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ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting January 26, 2004

  (scroll down to see Handbook Revisions on Limited Term Faculty to be published in FAST)

§     James Loucky, Senate President, called the Faculty Senate to order at 4:04 pm.  Senators approved minutes of January 12, 2004 and Standing Committee minutes.  Senators highlighted a UPC recommendation to identify “university” committees and faculty who serve on them and to support consistent annual reports to the Senate.

§     Loucky reported on several areas of Senate activity: 1) increasing involvement in campus and facilities planning, and in policy on general and public space conducive to intellectual and collegial interchange; 2) working with Salary and Welfare to finalize recommendations for retention and recruitment funds; 3) clarifying professional leave policy in light of requests which spiked this year; 4) proposing winter and spring faculty forums to consider enabling legislation and campus growth issues; 5) continuing monthly meetings of the Executive Council and Deans to discuss consider common concerns and joint recommendations for academic policy.  John Purdy reported that the Ethics Committee is about to deliver its report.

§     Since University President Karen Morse was in Olympia testifying on Higher Education performance contracts and the budget, Provost Bodman reported on concurrent House and Senate bills for a pilot program performance contract to include a research university, liberal arts university, and community college.  Loucky has forwarded names of faculty to serve on a committee chaired by Bodman, to consider whether Western should proceed with a contract proposal, what it might entail, and how to ensure the protection and priority of academic concerns.

§     Senators moved to approve revised language to the faculty handbook regarding limited term faculty (see insert).

§     Constituent concerns included: 1) unappreciated parking policies, to be addressed at a future meeting with Vice President Pierce; 2) doors that open in a direction that is unsafe.

§     Senators were apprised of concerns regarding potential threats to academic freedom, and agreed to engage in campus-wide education both before and following a Senate vote on a proposed resolution (posted with supporting documents on the Senate website). Senators were alerted to Legislative Bill 2747 regarding internet filters in campus libraries.

§     Senators adjourned at 5:48 pm.

 

Appointments and Elections, Kristen Parris, Officer

Senators approved the 2004 election schedule

To the Faculty Senate: -  Sheila Fox, Special Ed, to replace Victor Nolet

University Planning Council: - Michael Meehan, Senate representative

VacanciesSummer Session Advisory Committee (headed by Barbara Audley, Director, Extended Education and Summer Programs)

 

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 HANDBOOK REVISIONS

At its regular meeting on Monday, January 24th, the Faculty Senate by motion approved the following changes to the Faculty Handbook (new material underlined and bolded; deletions struck-through):

 

(Page 3)

     C.   Faculty Duties

 

         The duties of probationary and tenured faculty include such activities as classroom and laboratory instruction; preparation for teaching, research, scholarly and creative activities; scheduled office hours; student advisement; committee responsibilities; public service that uses faculty's professional expertise; and occasional special assignments.  The duties of full-time, limited-term and part-time limited-term faculty are fully defined in the letter of offer.

 

(Page 4)

     F.           Qualifications and Characteristics of Faculty Without Rank

 

Expectations for faculty without rank are fully determined by the terms defined in the letter of offer. Any changes to the expectations shall be agreed to in writing by the faculty member and the department chair.

 

1.    Lecturer

 

Full or part-time teaching faculty employed on a temporary basis or outside the usual structure of rank and tenure are designated Lecturers.  Initial appointments to the post of Lecturer may be made for a stated period of three years or less.  The appointment expires at the end of the contract period.  In no case shall a person hold a position as full-time Lecturer longer than six years.  Part-time, limited-term employment does not count as probationary service for tenure purposes and is not subject to the limit of six years of service that applies to probationary and full-time, limited-term faculty.  Lecturers may participate in department affairs.  but voting on department affairs is at the discretion of the department.  Departmental voting privileges are at the discretion of the department, but may not extend to issues of appointment, tenure, promotion, or other personnel matters.

 

 2.    Special Appointment

 

A scholar or artist of recognized outstanding attainment may be appointed to any academic rank regardless of the academic degree held. Faculty hired by special appointment are not granted voting privileges.


 

 

3.    Affiliated Teaching Faculty

 

People may be appointed to perform specialized teaching duties in positions that do not carry tenure, rank, promotion, or faculty voting privileges.  Examples of such positions are affiliated teachers of music and joint appointment of public school teachers for student teaching supervision.  Affiliated Teaching Faculty are not granted voting privileges.

 

4.        Research Associate (unchanged)

 

5.          Visiting Faculty

 

An individual may be appointed as visiting instructor, visiting assistant professor, visiting associate professor, or visiting professor, provided the individual qualifies for the rank and the appointment is clearly temporary. Visiting Faculty are not granted voting privileges.

 

6.      Adjunct Faculty (unchanged)

 

 Section IV: (page 6)

 

B.   Initial Appointments and Orientation

 

3.      Lecturers, probationary faculty, and tenured faculty shall receive a copy of the Faculty Handbook; be issued a WWU I.D. card; receive complete information on insurance and other benefits available; be eligible to serve as appointed members of Faculty Senate committees; become a voting member of the faculty at .5 FTEF or more for university-wide elections; be notified by the chair or unit head of department meetings and be informed about any limit on department voting privileges; and shall be provided with a mailbox , office space containing a telephone and a computer, instructional support, and access to departmental office staff.

 

4.      All other faculty without rank and emeritus faculty shall receive a copy of the Faculty Handbook; be issued a WWU I.D. card; receive complete information on insurance and other benefits for which they are eligible; and shall be provided with the support appropriate to the performance of their duties.

 


 

 

Section V:  Evaluation of Faculty (page 8)

 

A.  Student Evaluation of Faculty (unchanged)

 

B. Evaluation of Limited Term Faculty

 

All limited term faculty shall be evaluated annually by their unit in a manner established by the unit and the appropriate dean on the basis of the expectations and duties defined in the letter of offer. Other contributions may be included if agreed to in writing by both the faculty member and the department chair. The result of the evaluation is to be summarized in an annual letter from the department chair to the dean with a copy to the faculty member and the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. Under no circumstances shall such an evaluation of a limited term faculty member be undertaken without the faculty member’s knowledge.

 

B.   C. Evaluations of Non-Tenured Faculty Evaluation of Probationary Faculty

        

1.       All probationary faculty shall be evaluated annually. . . . The annual evaluation shall be completed by March 15 of each year and shall contain a statement, where appropriate, of all matters relative to eligibility for the acquisition of tenure.  All limited term faculty shall be evaluated annually by the department in a manner established by the department and dean.  Under no circumstances shall such an evaluation of a non-tenured faculty member be undertaken without the faculty member’s knowledge. 

 

C.   D. Evaluation of Tenured Faculty Members

 

D.   E. Unit Evaluation Plans (page 9)

 

Section X

 

D.   Salary Categories and Priorities (page 14)

  1.   General Merit Step Adjustment …last Professional Performance/ Development Review (V.C.D2).

 

E.  Criteria and  Administration of Funds (page 15)

1.        (a) (1) Tenured faculty shall be reviewed by their college/library/departmental peers through a formal Professional Performance /Developmental Review process (V.C.D.2 & 5).

 

    (b)   Probationary Faculty:  Probationary faculty shall be reviewed annually in accordance with Section V.A &C.