Motions (from minutes) passed by the Faculty Senate 2015-16

Molly Ware, Senate President

 

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Follow-Up Action

Committee Appointements

Elections and Appointments Officer Amanda Eurich presented nominations to Senate standing committees and announced outstanding vacancies. Senators voted unanimously to approve a motion from the Executive Council to confirm all proposed appointments (see Appendix A).

To Academic Coordinating Commission (ACC):
            Area D, CFPA: Patrick Roulet, Music
            Area F, Fairhaven: Hilary Schwandt, Fairhaven
            Area H, Woodring: Tracy Thorndike, Special Education
            Area I, Libraries: Elizabeth Stephan, Libraries

To Academic Technology Committee (ATC):
            Area C, CHSS: Michael Slouber, Liberal Studies
            Area A, CSE: Andy Kelin, Engineering & Design
            Area I, Libraries: Gabe Gossett, Libraries

To Faculty Legislative Representative (FLR):
            FLR: Sara Singleton, Political Science

To Senate Extended Education Committee (SEEC):
            At-Lg: Paul Mart, Extended Education

To Senate Library Committee (SLC):
            Area A, CSE: Anu Singh-Cundy, Biology
            Area D, CFPA: Monique Kerman, Art
            Area I, Libraries: Beth Joffrion, Libraries

To University Planning and Resource Council (UPRC):
            Area A, CSE: David Patrick, Chemistry
            Area I, Libraries: Bob Thomas, Libraries
            Senator: Kristen Larson, Faculty Senate VP


 
Committee Appointments

Amanda Eurich, Appointments and Elections Officer, presented nominations to Senate standing committees. Senators voted unanimously to approve a motion from the Executive Council to confirm the following appointments:


To Academic Coordinating Commission (ACC):
            Senate Representative: John Lund, Engineering & Design
            Area E, CBE: Phil Thompson, Economics

To Academic Technology Committee (ATC):
            Area D, CFPA: Bruce Hamilton, Music
            Area E, CBE: TJ Olney, Finance & Marketing
            Area G, Huxley: James Helfield, Environmental Sciences
            Area H, Woodring: Don Burgess, SMATE

Senate Library Committee (SLC):
            Area C, CHSS: Sean Murphy, Liberal Studies (appointment withdrawn after meeting)

To Senate Extended Education Committee (SEEC):
            Senate Representative: Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Chemistry

 

 
Review of General Education Task Force Charge

Senate President Molly Ware presented the General Education Task Force charge and membership to the Faculty Senate. Mark Kuntz, ACC Chair, provided background on the formation of the task force.

The Task Force is charged with defining three broad options for Western’s general education program to be presented back to the campus community for discussion.  Senators expressed concern that the Task Force members were selected by the Ad Hoc Committee rather than elected in an open election process.  Kuntz reported that the Ad Hoc committee was sensitive to this issue and despite time and schedule constraints, endeavored to ensure broad representation on the task force.

Senators voted unanimously in favor of a motion (forwarded by Sean Murphy and seconded) to approve the charge and membership for the General Education Task Force (see Appendix A).

 

 
Faculty Nominations to Presidential Search Advisory Committee

Ware presented the list of Presidential Search Advisory Committee nominees to the Senate.

Sean Murphy rose to a point of order regarding a violation of due process and forwarded a motion (seconded) to strike from the list of nominees for consideration anyone whose materials were not submitted by the deadline of Monday, October 5th at 12:00 pm. An amendment (forwarded by Jeanne Armstrong and seconded) stipulating that Senators first consider the names of candidates who met the 10/5 deadline and consider additional candidates only if Senators felt there was not sufficiently diverse representation within this pool carried with 13 in favor, six opposed and two abstentions.

After reviewing the first group of candidates, Senators voted to consider candidates who submitted materials after the 10/5 deadline (12 in favor, six opposed, and three abstentions).

A motion (forwarded by Allison Giffen and seconded) to nominate the Faculty Senate’s top six candidates passed with a friendly amendment (forwarded by Sara Singleton and seconded) to identify the top three candidates among those six (see Appendix B).

