ABSTRACT of the Faculty Senate Meeting – October 10, 2011
Karen Stout, Faculty Senate President, called the meeting of the 2011-2012 Faculty Senate to order at 4:04 pm.
Senators accepted the minutes of September 26, 2011 as written and Standing Committee minutes.
· President Stout reported that a first vote on the minor edits to the Bylaws of the Constitution would take place at the meeting; that the Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Code was forwarded to the ACC; and that a draft of the consensual relations policy would soon be available for Senators’ review. Stout encouraged Senators to serve on the Senate Library and Academic Technology Committees and continued to request faculty to serve as Faculty Legislative Representative.
· Stout introduced Cyndie Shepard and Karen Hoelscher who thanked the more than 150 faculty who are participating in Compass to Campus along with more than 800 5th graders who will visit campus later this month. Holscher has received funding to develop the student leaders in the program, many of whom are headed for education careers. Shepard added that school superintendents report that young students involved in the program are talking, reading, and writing for the first time about the possibility of going to college.
· Provost Riordan described a nursing completion degree which would provide the liberal arts component for nurses who have completed their RN degree and enable them to achieve the BSN. The program would be self-sustaining and not involve the sciences so campus science labs would not be impacted. Riordan emphasized that we are still examining if Western can sustain a quality program that fits our mission statement.
· Mike Mana sat in for Steven Garfinkle, UFWW President, and reminded Senators of the Forum on the state of the faculty union on Wednesday at 4 pm in Fraser 4. All faculty, union members or not, are invited to discuss the negotiation of the second collective bargaining agreement.
· Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP Academics, invited faculty to post student openings on university committees on Bb and to employ creative ways to educate students on the importance of this service and how students can benefit.
· David Brunnemer, Registrar, explained the current complex processes involved in hand counting paper student course evaluations and then presented online alternatives. Senators asked for full involvement in a process that is used in faculty review and suggested that “bells and whistles” offered by off campus providers are not as important as the individual qualitative data that faculty gather to improve their own teaching and student learning. Senators expressed concern about response rates, storage, security, and access and prefer that implementation be preceded by a pilot program that will be fully vetted and analyzed by faculty. Senators encouraged a slower pace for implementation that provides options for non-tenured faculty and will ensure that a contract for such a product will optimally serve Western faculty and students in the future.
MOTION from Executive Council (passed unanimously by the Senate): The Faculty Senate approves minor edits to the Bylaws of the Constitution of the Faculty Handbook. (See text below). The minor edits will be sent to the entire faculty and then voted on a second time at the next meeting.
· Senators moved to a Faculty Caucus at 5:33 prior to adjournment at 6:12 pm.
Appointments and Elections: Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, 2011-12 Officer
To: UPRC: Daniel Larner, Fairhaven, through 2013
ACC: Niall O Murchu, Fairhaven, through 2012
Vacancies: 1 Senator to serve on the Senate Library Committee; 1 Senator to serve on the Academic Technology Committee.
1st Vote of Approval
Minor revisions to the Bylaws of the Constitution of the Faculty Handbook: (new text underlined in red, old text struckthrough). Only revised sections are included below. Entire text with markup is posted on the Senate website.
BL7.1 Appointments and Elections Officer
The Appointments and Elections Officer sits on the Faculty Senate Executive Council. S/he serves a one–year renewable term and reports to the Executive Council. The Appointments and Elections Officer recruits Faculty to serve on all bodies which report to the Faculty Senate and oversees all referendums and elections, maintains the voting list, counts the ballots, and reports the results of elections to the Faculty Senate. The Appointments and Elections Officer may make interim appointments (less than 1 year) to Faculty Senate committees subject to review and approval of the Senate.
BL7.1.3 The President pro tem then proceeds to the election of officers of the Faculty Senate in the order of President-elect, Secretary, Appointments and Elections Officer, and one member of the Executive Council, announcing the result after each ballot and continuing to ballot for each office before proceeding to the next until one person has a majority and is elected.
