UF/IFAS Faculty Advisory Committee
Tuesday, July 17, 2001
102 Poultry-Dairy Science Conference Room
Dee Wilkins, presiding
Members Present: Dee Wilkins, Chair; Ron Barnett, Mary Collins, Clayton Hutcheson, Peter
Hansen, Grover Smart, Don Maynard, Dorota Haman, Ron Muraro, Patrick Hogue
Members Absent: Katy Sieving, Bill Hill and Sue Percival
Dr. Martin gave a summary of the 2001 Legislative Budget. Some of the updated information
provided to the committee indicated that there might be some restructuring of the IFAS Budget.
At this time $1.3 million will be carried-forward.
Dr. Martin is hoping that by mid-October, 5 to 10 of the 31 faculty positions currently frozen will be
released to the units. The decision as to which ones will be released depends on programmatic
need, "economics" of the position, and "politics" of the position to be filled.
Faculty salary increases will be a 2.4% merit increase with a minimum increase of $600. Faculty
should be receiving notification of their salary increase next week. Also 23 IFAS faculty members
were given a $2,000 special salary adjustment. These were given to recently promoted associate
and full professors whose salary is low in comparison to others.
Dr. Martin is thankful the Professors who were given a promotion in the Salary Adjustment
Program finally were announced. He felt that it was not a perfect system/program. The IFAS
administration tried to get a promotion to all the deserving faculty. He was disappointed that all
who were recognized in IFAS for this promotion were not selected. He said that within IFAS there
was a "peer review faculty" committee that rated the individuals. Those nominated for the
promotion were sent to the UF Academic Personnel Board. Dr. Martin commented that it was a
learning experience for everyone involved. He indicated that he thought President Young was
committed to having the program next year.
The REC Review Committee co-chaired by Donn Shilling (Apopka) and Harold Browning (Lake
Alfred), and vice-chaired by Joan Dusky (Asst. Dean Extension) will be reviewing the comments
by the over-site/review committee to determine what programmatic/economic changes may be
necessary. The question raised by Dr. Martin was "What do we do with thel9 RECs?"
The tuition waiver that was abolished by the recent legislature may be restored in the next
session. Dr. Martin feels that the tuition waiver program is a smart investment in our staff and
faculty. The cost for such a program is minimal. Associate Dean Arrington has come up with a
proposed program to help county agents continue their education. This proposed program might
take place even if the tuition program is re-instated by the legislature.
The Faculty Activity System (FAS) is continuing to undergo changes. Dr. Martin would like the
members of the FAC to test the changes on a regular basis. He wants the committee to suggest
how to make it more functional. Also, EDIS was discussed concerning the difficulty some
individuals are having in putting publications on the system. Dr. Martin suggested that the FAC
keep an eye on both FAS and EDIS and make suggestions into improving both systems.
Dr. Martin wants to re-visit the "less than full-time" faculty appointments. He would like a
subcommittee of FAC to suggest a policy to implement it, how it may work, and incentives that
would benefit the faculty member and IFAS in accepting this opportunity. He would like a draft
proposal by the end of Fall Semester. Serving on this "less than full-time" faculty appointments
are Pat Hogue, Dorota Haman, and Ron Muraro.
Dean Richard Jones and Assistant Dean William Brown were invited to the FAC meeting to
discuss the T-STAR program. Dean Jones gave the committee information on the program. T-
STAR is the umbrella for CBAG and PBAG. The members of CBAG are the University of Florida,
University of Puerto Rico, and the University of the Virgin Islands. Information is available on the
website (http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/t-star/). Last year 37 pre-proposals were submitted in
IFAS. A faculty peer group selected 31 for a full proposal. The average award was $30-
35,000/yr for 3 years. Pre-proposals for T-STAR 2002-2003 will be due in August. Last year
there was a total of $3.6 million for T-STAR. At this time, the level of funding is not known.
Deans Jones and Brown would like any feedback about the program.
Donna Stall (representing IFAS Personnel) was asked to the meeting to answer questions about
the Sustained Performance Evaluation Policy (SPEP) draft. The policy has been in effect since
1998. It identifies faculty who receive several unsatisfactory performance ratings. The faculty
member in this program must have a plan in which s/he will improve performance. It was stated
that many faculty members are not aware of this program. At this time the FAC was asked to
review a draft of IFAS' policy. There were several questions raised about the language in the
draft. A subcommittee (Grover Smart, Chair; Clayton Hutcheson, and Dorota Haman) was
appointed to study the draft.
Discussion items included IFAS' policy on consulting; decision/guidelines to the Salary
Adjustment Program; and concerns with EDIS. It was suggested that these items be discussed
at the August meeting.
Dee Wilkins suggested that a letter from the FAC be written to President Young thanking him for
his support in establishing the Salary Adjustment Program. It was accepted.
Dee Wilkins also wants the IFAS faculty to remember to vote for the new members of the
committee. Ballots were mailed out this week. Please follow the directions. The ballots are due
July 27. At the August meeting the new members of the FAC will join the meeting.
The meeting was adjoined at 4:10 PM.
Next meeting is to be held Wednesday, August 22nd
Mary E. Collins