IFAS Faculty Council Minutes
January 18, 2006
Members present: Martin Adjei, Elizabeth Bolton, John Davis, Lochrane Gary, Jude Grosser, Lisa
Guion (chair), Bob Hochmuth, Ed Jennings, Gail Kauwell, Heather McAuslane, Jane Polston,
Members absent: Fritz Roka
Chair Lisa Guion called the meeting to order at 1:25 p.m. in room 102, Animal Sciences Building.
Senior VP Cheek could not attend today's meeting so the issue of the salary pay plan for senior
faculty was tabled until the February meeting.
Faculty Survey Subcommittee Update. John Davis, chair of this subcommittee formed to
investigate the response of IFAS faculty to the 2005 Faculty Survey at VP Cheek's request, met
with Gail Kauwell, Bob Hochmuth and Lisa Guion for several hours this morning to go over the
main points of their analysis of the data. They chose to focus on the categories of questions
where responses of IFAS faculty were significantly more favorable than those of UF faculty. In no
category did IFAS faculty respond less favorably than UF faculty as a whole. Overall, IFAS
faculty responded more favorably than UF faculty to questions dealing with diversity,
engagement, career development, University image and working relationships. However, the
responses of all IFAS faculty were not uniformly favorable in these categories. Significant
differences were found between tenure-accruing and tenured faculty in the areas of quality of life,
diversity and career development. Assistant professors felt that they spent too much time on
professional and committee service. They were less likely than tenured faculty to agree that the
University of Florida promoted and recruited a diverse faculty. In the category of career
development, assistant professors were less likely than tenured faculty to feel that the guidelines
for tenure were clear and that they were receiving adequate mentoring. Another demographic
divergence found within the IFAS data was that Extension faculty appeared much more satisfied
with everything than did other IFAS faculty, possibly because they may be comparing themselves
to others in their hometowns rather than to University faculty colleagues.
Preliminary conclusions to be presented to VP Cheek at the next meeting of the FC are:
1. We should be pleased that IFAS survey respondents were more positive than the
average UF respondent.
2. IFAS administration should try to increase the response rate to subsequent surveys by
tying new initiatives to the results of this survey, and promote participation in the survey
as a component of shared governance.
3. IFAS administration should address the concerns of tenure-accruing faculty in the areas
of institutional commitment to diversity and high quality consistent mentoring, perhaps
with some "best practices" developed and adopted IFAS-wide.
Discussion followed on the format of the report to be delivered to VP Cheek. It was decided that
John would present a PowerPoint presentation of the survey data and summarize this information
in a one-page outline (after input from FC members). The FC expressed appreciation to John
and his committee.
Unifas Concerns. Some FC members expressed dismay that promises made to them about
improvement in the performance and user-friendliness of Unifas have not been met. In particular,
lack of a hardcopy manual was an issue since not all faculty can attend training sessions and
video tutorials on the PDEC web site do not provide the depth of detail requested. The FC
members want all faculty to be made aware of the status of these promised improvements and
why they were not delivered. Chair Guion will email VP Cheek the council's concerns.
Spring FC Meeting Dates. Spring meetings of the FC will be held February 22, March 8, April
19, May 24 (rescheduled from May 17), and June 14.
Minutes of the December 2005 FC meeting were accepted as written. The meeting was
adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Heather McAuslane (Secretary)