*note date minutes for Feb 22 appear to be missing*
IFAS Faculty Council Meeting Minutes
March 8, 2006
Members present: Martin Adjei, John Davis, Lochrane Gary, Lisa Guion (chair), Ed Jennings, Gail
Kauwell, Heather McAuslane, Jane Polston, Fritz Roka, Mike Sweat
Members absent: Elizabeth Bolton, Jude Grosser, Bob Hochmuth
Chair Lisa Guion called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. in room 102, Animal Sciences Building
499. Senior Vice President Cheek could not attend.
IFAS Faculty Senate Nominations and Elections. Chair Guion informed the Faculty Council
that IFAS needs to elect 13 new senators for the UF Faculty Senate (2006-2009). Twice as many
nominations as vacancies are needed to provide a good slate of candidates. Faculty Council
members agreed to try to obtain one nomination each. Chair Guion will ask Dean Barrick will
encourage Dept. Chairs to nominate faculty also. The timeline for activities is: 1) March 22 -
deadline for receiving nominations, 2) March 27 ballots mailed to UF faculty, 3) April 14 -
deadline for ballots to be returned, 4) April 17 IFAS faculty council members to count ballots and
submit results to VP Cheek, and 5) VP Cheek communicates results of the elections to the
Faculty Senate Chair.
Senate Chair Elect Nominations from IFAS. Chair Guion and UF Senator Alison Fox will
nominate Jim Selph for Senate Chair Elect. If elected, he would serve as Chair Elect beginning
August 2006, as Chair beginning August 2007, and as Past Chair beginning August 2008.
Work Plan for the University of Florida. At VP Cheek's request, the Faculty Council discussed
a 2/16/2006 draft of the document "From Achievement to Recognition: a Work Plan for the
University of Florida" to see whether IFAS' strengths and potential contributions are adequately
portrayed. The Faculty Council looked at a previous draft in 2005 and made several suggestions
to improve the document's coverage of IFAS. These suggestions were incorporated into the
current draft. Discussion on the draft followed, centering on the need to make clear that IFAS
has a presence in all 67 counties, has excellent statewide research and education facilities, and
is involved in numerous collaborative activities that are currently described without reference to
IFAS (e.g., Space Sciences, Nanoscience, Genetics Institute, Emerging Pathogens Institute).
The discussion will be concluded by email and a recommendation on wording changes delivered
to VP Cheek by March 30.
Summary of Accomplishments of IFAS Faculty Council. Chair Guion shared with Council
members a document she is preparing listing the tasks taken on by the Council, at VP Cheek's
request or on our own initiative, and the accomplishments or activities to date. This document will
be updated and presented to VP Cheek and the incoming 2006-2007 Faculty Council members in
August so that the duties and potential contributions of the Council are clearly explained.
Mike Sweat will chair a subcommittee to solicit nominees and run the election for the IFAS
Faculty Council. Balloting will be conducted in June and members must be elected by July 1 so
that new members can be in place for the August meeting. Current Faculty Council members
will begin soliciting nominees and obtaining biosketches.
Spring meetings of the FC will be held May 4 (Animal Science Building 499, Room 102) and June
14 (Animal Science Building 489, Room 102).
Minutes of the January and February meetings of the Faculty Council were approved as written.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.
Heather McAuslane (Secretary)