Separate teams of public relations, media relations,
community relations and government relations profession-
als have joined together in one office to promote the
university's interests. The result is greater synergy which
helps us tell the story of the University of Florida's ac-
complishments and potential in a world where every
publicly funded organization is clamoring for public and
legislative support.
In Tallahassee, the University Relations group success-
fully represented our legislative priorities. Back in
Gainesville, the team launched a new branding campaign
designed to recognize the unique bond that Gators share
and align the public perception of UF with the excellence
of the institution. And, University Relations professionals
promoted positive relationships with all external audi-
ences, including the media and our local community.
None of this would have been possible without your
support. You provide us good news to tell, advice to
see Adams, pg. 9


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Faculty Senate News


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Interdisciplinarity






A Monthly Newsletter for the Faculty of the University of Florida


Interdisciplinarity:

Center for Women's Studies and Ge
By: Milagros Pefia, Director of the Center for Women's Studies and
Gender Research


The Center for Women's Studies and
Gender Research at the University of
Florida is continuing its upward
trajectory. Our history from program to
Center and from existing with mainly
affiliates to now having core faculty
together with affiliates is a testimony to
Milagros Peia those who turned a vision into reality.
Since 2000, we have our own
undergraduate major and offer a Master of Arts, Master of
Women's Studies, and joint Master's degrees with Mass
Communications and the Law School. Next fall the
Center will be housed in Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall.
The Center plans to make the building a space for
faculty and student research exchanges, a venue to bring in
speakers to share with both the University and Gainesville
community, as well as for teaching. We have a core faculty
of eight, each reflecting strengths in areas of researching
and teaching that represent the interdisciplinary core of
women and gender studies at UF
In addition to Florence Babb who is featured sepa-
rately in this article and who is the first holder of the Vada
Yeomans Professorship, the Center faculty, are established
national as well as international scholars. Kendal Broad's
work centers on the interpretive and identity work of
heterosexual allies in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) movement. Stephanie Evans focuses
on Black women's intellectual and educational history in
the United States and has just completed a book on the
topic. Tace Hedrick's areas of interest focus primarily on
the work produced during the United States' Chicano/a
and U.S. Latina/o Civil Rights period of the late 1960s and
70s. Her recent book Mestizo Modern: Race, Nation, and
Identity in Cesar Vallejo, Gabriela Mistral, Frida Kahlo,
and Diego Rivera has received national attention. Angel
Kwolek-Folland, the former director of the Center though
now Dean for Centers, Institutes and International Affairs
continues to contribute significantly to the Center. She is
currently researching the international dimensions of
contemporary gender rights categories, particularly sexual
rights. Stacey Langwick examines the ways that gender is


der Research


at stake in the scientizing of healing in Tanzania, par-
ticularly in relation to changes in the therapeutic landscape
and new forms of professionalization. She is completing a
book on the topic. Trysh Travis this year is the winner of
a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
She is spending the Fellowship year working on completing
her book to be titled "The Persistence of Sentiment:
Contemporary American Fiction and the Culture of 12-
Step Recovery."
Milagros Pefia, the current director of the Center who
came to the University of Florida in 1999 in addition to
heading the Center maintains an active research agenda.
She has just completed a book titled "Mexican and Mexi-
can American Women Beyond Borders," which is now
under review. The Center faculty also serves on a number
of national and international organizational and editorial
boards. In Spring 2006, the Center will be hiring an
Assistant Professor in transnational feminisms that will
allow the Center to strengthen its ties with the Center for
Transnational and Global Studies as well as other Centers
on campus.
The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research's
vision is to build on its ties to other programs on campus.
Given the Center's humble beginnings to where it is today,
it is poised to be the premiere program in the State. As the
graduate program continues to grow, the Center also plans
to offer a Ph.D. in Women and Gender Studies joining the
top tier research institutions in the country now offering
the degree.
Milagros Pena is an associate professor of sociology.

