Index of Topics –  January 23, 2006

Faculty salary studies:  Presentation by Haignere, Inc.

Proposal on Administrative Review – Discussion

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – January 23, 2006

 

Bill Lyne, President called the 2005-2006 Faculty Senate to order at 4:04 p.m.  Thirty (30) people were present, including twenty-four (24) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, one (1) recorder, and two (2) guests (See attached roster). 

 

Approval of Minutes of January 9, 2006

Senators approved the minutes of January 9, 2006 as written. 

 

Items from the Chair

President Lyne reported on several matters: 

A “Voters’ Guide” to Collective Bargaining will be posted on the Senate website with copies printed and mailed to all faculty.  Lyne reminded faculty of the two General Faculty Assemblies to be held on Collective Bargaining in SL150 at 4 pm on Thursday January 26th and Monday January 30th.

 

Items from the Administration

Provost Bodman reported on Professional Leave quarters.  There were 49 requests and 42 awarded for the 2006/07 Academic Year.  Bodman offered a breakdown by college.

 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate

University Planning Council, 11/9/05.  

Academic Technology Committee, 11/15/05. 

Appointments and Elections – Jeff Newcomer, Officer

Senators approved the following appointments to Senate Standing Committees:  to the Academic Technology CommitteeMichael Karlberg, Communication (05-06), Nick Zaferatos, Huxley College (06-08)

 

Haignere Inc., Proposed Study of Faculty Salaries – Presentation by Lois Haignere

Senators heard a presentation by Dr. Lois Haignere, an authority on studies of faculty salaries.  Haignere, Inc. will conduct studies related to faculty salaries at Western. 

·    One will analyze race and gender to determine whether women and minorities as groups have experienced salary disparities.  A study such as this will attempt to address any systemic biases imbedded in women’s/minority’s salaries.

·    The second study will look at salary compression, or the perception that new people are being brought in at market and higher salaries than those who stayed at the institution for some years. 

·    The studies will use “multiple regression” for deciphering statistically what happens to groups.  The studies will attempt to assess the potential of independent variables to mask salary disparities. A preliminary report of findings will be presented for review prior to June. Paul Storer, Chair of the Salary and Welfare Committee, will be part of the study coordination which will also include Val Berry, Joseph Trimble and Ira Hyman.

·    President Morse has indicated that what is understood from these studies could lead to a commitment to address whatever problems are uncovered. 

 

Ad Hoc Committee on Review of Administrators

Senators reviewed proposals on Administrative Review, and posed questions of Chris Suczek, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee.  Senators considered a proposal that a regular committee of the Faculty Senate would be charged with the review of administrators on a timeline for regularly scheduled reviews.  Senators suggested that additional administrators be added to the list, to include Vice Presidents, some Directors, and Associate Deans. 

·    Dean Brad Smith observed that he was one of the first to be reviewed by the Provost, and he thought reviews were healthy and should be done on a regular basis. Smith suggested that a few more reviews should be done before finalizing a new system.  President Lyne concurred with Smith, but added that the importance in establishing a faculty committee is that the faculty would be “in on the process early” in interpreting data.

·    Lyne suggested that a faculty perspective was essential and a formally appointed committee would ensure that the timeline was enforced.  Senators suggested that new administrators be reviewed at three years, and then the 5-year cycle could begin, thus enabling reviewees to receive some early and potentially useful feedback. 

·    Senators agreed that results of an evaluation should be confidential.  Suczek noted concern about the legality of making comments public.  Senators acknowledged that any faculty role could only be advisory.  An evaluation could improve the overall effective dissemination of information from a particular office.

·    President Lyne suggested that the Senate would be satisfied if the Provost would include a faculty committee that looked at the raw data, made a summary and passed it on to the reviewing committee. 

 

DRAFT OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN

Bodman will take suggestions on language revisions to the plan, including material that refers to off-campus sites.  Senators expect a draft outline will be presented to the University Planning Council at its February 1st meeting.

Adjournment

Senators met informally in a faculty caucus at 5:50 pm and adjourned at 5:58 pm. 

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 1/23/06

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            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

P
 

 

 

 

06

5

Currier, Deb (for Greg Pulver)

D

P
 

 

 

 

07

6

Daley, Chris

A

Exc
 

 

 

 

07

7

Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

P
 

 

 

 

06

8

Emory, Steven

A

   Exc
 

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

P

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

 Lois Haignere

P

07

15

Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

Exc

2

 Herb Brown

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, January 23, 2006

 

06

21

Meyer, David

D

Exc

 

 

 

06

22

Newcomer, Jeff, Appts&Elect (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

07

23

Ousselin, Edward

C

P

 

 

 

07

24

Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

 

 

06

25

Phelan, Laurie (for Kris Slentz, Wtr Qtr)

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

3

07

28

Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Recorder and Legislative Liaison

1

06

29

Thompson, Roger

C

P

 

Guests

2

07

30

Van Boer, Bertil

D

Exc

 

TOTAL PRESENT

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)