November 17, 2005
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
Approval of October 20, 2005 minutes Kim Tanzer, Chair
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 P.M.
The minutes of the October 20, 2005 meeting were approved
Chair's Report Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer attended the November Advisory Council of Faculty Senates
meeting and met the new Chancellor of the BOG, Mark Rosenberg. Some students are
organizing a boycott of the Alligator. 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 distribution and
productivity. These factors contribute to the level of academic rigor at UF. More research is
being conducted on the issue.
The next B.O.T. meeting is December 1 and 2 in Gainesville. Professor Tanzer will
distribute the Education Policy Meeting Agenda when it is available. All senators are
encouraged to attend B.O.T. meetings.
Professor Tanzer is researching the relationship between the Faculty Senate and the
United Faculty of Florida Union.
Provost's Report Janie Fouke, Provost
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 implemented to work on faculty development issues.
The Diversity Conversations were successful and provided tool kits for junior
Dr. Fouke also discussed 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
The Provost's office is developing a template for evaluations of Deans, Vice
Presidents, Directors and Senior Vice Presidents. Senators are welcome to provide ideas.
The plan is to make appointments for 5 years. The administrator will have internal and
external reviews at the end of the 4th year. If a determination is 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
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 differently
and what the office should 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 ready. The entire university is using
the same tools for accounts receivable. There is a December deadline for having a new
manual for business practices.
Faculty Challenge Paul Robell, VP Development and Alumni Affairs
Paul Robell explained the Faculty Challenge to the Senate. The challenge is to raise $150
million over 7 years to add to the University Endowments at the graduate level.
Constitution Changes Follow Up Chris Snodgrass, Chair Constitution Committee
Chris Snodgrass reported on several constitution changes.
The first is the additional of language making the Sustainability Committee a permanent
The second is regarding the Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and
Bylaw 7: The number of members on the hearing panel is reduced from five to
three. "In taking action the President may not rely on "ex parte" communications and
may not reject or modify findings of fact if they are supported by competent substantial
evidence in the record. If the report or recommendations are modified or rejected,
affected parties shall be furnished specific reasons therefore-, and the President shall meet
with the Hearing Panel to discuss the decision."
Addition of language to Article III, Section 6: "Termination or suspension
without pay shall take effect on the date set forth in the notice of termination or suspension,
except that if the faculty member timely files a grievance concerning the termination or
suspension, the faculty member shall not be deprived of pay and benefits until the grievance
process ends with an outcome that allows the discipline."
The third regards the Policy Councils. The changes include refining the definitions of the
policy council rolls.
Finally, the Constitution Committee will prepare language to repeal the Faculty Academic
Barry Ache, Chair Honorary Degrees Committee
Dr. Ache presented Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt as a candidate for an Honorary Degree in
Engineering. The motion approve the nomination was passed.
Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate Programs
Dr. Gerhardt presented the following items for approval.
Move International Business concentration to a major under
the Master of Arts degree C.- of Business
The motion was approved
PhD Degree with a major in Genetics
Interdiscplinary department of Molecular Genetics and '..
The motion was approved
Onen Discussion from Floor of Senate:
Senators engaged in an open floor discussion of various issues of interest.
The meeting adjourned at 4:38 P.M.
Mary Ann Burg
Ex Officio Attendees:
Yumiko Hulvey, CLAS
Jackie Ayers SHCC