 

 
ATC Membership

The Faculty Senate passed a motion to table consideration of the Academic Technology Committee (ATC) recommendation that the Faculty Senate make changes to the ATC membership and replace the non-voting Extended Education position with a voting position that would be appointed by the Vice Provost of Extended Education (forwarded by Spencer Anthony-Cahill and seconded).

 

 
Committee Appointments

Amanda Eurich, Appointments and Elections Officer, presented nominations to Senate standing committees. Senators voted unanimously to approve a motion from the Executive Council to confirm the following appointments:

To Accademic Coordinating Commission (ACC):
            Senate Representative: Seán Murphy, Liberal Studies

To University Planning and Resources Council (UPRC):
            Area C, CHSS: Peter Diehl, History

 

 
Library Task Force Charge

A motion to approve the formation of the Library Task Force with the amendment that membership include a student member to be nominated by the Associated Students (forwarded by Spencer Anthony-Cahill and seconded) passed with one abstention.

 

 
Committee Appointments

Senators voted unanimously to approve a motion from the Executive Council to confirm the following appointments:

To Senate Extended Education Committee (SEEC):
            Area H, Woodring: Keith Hyatt, Special Education
            UFWW Appointee: Mike Mana, Psychology

 

 
Library Task Force Appointments

A motion to approve the Library Task Force appointments (forwarded by Allison Giffen and seconded) passed. The Library Task Force membership is as follows:

To Library Task Force Committee:
            Area A, CSE: Greg O'Neil, Chemistry
            Area A, CSE: Roger Anderson, Biology
            Area B, CHSS: Kristi Lemm, Psychology
            Area C, CHSS: Steven Garfinkle, History
            Area D, CFPA: Monique Kerman, Art
            Area E, CBE: Mark Springer, Decision Sciences
            Area G, Huxley: Brooke Love, Environmental Sciences
            Area H, Woodring: Marilyn Chu, Elementary Education
            Area I, Libraries: Jeff Purdue, Libraries
            At Large: Kristin Denham, English

 

 
Repeating a Course Policy

A motion to postpone consideration of the Repeating a Course Policy contained within the Academic Coordinating Commission (ACC) minutes of 27 October 2015 (forwarded by Molly Ware and seconded) passed.

 

 
Graduate Council Charge Revisions

A motion to postpone consideration of the Graduate Council charge revisions contained within the Academic Coordinating Commission (ACC) minutes of 27 October 2015 (forwarded by Jim Graham and seconded) passed.

 

 
Committee Appointments Senators voted unanimously to confirm the appointments of Jeff Carroll, Psychology, and Mary Metzger, English, to the Gender Neutral Facilities Guidelines Advisory Committee.  
Faculty Constitution Bylaw

Senators voted unanimously in favor of a motion (forwarded by Allison Giffen and seconded) to send a new proposed Bylaw of the Constitution of the Faculty of Western Washington University establishing a Social Justice and Equity Committee to the campus community for review.

 

 
Charge Revision and Name Change for Diversity & Social Justice Grants and Fellowships Review Committee

A motion to approve revisions to the charge and name of the Diversity & Social Justice Grants and Fellowships Review Committee (forwarded by Rich Brown and seconded) passed. The language of the revised Diversity & Social Justice Grants committee charge is as follows:

Diversity & Social Justice Grants Committee
The Diversity & Social Justice Grants Committee's role is to evaluate proposals, score proposals, and award the Diversity & Social Justice Summer Teaching and Research Grants. Specifically, the committee shall:

    • Review and update proposal requirements and the rating tool used to evaluate proposals;
    • Establish a schedule for the solicitation of proposals, review and rank order proposals, and announce recipients by the end of fall quarter

The membership of the Diversity & Social Justice Grants Committee shall be as follows:

    • Six to nine voting members of the faculty, including:
      • At least one current member of the Faculty Senate, appointed annually;
      • No more than two faculty from any of the areas (A-I) used to define membership on the Faculty Senate

The faculty on the committee should represent a broad range of experience and expertise in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice.
With the exception of appointments from the Senate, all appointments shall be for two years, with terms staggered so that approximately half the members are appointed each year. In the first year, half the members will be appointed for a one-year term. Committee members may serve no more than three consecutive terms.
A faculty chairperson, who shall be appointed by and from the committee members, will be responsible for the agenda.

