Today’s Dean Fact 4/24

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.

Here is the link to the complete document, all the data can now also be found on UF’s official website.

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.

4 Responses to “Today’s Dean Fact 4/24”

  1. concernd.faculty Reply April 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    THE DEAN HAS CONCENTRATED POWER, WITH NO CHECKS AND BALANCES

    1. Nearly all department chairs, all that spoke up,
    have been replaced.
    2. Chairs have been weakened: all fiscal officers now report
    to the dean directly.
    3. Faculty hiring has been moved from departments to college committees
    that are chaired by Dean appointees, with close ties.
    4. The faculty council consists disproportionally of Dean affiliates.
    The council chair is a close friend of the Dean.
    The council failed to forward the slate of candidates for the 2012
    faculty council elections on time. An additional delay is due to an

    omitted name.
    The council has inexplicably postponed the Deans midterm
    evaluation, that was due in July 2011.

    THE DEAN DISRESPECTS SHARED GOVERNANCE

    1. The Dean dismissed the new constitution established by COE faculty
    vote. Since this not only disrespects shared governance but
    also
    the Bargaining Agreement, the union is starting a formal
    grievance process.
    2. Ignoring past precedence, the Dean appointed an outside interim
    chair in CISE, overnight, without input from the CISE faculty.
    3. The Dean does not provide budgetary data except when forced to
    or consult with faculty in a meaningful fashion.
    RCM data is not provided at the department level.
    A close analysis shows net transfers from positive RCM
    departments to negative RCM departments favored by the Dean.
    4. The Environmental-Civil merger was pushed through before
    any faculty senate hearing or vote could take place.

    THE DEAN HAS SHOWN POOR AND QUESTIONABLE FISCAL MANAGEMENT

    1. Breaking with precedent,
    under the false pretext of university-wide changes,
    individual overhead was not returned to PIs for 1 year of
    the period 2007-2009, but kept by the Dean.
    2. The unusual replacement of department chairs,
    which increases the salary of both incoming and outgoing chairs,
    and the addition of highly-paid new fiscal officers
    has added close to a million dollars (recurring) to the
    college budget.
    3. A large number of peripheral initiatives under the code-word
    `strategic have been introduced, at the expense of core programs,

    without proper consultation or a clear return-on-investment
    estimate

    THE DEAN HAS TAKEN UNPRECEDENTED STEPS THAT HAVE DAMAGED THE COLLEGE

    1. Nuclear Engineering was decimated by starvation and effectively
    dissolved.
    2. The dean has starved and is in the process of decimating CISE.
    The severity and viciousness of the attack give the impression of

    a personal vendetta and show a lack of understanding of computer
    science as a discipline and the value of computer science to
    UF.
    3. The decimation of CISE and converting research faculty into teaching
    faculty is national news.
    UF is becoming laughing stock for killing an upcoming and
    job producing field like computer science.
    4. Many candidates for endowed positions and other lines have already
    withdrawn last week.
    Many talented faculty, in other parts of engineering, will look
    for
    jobs elsewhere.

    THE DECIMATION OF CISE IS FISCALLY NEITHER NECESSARY NOR PRUDENT

    1. In March 2012, the Dean has initiated around 15 faculty searches.
    Even members of the centralized search committees seem unaware
    of this.
    The price tag of these positions is at least
    2 million recurring and
    4 million for startup packages.
    These can be easily used to balance the budget!
    2. The Deans 20% cut to CISE equals less than 2% across-the-board
    cut to the college.
    3. CISE generates at least 17% of the college RCM,
    but only spends 10% of expenses.
    Decimation of CISE will lead to budget shortfalls since RCM
    generated by an undergraduate-teaching CISE department will
    be much lower than current levels.
    The research income generated by CISE will decimated as
    research-active faculty leave (both those in CISE
    and those transfered to other departments).

    THIS WILL ADVERSELY IMPACT YOU.

    1. The Dean is changing the assignment 16 CISE faculty from research
    to teaching only. This is unheard of in AAUP universities.
    You could be next!
    2. CISE will become a teaching department like a polytechnic.
    Your department could be next.
    3. Funding agencies are worried and may not provide grants to UF,
    especially if you have a computational component.
    This will significantly impact your department rankings
    as well as your funding.

    SUMMARY:
    There is grave danger to the reputation of the
    college and the future of computing at the University of
    Florida.
    Talk to colleagues, understand the current situation and
    support your CISE colleagues. Are you afraid to speak out?
    That alone should indicate the deterioration of the climate.

    Doing nothing is a poor choice.
    What is happing now to CISE will come to you:

    The Deans vision, laid out during her job interview, is to have

    4 schools with 70+ faculty. (Directors can meet in a small
    back room.)

    Find more information at https://saveufcise.wordpress.com [2]
    Visit, comment, write, petition.

    PS: DID YOUR CHAIR TELL YOU?
    THE DEAN IS PROPOSING OTHER MAJOR CHANGES THAT WILL AFFECT YOU

    1. All faculty will be required to pay for a fraction of
    academic year salary before paying themselves in the summer.
    2. Teaching (without pay as Teaching Assistant) required of all
    PHD students as part of their graduation requirements.
    3. Research assistantships to pay higher tuition, reducing your
    component of your grant.

