Senate Steering Committee
December 8, 2005
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Open Floor Discussion
Attendees: Mike Katovich
Danaya Wright Joan Frosch
Bernie Machen Pradeep Kumar
Frank Bova Absent:
Rick Yost Kim Tanzer
Rick Ragan Pierre Ramond
Janie Fouke Guests:
Barbara Wingo Steve Pritz
Danaya Wright called the meeting to order at 3:05 P.M.
The minutes from the November meeting were approved.
No chair's report
Dr. Machen reported that the University is trying to provide health insurance for graduate
students on appointments. The Board of Governors will meet in Gainesville in January and
will vote on the proposed Medical Schools in March.
Dr. Fouke thanked the steering committee for the Senate's help in filling committees. The
Provost's office is currently reorganizing to become more efficient.
There are currently no collective bargaining updates.
Dr. Fouke reviewed the five-year review plan for administrative evaluations.
Danaya Wright reported that the shared governance task force will report to the President
and the Provost in late January and to the senate in February.
Frank Bova discussed the merit pay plan draft letter. The Budget Council drafted a letter
requesting that the three vice presidents obtain merit pay plans from each college by March
lst and validate that the faculty was engaged in the creation of the plans. The request
stemmed from Compensation Committee research noting that most faculty members do not
know what their college merit pay plans are. Dr. Fouke will notify deans that merit pay plans
are due in March.
President's Open Floor Discussion:
Steering committee members discussed various issues of interest.
Gainesville Regional Airport Rick Crider, Chief Executive Offer
Rick Crider presented a report to the Steering Committee about improving air service and
increasing rider-ship to help the University reach its goal of being a top 10 institution by
having access to an accessible regional airport with convenient flights.
Mr. Crider would like to get feed back from faculty members on how improve service. One
suggestion was to provide an airport shuttle from campus and create a UF information desk
at the airport. The steering committee decided to table this item until the January agenda to
have more faculty members present for the presentation.
Curriculum Changes Sheila Dickison, Chair University Curriculum Committee
Academic Calendars 2007-2008 through 2010-2011
BA Option to existing BS degree in Astronomy
Steve Pritz presented the calendar information and Dr. Dickison presented the Astronomy
Degree information. Both items are on the Senate Agenda as an Information item in
Constitution Committee items Danaya Wright, Constitution Committee
Faculty Senate Chair Elect Voting Procedures
Steering Committee Membership Language
Policy Council Membership Language
Danaya Wright presented the constitution committee items. The constitution committee will
present the following items for approval in January. The included language is for eliminating
the Faculty Academic Advisory Council, updating the Chair-Elect election procedures,
making the President and Provost Ex-officio members on the Steering Committee, and
having the President or President's designee appoint a member on each policy council.
Graduate Student Insurance Joan Frosch, Chair Academic Policy Council
Joan Frosch updated the committee on Dr. Garhardt's work towards providing graduate
Joan Frosch, Chair Academic Policy Council
Dr. Frosch also updated the committee on revisiting the minus grades report that was
previously presented to the University Curriculum Committee. The Council will also work
with the Dean of Students office regarding Academic Dishonesty and faculty input to the
recently revised honor code.
Budgeting Council Frank Bova, Chair
The Budget council would like to request that the Research Policy Council be expanded to
Faculty Welfare Council Mike Katovich, Chair
The council will distribute a survey to review tenure processes across campus. Also, Dr.
Katovich will ask Professor Tanzer to report at the senate meeting that questions regarding
complaints can be directed to Mike Katovich. The Faculty and Staff benefits committee will
create a priority list of benefits for faculty and staff. Some issues the council will bring to the
steering committee are: orientation courses for new chairs and refresher courses for old, a
Web site with benefits information and information on where to go with problems.
Research Council Rick Yost, Chair
There are no faculty members on the research policy council. He also briefly updated the
committee on the 1UF plan to have one system for distribution of IDC across campus.
Academic Policy Curriculum and Structure Council Joan Frosch, Chair
No further updates
Academic Infrastructure Council Scott Nygren, Chair
The Transportation and Parking committee reported to the council. The council is deciding
if it should work on Transportation and Parking issues or create a resolution regarding such
issues. They are also looking into creating a resolution on the possibility of having Starbucks
profits be allocated back to the library. Brian Weber will chair the council for the Spring
Approval of Agenda for Senate Meeting Danaya Wright, Chair elect
The November 15, 2005 Senate Agenda was approved.
The committee tabled the electronic voting issue until January after Sandra Chance and
Barbara Wingo have researched the legality of the issue.
The meeting adjourned at: 5:30 P.M.