UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee Minutes
24 September 2003
Members present: Jim Selph (Chair and Presiding), Doug Archer, Lynn Bailey, Alison Fox, Viv
Harris, Tim Hewitt, Gregg Nuessly, Larry Parsons, Jim Preston, and Ken Quesenberry.
Members absent: Millie Ferrer, Celia Hill, and Marjorie Moore.
Meeting called to order at 1:15pm by Chair Jim Selph. The agenda was distributed.
Vice-President Martin attended and made the following comments:
UF Presidential search: Conflicting time-scales are being suggested for the conclusion of the
UF Presidential search from early October to mid December. Dr. Martin indicated that has been
advised to be able to clear his calendar for interviews on 6-7 October with a possible
announcement of the selected candidate on 8 October.
Anticipated change in Dean for Extension: After 8 years as Dean for Extension, Christine
Waddill will step-down to become a faculty member in south Florida, possibly as Director at Belle
Glade to relieve Ed Hanlon of some of the duties of managing multiple RECs. The directors of all
RECs in south Florida have been asked to form a Task Force to propose improvements in the
responsiveness of IFAS to the interests of commercial agriculture in the whole region of south
Florida. Christine may be assigned a 0.25 FTE as a funding development officer for the region,
developing new donor sources as well as the traditional ones. Larry Arrington will become
Interim Dean for Extension.
Participation of IFAS faculty in a Union vote: No date has been set for the faculty vote
concerning Union representation at UF but it is unlikely before December. President Young has
proposed that unlike the last vote in 1978, faculty members in IFAS, Law, and medical research
be included in the collective bargaining unit. The Union has opposed this change and the Public
Employee Relations Commission (PERC) is evaluating this issue. President Young has
proposed to address IFAS state-wide faculty concerning his views on Union-related issues on 16
October. To clarify these issues, Jim Selph will ask Bob Cousins (the IFAS representative on the
UF Joint Task Force on Shared Governance) to address the October FAC meeting, and Diana
Bitz, President of the UF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida will be invited to attend in
IFAS Legislative requests: For the 2004 legislative session IFAS has requested funds as
separate items rather than integrated into the UF request. $4.2 million has been identified for
IFAS under "Profitability and Sustainability of Florida's Natural Resource Industries". In recent
years, funds to maintain off-campus facilities built since 1999 were reassigned from being the
responsibility of the IFAS budget to being funding in the same way as all campus facilities. This
year's budget request proposes that the same treatment be made for all other off-campus
facilities. Currently this $4.7 million annual cost of building maintenance is taken out of general
IFAS funds (i.e. reducing faculty positions).
IFAS response to the FAIR report: In December 2002 the Florida Farm Bureau Board issued
the final Florida Agricultural Industry Report on UF/ IFAS (FAIR). Joe Joyce recently presented
the IFAS response to the 20 items listed in the FAIR report and Dr. Martin said that he would
make this material available to the members of the FAC.
Genetics Institute: Ken Burns has been hired as the Director of the Genetics Institute and
ground-breaking for the $85 million building is scheduled for early November with a 2 year
construction plan. IFAS is providing funding (via bonds) for 17,000 sq ft of space and four
positions have been identified in IFAS associated with genetics. However, it has yet to be
decided which IFAS faculty will be located in the facility. There has been inadequate planning at
UF to relocate the IFAS faculty and facilities displaced by the new building but this issue is under
Governmental relations: With the resignation of the IFAS Government Relations specialist,
Randy Moore, this is an appropriate time to review the efforts needed to help IFAS faculty
compete for large federal and state grants, such as the recent millionn proposal submitted to the
USDA Nutrition Research Program.
Tenure and Promotion (T&P) and salary compression: After it was commented that Assistant
Professors receive no prior notification about the promotional salary increase associated with
achieving T&P, Dr. Martin agreed that the likely timing and amount should be discussed at the
annual T&P workshops and in relevant letters. Although Assistant Professors are now being
allowed an extra year before applying for T&P, it was clarified that there is no minimum required
time in rank before application. While the new promotional level for Professors who have been at
that rank for 7 years is helping resolve problems with salary compression, there have been some
dissatisfied individuals due to a lack of an appeals process. A mechanism has been proposed
that would allow deserving but unsuccessful candidates to be resubmitted for promotion the
following year if the deans fully support such action, otherwise candidates have to wait 2 years
Potential road construction in the Natural Areas Teaching Laboratory (NATL): A faculty-
oriented Task Force has been established to review the issue of whether UF should agree that a
continuation of SW 24th Avenue can be extended to join with Archer Road despite cutting through
the SW corner of the NATL, destroying about 10 acres of the 46 acre tract. It is unlikely that this
issue, which also involves the City of Gainesville and Butler Enterprises, will be resolved before
New Departmental Chairs: The FAC will make arrangements to meet with new
Chairs/Directors, Eric Tripplett in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, Tim White in
the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and Brian Scully at the Ft. Pierce REC. In
October, Randall Stocker will become Interim Chair of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic
Sciences, allowing Bill Lindberg to step down and seek promotion to Professor.
Regionalization of REC's and County Extension programs: While some extension programs
are likely to need to remain organized on a county basis (e.g., Master Gardener), there may be
other constituents who would be better served by regionalizing programs (e.g., certain agricultural
commodities). Such changes will need to be understood and accepted by the affected County
Dr. Martin departed the FAC meeting at 2:40pm.
Members of the FAC summarized the following list of visitors to be invited to future meetings:
October Bob Cousins, IFAS representative on the UF Joint Task Force on Shared
November Diana Bitz, President of the UF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida
December Ken Burns, Director of the Genetics Institute
As available New Chairs/Directors: Eric Triplett, Tim White, and Brian Scully
The following priorities were identified for future meetings:
1. Role of IFAS faculty in the Genetics Institute; previous, current and future hires and long-
2. Efforts to replace Randy Moore and the provision of aid in funding requests; clarification
of the role of IFAS faculty members in lobbying activities / government relations.
3. Expected actions to result from reorganization reviews (e.g., Extension, On-campus, Off-
campus) and Task Force reports with particular regard to the unit structure of IFAS on
campus and regionalization in the counties.
Meeting adjourned at 4:10pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Alison Fox, FAC Secretary.