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University of North Florida. Faculty Association Records, 1975-

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Terms of Access:
Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository. Copyright holder for this collection: University of North Florida. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.
Preferred citation:
Faculty Association Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
The Records of the University of North Florida Faculty Association consist of meeting minutes and agendas with attachments, correspondence, subject files, committee documents, and other related materials from April 15, 1975 to date. Meeting agenda attachments include academic policies, award announcements, budgetary information, committee reports, correspondence, curriculum changes, election nominations and tallies, invitations, legislative calendars, lists, memoranda, questions and answers, recommendations for new departments and programs, reports, resolutions, special papers, and surveys and questionnaires.
Extent:
21.00 boxes
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
Faculty Association Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research.

Terms Of Use:

Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository. Copyright holder for this collection: University of North Florida. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Records of the University of North Florida Faculty Association consist of meeting minutes and agendas with attachments, correspondence, subject files, committee documents, and other related materials from April 15, 1975 to date. Meeting agenda attachments include academic policies, award announcements, budgetary information, committee reports, correspondence, curriculum changes, election nominations and tallies, invitations, legislative calendars, lists, memoranda, questions and answers, recommendations for new departments and programs, reports, resolutions, special papers, and surveys and questionnaires. The collection includes the minutes, reports, and related materials of the Association's standing and special committees. Through the years, special committee reports were included as attachments in many monthly Association meeting packets. These reports are particularly useful in providing historical information and assessments of academic programs and services not readily available through other sources.

Biographical / Historical:

The Faculty Association of the University of North Florida (UNF) was formed after the dissolution of the General Assembly, the University's first form of governance in the years 1972-1975. On March 13, 1975, the General Assembly adopted a University Constitution, which provided for four constituent legislative bodies: Faculty Association, Student Government Association, Career Service Association, and the University Senate. The first meeting of the Faculty Association was held on April 15, 1975, with Dr. William Merwin presiding as the Association's first President. The meeting agenda included the election of a Bylaws Committee, which produced a Bylaws document approved on May 8 by Association members, and on May 29 by a UNF Presidential Review Committee. According to the Bylaws, the purpose of the Association was to exercise jurisdiction over faculty appointment, retention, and development; academic programs, organization, and standards; academic services and continuing education; faculty grievances and advancement; and other matters relating to instruction, service and research programs. The functions of the Association have changed very little over the years. The majority of the work is undertaken through an extensive committee structure, composed of both standing and special committees. The membership of the Association consists of all persons holding regular or visiting faculty appointments; and all Library faculty members. The President of the University is a non-voting ex officio member of the Association. (Faculty Association Bylaws, Article III, Sections 1 and 2.) Meetings were initially held semimonthly and later monthly to consider a legislative calendar of items, with additional items submitted by members or committees. Modeled on the town hall meeting format, voting procedures were conducted as a voice vote / majority prevails. A unique feature of each meeting continues to be the Question Period, which permits a member to address a question to any faculty member or administrator present or absent about University policies or activities, and receive a response on the spot or at a subsequent meeting. According to the current UNF Faculty Handbook, decisions reached by the Association regarding its concerns are forwarded to the Provost, who acts on them where authority to do so has been delegated by the President or transmits them to the President of the University for action. When approved by the President of the University or appropriately delegated authority, the decisions become the policies, practices, and regulations of the University. The following is a chronological list of Faculty Association Presidents to date: 1975-1976 William C. Merwin 1976-1978 Stephen Shapiro 1978-1979 Cherrill Heaton 1979-1980 Linda Foley 1980-1982 Bruce Gutknecht 1982-1983 Dale Clifford 1983-1986 Stephen Shapiro 1986-1988 Judith Solano 1988-1990 Mary (Lib) D'Zamko 1990-1992 Elinor Scheirer 1992-1994 Charles Winton 1994-1996 Judith Solano 1996-1998 Christine Rasche 1998-2000 Stephen Shapiro 2000-2002 Kathleen Cohen 2002-2003 Terry Bowen 2003-2006 Judith Solano 2006-2008 William (Chip) Klostermeyer 2008-2010 Katherine Robinson 2010-2012 J. Patrick Plumlee

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Acquisition information:

The materials were acquired from the Faculty Association Office, collected by the University Archives staff, and donated by Association Presidents

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