Index of Topics –  May 15, 2006

RESOLUTIONS

Academic Freedom Task Force – charged

Parking Fee Committee – report

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – May 15, 2006

 

Bill Lyne, President called the 2005-2006 Faculty Senate to order at 4:03 p.m, and welcomed newly elected Senators who were present following Orientation.  There were twenty-five (25) 05-06 Senators present, two (2) ex officio, the Legislative Liaison, the recorder, and five (5) newly elected Senators for a total of thirty-four (34).  (See attached roster)

 

Approval of Minutes of May 1, 2006

Senators approved the minutes of May 1, 2006, as written. 

 

Items from the Chair

·    Ira Hyman, President-Elect, presented a framed Resolution from the Faculty Senate which was passed by acclamation honoring Bill Lyne for his service as 2005-06 President.  Text follows:

“RESOLUTION of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University for the Outstanding Service of Bill Lyne:

“WHEREAS, Bill Lyne has served as Western Washington University’s Faculty Senate President during the 2005-2006 academic year; and, WHEREAS, Bill Lyne has proven to be an effective and judicious leader, Who has served the University with dedication, integrity, and humor, And who has shown courage and vision in directing the Senate’s Deliberations on crucial issues throughout the 2005-2006 academic year; and

“WHEREAS, the members of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University Are grateful to Bill Lyne for his commitment to shared governance, to Broadening faculty participation in meaningful decision making Throughout the University, and to making the Faculty Senate Of Western Washington University such a force for Effective faculty governance, “BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, By the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University, At its regular meeting of May 15, 2006, that Bill Lyne be and hereby is HONORED for his outstanding service as Faculty Senate President from June 21, 2005 to June 19, 2006.”

·    Lyne thanked the Senate and then presented a Resolution that commended Rose Marie Norton-Nader for her service to the Senate for the past eight years.  Text follows:

“WHEREAS, Rose Marie Norton-Nader has provided exemplary service to the Western Washington Faculty Senate for the past eight years; and “WHEREAS Rose Marie Norton-Nader is the institutional memory and the professional backbone of the Faculty Senate; and “WHEREAS Rose Marie Norton-Nader has gracefully put up with the idiosyncrasies of a new Faculty Senate President every year; and “WHEREAS said Faculty Senate Presidents would be hopelessly lost without the independent, professional, and tireless work of Rose Marie Norton-Nader; “BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED on this 15th day of May, 2006, that the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University commends and thanks Rose Marie Norton-Nader for her outstanding service.”   Norton-Nader thanked the Senate for its resolution passed by acclamation.

·    Lyne announced that Stephanie Salzman could not attend today’s meeting due to previous appointments, and that discussion of ADA issues would be postponed.  

·    Lyne reminded new and continuing as well as retiring Senators of the President’s Dinner for Senators and a guest to be held on Monday, May 22nd in SMATE following the seating of the 2006-2007 Senate.  Reception at 6:15 p.m.  Provost Bodman also thanked the Senate for the Birthday wishes at the previous meeting.

 

Items from the Administration

·    President Morse reported that faculty positions were gained in High Demand Enrollment awards from the HEC Board for a program in teaching Science and a program for Composite Material Science.  Support for the library was included.  Morse reported that awards for decision packages submitted to develop the 07-09 budget will depend on legislative viability.

·    Provost Bodman distributed a report showing 37 positive tenure and promotion decisions and reported that an offer will shortly be made to one of the finalists in the Fairhaven Dean search.  Bodman also reported that Dean Ghali’s review is underway, and that there are three finalists for the Vice Provost for Technology.  Bodman has selected three faculty for the search committee for Vice President for Faculty Relations. 

 


 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

 

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate.

 

 

Committee

        Date

Topics for Senate Review

o        Academic  Coordinating Commission

4/25/06

Alpha Suffixes, use of “Attributes”; FYE courses; “Seven-Year” Rule; Access for Students with individually designed majors; Cross-Proofing Catalog Copy; Reconciling purpose of General  Studies Major; Curricular approval for orphan courses; Forms.

o        Academic Technology Committee

4/19/06

Demonstration of GEO Walls System

o        University Planning Council

4/19/06

Transportation Initiatives Task Force Reports*;  University Contingency Planning for Flu Pandemic; Capital Planning Process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Ira Hyman asked if the Transportation Initiatives Task Force made recommendation on minor capital projects.  David Fewings, who served on the Task Force, suggested that recommendations were coming from Jim Shaw and he recalled at least one that suggested minor changes on East College Way to include a bicycle lane.  One unanswered question continues to be how things get onto the list of minor capital improvement requests.

