UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee
August 22, 2001
102 Poultry-Dairy Science Conference Room
Grover Smart, presiding
Members Present: Grover Smart, Acting Chair, Clayton Hutcheson, Peter Hansen, Don
Maynard, Dorota Haman, Sue Percival, Pat Hogue, Bill Hill, Ron Muraro
New members present: Ron Muraro, David Wofford, Susan Hedge, Bill Mahan, Karen Koch
Members Absent: Katy Sieving, Mary Collins, Ron Barnett, Dee Wilkins
New members absent: Maria Gallo-Meagher,
Grover Smart thanked the members who were rotating off the FAC for their service and
welcomed the new members coming on. He reminded the group that this committee represented
the entire IFAS faculty's concerns and expectations.
Dr. Martin reported on the following items:
Less than 12-month appointments
Three committees are working on whether or not we should consider these kinds of appointments
and, if so, what guidelines are needed to insure that they are a success.
IFAS has implemented a third year review of non-tenured faculty to assist them in staying on
All comments have been summarized and phase II is in the planning stage to engage the external
and internal stakeholders. The theme of this phase is to emphasize output rather than input.
IFAS wants to know what is needed and then will figure out how to do it. Three sub-documents
will be generated from the summary: one on Agriculture, one on Natural Resources and one on
Changes in Information Technologies
Fedro Zazueta is stepping down as the director of IT. Dr. Martin praised Fedro for a job well done
and expressed his appreciation. An interim director will be appointed soon. Dan Cromer, the
Assistant Director of IT, is helping prioritize the workload.
Dr. Martin and his staff continue to meet with state senators and representatives in order to
emphasize that IFAS is an important investment to the state. Dr. Martin emphasized that a
business invests in R&D and human resources when budget times are difficult. The new strategy
will be to heighten awareness of IFAS' importance to the state and to at least restore the budget
that was cut this year.
County faculty serving as members of the Graduate Faculty is an item still requiring some
UF/IFAS Senior Fellows program is still going forward. The FAC will serve as advisers in
selecting the recipients.
State employees, who take classes, including distance education classes, will receive tuition
waivers. The Provost said we could do so on a space available basis, and Dr. Martin will make
sure that it becomes official.
Having finished the business and discussion items, Dr. Martin departed the FAC meeting about
Petraq Papajorgji of IT was present to explain search strategies on EDIS. Searches can be
performed by keywords, DL number, or author names. The DL number is that which is assigned
by the librarian. In addition, Petraq mentioned improvements that will continue to enhance the
system, such as automatic pdf, compressed figures and tables, and the appearance of the
document. Petraq welcomes comment from those having problems with EDIS. Please contact
him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Subcommittee: Post tenure review
The subcommittee reviewed the materials available to it and discussed the concerns of the FAC
with Mr. William Fleming, director of IFAS Personnel. Mr. Fleming insured us that the concerns of
the FAC would be addressed in the revised IMM. Therefore, the subcommittee believed that it
had accomplished its assignment and asked that it be dissolved, which was done by vote of the
Subcommittee: Less than 12-month appointments
The Sub-Committee had not met before the August 22, 2001 meeting of the FAC. Dr. Smart
asked it to do so before the next meeting of the FAC so that the FAC could have the benefit of
their deliberations. When the FAC discussed less than 12-month appointments more than a year
ago, the consensus was that there seemed to be serious financial consequences, such as
insurance, leave time, etc., for individuals on %-time appointments versus 9-month
appointments. Thus, the FAC felt that there should be no general 3/ time appointments;
recognizing, however, that certain individuals may want or need less than 12-month
appointments, the FAC felt that such appointments should be negotiated directly with the vice-
Sue Percival was elected as the 2001-2002 chair of the FAC. Later that day, Maria Gallo-
Meagher was appointed as the secretary.
The meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m. The next several meetings will be set soon.