By: Florence Babb, Core faculty member of Women's Studies
Before coming to the University of
Florida in January 2005, Florence Babb
held joint appointments in anthropology
and women's studies at the University of
Iowa and Colgate University for a total
of 25 years. Thus, she has been both
cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary
Florence Babb for a long time. At the University of
Florida she holds a full-time endowed
see Interdisciplinarity, pg. 9


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A Monthly Newsletter for the Faculty of the University of Florida


College in Focus: College of Fine Arts


College at a Glance
The following information is provided to increase our mutual
understanding of each other's disciplines at the University of
Florida. It is not intended to suggest a hierarchy among our
colleges, but rather to reflect the intellectual and organizational
diversity each college lends to the University.
Total number of faculty (Fall 2003)
Full-time: 92
Part-Time: 18
Number of faculty in tenure or tenure earning
positions (Fall 2004)
Tenure: 54
Tenure track: 30
Percentage of faculty in tenure or tenure track
positions
86 percent
Number of degrees granted (2003-2004)
Bachelor: 247
Master: 74
Doctorate: 2
Professional: 0
Student credit hours generated annually (2003-2004)
Lower: 26,225
Upper: 15,399
Grad I: 3,450
Grad II: 566
Total student credit hours fundablee units)
*Total SCH majors: 21,045
*Total SCH non majors: 43,329
Enrollment (Fall 2004)
Undergraduate: 853
Graduate: 220
Professional: 0
NonDegree: 58
PostBacc: 16
Student/Teacher ratio
*Lower: 21.8
*Upper: 11.5
*Graduate: 10.1
Funded research expenditures
Sponsored Research: $196,370
UF Research Foundation: $2,466
Returned Overhead: $124,825


ACADE


College development during the last year
Gifts: $204,818
Pledges: $0
Significant National Rankings
Fine Arts Masters Graduate
Overall 74 AAU 21
Music Masters Graduate
Overall 60 AAU 18
Fellows in major societies or equivalent honors
Hall of Fame, Music Educators National
Conference: Charles Hoffer
Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to the
Czech Republic: Boaz Sharon
ASCAP Musical Recording Awards: Paul
Richards, Music and Russell Robinson, Music
College of Fellows of the American Theatre:
Judith Williams, Theatre and David Young, Theatre
Fulbright Fellowship Recipients: Paul Basler,
Music; Robert Mueller, Art; Ralf Remshardt, Theatre;
Maria Rogal, Art; John Scott, Art History
Guggenheim Fellowships: Paul Koonce, Music
and Sergio Vega, Art
National Endowment for the Arts/Humanities
Fellowships: Linda Arbuckle, Art; Barbara Barletta, Art
History; Richard Heipp, Art; Ron Janowich, Art; Arnold
Mesches, Art; Barbara Jo Revelle, Art; David Stanley, Art
History; Glenn Willumson, Art History
Getty Awards: Melissa Hyde, Art History and
Glenn Willumson, Art History


College Narrative
By: Judith Williams, Faculty Senator


The College of Fine Arts proudly cel-
ebrates its 30th anniversary in 2005. Our
three schools-The School of Art and Art
History, the School of Music and the
School of Theatre and Dance are fully
accredited by and highly influential in their
respective professional fields. The visual
Judith Wiliams and performing arts have emerged as a
focal point of UF's state, national and international mis-
sions due to the vital role they play in understanding the
souls of other cultures in our global community. The
College's mission is to produce artists, performers, scholars,

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and teachers who combine qualities of academic and
professional excellence with the ability to function effec-
tively as contributing members of society.
Strongly committed to finding new ways to solve
complex problems as well as to foster cultural understand-
ing, the college receives national accolades for its
collaborative centers. These include three Centers-for
World Arts, for the Arts and Public Policy and for Arts in
Healthcare Research and Education; the Digital Worlds
Institute, in partnership with the College of Engineering;
and our affiliation with the award-winning New World
School of the Arts in Miami. The resources of the Ham
Museum and the University of Florida Performing Arts
enrich the academic programs in the visual and performing
arts. CFA continues to educate some of the most cre-
atively and academically capable students from across the
state, nation and the globe. CFA continues to educate
some of the most creatively and academically capable
students from across the state, nation and the globe. More
than 1,100 students are currently pursuing a wide range of
accredited professional undergraduate and graduate cur-
ricula in the arts. The study and practice of the arts helps
us to understand the values of those whose worldviews are
different than our own. Recently, audiences in the Czech
Republic, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Austria
applauded UF student and faculty performers.
The college faculty number 92 full time, tenure track
and 18 adjunct professors. These dedicated professionals
continue to distinguish themselves as international re-
search scholars and creative artists. The College of Fine
Arts faculty members dedicate themselves to enabling
young artists to utilize their creativity in making this a
better world in which to live.


