Please note: Since the original publication of this story, the deadline for the survey has been extended to Friday, Nov. 27.
On Oct. 27, UF President W. Kent Fuchs and Council on Diversity Chair Ron Anderson announced the launch of the University of Florida Faculty-Staff Climate Survey. The email to faculty and staff noted the survey represents a step toward achieving one of the aspirational goals developed by the University Task Force on Goal-Setting.
“A campus community that respects and nurtures the individual needs, abilities and potential of all employees is vital to ensuring a welcoming, inclusive work environment here at UF.”
The survey, found online at https://rankinsurveys2.com/ufl, will be available for completion from Oct. 27 through Nov. 17 and builds on the work of the UF President’s Council on Diversity, the Faculty Senate and a long list of other campus participants, and is informed by comparable work done at peer institutions. Based on the results of this survey, action items will be identified to influence UF’s workplace practices, interactions and/or general environment.
The UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey is intended for those whose primary relationship or affiliation with UF is ongoing employment. As a result, the survey is being distributed to UF faculty (including adjunct faculty), post-doctoral associates, and employees in the USPS and TEAMS pay plans.
Designed to help determine how well the university fosters an overall sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, the survey also aims to leverage the uniqueness of the people who work here.
To encourage participation, after completing the survey, faculty and staff will be given an opportunity to enter to win awards, including a semester of free parking. Entering to win an award is a separate process from survey submission in order to protect confidentiality. For more information on measures taken to ensure confidentiality, please see the “Confidentiality” section of the Faculty and Staff Climate Survey website.
The UF Faculty and Staff Climate Initiative will include four primary phases. The first phase, held in the summer of 2015, involved the survey’s development. Subsequent phases include: survey implementation that will seek input from all faculty and staff, reporting of results, and development and initial implementation of strategic actions.
In June, a Climate Study Working Group, which includes a cross-section of UF faculty and staff, was formed to conduct UF’s climate survey. Reporting directly to the committee is Rankin & Associates Consulting, an independent firm that is conducting the survey. Dr. Susan Rankin is an emeritus faculty member of Education Policy Studies and College Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University and a senior research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. She has extensive experience in institutional climate assessment and institutional climate transformation based on data-driven action and strategic planning.
In the spring of 2016, Rankin & Associates will prepare a final report that will provide data from a university-wide perspective, including high-level summaries of the findings and themes found in the data. Generalizations for populations are limited to those groups or subgroups with response rates of at least 30 percent. Town halls will be held after the results are shared to provide the university community an opportunity to discuss how best to move forward.
While more information is available via a Frequently Asked Questions page, your questions and comments are very important to the Climate Study Working Group. Please share by contacting one of the working group chairs listed below:
Mr. Ronald L. Anderson
Chair, UF President’s Council on Diversity
Ms. Jodi Gentry, Assistant Vice President
Office of Human Resource Services
Phone: (352) 392-1075
Fax: (352) 392-1055
Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland
Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
UF supervisors and HR representatives have until Nov. 13 to complete their review of the new TEAMS job titles created as part of the UF On Target Classification Project and to recommend titles for TEAMS employees in their area. To support the implementation of the new job titles, a TEAMS Titles website was launched last month that includes proposed titles as well as job families, series, and detailed descriptions and specifications.
TEAMS employees are eligible to cash out up to 16 hours of vacation leave—regardless of FTE—during the pay period of Nov. 6 to 17, provided 40 hours of vacation leave remain on balance after the end of that pay period. If eligible, you will receive the cash-out payment in your Nov. 25 paycheck.
This year’s Open Enrollment period ends Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Please note that Nov. 6 is the UF Homecoming holiday and the Benefits office will be closed, so any transactions must be completed online. Employees are encouraged to submit their enrollment selections prior to Nov. 6 if possible, in case assistance is needed from the UF Benefits staff.
The Raise Review File for 2016 merit salary and minimum wage increases effective in 2016 will be released to campus on Monday, Nov. 30. Supervisors are encouraged to begin considering how they will distribute the increases prior to the release
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the University of Florida will no longer allow credit union deductions from employees’ paychecks. Due to technological advances, such deductions are no longer necessary. Please note that this change does not impact the direct deposit of paychecks.
