IFAS Faculty Council Meeting Minutes
April 19, 2006
Members present: Martin Adjei, Elizabeth Bolton, John Davis, Jude Grosser, Lisa Guion (chair),
Bob Hochmuth, Ed Jennings, Gail Kauwell, Heather McAuslane, Fritz Roka, Mike Sweat
Members absent: Lochrane Gary, Jane Polston
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 Council Feedback to UF Senate on Work Plan for the University of Florida.
Lisa Guion synthesized feedback from the IFAS Faculty Council (FC) on the strategic work plan
for UF. These comments were sent to UF Senate Chair Kim Tanzer but were not incorporated
into the latest draft of the plan. Lisa Guion will follow-up on this and make a report during the
Report of the Faculty Senate-Presidential Task Force on the Implementation of Shared
Governance Structure. Lisa Guion and Elizabeth Bolton attended an April 6 open meeting of
the UF Senate held to allow faculty input on the task force's report on implementation of shared
governance structure. They told the FC that key points were presented in a PowerPoint slide
show and faculty input was entertained after input by Senators. One concern among several
attendees was that the report states that individual units must develop their own shared
governance guidelines but the definition of a unit was unclear (individual departments or IFAS). A
straw vote of all present was taken on each point presented. Each unit must develop written
guidelines for implementation of shared government by April 20 2007. The UF Senate will hold a
workshop on developing the written guidelines in September.
Extensive discussion by the FC followed centering on the short timeline for developing written
guidelines, whether IFAS will function much differently after implementation of shared governance
than it does now and therefore the value of this exercise, and what FC members envision as the
FC's role in developing these guidelines. It was mentioned that we should solicit input from all
IFAS faculty about particular issues in which IFAS faculty would like more input. Members
agreed that any committee assigned the task of developing written guidelines for IFAS shared
governance structure must consist of, at a minimum, FC members and members of IFAS
IFAS Faculty Senate Election Results. Thirteen newly elected IFAS faculty and Lisa Guion
(elected in 2005) join the current eleven UF Senators representing IFAS. Six new senators are
county extension faculty (P. Brown, J. Butterfield, S. Futch, E. Jowers, J. Pergola, and B.
Williams), one is a REC faculty member (C. Stanley), and the rest are campus faculty (E. Bolton,
M. Gallo, R. McGovern, T. Stein, S. Tenbroeck, S. Webb).
IFAS Faculty Council Nominations and Election. Mike Sweat will chair a subcommittee to
solicit nominations and run the election for the FC. Lisa Guion will also work closely with Mike.
Two members must be elected from the campus faculty, one from county extension and one from
REC faculty. It was suggested that off-campus faculty could take advantage of Polycom or
conference calls to participate if they can't travel to each meeting. Current FC members will
begin soliciting nominees and obtaining biosketches to nominate candidates during the
nomination period of May 1 to May 15. Balloting will be conducted electronically from May 19 to
June 9. Results must be tabulated by June 12. Paul Willis, taking over from VP Cheeks' retiring
executive assistant Donna Stall, will help with this.
IFAS Tenure, Promotion and Permanent Status Committee Nominations and Election. Lisa
Guion, Elizabeth Bolton and Ed Jennings formed a subcommittee to solicit nominations for the
election of members to this important committee. All members must be full professors or County
Extension Agent level IV. Lisa must receive nominations by May 12. The time commitment for
those faculty that agree to serve the one-year term is extensive; the committee has two to three
weeks to read all packets (approximately 60) and then spends a week in mid-November
evaluating the packets. The three-year mid-term packets are reviewed in the spring by the same
Update on Biology Degree. The Senate is set to vote on the new Biology degree which is to be
jointly administered by CALS and CLAS. Both colleges offer the pre-professional track. CLAS will
offer the Biology and Biology Secondary Education tracks. CALS will offer the Natural Science,
Biotechnology, and Applied Biology tracks.
Other Business. Nominations were entertained for Chair of the FC who will begin service at the
August meeting. Four nominations were made and seconded. One member declined to accept
the nomination. One member could not accept the nomination because she is an appointed
member of the FC rather than an elected member. Discussion followed on how the FC could
initiate change in an Internal Management Memorandum so that an appointed member could
serve as Chair of the Council. Further nominations for Chair will be entertained at the May
meeting and voting will be done by email sometime before the August meeting.
Future Meetings of the FC. Upcoming meetings will be held from 1:30 till 4:30 in Room 102 of
Animal Science Building 499 on May 4, June 14, July 11, and August 29.
Minutes of the March meetings of the Faculty Council were approved. The meeting was
adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Heather McAuslane (Secretary)