Index of Topics –  October 30, 2006

                    EXHIBIT A:  Approved 11/13/06

Center for International Studies - Motion

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – October 30, 2006

 

Call to Order

Ira Hyman, 2006-2007 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:02 p.m.  Hyman welcomed twenty-seven (27) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, the Past President (1), the Legislative Liaison (1),  the recorder (1), and nine (9) guests for a total of forty (40).  (See attached roster).

 

Approval of Minutes

§    Senators accepted the minutes of the October 16th meeting with minor corrections.

Items from the Chair

·   Hyman reported on the Lois Haignere study, an equity study for gender and race for tenure track faculty salaries and a non-tenure track study.  Compression was also studied both within and between academic ranks.  Haignere’s study was emailed to everybody as a PDF file, and is posted on the Senate website.

·   A two-minute summary of the report indicates no overall evidence of gender inequity on campus.  Hints of possible racial inequity are hard to detect because of the limited numbers of minority faculty.  There is evidence of compression within ranks.  Hyman will encourage the university to allocate the $250,000 set aside by the university to address compression issues, and to do so quickly.

·   Senators asked which races were included, and learned that all minorities were included, but that Latino and African American faculty salaries showed up for possible re-examination.

·  President Morse would like to solve any problems of compression and racial and gender inequities, and offered that perhaps this is something the negotiating team will deal with.

 

Items from the Administration

§    Bodman reported that at its recent Yakima meeting the HEC Board had not approved recruitment and retention funding or recruiting for diversity.  Bodman continued that the HEC Board had held extended discussion of a possible 4-year institute in Everett.  There are also plans to graft a new Polytechnic Institute onto an existing institute.

§    Jim Stewart asked how we are planning to pay for the purchase of the Lincoln Creek Drive-In. Bodman will get more information on the issue.

 

§    Items from the Faculty Union (UFWW)

§    Past President Bill Lyne spoke first as Past President of the Senate, and reminded Senators that he was on PPRC when the $250,000 was made part of the budget with the intention to distribute as rapidly as possible in good faith when the study was done.

§    Lyne spoke as the representative from the United Faculty of Western, and reported that the UFWW is more than ready to negotiate in good faith on that $250,000 allocation as soon as the administration is ready.

§    Lyne asked that faculty concerns remaining for the bargaining team should be addressed to himself or to David Bover.  The UFWW convention is occurring on November 15th at which time officers will be elected and UFWW will become a fully institutionalized union.  Lyne stated that 1 or 2 legislators would join the convention, which will be held at 3 pm in SL 110.  Attendance is limited to union members, but faculty can join at the door.

 


 

AGENDA - ACTION ITEMS

Reading of Standing Committee Minutes (Exhibit B):   

The following minutes were reviewed and accepted by the Senate.

 

Standing Committee

Date

Information

Action

o        Academic  Coordinating Commission

 

10/10/06

 

Add/Drop Committee reviewed. 

Academic Dishonesty Committee impaneled.  Proposal on Ctr for International Studies - discussed

Accepted

o        Academic Technology Committee

 

10/11/06

Community High-Speed LAN Wireless Access:  RSS (Real Simple Syndication):  ATUS Concerns :

Computer Lab Upgrades:

“Portfolio” Concept re Academic Dishonesty:

 

Discussed and accepted

o        Senate Library Cte

5/30/06

Interdepartmental Allocation of Acquisition Budget & Statistics; discussions

Discussed and accepted

 

Discussion on Minutes

·         Academic Technology Committee:   When Senators asked what process was gone through to switch to Symantec anti-virus software, they learned that while MacAfee and Norton are very widely used, the ATC was simply reporting evidence from the labs that some log in times seemed longer with those software products.  Senators would like to know what process the university follows in deciding to update software. 

·         Senators thanked Matthew Liao-Troth, Joe St. Hilaire, and Michael Meehan, along with the Associated Students for making student photos now available on class rosters.  (See additional items under “Constituent Concerns”)

·         Senate Library Committee.  Senators were directed to notice the timeliness of these minutes.  There was a question as to who is chair -- faculty committees are headed by faculty.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Matthew Liao-Troth, Officer

To University Planning Council Fall Qtr:  Suzanne Krogh, Elem Ed

To Academic Coordinating Commission Fall Qtr:  Diana Wright, History

To Academic Technology Committee, 2-yr term, Joanne Carney, Woodring

Vacancies:

Senate Committee on Evaluation of Administrators9 tenured faculty from the Colleges

Employee Training and Development Council1 faculty (any area)

 

DISCUSSION - Center for International Studies

·         Provost Bodman reported he had met with representative directors Vajda, Tomlonovic, Alper and Loucky since the last Senate meeting in order to sketch out the proposal in more detail.  There will be more discussion on the degree of release time for the position of director, as well as where it would be housed.

·         Bodman reported the director search will be a national search, which does not rule out hiring an internal candidate.

·         Steve Globerman, CBE, expressed thanks for being invited to the Senate discussion and invited the Provost to expand what he had in mind with respect to new academic programs; is he thinking of degree programs? Bodman admitted this as one of the possibilities, as well as that of expanding the repertoire of international studies – to be globally focused.  Bodman cited a 2004 report that showed we lacked an international vision, and he wants a director with that vision and who will help strengthen those programs.

·         Bill Lyne asked if the director would be responsible for tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review and learned that this would be the responsibility of the department in which the position resides.

·         Joan Hoffman broached the extensive demands made on Modern & Classical Languages, with office hours devoted to hundreds of students in Spanish who go abroad. Hoffman pointed out that the area is somewhat separate and different from the area studies to which Bodman is referring; she is concerned about clumping the huge area studies together with another huge piece, IPE.  Hoffman asks for a director who knows what she/he is doing, and who gets sufficient help, even with several assistant directors.  Bodman expressed a hope to take some burden off the Modern & Classical Languages department.

