by Professor Jennifer Proffitt
Good news: the departmental merit and dean’s merit that we negotiated have been implemented as of November 7. You should see this in your next paycheck.
Since the Faculty Senate last met, we had a very informative meeting with Bob Bradley, who was tasked with updating the market equity study that was done in 2007. Perhaps it’s no surprise to many of you: Lack of market equity at the associate and full professor levels is extremely problematic. His insights will be very useful for negotiations regarding market equity, which we hope will commence soon.
We have a consultation with Provost Stokes, VP McRorie, and other administrators scheduled for next Wednesday. Market equity, the administration’s proposal for criminal background checks for faculty, and other issues regarding reporting and reclassification are on the agenda. We hope that President Thrasher will be able to attend as it will be a great opportunity to discuss the role of the union and how we can work together to make the university a better place for faculty members and our students. I will post the minutes from our July [correction: August] consultation to our website after they’ve been approved at the next meeting.
Next Luncheon, Social Events
I am happy to announce that President Thrasher will be our speaker at the next UFF-FSU luncheon, scheduled for December 9. I will send information about the luncheon soon.
I’d also like to invite you all to our next social gathering scheduled for next Friday, November 21, at Parlay Sports Bar and Grill, from 5-7 pm. This is a great opportunity to get to know chapter leadership and meet faculty members from across campus. And the food is tasty, too! I look forward to seeing many of you at the Women’s Basketball opener on Friday!