Judith Williams is a Professor of Theater and Dance
chair. She is a member of the College of Fellows of the
Theater.


and former
American


Laudamus

College of Fine Arts faculty continue to distinguish
themselves as research scholars and creative artists
through their publications in books and in major refereed
journals, their invited exhibitions and performances, and
through the impressive awards and honors they receive.
In recent years, faculty members have been recipients
of Fulbright, Guggenheim, Getty, National Endowment
for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities
Fellowships, as well as the Rome Prize.
They have exhibited at the Venice Biennale, won first
prize in the International Conducting Competition spon-
sored by the Czech National Opera and Radio Prague, and
received the Charles University Jubilee Medal for out-
standing contributions to the Czech Republic and the
Medal for Artistic and Cultural Achievement from the
Russian Ministry of Culture.
In 2006 a faculty member will be inducted into the
Music Educators Hall of Fame.
Faculty members have also been elected by their peers
to serve as presidents of such professional organizations
as the Arts Council of the African Studies Association,
International Trumped Guild, Historians of Eighteenth-
Century Art and Architecture, North American Saxophone
Alliance, Israeli Liszt Society, Black Theatre Network, the
International Society for Music Education and the College
Fellows of the American Theatre.

Barbara Barletta is the author of two
books, Ionic Influence in Archaic Sicily:
The Monumental Art (G6teborg, Sweden,
1983) and The Origins of the Greek
Architectural Orders (Cambridge 2001),
as well as articles and book chapters.
The latter include "The Architecture
and Architects of the Classical Parthenon," in J. Neils, ed.,
The Parthenon, from Antiquity to the Present, which just
appeared this fall, and "The Archaic and Classical Sculp-
ture of Magna Graecia," in O. Palagia, ed., The Materials
and Techniques of Greek Sculpture, scheduled for publi-
cation in 2006.
Dr. Barletta has received a number of grants and
fellowships, including the Rome Prize in Classical Studies
at the American Academy in Rome and more recently a
National Endowment for the Humanities Senior


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Research Fellowship at the American School of
Classical Studies at Athens. She was recognized as a
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in
2002.

James Paul Sain's compositional
oeuvre spans all major acoustic en-
sembles, instrumental and vocal soloists,
and embraces electroacoustic music. He is
the founder of the internationally ac-
claimed Florida Electroacoustic Music
# Festival. His music is regularly featured on
major national and international festivals
and conferences. His compositions are available on CD on
the Capstone, Electronic Music Foundation and NACUSA
labels.
Boaz Sharon, Professor of Music ,
School of Music, was Artistic Director for
the Prague International Piano
Masterclasses during July 2005. He was
on the Jury of the Firkusny International
Piano Competition, Prague, and on artist/
faculty jury of the International Certificate
Program in Paris, at the Ecole Normale.
In 2006, Sharon will be teaching at piano festival the
Composers House of Creativity near Moscow in Russia.
Sharon was recipient of the Distinguished International
Educator award 2005 at UE

Joan D. Frosch is Professor of Dance
and Assistant Director of the School of
Theatre and Dance. Frosch is co-director
and co-founder of UF's Center for World
Arts, a living laboratory of arts and
culture. Her research has attracted
numerous honors, such as UF's inaugural
Gwendolen M. Carter Fellowship in
African Studies and the National Endowment for the Arts
Dance-Creativity Award.
Jill Sonke-Henderson is Co-Director
of the Center for the Arts in Healthcare at
UE An Artist in Residence for twelve
years with Shands Arts in Medicine, Jill is
a recognized leader and educator in the
field. She is the recipient of numerous
awards including a New Forms Florida
Award, a NISOD Excellence in Teaching
Award and many state and national grants.


