Index of Topics –

Allocation of Positions – Report from Provost Bodman

Professional Performance/Development Review -  Motion

Constituent Concerns – Report from Senate President Lyne

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting –October 10, 2005

 

 

Bill Lyne, President called the 2005-2006 Faculty Senate to order at 4:04 p.m.  Twenty-seven (27) people were present including twenty-four (24) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, and one (1) recorder (See attached roster).  

 

Approval of Minutes of September 26, 2005

Senators approved the minutes of September 26, 2005 with an amendment regarding bicycle policy on campus as well as a correction regarding the rationing of parking spaces.

 

Items from the Chair

President Lyne suggested broadening the conversation on parking issues to related budgetary matters and long term questions on campus growth and parking. 

 

Items from the Administration

·    University President Karen Morse announced that in an unusual combined meeting the Western Foundation and the Alumni Association had found collaborative ways to further Western’s mission.

·    Morse announced continued meetings of the Waterfront Committee, including meetings with Jim Darling from the Port, with an eye to finding transportation solutions for a Western presence.  Morse will continue ongoing meetings with the Deans to review current proposals.  The Senate will bring the University Planning Council into the discussion.

·    Provost Bodman distributed a report of the 10-1/2 positions already allocated, and mentioned continued discussions are taking place on those to be allocated this fall.  Bodman noted that operational dollars across the colleges are driven by formula, based on faculty FTE and student credit hours.  As of yet there are ideas but no final determinations on the 06-07 allocations, as this is a matter for the colleges. Bodman is reserving one position for international programs and will shortly bring a proposal on this to the Senate.

 

ACTION ITEMS

A.     Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

B.      The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate:  

o         Academic Coordinating Commission,  5/24/05

o         Academic Technology Committee, 5/11/05, 5/25/05

o         Senate Library Committee, 5/12/05

o         University Planning Council, 5/25/05

 

MOTIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Motion from Executive Council:   (revisions to Faculty Handbook, page 9): 

The Senate Executive Council moved to amend page 9 of the Faculty Handbook, V. D. 5a. to delete a phrase regarding satisfactory performance.  Senators discussed the rationale for the change which is to eliminate some present confusion in interpreting performance development review. Senators voted unanimously to approve the amendment which will be published to the faculty in FAST and posted on the Senate website.  (deletions struck-through).

Text:

D.          Evaluation of Tenured Faculty Members

5.   Procedures for Professional Performance / Development Review

a.         Faculty undergoing a Professional Performance / Development Review shall provide to the chair and other colleagues in the department evidence of satisfactory performance and professional growth and development with regard to teaching effectiveness, scholarly/creative/artistic endeavor, and service to the institution and profession.  The materials required for this evidence is specified in the unit evaluation plan.  It is suggested that the materials include a comprehensive vita, the annual reports for the review period, students’ evaluations of the instructional quality of most classes taught, peer evaluations of teaching, syllabi for courses taught, examples of students’ work, distributions of assigned grades, a comprehensive listing of publications or creative/artistic activities during the review period, and examples of the most significant scholarly or creative artistic accomplishments. 

End-

Senators postponed action on two additional items, pending review of the language by the Executive Council.  The first of these items included revisions to Faculty Handbook, page 16 X.E.1.(d) to revise phrasing regarding eligibility for General Merit.  The second item, page 3, III. A. E. 2. and 3 was submitted as a discussion item for the Senate to reconsider which areas in which evidence of a satisfactory record may be sufficient. 

Constituent Concerns

President Lyne brought forward responses to previous Senate constituent concerns:

·    Classroom scheduling:  The time challenge involved in getting from Old Main to the Communications Facilities and other buildings in the ten minutes between classes.  Troy Ragsdale schedules classrooms and tries to put faculty in the same general area when they teach back to back.  In accomplishing this Lyne reports that he sees no solution for students.

·    Late night parking:  Lyne reported on the challenge to Woodring faculty to park at off hours; the length of service criteria remains the same, and Deans can request special exceptions which work on a limited basis.  Dean Salzman has been successful in requesting one or two, but not five or six.  Now that departments are moved back into Bond Hall, the method for determining is still strictly seniority.

·    Observers reported that campus police selling bike helmets did not necessarily observe bicyclists who were not obeying campus policy.  Lyne promised to speak to Jim Shaw, campus police.

