Index of Topics –  October 24, 2005

Ad Hoc Committee on faculty review – Kyle Crowder, chair

Parking and Transportation Task Force – Discussion, Charge

Council of Faculty Representatives – Sara Singleton – Faculty Input Request

Faculty Handbook revisions – page 15 – MOTION

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – October 24, 2005

 

Bill Lyne, President called the 2005-2006 Faculty Senate to order at 4:01 p.m.  Thirty-two (32) people were present including twenty-six (26) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, and one (1) recorder (See attached roster).  

 

Approval of Minutes of October 10, 2005

Senators approved the minutes of October 10, 2005 with one amendment. 

Items from the Chair

President Lyne reported on several constituent and other concerns:

·    The Executive Council had endorsed a request from Sue Guenter-Schlesinger for a training program for faculty on issues and Title IX liability regarding sexual harassment.

·    Kyle Crowder will chair an Ad Hoc Committee to review handbook language on faculty review.  Concerns have arisen for a few faculty regarding participation in their own or colleagues’ reviews. Faculty are invited to participate on the committee which will meet in Winter Quarter; volunteers please contact Bill Lyne at x3403.

·    Lyne and Vice President George Pierce met in productive discussions, and agreed that: 

1)      Faculty members of the university parking committees will be appointed by the Senate and committees will submit regular minutes and reports for Senate review;

2)      Initial recommendations from the committees under Pierce’s purview will pass thru the Senate on their way to Presidents’ Council;

3)      Ramifications of creating an After Hours Parking Pass for faculty will be checked out;

4)      Implications of running the shuttle to Lincoln Creek between 6 pm and midnight will be considered;

5)      Shuttle movement can be successfully synchronized with the 10-minute leeway between classes;

6)      Options exist to allow faculty to travel using their own credit cards and other reservation options rather than costly state approved travel agencies.   Pierce will check into WAC rulings on this.  

 

Council of Faculty Representatives – Sara Singleton-Political Science, Legislative Liaison

·    Senators heard Sara Singleton, Legislative Liaison, report on first meetings with legislators and Council of Faculty representatives.  Singleton requests faculty to attend a “meet with legislators” day and to provide useful and succinct stories for legislators of what faculty accomplish.

·    Singleton reported that other CFR reps sensed that it would be a good idea to have a value statement that could from the basis of newspaper op eds, and they plan to circulate a draft for faculty advisement and approval. 

·    Senators asked for clarification on the membership of the Washington Forum, the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HEC).  Faculty appear to be underrepresented on these important committees related to higher education.  Jeff Newcomer suggested that a few faculty volunteer to travel down to Olympia on the Martin Luther King holiday as the legislature does not take that day off and organize presentations for that date.  President Morse noted that a luncheon with faculty and legislators is not held in the off year.  Higher Ed Day is held near the end of the short session.

 

Items from the Administration

·    University President Karen Morse confirmed that her meetings about the budget for the coming session are about to commence with legislators and the governor.

·    President Morse will meet with the Seattle Business Forum which last year raised $75,000 in scholarships.  Morse hopes that a Bellingham Business Forum will do the same.  Morse will begin meetings with legislators and the governor on the budget for the coming session.

·    Provost Bodman responded to a Senator’s question as to why the College of Humanities and Social Sciences appeared to have been allocated 50% of the new faculty positions.  Explaining his philosophy and rationale, Bodman confirmed that these allocations were a result of submissions from the Deans outlining their priorities.  Bodman must balance the cost conscious reliance on part-time and adjunct faculty with the pressure to create tenure track positions.  Bodman confirmed that allocations require that recipient departments create a first-year experience (FYE) course limited to twenty-five students in the year after they acquire the position.  The course would be ongoing.  (FYE classes were approved by the Senate in terms of the GURs, and guidelines can be found on the ACC link on the Senate website). 

·    Bodman confirmed he will present a concept paper on Integrated Programs 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

Comments related to the minutes:

·    Faculty with questions on Freshman Interest Groups and the First Year Experience were directed to forward them to Thomas Downing, Chair of Academic Coordinating Commission.

