Index of Topics – February 8, 2010

                    Exhibit A:  For Approval 2/22/2010

Report on Senate White Papers – Provost Riordan

 

Report from Faculty Awards Ad Hoc – Karen Stout

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – February 8, 2010

 

Call to Order

Scott Pearce, Senate Vice President and Parliamentarian, called the 2009-2010 Senate to order at 4:02 pm.  Pearce welcomed twenty-seven (27) Senators, and four others (4) for a total of thirty-one (31) people.  (See attached roster).   President Larner was at home ill.

 

Items from the Faculty Senate Vice President:

Approval of Senate Minutes - Senators accepted Senate minutes of January 25, 2010.

Vice President and Parliamentarian Scott Pearce announced:

·         At next meeting candidates for GSAC will be approved by the Senate.  Please continue to remind faculty that appointments are made by faculty within the colleges.

·         The University Planning Council meeting of Wednesday February 10 at 4 pm in OM340 will be audio cast and the link is http://www.wwu.edu/live/uprc/shtml .  Proposed capital projects will be discussed. 

·         Rick Benner and Francis Halle will be guest of the Senate on February 22, and John Lawson will visit on March 8.

 

Items from the Administration:

Provost Riordan presented white paper progress reports from the Graduate Studies’, Allied Health and Extended Education and Summer Programs’ groups.  The groups will deliver recommendations in the final reports as they were charged. 

·         Riordan plans to synthesize the information and bring it to the Senate as well as to the larger campus community and to have various groups continue to ask questions and do further research.

·          Riordan noted that the white paper committees do not have to specifically recommend new issues on all this feedback, and that research will continue over the next several years.

·         The Graduate White paper is almost ready with her synthesis to be brought to the Senate.  Bill Lyne will host an open forum on campus seeking some additional input.  People who cannot attend will also be able to feed in questions.  Hiring people will be further down the road, probably not next year. 

·         Riordan described the Allied Health proposal for an audiology doctorate which is now the recognized degree for the discipline.  The proposal also includes the Masters or BSN in nursing.  Riordan is waiting for feedback from the colleges on impact to the sciences, and has posted curriculum on the website.. 

·         Riordan is bringing in an expert on nursing accreditation and is meeting with WCC and the community. Riordan plans to broker an understanding of what WASU and U of WA can offer so that we meet the needs of the local area as well as the region.

·         White Papers can be found on the Provost’s website at http://www.wwu.edu/provost/initiatives.shtml .  Riordan noted that the FAQs answer questions about clinical requirements such as an applied demonstration project and increased credit hours for the audiology doctorate.

·         Riordan discussed International Education which continues to grow, but pointed out that Extended Education needs our attention in programs that help sustain the university in tough budget times.  The Senate will not be preempted by any decisions but Riordan could suggest “it is reasonable to support this”.  Curriculum and other matters will have to take the normal process through the Senate.  In every way the process aims to be open and transparent. 

·         Riordan discussed the decision packages which might be submitted to obtain special funding, and possible impacts on the operating budget.  In response to Steve Garfinkle’s question about considering allocation issues Riordan suggested there would be an initial request.  Allied Health faculty lines would go as a decision package to the State and we would not be able to offer those programs without special funding.  With a lot of interest right now at the state level we have to get the decision packages in front of legislators.  The decision packages would include ancillary costs. 

·         In response to David Meyer’s question about important faculty lines that are not being filled at present, Riordan responded that it appears to her that for us to get new state appropriations we have to use the decision packages as a way to try something new and different to convince legislators to support the institution. Without funding there is no way to go forward with the programs.  We are not in a hiring freeze but there are a lot of positions we are not filling right now and some no longer exist.  With the additional cuts for this supplemental session we are anticipating doing an internal reallocation.   In 2011-2013 we are probably going to take more cuts, but we don’t really know.  If we say we are going to build a new program we would have to use the money for that new program.

In other matters

·         Riordan credited the hard work on issues in Olympia being done by President Shepard, Steve Garfinkle, Bill Lyne, Sherry Burkey, Marsha Riddle Buly as well as by Susan Banton, Steve Swan, Jane Vroman and Phil Sharpe.  Riordan added that we try to communicate to the campus yet every day we get new bills coming out of the legislature with new issues arising regarding the budget which are both challenging and surprisingly fluid. There are no easy answers at present.

·         Riordan and Senators postponed discussion of the Honorary Degree Policy until next meeting.

 

Other Report Items:

ASVP AcademicsRamon Rinonos-Diaz reported:

·         The rally on the PAC plaza on Friday was attended by over 300 students who signed letters to legislators;

·         Faculty is asked to let students know that three buses are going down to Olympia on Monday February 15.  Transportation is free and breakfast and light lunch will be provided.  Buses will return Monday evening. 

