Salary Data By Department/Discipline

Faculty salaries at UNF are not competitive. Overall, faculty salaries are 17% below the median of other SUS institutions. However, a look at salary equity at the department/discipline level shows the gap is even wider in certain areas.  The 3% increase proposed by the BOT will not fix the problem.

Here are the facts:
The UNF-BOT set a goal to “Develop and implement a plan to raise faculty and staff salaries to be above the median among peer and SUS [i.e., Florida state university system] institutions by discipline and rank, within budget constraints” in their 2017 Strategic Plan. However, average faculty salaries at UNF continue to be well below the median of other SUS institutions by department/discipline.*

*The CUPA (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources) data compares salaries for seven departments/disciplines only. It is not a complete list of departments at UNF.

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2% vs. Inflation

Faculty salaries at UNF have not kept up with inflation. The 2% salary increase proposed by the BOT will not fix it.

Here are the facts:
Goal III of UNF’s Strategic Plan (approved by the Board of Trustees on 9-23-17) seeks to address faculty compensation as a way to attract, support and reward talented faculty and staff who promote student success. Among strategies to achieve this goal is an action item that would ensure regular standard of living salary adjustment for faculty and staff. Here’s a look at how we are doing.

 

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The Salary Issue: UNF Ranks Near the Bottom

 

Each year, the NEA Higher Education Advocate produces “The Special Salary Study” which compares salaries at universities and colleges nationwide to identify salary trends across institutions. The 2016-2017 Faculty Salary Report examines full-time faculty salaries for 9-10 month contracts in 1570 public institutions, with state data grouped by level of degree offered. The full report can be viewed HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  NEA Higher Education Advocate, 36(2), PAGE 18

Compared to the other doctoral granting institutions in Florida’s State University system,

  • UNF ranks 8th of 10 in average salary for Professors,
  • UNF ranks 9th of 10 in average salary for Associate Professors,
  • UNF ranks 9th of 10 in average salary for Assistant Professors,
  • UNF ranks 10th of 10 in average salary for Instructors, and
  • UNF ranks 9th of 10 in overall average salary for full-time faculty.

UNF was the only doctoral granting institution in Florida’s State University system to experience a negative change (-0.1%) in salary from the 2015-16 academic year to the 2016-17 academic year.

 

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New Chapter Leadership Team

Our chapter of the United Faculty of Florida is pleased to announce the results of the elections for our 2017-2018 officers:

President:  Becky Marcon  (COAS, Psychology)

Vice President:  Mark Ari (“Ari”)  (COAS, English)

Secretary:  Hope “Bess” Wilson (COEHS, FSE)

Treasurer: Chau Kelly  (COAS, History)

Grievance Officer:  James “Jimmy” Hall   (COAS, Music)

 

SENATORS:

Carolyne Ali-Khan (COEHS)

Dan Dinsmore   (COEHS)

Peter Magyari  (BCOH)

Kally Malcom (COAS)

Rebecca Marcon (as President)

Stephanie Weiss  (Library)

John White (COEHS)

Jennie Ziegler (COAS)

ALTERNATE SENATORS:

Caroline Guardino  (COEHS)

Juliana Leding  (COAS)

Susan Perez   (COAS)

Heather Truelove (COAS)

Jennifer Wolff  (COAS)

NEA REPRESENTATIVES:

Caroline Guardino

Hope (Bess) Wilson

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Guns on Campus Appears to be Dead for 2017 Legislative Session

Powerful GOP lawmaker opposes Steube’s gun bills

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Sen. Greg Steube came fully loaded this legislative session with nearly a dozen gun bills. He got one through a Senate committee Tuesday, but it may be the last to advance.

In a stunning setback for gun rights supporters, Sen. Anitere Flores, one of the most powerful lawmakers in Tallahassee, declared on the very first day of Florida’s two-month legislative session that she likely would not support any of Steube’s 10 other gun bills, leaving them with little chance of moving forward.

“He and I do not see eye-to-eye on probably any of the other gun bills,” said Flores, a Miami Republican. “I do not support having guns on campus, I do not support having guns in airports, I do not support having guns in school zones. I don’t support those things and Sen. Steube feels differently and that’s fine but this is where we are this year.”

Flores is the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate and a close ally of President Joe Negron. Just as importantly, she is the decisive vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee is the first stop for all of Steube’s gun bills. It has five Republicans and four Democrats, meaning if every Democrat opposes a gun bill it takes just one Republican to kill the legislation.

“Gun issues will continue perhaps to be debated,” Flores said. “I don’t know that they’ll continue to be debated in this committee because these would be bills that I wouldn’t be in support of.”

Flores represents a Democratic-leaning South Florida district. She comfortably won reelection, but Hillary Clinton beat President Donald Trump in the district by 10 percentage points, according to an analysis by Democratic data expert Matthew Isbell.

“We respect each other in this process and we respect the fact that we come from different backgrounds,” Flores said.

That Flores came out so strongly against his gun bills is a blow for Steube, a freshman senator with a reputation as one of Florida’s most ardent gun rights advocates. Steube campaigned on a staunchly conservative platform. He often complained on the campaign trail that his gun bills would pass the House, where he served for six years, and die in the Senate. He vowed to change that if elected, but that now seems unlikely this year.

The Judiciary Committee has been the main roadblock for gun legislation in the Senate. The former chairman, a South Florida Republican who lost his reelection bid to a Democrat, refused to hear a number of gun bills last year. Steube’s appointment to chair the committee seemed to increase the likelihood of gun measures advancing.

Steube noted that two gun bills have cleared the committee this year, the legislation approved Tuesday dealing with carrying concealed weapons at courthouses and a change to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. That’s two more gun bills than last year.

“I certainly think we’re moving in the right direction,” he said.

That the rest of his gun bills seem dead for now is “disappointing,” Steube added.

“But we’re going to take what wins we can and move forward,” he said.

Among the bills that Flores directly criticized: A proposal to allow concealed weapons on college campuses that has proven highly controversial in recent years and another to allow concealed weapons in airport public areas. The airport carry bill has attracted attention because of a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this year. Steube also has a bill allowing open carry of hand guns.

Steube pulled another open carry bill that he views as a compromise on the issue from consideration by the committee after Flores’ comments. It would decrease the penalties for concealed carry permit holders who accidentally flash their weapons in public.

The one gun bill Flores did support Tuesday was a proposal that would allow concealed permit holders to carry weapons in courthouses until they reach security officers, who then would have to store the weapon. But before supporting that bill Flores made Steube promise he would not amend it to touch on any issues beyond concealed carry in courthouses.

“If this bill expands… it’s something I will not vote for,” Flores said.

About two dozen gun control supporters with the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America packed into the committee hearing to oppose Steube’s gun bills. Gun rights advocates, including representatives from the group Florida Carry, were there to support the bills.

Flores wasn’t the only GOP lawmaker on the Judiciary Committee who raised questions about Steube’s gun legislation.

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, said he shared his colleague’s concerns.

“I want to echo the sentiments Sen. Flores stated,” Garcia said, adding that there needs to be more focus on mental health issues and gun crimes.

Many mass shootings are committed by mentally ill people, Garcia said.

“We still are missing that conversation when it comes to this issue of the gun debate,” he said.

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