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    Buzz: The 2006-07 academic year
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    Strategic work plan
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        Page 3
    Unit in focus: University Libraries
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        Page 7
    Faculty Senate news: reports
        Page 8
    Faculty Senate agenda
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The 2006-07 Academic Year

By: Danaya Wright, Faculty Senate Chair
Welcome back to another exciting
year at the University of Florida. The
University will be going into this year
with a record number of research
grants ($518 million), a slightly lower
freshman class than last year despite
having won the national championship
Danaya W ght in basketball, and with a host of new
faces all over the campus and the
state. The good news is that the legislature funded a
significant number of new capital projects and initia-
tives, Library West is newly opened and bigger and
better than ever, the University's endowment is poised
to top the $1 billion mark, nearly doubling in less
than three years, people are moved into the new
Genetics Institute building, and shared governance
initiatives are happening all over campus. The bad
news is that budget problems in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences are causing a tremendous amount
of unrest, collective bargaining is proceeding slowly,
and there is a growing concern that shared gover-
nance means faculty do a lot of work only to have
their recommendations ignored.
Is shared governance alive and well at the Univer-
sity of Florida? I think the answer is a resounding yes.
The senior administration is working closely with all
the Senate Policy Councils, the faculty essentially took
over the Strategic Work Plan, colleges and academic
units are busy working out the details of
see Wright, pg. 7


New Administrators

The Faculty Senate would like to welcome the
following new administrators to the University of

Assistant Provost and Director of Admissions
Zina Evans Dr. Evans joined the University of Florida
on August 1, 2006.
Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Glen
F. Hoffsis Dr. Hoffsis will join the University of
Florida on October 1, 2006.
Vice President and General Counsel Jamie Lewis
Keith Dr. Keith will join the University of Florida in
October 2006.
Dean of the College of Fine Arts Lucinda
Lavelli Dr. Lavelli joined the University of Florida on
July 1, 2006.
Dean of the College of Design, Construction &
Planning Christopher Silver Dr. Silver will join the
University of Florida on October 1, 2006.
Dean of the College of Health and Human Per-
formance Steve Dorman. Dr. Dorman joined the
University of Florida on August 1, 2006.
Director of Institutional Planning and Research
Marie Zeglen Dr. Zeglen joined the University of
Florida on June 1, 2006.



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A Monthly Newsletter for the Faculty of the Univemity of

Strategic Work Plan

By: Barry, Ache, Kirk Ludwig, and Jaquie Resnick ,Strategic Work
Plan representatives
Three representatives from the Council on Aca-
demic Policy and Structure worked with President
Machen over the summer to revise the February 16,
2006 Strategic Work Plan draft. The revision was
guided by the recommendations formulated by the
Faculty Senate during the spring 2006 term. The new
draft was presented to and endorsed by the Faculty
Senate at its first fall 2006 meeting on August 24. The
revised Work Plan is divided into three major sec-
tions: Human Capital (faculty, post docs, students and
staff), Infrastructure, and Strategies for Maximum
Impact. The first two involve fundamental areas of
investment. The last identifies specific areas for
attention in the light of their importance to the re-
search and service missions of the university. The
Work Plan's preamble begins with the university's
mission statement and emphasizes three points:
(i) the plan focuses on fundamental areas of invest-
ment and long range strategic vision, rather than on
mechanisms for implementation or garnering re-
(ii) it is part of an on-going process of strategic
planning, and is not to be regarded as a fixed or static
but as a living document, to be readjusted in the light
of accomplishments, opportunities, and further reflec-
(iii) areas of investment mentioned are not exclu-
sive and are not to be thought of as replacements for
investing in the traditional core of the academy but in
the context of that.
The faculty section emphasizes using top ten public
AAU universities as our benchmark for shared gover-
nance, faculty size, salaries, benefits, employment
policies and support for research and professional
development. It identifies development of faculty
resources as our first priority and as most crucial to
moving UF into the top ten of public AAU universe

ties. The infrastructure section emphasizes the need
for additional classroom and office space, a long
range plan for support of the UF libraries, and a state-
of-the-art information technology system. The
strategies for maximum impact section emphasizes
facilitating interdisciplinary work and support for
strong contributing core disciplines; it replaces the
previous draft's section on 'Culture and the Human
Condition' with two separate sections on investment in
Arts and Humanities and investment in International-
ization; and it adds sections on Ecology and the
Environment and on Energy.
Bany Ache is a Distinguished Professor of Zoology
and Neuroscience, Kirk Ludwig is a Professor of Phi-
losophy and aquie Resnick is the Director of the
Counseling Center and Professor

