Showing posts with label Faculty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Faculty. Show all posts

Sunday, September 11, 2016

David at fault for much of FAMU administration's poor treatment of faculty

Provost Marcella David and Faculty Senate President Bettye A. Grable
FAMU Provost Marcella David could become the acting university president on Thursday. That’s when the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) is scheduled to vote on a proposed exit plan for President Elmira Mangum.

David has been at the center of numerous public complaints that FAMU faculty members have about the current administration.

In her 2014-2015 evaluation of Mangum, some of Faculty Senate President and BOT member Bettye A. Grable’s biggest criticisms were about a lack of shared governance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grable takes Mangum to task for having insufficient data to support assessment claims

For the second consecutive year, FAMU Faculty Senate President Bettye A. Grable said President Elmira Mangum “Does Not Meet” expectations in eight categories of her annual evaluation. Last year, the evaluation had a total of ten categories. There were eleven categories for the 2015-2016 year.

Grable said Mangum met expectations for Financial Management and Personal Characteristics and Values. She gave Mangum an “Exceeds” expectations rating for the Work Plan category.

But in the rest of the eight categories, Grable gave Mangum the lowest possible mark. Those areas were Annual Priorities and Goals, Strategic Leadership, Educational Leadership, Organizational Management, Fundraising, External Relations, Internal Relations, and Board of Governance Relations.

In most of those categories, Grable faulted Mangum for providing little or no comparative data to support the high ratings that she gave herself on her 2015-2016 presidential self-assessment.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Ramsey remembered for service to FAMU College of Education and athletic department

Longtime Florida A&M University professor and administrator Joseph P. Ramsey, II, Ph.D. has passed.

Ramsey received his B.S. in physical education from FAMU, an M.A. in physical education from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D., in administration of athletics and physical education from Florida State University. He then served as faculty member of the FAMU College of Education’s Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from 1981-1986 and again from 1997 until his death.

His administrative roles at FAMU included serving as head coach of the women’s track and field team, chair of his department, assistant dean of the College of Education, special assistant to the president for athletics, and interim director of athletics.

President Elmira Mangum said the untimely passing of Ramsey is a tremendous loss to the FAMU community.

“Joseph Ramsey’s unconditional love for FAMU was shown through his years of service on behalf of FAMU students and our athletics programs,” Mangum said. “A person like Ramsey cannot be replaced, and he will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones from FAMU and beyond during this time of mourning.”

Monday, June 20, 2016

FAMU professors become targets for personal insults in “FAMU Alumni” Facebook group

Two Florida A&M faculty members who publicly shared opinions about the university administration recently became targets for personal insults in the “FAMU Alumni” Facebook group.

Back on June 7, Rattler Nation posted an open letter that School of Business and Industry (SBI) Professor Annette Singleton Jackson wrote about what she sees as the poor treatment that the FAMU faculty is receiving under the current administration. On that same day, the Tallahassee Democrat uploaded an op-ed by FAMU United Faculty of Florida President Elizabeth K. Davenport entitled: “Anonymous petition doesn’t help Mangum’s administration.”

Davenport criticized an anonymous online petition that asked the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) to grant a contract extension to President Elmira Mangum. The petition, which was filled with misinformation, received support from many members of the “FAMU Alumni” Facebook group.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Virginia State selects Palm as its new provost

Last week, Virginia State University President Makola M. Abdullah appointed Donald E. Palm to serve as the university’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Palm brings more than two decades of higher education experience to the position. He has served Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University as an administrator, faculty member, and liaison to a broad segment of constituents.

Currently, he is the associate provost for undergraduate education at FAMU and a tenured professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. At VSU, he will work under another former FAMU professor. Abdullah served on the faculty of the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology, and Agriculture at FAMU for 15 years and was the dean of the college from 2008 through 2011.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

BOT must protect FAMU tenure system

FAMU became an “R2” (higher research activity) university in the Carnegie classifications mainly because of the work done by professors who are tenured or on the tenure-track. The tenure system is essential to FAMU’s ability to compete for professors who are capable of R2-level research and Ph.D. education activities.

That’s why the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) needs to give serious attention to a point that School of Business and Industry Professor Annette Singleton Jackson raised in her open letter to the faculty last week.

She told FAMU United Faculty of Florida President Elizabeth Davenport that:

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

SBI professor speaks out about Mangum administration’s treatment of FAMU faculty

Late last week, FAMU School of Business and Industry Professor Annette Singleton Jackson wrote an open letter about what she sees as the poor treatment that the faculty is receiving under the current administration.

Jackson addressed the letter to FAMU United Faculty of Florida President Elizabeth Davenport in order to support the views that Davenport shared in the chapter’s May 2016 newsletter.  

June 3, 2016

Dear Liz,

Thank you for your efforts with the newsletter and keeping us informed. Kudos for your honesty and your dedication to obtaining fair dealings for those whom you represent. Though you are protecting the privacy of the many faculty members who have contacted you by not disclosing their personal struggles, I know firsthand how the rights of faculty and staff have been disregarded by this administration at levels unprecedented in my 13 years on the FAMU plus my years as an undergraduate.

Monday, June 06, 2016

FAMU UFF president questions whether administration is behind social media campaign

An anonymous writer by the name of “Rattlers4FAMU Real Rattlers” recently started a change.org petition that asks the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) to grant President Elmira Mangum a contract extension.

The petition states that: “We want to send a clear message that the alumni, students, faculty, and staff of Florida A&M University are 100% behind Dr. Mangum and we believe that she should not only receive an excellent presidential evaluation but also have her contract extended by the FAMU BOT.”

But FAMU Education Professor Elizabeth Davenport, president of the FAMU chapter of the United Faculty of Florida (UFF), said that the petition is wrong to claim that it speaks for all the members of the FAMU faculty. She also raised questions about who is really behind the social media campaign that is pushing for a Mangum contract extension.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Appointing strong mid-level administrators to work under weak provost doesn’t cut it

The FAMU faculty has been the biggest source of stability at the university since President Frederick S. Humphries left in 2001. A number of faculty members who were hired by the Humphries administration have risen to become the premier young administrative leaders in the Division of Academic Affairs.

Last year, Genyne Henry Boston received an appointment to serve as the associate provost for faculty affairs and faculty development and David H. Jackson, Jr. was selected as the associate provost for Graduate Education and dean of Graduate Studies. Just last week, Shelby R. Chipman became the new director of FAMU’s Marching Band and Pep Bands.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Green-Powell receives Sadie M. Yancey Professional Service Award

By Dominique Mack

Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D. has dedicated her life to mentoring students and promoting the importance of higher education.

She is currently the associate dean for Student Affairs and a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Recently Powell became the latest recipient of one of highest honors presented by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP).

Friday, March 04, 2016

FAMU law professor speaks out against efforts to hide what happens in campus meetings

Yesterday Maritza I. Reyes, an associate professor at the FAMU College of Law, responded to a news story about a FAMU communications official who suggested that the faculty senate exclude reporters from its meetings.

Reyes wrote in an op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat that: “We must question why proponents of holding closed meetings want to hide what state employees say and do in meetings.”

From Reyes’ letter:

“There are plenty of Florida court decisions and Attorney General opinions that hold that advisory committees are subject to Florida’s Sunshine Law. Therefore, before FAMU’s committees, task forces, etc., close their meetings, they should – with the assistance of FAMU’s General Counsel – seek an opinion from the Florida Attorney General about whether a particular committee is subject to the Open Meetings Law. Otherwise, the particular committee could be violating the law. There may be penalties for individual members of committees who attend meetings in violation of the Sunshine Law.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Physics professor making strides in mentoring and research

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) physics professor, Bidhan C. Saha, Ph.D., continues to raise the bar as both a researcher and educator.

In addition to being nominated to serve as vice chair of the South Eastern Section of the American Physical Society, Saha was recently awarded FAMU’s first Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Mentoring for his work with Ph.D. student Edwin E. Quashie.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Virginia State University welcomes Abdullah family to Ettrick

With a pledge to transform Virginia State University into “Virginia’s Opportunity University” Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. met his new university family on December 10, 2015. On February 1, 2016, he will become VSU’s 14th President.

In remarks at his introduction to the Trojan Nation, Abdullah outlined his four core beliefs with the statement: “I believe in God. I believe in family. I believe in the transformative nature of education. I believe in Virginia State University.”

