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College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences
The Heart of the Gator Nation

Annual Program

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1. Mission Statement

The current mission statement of the college

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences constitutes
the intellectual core of the university. Its principal
mission is to lead the academic quest to understand
our place in the universe, and to help shape our
society and environment. The College pledges to
ensure equitable access for all of its constituencies
present, drawing strength from our rich heritage
of racial, ethnic and gender diversity. Through
teaching, research and service, the College
continually expands our knowledge and practice in
the most fundamental questions in the arts,
humanities, social sciences, and natural and
mathematical sciences.

At the undergraduate level, students acquire an
intellectual foundation based on a well-rounded
and comprehensive education designed for an
increasingly technological and rapidly changing
society. At the graduate level, students master a
specialized body of knowledge and pursue original
research under the guidance of outstanding

As a public institution, the College serves society
through its research programs to advance our
knowledge and capabilities, through its teaching to
prepare tomorrow's leaders, and through its
outreach programs to ensure dissemination of the
state of the art in areas ranging from languages
and literatures, to social behaviors, to the
fundamental laws of nature. The College captures
the brightest ideals of intellectual inquiry and
human values mirrored in society, and remains
ever conscious that it must represent and reflect all
segments of society to remain the intellectual core
of the university.

2. Goals and expected outcomes

Teaching: CLAS has a huge undergraduate
service component. At the lower division level, its
goals are largely driven by the General Education
requirements and the need to prepare lower
division students for major study in all areas of the
university. At the upper division level, it
continues to provide a substantial amount of
instruction to students from many colleges at UF.
This upper division service concentrates on
specific disciplines, such as Statistics and
Mathematics. For upper division students
majoring in CLAS disciplines, the college aims to
provide world-class instruction from accomplished

In 2005-06, CLAS delivered 525,312 total SCHs.
It should be noted that significantly more "seats"
were provided than this number indicates, since
students "drop" seats which are not counted. In
any case, the total SCHs grew in 2004-05 by 1.7%
and again in 2005-06 by 1.4%. In certain areas,
however, the growth has been larger and,
sometimes, astonishing. This has exacerbated the
problem of providing adequate service.

For example, Chemistry has experienced
unprecedented growth in student demand for
introductory courses. Fall 2003 lower division
enrollments totaled 7477 students, while Fall 2006
lower division enrollments totaled 9277 students.
The difference amounts to 1800 students,
representing a 24% increase. This phenomenon
has occurred in the other large science
departments as well, including Physics and
Biological Sciences (Zoology and Botany). Since
CLAS and the university have not invested
significantly in adding undergraduate laboratory
infrastructure, finding appropriate space and
facilities is a challenge. Chemistry laboratories
are offered currently all week long at every
available time slot in the day. Recently, to

accommodate demand, the department has
increased the number of students at lab stations
from two to three. This is not an ideal situation
from a pedagogical point of view. Since CLAS
was unable to adequately replenish Chemistry
faculty post-DROP, staffing courses has been
particularly challenging in Chemistry, as well.

A general college problem related to instruction
centers on instructional delivery. There has not
been a recent systematic discussion about
modes, techniques, and personnel used in
instruction. This conversation is sorely needed
department-by-department. Several questions
should be asked.

First, are departments using an appropriate mix
of tenure-track faculty and lecturers? This
question needs a thorough discussion.
Comparative data from the AAU shows that UF
uses non-tenure-accruing faculty at a lower rate
than our peers. This happens for a variety of
reasons, including UF's location in Gainesville.
Careful and appropriate use of such instructors
can increase productivity and permit
overloaded tenure track faculty more time to
pursue other important activities.

Second, have departments reviewed their
methods of course delivery, and are there more
efficient modes that could be used? The
answers to this last question may require an
investment in technology infrastructure.

A thorough and systematic exploration of these
issues should yield methods to handle student
demand more smoothly with less pressure on
faculty and departments. We need a frank
discussion of costs and benefits in pursuing
some of these strategies.

