UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee
Thursday 12 April 2001
102 Poultry-Dairy Science conference room
Dee Wilkins, presiding
Members Present: Dee Wilkins, Chair, Clayton Hutcheson, Peter Hansen, Grover Smart, Don
Maynard, Ron Barnett, Dorota Haman, Sue Percival
Members Absent: Katy Sieving, Pat Hogue, Bill Hill
Dr. Martin reported on the following items:
As it now stands, the IFAS budget has been reduced between $2.0 and 2.6 million. It is believed
that a compromise will be crafted in committee to restore all or part of these reductions. So-
called 'Social Programs' in county extension programs are being questioned as to their
appropriateness, but are being defended. Some IFAS critics believe that we are not serving
traditional agriculture as in the past so new ways of working with
commercial agriculture must be explained.
Privatization of Services.
The Governor is working towards privatization wherever feasible. IFAS is likewise examining and
implementing this process.
An amended plan is to be developed by the 350-400 participants expected to attend. It is hoped
to have three to four stakeholders for each IFAS participant.
Dr. Joe Joyce joined the meeting at this time and took the lead on the next two items.
UNISYS Faculty Accountability (Activity) System.
A recent review by UNISYS officials showed that the current system is basically sound but needs
alterations to improve input and output. In the end, IFAS may have a product efficient enough to
sell to other institutions.
IFAS List Servers.
To be used for official IFAS business that affects all faculty only. Other List Servers should be
developed for specific audiences.
Research Center Reviews.
The report still is in preparation so no recommendations are available at this time. A national
search is being conducted for the Director at the Indian River Research and Education Center.
Full Professor and Extension Agent IV Evaluations.
Suggested procedure for evaluation of professors in good standing after seven years in rank:
a. Written report on accomplishments and plan of work.
b. Unit Leader prepares letter of evaluation for faculty member.
c. Oral evaluation is omitted if there are no questions by either party.
d. Evaluation letter only forwarded to Dean's Office.
e. Evaluation form available to the Dean's office upon request to the Unit Leader.
Agronomy/Soil Science Building.
Decisions as to whether to wait for PECO funding or proceed with procuring funds through bonds
are being evaluated.
Milt Morris Retirement.
Milt will be honored at a reception on 7 May, 3-5 p.m. at the Mathews-Bryan-Johnson Lounge in
the Reitz Union.
The meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m. The next meeting is on Friday 18 May 2001.
Donald N. Maynard