Ralf Remshardt teaches theatre
history, modern and contemporary drama,
and dramaturgy. He is an internationally
recognized scholar whose 2004 book,
Staging the Savage God, garnered excellent
reviews and was selected by Choice as
"highly recommended." The recipient of a
Fulbright grant, he has recently published
widely on theatre and early cinema and has received a
Princeton University Library Fellowship for his work.


A native of Miami, Florida, Anthony
Offerle has sung over 30 leading roles in
opera houses throughout the world. The
New York Amsterdam News said of his
2005 recital debut in Manhattan, "Offerle
brought to his selections an exceptionally
beautiful baritone, fine technical com-
mand and considerable interpretive skill.
He proved to be a compelling singing-actor." Offerle is a
two-time Metropolitan Opera auditions regional finalist
and one of only ten Americans selected to compete in the
quadrennial Marian Anderson International Vocal Compe-
tition. Dr. Offerle is an Associate Professor at the
University of Florida School of Music where he is
director of opera.


Dr. Russell L. Robinson is Interim
Associate Dean of the College of Fine
Arts, Professor of Music and Head of
Music Education at the University of
Florida. Highly in demand, Dr. Robinson
has made over 300 appearances as a
conductor and clinician at festivals,
workshops, state, regional, national and
international conventions, most recently in Europe, the
Far East, Africa and Australia He is a past President of
the Florida Music Educators Association, past National
Collegiate Chair for MENC and is the current MENC
Choral Adviser. Dr. Robinson is a published author,
composer and arranger with over 250 published choral
arrangements and compositions.


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College in Focus:

Design Construction and Planning


College at a Glance
The following information is provided to increase our mutual
understanding of each other's disciplines at the University of
Florida. It is not intended to suggest a hierarchy among our
colleges, but rather to reflect the intellectual and organizational
diversity each college lends to the University.
Total number of faculty (Fall 2003)
Full-time: 85
Part-Time: 4
Number of faculty in tenure or tenure earning
positions (Fall 2004)
Tenure: 45
Tenure track: 19
Number of degrees granted (2003-2004)
Bachelor: 260
Master: 105
Doctorate: 3
Student credit hours generated annually (2003-2004)
Lower: 13,085
Upper: 18,076
Grad I: 6,434
Grad II: 665
Total student credit hours fundablee units)
*Total SCH majors: 31,247
*Total SCH non majors: 7,013
Enrollment (Fall 2004)
Undergraduate: 1,350
Graduate: 353
Professional: 0
NonDegree: 22
PostBacc: 4
Student/Teacher ratio
*Lower: 34.7
*Upper: 23.5
*Graduate: 18.6
Funded research expenditures
Sponsored Research: $ 2,699,101
UF Research Foundation: $ 16,914
Returned Overhead: $ 52,900
College development during the last year
Gifts: $ 1,197,414
Pledges: $ 1,747,000


Significant National Rankings
Architecture Masters Graduate
Overall 26; AAU 11
Architecture: Ranked 4th in the Southern Region
by Design Intelligence
Interior Design: Ranked 8th Nationally by Design
Intelligence
Landscape Architecture: Ranked 4th in the
Southern Region by Design Intelligence
The M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction
is the Oldest Established School of Construction in North
America
Fellows in major societies or equivalent honors
Architecture: Roy Graham, Karl Thorne and Alfred
Browning Parker are Fellows of the American Institute of
American Architects
Landscape Architecture: R. Terry Schnadelbach,
FAAR, Fellow of the American Academy of Rome.
Sara Kay Williams, FASLA, Fellow of the American
Society of Landscape Architects
Urban & Regional Planning: Earnest Bartley, Earl
Starnes and Jay M. Stein are Fellows of the American
Institute of Certified Planners


College Narrative
By: Paul Zwick, Associate Dean and Chair, Department of Urban
and Regional Planning

The UF, College of Design, Construc-
tion and Planning was established in
1925. With more than 1,500 students it
has become one of the largest design
colleges in the country.
DCP's six academic units include the
School of Architecture, the M.E. Rinker,
Paul Zick Sr. School of Building Construction, the
Departments of Interior Design, Land-
scape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning and a
doctoral program.
In addition to both undergraduate and graduate degree
programs, DCP offers distance education programs,
combined degrees, joint degrees, certificate programs and
academic minors. College research and service projects
engage multidisciplinary, cross-campus faculty and student
effort. Each division is involved in ongoing projects to
advance both scholarly study and professional practice.


