College Governance

Faculty Finance Committee Minutes

November 5, 2007


Jane Brockmann, Alan Dorsey, Mary Ann Eaverly, Chuck Frazier, Alyssa Lunin,
Judy Page, Paul Robinson, Ken Wald

Absent: David Daegling, Paul Robinson, Neil Sullivan


The meeting began at 10:00 am.  The Minutes from the previous meeting were adopted.  The Committee welcomed Alyssa Lunin, our new student member.   Members were advised that the remainder of this semester’s meetings will be held in 219 Dauer Hall.  Committee members who had attended Faculty Council Meetings reported on those proceedings.

The Committee then continued the discussion, begun at the last meeting, of the allocation of $100K of OE Funds. It was noted that the Dean has asked for the Committee’s help and input with this process.  Discussion revolved around two methods of allocation, one based on FTE’s  and the other based on recovery of one-third of  the previous cuts.  Weaknesses of each method were indicated.  The first method relies upon FTE numbers, which may contain some inaccuracies. The second method does not take into account the fact that OE funding for many departments has fluctuated significantly.    For both methods the question of how centers should be funded posed a problem.

A motion was adopted unanimously to the effect that in light of CLAS’ current financial situation, the Committee supports an FTE-based distribution of $80k.  The remaining $20k would be used at the discretion of the Dean to plug any resulting egregious and disproportionate holes and to take care of  programs and centers.  The motion further stated that the money distributed according to this formula should be used by Department Chairs at their discretion with no strings attached.  The Committee feels that this plan will benefit as many departments as possible.  Further, allowing the Chairs this discretion recognizes that all departments do not have the same mission or needs. 

For the next meeting the Committee will continue to work on creating a document with financial information for distribution to the Dean Search Committee.

The meeting concluded at 11:30 am.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on Monday, November 19, at 10:00am in 219 Dauer Hall.

Respectfully submitted,
Margaret Fields
Recording Secretary

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