·         Another Senator asked if Bodman had considered support for library resources in this proposal when making budget requests. 

·         Niall O Murchu from Fairhaven College echoed Hoffman’s point, referring to the importance of this position to attract Fullbright scholars, Federal moneys, and to make sure to get an academic director who will no doubt need a fairly senior assistant as well as staff. 

·         O Murchu addressed Fairhaven’s central role of trying to build an international lecture series on campus, and mentioned the numbers of seniors at Fairhaven who go abroad for 10 months.  O Murchu asked for consideration of International Studies at Fairhaven, and in its role as a cross-campus resource.

·         Roger Thompson echoed the call for a stronger commitment to staffing issues up front and to make sure to put enough resources in the proposal right at the beginning.  Thompson compared this proposal to one in the 1990’s and noted that a difference today is that the Provost is looking for State support. 

·         Senators emphasized that the position will require a genius Director, and a qualified person to work with her/him, who knows specifically what to do with students and faculty going abroad – a job very different from area studies.  They pointed out that at some schools the position is a Dean, and noted that each program here is very independent, with profound resistance in sharing resources.

·         Larry Estrada reported that the original proposal included Women’s Studies, directed by Rosanne Kanhai, and American Cultural Studies which he directs.  In subsequent conversations, both of those program directors came to a mutual decision, that the Center would function best as an International Center without either one of their programs.  Estrada clarified for the record that this was by mutual agreement.  Estrada and Kanhai expressed full support for the proposal for the International Center and fully intend to collaborate in whatever way is possible.

 

MOTION:   Following discussion, a Motion was made by Laura Laffrado, seconded by Roger Anderson, that the Senate endorses the proposal for the Creation of a Center for International Studies”, which passed.

 

Summary:  Senators emphasized need for sufficient funding for a Director and assistants to fully serve students of International Programs and Exchanges, the international studies programs on campus, and requested special attention to Modern and Classical Languages and the International studies seminars in Fairhaven College.

 

Constituent Concerns::

Senators brought several constituent concerns forward and requested

1)      that varied colored white board markers be provided in the Communications Facility;

2)      that  the Academic Technology Committee review the university process in deciding to update software in light of the extensive reported difficulties with Version 7 of Blackboard,

3)      that Canada House not be used as a viable teaching space;

4)      that Student Life address expanding use of the student test center; and

 

Senators paid a compliment to Facilities’ workers swift response to noisy doors in Bond Hall..


 

 

Caucus and Adjournment

Senators broke at 5:20 for a faculty caucus and adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

Written by Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 10/30/06

                                                                                   

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            Lorraine Kasprisin, Secretary

 

Roster of the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate

Term

 

Senators

Area

Roll

 

Senate President

Ira Hyman

 

08

1

Anderson, Roger

A

P

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

08

2

Armstrong, Jeanne

G

P

 

Jeff Newcomer

 

07

3

Crowder, Kyle, Library Senator

B

P
 

 

 

08

4

  Currier, Deb

D

P
 

Ex Officio

 

07

5

  Daley, Chris

A

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

  Wa.DC

08

6

  Emory, Steven

A

    P

2

Andrew Bodman, Provost

   P

07

7

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

P

3

                     Rep., Provost’s Council

--

08

8

  Henson, Steve

E

P

 

 

 

08

9

  Hoffman, Joan

C

P

4

Legislative Liaison: Sara Singleton

P

08

10

  Hyman, Ira, Senate President (EC)

C

P

5

   Past President:  William Lyne (Exec), UFWW           

P

07

11

  Kasprisin, Lorraine, Secretary (EC)

H

P

6

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

07

12

 Laffrado, Laura, At Large(EC)

C

P

 

              Guests:

 

07

13

 Larner, Daniel

F

    P

 

Amir Abedi, Political Science, for K Parris

P

07

14

 Liao-Troth, Matthew, Appts & Elects (EC)

E

P

 

Rosanne Kanhai,  Women’s Studies

P

07

15

 Meehan, Michael, ACC, ATC Senator

A

P

1

Don Alper, Canadian American Studies

P

08

16

 Meyer, David

D

Exc

2

Kathleen Tomlonovic, Chinese, Asian Studies

P

07

17

 Miller, Brenda (1-yr term for W. Lyne)

C

P

3

Larry Estrada, American Cultural Studies

P

08

18

 Newcomer, Jeff VPres & Parliamt. (EC)

A

Exc

 

Niall O Murchu, Fairhaven College

P

08

19

 Ohana, Chris, UPC

H

P

 

Chris Wise, International Programs

P

07

20

 Parris, Kristen (Amir Abedi sitting in)

B

Exc

 

Cecile Hanania, for International Programs Ch

P

07

21

 Partsch, Cornelius (1-yr for E.Ousselin)

H

P

 

Steve Globerman, International Business

P

08

22

 Reynolds, MaryAnn

E

P

 

 

 

08

23

 Simone, Genet

H

P

 

Senators Present

27

07

24

 Stevenson, Joan

C

P

 

Absent or Excused

(4)

07

25

 Stewart, James, ACC

A

P

 

Ex Officio

1

07

26

 Symons, Lawrence

B

P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President

2

08

27

 Thompson, Roger, ACC

C

P

 

Recorder

1

07

28

 Van Boer, Bertil, UPC

D

Exc

 

Guests

9

08

29

 Wang, Grace

G

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

40

08

30

 Wolpow, Ray

H

P

 

 

 

08

31

 Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

              DATE:  October 30, 2006

 

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)