Index of Topics –  April 20, 2009

       EXHIBIT A: Approved  5/4/09

Senate Election results reported

 

University Planning Council Charge – MOTION (2d vote)

 

HERI Survey – Discussion

 

 WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – April 20, 2009

Call to Order

Matthew Liao-Troth, 2008-2009 Faculty Senate President, called the Senate to order at 4:04 pm.  Liao-Troth welcomed twenty-four (24) Senators, three (3) ex officio members, four (4) guests, and the recorder (1) for a total of thirty-two (32) people.  (see attached roster).  

 

Items from the Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes.  

Senators accepted Senate minutes of April 6, 2009 with two corrections, and a minor edit.

President Liao-Troth announced:

·   Faculty with views on bicycle and skateboard policies are invited to attend the hearing for proposed changes to the WAC’s affecting sustainable transportation on Wednesday at 3 pm in OM340.  The changes bring Western more in sync with other public universities; currently Western is the only school to attach time zones to the policy.  Designated walk and bike areas which are planned will allow for easier and more systematic enforcement.

·   Faculty are invited to meet the candidate for Bookstore manager at 3 pm this Friday in VU567.

Items from the Administration 

§    President Shepard reported that the new Provost, to be announced Tuesday, is someone who understands what distinguishes Western and is willing to lead by listening. 

§    Our budgetary challenge is to position ourselves politically for the future in a state with a predominantly populist culture. Shepard plans to get all of the universities involved in the effort, including alumni, parents and students, and emphasized the importance of building a political base for higher education, particularly among the youngest members of the legislature.

§    Shepard wants to announce a draft budget as soon as possible and to develop a budget process in which we can have confidence. He notices that the present culture seems to encourage silence rather than conversations across campus, and with all our moneys committed we are still not using the budget processes available in Banner.

§    Shepard noticed that budgets that are online may not bear a whole lot of resemblance to the actuals, and may indicate money available that has already been spent.  He suggested there has to be an educational and incentive structure so there is a reason to attend making the proper transfers from one account to another. 

§    Shepard suggested some further education in how to do budgets for the longterm.  The Banner budget can help to begin right at the program and department level to develop transparency processes more easily.  Banner can then help develop a proper chart of accounts for the university. 

§    Steve VanderStaay recommended surfing the HEC Board “Quick Facts” to find data about proportions of students in the state who actually graduate and attend college.

§    Provost Murphy reported that Limited Term Faculty (LTF) with sequential one quarter contracts will not be disadvantaged in terms of health insurance.

 Items from Associated Students

§    Andrea Goddard, Associated Students Vice President-Academics reported that AS elections are underway.  Goddard added that the Associated Students appreciates the clarification of budget matters provided by the President and Provost.


Items from UFWW 

§    Bill Lyne, President UFWW, reported that UFWW and the administration signed a Memo of Understanding that will delay funding the special merit awards until September 15, 2010 before the recipients were announced.

§    Lyne reported that UFWW is starting discussions on the six campuses on how budget problems related to higher education must resonate across the state; if we accept drastic cuts then this will become the norm. Lyne added that tuition increases may seem large but amount to only $600 per year, far less than the cost of staying an extra year at the university because of access problems 

§    Faculty and staff are still encouraged to visit www.ufww.org for user friendly letters which must be sent from home addresses, not state emails.  Additional information on legislators is available from http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rosters/default.aspx

Constituent Concerns

Faculty brought concerns through their Senators that included:

·    Students and faculty working in the Chemistry building in the evening were not notified that a SWAT exercise was held was a problem particularly in the Chemistry labs.

·    Discounts ought to be offered to faculty for gym access; this may offset stress and have a positive impact on health insurance.

·    Payroll deduction for gym membership ought to be spread out across the year rather than deducted in one lumpsum payment in the fall quarter. 

·    Respect and honor are due to Western’s exceptional faculty who received special merit despite the fact that the award will be delayed.  Recipients were not asked to defer their special merit before the awards were announced.