 

 
Curriculog

Senators passed a motion to refer the Curriculog action item from ACC's December 1st meeting minutes to the Academic Technology Committee with instructions to determine whether therea re any unrecognized or unintended consequences or opportunities for university-wide academic technology in adopting a tool of this kind (forwarded by Molly Ware and seconded).

 

 
Repeating a Course Policy

Commissioners discussed the benefits and drawbacks regarding implementing a grade-replacement policy instead of the current grade-averaging policy. John Lund, Senator on ACC, conveyed that the main intent of the proposed policy change is to enable equitable access to education. Senators voiced concern with the number of times a student could potentially repeat a course and expressed a desire for more information on the impacts this policy change would have on access to courses.

A motion to adopt revisions to the Repeating a Course Policy as presented in ACC minutes of 27 October 2015 (forwarded by Craig Moyer and seconded) failed to carry (8 votes in favor, 12 opposed, 2 abstentions).

 

 
Committee Appointments

Senators voted unanimously to confirm the appointments of Michael Slouber, Liberal Studies, to the Academic Technology Committee; Aaron Perzigian, Special Education, to the DisAbility Advisory Committee; Ying Li, Health and Human Development, to the Services and Activities Fee Committee; Peggy Watt, Journalism, to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code Review Committee; and Tara Perry, Communication Studies, to the Campus Active Shooter Exercise Planning Group.

Senators voted to appoint Jeff King, Psychology; David Leaf; Biology, Kimberly Markworth Mathematics; Mary Metzger, English, Craig Moyer; Biology, Zachary Dove, ASVP; and Diane Perez, Student At-Large to a new Pilot Classroom Climate Formative Assessment team.

 

 
Social Justice & Equity Committee Charge

A motion to approve a proposed new bylaw 7.8 of the Constitution of the Faculty of Western Washington University establishing a charge and membership guidelines for the Social Justice and Equity Committee (forwarded by Jim Graham and seconded) passed by unanimous vote.

BL7.8 Social Justice & Equity Committee [January 2016]

The Social Justice & Equity Committee’s (SJEC) role is to engage faculty at Western Washington University in ongoing examination and reflection needed to make essential changes in the academic policies, practices, and behaviors that result in inequity, exclusion, and social injustices at WWU.

Specifically, the committee shall:

  • Assist the Faculty Senate by evaluating and advising on implications for campus diversity, equity, and social justice of actions proposed by the Senate and its standing committees.
  • Engage faculty
    • Create and implement opportunities in which faculty from across WWU’s campus engage in meaningful interactions that allow for the active reflection and examination of academic policies, practices, and behaviors that result in inequity, exclusion, and social injustices at WWU.
    • Create and implement opportunities for WWU faculty to engage in the work of promoting equity, inclusion and social justice at WWU and the surrounding communities.
  • Oversee the Diversity & Social Justice Grants Committee
    • Annually review and revise (as necessary) the focus, process, and committee membership.

BL7.8.1 Membership

The membership of the Social Justice & Equity Committee shall be as follows:

  • 10-12 voting members of the faculty, including:
    • At least one current member of the Faculty Senate or the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, elected annually;
    • Faculty broadly representative of the university’s colleges and disciplines, with no more than two faculty from any of the areas (A-I) used to define membership on the Faculty Senate;
    • At least one member of the President’s Taskforce on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity;
  • The Associated Students Vice President for Diversity, and at least one student or recent alumni, appointed annually by the Associated Students Board of Directors;
  • At least one staff member, appointed by invitation of the Faculty Senate in consultation with the President’s Taskforce on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.

The faculty, students, and staff on the committee should represent a broad range of experience and expertise in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice.

Faculty appointments are subject to confirmation by the Faculty Senate and shall be made in consultation with college governance committees. With the exception of appointments from the Senate, all appointments shall be for two years, with terms staggered so that approximately half of the membership is appointed each year. In the first year, half the members will be appointed for a one year term. Committee members may serve no more than three consecutive terms.

A faculty chairperson, who shall be appointed by committee members, will be responsible for the agenda.

