Faculty Senate Meeting
January 15, 2009
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
Approval of the December 18 Senate minutes Frank Bova, Chair
The minutes of the December 18 Senate meeting were approved.
Chair's report Frank Bova, Chair
Frank Bova discussed the upcoming Faculty Senate elections and updated the Senate on council issues. Bova also
reported that a sustainability workshop will be held in February to develop UF's academic program in sustainability,
as part of President Machen's Strategic Initiative.
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
With the Legislature wrapping up its special session this week, I want to bring you up to date on our current budget
situation and outline how we plan to proceed in developing the budget for the next year.
As part of its mid-year budget plan to close a $2.3 billion shortfall, the Legislature made permanent the 4 percent
hold-back from last July. We have already set aside these funds, so no more cuts for the current fiscal year will be
required. In taking this action, the Legislature agreed to our request not to be cut beyond the 4 percent due to the
difficulties of reducing budgets in the middle of an academic year.
Next year, however, is problematic. Over the last two years, the state's budget has been reduced $7 billion and
estimates are that next year's budget will be at least $3.4 billion less than this year. That is a huge deficit going
forward and all sectors of the state will be affected. The anticipated size of the overall reduction is much discussed;
we are preparing for an amount in the $72 million to $75 million range.
Therefore, I am asking all units (academic and administrative) to prepare budget reduction proposals in the amount
of 10 percent of their current budget. This process will involve faculty, staff and students but is led by the
administrators who are responsible for fiscal matters. Provost Joe Glover and others are also developing a set of
possible reductions that cut across units.
We expect to have a list of possible reductions by mid-to-late March and have open discussion for 30 to 45
days so everyone has the opportunity for input. The legislative session ends on May 1, after which we will know the
exact amount of our reduction. At that time, final recommendations will be made to the Board of Trustees.
We will keep you informed with periodic updates over the next four months as we move through the budget-
cutting process. The information will be posted on a new Web site dedicated to the budget that will be up and
running in coming weeks. A link to the Web site will be available on UF's home page.
Thank you for your support during this difficult time. We are a strong institution and will weather the difficult
economic times ahead.
Provost's Report Joe Glover, Provost
Joe Glover reported that the search for the Dean of the College of Engineering has started. Also, the internal search
for the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs has started. Glover reported that the deadline for the next
round of FEO awards is February 26.
Data mining tools available through the Office of Institutional Planning and Research
Marie Zeglen, Assistant Provost and Director of Institutional Planning and Research
Marie Zeglen presented data mining tools that are available through the Office of Institutional Planning and
University Curriculum Committee Proposed Name Changes Sheila Dickison, UCC Member
1. The department of Romance Languages and Literatures underwent the following changes: Faculty in
Spanish and Portuguese became the nucleus of a new department, which is now proposing the name,
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Faculty in French, Italian and Haitian Creole became
part of a second department, which is now proposing the name, Department of Languages, Literatures
2. Faculty in the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures and the Department of
Germanic and Slavic Studies also became part of the new department which is now proposing the name,
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
3. The Department of Sociology and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society were merged into one
unit. The proposed name for the new department is the Department of Sociology and Criminology &
Sheila Dickison presented proposed name changes from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These changes
will be presented as action items in February.
Name change from the department of Pharmacy Practice to Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
Larry Lopez, Associate Chair of Pharmacy Practice
Larry Lopez presented a department name change from the College of Pharmacy. This proposal will be presented as
an action item in February.
Bylaws Changes (changes to 4, 7, 13, and 18) Cathy Martyniak, Constitution Committee Chair
Cathy Martyniak presented bylaw changes. These changes will be presented as an action item in February.
Academic Policy Council recommendations concerning department and college change procedures
Danaya Wright, APC chair
Danaya Wright presented recommendations concerning department and college change procedures. These
recommendations will be presented as an action item in February.
Infrastructure Council Information Technology Governance Process Proposal
Jane Brockmann, Infrastructure Council Chair
Jane Brockmann presented recommendations concerning IT governance processes. These recommendations will be
presented as an action item in February.
Changes to Tenure and Promotion Units at Smathers Libraries Judith Russell, Dean University Libraries
The proposal was approved.
Open Discussion from Senate Floor
Ellis Greiner commended President Machen for giving his bonus to the Florida Opportunity Scholars scholarship
Mary Ann Ferguson
Kelly Gary Eurom
Marco La Mannno