 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

3/31/09

Committee on Undergrad Education - MOTION

University Planning Council

3/11/09

Revised charge; budget update

 APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS –Tracy Coskie, Appointments Officer

Senators viewed an xcel graph prepared in the Senate office that compared last year’s voting returns with 2009.  Coskie reported that the online voting system for the Senate election showed an increased faculty response over the use of paper ballots.  The following faculty were elected to the 2009-2011 Faculty Senate: Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Chemistry; Branko Curgis, Mathematics; David Hartenstine, Mathematics; Chris Suczek, Geology; Mick Cunningham, Sociology; Mike Mana, Psychology; Vicki Hsueh, Political Science; Kristin Denham, English; Daniel Rangel-Guerrero, MC&L; Ryan Wasserman, Philosophy; Michiko Yusa, M&CL; Erin Hazard, Art; Shawn Knabb, Economics; John Feodorov, Fairhaven; Joanne Carney, Elementary Education..

Coskie distributed a list of vacancies on Standing Committees.  Candidates are asked to contact the Senate Office via email.  College governing bodies are invited to select their faculty representative to the UPRC.

ACTION ITEM

University Planning and Resources Council - MOTION

In a required second Senate vote, Senators unanimously passed a Motion (moved by Thomas Downing, seconded by Spencer Anthony-Cahill) approving the creation of the University Planning and Resources Council.  Faculty can now be appointed to the committee which will meet for the first time on Wednesday, June 3 in OM340 at 4 pm.  (See text of the new UPRC charge in the minutes of April 6, 2009)

DISCUSSION

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Survey

Senators discussed possible participation in the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) online survey of faculty satisfaction at a one-time cost of $30,000. 

·    Liao-Troth and President Shepard would like the faculty to participate in this survey which allows comparison of aspects of satisfaction and performance appraisal longitudinally and also with other universities.  The survey is done every three years and we missed out in 2002. 

·    Participation can be listed as an item of self-assessment for the State report.  Previously about 20% of the faculty participated, but the President emphasized it is important to get the faculty to fully participate.  A summary report will be made available to the entire faculty.

·    Senators will vote on whether to participate in the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) online survey of faculty satisfaction after Liao-Troth finds out whether faculty can “opt out” of answering self-identifying questions.

Adjournment: 

Senators moved to a faculty caucus at  5:24 pm prior to adjournment at 5:35 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 4-20-09

                                                                                                _______________________

                                                                                                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

Dennis Murphy, Provost  (S. VanderStaay)

   P

09

8

  Fewings, David

E

    P

3

Roger Gilman, Rep., Provost’s Council

P

09

9

  Friday, Chris, History  (1 yr term)

At Lg

    --

 

 

 

09

10

  Friesen, John, At Large, Exec

D

    P

 

Past President, LegisLiaison. and ASVP

 

10

11

  Gleeson, Madge

D

P

1

Jeff Newcomer, Past President, Exec

P

10

12

  Gilbertson, David

E

P

2

   John Purdy, Legislative Liaison

--

09

13

  Gogrof-Voorhees, Andrea

C

    P

3

  Andrea Goddard, ASVP Academics

P

10

14

  Hearne, James

A

--

 

 

 

09

15

  Helms, Ron, Library Senator (2 yr)

B

P

 

Guests

 

10

16

  Lambert, Chuck, Secretary, Exec

H   

--

 

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE, for Provost

P

09

17

  Larner, Daniel, VP & Parliament ,Exec

F

    P

 

Roger Thompson, Chair, ACC

P

09

18

  Larson, Nikki

A

--

 

 

 

09

19

  Liao-Troth, Matthew, Senate Pres, Exec

E

P

 

Recorder:

 

09

20

  Lyne, William, UFWW Pres., Exec nv

C

P

 

Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

10

21

  Marshall, Robert

C

    P

 

Senators Present

24

10

22

  Meyer, David

D

    --

 

Absent or Excused

(6)

10

23

  Pearce, Scott, Senator to UPC

C

    P

 

Ex Officio

3

09

24

  Reedy, Christopher

A

    P

 

Legislative Liaison, Past President. Guests

4

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

32

10

29

  Wang, Grace

G

P

 

DATE:  April 20, 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)