Who We Are (FAQ)
Why do I get emails from the APA?
You are sent emails through the TEAMS Professional Employees TEAMSPROF-L@LISTS.UFL.EDU listserv, which means you are one of nearly 3,500 UF employees on the TA12, TA10, TA09, or TU2E pay plans, or career faculty members who are not members of the UF Faculty Senate. Your classification automatically makes you a member of the University of Florida Academic and Professional Assembly (APA).
What impact does the APA have on UF, if any?
The APA’s purpose is to enrich the professional lives of UF staff by fostering an inclusive community through advocacy, education, and recognition. The APA differs from Faculty Senate because the APA does not have the governance to directly change the strategy or method of problem-solving opportunities that are present on campus. The APA can communicate the members concerns to the appropriate channels.
As a UF TEAMS employee, how do I fit into the APA?
TEAMS Professional Employees is comprised of nearly 3,500 UF employees on the TA12, TA10, TA09, or TU2E pay plans or career faculty members who are not members of the UF Faculty Senate. Your classification automatically makes you a member of the University of Florida Academic and Professional Assembly (APA), an official UF organization sponsored by Human Resource Services.
If I have suggestions on a topic or speaker for APA program or networking opportunity, or if my college has event space and would like to partner with APA for an event, who should I contact?
APA welcomes suggestions and recommendations on speakers and other upcoming events at any time. Please feel free to contact the APA programming chairs to submit your ideas or upcoming opportunities you would like to share.
Should I just show up? Do I need to register in advance? Is there a cost?
Most APA events are FREE and open to anyone, including APA members, OPS employees, students, faculty and the general public. There is a capacity limitation for tours or other events, which require RSVPs. In most cases, however, there are some individuals who RSVP but never attend, and some individuals who don’t RSVP but attend and get a space. When in doubt, please attend!
Are the APA meetings, workshops and events free? Can I bring my co-workers with me?
Most APA events are free and open to anyone, including APA members, OPS employees, students, faculty and the general public. We encourage you to check email announcements or the website for capacity limits and other details, but our events are free of charge. We encourage you to bring your co-workers and anyone interested in what APA has to offer.
My college is hosting an event on campus. Would the APA help advertise the event?
One of the APA’s goals is to publicize, promote, and support campus events in order to encourage participation. If you would like the APA to assist with advertising your function, please contact the APA publicity chair. We will work with you to the best of our abilities to help get the word out and contribute to the success of your event.
If I am interested in serving on the APA board, what do I do?
If you are interested in serving on the APA board on a committee, special project, or otherwise, please contact the APA president or president-elect, or any member of our board.
Why should I become involved in another UF committee that doesn’t appear to do anything or have any real power to make changes?
While it is true that the APA holds no bargaining, negotiating, or other power over the University administration, its board is made up of volunteers who are making themselves available to be your vehicle to communicate with the administration. In all possible circumstances, the APA will pass along your concerns and continue to advocate to make the University a better place. The APA board believes that there are many ways to improve the quality of life for members in the University community, and that the APA is one more vehicle through which change may happen.