January 19, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
Approval of December 15, 2005 minutes Kim Tanzer, Chair
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate
The meeting was called to order at 3:01P.M.
The minutes of the December 15, 2005 meeting were approved
Chair's Report Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer explained the voting cards that were distributed at the sign in table to
assure that only Senators vote. She also updated the Senate on Senate membership, saying
that she had accepted the resignations of eight members who were unable to participate. She
reported that most colleges have selected replacements. The Advisory Council of Faculty
Senates met recently and discussed various issues of concern to Faculty Senates across the
state of Florida. The Board of Governors is meeting in Gainesville on Jan 25 and 26. The
Senate is now utilizing videoconferencing technology. The IFAS senators in offsite locations
can now actively participate during the senate meetings. Professor Tanzer also reviewed the
opinion from the General Counsel's office regarding electronic voting. Electronic voting is
not allowed unless the participant is present in the meeting either physically or electronically.
Professor Tanzer also announced that committee nominations will open on Friday, January
20, 2006. The chair elect cycle will also begin. Please direct questions to Kim Tanzer or
Pierre Ramond. The Senate/Union relations FAQ will be posted on the Senate website.
Professor Tanzer also announced a planning meeting for the faculty/student summit to
facilitate faculty/student involvement in making the University of Florida a top institution.
Professor Tanzer also updated the Senate on committee and council progress.
Provost's Report Janie Fouke, Provost
Dr. Fouke updated the Senate on upcoming Dean searches for the colleges of Veterinary
Medicine and Journalism. The Board of Governors will meet in Gainesville later this month.
The computing infrastructure system will be reorganized to compensate for a loss of revenue
that previously supported the computing infrastructure. Discussions regarding the
computing infrastructure are beginning and Dr. Fouke will be discussing the matter with the
Budget Council. Dr. Fouke displayed and reviewed a draft organizational structure for the
Provost office reorganization plan. The Provost's office is also developing an emergency
preparedness plan for the University.
Human Resources Update Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President for Human Resources
Mr. Cavanaugh updated the Senate on several Human Resources initiatives including:
* Implementation of domestic partner health benefits
* PeopleSoft Centralization Project
* RFP process for Graduate Health Insurance
* Implementation of FICA Alternative Program
* Initial results of the centralized contract with the Chronicle of Higher Education
* Revamped Sexual Harassment Training for faculty and staff
* Exploration of a dispute resolution officer. Mike Katovich will work with the Academic
Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards committee to draft a proposal in
support of the DRO position for senate approval.
* Updated staff performance evaluation module
1 UF and Indirect Costs for Research Rick Yost, Senate Research Council Chair
Dr. Yost updated the Senate on the 1 UF plan and indirect costs for research. The 1UF-
Research plan will make research policy and administration uniform across campus by July
Curriculum Changes Sheila Dickison, Chair University Curriculum Committee
Academic Calendars 2007-2008 through 2010-2011
Dr. Dickison presented the 2007-2008 through 2010-2011 academic
Joe Little moved to amend the calendar and hold spring break on the week in which the first
Monday in March falls. The motion to amend the calendar did not pass.
The calendar was approved as originally presented.
BA option to existing BS Degree in Astronomy
C. of liberalArts and Scences
The motion was approved.
Chris Snodgrass, Chair Constitution Committee
FAAC the motion was approved
Faculty Senate Chair Elect Voting Procedures- the motion was approved
Policy Council Membership Language
Article V Section 7 Part C -the motion was approved
Article V Section 3 the motion was approved
Joe Little moved to approve the language of "Option B: Selected".
The motion was approved.
Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards Committee
Article III Section 6- the motion was approved
Bylaw 7 the motion was approved
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate:
Senators engaged in an open floor discussion of various issues of interest.
The meeting adjourned at 4:16 P.M.
Mary Lou Behnke
Senator Attendees (continued)
Senator attendees continued
Mary Ann Burg
Ex Officio Attendees:
Steven Willis Yumiko Hulvey, CLAS
Absent Senators continued Guests continued
Allan Wysocki Tom Walsh, DSR
Anthony Yachnis E. Jane Luzar, AA