Impasse declared in FAMU faculty negotiations as professors want written criteria for evaluations

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An impasse has been declared in contract negotiations between the faculty and Florida’s only publicly funded historically black university. Talks between Florida A&M University and the United Faculty of Florida chapter said talks broke down over merit pay, post-tenure review and other issues.

Professor Elizabeth Davenport, president of the UFF FAMU chapter, said the current evaluation system rests upon who is doing it and that UFF wants to make the criteria more specific.

“When faculty are evaluated we want to make sure they are evaluated fairly,” said Davenport. “The current evaluation system can lead to arbitrary and capricious behavior by the evaluator.”

Davenport said UFF would also like to see tenured professors remain more involved with students and the community and is pushing for some kind of post-tenure review.

UFF and FAMU have been negotiating for two years and two weeks ago faculty members decided that any further talks would not result in a positive outcome for either side and declared an impasse.

FAMU has offered faculty a 1 percent pay raise and a 1 percent bonus.  UFF notes that FAMU is ranked last among all Florida doctoral institutions for salary.

A special magistrate will be appointed and will submit a proposed resolution to the university’s Board of Trustees. It may take another 90 days to resolve the dispute.