Designed to help determine how well the university fosters an overall sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, the UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey was available for completion from Oct. 27 through Nov. 27 of 2015.
The overall response rate for the survey was 36 percent. In June, a representative from Rankin & Associates — the consulting firm engaged to coordinate the survey — will be on campus to discuss high-level summaries of the findings from a university-wide perspective. A report of these findings also will be available on the survey website once it is provided to UF in June.
Town hall meetings with Rankin & Associates will be held first in June and then again in September for those who are not on campus over the summer. No registration is needed to attend.
To tune in online to watch this meeting live, please visit the following link on the day of the event:
Starting in late June through early fall, faculty and staff forums moderated by members of UF’s Climate Study Work Group and the President’s Council on Diversity will also provide the campus community with opportunities to review and discuss the results, to share their thoughts on the results most salient to them, and to begin to brainstorm action items and next steps.
Faculty and staff may save a spot to attend one of these sessions by clicking on the registration link in the table below, or they are welcome to stop by to participate:
|DATE||TIME||LOCATION||SAVE YOUR SPOT|
|June 20||9 to 11 a.m.||Straughn Professional Development Center||Reserve Now|
|August 11||9 to 11 a.m.||JWRU Rion Ballroom||Reserve Now|
|August 16||1:30 to 3:30 p.m.||Room 120, HRS Building (video-streamed with an opportunity to participate electronically)||Reserve Now|
|September 13||10 a.m. to noon||JWRU Rion Ballroom||Reserve Now|
|October 10||3 to 5 p.m.||JWRU Rion Ballroom||Reserve Now|
Based on the survey results and these discussions, the UF Climate Study Work Group expects to identify specific action items that can be accomplished in the next year. To learn more, please visit the Climate Survey section of the Office of the President’s website.
Earlier this year, the University of Florida announced a multi-year effort to unify and modernize its student systems. Over the next five years, the Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services — or COMPASS — will be implemented in a series of releases that began with the migration of self-service functions to ONE.UF in February.
On July 5, the final phase of the UFIRST implementation will be complete when the awards module of the system is launched. Register now to attend one of the many scheduled sessions of RSH282, the UFIRST Awards training course, that begin June 2.
On May 18, President Obama and Department of Labor (DOL) Sectary Thomas Perez announced the publication of the DOL’s final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL expects that the changes to the FLSA will extend overtime pay protections to more than 4 million workers.
If you have unused TEAMS or faculty personal leave days or a USPS personal holiday, now is the time to use those days. USPS personal holidays and TEAMS/faculty personal leave days will expire if they are not used by the end of the pay period in which June 30 occurs.
UF employees searching for great deals on products and services can check out the new and improved GatorPerks employee discount program. GatorPerks now features expanded categories and new vendors offering exclusive discounts for UF staff and faculty.
A popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff, the Employee Education Program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester. During the summer, a combined total of six credits taken during semesters A, B, and C may be covered by the EEP.
Beginning July 1, 2016, no payments for sick leave will be made for any type of separation from employment for TEAMS, USPS and faculty who are not part of the collective bargaining unit. In 2011, the University Board of Trustees
The login page for lynda.com — the company with which UF partners to provide students and employees with access to online software and technology courses — has changed, resulting in a slightly different process for using the free service at UF.
Under Jennifer Alonso's leadership, the UF Counseling and Wellness Center's group therapy program has blossomed to become one of the leading college programs in the country.
Following a national search, Jodi Gentry was recently selected as the vice president for Human Resources, effective June 1. She succeeds Paula Varnes Fussell, who retired from the University of Florida on May 31.
In March, Dr. David W. Parrott was announced as UF’s new vice president for Student Affairs, effective June 1. Parrott comes to UF from Texas A&M University, where served as executive associate vice president and chief of staff in the Division of Student Affairs since 2008.
Earlier this month, Distinguished Professor and Florida Museum of Natural History Curator Pam Soltis was elected into one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the world — the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.
Most leaders acknowledge that setting and achieving goals are fundamental to team success. Yet only a small percentage of teams actually set, focus on, and achieve their goals.
All employees hired after April 1, 2016 — now including exempt employees — will serve an initial six-month probationary period, with the exception of sworn law enforcement employees who serve a 12-month probationary period. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the hiring department will issue a one-year letter of appointment, which will continue to be renewable on an annual basis.
In a May 11 UF Administrative Memo, Alan M. West, assistant vice president and university controller, announced the pooled fringe rates for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS) will host a leadership development event on June 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. Elias Eldayrie, vice president and chief information officer for the University of Florida, will present his perspectives on leadership.
The Office of Research has announced the creation of the new RAFT (Research Administration and Financials Training) certificate of completion. The RAFT certificate sequence includes five online courses and nine instructor-led courses.
Effective June 6, hiring departments can take advantage of a new tool within Careers at UF — Reference Collections. Rather than requiring applicants to upload references during the application process, the new system will enable hiring departments to directly request
Graduate assistants, teaching assistants and research assistants who will meet the eligibility requirements for GatorGradCare health insurance and would like to participate for the 2016-17 academic year may enroll online.
Watch June’s Wellness Wednesday with Dr. Jessica Payne-Murphy to learn how to improve your sleep quality, then participate in a seven-day sleep challenge to transform your sleep behaviors and “get your zzz’s on!”
Bring your lunch to the UF HR Building or join us online the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. for presentations on a range of wellness topics provided by UF and UF Health experts.
This short session of eight weeks (compared to the usual 17 weeks) is a great way to see if the new Weight Watchers program is right for you.
Yoga classes will continue to be offered throughout the summer on Tuesdays from 12:15 – 1:00 p.m., but the location will change for June and July. The last scheduled Pilates session until next fall will be held Saturday, June 4.
Faculty and staff may enjoy the benefit of purchasing Gator football season tickets without a per-seat donation. Currently, the Gator ticket office has seats available in the faculty/staff section that can save employees $200 per seat!
Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day on June 4 and Father's Day weekend June 18-19 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance will present “Puffs; or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” a new play currently in development by a team of award-winning artists and producers.