Geese Feces

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Shari Shuman, Vice President Administration & Finance

QUESTION SYNOPSIS-I:
The other day I did see my faculty colleague walking in our building with goose feces on her shoe. Due to my background, I do not say such things to people, but it is a concern of mine. With all of the geese and people that walk, we shouldn’t have to suffer through this situation. Are there solutions? Can sidewalks be washed regularly? Must geese stay near people? Are there other options? Thank you for the consideration.
ADDITIONAL QUESTION SYNOPSIS– I:
At the last meeting, my question was read and I sensed most people joking, so please let me try again to share the serious issue of the goose feces in building. Now I see the geese causing issues of making feces on sidewalks. I saw the students – and even the faculty – having the geese feces on their shoes and making public building carpets and floorings so messy. I researched the issue and found that Chattanooga State Community College had similar issue. Their maintenance crews remove up to 100 pounds of geese feces each day. Goose feces in ponds are bad for the water and cause much algae growth. Stony Brook University had similar issue and used the border collie dogs with trained handlers to humanely remove the geese. Other idea is the Solar Super Sonic system. With this technology, the system plays pre-recorded goose distress calls every ten minutes to alert geese of danger. There must surely be more options the university can enact before we have a feces crisis.

Response from Shari Shuman, Vice President of the Administration & Finance:

I understand your concern about the geese droppings on our campus. It is a daily reminder that life existed on this plot of land before UNF was built and hopefully it will be here long after we as individuals are long gone. Our campus has a tradition of coexisting with the natural beauty that surrounds us, which makes us very attractive to prospective students and visitors. Still, it is not fun to have to dodge droppings as you walk across campus.

Physical Facilities works hard to clean the walkways of the droppings daily. Pressure washers are going full speed every morning.

We have researched various ways to handle this dilemma, including the very unconventional method of using what’s called a Goosinator. It is essentially a remote controlled creation that can go as fast as 25 mph to scare geese away. If you want to see for yourself, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=junuoSsHqks

After much debate, it left us with a variety of concerns, including how we treat wildlife on our campus and dangers of possibly scaring the geese into crowds of people. Goosinators have been successful on golf courses, but we are a campus, with activity 24-hours a day and 3,000 residential students.

We are continuing to research ways to make the campus safe for all: faculty, staff, students, visitors and yes, even safe for the geese.

 

Shari Shuman

VP, Administration and Finance

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, Fl 32224

904-620-4727

Mayoral Candidate Endorsement

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: John Delaney, President University of North Florida

As the President of a public metropolitan university committed to community engagement and seeking to establish and strengthen ties with community organizations and agencies, why did you decide to not only publicly endorse one, but also attack the other, mayoral candidate?

Response from John Delaney, President of the University of North Florida:

“I became involved because I am personally committed to community engagement. Sometimes that means taking controversial stands and calling something for what it is. Needless to say, my concerns were what I would call  “deeply held policy and political beliefs.”  For anything less, I would have stayed on the sidelines. 

As an aside, I believe that I also have a separate identity from UNF as a former Mayor. I made clear throughout that I was speaking as a former Mayor. Our diverse faculty often express strong opinions outside of the university setting, and the public does not attribute that to the university. I think people know the difference.”

 

Travel Funding

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Chip Klostermeyer, President Faculty Association

Will there be an increase in travel funding and/or travel funding for non-tenure-track faculty?

Chip Klostermeyer replied during the meeting, at this time, it does appear there will be an increase in travel funding due to the budget uncertainty. However, President Delaney and I have discussed the possibility of a tactical increase in travel funding to strengthen UNF research productivity. I believe the President supports this idea and I will continue to work with him on this issue.

FSCJ and UNF Connect Program

Questioner: David Courtwright

Posted to: Earle Traynham, Interim Provost Academic Affairs

David Courtwright asked for clarification on the Connect Program Partnership with FSCJ and UNF mentioned in the Times Union this past week. How large is this program going to become? Will the students take classes? Will those classes be taught by FSCJ or UNF faculty members? At what point do the students transfer—before they get the A.A. degree? After?

