Title: Academics: a monthly newsletter for the faculty of the University of Florida
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Title: Academics: a monthly newsletter for the faculty of the University of Florida
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Creator: UF Faculty Senate
Publisher: University of Florida Faculty Senate, University of Florida
Publication Date: 2004
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Faculty- S enate Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 1

December 2004

Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the first Faculty Senate Newsletter.
Every month, we will be posting a web-based Newsletter with
the outcomes of the latest Senate Meeting, a schedule of
upcoming Senate activities, etc. The January issue will contain
a Faculty Accolades section. We hope you will find it useful.

I would like to draw your attention to two important searches
that are underway, the Provost Search and that for
Vice-President for Human Resources.

I will end with a personal observation. Only 71 out of the
150 Senators were present at the last Senate meeting! Such
poor attendance hinders our attempt to bring Shared Faculty
Governance to this University. Whatever we, in leadership
positions, do will not matter without wider Faculty

Happy Holidays to All!


December Events

Senate Steering Commintee Nleering

Faciilt Senate Meeting

December 10. 2004

December 16, 2001

December 16, 2004
Meeting Agenda Items


* Constitutional Language for Policy
Presented by Chris Snodgrass, Chair -
University Constitution Committee

* Master of Science with Major in Decision
Information Sciences:
Presented by Ken Gerhardt, Chair, Graduate

* New Department in College of Medicine -
Department of Aging and Geriatric
Presented by Timothy Flynn


* Agenda Procedures
Presented by Barbara Wingo, Parliamentarian

* Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee
Presented by Les Thiele, Chair,
Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee

Items in This Issue
Page 1 Message from the Chair
Page 1 December Events
Page 1 Upcoming Meeting Agenda Items
Page 2 11/18/2004 Meeting Outcomes
Page 3 11/18/2004 Meeting Outcomes (cont.)

Faculty Senate. 235C Tigert Hall. PO Box 113175. Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone 352/392-9019 www.senate.ufl.edu Facsimile 352/392-8735

Page 2

November 18, 2004

Meeting Outcomes

* Name Change of Whitney Laboratory to
The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
Presented by Dr. Sheila Dickison, Chair,
Curriculum Committee
Approved Unanimously

* Changes in General Education Requirements
Presented by Dr. Andy McCollough

* New Majors Presented by Dr. Ken Gerhardt
Master of Science with Major in Management
Approved Unanimously

* Master of Science with Major in Finance
Approved Unanimously

* Sunset Master of Agriculture Non-Thesis
Presented by Dr. Ken Gerhardt
Approved Unanimously

* Honorary Degree Committee Nomination
Presented by Dr. Barry Ache, Chair, Honorary
Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus and Memorial
Awards Committee
Approved Unanimously

* Ad Hoc Committee on Tenure
Presented by James Klausner, Chair, Ad Hoc
Joint Committee on Tenure
These recommendations were voted on individually
as follows:
1.) "Tenure When Ready" currently in practice shall
be maintained. All tenure candidates shall be
judged by the same standards irrespective of
their tenure-accruing time at UF.
Approved Unanimously

2.) The minimum number of external peer
evaluation letters required for tenure and/or
promotion review shall be FIVE.
A motion was approved to remove "and/or
Recommendation Approved.

3.) Colleges shall choose a maximum
probationary period of either SIX or
SEVEN years.
Recommendation Approved.

4.) The University of Florida tenure criteria shall
be maintained. However, the university
tenure and promotion guidelines shall not
explicitly define "distinction." Instead, each
college shall identify the factors that
constitute distinction in t ,.hi,_. research,
and service for each discipline and shall
disseminate those to the faculty each year.
Recommendation Approved.

5.) A "Tenure Clock Stopping" policy shall be
adopted by the University of Florida. The
policy shall adhere to the basic tenets of
Section 4.3 of the Joint Committee on
Tenure Final Report that are summarized

No tenure earning time shall be accrued during a
semester or year-long leave of absence or a
reduced FTE appointment, EXCEPT when the
primary purpose of the leave is to conduct
research or as agreed to in writing by the Office
of Academic Affairs and the faculty member at
the time of approval of the leave.

It is presumed that all persons in a tenure-
accruing rank shall be granted a one-year
extension of the maximum probationary period
for tenure under the following circumstances.

a) Child birth or child care for newly bom,
adopted, or legally fostered children) by
either the faculty member or his or her
domestic partner, spouse, or immediate
family member and for whom the faculty
member has significant child care
b) Serious illness of the faculty member or of a
member of his or her immediate family for
whom the faculty member has significant

Faculty Senate. 235C Tigert Hall. PO Box 113175. Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone 352/392-9019 www.senate.ufl.edu Facsimile 352/392-8735

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Meeting Outcomes (continued)
Meeting Date: November 18, 2004

5.) (continued)

Immediate family member shall be defined, for
purposes of this section, as: faculty member's
spouse or domestic partner, child, parent,
grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister (or
spouse of any of them) of the faculty member
or his/her spouse or domestic partner.

The maximum extension of the
probationary period for tenure that any person
may obtain under a combination of
circumstances identified in Sections II and III
is limited to two years.
Approved Unanimously.

6.) The new university midterm review policy shall
require that each tenure candidate prepare a
standard tenure packet (without external
letters) to be reviewed by the end of his/her
third year of tenure-accruing service, and that
he/she receive a written peer evaluation. Each
college shall establish procedures for
conducting the review, and the Provost's
Office shall insure that each college's
procedures are consistent with university
guidelines. The written evaluation shall not be
used in future tenure deliberations of the
Recommendation Approved.

7.) A junior faculty mentoring program shall be
established. College units shall develop
internal guidelines on mentoring consistent
with university guidelines. The mentor or
mentors shall provide at least an annual
consultation to the tenure candidate. No
college or university policy shall require a
written assessment by the mentor.
Recommendation Approved.

8.) College level tenure and promotion
boards shall provide recorded individual
assessments to the college deans as part
of their fact finding and consultative role
in the review of promotion and tenure
cases. At a minimum, an individual
assessment shall indicate whether or not
the candidate meets the standards
required for tenure and that assessment
shall become part of the tenure and
promotion packet. The individual
assessors shall not be identified in the
tenure and promotion packet.
Recommendation Tabled for Further

9.) At least half of the faculty members
serving on college tenure and promotion
boards shall be selected via peer voting.
Each college shall establish eligibility
guidelines for voting and serving.
Recommendation Approved

Happy & Safe Holidays
To All!



All Senators, Deans, Chairs, Faculty (and Others) are encouraged to frequently check the Faculty Senate website,
http://www.senate.ufl.edu, for updated information and postings.
All meeting times, locations, agendas and minutes will be posted in advance of the meeting.

Faculty Senate. 235C Tigert Hall. PO Box 113175. Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone 352/392-9019 www.senate.ufl.edu Facsimile 352/392-8735

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