Adjunct Funding

Question Posed to Adjunct Affairs Committee

Question/Suggestion Text:
I had my workload (and, therefore, my income) cut by 25% for the Fall 2020 semester. I was told that this was due to the entire university seeking to cut the budget by 6%. The following day, I received an email that select faculty would have their salaries increased by 3%, and how proud the president was that they were able to find this money, in spite of budget cuts. This is either the second or third email I have received in my three years working at UNF about full-time faculty’s across-the-board raises. Before my hours were cut, I was teaching the same number of courses that my full-time counterparts are required to teach, so having my hours cut so that they could receive raises feels especially hurtful. While I would like to remain anonymous, for obvious reasons, I would like to know why adjuncts never receive these raises, even though we work very hard, and when, if ever, we would see any kind of cost of living raise. I understand that the amount per hour that adjuncts receive at UNF is nationally competitive. However, there are many events, meetings, and student events which I am strongly encouraged to attend. While I understand I cannot be required to attend such functions, it would be virtually impossible for me to continue working in my area without attending these events. I work many hours over the hours I am “in class,” often working the same hours as my full-time colleagues. While I am often right at the maximum FTE adjuncts are allowed, I have never made the amount the university claims is the average adjunct pay of $25,000/year. We have been asked to do an extensive amount of extra work due to COVID-19, and it is difficult for me to understand why the university does not find funds to keep adjunct morale high, especially during this time.

Question Answered from the Floor by Dr. John White, FA President 

Dr. White referred to the Adjunct Affairs Committee. I also welcome Kally Malcolm, President of UNF-UFF to speak on the matter of adjunct pay and the negotiation of raises for in-unit faculty. President Szymanski is also welcome to speak to the issue.

Book store


Question asked from the floor

If the bookstore is a 3rd party vendor, how does a student resolve problems with bookstore?  Who would be UNF’s administrator contact over Bookstore?

Answer by Sheri Shuman, VP of  Administration & Finance

Tully Burnett, Director of Business Services, administers and oversees the bookstore contract.  If a student or faculty has an issue that they cannot resolve with the bookstore, the individual should contact Tully for him to address the concerns.

Accommodation for disabled students

Questioner: Anonymous

Question posed to Sheri Shuman, VP of Administration and Finance

I’m not sure if you’re aware of a recent letter published in the Spinnaker regarding the university’s failure to provide effective accommodations for disabled students, including veterans.  In one of my classes, a desk that was set up for a disabled student was repeatedly moved from its place at the back of the lecture hall to a different location, despite signs posted stating that it should not be moved.   On numerous occasions I’ve had to ask other students in the class to carry it to the back of the room so that the student in question had a space to work in. In another class, the promised desk did not arrive from the DRC until several weeks into the semester, and then mysteriously disappeared from the room over spring break. It still has not reappeared. Though the DRC does the best it can it seems that there continue to be issues in this area, and perhaps there needs to be some discussion about making additional resources available to address the problem.

Answered by Pamela Chally, Interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

Dr. Chally responded: Ms. Shuman prefers to answer this question in writing.


Answered by Shari Shuman and John Hale, VP of Administration and Finance; Associated VP of Administration and Finance

Physical Facilities works closely with the DRC prior to the start of each semester to ensure that desks needed to fulfill accommodation requests are in place.  All accommodation requests should be submitted to the DRC as early as possible prior to the start of the next term to ensure timely placement.  Additionally, they now maintain an inventory of spare desks in case furniture is damaged or is removed.  If there are issues with damaged or missing furniture after the start of the semester please contact Physical Facilities.  Physical Facilities collects the furniture at the end of each semester to be inventoried and redeployed again as requested.

Art on Campus

February 7, 2019

Questioner: Anonymous 

Posed to: Shari Shuman, VP of Administration & Finance

How are the art sculptures on campus maintained? Who is responsible? For the example, outside of the math department, there is the yellow sculpture that is growing rust. It is not a good impression for the visitors to experience.

Answer from the floor by VP Shuman

VP Shuman stated that ceramic issue is being addressed by campus experts. The art piece identified by Math is being removed.

Electric singage

February 7, 2019

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Sheri Shuman, VP of Administration & Finance

The electronic UNF sign on the north side of Alumni Drive has had a blue bar across the bottom-third of the display for the past 3 years. Is there a plan to fix this sign? Why has it taken over 3 years? The issue was previously asked at December 2017 Faculty association meeting and answered by Sharon Ashton.