·    Signage Senators reported the increased problem of signs that prohibits faculty parking between 5 to 7 p.m. with their current permits.  Signs are so unclear that faculty are generally afraid to park anywhere.  Laura Laffrado has volunteered to assist George Pierce in rewriting the signs so people understand exactly where and when they may park.  Weekend parking can also be challenging when parents wait for students who are scheduled to take SATs or participate in other activities on campus.  A certain number of faculty spaces should be available at all times.

·    Some Senators complained that if they take the bus to work and have no permit, then coming in after 5 pm to work in the office with their own car is a problem.  The commuter packets should be more flexible and work after 5 pm.

·    Senators are awaiting the job descriptions for Vice Provosts which Provost Bodman has promised to provide.

·    Concerns about public meeting protocol were raised.  Two open meetings rules apply to the Board of Trustees and Associated Students only.  Other policy is decided by the meeting bodies themselves.  The Senate is working within the bounds of the WAC Rules, the committee rules and the law.

·    Phone CostsSenators raised complaints about the high cost of phone calls, especially long distance, and are seeking less expensive phone rates for the University.  Lyne will address the issue to Jerry Boles.  Some faculty would prefer to buy phone cards.

·    Lyne requested Senators to encourage constituents to email their concerns to him, particularly in advance of the meetings, if possible.


 

Recess and Faculty Caucus

Senators broke at 5:27 pm for a five minute recess before moving into caucus.  .

Adjournment

Senators moved to adjourn at 5:56 pm. 

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 10/10/05

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            Lorraine Kasprisin, Secretary

 

Roster 2005-2006 Senate

 

Term

 

Senators

Area

Roll

 

2005-2006 Senate President

Bill Lyne

 

 

06

1

Bover, David, Ch, ATC 04-05

A

P

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

 

06

2

Buckley, Patrick

G

P

 

Ira Hyman

 

 

06

3

Ramona Chauvin

H

P
 

 

 

 

07

4

 Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

B

--
 

 

 

 

06

5

Currier, Deb (for Greg Pulver)

D

Exc
 

 

 

 

07

6

Daley, Chris

A

P
 

 

 

 

07

7

Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

P
 

 

 

 

06

8

Emory, Steven

A

    P
 

Ex Officio

 

 

06

9

   Henson, Steve

E

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

P

06

10

Hodges, Hart

E

Exc

2

Andrew Bodman, University Provost

   P  

06

11

Howard-Snyder, Frances

C

P

3

 Representative:  Provost’s Council

--

06

12

Hyman, Ira, PresElect 06-07(EC)

B

P

 

 

 

06

13

Hyatt, Keith

H

P

 

Guests

 

07

14

Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary(EC)

H

P

1

 James Sanders, ASVP Academics

--

07

15

Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

P

 

 

 

07

16

Larner, Daniel

F

    P

 

 

 

07

17

Liao-Troth, Matthew

E

P

1

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

--

06

18

Lyne, William, President 05-06(EC)

C

P

2

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

06

19

Madsen, Leza

I

P

 

 

 

07

20

Meehan, Michael, ACC, ATC Senator

A

P

 

Monday, October 10, 2006

 

06

21

Meyer, David

D

P

 

 

 

06

22

Newcomer, Jeff, Appts&Elect (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

07

23

Ousselin, Edward

C

--

 

 

 

07

24

Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

 

 

06

25

Slentz, Kris

H

P

 

Total Senators Present

24

07

26

Stewart, James, Pres. pro tem, ACC

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(6)

06

27

Stout, Karen

C

 Exc

 

Ex Officio Present

2

07

28

Symons, Lawrence

B

--

 

Recorder and Legislative Liaison

1

06

29

Thompson, Roger

C

P

 

Guests

--

07

30

Van Boer, Bertil

D

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article III.  Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is empowered to speak and act for the Faculty in University affairs with particular responsibility in the areas of curriculum, academic programs, Faculty salary, Faculty status, scholarly activities, and all matters relating to the welfare of Faculty, the education of students, and the academic mission of the University.

The Faculty Senate is limited to 30 voting members elected by the Faculty, and the President of the University, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University, and a college dean appointed by the Provost serving as Provost's Council representative as ex officio non-voting members.    (Faculty Handbook, page 55)