·    Senators learned Academic Technology Committee is requesting the role of review of the design of podium work stations.  ATC will bring forward a motion on the same. 

·    One Senator reported that AIC faculty may not be “universally happy” about certain AIC designs.  The Senate recommends that University Planning Council’s meeting with AIC architects include faculty from affected departments.

·    Senators learned that both Dean Brad Smith and EESP Director Barbara Audley, assured the Provost that a proposal on an Emergency Management Certificate will fast-track to ACC for approval.  Vice President Frazier was reported as suggesting that when money is on the table it is important to “strike when the iron is hot”;  so both the supplementary budget request and the request for ACC approval are expected to proceed concurrently.

MOTIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

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

The Senate Executive Council moved to amend pages 15 and 16 of the Faculty Handbook, X.E., to revise phrasing to eliminate confusion regarding General Merit (deletions struck-through, new material underlined):

“E.    Criteria and  Administration of Funds

                1.    Criteria for General Merit Step Increase

                (a)   Tenured Faculty

                              (1)   no change

                              (2)   A faculty member having been tenured or promoted from assistant to associate or associate to full professor will be deemed as having satisfied the requirements for general merit step increase for increases occurring in the five years during the review period subsequent to the promotion.  Review of the faculty member in the fifth year in the final year of the review period will be necessary to qualify for any general merit increase in the subsequent year.

                 (b) (c)  no change

                 (d)   Review Procedures:

                               Peer evaluations, departmental summaries, and chair's evaluation, along with the candidate's file, are forwarded to a college-wide committee for review, evaluation, and recommendation to the Dean.  In units without departments (Fairhaven and Huxley College and the Library), peer evaluations and the candidate's file are sent directly to the unit committee for review, evaluation, and recommendation to the Dean or University Librarian.  This process shall evaluate the performance of the faculty member in three areas for the three previous years review period:  teaching effectiveness, scholarly/creative/artistic endeavor, and service to the institution and profession.  Standards for evaluation in these areas are determined by the descriptions of various academic ranks as established in the Faculty Handbook, Section I.III.E., "Qualifications and Characteristics of Faculty Ranks."  The faculty member's performance shall be classified as unsatisfactory, satisfactory, or superior for each area.  These review results shall form the basis for receiving salary increases.  A faculty member shall be eligible for a General Merit increase in each of the next three years  year until the next review if that faculty member receives satisfactory evaluations or better in at least two areas, one of which must be at least a satisfactory evaluation in teaching effectiveness.  The review period shall include all evidence accumulated since the last successful review for general merit.”

End-

Senators postponed action on another item from page 16, pending review of the language by the Executive Council.   The main concerns center on language recommending assistance in the unique situation when a faculty member might fail the teaching review.  The item, which reconsiders those areas which require evidence of a satisfactory record, and the timeline of a review period when probation is extended, will be referred to the ad hoc committee chaired by Kyle Crowder.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Jeff Newcomer, Officer

To Academic Coordinating Commission:  David Wallin, Huxley College, for a 2-year term.

DISCUSSION

Committee Charges

President Lyne reviewed Executive Committee proposals regarding charges to university committees:

Parking and Transportation Initiatives Task Force:

- A recent white paper did not announce an overall philosophy or vision.  The Senate urges the committee to come up with a mission, charge, and vision, with a general philosophy of service to the community when regarding the direction of parking in the future.

-  President Morse referred Senators to the 10-year Master Plan.  David Fewings, Senate representative to the committee reported that they had undertaken to charge three subcommittees with interim reports to be received by end of winter quarter.  One subcommittee is charged with working on the enhancement of public transit, second one is working on enhancing bike and walking mode, and the third one is charged with producing an interim report on the wisdom of parking structures and or a transit center.  There are 6 to 10 people on each subcommittee.

-  Past President Jim Stewart philosophized that such a charge ought to state first of all that “the Parking Organization is a service organization that treats people with respect and whose mission it is to facilitate for the good of the community the travel, transportation, and parking on this campus, and that its primary mission is to serve the campus community.”  Such a statement should be a public part of its charge.  After that the goal should be stipulated of what we are trying to do:  is it walk, ride bikes, build a parking structure, burn gasoline, etc.