BL7.8.2 Meetings

The committee shall meet at least once/month during the academic year, and more often if the committee chair believes it to be necessary.

Minutes shall be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for review as soon as possible following approval by the Social Justice & Equity Committee.

BL7.8.3 Committees and Reportage

The SJEC shall maintain the Diversity and Social Justice Grants Committee as a standing committee. The membership of this committee is approved by the SJEC, and membership requirements are published on the Faculty Senate website.

Standing Committees of the SJEC shall forward records of actions from their meeting to the SJEC as soon as possible following approval. The SJEC is empowered to create additional ad hoc or standing committees as necessary to effectively meet its charge.

 

 
Repeating a Course Policy

The Senate Executive Council forwarded a motion to return the ACC motion of 10/27/15 revising the Repeating a Course Policy. The Executive Council’s motion passed with amendments (forwarded by John McLaughlin and seconded). The language of the amended motion is as follows:


The Senate Executive Council moves that the Faculty Senate return ACC’s motion of October 27, 2015 proposing revisions to the Repeating a Course Policy with instructions to further explore and report back on the possibility of incorporating limitations upon course repeats with the objective of ensuring that the Repeating a Course Policy supports equitable outcomes for a diverse student body.

 

 
Pilot Classroom Climate Assessment Work Team

Senate President Ware forwarded a motion (seconded) proposing to create a Pilot Classroom Climate Assessment Work Team. The motion passed with amendments (forwarded by Jason Kanov and seconded). The language of the amended motion is as follows:
I move that we create a work team to collaborate on creating a pilot formative assessment process for students to provide anonymous feedback on classroom climate. The following goals and parameters shall define the work of this group:

  • The assessment process shall seek to promote and provide models of feedback that are solution-oriented;
  • Faculty must be able to choose whether or not to utilize this tool;
  • Data collected will not be part of the formal evaluation system.
 
New Faculty Mentoring Work Team

A motion to create a New Faculty Mentoring Work Team (forwarded by Molly Ware and seconded) passed. The language of the motion is as follows:


I move that we create a work team to plan and facilitate new faculty orientation and mentoring with the goal of ensuring that Western provides an environment in which faculty members with diverse identities feel welcome and are able to thrive.

 

 
Committee Appointments

Senators confirmed, by general consent, the following appointments:

To the Campus Active Shooter Exercise Planning Group:
At-Large: Jessyca Arthur-Cameselle, Health and Human Development

To the Pilot Classroom Climate Formative Assessment Work Team:
At-Large: Kristen Larson, Physics and Astronomy
At-Large: Deb Salazar, Political Science
AS VP for Diversity: Abby Ramos

Senators voted unanimously in favor of a motion to appoint (forwarded by Clint Spiegel and seconded) the following faculty to the New faculty Mentoring Work Team:

To the New Faculty Mentoring Work Team:
At-Large: Cat Armstrong Soule, Finance and Marketing
At-Large: Brian Bowe, Journalism
At-Large: Rich Brown, Theatre and Dance
At-Large: Diana Gruman, Psychology
At-Large: Jason Kanov, Management
At-Large: Jenny Oleen, Libraries
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education: Steve VanderStaay

 
eDossier: Next Steps

President Ware presented a memo from the Office of the Provost, UFWW leadership and Faculty Senate leadership on the conclusion of the eDossier pilot project and expected next steps. A motion to accept the eDossier Continuation Memo (forwarded by Molly Ware and seconded) with the addition of a bullet stipulating the creation of a work team to pursue alternatives to SharePoint and a timeline for completion of this work passed with amendments (forwarded by Kristen Larson and seconded) eliminating the proposed work team bullet.

The language of the amended motion is as follows:


I move that we adopt the eDossier Continuation Memo and affirm Western’s commitment to eDossiers, with the understanding that SharePoint is not ideal, and ask that the Senate continue to ensure this issue is addressed in 2016-17 and future years.

 

 
Senate Elections Calendar and Process Senators voted unanimously in favor of a motion (forwarded by Kristen Larson and seconded) to approve the 2016 Senate elections calendar and process as edited.  
Libraries "Sustainable Access" Task Force Report

 A motion to accept the Libraries “Sustainable Access” Task Force Report (forwarded by Seán Murphy and seconded) passed unanimously.

