Vote of No Confidence for Interim COAS Dean

December 1, 2016

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Radha Pyati, President/Designee, UNF Faculty Association

The Faculty Association President said at one point that COAS has procedures for a vote of no confidence in its Dean. Could she please tell us where these procedures are located? Could such procedures be used to remove a sitting Interim Dean? When will procedures be forthcoming on how to conduct a vote of no confidence in President Delaney?


Response from the Floor by FA President Radha Pyati
The College of Arts and Sciences Operating Procedures include information about votes of no confidence for the college dean. These procedures can be located on line at the following link:

The bylaws state that…“(if) ten percent of the College Faculty, with membership in at least three different departments, seek to conduct a vote of confidence in the Dean, they may approach the UNF Faculty Association President with a request for such a vote. The Faculty Association President will then conduct the vote, ensuring confidentiality of participants. The Faculty Association President will report both to the College Faculty and to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs (a) the total number of votes and (b) the number of votes for and against. No more than one such vote of confidence shall be conducted within a twelve month period.”

I do not know whether such a procedure could be used to remove a sitting interim dean. For other university-wide administrators, the vote-of-no-confidence process is underway within the FA; it requires a Bylaws change, the first reading of such is in today’s agenda packet.