Index of Topics –  February 23, 2009

          EXHIBIT A:  For Approval  3/9/09

Revisions to Article V of the Constitution – MOTION

 

Revisions to Bylaws 7-9 of the Constitution – MOTION

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – February 23, 2009

 

Call to Order

Matthew Liao-Troth, 2008-2009 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:05 pm.  Liao-Troth welcomed twenty-five (25) Senators, two (2) ex officio members, the Legislative Liaison (1), one guest (1) and the recorder (1) for a total of thirty (30) people.  (see attached roster).  

 

Items from the Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes.  

Senators accepted Senate minutes of February 9, 2009 as written.

Legislative Liaison

·       John Purdy, Senate Legislative Liaison reported on the status of several legislative bills and asks faculty to email him if they have questions on bill details.  

·       Senators learned that there is a legislative hotline available.  (The number is 1-800-562-6000. However, information can be directly accessed at http://www1.leg.wa.gov/legislature )

·       Purdy announced the “Faculty Serving Washington” Day (scheduled for March 18th) at which faculty will present legislators with examples of research and teaching.  All of the 4 year public institutions participate; monitors are set up between the two houses of the legislature, with stations playing various DVD’s that highlight the research and teaching of faculty colleagues. 

President Liao-Troth announced:

·       Faculty can view a report on 2008 alumni satisfaction survey data by college and department at http://www.wwu.edu/socad/osr/AlumniSurveys.shtml .

·       Spring registration is going forward and information about classes will be available as we know more about the budget.

·       The pre-built mid-term student evaluation that is part of Blackboard (Bb) can be edited and administered to students to fulfill requirements to evaluate teaching.

·       Faculty are encouraged to attend open forums for dean candidates for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and for parking and transportation policy review (see calendar below).

 

Items from the Administration:

President Shepard reported: 

·       Three finalists are being considered for Vice President of Business and Finance while programs in that area are being examined.

·       Shepard continues to lobby legislators for tuition flexibility during the budget crisis.  Regarding the budget, many things are up in the air, but he is pushing hard for tuition flexibility, up to 14% a year, which works out to $200 per quarter.  Shepard added that the Provost will be talking with the deans to make decisions about what classes will be scheduled in Fall, at the same time working to protect flexibility.

·       Shepard spoke about the committee chaired by Steve Sulkin that has been created to develop a 20-year out plan for graduate study at Western. Shepard suggested there are clearly many areas where there are synergies to expand with departmental undergraduate programs.  Shepard would like to have strategies ready to position ourselves to move forward in a few years.  There is no truth to rumors that graduate programs will be cut.

·       A fictitious press release imputes Western’s decision to forego the football program.


 

Items from Associated Students

·       Andrea Goddard, Associated Students Vice President-Academics reported that the AS Board is spearheading support for the legislature’s tuition policy.

·       The AS is studying how lab upgrade and repair funds from the Student Technology Fee are actually allocated.

 

Items from UFWW 

·     Bill Lyne, President UFWW, announced a legislative bill that exempts collective bargaining agreements from a previous freeze.

·     Lyne is working with WTA and AFT of Washington to ensure that a significant amount of the $818 million promised to Washington State is spent on higher education.

·     Lyne has been in touch with chairs over possible future cuts to ensure that scenarios do not bump up against the bargaining agreement; Lyne added that everybody seems respectful of the contract.

 

Agenda Items: 

Standing Committee Minutes – Reading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)

STANDING COMMITTEE MINUTES – Reading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)

Committee

Date

Action and Commentary

Academic Coordinating Commission

2/3/09

Kristi Tyran – Appointed Vice Chair for Spr Quarter; Course Numbering Guidelines

Academic Technology Committee

1/28/09

Vote on 12 non-lab upgrade proposals

University Planning Council

1/28/09

LEAP, VSA, FYWG:  Steve VanderStaay

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS –Tracy Coskie, Appointments Officer

Senators reviewed “Apportionment of Senate Seats” for the 2009 elections and learned that the Nominating Petitions will be sent to all faculty via email.  Nominees need five faculty signatures to run for the Senate and must return the Nominating petition to the Senate office by Friday, March 6th.