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DCP contributes to local, national and international
efforts to conserve and improve the quality of the natural
and built environments.
All disciplines in the college receive accreditation
review from professional organizations. Architecture is
accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting
Board, building construction by the American Council for
Construction Education, interior design by the Foundation
for Interior Design Education Research, landscape archi-
tecture by the American Society of Landscape Architects,
and urban and regional planning by the Planning Accredi-
tation Board for the American Planning Association and
the American Collegiate Schools of Planning.
The college continues to expand its international out-
reach with new design programs in Hong Kong and Paris
to complement its current programs in Italy, Mexico and
Latin America. The college has created the Interdiscipli-
nary Concentration and Certificate in Historic
Preservation to integrate existing historic preservation
resources across the college and university. The School of
Architecture has begun a certificate program in sustainable
architecture, and a college committee is researching an
interdisciplinary college certificate program in sustainable
design.
The college's nine research centers effectively reach
across disciplinary lines in a way that addresses the com-
plex and changing disciplinary definitions in today's world.
DCP takes a leadership role as a proponent of multi-
faceted environmental design education and research, and
it defines environmental and architectural education to
develop appropriate visions for the future of the built
environment in Florida, the nation and in the world.

Paul Zwick is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Laudamus
The college continues to expand its international
outreach with new design programs in Hong Kong and
Paris to complement its current programs in Italy, Mexico
and Latin America. The college has created the Interdisci-
plinary Concentration and Certificate in Historic
Preservation to integrate existing historic preservation
resources across the college and university. The School of
Architecture has begun a certificate program in sustainable
architecture, and a college committee is researching an
interdisciplinary college certificate program in sustainable
design.


The college's nine research centers effectively reach
across disciplinary lines in a way that addresses the com-
plex and changing disciplinary definitions in today's world.
DCP takes a leadership role as a proponent of multi-
faceted environmental design education and research, and
it defines environmental and architectural education to
develop appropriate visions for the future of the built
environment in Florida, the nation and in the world.

Professor Abdol Chini, Ph.D., is the
director of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of
Building Construction and the author of
more than 80 publications including a
recent state-of-the-art report on
deconstruction and materials reuse. It
investigates the systematic disassembly of
buildings in order to maximize recovered
materials reuse and recycling. This report covers
deconstruction and materials reuse programs and issues in
10 countries.


Associate professor Robert E Cox,
Ph.D., is the associate director of the
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction and one of five inaugural
members of the university's Academy of
Distinguished Teaching. Cox was selected
to the academy for sustained innovation
and commitment to excellent teaching. He
is presently working with the State of Florida to analyze
building code violations to reduce occurrences and im-
prove contractor continuing education.

Beinecke-Reeves distinguished professor
Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, Fellow US-
ICOMOS, is the director of college historic
preservation programs and the U.S. repre-
sentative to the International Scientific
Committee on Training of the International
Council of Monuments and Sites. Graham
was recently re-appointed by the Secretary
of the Interior to the National Center for Preservation
Technology and Training to promote preservation technol-
ogy and research. He is the immediate past chairman of
this national board and has been named chairman emeri-
tus.


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Interior design assistant professor
Debra Harris, Ph.D., is
a healthcare planner and researcher
specializing in healthcare design and
environmental health. Her recent research
has focused on neonatal intensive care
units and the impact of single-family-room
design. She is presenting to the American Institute of
Architects Academy of Architecture for Health on "Ap-
plied Research in Healthcare Planning and Architecture"
in November.


Architecture professor Robert
McCarter recently published a compre-
hensive monograph on Louis I. Kahn and
is currently writing manuscripts on Alvar
Aalto and Frank Lloyd Wright. Addition-
ally, he just released a collection of essays
on Wright in a book titled "On and By
Frank Lloyd Wright: A Primer of Archi-
tectural Principles." Last April, McCarter appeared in a
three-part PBS documentary as an academic expert on
Wright and his architectural designs.