Research: CLAS expects all of its units to aim
for national prominence in research, and many
units contribute substantially to UF's profile in
this area. The college commitment to this area

has been reemphasized recently through the
appointment of Dave Richardson (past chair of
Chemistry) as Associate Dean for Research.

One measure of research success is grants income.
Contract and grant expenditures have increased
over the past two years, and we have an indication
that the trend will continue this year. The total
awards received by the college between July 1,
2005 and February 28, 2006 were $24.997M, and
the total awards for FY 2005-06 were $39.251M.
This year, the total awards received by the college
between July 1, 2006 and March 12, 2006 were
$31.439M. So, CLAS has exceeded last year's
income, based on a point-in-time comparison
(although last year was not a sterling year for
grants income). That said, there is cause for
concern if the college does not continue to
replenish lost science faculty. In the laboratory
sciences, each tenure-track faculty member


a certain amount of
of a certain number
The grants represent IDC

grants and
of doctoral
and student

Success of the college research program depends
on several factors, including:

* The strength and depth of the faculty Hiring
is key
* The extent to which interdisciplinary research
programs can be encouraged
* Strong leadership at the department and
college level

Some Notable Research Achievements:

UF receives $1.5M from Howard Hughes Medical
Institute: http://news.ufl.edu/2006/o6/ol/hhmi-

UF Zoologist receives $1M from Howard Hughes
Medical Institute:
http: //www.clas.ufl.edu/events/news/articles/20o6o4
oF hhmi.html

Astronomy offers first look at world's largest
http: //www.clas.ufl.edu/events/news/articles/200
61102 telescope.html

UF professor chosen to head major
gravitational wave experiment:

UF Professor awarded top prize in theoretical
http: //www.clas.ufl.edu/events/news/articles/200
70221 bartlett.html

$450K Ford grant to look at religion and
http: //www.clas.ufl.edu/events/news/articles/200
70214 ford.html

Psychologist named 2007 recipient of Young
Investigator Award from Sigma Xi:
http: //www.clas.ufl.edu/events/news/articles/200
70112 abrams.html

"Gator Star" makes it to Guinness Book of
World Records:
http: //www.clas.ufl.edu/events/news/articles/200
70111 star.html

Botany Professors receive multiple professional
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English Professor wins National Book Circle
Critics Awards:
http: //www.clas.ufl.edu/events/news/articles/200
60o10 logan.html

Service: The major news in the service arena is
the development of the Graham Center, to be
housed in Pugh Hall, currently under

Senator Graham is working with CLAS to
establish the Bob Graham Center for Public
Service on campus. A public policy center also
will be created at the University of Miami, and the
two centers will encompass public policy research
and teaching and hemispheric cooperation.
Modeled along the lines of programs at Harvard
University and others, the Graham Center will
distinguish itself by providing future leaders with
the skills and knowledge to effectively address the
challenges of hemispheric interdependence,
national security, immigration, the environment,
education, and healthcare. The center will serve as
a magnet to attract and host distinguished scholars,
parliamentarians, and policy makers from around
the world to create a dynamic pool of expertise for
reviewing and defining issues on global policy

One of the goals will be to train college students in
languages, culture and other skills vital to a career
in public service. A bachelor and master's program
in public policy will be developed, and the center
plans to sponsor a Statesman-in-Residence
Program by inviting prominent U.S. and
international political leaders to UF to conduct
research and give seminars.

The Department of African and Asian Languages
and Literatures and the Samuel Proctor Center for
Oral History will be located in Pugh Hall as well
and are expected to develop close ties with the
Graham Center.

Diversity: While the college has not made great
leaps forward, it does continue to make progress
in this area. Its percentage of minority ranked
faculty has increased from 13% to 15.3% to 16.2%
over the last three years. Note that these
percentages are substantially above the UF
average of approximately 6.5%. The CLAS
percentage of minority staff hovers around 19.4%.
In 2005-06, 25% of undergraduate degrees and
10.7% of graduate degrees were awarded to
minority students.

Following an unsuccessful national search for a
director of African American Studies, an
internal permanent director was appointed.
Next year's OPS allocation to that unit has
been increased, and this will permit an
increased number of course offerings. In
addition, the College will assist the Program in
realizing a bachelor's degree offering in
African American Studies. This can be
accomplished with the faculty already
participating in the program, although a search
will be initiated this fall for an additional
faculty member to participate in the program.