Elections Officer shall review, annually and in a timely manner prior to
elections, the distribution of Senate seats within and among the Colleges, in
order to determine whether representation is on an approximately proportional
Representation: The thirty (30) Faculty Senate positions for the
Spring election were assigned as follows:
6 representatives from Natural and Physical
Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering
Technology, Geology, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy);
4 representatives from Social Sciences (Anthropology, PEHR, Political
Science, Psychology, Sociology, Communication Sciences and Disorders); 7
representatives from Humanities (Communication, English, Modern and
Classical Languages, History, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Philosophy);
3 representatives from the College of Fine and
Performing Arts (Art, Art History, Music, Theatre Arts including
Dance); 3 representatives from the College of
Business and Economics (Accounting, Economics, Finance/ Marketing 09-2010
and : Policy, Planning,
Education and Geography, Wilson .
y At its February meeting
Senate voted to make the 30th seat the At-Large position for the
Senate President t
BL 7.3.4 Committees and Reportage
The ACC shall maintain the following standing committees: Admissions Committee,
the Committee on Undergraduate Education,
Graduate Council, Honors Board, and International Programs
Advisory Committee. The memberships of these committees are approved by ACC,
and membership requirements are published along with the charge in the ACC
Handbook the Assessment of
Teaching and Learning, General Education Requirements Committee ,
Curricular Committees of the Colleges, including the Teacher Curriculum and
Certification Council and the
BL7.4.1 Membership of the UPRC shall be as follows:
Each university vice president or representative,
ex officio, voting, including the
Vice Presidents of 1) Academic Affairs, 2) Business and Financial Affairs, 3)
Affairs and Academic
BL7.6 The Academic Technology Committee [August 2008]
The membership of the Academic Technology Committee shall be as follows:
The Director of the Center for Instructional Innovation (ex officio, non-voting);
BL8 Publication of Senate Agenda and Minutes
; flyer; or by
at least four days prior to the meeting.
BL8.2 An abstract
of the minutes of any meeting of the Faculty Senate shall posted on the Faculty
Senate website and delivered to the
by publication in FAST
BL8.3 The Faculty Senate shall maintain in its files, official minutes of all meetings.
BL9 Released Time for the President of the Faculty Senate
BL9.1 The President of the Faculty Senate shall receive .5 FTEF released
time from other duties to carry out the responsibilities of his/her office as
specified in the Faculty Contract. The release time shall be returned to the
Faculty Senate President's academic unit. The University shall provide
secretarial services from the
BL10.1 Regular meetings of the Faculty Senate will be scheduled on
alternate Mondays beginning on Monday of the first full week of each quarter
, provided, however, that
meetings other than the first meeting of each month may be canceled
in the judgment of the Executive Council, there is insufficient business to
require a meeting of the Faculty Senate. s
from other bodies of the
the Faculty Senate
BL12.4.3 Area Representative candidates are listed on the ballot separately by Area Representative seat, are voted on separately by Area Representative seat, and considered separately in counting ballots.
BL12.7 Preparation of Ballots and Voting
BL12.7.1 The ballot must specify explicitly the number of Faculty Senate vacancies to be filled in both Area Representative and At-large representative positions. Ballots on which the voter has voted for more candidates than there are vacancies to be filled will be declared invalid and not counted either in the total vote for any candidate or in the total number of ballots case. A warning as to the invalidation of ballots must be included prominently on each ballot in each election.
The list of candidates is sent to all voting faculty, posted on the
Faculty Senate website and delivered to the faculty through an email
; flyer; or by
BL14 Faculty Referendum
A majority of those
voting is necessary
BL16 Faculty Senate Members On Leave
Faculty Senate voting members on leave and unable to attend Faculty
Senate meetings for one academic term or less will, in a letter to the President
of the Senate, declare their seats vacant for that academic term
will that vacancy