Index of Topics –  January 14, 2008

                  EXHIBIT A:  Approvad 1/28//08

Accreditation visit; UFWW meeting January 31st

 

Legislative bill to include faculty representation on Board - MOTION

 

 

 

                                                                           WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

                                                                                       FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – January 14, 2008

 

Call to Order

Jeff Newcomer, 2007-2008 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate meeting to order at 4:06 p.m.  Newcomer welcomed twenty-three (23) Senators, one (1) ex officio member, one (1) guests, and the recorder (1) for a total of twenty-six.(26).  (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Senate President

Approval of Senate Minutes.   Senators approved the minutes of December 3rd as written.

§    Meeting with Curricular Committees.  Senators heard Newcomer report on his meeting with the chairs of the College Curricular committee, members, the Catalog Coordinator and the Registrar as well as the Chair of the Academic Coordinating Commission.  The Curricular committees will elect their own members to ACC (which will be confirmed by the Senate), and ACC will elect the at-large member.  The Curricular chairs asked that ACC advertise its policies clearly and make sure they are given to the committees in a timely manner.  Newcomer noted that several steps had already been taken in this direction.  Newcomer reported that ACC has been discussing the changes proposed to its charge. 

§    Availability of Running Track.  In response to a constituent concern, Newcomer reported that the running track is open to use by groups except during practice that includes balls (e.g. Rugby or LaCrosse) due to injury liability issues.

Items from the Administration

§    Provost Murphy announced that the Higher Education Coordinating Board priority budget plan for the next biennium has been released.  Murphy reported that Performance Contracts are getting more attention in the current legislative session.

§    Murphy reported on his review of Western websites in preparation for the April 2nd accreditation visit and suggested departments anticipate questions by including learning objectives on their websites.  Murphy plans to create a single site with links to departments that the accrediting team can access, and may ask for specific blackboard sites from some faculty.  Murphy assured Senators that “guest” accessibility can be given technically without undue infringement on privacy.  Murphy noted that team members always visit classrooms, but generally not in a random manner.  Murphy also reported that members of the accreditation team had interviewed students on other campuses and asked if they were aware of learning objectives in the GURs or in their majors. 

 

Items from UFWW

§    Bill Lyne, President UFWW, reported on contract negotiations, and announced an all faculty meeting on January 31st at 4 pm in the Old Main Theater.  The faculty union will present the agreement package in its entirety along with deadlocked issues, if any.  All faculty, both union and non-union, are encouraged to attend and show support for the resolution of issues. 

§    Lyne encouraged faculty to attend lectures by Bob Mitchell, Geology, who has prepared in-depth analyses of issues related to Western’s presence on the Waterfront.

 

Legislative Bill to include a faculty representative on the Board of Trustees

§    Motion:  Senators passed a motion which expressed appreciation and support for the idea of a faculty member on the Board of Trustees.  The action followed discussion of a current legislative bill presented by the Council of Faculty Representatives as part of a larger attempt to include faculty on higher education administrative boards.   Moved by David Meyer, seconded by David Fewings.

AGENDA ITEMS


 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

Committee                                       Date                   Action

 

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

12/4/07

Accepted.  Review of curricular minutes; discussion of ACC charge and writing proficiency

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS – Mick Cunningham, Officer

Additional faculty are asked to volunteer for the following:  Work Group to review catalog program with Student Affairs; Work Group to review graduation priorities with Student Affairs

 

Condolences Expressed

Senators expressed condolences to the family of Un Kyu Choi, a Korean exchange student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Bill MacDonald parkway on January 7th shortly after his arrival in Bellingham.

 

Constituent Concerns

§    Senators asked that the bookstore management be invited to the Senate to discuss issues connected to ordering and returning textbooks.  

 

ADJOURNMENT  

Senators moved to a faculty caucus at 5:20 prior to adjournment at 6:00 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 1-14-2008

                                   

                                                                                                            _______________________

                                                                                                            Joan Stevenson, Secretary


 

 

Roster of the 2007-2008 Faculty Senate

 

 

Senators

 

 

 

 

 

08

1

Anderson, Roger, ACC Senator

  A

--

 

Senate President 2007-2008

 

09

2

Anthony-Cahill, Spencer

  A

P

 

Jeff Newcomer

 

08

3

Armstrong, Jeanne

G

--

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian

 

08

4

Brown, Rich  (for Deb Currier)

D

P
 

Matthew Liao-Troth

 

09

5

Coskie, Tracy

H

P
 

 

 

09

6

  Cunningham, Mick, Appts & Elects, Exec

  B

P
 

Ex Officio

 

09

7

  Downing, Thomas, UPC Chair, Exec nv

C

P

1

Karen Morse, University President

Exc

09

8

  Fewings, David, UPC Senator

E

    P

2

Dennis Murphy, Vice Provost

P

09

9

  Friesen, John

D

    P

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

--

09

10

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea (see Guests)

C

    --

 

 

 

09

11

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

P

4

 

 

08

12

  Hoffman, Joan

C

    P

5

  Ira Hyman, Past President, Exec,

--

09

13

 Larson, Nikki

A

P

6

John Purdy, Legislative Liaison, 07-08, Exec

--

09

14

 Larner, Daniel, At-Large, Exec

F

    P

 

Recorder:  Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

08

15

 Liao-Troth, Matthew, VP & Parliam., Exec

E

P

 

Guests:

 

09

16

Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

P

 

Kimberly Hossain, for Andrea Gogrof-Voorhees

P

08

17

 Meyer, David

D

    P

 

 

 

08

18

 Newcomer, Jeff , President Sen., Exec

A

P

 

 

 

08

19

 Ohana, Chris

H

    --

 

 

 

09

20

 Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

 

 

08

21

 Reynolds, MaryAnn (resigned)

E

--

 

 

 

08

22

 Simone, Genet

H

P

 

 

 

08

23

 Stevenson, Joan, Secretary, Exec

C

P

 

Senators Present

23

09

24

 Suczek, Chris

A

    P

 

Absent or Excused

(7)

09

25

 Symons, Lawrence

B

--

 

Ex Officio

1

08

26

 Thompson, Roger, ACC Senator

C

   P

 

Leg.Liaison, Past President

 

09

27

 Vulic, Kathryn

C

__

 

Recorder

1

08

28

 Wang, Grace

G

P

 

Guests

1

08

29

 Lambert, Chuck, (for Ray Wolpow)

H

P

 

   TOTAL PRESENT:

26

08

30

 Yusa, Michiko

C

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              DATE:  January 14, 2008

 

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)