In the next paragraph, I briefly describe the
gender diversity among the faculty in the
college. These are based on figures in IR's UF
Facts database. I was a little startled, however,
in looking at these figures to find a large jump
in number of faculty in the college between 04
and 05 on the spreadsheets. For example, on
the full-time faculty spreadsheet, it shows 757
less 53 postdocs for 704 full-timers in 04. In
05, it shows 823 less 67 postdocs for 756 full-
timers. That amounts to a faculty increase of
52 faculty members. I wonder if these figures
are real or reflect some reporting phenomenon
that is not clear to me.

The following figures illustrate the gender
diversity in the college. The tenured plus
tenure-accruing faculty totaled 592, 592, and
520 in 06, 05, and 04. Of these faculty
members, 162, 165, and 134 were women. The
percentages generated are 27% in 06, 28% in
05, and 26% in 04.

Fund raising: Several generous gifts have
been realized or are about to be realized
including professorships in Anthropology and
Geology. Several others are being actively
discussed. Senator Graham and the
Development Officers are raising funds
vigorously for the operation of the new Graham
Center. CLAS has excellent prospects for

success in the Capital Campaign, and the Interim
Dean has been traveling extensively with the
development officers to meet the friends of the

One development officer resigned recently and
will be replaced. The list of college naming
opportunities has been expanded.

2/2005 2/2006 2/2007
Foundation $53.272M $61.402M $65.639M
Usable $5.762M $6.164M $6.478M

3. Strategic Fit. CLAS's plan is directly aligned
with those of the university and the BOG. That
said, the college has not documented a plan in a
manner as comprehensive and polished as the
other two. The Interim Dean has initiated a
process in the college to develop such a plan.

Four considerations dictate the need for such a
plan. First, there should be a document to serve as
a basis for faculty discussion with permanent dean
candidates. Do candidate goals and plans align
with faculty goals and plans? Second, the
development officers have a need to understand
the direction of the college and fundraising
opportunities. Third, such a plan can serve as a
basis for communication with other university
units, including the Provost. Fourth, the Dean and
Department Chairs need a basis for conversation
about priorities and directions.

The process has begun as a "bottom-up" initiative.
Department chairs, in consultation with their
faculties, have been asked to write briefly about
their plans for the next three to five years,
emphasizing areas of investment and
disinvestment. The college is divided into three
divisions, which we shall term, loosely speaking,
as Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

The chairs of each division are meeting
together with a designated associate dean to
review department plans, to look for common
threads, and to formulate a vision for the
division that cuts across disciplines, where
possible. When this is done, we will attempt to
synthesize a document for the whole college,
paying special attention to interdisciplinary

4. Top five achievements in 2006-07.
1. Reduction of deficit. On January 2, 2007,
the CLAS deficit ending June 30, 2007 was
projected to be $4.87M. As of this date, the
CLAS deficit ending June 30, 2007 is projected
to be between $3.2M and $3.8M, depending on
how and whether end-of-year monies are
expended. The deficit for 2007-08 is currently
projected at $2M. The college budget is
projected to be in the black in 2008-09.

2. HHMI awards. UF Receives $1.5 Million
from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to
Enhance Undergraduate Science Education.
University of Florida students and faculty soon will
have access to a new interdisciplinary science
laboratory in UF's Health Science Center complex,
thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute. The grant in support of
undergraduate science education will leverage
investments from UF and partners to total more
than $3.8 million.

"The HHMI award will bring together early
undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral
fellows and faculty members campus-wide to teach
and learn from each other in a way no other facility
in the state does now" said Randy Duran, the
grant's lead researcher and an associate professor of
chemistry in UF's College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. "UF has a very talented freshman class,
and we want to make stimulating opportunities
available to these students."

With the help of Doug Barrett, UF senior vice president
for health affairs, the university will use the grant
money to create the HHMI Undergraduate Core
Laboratory at UF's Health Science Center. The facility
will be devoted to cross-disciplinary teaching and
laboratory work.