Vacancy:  1 Area A replacement for Jim Hearne, on the Senate and the ACC for Spring Quarter only.

 

ACTION ITEMS

MOTION to approve Revised Constitution

A Motion was made by Bill Lyne, seconded by Chris Suczek, to approve the revised Constitution of the Faculty (Article V) which passed unanimously

·       In a comment period just prior to the vote Bill Lyne pointed out that previous grievance hearing panels had been formed after the faculty executive had said yes or no to grievability.  The UFWW’s process is essentially the same except it is faculty members on the union executive who decide on grievability.  UFWW represents faculty beyond the contract, and is legally bound to do so.  The difference now is that the conclusive decision by UFWW is a final one and not just a recommendation to the president who previously had final decision.

·       Senators noted that by law the Senate’s role no longer includes discussion of the grievance process, and that if we want the UFWW and the administration to create faculty hearing committees or other rulings concerning working conditions UFWW can create it within the bylaws.  The revisions of the constitution bring it in line with the bargaining agreement.

 

MOTION to approve Faculty Bylaws to the Constitution

A Motion was made by Chris Suczek, seconded by Karen Stout, to approve the revised Bylaws to the Faculty Constitution (Bylaws 7 through 9) which passed unanimously.   

·       For the full text of the Faculty Constitution and Senate Bylaws with revisions highlighted, see the Senate website  http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/senate

·       Article III of the Constitution will go before the Board of Trustees in April for approval, and the Bylaws will be forwarded to the Board as an information item.

Discussion. 

·       Senators held a brief discussion of ways to implement cuts to the budget for the Senate office as part of the general budget review undertaken throughout the University.  The Senate budget is part of Academic Affairs and allows about $13,000 (excluding salaries) for all costs including photocopying and student help.  Photocopying has been substantially cut and will continue to be cut as election materials will be emailed this year and attempts are underway to implement electronic voting for Senators.

·       Printing costs continue to be incurred in the departments for printing curricular minutes for ACC approval, although there discussion underway of revising and improving the current system.

Adjournment: 

Senators adjourned at 5:16 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 2-23-2009

                                                                                                _______________________

                                                                                                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

--
 

Ex Officio

 

10

6

  Derrington, Mary Lynne

H

P

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

09

7

  Downing, Thomas, UPC Chair, Exec nv

C

P

2

Steve VanderStaay, for Dennis Murphy, Provost

P

09

8

  Fewings, David

E

    P

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

--

09

9

  Friday, Chris, History  (1 yr term)

At Lg

    --

 

 

 

09

10

  Friesen, John, At Large, Exec

D

    Exc

 

Past President, LegisLiaison. and ASVP

 

10

11

  Gleeson, Madge

D

P

1

Jeff Newcomer, Past President, Exec

Exc

10

12

  Gilbertson, David

E

P

2

   John Purdy, Legislative Liaison

P

09

13

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea

C

    P

3

  Andrea Goddard, ASVP Academics

P

10

14

  Hearne, James

A

P

 

 

 

09

15

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

P

 

 

 

10

16

  Lambert, Chuck, Secretary, Exec

H   

P

 

Recorder:

 

09

17

  Larner, Daniel, VP & Parliament ,Exec

F

    P

 

Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

09

18

  Larson, Nikki

A

--

 

 

 

09

19

  Liao-Troth, Matthew, Senate Pres, Exec

E

P

 

 

 

09

20

  Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

P

 

 

 

10

21

  Marshall, Robert

C

    P

 

Senators Present

25

10

22

  Meyer, David

D

    P

 

Absent or Excused

(5)

10

23

  Pearce, Scott, Senator to UPC

C

    P

 

Ex Officio

2

09

24

  Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President. Guests

2

10

25

  Springer, Mark

E

P

 

Recorder

1

10

26

  Stout, Karen

  C

P

 

 

 

09

27

  Suczek, Chris

A

P

 

 

 

09

28

  Vulic, Kathryn

C

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT

30

10

29

  Wang, Grace

G

Exc

 

DATE:  February 23, 2009

 

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)