Provost Traynham responded during the meeting — All students at FSCJ who meet the UNF admission standards can transfer to UNF—that is nothing new. What got the conversation going is an interest in how well UCF and Valencia College and their Connect program works, seems to be similar to how it works here. The Connect program allows students to be admitted in the summer with a lower academic profile than in the fall; the number of students in summer of 2014 and 2013 admitted with lower academic profiles; if they take less than 12 hours at UNF and then go to FSCJ in Fall and Spring, they can return as a transfer student and not count against UNF’s FTIC. If there is extra classroom space, they may have FSCJ faculty come to UNF to teach, but they doubt that that will happen as the students will likely need different courses. However, the students can stay in housing and use UNF services and facilities. They want them to keep a connection with UNF so that they can transfer back.

Raises and Promotions

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: John White, President United Faculty of Florida

Some 15 plus years ago money were available for compression/inversion (C/I/D). About 70% of it was given to adjust salary to the Professor rank. When others complained they were told to get promotion for raise. Some did just that. This time around even though some department Professors got big raises but in most departments Associate and Assistant Professors got bigger percent of raises. What was the rationale behind this year’s negotiation to keep Professors salary mostly across the board?
In addition, is it fair that the highest paid faculty member in COAS got a raise through compression and inversion?

Response from John White, President UFF-UNF:

I apologize for the delay in responding to the question; because it was not forwarded to me for a response, I did not see it until the June Faculty Association meeting.

The compression and inversion model was designed to address across-rank departmental compression (i.e., associate and full professors who made less than 112.5% of the departmental median of the next lower rank). The model did not account for the issue of within-rank compression that is at the heart of this question. The rationale behind the choice of this model is simple: the amount of funding provided to address compression and inversion ($1 million) was, though very welcome, far too low to address the problem in its entirety. To put the issue into perspective, addressing C & I for Coggin faculty would alone have consumed at least 40% of the total C & I funds. In addition, the model addressed one of the primary aims of President Delaney: to provide more money to the lowest paid associate and assistant professors.

In terms of percentages, because assistant professors and associate professors far outnumber full professors at UNF, a much larger percentage of the total raise pool (including the 4% across-the-board raises) went to these ranks. Nonetheless, full professors in departments in which their median salary was less than 112.5% of the median associate professor salary did receive C & I adjustments (excepting for those individuals making over $130,000 per year).

The questioner asks: “[I]s it fair that the highest paid faculty member in COAS got a raise through compression and inversion?” The salary model—applied consistently and per fair labor practices—required it. All raises were based on nine-month pay rates rather than total annual salary (the salary table reflects faculty members’ contracted annual salaries). The faculty member in question is contracted for 12 months of full time work; when adjusted for nine months, her salary is 33% less than shown in the table. In addition, because the model’s calculations were based upon department-rank groups and because several full professors in this person’s department were compressed—thus pulling down the median salary for that group—she received a C & I adjustment.

For more information on the C & I model and/or the contexts surrounding the funds for C & I, please visit UNF-UFF.org/contract or contact me (j.white@unf.edu), John Hatle (jhatle@unf.edu), or Susan Perez (sperez@unf.edu).

Sabbatical at UNF

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Jay Coleman, Associate Provost

I would like to see a breakdowns by college/unit for those awarded half-year, full pay sabbaticals. Although I have been at UNF for many years, I have never taken a sabbatical, and have been turned down for the half-year, full pay sabbatical (many faculty cannot afford the full year, half-pay sabbatical). I would also like to know if there will be an increase in the number of half-year, full pay sabbaticals as the number of faculty has increased steadily. Obviously, the odds have been skewed against the faculty with so few sabbaticals and so many more faculty competing for them than in years past.

Response from Associate Provost, Jay Coleman, Academic Affairs:

Chip,

In response to the first request raised at Faculty Association regarding sabbaticals, please find attached a grid that presents the breakdown by college/department of the number of sabbatical applications vs. the number of sabbatical awards (half-year/full pay) for the 2015-16 year.

In response to the second request, the number of sabbaticals is dictated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (article 24), and is designed to increase as the number of eligible faculty increases:

Each year, the University Administration will make available at least one (1) sabbatical at full-pay for one (1) semester for each forty (40) eligible faculty members, subject to the conditions set forth below. The University Administration may, with the approval of the local UFF Chapter, provide sabbaticals that are equivalent to the one (1) semester, full-pay, sabbaticals.

