Index of Topics –  October 27, 2008

          EXHIBIT A:  For Approval 11/10/08

Straw vote to continue campus delivery of Senate packets

 

Executive Council action to suspend a chair’s 4-year term limit

 

Continued review of the draft Faculty Handbook

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – October 27, 2008

 

Call to Order

Matthew Liao-Troth, 2008-2009 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:04 pm. 

Liao-Troth welcomed twenty-six (26) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, the Past President and the recorder (2), for a total of thirty (30)  (see attached roster).  

 

Items from the Senate President

Approval of Senate Minutes.  

Senators accepted Senate minutes of October 15, 2008. 

Reports

Liao-Troth reported that he had attended the President’s Council as Faculty Senate President.  This is a permanent invitation instituted by President Shepard.

Other announcements and constituent concerns included the following:

·    New software may allow for some simplification in changing course numbering.

·    Originating faculty are sending out invitations to join the WWU Sustainability Academy.

·    The General Studies program may soon be housed in a college unit in order to provide quality oversight.

·    A request was heard to correct podium stands in classrooms that do not provide knee room for teaching faculty who wish to sit at the podium computer.

 

Executive Council actions:  Liao-Troth reported that at its last meeting the Executive Council voted to suspend the 4-year term limit to allow a standing committee member remain chair for 2008-2009. 

 

Straw Vote:  Liao-Troth conducted a straw vote whereby Senators chose to continue to receive Senate packets via campus mail.  A PDF file of minutes will also be sent via email.

 

Items from the Administration

§    President Shepard reported that he is drafting principles and strategies to deal with the budget crisis and will solicit faculty feedback.  Shepard wants to insure that tuition increases do not hurt students.

§    Shepard reported that Waterfront plans appear to be crystallizing, and he hopes to facilitate cooperation among community stakeholders. 

§    Provost Murphy asked Senators to remind colleagues about recent sophisticated “phishing” and that WWU or ATUS will never ask for your login or password. 

§    Murphy may call on faculty to assist in the Washington State Quality Award application due on December 15th.  Murphy called the award a quality assurance program that is scored, that requires us to apply every few years, and that is “not totally divorced from accreditation and self-studies.”  Murphy added that he is working on creating data sets that will be available to respond to repetitive type queries. 

§    Murphy heard Senators report on the limited success of Sunday’s “big Ole” test, and noted that speaker devices and cell phone test messaging would supplement such a warning.


 

Items from UFWW.  Bill Lyne, UFWW President reported that the unions plan a united front before the governor in January to ensure that K-16 funding remains intact.

§    Lyne announced that the deadline for applying for special merit is December 1st;

§     Lyne spoke about Evergreen’s contract settlement which completes the initial union contracts of the 6 regional baccalaureates.  The details are available on the Evergreen website.

 

Agenda Items: 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance  (Exhibit B)

 

 

 

Committee                                            Date                  Topic – Action

o        Academic Coordinating Commission

10/7/08

Accepted.  Announcements, Appointments, Curricular minutes with course changes.

o        University Planning Council

10/1/08

Accepted.  Review of Charge.

Change of Council name – MOTION.  The name change is part of a larger package revising the charge which is still in progress.

o        Academic Technology Committee

5/27/08

Accepted.  Student e-mail; technology funding advocacy; equipment maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS –Tracy Coskie, Appointments Officer

Coskie announced that Michael Karlberg, Communication, was appointed the Senate representative to the

Student Technology Fee Committee

 

VACANCYAcademic Technology Committee:  One Senator through 2009.

 

DISCUSSION ITEM: 

Faculty Handbook.  Senators continued revising drafts of Sections I through V of the Faculty Handbook. 

 

Adjournment Senators moved to adjourn at 6:02 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 10-27-2008

 

 

                                                                                                _______________________

                                                                                                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

P

 

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

--

09

9

  Friday, Chris, History  (1 yr term)

At Lg

    P

 

 

 

09

10

  Friesen, John, At Large, Exec

D

    P

3

 

 

10

11

  Gleeson, Madge

D

P

 

Past President, LegisLiaison. and Guests

 

10

12

  Gilbertson, David

E

P

 

Jeff Newcomer, Past President, Exec

P

09

13

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea

C

   --

 

   John Purdy, Legislative Liaison

--

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   

P

 

 

 

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

P

 

 

 

10

21

  Marshall, Robert

C

   --

 

Senators Present

26

10

22

  Meyer, David

D

    P

 

Absent or Excused

(4)

10

23

  Pearce, Scott, Senator to UPC

C

    P

 

Ex Officio

2

09

24

  Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President. Guests

1

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

30

10

29

  Wang, Grace

G

Exc

 

DATE:  October 27, 2008

 

10

30

  Wright, Diana

C

--

 

 

 

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)