·         The AS will host a discussion on what green alternative options might be available for fee overages on Thursday at 5 pm in Fraser 4.

 

UFWWSteven Garfinkle, UFWW President announced:

·         That faculty interested in details about transportation to Olympia for the rally on Monday February 15 can find the information at www.ufww.org, or can email Bill Lyne at bill_lyne@hotmail.com.  Garfinkle reported that Monday’s rally is being held under the auspices of the Revenue Coalition, an organization with the will to see revenue reform and better ways to raise revenue.  The rally will follow an early morning rally by the “tea party” which is against revenue reform.

·         Garfinkle commended the AS President and Vice President and the student trustees who all did a remarkable job at the rally and commended them for getting all those letters written.  Garfinkle urged faculty to take the lead from the students who have shown the way, but to make sure to send letters from home computers and to use personal (not university) email.  Garfinkle added that material in an inbox could not implicate you for misuse of university resources because you cannot control your inbox.

·         Garfinkle reported that Kelli Linville had mentioned education as her number one priority in her legislative update.  She also encouraged people to continue to send letters.

·         Garfinkle reported that the current versions of the “furlough bill” continue to exempt faculty.  It is not entirely clear if staff will be exempted.  The faculty contract is also exempted, and at this time promotion wages, retention efforts and special merit are all unaffected.  Wages are protected by the collective bargaining agreement.  Garfinkle encouraged faculty to go forward with safer assumptions rather than encouraging fear mongering.

·         Garfinkle encourages people to ask questions about issues in these uncertain times, and speak to their steward, to Bill Lyne, to Garfinkle or to members of the union board to counteract any misinformation.  The University will have to find other ways to say it is saving money besides using the furlough.

Constituent Concerns

Senators brought the following concerns from faculty:

·         Wired classrooms should be available to those who teach every single day or several days a week.  They seem to be prioritized for those on a Monday-Wednesday schedule.

·         Updating the “U-drive” has seriously interrupted teaching in many departments and should never have been attempted during mid-quarter or midterm exams, but only during the break or summer holiday.  Senators asked for a commitment from ATUS not to engage in activities that so severely compromise the teaching mission of the university and which were relatively unannounced.

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEE MINUTESReading and Acceptance (Exhibit B)

Academic Coordinating Commission

1/19/2010

ACCEPTED

University Planning & Resources Council

1/13/2010

ACCEPTED

Academic Technology Committee

1/20/2010

ACCEPTED

Senate Library Committee

11/4/2009

ACCEPTED

Senate Library Committee

12/2/2009

ACCEPTED

 

Report from the Ad Hoc Faculty Awards Committee –Karen Stout, Chair

Senators heard an update from Karen Stout, Chair of the Ad Hoc Faculty Awards Committee, on proposed awards for faculty.  The following points were made:

Mentorship Award

·         The Ad Hoc Committee would welcome proposals for naming the award.

·         Stout discussed a mentorship award - a title chosen in lieu of  “advising” to provide an award for mentoring both graduates and undergraduates.  Alumni would nominate faculty.

·         Streamlined criteria could include a descriptive letter from the nominated faculty member, letter of support from a colleague or department chair, and from a student.  Faculty suggested the committee choose a student from a group of several nominated students to write such a letter.

·         Chris Sandvig would like to see more recognition for programs in which students are mentored.  He mentioned, for example, the “supply chain management program” in the College of Business and Economics which involves a huge amount of work, an advisory board of corporate people who donate, required internships and the prospect of some great jobs for students. 

·         Faculty suggested that there might be an enormous number of nominations due to all the high quality mentorship going on, and there should be more clarity about the decision process.

Scholarship Award

·         Data suggests that the Olscamp award tends to go to a few departments, and does not represent all types of scholarship activity; as a consequence some faculty think the award does not apply to their area, and a venue is needed to recognize other kinds of scholarship.  Many faculty do scholarly work embedded in the community, and do not necessarily publish heavily, for example in CFPA or in Woodring.

·          Language to frame an award for creative endeavors would be appreciated. Faculty suggested there might be a need for a third award in the Humanities. One member of the ad hoc committee felt we do not give enough awards, and we should recognize at least 10% of the faculty.  Students get a lot of recognition.

·         The Research Advisory Council (RAC) decides the process at present, but we may wish to change or examine the venues and the process, as certain patterns seem to have developed.

·         It is not only process, but we are not drawing from a diverse pool because of the unofficial criteria for the Olscamp award, which seem to emphasize very traditional kinds of criteria.  Joanne Carney has been a member of some of the previous awards committees and suggested some changes ought to be made because the set of criteria in play is not widely known to everybody.  Winners of awards can also provide an unfair advantage by mentoring fellow colleagues to become along to win in their department, while others are left out.