The number of eligible faculty members is determined by first having our Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) perform a query based on in-unit status and number of years at UNF (6).  We then subtract those faculty members who have received sabbaticals in the previous five years (recipients must have six years of continuous service at UNF to be eligible to apply again). The result is divided by 40 and rounded to the closest integer.

This past year there were 209 eligible faculty, and we awarded five sabbaticals.  In the couple years prior, the number of eligible faculty was 182 and 190, both of which also yielded five awarded sabbaticals using the process above.

With best regards,

Jay Coleman​

 

2015-16 Sabbatical Applications

College

Department

Number of Years

 at UNF

Year of Previous Sabbatical

Awarded

 
CCEC Computing

16

2008

COAS Art and Design

7

N/A

COAS History

7

N/A

COAS Philosophy & Religious Studies

14

2009

CCB Marketing &Logistics

11

N/A

Not Awarded

 
BCH Public Health

14.2

N/A

BCH Public Health

15

N/A

CCB Accounting & Finance

12

N/A

COAS Sociology & Anthropology

20

2006

COAS Chemistry

5

N/A

COAS Communication

7

N/A

COAS Communication

9

N/A

COAS Mathematics & Statistics

16

N/A

COAS Physics

17.5

2005

FA broken links

Questioner: Caroline Guardino

Posted to: Faculty Association Office

The website has lots of broken links when trying to navigate the APC help pages. Some that are broken are the APC schedule and legislative schedule. Here are some of the broken pages:
https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unf.edu%2F404.aspx%3Faspxerrorpath%3D%2Funffa%2FLegislativeCalendar%2FLegislative_Calendar_Index.aspx&token=ekB3kUil3Z6kS29GqMys1KoZnCdEQISSZEUZWTyt2m4%3D
https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unf.edu%2F404.aspx&token=CWwGT6Q0aKMKcznZBkas8URbafjS6PhzGAaUODdc53I%3D
This page works: https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unf.edu%2Funffa%2FAPC%2FAPC_Home.aspx&token=ObgJGUHrRgoKPMJvtTdqp5HvA8kzZ6x%2FbtIUPIdGa6Q%3D
But when you click on the schedule it is broken. Someone needs to navigate this page and fix the breaks. Critical information is missing.

Response from Faculty Association Office:

Hi Caroline,

Thank you for let us know the APC web page errors. All the broken links are fixed. except those videos. The UNF web master assisted us in fixing those videos download, but those pdf should be helpful in assisting you how to complete the APC Workflow System packages.

Cindy Chin (賴芳全)
Executive Secretary
UNF Faculty Association
Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Room 3100
Direct Line: (904) 620-2872
cchin@unf.edu

Sidewalks and Geese

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Shari Shuman, Vice President Administration & Finance

The other day I did see my faculty colleague walking in our building with goose feces on her shoe. Due to my background, I do not say such things to people, but it is a concern of mine. With all of the geese and people that walk, we shouldn’t have to suffer through this situation. Are there solutions? Can sidewalks be washed regularly? Must geese stay near people? Are there other options? Thank you for the consideration.

Archived:
Given the timeline for relevant responses and the availability of personnel, this question was archived without response.

Provost Search

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: John Delaney, President

Can you ask the president the status of the Provost Search and why it is taking so long? I heard by the grapevine that one candidate was the unanimous choice and it seems that it should be quicker.

Response from UNF President, John Delaney:

Responding to the anonymous question asked at the Faculty Association and correspondence from search committee members, I wanted to give you an update on the provost search.

Due to the nature of campus searches, the President of UNF is at arm’s length from the search while it is ongoing. This is particularly so in the case of a provost search, where heavy faculty involvement and diminished presidential involvement are mandated by the UNF Constitution.

While the committee has lived this for over a year, I have not. I need to get more people’s take on Carl, and to get to know the guy better. While I truly appreciate the counsel that the committee has passed on to me, I have to catch up on my own due diligence. I recognize that there  is an eagerness to make a decision quickly. But I have never regretted being deliberative over a big decision. I have long told my kids that there is always another house, car, and boyfriend/girlfriend if the salesperson is pushing for an immediate decision!

As such, last month before the break and since, I have been talking one-on-one with various campus stakeholders in advance of calling Carl to sort out any issues or concerns that these individuals have raised.