A resolution thanking the Libraries Sustainable Access Task Force for the work they have done (forwarded by Trula Nicholas and seconded) passed by acclamation.

A motion to approve the set of next steps presented by the Libraries Sustainable Access Task Force (forwarded by Seán Murphy and seconded) passed unanimously.

A motion to request feedback from the Senate Library next academic year on how this process went (forwarded by Kristen Larson and seconded) passed unanimously.

 

 
Campus Engagement Process

President Ware presented a revised campus engagement process document titled Collectively Imagining Outstanding General Education at Western. A motion to endorse the campus engagement process document with express permission to make minor revisions as necessary (forwarded by Molly Ware and seconded) passed unanimously.

 

 
General Education Report and Timeline Updates

A motion to file the 2016 General Education Task Force Report (forwarded by Seán Murphy and seconded) passed unanimously. A resolution thanking the Task Force for the incredible work they have done on this project and for providing the campus with creative fodder to gain clarity on what Western would like its general education program to look like (forwarded by Molly Ware) passed by acclamation.

 

 
Committee Appointments

Amanda Eurich, Appointments and Elections Officer, encouraged Senators to communicate with constituents about upcoming Faculty Senate elections. Senators unanimously voted to confirm the following appointments forwarded by the Senate Executive Council:

Senate Library Committee:
            Area E, CBE: George Zhang, Decision Sciences

Western Gives and Grows Endowment Committee:
            At-Large: John Friesen, Music

A motion to appoint Steven Garfinkle to the Senate Library Committee as the Faculty Senate representative (forwarded by Kristen Larson and seconded) passed. Lizzy Ramhorst, Shared Governance Operations Manager, observed that it may be desirable to add a second CHSS representative to the Senate Library Committee membership.

 

 
NTT Service Criteria Work Team

A motion to create an NTT Service Criteria Work Team (forwarded by Amanda Eurich and seconded) passed. A motion to appoint the following individuals to the NTT Service Criteria Work Team (forwarded by Amanda Eurich and seconded) passed:

NTT Service Criteria Work Team:
            At-Large NTT: Justin Parmett, Communication Studies
            At-Large NTT: Cher Carnell, Theatre & Dance
            At-Large NTT: Janice Lapsansky, Biology
            At-Large: Shawn Knabb, Economics
            At-Large: Jennifer Seltz, History
            At-Large: Kathryn Vulic, English
            Associate Dean of CHSS: Marc Geisler
            Shared Governance Operations Manager: Lizzy Ramhorst (Advisory)

 

 
Academic Honesty Policy

Past Senate President Spencer Anthony-Cahill presented a revised Academic Honesty Policy and provided context for the policy revisions. Provost Brent Carbajal reported this this policy has been vetted by a number of individuals on campus taking legal protection into consideration. Senators noted the importance of consistent reporting for academic honesty violations in order to facilitate due process. A motion to approve the Academic Honesty Policy (forwarded by Hud Hudson and seconded) passed.

A resolution thanking Spencer Anthony-Cahill for the work he has done on the Academic Honesty Policy (forwarded by Molly Ware) passed by acclamation.

 

 
Committee Appointments

Senators unanimously voted to confirm the following appointments forwarded by the Senate Executive Council:

NTT Service Criteria Work Team:
            At-Large NTT: Geri Forsberg, English

Anti-Semitism Task Force:
            At-Large: Sandra Alfers, Modern & Classical Languages
            At-Large: Steven Garfinkle, History

 

 
Handbook Work Team

A motion to create a Handbook Work Team and appoint Lizzy Ramhorst, Shared Governance Operations Manager; Jeff Newcomer, Engineering & Design;Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Chemistry; and Molly Ware, Secondary Education (forwarded by Amanda Eurich and seconded) passed.