UF Zoologist Receives $1 Million from Howard
Hughes Medical Institute

Louis Guillette, a University of Florida distinguished
professor of zoology, has been selected as one of 20
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, or HHMI,
professors and will receive $1 million over the next four
years to support undergraduate science education
efforts at UF

3. Reopening Of Ustler Hall home to Women's
Studies and an historic building.

4. Groundbreaking for Pugh Hall, Graham
Center, and Language Laboratories Pugh Hall
will be home to the Bob Graham Center for Public
Service, the Samuel Proctor Center for Oral History,
and the Department of African and Asian Languages
and Literatures. The building is scheduled for
completion in December 2007, with people moving
into the building at the end of December. There will
need to be a dedication ceremony in early 2008.

The Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
unit of foreign language departments secured a
$500K grant from the Department of Defense
(NSA, L3 Communications) to renovate the
Language Learning Center (LLC) providing much
needed hardware, software, and the like, to update
the facility.

5. A new $450,000 Ford grant to explore the
role religion plays in shaping the lives of Latino
immigrants in Atlanta.

Strategy for Future achievements. In the
Sciences, the strategy must rest on building the core
faculty and in improving their facilities, notably in
Chemistry, the Biological Sciences, and on the
biological sciences sides of Psychology and
Anthropology. Despite the start-up funds difficulty,
there must be steady hiring in the hard sciences,
even during deficit reduction. The addition of a
new Life Sciences Building and a Chemistry
Research/Teaching Laboratory building in the near
future will be important. Greater interlinking of
college biological sciences programs with each other
and with other units in the university is crucial.
Seahorse Key must be realigned to greater
university advantage.

In the Social Sciences, Criminology, which is a
signature program, is being reinforced because of
several prominent retirements and losses, including
Ron Akers, Chuck Frazier, and the Piqueros.
Substantial attention must be paid to Political
Science, which has acquired a large undergraduate
program. It will transition to a new chair this
summer. Its fate is increasingly intertwined with
the Graham Center, and there needs to be a
reconciliation of the two agendas. If this is done
effectively, however, the upside for both units is
tremendous. CSD has enjoyed success in its
Audiology Program, which is currently ranked 8th
nationally by U.S. News and World Report. It
requires reinforcement, however, to maintain the
ranking. Anthropology has another large
undergraduate program and a prominent graduate
program. It will have the opportunity to do senior
hires in the near future, and, if those are carefully
invested, could result in an enhanced reputation for
the program. The C.A. Pound Lab also needs to be
realigned to greater department and university

In the Humanities, the Center for Humanities in the
Public Sphere is searching for a director to define its
vision and program. Much depends on the careful
selection of this director, who will largely determine
the vision and success of the Center for the next five

years. Nearly as importantly, a new director of the
Samuel Proctor Center for Oral History will be
selected. Candidates are being interviewed now.

CLAS should consider returning the University Writing
Program to the direction of the Department of English.
This must be done carefully and deliberately with
reliable safeguards. If it can be done successfully, it
will strengthen the department and writing on campus.

The College has a continuing challenge to deliver
sufficient instruction in the Humanities. We must
consider new modes of instruction in the foreign
languages and are initiating an experiment in German
to achieve this. Religion is experimenting with large-
format courses. We are seeking additional federal
support to teach less commonly taught languages.

One of the great strengths of the college has been the
success of several of its Centers, including the Center
for African Studies, the Center for European Studies,
the Center for Jewish Studies, the France-Florida
Institute, and the Center for Women's Studies. The
Center for Latin-American Studies, while not a
component of CLAS, relies on many CLAS faculty and
interacts closely with CLAS units. The most successful
centers have crossed CLAS departmental boundaries to
produce successful synergies. These types of centers
need to be encouraged.

