Index of Topics –  October 13, 2008

          EXHIBIT A:  For Approval 10/27/08

Senate Library committee charge – MOTION to approve

Academic Coordinating committee charge – MOTION to approve

Faculty Handbook – continued discussion of revisions

 

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – October 13, 2008

 

Call to Order

Matthew Liao-Troth, 2008-2009 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:01 pm.  Liao-Troth welcomed twenty-five (25) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, the Past President and the recorder (2), and one (1) guest for a total of thirty-one (31) (see attached roster).  

 

Items from the Senate President

Approval of Senate Minutes.  

Senators accepted Senate minutes of September 29, 2008 with minor additions to a list of chapters that will be omitted from the Faculty Handbook. 

 

Reports

Liao-Troth reported that:

§    Randy Stegmeier, Public Safety Officer, will review current parking policies for the coming year in light of the projected work on Miller Hall, and the restrictions to be established on Lot 10G;

§    “Big Ole” will be tested on Sunday, October 19th;

§    Only 40% of the faculty have signed up for PIERS in comparison to about 80% of students;

§    Senate packet materials will be delivered via email on a trial basis;

§    The EOO office will review five categories of the DCA process before it comes to the Senate.

§    The campus is reminded that wearing Western blue on Wednesdays earns benefits such as a free coffee at Starbucks in Sehome Village, and 10% off at the Western bookstore.

 

Items from the Administration

President Shepard reported on the $2 million budget cut projected for the University. 

§    Shepard pointed out that we are playing in the dark until the state economic forecast is released in November, but that budget cuts could undermine the progress of 15 years.  Shepard suggested that it would not be wise to agree to substantial cuts and then to find out we have to backfill half of it. 

§    Shepard looks forward to the Senate’s serious and meaningful involvement in the transparent budget process; it is in our mutual interest in order to continue to attract talented faculty to this university.

§    Shepard proposed emphasizing the Leadership Advantage as a distinguishing characteristic of Western and a way of achieving prominence.  Student Affairs is taking the lead on this, with a small high impact group involving about 900 students.  The curricular component of this is the philanthropically endowed Leadership Institute. Donors give the university the latitude to figure out on the curricular side what will make this meaningful.

§    Shepard asked for Senate input on proposing and developing criteria used to award potential honorary doctorate degrees to individuals worthy of recognition in terms of life achievement.  The legislature allows us to award such degrees and they bring honor to the university. 

§    Provost Murphy continues work on the Performance Agreements and suggested that our emphasis may be on capital funding, especially the waterfront.

Items from UFWW.  Bill Lyne, UFWW President, was away serving on the provost search committee.


 

Agenda Items:  Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

Committee                                                         Date                  Topic – Action

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

5/27/08

Accepted.  M.Ed in Literacy; Plagiarism detection tool; outgoing members; election of chair and vice chair; ACC charge; academic honesty policy sentence re machine translation

o        University Planning Council

6/4/08

Accepted.  Election of chair and Executive Committee; Review of Decision Packages

o        Senate Library Committee

5/21/08

Accepted.  Announcement of new Dean; Subcommittee report on acquisition allocations; on-line survey; feedback.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS –Tracy Coskie, Appointments Officer

The following faculty were appointed by the Senate: 

To Academic Coordinating Commission for Fall Qtr Victor Nolet, Woodring, replacing Marsha Riddle Buly; Jason Kanov, Management, replacing Kristi Tyran.  

The following faculty have volunteered to serve on the Student Publications Council:

Kent Smith, Art; Sheila Webb, English; Ying Li, PEHR

 

ACTION ITEMS

Senate Library Committee Charge Jim Hearne made a motion, seconded by Spencer Anthony-Cahill, to approve the Senate Library Committee charge which was passed by the Senate in the required second vote.  The approved charge will now go to the Board of Trustees for final approval.

Academic Coordinating Commission Charge Jim Hearne made a motion, seconded by Mick Cunningham, to approve the revised Academic Coordinating Commission charge which was passed by the Senate in the required second vote.  The charge was approved in June, but the section having to do with the appointment or selection of members was revised and has been now voted on twice.   The approved charge will now go to the Board of Trustees in December for final approval. 

 

DISCUSSION ITEM: 

Faculty Handbook.  Senators revised drafts of Sections I through V of the Faculty Handbook. 

 

Adjournment Senators moved to adjourn at 5:50 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 10-13-2008

 

                                                                                                _______________________

                                                                                                Chuck Lambert, Secretary


 

 

Roster of the 2008-2009 Faculty Senate

 

 

Senators 2008-2009

 

 

 

 

 

09

1

Anderson, Roger, ACC Senator

  A

P

 

Senate President 2008-2009

 

09

2

Anthony-Cahill, Spencer, ACC Senator

  A

P

 

Matthew Liao-Troth

 

10

3

Buck, Stefanie

G

Exc

 

Past President (not Senator)

 

09

4

Coskie, Tracy, Appts & Elects Exec

H

P
 

Jeff Newcomer

 

09

5

  Cunningham, Mick

  B

P
 

Ex Officio

 

10

6

  Derrington, Mary Lynne

H

P

 

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

09

7

  Downing, Thomas, UPC Chair, Exec nv

C

P

1

Dennis Murphy, Provost

P

09

8

  Fewings, David

E

    P

2

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

P

09

9

  Friday, Chris, History  (1 yr term)

At Lg

    P

 

 

 

09

10

  Friesen, John, At Large, Exec

D

   Exc

3

 

 

10

11

  Gleeson, Madge

D

P

 

Guests

 

10

12

  Gilbertson, David

E

P

 

Jeff Newcomer, Past President, Exec

P

09

13

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea

C

P

 

  Zack Hale, Western Front, news editor

P

10

14

  Hearne, James

A

P

4

 

 

09

15

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

P

5

 

 

10

16

  Lambert, Chuck, Secretary, Exec

H   

Exc

 

 

 

09

17

  Larner, Daniel, VP & Parliament ,Exec

F

    P

 

 

 

09

18

  Larson, Nikki

A

P

 

Recorder:

 

09

19

  Liao-Troth, Matthew, Senate Pres, Exec

E

P

 

Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

09

20

  Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

Exc

 

 

 

10

21

  Marshall, Robert

C

    P

 

Senators Present

25

10

22

  Meyer, David

D

    Exc

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

10

23

  Pearce, Scott, Senator to UPC

C

    P

 

Ex Officio

3

09

24

  Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President. Guests

2

10

25

  Springer, Mark

E

P

 

Recorder

1

10

26

 RaeLynn Schwartz-Dupre (Fall Qtr 08)

  C

P

 

 

 

09

27

  Suczek, Chris

A

P

 

 

 

09

28

  Vulic, Kathryn

C

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

31

10

29

  Wang, Grace

G

P

 

DATE:  October 13, 2008

 

10

30

  Wright, Diana

C

P

 

 

 

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)