 

 

ACADEMIC FREEDOM TASK FORCE- MOTION FROM EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

·    Senators discussed a MOTION from the Executive Council charging an Academic Freedom Task Force.

·    The discussion brought up concerns regarding monitoring email usage, research about terrorist groups, and concerns that faculty research online can seemed suspicious in light of recent attacks.

·    Senators clarified that this is more of an informational task force, especially regarding implications of the Patriot Act, and anticipate that the legislature may be taking on the topic.

·    Following discussions of the broadness or narrowness of the charge, and some requests to modify the current document, including concerns about the Ethics Code restraining employees of public universities, Senators MOVED TO TABLE, which failed, 14 to 9

·    Senators agreed that the Task Force should look at all the information, gather it and provide the Senate with a total picture of what is happening, and then have a more thorough discussion.

·    Roger Thompson reminded Senators that we have Asp’s entire 1940 Statement on Academic Freedom, and other Senators reinforced the idea that there is a tremendous amount of information readily available.  Dan Larner admonished Senators that since many challenges to academic freedom took place in the 40’s and 50’s before we arrived; we need to refresh ourselves on academic freedom.  What is its status before the law, how involved is it in constitutional matters, etc.?  Thompson recommended that George Mariz be part of the committee, since he has a great deal of information on the history of academic freedom.

·    Other Senators would like to have security concerns regarding research better clarified.

·    Kristen Parris suggested that Senators amend the first word of each of the bulleted paragraphs to read “examine”, and simplified the first paragraph.  The Executive Council accepted the changes, and re-entered a MOTION to accept the amended charge, seconded by Roger Thompson. 

·    The amended charge was passed unanimously, and reads as follows:


 

CHARGE TO ACADEMIC FREEDOM TASK FORCE

“WHEREAS, A University thrives on the free flow of information and the liberty to pursue and disseminate knowledge;

“THEREFORE, The Faculty Senate, in collaboration with the Student Senate, establishes an Academic Freedom Task Force comprised of faculty, staff, and student representatives to work with administrative representatives to view the status of academic freedom;

“CHARGED TO

1. Examine appropriate avenues for discourse on rights and responsibilities; associated with academic freedom, open scholarship, and democratic structures;

            2. Examine internal and external surveillance pressures including both existing and potential means for monitoring forms of communications;

            3. Examine security concerns associated with research;

            4. Examine accessible means for ongoing dissemination of information around sensitive issues;

            5. Issue a preliminary report on finding in Winter 2007, and a final report, including recommendations for possible action, in Spring 2007.”

 

REPORT FROM PARKING FEE COMMITTEE

·    Lyne reported on meetings with the Parking Fee Committee and reviewed budget figures related to purchase or rental of the old Drive-In, statistics on shuttle usage, and expenditures related to salaries in the parking office. Senators heard Lyne present additional information as follows:

·    There is no law that says parking must be self-sustaining, however the legislature does not appropriate money for parking.

·    In earlier discussions two very different philosophical points of view have arisen:  those who view parking and transportation as a right and a privilege, and those who see it as a necessity, those who have to drive in order to work here.

·    Some see parking as a way to influence behavior, how we are taking up space on campus, what the pollution is, green things and sustainability.  But people who bring cars to campus have no choice.  People who can walk or take buses already do so.  Others see it as a service the university provides as cheaply as possible. 

Lincoln Creek – The old Drive-In

§    Lyne reported there was no consensus in the committee about increasing parking fees, and if we are successful in getting some grant money, we will not know in the short term; perhaps we ought to fund the shortfall out of reserves.

§    The proposal to raise rates was defeated, and Lyne thought this meant a recommendation not to raise rates.  What has actually passed is a recommendation to raise some funds.

§    Hyman asked if the campus shuttle is in the budget and funded for next year, and learned it is apparently not. Lyne reported this was part of the discussion for a recommendation but it was defeated

§    Forums will be held for campus feedback on parking fees before a final decision is made by the President’s Council.  Lyne offered that this highlights the need for this committee to do some substantive work much earlier in the year.  President Morse reported that forums have always been a part of this whole process, a mechanism for public input.

§    Plans have appeared in a local newspaper promising a parking lot, bike racks, and other amenities but had no faculty review.  One Senator commented that bringing this up in a public forum belies commitment to shared governance.

§    One Senator recommended that committee members ought not to impose ideological beliefs on other members and should “rein themselves in.”  Another suggested it was crazy to ride a bicycle to the Old Drive-In, and then take a bus to campus.