 

 
Repeating a Course Policy

ACC Chair Mark Kuntz and ACC Vice Chair Seán Murphy presented a revised Repeating a Course Policy passed by ACC and forwarded to the Senate in advance of ACC’s April 12th minutes. The revised policy incorporates limitations on course repeats that align with federal financial aid regulations and guidelines. Student representatives observed that many students are unaware that Western engages in grade averaging rather than grade replacement in order to calculate GPA. A Senator clarified that there is an appeal process for students who receive a worse grade after repeating a course. Lizzy Ramhorst, Shared Governance Operations Manager, observed that ACC may choose to allow departments to implement further restrictions on the policy for purposes of program admission, et cetera, when there is a clear and demonstrable need to do so and when such restrictions are clearly stated in the Catalog, but placing further limitations on the general university policy may unnecessarily constrain departments that do not need or desire such restrictions.

A motion to approve the Repeating a Course Policy (forwarded by Rich Brown and seconded) failed to carry after Senators expressed a desire to gather feedback from constituents prior to casting a final vote.

A motion to postpone action on the Repeating a Course Policy until the Senate meeting of May 2nd (forwarded by Molly Ware and seconded) passed unanimously.

 

Senate Extended Education Committee (SEEC) Report

Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SEEC Chair, provided an overview of the work that SEEC has done during the 2015/16 Academic Year. Earl Gibbons, Vice Provost for Extended Education, and Andrew Blick, Lead Instructional Designer, joined the Faculty Senate to answer questions regarding the 2016 SEEC report to Faculty Senate.

Senators discussed potential agenda items that SEEC may consider at future meetings including discussion on the role online education has to play at Western; the evolving relationship between Extended Education and faculty on campus; consideration of limitations on the number of online classes faculty may teach over-load; ensuring quality in the delivery of online courses; the role that Extended Education (EE) plays in attracting NTT faculty to Western; clarifying college funding structures regarding revenue generated from EE courses; identifying good practices for online course instruction and design; the impact online education has on the Western experience; and increasing access to campus opportunities for WWU outreach students.

A motion to file the 2016 Senate Extended Education Committee Report (forwarded by Seán Murphy and seconded) passed unanimously.

 

 
Repeating a Course Policy

Following a motion to approve the Repeating a Course Policy (forwarded by Amanda Eurich and seconded), Senators discussed the policy. David Brunemmer, Registrar, clarified that departments or faculty seeking to make exceptions to the policy that allow greater lenience for students may communicate with the Registrar’s Office. Seán Murphy, ACC Vice Chair, stated that departments seeking more extensive restrictions upon course repeats and grade replacement must submit proposed Catalog copy and rationale for ACC review and approval in order to ensure fairness and transparency for students. The motion passed with amendments (forwarded by John Lund and seconded) clarifying that the policy applies specifically to undergraduate students. The amended language of the revised policy is as follows:

Repeating a Course
A few courses are approved to be repeated for credit. Such approval is included with the course description in this catalog. If a course not designated as repeatable for credit is retaken, the following will apply:

  • Students may not repeat any previously passed course more than once.
  • Credit will be awarded only once for a repeated course.
  • The last grade earned will be used in the computation of the cumulative and major grade point averages.
  • All grades will remain in the student's official record.
  • A course cannot be repeated to change the student’s grade point average after a baccalaureate degree has been awarded.
  • Students wishing to repeat a class in which they already received a P, S, or C- or better grade may not register for the class until Phase III of registration. Students, in this circumstance, who register for a repeated course prior to Phase III may be required to drop the course by the academic department or Registrar’s Office. The repeat registration for English composition prior to Phase III requires the written permission of the chair of the department.

Please note that Western’s registration system will not prevent a student from registering for a course in which the student has already received credit therefore students are responsible for ensuring they do not repeat courses unintentionally.

This policy applies to undergraduate students. Please note that departments may require Graduate students to repeat a course in order to attain an acceptable level of competence. Graduate students should review the Scholarship Standards under the Graduate School section of the catalog.

