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United Faculty of Florida -- USF Chapter
6 March 2023
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A Day of Action

Tomorrow Tuesday, March 7, the United Faculty of Florida and its affiliate, the Florida Education Association, will host a statewide Day of Action to mark the opening of the 2023 Florida Legislative Session. Here are three things to mark on your calendar:

  • The USF Board of Trustees meeting. UFF USF Chapter President Steve Lang will attend the Board of Trustees meeting from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Marshall Student Center ballrooms; afterwards, UFF members may join him for lunch. It will be a somewhat typical meeting; the agenda includes the latest iteration on the proposed stadium, tenure nomination as a condition of employment for senior administrators, and the new contract for USF staff (who are represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)). Although it's not on the agenda, UFF is typically called to make a statement before the Board.
  • The Graduate Assistants United Rally. The Graduate Assistants United (GAU) is a component of UFF, and the USF Chapter of GAU will hold a rally at the Marshall Student Center on USF Tampa at 12:30 pm after the Board of Trustees meeting. Here is their flier:

  • Press Conference at 3:45 pm. UFF will hold a press conference, and it will be livestreamed from the UFF (statewide) Facebook page.

Comments on Post Tenure Review

As reported in the 28 February 2023 Extra, the Florida Board of Governors is still toying with a regulation implementing post tenure review. While UFF's campaigns have gotten rid of some noxious elements of the proposal (it no longer targets the most senior tenured faculty, it no longer specifically targets faculty who violate the Anti-Woke Act (i.e., Statute 1000.05(4)), and it no longer requires that non-tenured faculty at research institutions be reviewed every five years), it still has some noxious elements (it still requires that each tenured faculty member be reviewed every five years for various things including "non-compliance with state law, Board of Governors’ regulations, and university regulations and policies" - which would include whatever ideological requirements the Legislature dreams up, not to mention "Other relevant measures of faculty conduct as appropriate" - which raises the question of what the Board means by "relevant").

The proposal is now posted for comments, which are due (at the moment) on March 9. Here is the link for making comments: scroll down to Chapter 10, BOG 10.003 on Post-Tenure-Faculty Review and click on download to get a copy of the proposal and click on Submit a comment to comment. Remember, after nearly 1,400 comments (and 3,500 more from UFF's petition), the Board adjusted the regulation. Let's get them to adjust it a little more.


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