UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee
1:15 p.m., April 9, 2002
102 Animal Sciences Conference Room
Sue Percival, presiding
Members Present: Sue Percival (Chair), Mary Collins, Maria Gallo-Meagher, Peter Hansen, Pat
Hogue, Clayton Hutchenson, Karen Koch, Bill Mahan, Don Maynard, Ron Muraro, Brian Scully,
and David Wofford
Members Absent: Susan Hedge
Dean Waddill joined the meeting and addressed two main issues: 1) the future of National
Cooperative Extension and UF/IFAS' role, and 2) outside activities policy. Dean Waddill said that
every county, center, and department would receive a copy of the report dealing with the first
issue. In 2003, the current 4-year planning project ends, so a new one will be developed and Joe
Schaeffer and Howard Ladewig will co-chair the effort to define the next 4-year planning project.
Input will be solicited from the advisory committees of each department and RECs, in addition to
the traditional sources that have contributed to this effort in the past. An outside review team will
be looking at the structure of Extension in Florida in fall 2002.
A draft of an Outside Activities memo was given to the committee for input. In essence it states
that faculty can consult 52 days per year. If the consulting is within the state of Florida, the
consulting must be outside one's area of expertise. If the consulting is outside the state of
Florida, it can be in one's area of expertise.
Dean Waddill is seeking to increase collaboration with other colleges on campus. Particularly in
the area of human nutrition and health, colleges such as Pharmacy, Education and Law may
provide valuable linkages. Partnering more with community colleges is also an interest.
Dr. Martin joined the committee at 2:45 pm. The promotion and tenure packets were voted upon
by the Board of Trustees on Friday, April 5, 2002. Every IFAS member that was put forward by
IFAS was approved.
Evaluation of full professors was brought up with the Deans and they agree in spirit with the
recommendation. An annual letter of evaluation will most likely be required to keep the file
complete, but it should be quite straightforward. The oral portion of the annual review will not be
held for those in good standing unless requested by either party.
Dr. Martin spoke at length about Florida FIRST and that we need to look toward future needs, not
back at past needs, and toward where we should be going, not where we already have been.
Underscoring the importance of this philosophy is the upcoming first round of retirements due to
DROP (June 30, 2003). This first round of retirements will provide IFAS with $5.2 million that will
be used to re-direct efforts, the budget allowing.
The campus-wide Genetics Institute Initiative is ongoing. There is now a spirited dialogue
regarding the construction of the building. IFAS will have 17,000 20,000 sq. ft., and there will be
a core of faculty housed there, some new, some existing. The IFAS focus will be on applications
of genetics and various technologies.
Dr. Martin is continuing to explore the possibility of partnering with NOVA Southeastern
University, and this may include a new building on IFAS property in Ft. Lauderdale that would be
a shared facility.
Dr. Martin also mentioned that the Faculty Accountability System has changed its name to the
Faculty Activity System to better reflect the information provided by the system and faculty
Everyone is reminded to return their comments on the proposed consulting policy to Dr. Martin by
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
Maria Gallo-Meagher, Secretary