ABSTRACT of Faculty Senate November 10, 2008

Matthew Liao-Troth, 2008-09 Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:02 pm. Senators accepted Senate minutes of October 27, 2008 and Standing Committee minutes. 

§    Liao-Troth reported: a) that podiums throughout campus had been checked to ensure that the pull-out keyboard allowed for faculty to sit at the podium computer; b) that Microsoft Word 2007 is available to faculty and the MAC version requires a small licensing fee; c) that forums for the Bookstore Managers will be held on Nov 12, 14, and 19 in Viking Union.  Please contact Liao-Troth for further information.

§    Provost Murphy reported that he is waiting for revenue forecasts before approving faculty hires for the Fall. Murphy added that now the election is over there will be greater focus on the budget.

§    Bill Lyne, President UFWW, reported that UFWW is working closely with the WEA Board to make sure that Higher Education concerns are vigorously represented in the upcoming legislative agenda.  The unions plan to emphasize how foolish it would be to squander progress with cuts to Higher Education.

§    Lyne and Andrea Goddard, ASVP Academics, completed a weekend of interviewing provost finalists at SeaTac and announced the following public forums: a) for Shirley Clay Scott, Thurs 14 Nov: 4-5 pm, SL110; b) Rex Gandy, Thurs 20 Nov: 3-4 pm, SL110; c) Elizabeth Paul, Mon 1 Dec: 4-5 pm, SL 120.  Faculty can read curriculum vitae and provide direct response at www.wwu.edu/provostsearch .

§    Constituent Concerns:  a) singing and demonstrations on Red Square have become distracting to faculty in surrounding offices; b) student teacher evaluation processes are currently under review by the Academic Coordinating Commission and concerns should be forwarded to the Chair, Vice Chair, or Senate Office.

§    MOTION:  The Senate passed a motion to approve the revised Faculty Senate Handbook which will be published to the faculty prior to returning to the Senate for a second vote.

§    Senators reviewed minor edits to the PRO-U1600.01AAppointment of Opportunity Procedures and will vote on the policy at the next meeting.

§    Senators moved to a faculty caucus at 4:45.  Prior to adjournment at 4:55 Liao-Troth rose to report that a discussion was held on personnel and real estate. 


APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS –Tracy Coskie, Appointments Officer

VACANCYAcademic Technology Committee:  One Senator through 2009.