Archive for April 3rd, 2008

Summer appointments

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

In the past two weeks, the university told deans and chairs to cut the summer schedule dramatically, or rather cut the budget for summer teaching. For students, this reduces their choices available. For faculty who have a regular 9-month contract, there are two important things to keep in mind:

  • Faculty should be paid at a pro-rated basis for a summer course. A three-hour course should be worth three contact hours, or 12.5% of your academic-year salary. If an administrator has approached you with a request to be paid less for summer teaching, please contact the chapter’s grievance chair immediately.
  • Equitable opportunities. Chairs must treat in-unit employees on an equitable basis in making summer appointments. That does not mean that nine-month faculty are guaranteed their pick of teaching opportunities, but that if two faculty are equally qualified to teach a range of courses and say that they are interested in teaching during the summer, it would be wrong for the chair to offer two courses to one faculty member and no courses to the other. Below is the language from the Collective Bargaining Agreement:
    • Available supplemental summer appointments shall be offered equitably and as appropriate to qualified employees, not later than five weeks prior to the beginning of the appointment, if practicable, in accordance with written criteria. The criteria shall be made available in each department/unit. [A memo issued by Dr. Kofi Glover on this summer's appointments was issued in the fall.]

For many 12-month faculty, summer teaching appointments are part of the regular assignment for the year. Given the uncertainties, it is to be expected that even after the last two weeks’ cutting of the summer schedule, there will still be some uncertainties for 9-month faculty, but when most 9-month faculty have their summer schedules, 12-month faculty certainly should.


Letter to provost on financial issues

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

In February, the chapter Vice President Mark Klisch and I met with Provost Ralph Wilcox and Senior Vice Provost Dwayne Smith to talk about the financial struggles in the university system and USF. The discussion ranged broadly, and I followed up with a memo, which is linked below. Despite the date (which Microsoft Word helpfully changed automatically to appear as if I wrote it today), this was sent in February.

Memo from Sherman Dorn to Ralph Wilcox February 2008


Agenda, April 4 chapter meeting

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

UFF-USF chapter meeting
April 4, 12 noon
EDU 413 (Tampa)

Draft agenda

  1. Agenda amendment/approval
  2. UFF Senate
  3. Budget et al.
    1. Women’s Studies, other departments
    2. “Financial exigency” as a term
    3. Other urgent issues
  4. Reports
  5. Other business
  6. For the good of the order

Minutes, March 21, 2008

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

UFF/USF Chapter Meeting

March 21, 2008

In attendance: S. Dorn, S. Fernandez, M. Klisch, J. Martin, G.McColm, M. Moats, J. Notaro, E. Odgaard, R. Welker, K. White, S. Wohlmuth.



Congratulations to ranked programs

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Congratulations are due to programs receiving recognition in the latest ranking of graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News rankings on grad programs are most sensitive to grant and reputational statistics, and the programs listed this year do very well in at least one of those measures.

April 4: the programs listed by the provost:

  • Education
  • Fine Art
  • Audiology
  • Public Health
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology