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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FAMU professor explores “Radical and Historic Views on HBCUs”

In May, the Leon County Library hosted a community lecture series, which included a special look into the early beginnings of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). FAMU History Professor Reginald Ellis, Ph.D., led the series’ installment at the B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library, which also commemorated the Annual Festival of Freedom honoring the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee.

Titled “Thomas DeSaille Tucker and His Radical Approach to Black Higher Education,” Ellis presented an inspiring lecture that analyzed the role of Florida A&M University and its first president. The discussion on HBCUs at the dawn of the 20th century was centered on the famous question of liberal arts versus vocational education for African Americans. The lecture revealed the tactics that Tucker used to ensure funding and other forms of support for the young institution and gave a deeper look into his leadership strategies.

Ellis specializes in the history of HBCUs and African-American leaders during the Jim Crow Era. His research also concentrates on African Americans in U.S. History since 1887, contemporary African-American history and oral history.

Monday, July 03, 2017

NEA: Average salary for FAMU full professors is lowest in State University System of Florida

The National Education Association (NEA) reports that the average salary for FAMU full professors is the lowest in the State University System of Florida.

According to NEA Today: “Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) also tend to be paid less than faculty at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs.) For example, full professors at Florida A&M University (FAMU) earn an average $92,000 a year, making them the lowest paid among the 11 state universities. In fact, even though FAMU is a “Research 2: Doctoral Institution,” putting it in the second highest grouping in the Carnegie classification system, its faculty earn less, on average, than the highest paid community college faculty in the state.”

The average salary for full professors at Indian River State College is $98,500.

Florida Polytechnic University, which NEA included in the count of the 11 state universities in Florida, doesn’t have any full professors yet.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FAMU launches Digital Learning Initiative to transform classrooms with technology

While Florida A&M University students are enjoying summer activities, such as internships and study abroad experiences; faculty are hard at work finding unique ways to overhaul their classrooms by weaving the latest technology infusion upgrades into their courses.

Professors are redesigning their classes in preparation for fall to include the use of blended/hybrid approaches to teaching and learning. The course redesign efforts are a component of the University’s newly launched Provost’s Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) and promote student engagement, class discussions and instruction all within the swipe of an iPad or tablet.

The initiative’s launch was celebrated during FAMU’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference, which was recently held to promote best practices for course redesign and student engagement among faculty.

Friday, June 09, 2017

FAMU faculty member uses innovative teaching methods

By FAMU CAFS Magazine Staff

The 2016-2017 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) junior faculty Teaching Innovation Award (TIA) was presented to Jenelle Robinson, Ph.D., of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS).

The award, which is given to a senior and junior faculty member, recognizes an outstanding faculty member who has demonstrated and implemented the use of non-traditional teaching strategies, approaches, techniques, or tools to produce measurable gains for student outcome.  It also exemplifies their respective efforts on exploring new ways of teaching that impacts the capacity of the students to think critically.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

FAMU expects to receive $1.7M from World Class Faculty and Scholar Program

In 2017-2018, Florida A&M University expects to receive $1,748,715 from the World Class Faculty and Scholar Program. The FAMU Division of Finance and Administration included the estimate in the Budget Workbook it prepared for this week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The Florida Legislature approved the program in the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017 (CS/CS/SB 374) that it sent to governor’s desk on June 5. Gov. Rick Scott still hasn’t announced whether he will veto the bill.

According to the act: “The World Class Faculty and Scholar Program is established to fund and support the efforts of state universities to recruit and retain exemplary faculty and research scholars. It is the intent of the Legislature to elevate the national competitiveness of Florida’s state universities through faculty and scholar recruitment and retention.”

The act goes on to describe that the funds from the program may be used for: “investments in research-centric cluster hires, faculty research and research commercialization efforts, instructional and research infrastructure, undergraduate student participation in research, professional development, awards for outstanding performance, and postdoctoral fellowships.”

Friday, March 24, 2017

Grable wins third term as FAMU Faculty Senate president

Earlier this week, The FAMUan reported that the Florida A&M University Faculty Senate had elected Bettye A. Grable to a third term as its president. She won election to her first term in 2014 and reelection in 2015.

Grable initially joined the Faculty Senate in 2011 as a senator representing the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. She became vice-president of the senate three years later in 2014.

A member of the journalism faculty since 2006, Grable earned tenure 2012. She received her bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida, her master of science in journalism from FAMU, and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

As Faculty Senate president, Grable also serves as a member of the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Ablordeppey continues $1.4M in NIH-funded research on antipsychotic drugs

Seth Y. Ablordeppey, a professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), continuing a $1,411,289 research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH awarded Ablordeppey four years of funding for a project entitled “A New Approach for the Development of Novel Antipsychotic Drugs.” The organization released $337,755 to him in the fiscal year ending (FYE) 2016 and $300,180 for FYE 2017.

The project focuses on developing better drugs to treat schizophrenia.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

FAMU professor receives William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award

After considering a pool of candidates from across the State of Florida, the Florida Education Fund has awarded Seth Y. Ablordeppey the 2016 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award.

Ablordeppey is professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Edington new FAMU VP for strategic planning, analysis and institutional effectiveness

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson has created a new office and vice presidency to ensure more effective management and oversight of critical academic and business operations at the University.

Robinson recently announced that Maurice Edington, founding dean of the FAMU College of Science and Technology, will serve as vice president for Strategic Planning, Analysis and Institutional Effectiveness.

Edington has also served as the liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and co-chair of the University’s Strategic Plan Work Group. The group started working last fall to design a road map to chart the University’s progress towards meeting key academic, fiscal, and operational priorities over the next five years.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Persaud battled against interests of FAMU faculty during search for 11th president

Narayan Persaud’s faculty senate presidency was much like Mary Diallo’s. He started out as a strong advocate for FAMU professors but later threw them under the bus as he sought personal power.

Back when she was the FAMU Faculty Senate president in 2004, Diallo voted to hire an interim president who, by all measures of common sense, was not qualified to run a public, four-year university. She threw her support behind Castell V. Bryant, the former president of the Miami-Dade Community College Medical Center Campus.

Diallo seemed to relish being a part of the new interim president’s “inner circle.” But she soon learned the hard way that it was all a sham and that Castell had little respect for her or any other member of the FAMU faculty.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Environmental science professor receives award for scientific innovations

The Tallahassee Scientific Society has named Henry Neal Williams, a professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) School of the Environment as the recipient of its highest honor, the Gold Medal Award.

The Gold Medal Award, established in 2004, is annually granted to a scientist or scholar of outstanding merit from the Tallahassee community. The Society selects its Gold Medal Award recipient based on scientific or mathematic achievements, outstanding contributions to science education and public service.

Williams has made history by becoming the very first researcher from Florida A&M University to receive the accolade.

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.