The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff. The program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.
In an administrative memo dated Oct. 21, UF Provost Joe Glover outlined the official university policy regarding the observance of religious holidays.
Find the perfect gift for all the important people in your life this holiday season with the University Press of Florida's holiday book sale.
“Oh the Places You’ll Go!” when you join your Gator Business Administrative Services—known as GBAS—colleagues for a mini-conference on Nov. 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the President’s Ballroom at Emerson Alumni Hall. The event begins with coffee and networking followed by opening remarks from President Fuchs.
University Relations in collaboration with UF Information Technology is happy to announce the launch of a newly designed, mobile responsive UF homepage intended to serve as a primary source of news and information for all members of the Gator Nation.
Building consensus helps to gain people’s commitment to achieving organizational goals by involving them in the decisions that affect their daily work life. Team members also benefit from this process because they build stronger workplace relationships in which they seek to understand the viewpoints of one another— leading to a truly synergistic team.
A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The UF International Center—along with colleges, departments and centers throughout the university—will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 16-20 with the theme of UF Rising Globally.
Colleges are invited to submit nominations for the UF Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award for 2015-2016. Originating in 1960, this is the University of Florida's most prestigious and oldest faculty award.
The W. Martin Smith Awards Interdisciplinary Patient Quality and Safety Awards Program has announced a call for applications. A joint initiative of UF’s College of Medicine and the UF Health Science Center Self-Insurance Program, the Smith Awards will provide grants for projects designed to improve patient and provider communication for the January 2016 funding cycle related to Epic electronic medical record, or EMR, improvements.
The CFO Update is a section of the InfoGator devoted to news and information from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. This month: Who are those people in the Office of the CFO? IRS PIN program helps fight tax fraud; Changes to Cash Summary monthly financial report; Vehicle tags, titles and tolls; and more.
After interviewing staff and gathering requirements from more than 20 business units, UFIT has selected OnBase as the new, centrally-supported enterprise document management (EDM) solution. Utilizing EDM can help a department reduce operating costs, expedite business processes and minimize risks associated with audits and other information requests.
If you access query viewer and/or query manager in the myUFL system, please note that you will notice some navigational changes beginning Monday, Nov. 9. Query manager users will begin their navigation by selecting the PeopleTools module they wish to
The enrollment period for spring/summer coverage under GatorGradCare health insurance is now open for the following students: NEW graduate assistants, teaching assistants and research assistants on appointment (.25 FTE or greater) with the University of Florida. Returning GAs, TAs and RAs (.25 FTE or greater) on appointment who did not enroll in annual coverage for the 2015-2016 academic year.
According to the CDC, research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent in people with prediabetes. Learn more and support those who are affected by joining the following events and activities.
UF and UF Health employees are invited to compete by forming a team of two to 20 employees. Designate a team captain, give yourselves a creative name and get moving!
Want to attend Weight Watchers meetings on campus? Please let us know by filling out the form below. If enough are interested, the group will start regular meetings on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Yon Hall beginning Jan. 7.
The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, with organizations throughout campus sponsoring local events to commemorate the day and to encourage smokers to quit. Events will be held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Plaza of the Americas and the Harrell Medical Education Building.
The EAP provides a wide range of services to employees, including individual employee evaluations and referrals. Counseling sessions are confidential and address a myriad of situations.
Wednesdays through Dec. 2 (excluding Nov. 11), HealthStreet hosts Creative for Health: Art and Writing Workshops for People Affected by Cancer.
The Stephen C. O'Connell Center will host the annual Craft Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival showcases authentic crafts made by talented artisans and craftsmen and provides an excellent opportunity to shop for unique merchandise and gifts from more than 250 vendors.
Phantom of the Opera, an exhibition at the University Gallery and the Society of Composers 50th Anniversary National Conference are among November's notable events.
Each year, the UF Genetics Institute hosts the Florida Genetics Symposium, attracting genetics and genomics researchers, students and industry representatives from throughout Florida. Speakers from throughout the country will present and discuss genetics and genomics topics, organized into three focused sessions.