Title: UF-IFAS Faculty Council meeting minutes
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Publication Date: November 16, 2005
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IFAS Faculty Council Meeting Minutes
November 16, 2005

Members present: Martin Adjei, Elizabeth Bolton, John Davis, Lochrane Gary, Lisa Guion (chair),
Bob Hochmuth, Ed Jennings, Gail Kauwell, Heather McAuslane, Jane Polston, Mike Sweat

Members absent: Jude Grosser, Fritz Roka

Meeting began at 1:38 p.m., chaired by Lisa Guion. Agenda was distributed. Minutes of October
meeting were approved with minor changes.

Potential IFAS Faculty Symposium. VP Cheek charged the committee with the task of
investigating the need for and content of a statewide IFAS faculty symposium. Fritz Roka will
lead this effort but could not attend today's meeting. Advantages and disadvantages to holding
such a meeting identified by Roka and other FC members were discussed. Advantages would
include providing a forum for IFAS administrators to talk about broad issues affecting IFAS faculty
and their vision for IFAS, an opportunity for research and extension faculty to get to know one
another and network, and a chance to team build. Many concerns were raised: 1) the FC does
not have a clear understanding of the objectives of a statewide faculty meeting, 2) extension
faculty already have several state-wide meetings that they must attend each year (Florida
Association of Extension Professionals annual meeting [FAEP] and the new extension specialists
annual meeting in May) and may not see the benefit of attending a third, 3) the costs for
extension faculty of attending these meetings often fall to the counties and faculty may see better
use for their funds, 4) the logistics of a statewide meeting may be unmanageable due to the size
of our faculty, 5) the faculty must have a clear idea of the benefit to them of attending this
meeting, and 6) what added value will a statewide meeting provide to faculty that the Annual
Teaching Enhancement symposium, the FAEP and extension specialists meeting don't already
provide? One suggestion was that a statewide faculty meeting could be held in conjunction with
a research symposium, which faculty might view as a good reason to get together. Dean
McLellan may wish to investigate this idea. The FC will pursue further the idea of a statewide
faculty meeting after clarification by VP Cheek on objectives and expected outcomes. If no
statewide faculty meeting is held, suggestions for modes of communication that VP Cheek may
wish to pursue are regular, brief email messages, Polycomm broadcasts, and smaller regional
events (perhaps based on extension districts).

Confidentiality and Anonymity of Council Member Comments. Members were divided on
whether anonymity of comments provided in response to requests from IFAS administration for
input on proposals/plans/strategies and in FC meeting minutes was necessary. The FC decided
that we should maintain flexibility. Chair Guion will make it clear before comments are solicited
from FC members whether individual faculty comments will be anonymous or not.

Accepting Tasks from Administrators with Close Deadlines. The job of the FC is to provide
feedback to IFAS administrators even when turnaround time is short. Chair Guion will inform
administrators that if the need for feedback is urgent, comments will be from individual faculty
rather than from the FC as a group.

In-depth Analysis of IFAS Report of the 2005 University of Florida Faculty Survey. Gail
Kauwell and Elizabeth Bolton studied the survey data intensively and prepared a PowerPoint
presentation to guide the FC through an analysis of the data. The FC expressed much
appreciation to Gail and Elizabeth for this task. Of the 15 categories of questions on the survey,
IFAS faculty responded favorably to questions regarding diversity (74% favorable), engagement
(71%), university image (61%), and career development (65%). The percent favorable response
for IFAS faculty was significantly higher than for the general UF faculty population. IFAS faculty
responded as unfavorably as did the general UF faculty in the areas of recognition and reward

(32% favorable), quality of life (41%), resources and efficiency (42%), strategy and direction
(42%), and leadership (45%). The FC looked at the responses to specific questions by
demographic group and found that faculty did not respond uniformly favorably in the high ranked
categories and uniformly unfavorably in the low ranked categories. As examples, tenure-accruing
faculty and Asian faculty were less happy with IFAS' promotion of diversity than were tenured
faculty. Permanent status or permanent-status accruing faculty were more engaged and happier
with benefits than tenure-accruing and tenured faculty. Tenured faculty were less happy in the
area of recognition and rewards than were tenure-accruing faculty or permanent faculty.
Discussion followed on the need to study the data more intensively and to parse out different
demographic groups to see why they differ so much in their responses. In particular, data for
county faculty should be examined and compared with data for IFAS without county faculty. A
subcommittee consisting of John Davis, Gail Kauwell, Lisa Guion and Bob Hochmuth was formed
to further investigate demographic trends. They planned to ask Kyle Cavanaugh to provide them
with these data sets and would meet within the next two weeks. They will report their findings to
the FC at the next meeting in December.

Meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Heather McAuslane (Secretary)

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