ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate Meeting April 18, 2005

·     Jim Stewart, 2004-2005 Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:01 pm.  Senators approved minutes of April 4, 2005.  Stewart announced that Bylaws 7.6 and 7.6.1 had been approved in a second Senate vote by email.  The new Grievance Procedure and the Bylaws will be presented for approval to the Board of Trustees on Friday April 22nd.  The Senate passed a motion that following its approval the policy would take effect on the first day of Fall contracts, September 16, 2005. 

·     Vice President Bill Lyne announced that the Public Employees Relations Committee will hold all day hearings on the composition of the bargaining unit on April 20, 21st , 28th, and 29th in OM340.  Provost Bodman distributed a statement defining one of the main issues; whether chairs are faculty, under an inconsistent statute which prohibits those who “exercise managerial or supervisory authority over other faculty members” from joining a bargaining unit. 

·     President Morse announced that the House had passed the Capital Budget which contains all of Western’s projects estimated at $73 million.  Morse confirmed that Western had been rewarded for careful implementation of legislative formulae and that we need to look carefully at our future roles and goals within our mission.  Morse warned that unlike Western, some schools may have lost their main campus funding through over funding branch campuses.

·     Morse announced plans to establish a Policy Review Task Force to review policies from the legislature.  Morse will also form a President’s Planning and Resource Council (PPRC) to enable her to hear direct discussion on broad level university issues. The University Budget Advisory Committee (UBAC) will form the core of PPRC and will include the EEOC Director.

·     Senators thanked Provost Bodman for a satisfactory review of Dean Brad Smith.  Bodman will submit his data for the review of Dean Riggins.  Bodman announced that there will be no review of Dean Murphy who plans to step down at the end of 2006-07.

·     Bodman reported positively on 34 promotion and tenure cases. 

·     Senators tabled a Resolution concerning the change in ratio of improvement of faculty salaries compared to other budget priorities.  .

·     Motion from the Executive Council passed:  Senators voted to include wording in Article V of the handbook that enables the Executive Council to decide if there is sufficient evidence if a grievable action has occurred prior to a preliminary hearing.

·     Senators discussed expanding the Senate presidency to a 2-year term. 

Adjournment at 6 p.m.


Appointments and Elections – Jeff Newcomer, Officer

Vacancies:  All Faculty Senate, 1 from Area D, through 2006

Executive Council:  2 Senators

Academic Coordinating Commission:  5 from all areas, 2 Senators

University Planning Council: 1 Senator

Faculty Grievance Committee: 1, not from Humanities

Salary & Welfare committee, 1, 4-year term

Senate Library Committee, 1, and 1 Senator (2-year term)

Academic Technology Committee:  all areas