§    Another Senator was troubled by salary and benefits statements that indicated a 40% increase on average over the last several years, and suggested that the numbers need further exposition.  For example, in two different years there was a dramatic increase, 2001 and 2001-2002, by $200,000 with the addition of three people.  In 04-05, the budget jumped 120,000 and we hired one new person. 

§    Senators asked for reasonable explanations, and suggested there is a reason to really investigate this stuff at a lower level, in the way these arrangements are currently constituted.  A larger discussion of how these interact might reveal some places where we could have some greater efficiencies and savings.

§    Lyne explained that Jim Shaw refrained from visiting the Senate following the resolution of the committee.  However, the idea is to complete recommendations before the June Board meeting.  The President’s Council makes the decision, but Senators pointed out that there is no faculty representation on the Presidents Council.

§    One Senator suggested that decisions to carpool or ride the bus are frequently determined by classroom scheduling, which could have more input into the parking process.

Constituent Concerns

What input does the university have to the HEC Board with regard to developing more input on proposed 4-year technical college down near Everett and Stanwood?  Morse responded that this is being discussed in the Council of Presidents (COP).  A legislatively mandated study is underway to answer specific questions from the legislature.  Other counties seem to be encouraged to do the same thing, and an “arms race” appears to be developing for the 4-year universities.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Jeff Newcomer, Officer

Senators appointed faculty to the following Senate Standing Committees:

Academic Coordinating Commission (Senators voted for 5 out of 7 candidates by paper ballot):  Linda Kimball, Anthropology; Stefanie Buck, Library; Roger Thompson, History; Leonard Helfgott, History; Michael Meehan, Computer Science

In addition, Shelby Sheppard was appointed for Marsha Riddle Buly (Fall, Wtr 06-07), Woodring

University Planning Council:  Thomas Downing, Philosophy; Larry Estrada, Fairhaven; Chris Ohana, Woodring; Bertil Van Boer, Music; David Fewings, Senator

Committee on Grievance and Sanctions (Senators voted for 5 out of 6 candidates by paper ballot):  Leo Bodensteiner, EnvSci; Carol Guess, English; LeaAnn Martin, PEHR; Mart Stewart, History; Roger Briggs, Music

Salary and Welfare Committee: Kathleen Young, Anthropology

Academic Technology Committee: Eva Baharav, CHSS

Newcomer reminded Senators of current Vacancies:  Senate Library Committee (2);  Standing Committees of the Academic Coordinating Commission, various. 

Adjournment

Senators adjourned at 5:50 pm. 

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 5/15/06

                                                                                    _______________________

                                                                                    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

--
 

 

 

 

07

4

 Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

B

P
 

 

 

 

06

5

Currier, Deb (for Greg Pulver)

D

P
    

May 1, 2006

 

 

07

6

Daley, Chris

A

--
 

 

 

 

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

P

2

Andrew Bodman, University Provost

   P

06

11

Howard-Snyder, Frances

C

P

3

Brad Smith, Dean of Huxley, Provost’s Council

--

06

12

Hyman, Ira, PresElect 06-07(EC)

B

P

 

 

 

06

13

Hyatt, Keith

H

P

 

Newly elected Senators

 

07

14

Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary(EC)

H

P

1

Joan Stevenson, Anthropology

P

07

15

Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

P

2

MaryAnn Reynolds, Accounting

P

07

16

Larner, Daniel

F

    P

3

Roger Anderson, Biology

P

07

17

Liao-Troth, Matthew

E

P

4

Cornelius Partsch, Woodring College

P

06

18

Lyne, William, President 05-06(EC)

C

P

5

Genet Simone, Elementary Ed, Bremereton

P

06

19

Madsen, Leza

I

P

 

 

 

07

20

Meehan, Michael, ACC, ATC Senator

A

--

 

 

 

06

21

Meyer, David

D

P

 

 

 

06

22

Newcomer, Jeff, Appts&Elect (EC)

A

P

 

 

 

07

23

Ousselin, Edward

C

P

 

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

P

07

24

Parris, Kristen

B

P

 

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

06

25

Slentz, Kris

H

--

 

Total Senators Present

25

07

26

Stewart, James, Pres. pro tem, ACC

A

P

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

06

27

Stout, Karen

C

    P

 

Ex Officio Present

2

07

28

Symons, Lawrence

B

--

 

Recorder and Legislative Liaison

2

06

29

Thompson, Roger

C

P

 

Newly elected Senators

5

07

30

Hamilton, Bruce, (for Van Boer, Bertil)

D

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)