  2. Here is how to find the 1.5 million “fat” in the dean’s office.

    While the proposal to dissolve UF CISE during the time when there is a national shortage on Software Engineers is uttermost absurd, I decided to analyze the public salary data in UF College of Engineering. To my surprise, I found several instances of extravagant compensation and recent expansion in the Dean’s Office in the College of Engineering. Based on the analysis, I found,

    1. The total salary in the Dean’s Office in College of Engineering (CoE) jump to 5.1 million in 2011 from 3.6 million in 2010. At the time when the dean is cutting the teaching and research activities in the college of engineering, this 1.5 million salary increase in the dean’s office appears to be very out of place.

    2. The FTE (Full Time Equivalent) in CoE Dean’s Office jumps from 55.42 to 72.43 FTE while other departments in the College of Engineering are cutting and laying off staffs and lecturers.

    3. From 2010 to 2011, several staffs in CoE Dean’s Office received double digits increase in salary. Some examples,

    Name & Title Salary 2010-03 Salary 2011-10 % increase

    MOORE TERRY 72,000 91,237.4 26.72%
    DICKRELL PAMELA 79,350 96,265.04 21.32%
    HEITMAN WILLIAM 150,000 180,147 20.1%
    NORTON DAVID 208,000 240,323.2 15.54%
    SANDER ERIK 139,302.75 153,581.14 10.25%

    4. According to http://www1.salary.com/Dean-of-Engineering-Salary.html, the average salary for a Dean of Engineering is $204,488 and the average salary for for Associate Dean is around $140,767 (http://www1.salary.com/Associate-Dean-of-Engineering-Salary.html), the UF Dean and Associate Dean in CoE receive salary way above the national average.

    ABERNATHY CAMMY DEAN & PROF $312,000 (305,760.00+6,240.00) *
    LAW MARK ASO DEAN & PROF $265,200 (160,180.80+105,019.20) *
    NORTON DAVID ASO DEAN & PROF $240,323

    * received a portion of their 2011 salary from other academic units though they sometimes receive their entire salary from the dean’s office in prior years. Is this some kind of book cooking?

    5. While the accountants in UF Finance and Accounting department received around $70,000 average salary, several accountants in CoE Dean’s Office are receiving lofty salary around the range of 100K.

    Name Job Title Salary 2011-10
    RAMBO KEITH ACCOUNTING, CRD 4 $117,655.87
    DAVIDSON ERIC ACCOUNTING, CRD 4 $95,250.91
    BRYANT DIANNE ACCOUNTING, CRD 4 $93,332.42
    MOORE TERRY ACCOUNTING, CRD 4 $91,237.40

    If the college of engineering is truly facing the budget shortfall, why some departments inside the college is still recruiting staffs and faculties? If the budget shortfall is so dire that the college has to cut a solvent and well-respected Computer Science department, why is the college continue to hire so many staffs and faculties?

    IT Expert 0900326 19050000-EG-ELECTRICAL / COMPUTER ENG -https://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/29463

    SENIOR ENGINEER 0900328 19050000-EG-ELECTRICAL / COMPUTER ENG -https://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/27958

    AST/ASO/FULL PROF 0900421 19010000-EG-ENGINEERING ADMINISTRATION – 9 positions -https://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/29530

    University of Florida is facing unprecedented budget shortfall. It is only sensible that the administration focus on reducing waste such as the listed lofty compensation, rather than dissolving a profitable UF CISE department whose mission is a focus of our national initiatives. Based on the current proposal by the dean, the UF CISE will be disbanded in order to save 1.35M in the budget. Ironically, this 1.35M can be easily covered if the dean’s office did not increase the salary in her office by 1.5M between 2010 and 2011. Likewise, all the ongoing recruiting in other departments within the college does not make sense either if the budget is so short. The most absurd of all is that UF spend over 5 million dollar in salary, plus perks and benefit, in the dean’s office which provide neither teaching nor research, and the proposal they come up for 1.35 million cut is to dismember a profitable department? UF administration might as well cut off the dean’s office entirely.

    ** Please excuse my anonymous status as I personally know many friends in various departments in UF College of Engineering, though I am not an employee there.

    Source:
    UF Salary March 18, 2010, http://www.afn.org/~afscme/0310salaries.pdf
    UF Salary Oct. 27, 2011, http://www.ir.ufl.edu/factbook/v-14_salaries.pdf

    I have a spreadsheet which I did the analysis. Is there an email for me to send?

    • Well documented. Keep up the pressure. This is worthy of an investigation. All Citizens who stand for a good cause should be concerned by what is giong on at UF. The Governor should appoint a commision to enquire at the gross mismanagement and fraud at the Dean’s office in UF.

    • read this on the facebook group about the dean office’s salary raising.
      =================================
      This is a follow up to the data Athony White put out earlier. I took the salaries of all employees in both the Dean’s office and CISE in 2010 and 2011 and put them into separate sheets. I kicked out anyone who wasn’t in the list for both years (this is to make an apples-to-apples comparison; if people move between units, their salaries might change for any number of reasons). For the people leftover (52 in the Dean’s office and 44 in CISE), I found the change in their salaries from 2010 to 2011. It turns out that people in the Dean’s office received, on average, a 12% raise, whereas people in CISE received, on average, only a 5% raise.

      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0At8331V0A9CidEN0SllVUlVmUHN1N1dIOVgyRmkyR2c

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