Nancy Sanders is an assistant profes-
sor in the School of Architecture and
recently was awarded first prize in a two-
stage international design competition
along with her design firm partners for an
urban master plan in Sanshui, Foshan,
China. Sanders is the director of the
college's Hong Kong and China program
and regularly teaches UF students at the college's China
location.


Ruth Steiner, Ph.D., is an associate
professor in the Department of Urban
and Regional Planning and the recipient
of a 2005-2008 University of Florida
Research Foundation Professorship award
for her continued efforts to make road-
ways and neighborhoods safer for
pedestrians and bicyclists. Steiner and department col-
leagues developed a crash mapping program which plots
the location of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in coun-
ties throughout Florida in an effort to improve safety.


Interior design professor Susan Tate
recently published a brochure of the
university's historic campus and is princi-
pal investigator for a Getty grant to
complete a campus preservation plan. An
interdisciplinary preservation and sustain-
S ability studio project directed by professor
Tate and an architecture faculty member
secured a national award from NCARB. Professor Tate is a
registered architect and expert on preservation and adap-
tive use.

Landscape architecture graduate coordi-
nator and associate professor Kay
Williams, FASLA, gave a presentation to
the Council of Educators in Landscape
Architecture last month on the Landscape
Architecture Body of Knowledge report
(LABOK). Last year, Williams organized
and published the first major study of the
field's body of knowledge since 1972. Study participants
were from the United States and Canada, but LABOK has
been used in Australia and other countries as well for
curriculum review and licensure issues.

Paul Zwick, Ph.D., is the college's
associate dean for research and graduate
programs, chair of the Department of
Urban and Regional Planning and director
of the college's Ph.D. program. He was
recently promoted to professor and
received the 2004-2007 University of
Florida Research Foundation Professor-
ship award for his development of the Florida Geographic
Data Library.


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Faculty Challenge, from pg. 1
In addition to the print materials that have been devel-
oped and distributed regarding the Faculty Challenge, we
have established a Web site to provide information and
updates on major gift announcements. See for yourself at
www.uff.ufl.edu/facultychallenge.
All faculty members are encouraged to assist in this
grand endeavor wherever possible by offering to assist the
development staff representing their college or unit in the
cultivation and stewardship of major gifts.


Paul Robell is the Vice President for Development and Alumni
Affairs.


Adams, frompg. 1
enhance our branding efforts, accomplishments to back
up our legislative and Congressional requests and other
contributions too numerous to list.
We still face many challenges in our ongoing efforts to
promote UF's goals. Your partnership makes the differ-
ence in our success, and we look forward to working with
you in the New Year.

Jane Adams is the Vice President for Development and Alumni
Affairs.


Interdisciplinariy,from pg. 2
professorship in Women's Studies, one of two new
positions in the CWSGR. The Center is now conducting a
search for another line and anticipates that full-time
appointments will make up a third of the nine faculty next
fall.
How does Babb feel about her new base in an interdis-
ciplinary center for teaching and research? She is pleased
to have affiliations with the Department of Anthropology
and with the Center for Latin American Studies. Both
units are known for their excellence and these affiliations
allow her to widen her circle, work with more students,
and make a broader contribution at UF But she is de-
lighted to focus her greatest energy on the development of
feminist scholarship, an area that was only emerging when
she was an undergraduate and has since become one of
the most vibrant at the national level at many universities
including UF
Many faculty are discovering that in a vastly changing
world their research requires tapping into bodies of


knowledge that until recently have appeared to be
discrete. Babb's earlier work on Peruvian market women
in a troubled national economy required that she read
widely in history and political economy as well as in
anthropology and gender studies.
Her later work on gender relations in post-Sandinista
Nicaragua similarly required broad reading in the areas of
Central American history, social movements, and
neoliberalism. And now, as she turns to a comparative
study of the cultural politics of tourism in post-conflict
and post-revolutionary nations, well, you get the idea.
As Professor Babb concludes the teaching of her first
course at UF, a graduate seminar entitled Sex, Love, and
Globalization, she is gratified to have captured the interest
of students in a half dozen programs, including of course
Women's Studies.
She looks forward to more opportunities to move
beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries as the CWSGR
and other centers for interdisciplinary study gain growing
interest and support at the University of Florida.

