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ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting November 8, 2004

·     Jim Stewart, 2004-2005 Senate President, called Senate to order at 4:05 pm.  Senators approved minutes of October 25, 2004 and Standing Committee minutes.  Approval of  Senate Library Committee minutes was postponed and will be returned for corrections.  Stewart welcomed Brian Gettman, newly appointed Associated Students’ Vice President-Academics.

·     Stewart reported that the Ad Hoc Committee on the Evaluation of High Level Administrators has met several times; David Patrick, chair, is currently out of town due to a death in the family.  Senators offered condolences.  Provost Bodman reported that Stephanie Salzman, Dean of Woodring will serve on this committee. 

·     President Morse noted that a forum on Western’s presence on the waterfront was well attended.  Morse reported that candidates for Vice President for External Affairs are still under review.

·     Provost Bodman responded to Senate questions on length of appointments of deans, stating that successful resolution of issues that arise during their five-year review usually means the dean is “kept on board”.  

·     Vice President and Parliamentarian Bill Lyne reviewed amendments to Handbook language on Tenure and Promotion passed by the Senate in Spring 2004.  Following a question and answer period the Senate unanimously passed a Motion “to accept the changes to the policy with a proviso that a number of grammatical and organizational changes be made” (referring to those identified during the meeting).  The revisions will be published to the Faculty and will go before the Board of Trustees in December.  Provost Bodman requested that Section 15b, of the Handbook be brought into compliance.

·     Senators reviewed Constituent Concerns:  1) extent of oversight of the Sehome Arboretum Advisory Board, 2) location of faculty parking spaces throughout the campus, and 3) a request to have the waiting shuttle not block cars attempting to leave or arrive.

Appointments and Elections – Jeff Newcomer, Officer

Vacancies:  2 University Planning Council:  one 3-yr term, one Winter Qtr replacement.

Deputy Legislative Liaison, Fall 2005