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United Faculty of Florida -- USF System Chapter
5 December 2019
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Retention and Funding

In the previous issue of the Biweekly, we looked at raises for faculty in the highest units of the USF System over the last four years. Job conditions involves more than salary, and one global measure of employee satisfaction is retention.

In the 23 June 2016 Biweekly, we looked at retention of faculty at USF; we looked at full professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, and other professionals in the bargaining unit as of 2009. Going forward over the next six years, we found that USF had retained about two-thirds of its tenured professors, less than 60 % of its assistant professors, just over 40 % of its instructors, and less than 40 % of its other professionals. (In 10 September 2015, we also looked at longevity of assistant professors, and found that many assistant professors departed USF before their final year - and many came up for tenure early.)

In this issue, we look continue the approach of the previous Biweekly, and look at retention in the top academic units of the university over the four years from 11 September 2015 to 6 September 2019.

  • Retention. How well have the higher-level units retained their faculty? For details, see below or click here.
In the previous Biweekly, we reported that the 2019 snapshot was on 10 September 2019; it was on 6 September 2019. The Biweekly regrets the error.

Our state affiliate, the Florida Education Association, is planning an event in Tallahassee on Monday, January 13, the day before the Legislative Session opens, to publicized education funding. Come join us! Although most of the publicity concerns K-12 funding, USF has a stake in this, too.

  • USF Funding. The State University System Board of Governors is asking for an increase of $ 252 million in additional funding, which includes $ 33.8 million for USF. For a glance at USF in 2015 and 2019, see below or click here.
The UFF USF Biweekly continues to run short accounts by recipients of the travel scholarships. The next six recipients will be selected at tomorrow's Chapter Meeting.
  • Digital Storytelling. John Liontas of ESOL made a presentation on digital storytelling. For more, see below or click here.
The semester is coming to a close, and we wish everybody a Happy Holiday Season!

Chapter Meeting Tomorrow on USF Tampa in EDU261

The USF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida will meet tomorrow Friday at noon on USF Tampa campus in the Education Building, EDU 261. Lunch is on us. On the agenda: selecting the Election Committee that will conduct the Chapter Election in Spring. Come and check us out.

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Job conditions in the top units within the UFF USF Collective Bargaining Unit - especially at the three campuses - has become an equity issue with consolidation underway. In the previous issue, we looked at salaries, in particular, in the raises received by faculty in these units over the last four years. Salary is only part of the issue, and retention of employees can provide a more global picture, although the reasons why employees stay or leave can vary widely.

In the table below, we compare two snapshots of the UFF USF Bargaining Unit, one on 11 September 2015 and the other on 6 September 2019. (We neglect all academic units outside of the UFF USF Bargaining Unit - and most of Health Sciences is outside of the UFF USF Bargaining Unit.)

To reduce statistical noise, we neglect part-time employment, and as a retention measure, we count employees who leave one unit for another as a departure and an arrival (although some statistical noise is introduced in those units where department chairs are not in the UFF USF Bargaining Unit).
Unit% Retained% NewMedian Year Arrived% change
Arts78 %13 %2007-10 %
Arts & Sciences80 %22 %2009+3 %
Behavior / Community68 %32 %20100 %
Business80 %22 %2011+2 %
Education66 %30 %2010-6 %
Engineering78 %25 %2008+4 %
Health Sciences72 %34 %2014+10 %
Tampa Library60 %12 %2003-32 %
Marine Science71 %24 %2008-6 %
St. Petersburg79 %26 %2011+7 %
Sarasota / Manatee70 %30 %2013-1 %

USF Funding

One can find all sorts of stuff at the USF InfoCenter. Here are numbers for the entire USF System in 2015 and 2019. The Education & General (E&G) budget may be the best measure of legislative affection, as that is the money from the Legislature.

Total Students48,98451,060
Total Budget$ 1,610,694,604$ 1,855,802,312
E&G Budget$ 625,578,034$717,862,777

Of course, one should factor in inflation, which, according to the U.S. Department of Labor inflated prices by 7.91 % from September 2015 to September 2019. So here are some numbers in 2019 dollars:
Total Budget$ 1,738,199,547$ 1,855,802,312
E&G Budget$ 670,061,256$ 717,862,777
Per Student Budget$ 35,485$ 36,345
Per Student E & G$ 13,679$ 14,059

This is a slight increase in real funding.

Still, compared to one of our aspirational peers, Rutgers University system, with three campuses, 70,876 students, and a budget of $ 4.3 billion, which comes to over $ 60,000 per student, we are a little underfunded.

Florida Politics reports that the State University System Board of Governors has requested an incremental $ 252 million increase for next year, of which $ 33.8 million would go to USF. That would be a 4.7 % increase in E & G funding.

On January 13, the day before the Legislative Session begins, the Florida Education Association - our state affiliate - will hold a rally for public education to Take on Tallahassee. Come and join the movement.

Digital Storytelling

John Liontas is an Associate Professor of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). He received a $500 travel scholarship to attend and assist in the 30th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE 2019) in March 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is his account.

In mid March 2019 I had the opportunity to present our paper, Voices Heard, Voices Seen: From Classroom Praxis to Digital Stories Worth Sharing (jointly with my student, Patrick Mannion of USF), at SITE 2019. It was well received by the international audience and many discussions followed thereafter. Given that the conference registration fee was some $ 475.00, it is easy to surmise how important the $ 500.00 UFF Travel Scholarship I received was. Not only did the scholarship defray some of the costs associated with attending the international conference, it completely covered the registration fees. This, in turn, allowed me to cover the remaining expenditures such as travel to Las Vegas, lodging, and food. More importantly, the UFF Travel Scholarship enabled me to present and share my research with colleagues from around the world at a venue that is known for its high expenditures. Without the scholarship, attending the conference would have been a lot more challenging, for sure. I am therefore most grateful for the UFF Travel Scholarship. And a simple THANK YOU, even when typed in all caps, is not enough to express my appreciation. So THANK YOU again for this opportunity, much appreciated!


Chapter Meeting tomorrow Friday, December 6, at noon, on USF Tampa campus, EDU261.

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