Florence Babb is a Vada Allen Yeomans Professor of Women's
Studies. She is an affiliate faculty member in the departments of
Anthropology and the Center for Latin American Studies.


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Faculty Senate News:
Reports:

Chair's Report
Professor Tanzer attended the November Advisory
Council of Faculty Senates meeting and met the new
Chancellor of the Board of Governors, Mark Rosenberg.
Some students are organizing a boycott of the Alliga-
tor. If anyone would like more information on the boycott
please contact Professor Tanzer.
The Infrastructure Council is working on the
Starbucks issue with the libraries committee. They are also
looking into the booklist issue.
Professor Tanzer displayed information pertaining to
Friday classes, exams by day of the week, grade distribu-
tion and productivity. These factors contribute to the level
of academic rigor at UF More research is being conducted
on the issue.
Professor Tanzer is researching the relationship be-
tween the Faculty Senate and the United Faculty of
Florida Union.

Provost's Report
Dr. Fouke updated the senate on several ongoing
searches. One search is for a new admissions director. The
University hired an outside company to assist with the
search. Provost Faculty Fellows are also being imple-
mented to work on faculty development issues. The
Diversity conversations were successful and provided tool
kits for junior faculty.
Dr. Fouke also talked about external program reviews
of departments. The Provost's office has launched a plan
for six or seven departments in the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences to follow. These evaluations will create a
template for program assessment.
The Provost's Ad Hoc library committee and the
cultural plaza committee have not been appointed yet.
However, there is an advisory group working with Paul
Robell on endowed chairs. The Provost's office is devel-
oping a template for evaluations of Deans, Vice
Presidents, Directors, Senior Vice Presidents. Senators are
welcome to provide ideas. The plan is to make appoint-
ments for 5 years. The administrator will have internal and


11.17.05 Meeting Outcomes
external reviews at the end of the 4th year. If a determi-
nation has been made that the appointment will not be
renewed, the University will have a full year to conduct a
search. This may help eliminate the dependence of interim
deans and fewer and shorter gaps will be between adminis-
trative positions.
The Provost's office is undergoing reorganization by
evaluating what should be included in the Provost's office.
The office is also looking at what should be done differ-
ently and what to begin doing. Dr. Fouke appreciates
faculty suggestions on what should be included in the
Provost's office.
There are three Vice Presidents working on People
Soft. There is a report due to the B.O.T. at the December
meeting. There is currently decreased time between when a
personnel action is added to the system and when it is
available.
The entire university is using the same tools for
accounts receivable. There is a December deadline for
having a new manual for business practices.

Action Items:

Barry Ache, Chair Honorary Degrees Committee pre-
sented a candidate for an honorary degree.
The candidate was approved.

New Degrees
Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate Programs
presented the following items for approval.
Move International Business concentration to a major
under the Master of Arts degree
College ofBusiness
The motion was approved
PhD Deoree with A mAinr in Genetics


Interdisciplinary department of Molecular Genetics and Microbi-
ology
The motion was approved


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Faculty Senate News:
Senate Agenda
December 15, 2005 3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium

Agenda:
Approval of November 17, 2005 minutes......................................... ......................Kim Tanzer, Chair
Reports:
C h air's R ep ort....................................................... ......................... ......................K im T anzer, C hair
President's Report............................................. Bernie Machen, President
Information Items:
SCurriculum Changes......................................Sheila Dickison, Chair University Curriculum Committee
Academic Calendars 2007-2008 through 2010-2011
BA option to existing BS degree in Astronomy College ofliberalArts and Scences


Constitution Committee items......................................Chris Snodgrass, Chair Constitution Committee
FAAC elimination
Faculty Senate Chair Elect Voting Procedures
Steering Committee Membership Language
Policy Council Membership Language


Action Items:
None


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


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