Approval of Minutes
12:05-12:20: How can the Faculty Senate help improve the University of Florida?
12:25-12:40: How can the Faculty Senate work more effectively?
12:40-12:50: How can the Policy Councils best do their work?
12:50-1:00: Are there other questions we need to address on behalf of the Faculty Senate?
Discussion leading to immediate action:
1:00-1:20: Discussion of 2005-2006 Chair's Draft Agenda
1:20-1:40: Discussion of proposed day-long Faculty Senate Workshop, August 25, 2005
Pierre Ramond, Chair
Kim Tanzer, Chair-Elect
Tony Brennan, Past Chair
Barbara Wingo, Parliamentarian
o Frank Bova, Council on Academic Planning,
Budgeting & Resource Allocation
O Scott Nygren, Council on Academic
Infrastructure & Support
* Saeed Khan, Council on Research & Scholarship
O Jack Mecholsky, Council on Academic Policy, Curriculum
O Mike Katovich, Council on Academic Policy, Curriculum &
Rick Ragan, Secretary
Minutes for the March 31, 2005 minutes were unanimously approved. These minutes will be made available
on the Faculty Senate website.
Dr. Ramond provided an overview of the issues that were addressed throughout his tenure.
General Discussion Kim Tanzer
Members contributed ways that they felt the Faculty Senate could be improved and help advance UF. The
topic of future senate meetings and attendance was addressed. The concern that not many came to the
meeting held to elect the Chair of the Faculty Senate was a concern. Discussion of different means of having
individuals present including virtual meetings with 2-way communication, access grids, remote access, etc.
was addressed. This will be something that the Committee will look into. It is also important to speak with
Administration and the Deans of the Colleges to get them to encourage service on the Faculty Senate and
Dr. Dickison was in attendance to discuss ways that the Senate can help to enhance the University. It was
noted that the Councils will have a significant role in identifying issues and proposing resolutions to the
Committee and Administration. The procedure should follow what took place during the Council on
Infrastructure & Supports identification, research and proposal of University Libraries.
Members discussed the importance of continued improvement in faculty recruitment and retention. Important
to emphasize the goals of the Faculty. Address the quality of life issues that were introduced by the past Ad
Hoc Committee, including Benefits, Spousal Hiring, New Hires, etc.
Committee members expressed concern about the new Strategic Plan that will be introduced in June 2005.
Deans were involved in preparing this but the Faculty Senate and Policy Councils were not. A resolution from
the Steering Committee to the President should be drafted. Anthony Brennan will draft a letter and send to
Discussion leading to Action Items Kim Tanzer
Kim Tanzer inquired with Committee their input on holding a full day orientation for new Faculty Senators.
This would involve the opportunity to attend hour long seminars hosted by each of the Councils, some
Administration, etc. as well as attending the first Senate meeting immediately following from 3-5pm. The
issue of when to have this held was discussed. The previously scheduled date of August 25, 205 will remain.
Planning for Next Year's Senate Kim Tanzer
Presentation: Kim Tanzer handed out continuing initiatives which she will focus on during her term as
o Develop the Policy Councils.
O Graduate education
* Effective and appropriate involvement of students
O Refinement current Senate Practices
o Interdisciplinary focus on arts and the humanities
* Shared governance at the college level
* Infusing Sustainability throughout the University
o Laptops for each Senator at Senate meetings to reduce use of paper.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:35pm.