One of the most important provisions in the Strategic
Work Plan is the acknowledgment that it is a living
document that will be continually revised and updated.
The plan needs to respond to newly emerging opportu-
nities and to changing disciplines. That means the
faculty and the Senate must assist in keeping the docu-
ment alive, both substantively and procedurally. I
promised that the Senate would establish this coming
year a procedure to insure periodic review and updates
to the Plan. But that means we need to have a conversa
tion about the appropriate level of detail that should be
incorporated into the plan and how faculty ideas for
changes can be analyzed. This conversation must in-
clude all of the constituencies of the University. And
although no plan can be all things for all people, a
process that allows everyone's ideas to be heard at least
moves us toward our goals of true shared governance. I
will ask the Academic Policy Council to make a recom-
mendation for a new procedure to insure that faculty
voices are heard in the revision cycles and to bring that
plan to the Senate for its approval. If you have any
suggestions, please contact me at:
Danaya Wright


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"Conversation about Shared Governance":
Workshop I

The Joint Senate-Presidential Task force on Shared
Governance is working with the Faculty Development
Office to offer a Shared Governance Workshop for
Units interested in learning more about how to work
towards unit shared governance and to offer best
practices and other insights for local implementation
plans and processes.
The workshop will be held on October 17th in
Emerson Alumni Hall.
Registration for this conversation and workshop is
mandatory. Registration information can be found by

Call for Nominations

The Faculty Senate is seeking nominations for the
following positions:
One member of the Land Use Committee
Six members of the Compensation Committee
Two members on the Research Committee
The following positions are new:
Joint Presidential/Faculty Senate Task Force on
the Effectiveness of the Academic Personnel
One or two people to serve on the Information
Technology Advisory Council
Joint Faculty Senate/Student Senate Tuition
Faculty Marshal
Joint Presidential/Faculty Senate Task Force on
Please submit nominations to the faculty senate
office facultysenatechair@aa.ufl.edu by September 28
for consideration. If you are nominating a colleague
please obtain their permission before submission.

Redesigned Senate Web site

The Faculty Senate Office is pleased to announce
the launch of the redesigned Senate Web site. The
new Web site's navigation features have been im-
proved to increase usability. The URL for the Web site
remains http://www.senate.ufl.edu.
The Senate Web site is now managed by the Senate
office, which will allow for faster updates. The Web
site's homepage will also contain the most current
Senate news and relevant faculty information.
The Web site redesign has been a collaboration
between the Faculty Senate office and Bruce Floyd,
assistant to the CIO, in the Office of the Provost.
Please note the following information categories:
People: Senator, Ex officio and officer membership
Senate: Senate meetings (schedule of Senate meet-
ings), Bylaws, Constitution and About us (general
information about the Senate).
Committees: Each committee is listed and has its
own page which includes member lists, meeting
materials and committee charges.
Councils: Each council is listed and has its own
page which includes member lists, meeting materials
and council charges.
Calendar: Senate calendar. Lists all meetings related
to the Senate by month
Faculty Information: Accolades and Resources
Publications: Newsletters and Reports
Please review the Web site and make suggestions
for ways to further improve the Senate Web site.
Please also note that we will include calls for papers,
conference announcements, classified and other
relevant information under Faculty Information.
If you have questions or comments please e-mail
the Web master at: ahugus@ufl.edu.


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Unit in Focus: University Libraries

College at a Glance
The following information is provided to increase our
mutual understanding of each other's disciplines at the
University of Florida. It is not intended to suggest a
hierarchy among our colleges, but rather to reflect the
intellectual and organizational diversity each college
lends to the University.
Total number of faculty (Fall 2006)
Full-time: 100
Smathers 76
Health 15
Law 9
Number of faculty in tenure or tenure earning
positions (Fall 2006)
Tenure: 50
Smathers 41
Health 4
Law 5
Tenure track: 37
Smathers 29
Health 5
Law 3
Non Tenure: 13
Smathers 6
Health 6
Law 1
Library Employees (Fall 2006)
*Visiting: 4
Smathers: 3
Health: 0
Law: 1
*Total number of employees: 620
Smathers: 537
Health: 50
Law: 33
Total FTE's: 477
Smathers: 392
Health: 50
Law: 33
*Total benefited employees: 309
Smathers: 233
Health: 45
Law: 31