Abdullah, his wife and his mother are products of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Both Abdullah’s son, Mikaili (Morehouse) and daughter Sefiyetu (Howard) will attend an HBCU.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Criser still refusing to acknowledge that FAMU controlled COE budget for 28 years

BOG Chancellor Marshall Criser, III and Retired FAMU Professor Willie Roberts
Yesterday, the Tallahassee Democrat published a sharp response that Board of Governors (BOG) Chancellor Marshall Criser, III wrote to an earlier letter by retired FAMU Mathematics Professor Willie Roberts.

A letter to the editor by Roberts on December 9 said that FAMU’s recent loss of control over the $12.9M budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) was harmful to the university. The Joint College of Engineering Governance Council that was created this year passed a resolution on May 20, 2015 to shift the COE fiscal agent duties from FAMU to FSU. FAMU had served as the fiscal agent since 1987.

Criser fired back with a rebuttal that criticized Roberts. He said that: “Mr. Roberts attempts to equate ‘fiscal agency’ with ‘budget control.’”

But the letter by Criser didn’t mention that FAMU did have control of the COE budget while it was the fiscal agent.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Abdullah selected as 14th president of Virginia State University

Tomorrow, former Florida A&M University Dean Makola M. Abdullah will be introduced as the 14th president of Virginia’s land-grant historically black university.

Virginia State University confirmed yesterday that it has selected Abdullah as its new leader. Abdullah is currently the provost and chief academic officer at Bethune-Cookman University.

“I believe Dr. Abdullah is an individual of unique character and ability,” said VSU Board Rector and Presidential Search Committee Chairman Harry Black. “His dedication to student growth and moving Virginia State University forward will quickly become apparent to everyone associated with the University. I look forward to introducing him and his family to the Trojan family.”

Friday, November 13, 2015

FAMU, FSU launch Technology Commercialization Accelerator Program

By Mike Devine
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

A joint effort by Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida State University, and other community partners has resulted in a new program designed to accelerate the commercialization of university research.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Concerns rise over language used to discourage tough questions at FAMU

Kimberly Moore and Elizabeth Davenport both gave Elmira Mangum their support when she became the 11th president of Florida A&M University last year. Moore is a member of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) and she voted to hire Mangum in January of 2014. Davenport, a professor of educational leadership at FAMU, appeared before the BOT and spoke in favor appointing Mangum.

But in recent months, Moore and Davenport have both felt the need to raise concerns about the direction the school is heading under the current administration.

Moore served as the chairwoman of the BOT presidential evaluation committee this year. She gave Mangum a “Did Not Meet Expectations” rating for five of the ten questions in her evaluation.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Mangum generous with administrative bonuses, but not faculty pay


Ever since her appointment in 2014, FAMU President Elmira Mangum has been very generous in providing “signing bonuses” to a select group of administrative hires.

Records obtained by WFSU show that Mangum paid $60,000 in such “signing bonuses” to five administrators:
  • Brittanian Gamble, director of academic excellence ($5,000)
  • Dale Cassidy, chief financial officer ($15,000)
  • Marcella David, provost and vice-president for academic affairs ($15,000)
  • John Michael Lee, assistant vice-president for alumni affairs ($5,000)
  • Milton Overton, athletics director ($25,000)

Monday, November 02, 2015

FAMU study looks to empower citizens in addressing food deserts

By Ivette Lopez, Ph.D. in Partnership with Sustainable Tallahassee

If you happen to stop by the corner of Macomb and Georgia streets on a Saturday, you will see a bustling gathering of community entrepreneurs trading everything from fresh greens to organic homemade soaps and candles. Farmers’ markets, like the one in Tallahassee’s historic Frenchtown, connect people with fresh, locally grown food and each other.

In “food deserts,” like parts of Tallahassee, where places to purchase nutritious produce are scant and nearby food stores instead emphasize packaged or fast foods, a farmers’ market would seem to present the perfect solution to improve nutrition for local residents while also supporting small to medium-sized local farmers.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

David Jackson appointed FAMU associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies

Longtime and nationally recognized Florida A&M University Professor David H. Jackson has catapulted his passion for encouraging students to pursue graduate degrees into a new role as associate provost for Graduate Education and dean of Graduate Studies.

In his new role, Jackson is responsible for providing leadership and coordinating programs and services to promote the academic success for all graduate students.

Jackson received his bachelor of science in history and master’s degree in public administration from FAMU. He went on to obtain his doctoral degree from the University of Memphis.

He joined the FAMU faculty in the fall of 1997. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in three years and full professor of history in the College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities in only seven years.