University of Central Florida

Archived 2001-2002 Resolutions

Resolution 2001-2002-1 FCTL Name Change

Whereas, Dr. Karen L. Smith was an exemplary teacher and motivator who served as Director of the Faculty for Teaching and Learning, contributing her intellect, positive spirit, enthusiasm and vision to the Center and

Whereas, Dr. Karen L. Smith created and promoted a vibrant, outstanding teaching, learning, and research format within which the faculty of the University of Central Florida have benefited as evidenced by increasing teaching performance, evaluation ratings, award-winning and creative teaching programs, and

Whereas, Dr. Karen L. Smith's insightful ability to envision advancements in collaborative technological pedagogy in the higher education classroom, having established a high standard of excellence for centers of teaching and learning throughout the United States, has put UCF in the national spotlight as one of the most advanced universities using pedagogical technology, the Faculty Senate of the University of Central Florida, hereby

Resolves that the Faculty Senate Resolution 1994-95-12, Naming University Facilities, prohibiting the naming of a facility for a retired or deceased employee "until two years following the date of…death" be waived, and The Faculty Senate hereby

Further resolves that the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Florida be renamed as the: Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Approved by Faculty Senate on August 23, 2001.
Transmitted to Provost Gary Whitehouse on August 29, 2001.
Approved by Provost Whitehouse on October 2, 2001.

Resolution 2001-2002-2 Distinguished Professorship Awards

Whereas, senior professors significantly contribute to the University and the College goals and objectives, and

Whereas, senior professors are often role models for other faculty; and,

Whereas, senior professors are evaluated in the areas of research, teaching and service; and

Whereas, senior professors should be recognized by the University for their outstanding performance,

Be It Resolved that the following annual awards be established for faculty at the rank of Professor: Distinguished Professor of Research, Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Distinguished Professor of Service.

Approved by Faculty Senate on October 25, 2001.
Transmitted to Provost Gary Whitehouse on October 26, 2001.
Approved by Provost Whitehouse on September 4, 2002:

"After discussions with President Hitt, the deans, and others, we have decided to adopt Resolution 2001-2002 in principle and view it as a charge to review the faculty award system at UCF. Dr. Frank Juge has been asked to chair a committee of faculty members and administrators who will develop the criteria and means for implementation of the concept. Thank you for motivating us to proceed with this important study."

Resolution 2001-2002-3 Formal Mentoring System at UCF
(Defeated)

Whereas, mentoring is a vital component of teaching, research and service; and

Whereas, the current mentoring reward system is non-formal and generally inadequate; and

Whereas, compensation inequities exist between prospective mentors and mentees,

Be It Resolved that action be taken to set up a formal mentoring system at UCF with an associated reward structure, and that information in regard to mentoring activities be included in a faculty member's annual evaluation.

Defeated by the Faculty Senate on November 29, 2001.

Resolution 2001-2002-4 Change the Interruption of Residency Requirement Policy for UCF

Whereas, the current UCF residency policy requires that the last 30 hours of a UCF degree must be at UCF, and

Whereas, a waiver to the 30 hour residency requirement is routinely granted.

Be it resolved that the residency policy be revised as follows:

Baccalaureate students must complete a minimum of 30 of their last 36 hours at UCF.

To better communicate this requirement, all majors should include mandatory residency requirements in their program descriptions.

Approved by Faculty Senate on January 24, 2002.
Transmitted to Provost Gary Whitehouse on February 6, 2002.
Approved by Provost Whitehouse on April 10, 2002.

Resolution 2001-2002-5 Require All Minors to be 18 hours Minimum for UCF

Whereas, the current UCF catalog indicates that there is no minimum number of hours for a minor at UCF, and

Whereas, many majors in Arts and Sciences require 18 hours for a minor to be used in the degree, and

Whereas, there exist minors in other colleges that have less than 18 hours, but faculty and students assume that the minors will count, but do not where an 18-hour minor is required,

Be it resolved that the UCF catalog policy be revised as follows:

Baccalaureate minors must contain a minimum of 18-semester hours credit.

To better communicate this requirement, all minors should be revisited to ensure this requirement is met.

Approved by the Faculty Senate on February 21, 2002.
Transmitted to Provost Gary Whitehouse on February 28, 2002.
Approved by Provost Whitehouse on May 2, 2002.

Resolution 2001-2002-6 Change the Gordon Rule "C" Requirement Policy for UCF

Whereas, the current UCF catalog indicates that Gordon Rule policy requires that a grade of "C" (2.0) or better is required to receive Gordon Rule credit at UCF, and

Whereas, many faculty and students assume that a "C-" (1.75) will count to satisfy the Gordon Rule,

Be it resolved that the Gordon Rule grade policy be revised as follows: Baccalaureate students must receive a minimum grade of "C-" to receive Gordon Rule credit at UCF. To better communicate this requirement, all majors should include this in their program descriptions.

Approved by the Faculty Senate on February 21, 2002.
Transmitted to Provost Gary Whitehouse on February 28, 2002.
Approved by Provost Whitehouse on May 2, 2002.

Resolution 2001-2002-7 Computer Generated Evaluation Scoring Errors

Whereas, all faculty utilize computer generated evaluations to assess annual teaching contributions,

Whereas, these evaluations are often used as supporting information to support faculty efforts toward promotion, tenure and numerous award criteria; and,

Whereas, there is no formal policy for either addressing or recognizing computer generated errors when and if such errors should occur;

Be It Resolved that a policy to address this problem with computer generated student evaluations be created allowing faculty recourse creating a formal procedure available to faculty to address or grieve this situation. See Appendix A for a sample of such a procedure.

Approved by the Faculty Senate on February 21, 2002.
Transmitted to Provost Gary Whitehouse on February 28, 2002.
Approved by Provost Whitehouse on May 2, 2002:

Memo from: Dr. Gary Whitehouse on September 4, 2002
"President Hitt, the deans, and I have reviewed Resolution 2002-2002-7 "Computer Generated Evaluation Scoring Errors" and agree that there needs to be an appeal process should a problem occur. In collecting data, only two cases were found where errors had been reported, and in both cases the errors were corrected. However, we do agree with the Faculty Senate that a formal appeal process should be available. The formal procedure to be used will be the faculty appeals process in place, namely to direct an appeal to one's chair and dean. If the faculty member receives no satisfaction at either of these levels, the faculty member should then appeal to the undergraduate dean (for undergraduate courses) or graduate dean (for graduate courses). Thank you for alerting us to this important issue."

Resolution 2001-2002-8 Issue of On-line Student Perceptions
(Returned to Committee)

Whereas, student perceptions of faculty performance are currently available for student review; and,

Whereas, students are requesting greater and more convenient access for review of course evaluations,

Be it resolved that the committee supports the recommendation that the SUMMARY sheet for student perceptions of evaluation be placed on line.

Returned to Committee by the Faculty Senate on February 21, 2002.

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