Faculty Degrees
*Masters: 91
Smathers 68
Health 14
Law 9
*Multiple Masters: 30
Smathers: 25
Health 4
Law 1
*Doctor of Education: 1 in Law
*Doctor of Philosophy: 19
Smathers 15
Health 3
Law 1
*Juris Doctor: 6 in law

Research Grants, Donations and Development
George A. Smathers Library Grants 2001-
Present: $2,101,000
George A. Smathers Library Gifts 2005-2006:
Legal Information Center Building
Donations: $12,500,000
College development during the last year
Gifts: $2,926,501
Pledges: $3,887,622
Collection volumes 4,075,290
Smathers 3,090,294
Health 355,797
Law 629,199
Associations, Certifications, and Accreditations
George A Smathers Libraries belong to the
Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
* Health Science Center Librarians are certified
through the Medical Library Association (MLA).
The American Bar Association accredits the Col-
lege of Law and the Lawton Chiles Legal Information


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Library Narrative
By: CathyMartyniak, FacultySenator
The colleges, faculty, and students of
the University of Florida are well sup-
ported in their research, teaching and
scholarship needs by three distinct
Library systems which compose the
University Libraries: the George A.
Smathers Libraries, the Lawton Chiles
a atyn Legal Information Center, and the
Health Science Center Libraries. All
three Library systems provide access to information in
a variety of physical formats, including paper, digital
files, audio/video, microforms, rare books, and photo-
graphs. There are a plethora of electronic options
available to the UF community such as thousands of
full-text journals, hundreds of on-line databases, and
270,000 e-books. Other digital resources available
include over 3,300 electronic theses and dissertations
written by UF scholars since 1998, as well as easy
access to the resources of the University of Florida
Digital Collections and extensive statewide digital
collections available via the Publication of Archival,
Library, and Museum Materials project.
The George A. Smathers Libraries directly serve the
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Warrington
College of Business Administration, Design, Construc-
tion and Planning, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts,
Health & Human Performance, Journalism & Commu-
nication, and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Historically, the university's main library collections
were housed in Thomas and Peabody halls until the
opening of the first library building, now Library East,
in 1925. Current facilities in the Smathers Library
system are Library West, which now includes the Price
Library of Judaica; Library East, which includes the
Latin American Collection and the Department of
Special & Area Studies; Marston Science Library;
Education; Architecture & Fine Arts; Music; Journalism;
and the Auxiliary Library Facility, an off-site storage
building dedicated to safely storing low-use materials.
The Smathers Libraries have the following mission
statement: "Our Mission is to support the information
needs of the University of Florida community, serving
as a catalyst for research and discovery." Library
Director Dale Canelas will be retiring in early 2007

after twenty-two years of services to the Libraries.
Of the total 113 public and private, American and
Canadian library members of the Association for
Research Libraries (ARL), UF ranks 38th. Among the
public American university library members, UF ranks
22nd. These 2004 ARL rankings are based on quanti-
tative metrics such as collection size, volumes added,
collection expenditures, and total expenditures.
The Health Science Center Libraries (HSCL) directly
serve the Colleges of Dentistry, Public Health &
Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and
Veterinary Medicine. The HSC Libraries, which cel-
ebrate their 50th anniversary this year along with the
Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, have the following
mission statement: "The UF Health Science Center
Libraries strive to be leaders, innovators and partners
in the educational, research, clinical and administra-
tive arenas of the Health Science Center by providing
equitable access to information and knowledge when
and where it is needed." Library Director Faith
Meakin will be retiring in early 2007 after more than
twelve years of service to the Libraries. In addition to
the main Library located in the Communicore Build-
ing on the UF campus in Gainesville, the Borland
Library provides resources to the Shands Jacksonville
campus community.
The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center (LIC)
serves the Fredric G. Levin College of Law. The LIC,
which will celebrate its 100th anniversary along with
the College of Law in 2009, has the mission state-
ment: "To serve the teaching and research needs of
the faculty and students of the Fredric G. Levin Col-
lege of Law". The LIC reopened last year in its
expanded, renovated space in Holland Hall. Associate
Dean for Library and Technology Kathleen Price
came to the LIC in 2003 and has steadily expanded
services including the appointment of librarians for
tax law and foreign and international law. The
Library has been accredited by the American Bar
Association since 1925 and holds the 30th largest
academic law library collection in the country in the
largest law library in the Southeast.
The Faculty of the University Libraries is a diverse,
well-rounded and highly educated group. Most
Faculty members have the terminal degree in the field


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of librarianship, which is a Master's degree in Library
Science and many also have a second Master's, a
PhD. or a JD in their area of subject specialty. They
participate in local, state, regional and international
professional organizations, including but not limited to
the Florida Library Association, the American Library
Association, the Medical Library Association (MLA),
and the American Association of Law Libraries, as well
as many subject specialty groups, such as the Division
of Chemical Information within the American
Chemical Society. They participate in standard-setting
bodies, travel nationally and internationally to give
papers and presentations on their research, publish
scholarly monographs and write peer-reviewed articles
for the many journals in the field.
Cathy Martyniak is an Assistant Librarian in the
Smather's Libraries.

Three new librarians started at the LIC during the
last year. Edward T. Hart attended New England
School of Law for his JD and Simmons College for his
MLS and serves as Acquisitions and Serials Librarian.
His responsibilities include collection development.
Maryellen O'Brien attended State University of New
York at Buffalo where she earned both her JD and
her MLS. She is the LIC's Electronic Services Librarian.
Elizabeth Outler earned her JD from University of
Florida and currently working on her MLS at Florida
State University. She is the Tax Librarian and serves as
liaison to the Tax LLM program.

In 2005, HSCL librarian Michele
Tennant won the Special Libraries
Association's Biomedical and Life
Sciences Division's Distinguished
Member Award and the Estelle
Brodman Award for the Academic
Medical Librarian of the Year from
MLA. The Brodman award recognizes
"an academic medical librarian at mid-career level
who demonstrates significant achievement, the poten-
tial for leadership, and continuing excellence." In
2005-2006 she was also a member of the National
Library of Medicine's Long Range Planning Task Force
for Support of Genomics 2006-2016.

Denise Beaubien Bennett, Pamela S. Cenzer, and
Paul Kirk, of the Marston Science Library, received
the 2006 Reference and User Services Association's
Reference Service Press Award for their article "A Class
Assignment Requiring Chat-Based Reference." The
Reference Services Press Award is presented to recog-
nize the most outstanding article published in
Reference and User Services Quarterly during the
preceding two volume years. The article was chosen
for "its timeliness and relevancy to the current issues
facing Reference Librarianship today. It resonates with
library practitioners and is useful for all types of

In 2005, HSCL Nursing Liaison Pam
Sherwill-Navarro was awarded the
Eliot Prize from the Medical Library
Association. The award went to Pam
and her co-author Addajane Wallace
for their paper entitled "Research on
the Value of Medical Library Services:
Does It Make an Impact in the Health
Care Literature?" The prize is presented annually for a
work published in the preceding calendar year that
has been judged most effective in furthering medical
librarianship. Pam has also recently been asked to
serve on the MLA Nursing and Allied Health Resource
Section Task Force to Create Standards for Nursing
Information Resources and Services in Healthcare


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Christopher Vallandingham is a
University of Florida law graduate and
earned his MLS from Florida State
University. During his five years with
the LIC he has been assigned a num-
ber of roles in support of the reference
services and currently serves as the
Foreign and International Law Librar-
ian. His research interest is intelligence, and he is a
cofounder of the International Intelligence Ethics
Association and currently serves on that group's board
organizing its annual meeting. But he has other inter-
ests in legal research as shown by his recent article
"Tracking Down Legal Sources on Prestatehood
Florida" which appeared in Prestatebood Legal Materi-
als: a Fifty State Research Guide (Haworth
Information Press, 2005).

Wrightfrom, pg. 1
specifically how faculty input is optimized in their
disciplines, shared governance has been a key ele-
ment in the hiring of new deans and other
administrators, and the senate is taking the lead in
setting academic policy, not running behind a train
that has already left the station. That said, this is still a
work in progress. And if we, the faculty, do not em-
brace our responsibilities, we will have let down the
institution. We must also not forget that there are
other voices that should be heard in decision-making.
There are students, staff, patients, administrators,
governing boards, and the citizens of the State who all
have a stake in the success of this University My goal
is to broaden the dialogue, empower the speakers,
and define our future in a true spirit of collaboration.
Your voice is important to that mission and I have no
doubt that you are up to the task. So here we go!
Danaya Wright is a Professor of Law.