Response from the floor by VP Shuman

VP Shuman stated that she agreed that the sign had been down for too long. Larger digital signage is being implemented in the near future. New signage will not be in place until Summer. The signage project will be a campus wide initiative.

Lot 3

February 7, 2019

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Shari Shuman, VP of Administration & Finance

Can anyone explain why UNF paid contractors’ significant money to close and then tear up Lot 3 (beside COEHS) only to create a new lot with the exact same dimensions, parking spots, etc.?

Response from the floor by VP Shuman

VP Shuman there were major issues with the parking lot which left the university with no choice but to re-do the parking lot. Vendor and guest spaces were added as well

Faculty Parking Decal

February 7, 2019

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to Shari Shuman, VP of Administration & Finance

It will soon be time for faculty and staff to reserve parking decals for next year. What has been done to ensure that the system functions properly this year so that the time of staff and faculty is not wasted waiting for the system to work?

Response from the floor by VP Shuman

VP Shuman stated that the parking issues are being addressed. VP Shuman stated a new parking contract and improved parking system will be in place prior to the start of the time period in which faculty and staff are required to renew their parking passes. VP Shuman assured the faculty that the new system will enhance parking on campus.

Snakes On Campus

January 10, 2019

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Shari Shuman, Vice President, Administration & Finance

I have recently seen the numerous snake and snake-like creatures on this most lovely campus. I admit that I don’t know which snakes are the poisonous and the lethal – but I am mostly concerned because these snakes are lurking around areas where people are walking and congregating. What can be done to squelch this risky situation? Maybe some lakes should be drained? Or snake predators introduced to this most lovely campus?

Response by Vice President Shuman

Venomous snakes and other poisonous animals are a natural part of the ecosystem. Measures taken to artificially control these animals can have detrimental effects. However, when we are made aware of the presence of these animals on campus, we will investigate and determine if there is a potential threat and take measures to relocate the animal when necessary.

Cutting Textbook Costs

January 10, 2019

Questioner: Julie Ingersoll

Posed to: Shari Shuman, Vice President, Administration & Finance

In Religious Studies we have long worked to keep student book costs low by using books available used on Amazon.  This works really well for most of my students (last semester none of my classes was more than $40)  but students who rely on Financial Aid can only use their funds at the bookstore.  Who’s rule is that? With new interest on the part of administration to cut textbook costs, can we change it?

Response by Vice President Shuman:

Students on financial aid have the opportunity to purchase their books from any source. Unless, they choose to use the bookstore, the student has to upfront the cost and then they receive a refund from their financial aid. However, we have worked an arrangement with the Bookstore to provide a line of credit to the student to purchase their books prior to the first day of class and before financial aid is distributed. There is a complex technical integration between the University and the bookstore, which allows the bookstore to know which students will be receiving financial aid. The bookstore then provides a line of credit to the student until financial aid is paid. Further, the bookstore assumes the risk for any uncollected funds under the program. The technical integration, line of credit or the guarantee for risk of loss is not available from Amazon or other book sellers.

The University and the bookstore have long endeavored to find ways to reduce the cost of course materials and continue to do so. Bookstore personnel routinely meet with faculty to discuss ways to reduce course materials costs and identify multiple text formats to provide the greatest flexibility for all students. They would welcome the opportunity to visit and explore ways to assist.

Students on Skateboards and Bicycles

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to:  Shari Shuman, Vice President, Administration & Finance

Students riding skateboards and bicycles on the sidewalks and breezeways near the academic buildings has created a very dangerous situation. At least once or twice a day,  I observe one of these students coming down a narrow sidewalk at full speed, weaving in and out of the pedestrians.

Yesterday, one young man rode his skateboard on a crowded sidewalk while looking at his iPhone. I often have to step aside onto the grass to avoid the possibility of being struck.

Response from the Floor by Vice President Shuman:

In the month of November, 80 students were cited for pedestrian moving violations.

Response from UNF Police Chief Frank Mackesy:

The University Police Department (UPD) does enforcement of skateboard violations on a regular and routine basis. We handle both on our own and in response to complaints. This is a problem area that UPD takes seriously and will continue to work as time permits.