·         Carney is persuaded that there is a need for more faculty recognition.  The criteria of the Olscamp ought to be modified since it may not be broad enough or include enough descriptors if the same type of scholar is winning all the time. 

·         Steve Garfinkle noted that it is not widely known that faculty can resubmit material for the Olscamp and the Elich awards.  This should be regularized, and included on any new awards.

·         Robert Marshall proposed that awards in other areas can specify requirements directly from the unit evaluation plans which are very specific as to criteria.  Different fields have different outlets and specificity.

Years of Service Award.

·         The committee liked the idea of an attempt to honor non-tenure track faculty, and is working with Human Resources to come up with a means of calculating years of service.  Such an award probably should be inclusive of all faculty rather than drawing attention to LTF who might then find that their contract could not be renewed.  In addition it was suggested that there should be a larger conversation about the meaningfulness of non tenure track service.

 

DISCUSSION – Senate Expansion

Senators considered consequences of expanding the Senate to correspond with about a one-quarter increase in numbers of faculty over the past ten years.  Senators heard Rose Marie Norton-Nader, the Senate administrative assistant, explain the process for proportional apportionment of Senators based on number of faculty in each college.  Voting faculty include LTF and tenure track faculty with an annual average appointment of .5FTE.  Senators appeared not to favor expansion, although the idea will continue to be discussed.  The reasons include the difficulty in finding faculty to serve on the large number of committees, the size of the Board Room, and the work of the collective bargaining unit which serves as a kind of second “House” along with the Senate. The union, however, is concerned only with salaries and working conditions, while the Senate deals with all other matters of importance to faculty and the mission of the university.

 

Adjournment: 

Senators moved to adjourn at 5:50 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, 2-8-2010

                                                                                                __________________________

                                                                                                Karen Stout, Secretary 2009-10

FACULTY SENATE ROSTER 2009-2011

 

Faculty Senators whose terms end in 2011

 

 

Senate President 2009-2010

 

1

Spencer Anthony-Cahill  SenACC

Chemistry

A

P

 

Daniel Larner, Fairhaven

 

2

Branko Curgus

Math

A

P

 

Past President

 

3

Chris Suczek   ATC

Geology

A

P

 

Matthew Liao-Troth

 

4

David Hartenstine

Math

A

P

 

 

 

5

Michael J Mana

Psychology

B

P

 

Ex Officio

 

6

Vicki Hsueh

Political Sci

B

P

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

Exc

7

Mick Cunningham

Sociology      

B

P

2

Catherine Riordan, Provost

P

8

Ryan Wasserman

Philosophy

C

P

3

Roger Gilman, Provost’s Council

--

9

Daniel Rangel-Guerrero

M&CL

C

P

 

 

 

10

Kristin E Denham

English

C

P

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

11

Michiko Yusa   At-Large Exec

M&CL

C

P

1

Matthew Liao-Troth, Senate Pres 2008-09

--

12

Erin Hazard

Art

D

P

2

Marsha Riddle Buly, Legislative Liaison 09-10

Oly

13

Shawn Knabb   Sen Libraries

Economics

E

Exc

3

Steven Garfinkle, President, UFWW

P

14

John Feodorov

Fairhaven

F

P

4

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics

P

15

Joanne Carney

Elem Ed

H

P

 

 

 

 

Senators whose terms end in 2010

 

Recorder, Guests and Totals

16

Roger Anderson  ACC to UPRC

Biology

A

P

 

 

 

17

James Hearne   VChair ACC

Comp Sci

A

P

 

 

 

18

Robert Marshall

Anthropology

B

P

 

 

 

19

Scott Pearce  VP & Parl, UPRC

Lib  Studies

C

P

 

 

 

20

Karen Stout   Secretary Exec

Comm

C

P

 

 

 

21

Diana Wright

History

C

P

 

 

 

22

David Meyer

Music

D

P

2

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

23

Madge Gleeson  UPRC mem

Art

D

P

 

Senators Present

27

24

David Gilbertson

Accounting

E

P

 

Absent or Excused

(3)

25

Chris Sandvig for Mark Springer

Decision Sci

E

P

 

Ex Officio

  1

26

Daniel Larner   Sen President

Fairhaven

F

Exc

 

Past Pres, Leg Liaison, UFWW, ASVP

  2

27

Grace Wang

Env S

G

P

 

Guests and Recorder

  1

28

Mary Lynne Derrington

Ed. Admin.

H

P

 

 

 

29

Chuck Lambert  Appt &E Exec

Spec. Educ

H

--

 

TOTAL PRESENT

31

30

Elizabeth Stephen

Libraries

 I

P

 

Date:  February 8, 2010