The following resolution (forwarded by Jim Graham and seconded) passed as amended:

WHEREAS, the Academic Coordinating Commission of Western Washington University revised the academic policy on repeating a course, to take effect in the 2017/18 Academic Year; and

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University approved this policy change; and

WHEREAS, Western Washington University is committed to ensuring access and equitable outcomes for students on our campus; and

WHEREAS, it is the policy of Western Washington University that students wishing to repeat a class in which they already received a P, S, or C- or better grade may not register for the class until Phase III of registration; and


WHEREAS, Western’s registration system does not automatically enforce this restriction and allows students to register to repeat a course outside of Phase III of registration; and

WHEREAS, the Registrar’s Office is currently in the midst of a transition intended to modernize the registration system to better fine tune the system to the needs of our students, faculty, and curriculum; and

WHEREAS, the Registrar has expressed assent to and support for the following resolution;

RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University and the Registrar’s Office commit to prioritizing the resolution of these challenges during the registration software upgrade through the development and implementation of necessary infrastructure prior to the enactment of the repeating a course policy change.

 

 
Election of 2017-17 Officers

Election of 2016-17 Officers: Senate President Molly Ware conducted the election of officers to the 2016-17 Faculty Senate Executive Council. The 2015-16 Senate Executive Council forwarded the nominations of Kristen Larson to the position of Senate President; Trula Nicholas to the position of Secretary; Rich Brown to the position of Appointments and Elections Officer; and John Lund to the position of At-Large representative. All nominees were elected unanimously. The composition of the 2016-17 Senate Executive Council is as follows:

Voting officers: Kristen Larson, President; TBD, President-Elect; Trula Nicholas, Secretary; Rich Brown, Appointments and Elections Officer; John Lund, At-Large Representative; Sara Singleton, Faculty Legislative Representative.

Non-voting members: Molly Ware, Past President; Chuck Lambert, UFWW President; Seán Murphy, ACC Chair; John Bower, UPRC Chair.

 

 
Committee Appointments

Committee Appointments: Senators unanimously voted to approve a motion (forwarded by Sara Singleton and seconded) to confirm the following appointments:

To Academic Coodinating Commision (ACC):
            Area A, CSE: Doug Clark, Geology
            Area I, Libraries: Peter Smith, Libraries

To Academic Technology Committee (ATC):
            Area A, CSE: Andy Klein, Engineering & Design

To Senate Extended Education Committee (SEEC):
            Area C, CHSS: Ying Li, Health & Human Development
            Area D, CFPA: Penny Hutchinson, Theatre & Dance
            Area G, Huxley: John Rybczyk, Environmental Sciences

To Senate Library Committee (SLC):
            Area D, CFPA: Monique Kerman, Art
            Area G, Huxley: Brooke Love, Environmental Sciences
            Area H, Woodring: Marilyn Chu, Elementary Education

To Senate Library Committee (SLC):
            Area B, CHSS: Ron Helms, Sociology
            Area D, CFPA: Cynthia Camlin, Art
            Area G, Huxley: Leo Bodensteiner, Environmental Sciences
            Area H, Woodring: Trula Nicholas, Health & Community Studies
            Area I, Libraries: Mike Olson, Libraries

To NTT Service Criteria Work Group:
            NTT Faculty: Ron Oertel, Economics

 
Resolution Honoring President Bruce Shepard

A resolution forwarded and read by Senate President Molly Ware honoring President Bruce Shepard passed by acclamation. The resolution is as follows:

WHEREAS, Bruce Shepard has served as President of Western Washington University during the 2008-16 academic years;

WHEREAS, Bruce Shepard has proved to be a courageous, transparent, collaborative, fearless, effective, and judicious leader, who has served the University with dedication, integrity, humility, and a deep commitment to listening in directing the University on crucial issues throughout his time here;

WHEREAS, Bruce Shepard has challenged the University community to address the changing needs of the State, and has encouraged the University community to challenge his perspectives, and engaged the University community in difficult discussions across difference with mutual respect for diverse viewpoints, and has responded to such challenges with consideration, transparency, and timeliness;

WHEREAS, Bruce Shepard has demonstrated willingness to share his personal experiences with the campus community as a means of encouraging dialogue and raising awareness about critical issues;

WHEREAS, the members of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University are grateful to Bruce Shepard for his commitment to and trust in the process of shared governance and to broadening faculty participation in meaningful decision making throughout the University;

WHEREAS, Bruce Shepard has, through all of his actions, demonstrated a commitment to inclusivity and the well-being of all members of the campus community by raising wages for custodial staff, celebrating veterans’ service to this country, listening and responding to students from underrepresented groups about their experiences on Western’s campus and taking a strong stance on the need to build an inclusive culture;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED by the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University, at its regular meeting of May 31, 2016, that Bruce Shepard is hereby deeply thanked and honored for his outstanding service as President of Western Washington University from academic years 2008-2016.