2006-2007 Senate Agenda

Implement Shared Governance at Unit level
Adopt procedures for review and revisions to the
University Strategic Planning
New ad hoc task forces to look at the University
Curriculum Committee and the Academic Personnel

Evaluate and suggest changes to rationalize
undergraduate education and general education
Work with Student Government on a tuition
initiative to create avenues and strategies for positive
tuition growth
Constitutional changes to guarantee more faculty
voice on dean and department chair search commit-
Work with Student Government to improve
student participation on University committees
Oversee electronic voting for senators in each unit
through the senate office
Substantive and procedural changes to Nominat-
ing Committee, Committee on Committees, Honorary
Degrees Committee, and Senate Secretary positions
*Work closely to support the faculty in collective
Improve communications and resources for
faculty through the Senate Web site
Special meeting on changes to grievance policies
and participate in the hiring of a Dispute Resolution
Work to improve child care facilities on campus
Increase faculty involvement in developing new
initiatives for Legislative Budget Requests
Implement policies to guarantee greater faculty
participation in budget priorities at local level
Address issues of deferred maintenance for uni-
versity buildings
Increase faculty participation in evaluations of
deans and administrators
Make recommendations on the adoption of
minus grades
Increase diversity and nondiscrimination
Hold Student/Faculty Academic Summit
Hold interim elections for Research Policy Com-
mittee and Compensation Committee this Fall


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Faculty Senate News: 8.24.06 .Meeting Outcomes

Senate Organization
Danaya Wright presented an outline of the Senate
organizational structure and reviewed her goals for
the 2006-2007 Academic Year.
Faculty Senate Summer 2006 Activities:
Dr. Wright met with College Deans; Senior Vice
Presidents; Vice Presidents; directors; the Student
Senate and Student Body Presidents. Dr. Wright also
consulted with Steering committee regarding changes
to the Senate Secretary position; met with the execu-
tive council of the APA; ensured the Strategic Work
Plan was ready for final ratification and met with
faculties of several colleges.

Parliamentary Procedure
Barbara Wingo reviewed parliamentary procedure
and the Sunshine Laws.
State of the University Address
Dr. Machen discussed the following items during his
State of the University Address
"Florida Opportunity Scholars" program
Research and Fundraising
Construction projects including:
Pugh Hall and the Steinbrenner Band building.
Shared Faculty Governance
Strategic work plan
Course loads and graduation rate
GatorGradCare Health Insurance
Increased effort to educate students about the
dangers of excess alcohol consumption
Dr. Machen also encourage the faculty to engage in
whether our undergraduate education offerings are
rigorous enough
Dr. Machen noted that this year is the 100th anni-
versary of the University of Florida's presence in

Action Items:
Faculty Senate Resolution on the
University Strategic Work Plan
WHEREAS, President Bernie Machen drafted a
Strategic Work Plan for the University of Florida and
solicited the input of all Faculty through the Faculty
Senate, and
WHEREAS, the Senate assigned the draft Plan to the
Academic Policy Council to make recommended
changes incorporating the comments of the faculty,
WHEREAS, three faculty members: Barry Ache, Kirk
Ludwig and Jaquie Resnick, continued to work closely
with the President during the summer to draft a final
version of the work plan, and
WHEREAS, President Machen and the University
Administration agree to collaborate with the Faculty
Senate, and to enlist the participation of the faculty on
future revisions and updates to the Work Plan
NOW BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate,
while recognizing that the strategic Work Plan may
not address all the issues raised by all faculty, and that
it cannot satisfy all constituencies on all issues, hereby
thanks President Machen for requesting that the
faculty have significant opportunities to contribute to
the Strategic Work Plan,
agrees that the process for obtaining faculty input
embodies University of Florida's commitment to
shared governance,
recognizes that the Strategic Work Plan is a living
document that will require frequent updates and
revisions and promises to participate actively in that
and ratifies the plan, acknowledging that each
unit in the University can contribute meaningfully to
the University's mission and dedicating our support in
facilitating the goals of this strategic plan and develop-
ing any future plans.
The resolution was approved.


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Faculty Senate Agenda:
September 21, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium

Approval of April 20, 2006 and August 24, 2006 minutes .......................Danaya Wright, Chair

*Chair's Report................................................... ....... ................. ...Danaya W right, Chair
*President's Report....................................................... ................ ... Bernie M achen, President

Information Items:
Constitution Committee.................................. Tim Taylor, Constitution Committee Chair
Temporary Senator Replacement Policy Senate Bylaw 4 E 2 (e)
Absence policy for councils and committees Constitution Article IV Section 2
Senate Secretary Constitution Article IV Section 3
Curriculum Committee.............................. Sheila Dickison, Curriculum Committee Chair
Engineering Joint Degree Program
CLAS 5 year plan: Shared Governance, Academic Policies and Alignment of Budget
and the Strategic Work Plan Discussion...........................................Danaya Wright, Chair

Open Discussion from Floor of Senate:

Three minute limit per speaker, floor will be open to Senators first


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