College of Engineering advertises dozens of new openings in March 2012, while proposing to destroy CISE
The Dean sent the proposal to destroy a perfectly sound CISE department to the provost on March 16, 2012. As per documents recently obtained by a Public Records Request (a “Sunshine”) it has been revealed that in the work week following March 16th, 17 job advertisements were posted; many of them for multiple positions.
These employee searches are being conducted directly by College of Engineering Administration. Ten of these are “Strategic plan” searches. However, most strategic plan faculty committees are unaware of these searches: these committees consider themselves dormant or dysfunctional.
The new positions represent at least a $1.5 million recurring cost, and $3 million nonrecurring start-up cost. The recurring cost will presumably be met from lines of CISE faculty members being driven away, or from the nonviable teaching unit that will have to be shut down. The nonrecurring cost will presumably be a drop in the bucket of the $111 million unrestricted UF reserves.
University wide, at least 154 new searches (job advertisements) have been posted, at a time of supposed austerity.