 

 
Senate Extended Education Committee (SEEC) Charge Revision

SEEC Membership: Senators discussed the rationale for the proposed revisions to the SEEC membership. A motion to approve revisions to the Senate Extended Education Committee membership (forwarded by Jim Graham and seconded) passed unanimously. President Ware requested that Senators discuss the proposed SEEC membership revisions with constituents prior to the second vote in fall. The language of the revised SEEC membership is as follows:

BL7.7.1 Membership

The membership of the Senate Extended Education Committee shall be as follows:

  • One faculty representative nominated by and from the IEP or Language & Culture programs;
  • One faculty representative from every college, nominated by the respective college governance committee;
  • One faculty member who is primarily engaged in teaching at a WWU outreach campus through an Extended Education program, appointed by the Faculty Senate. This representative is appointed in addition to the college representatives;
  • One Senate representative appointed by the Faculty Senate;
  • One representative appointed by the United Faculty of Western Washington Executive Board;
  • One commissioner appointed by and from the Academic Coordinating Commission;
  • One student representative appointed by the Associated Students;
  • The Director of the Center for International Studies or a designee (advisory, nonvoting);
  • The Vice Provost of Extended Education or, in the Vice Provost’s absence, a designee (advisory, nonvoting).

With the exception of appointees representing the Associated Students, Faculty Senate, and ACC, all appointments shall be for 2 years, with terms staggered so that half the members are appointed each year. In the first year, half the members will be appointed for a oneyear term.

A faculty chairperson, who shall be appointed by and from the committee’s voting members, will be responsible for the agenda.

The committee shall meet at least once/month during the academic year, and more often if the committee chair believes it to be necessary.

Minutes shall be forwarded to the Faculty Senate as soon as possible following approval by the Senate Extended Education Committee\

 

 
Academic Technology Committee (ATC) Charge Revision

ATC Membership: The Academic Technology Committee (ATC) forwarded two motions to the Senate in advance of ATC’s May 19th minutes recommending revisions to ATC’s charge and membership. Senators discussed the rationale for the charge revisions. Senators voted in favor of a motion (forwarded by Jim Graham and seconded) to approve the Academic Technology Committee (ATC) recommendations to Senate to include a voting representative from the Senate Extended Education Committee in the ATC membership and to revise ATC’s charge for clarity and accuracy.

 
 
End-of-Year Reports from Senate and Senate Standing Committees

End-of-Year Reports from Senate and Standing Committees: Senators discussed the end-of-year reports and how the Senate and its standing committees can work to address complex issues holistically rather than each committee working piecemeal on a complex issue. Spencer Anthony-Cahill requested that his name be struck from the Senate report. A motion to accept the Senate and Senate Standing Committee end-of-year reports as amended (forwarded by Kristen Larson and seconded) passed unanimously. See Appendix A for end-of-year reports.

 
 
Resolution Honoring Senate President Molly Ware

A resolution forwarded and read by Senate President-Elect Kristen Larson honoring Senate President Molly Ware passed by acclamation. The resolution is as follows:

WHEREAS, Molly Ware has served as Western Washington University’s Faculty Senate President during the 2015-16 academic year;

WHEREAS, Molly Ware has proven to be an effective and judicious leader, has served the university with dedication, integrity, and humor, and has shown courage and vision directing the Senate’s deliberations on crucial issues throughout her tenure;

WHEREAS, Molly Ware has demonstrated outstanding commitment to and prioritization of student success, collaborative thinking, creating spaces founded on respect and inclusion in which all voices can be heard;

WHEREAS, the members of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University are grateful to Molly Ware for her commitment to shared governance, to broadening faculty participation in meaningful decision making throughout the University, and to making the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University a force for effective faculty governance;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED by the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University, at its regular meeting of May 31, 2016, that Molly Ware is hereby HONORED for her outstanding service as Faculty Senate President from June 23, 2015 to June 20, 2016.