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UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee
1 4 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 2000
102 Poultry-Dairy Science Conference Room
Dee Wilkins, presiding
Members present: Dee Wilkins, Chair, Clayton Hutchinson, Pat Hogue, Grover Smart, Don
Maynard, Ron Barnett, Doroto Haman, Bill Hill, Sue Percival
Members excused: Katy Sieving, Mary Collins
Members absent: John Rechcigl, Peter Hansen
The minutes of the August 22 meeting were approved.
A decision was made to hold all subsequent meetings at 1:15 p.m. rather than 1:00
The dates of the next several meetings are as follows:
A discussion ensued on how to get all faculty informed about the advisory committee and how to
invite their input into the process. Not all departments or centers are represented on the
committee. Several suggestions regarding the website were put forth, such as posting the
minutes and the agenda, notifying faculty of their availability by email and inviting their input or
suggestions. A bulletin board set up is possible. People available to help with this are Jack
Battenfield, William Fleming and Don Poucher. Links would be made to the IFAS and Florida
A request was made to Dr. Martin to update the Faculty/A&P telephone directory.
Dr. Martin informed us about the change in allocation of the 9% raise for Full Professor. Rather
than 1/3 of faculty getting 9 % raise in year one and 1/3 of the faculty getting it in year 2, the
Faculty Senate approved a plan in which 2/3 of the faculty would get 4.5% in year 1 and the
second 4.5% in year 2. The deadline for IFAS to turn in packets was extended to November 2
and to the Provost, December 15th. It was noted with gratitude that those sending in packets
would only have to make 2 copies and the other 24 copies would be made by IFAS.
SUS/UF Leaderships and Governance: Dr. Martin provided a handout of the remarks that E.T.
York gave to the Governor Bush regarding Education Governance Reorganization. Dr. York
remarks included developing a central statewide board overseeing all Universities and local
boards of trustees at each University. A statewide State Board of Education might be formed to
deal with K through 12.
Legislative Initiatives: Dr. Martin provided a handout outlining the budget requests to the
Legislature. He emphasized the Extension/Research workload increase and is hopeful that we
will be successful. He also mentioned the off-campus instructional programs that will develop
partnerships with community colleges and the local SUS. Dean Cheek will be working on student
orientation and recruitment issues.
He also provided a handout outlining IFAS requests for Federal dollars that will be added and
prioritized as part of the University's federal funding strategy. The four initiatives are
Wildland/ Urban Interface Center
Training and Research in Emerging Arthropod Diseases
Program in Space Agriculture Biotechnology
Assessment of the Condition and Sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Wetlands
The 2001 agreement between the House and Senate involves $4.75 million for citrus canker and
an increased allocation for our T-STAR IFAS remained intact at $120 million.
Status of Salary Compression Study:
Phase 1 is completed but not fully reviewed. It focuses on salary equity within IFAS.
Phase 2 will compare IFAS with UF
Phase 3 will compare IFAS with the rest of the nation.
Dr. Martin also has an ongoing study that is examining support allocations by Unit by FTE.
Lake Okeechobee Restoration Project: This is a large 5-10 year project. The items that are
currently underway are a comprehensive literature review and development of a task force to
determine what the issues are and how it all fit together in the context of social and economical
Leadership Updates: The need to cluster RECs is evident from the lack of acceptable candidates
to lead these centers.
Waldy Klasson will become the Director at Large
Statewide Meeting in Orlando next June: Florida FIRST 2001
Is the Florida FIRST on track?
Does it need changes?
How to cope with DROP in 2003.
Dr. Martin mentioned that he has been here two years now. He asked if the Faculty Advisory
Committee could take a leadership role and develop an evaluation instrument that would give Dr.
Martin feedback on the way IFAS is doing business. In addition, instruments to survey the
effectiveness of the IFAS support services would also be very useful. It was brought up that
sometimes the administration is isolated and insulated. Dr. Martin agreed to try to increase the
visibility of some of the administrators.
Sometime in the next year, Dr. Martin asked the FAC to think about assuming a leadership role in
facilitating the search process for a Director of International Agriculture Programs.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 pm