5. CLAS Challenges

* Live within the budget
* Seek assistance with startup to fund new hires in
the sciences
* Facilities Life sciences building, Chemistry
Research/Teaching Laboratory building,
undergraduate laboratories, IT infrastructure
* Develop the programs of the Graham Center and
Humanities Center
* Foster effective interdisciplinary work without
fractionating the college into a myriad of centers and
* Future of the Writing Program

Top five impediments to success:

* Little new state money on the horizon
* Availability of startup funds for new hires in the
* New facilities needed Life sciences building,
Chemistry Research/Teaching Laboratory building,
undergraduate laboratories, IT infrastructure
* Raised expectations of remuneration/cultural
* Atmosphere following budget crisis and the
"five-year plan"

Strategies for dealing with impediments:

* Recalibrate mix of tenure-track
faculty/instructors and reexamine delivery of
* Careful hiring
* Seek partnerships in securing startup funds
* Continue to press for new facilities and seek
private funds
* Recalibrate college culture

6. Improvement strategies

Standard assessment measures work well in CLAS.

In terms of teaching productivity, we can look at
total SCHs generated, SCHs per instructional
faculty member, and SCHs per state dollar. At the
graduate level, retention, attrition, and placement
data are important and should be measured. Ph.D.
production per state OPS dollar provided is also an
important measure, as is time-to-degree.

For the sciences and some social sciences, contract
and grant dollars are good measures of productivity
and national standing. National rankings are also
available in some cases. In other social sciences and
the humanities, research productivity can be more
elusive to determine. It is worth noting that one of
the new assessment products out of New York has

ranked UF's English Department as the second most
productive in the country. How successful this new
product will be remains to be seen.

One key to improvement is careful hiring. The College
must resolve to hire to develop areas of strength and
depth both within departments and to produce cross-
disciplinary collaborations, and this will require
strategic allocation of any resources that become

7. Academic Culture

Mentoring. The CLAS Academic Advising Center
plays a central role in advising and mentoring
undergraduates both within the college and without.
This is a dedicated corps of professionals who provide
excellent service on a shoestring budget, given the
number of students they serve. The Advising Center is
under some budgetary stress. The Director of the
Center believes it has been cut to the bone and really
cannot function adequately with its current personnel

Departments seem genuinely interested in advising
and mentoring their undergraduate majors. They
allocate these responsibilities in various ways, some
perhaps more effective than others, but I have not
heard any complaints or concerns in my brief time in
the college office about this subject.

Mentoring of graduate students is a different matter.
Mentoring styles vary by discipline, national
disciplinary cultures, and local personalities and
customs. This is an area that can use some work, as
illustrated by the recent episode in Sociology, which
does not seem to me to have been handled by any party
particularly well. I suggest that this is an area in which
a new graduate dean could invest some time in helping
to change the culture. For example, my discipline
(Mathematics) has a national culture of mentoring that
dates back to the sixties and needs updating. In the
Humanities, it is assumed without question that the
standard time to finish a Ph.D. should be six years or

more (and this is often calculated after a Master's

Faculty mentoring within departments follows
university guidelines. Some departments have a
long tradition of careful mentoring. For others, this
is a relatively new activity that needs to be assessed.

Intellectual Life. On the other hand, the
intellectual life of programs and departments is
fairly rich, within the limits of budget. CLAS
provides to the university community and the
external community an amazing array of
intellectual and cultural experiences of general and
popular interest. While much of this springs from
within departments, a substantial amount arises
from various centers and institutes, many of which
have an explicit outreach component built into their

Partnerships. CLAS is heavily engaged in
partnerships across campus. These are too
numerous to list. They range from the Sciences
(Emerging Pathogens, Genetics Institute, the
Nanoscience institute, HHMI,...) to the Social
Sciences (Gerontology, CSD, Psychology,...) to the
Humanities (CHITRA, Philosophy, Writing

This activity is remarkably healthy: recall that a
substantial component of the CLAS mission,
especially in the Sciences, is devoted to basic
research, whereas the missions of many other
colleges lean more toward applied research. CLAS
faculty members have shown the willingness and
industry to engage with other units around the
campus and often provide a critical project

Outside the college and the university, CLAS has
several important partnerships. These include a
partnership with the University of Miami in
developing the Graham Center and a partnership
with Spain and others in developing the Gran
Telescopio in the Canary Islands.

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