-  Parking must serve the community, not vice versa.  One of the frustrations is that we are not seeing any over-arching guideposts to the mission in terms of what we are trying to do.  In some ways the current goals are working at cross purposes, and this has very immediate and resonant fiscal implications. 

-  Pierce’s goal to get the Lincoln Creek off the parking budget leaves money undesignated, and we need a guiding principle for where that money will go.

-  Another Senator expressed concern that parking and the other committees tell us what their philosophies are as service organizations, lest they view themselves as a revenue organization to finance “pie in the sky“ missions – and consider themselves regulatory rather than service missions.  Service ought to be the guideline.

-  The Executive Council will review the Master Plan, and may come back with a motion or charge to the Transportation Task Force.  The Executive Council will attempt to find out the history of the transfer fee, and whether original decisions are later re-examined in the light of experience --for example, the many empty spots reserved for car pools, the constantly changing positions and designations for special spots,

 

Constituent Concerns

·    Senators asked for clarification of replacement positions related to resignations and recaptured positions and their relationship to the new FYE program.  Provost Bodman noted that the Faculty Senate approved the GUR changes and their implications.  Bodman welcomed the idea of a larger discussion of the overall implication of the GUR changes.  Bodman reported that his intention is to put new positions in place to reduce future non-tenure track funding, and correspondingly he promised that departments will not see an equivalent reduction in the current funds put into non tenure track lines. 

·    Senators asked that such a public discussion of the GUR program include the priorities for phasing it in – in its new form.  Senators also want further clarification of “positions allocated according to need.  What is the definition of need?”  Special focus on the increased requirements for training in technology and the sciences would seem to imply greater need in the CST than has been met with the present allocations.  Provost Bodman proposed that since there are currently ten ongoing replacement searches in CST, he has decided to wait to allocate additional positions, so part of his decision is dictated by opportunity.  Bodman suggested that the needs in CHSS at the moment are greater than in other areas of the university.

·    Bodman plans to allocate new resources for each new position for travel, space, copy costs, etc.  The operating budgets for the colleges have been raised by $70,000.  In addition, as we bring in new faculty we intend to augment budgets in those departments.

 

Adjournment

Senators moved to adjourn at 5:56 pm. 

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 10/26/05

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

--

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

 

06

2

Buckley, Patrick

G

P

 

Ira Hyman

 

 

06

3

Ramona Chauvin

H

Exc*
 

 

 

 

07

4

 Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

B

--
 

 

 

 

06

5

Currier, Deb (for Greg Pulver)

D

P
 

 

 

 

07

6

Daley, Chris

A

P
 

 

 

 

07

7

Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

P
 

 

 

 

06

8

Emory, Steven

A

    --
 

Ex Officio

 

 

06

9

   Henson, Steve

E

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

P

06

10

Hodges, Hart

E

P

2

Andrew Bodman, University Provost

    P

06

11

Howard-Snyder, Frances

C

P

3

Brad Smith, Dean of Huxley, Provost’s Rep

--

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

2

 *Laurie Phelan,  for Ramona Chauvin

P

07

16

Larner, Daniel

F

    P

 

 

 

07

17

Liao-Troth, Matthew

E

P

1

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

P

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 24, 2005

 

06

21

Meyer, David

D

P

 

 

 

06

22

Newcomer, Jeff, Appts&Elect (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

07

23

Ousselin, Edward

C

P

 

 

 

07

24

Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

 

 

06

25

Slentz, Kris

H

P

 

Total Senators Present

26

07

26

Stewart, James, Pres. pro tem, ACC

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(4)

06

27

Stout, Karen

C

    P

 

Ex Officio Present

2

07

28

Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Recorder and Legislative Liaison

2

06

29

Thompson, Roger

C

P

 

Guests

2

07

30

Van Boer, Bertil

D

Exc

 

TOTAL PRESENT

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)