Index of Topics –May 16, 2011

   Exhibit A:  For Approval 6/6/2011

The Future of Sustainability in Western’s Curriculum: George Pierce

 

Choice of CST and CHSS to send reps to UPRC – Ballot Vote

 

Future Considerations – Discussion

 

Joint Meeting with UPRC scheduled for Wednesday May 25, 2011

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting – May 16, 2011

 

Call to Order

Senate President Scott Pearce called the 2010-2011 Senate to order at 4:05 pm following Orientation for new Senators conducted by Karen Stout at 3 pm.  Pearce welcomed twenty-four  (24) Senators along with nineteen (19) others including newly-elected Senators  for a total of forty-three (43)  (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes:   Senators accepted the Senate minutes of April 18, 2011 as written.

Senate President Pearce reported:

·         A faculty volunteer is still needed for Senate Legislative Representative, a position of vital service to the University;

·         The Provost/Senate Awards ceremony for faculty will be held in the Western Gallery on Monday, May 23 at 4 pm;

·         A joint meeting of the UPRC with the Senate is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 at 4 pm in OM340.

In other matters

·         Colleges do not have to post meetings of faculty governance publicly.  The draft governance guidelines indicate that the minutes should be accessible to faculty and this should be easier with the redesign of the website. 

·         The recently discussed medical excuse policy has been sent on to ACC;

·         The Provost’s evaluation is wrapping up;

·         Work is ongoing to ensure that the Senate participates in a regular way with administration.

 

Vice President and Parliamentarian Karen Stout reported:

·         A small group looked at the policy on consensual relationships with students and reviewed over twenty policies from different universities.  A draft policy will be presented to the Senate in the Fall.

·         The Senate office has planned its cuts for next year despite having no increase since 1998 and taking voluntary cuts before being asked; the Senate office is running on fumes.  Additional cuts to the FLR budget mean less opportunity for an FLR in Olympia.

 

Items from the Administration

Provost Riordan reported that Dr. Rios, newly hired Dean for Woodring College, would arrive on September 1st.  The candidates for Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology are making open presentations on campus right now. 

·            Riordan added that the long-term view on rebasing includes investment in tenure-track hiring.

·            Regarding tuition hikes Riordan responded that it is unknown what would be authorized in the legislation for Fall.  HB 1795 has some constraints on tuition and fills in financial aid for middle income students.  However increases are expected at all levels. 

·            Senators expressed concern that faculty must be more involved in processes especially with respect to criteria for rebasing, and appreciated the complexity of the issues.

 

Marsha Riddle Buly, FLR, reported that passage of HB1795 would mean we have tuition setting authority for the next four years and after that additional stipulations regarding how we would be funded by the State.  The University will have to negotiate four areas of performance standards with OFM: time to degree; success from among low income, diverse, or underrepresented students; minimum numbers required for instate BA degrees; and meeting critical state needs in high demand areas and the sciences.

·            Senators emphasized that the University should not be penalized because rising tuition pressures students to work many more hours outside of school with consequences to their GPA, credit load, and debt load.

·            Senators noted that pressure on time to degree with students working more means the GPA takes a slam, and student loans for higher tuition are already higher than credit card debt.

 

PresentationThe Future of Sustainability in the Curriculum at Western, George Pierce, Special Assistant for Sustainability. 

Pierce and Sustainability Committee members Craig Dunn, Seth Vidana, Nick Zaferatos, Nicole Brown and Victor Nolet answered questions on Phase I of the Sustainability Initiative, which includes creation of the Sustainability Committee, the Faculty Sustainability Academy, and the Sustainability White Paper.  Phase I of the project has been completed to date.  Pierce reported that the VPUE provided resources for several courses.  Since 1962 over 40 events have represented the initiatives of sustainability and environmental education at Western, and since 2008 another 30 could be added involving county and community. The information is available at http://www.wwu.edu/sii  and at  http://www.wwu.edu/provost/initiatives/sustainability.shtml

Thirteen faculty members meet weekly to coordinate these activities. Members of the committee reported on the following strategies which are part of Phase II and Phase III

Strategy 1 | Leadership: An Interim Director of Institute for Sustainability

Strategy 2 | Literacy | Sustainability General Education Sequence

Strategy 3 | Curriculum: Sustainability Curriculum Development

Strategy 4 | Student Support

Strategy 5   | Research Initiatives and Knowledge Creation

Strategy 6 | Service Learning and Local and Global Partnerships

Strategy 7 | Public Model of Sustainability Education

Strategy 8 | Outreach

Strategy 9 | Sustainability Recognition and Promotion

Strategy 10 | Capitalize Funding Opportunities

Phase II seeks a Director of Undergraduate Projects and the creation of a General Education sequence in Sustainability Literacy.  At present there are 3 sustainable literacy courses, and also 30 faculty involved.  Every college is represented with over 15 disciplines. The groundwork is laid for a major or minor in the sequence which includes material from the Natural Sciences, Geophysics, Life Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the intersection of these fields with natural world systems and the use of technology to solve real world problems.

Phase III seeks establishment of a fully developed Institute with majors and minors and support of faculty and student research. There is need for rigor in what we do, and scaling to a high level. A public model is focused on innovative pathways for jobs on the horizon that might not yet exist.  Creating partnerships with other universities and businesses brings recognition and goal promotion. Knowledge creation is our bread and butter and we must use that to capitalize on funding opportunities.

Defining Sustainability:  Senators discussed various definitions which tend to be broad in scope, transdisciplinary by nature and must be applicable across curriculum and applied research both regionally and globally.  Nick Zaferatos referred Senators to the United Nations Report which mines the definition represented by over 100 participants.  Many areas contribute to Sustainability, for example even Fine Arts, as an overlay. 

Lack of Sustainability We are now facing limitations in every area which present serious stresses to all societies. Victor Nolet mentioned that lack of sustainability disrupts the social architecture, and a global pulling back is contributing to increased poverty, lack of clean water, lack of social justice.  Some asked for more constraints on the definition, and others suggested that students must be allowed to see the results of their initiatives.  Nolet suggested that interdisciplinarity causes us to resist a precise definition, but sustaining opportunities and choices and not curtailing choice for people in the future because of the decisions we make today.  We have to have healthy eco-systems and a healthy biosphere. We can use literacy as a methodology to approach problem solving and innovation.

Self-Sustaining Future:  As of yet the group has no director, although George Pierce has been coordinating.  If a senior faculty is appointed the committee can purchase some time to further jumpstart the effort.  Currently funding ends at the end of June.  We have been living cost by cost as faculty members and guest instructors come in on their own to do an hour of guest instruction.  The group is asking for the same funding it had this past year and has applied for several grants including an EPA grant in conjunction with a consortium.  Most institutes have large significant resources from private donors.  We intend  Phase III to be self-sustaining.

 

Appointments and Elections:  VP Karen Stout conducted in absence of Chuck Lambert

 

Appointed to the Faculty Senate thru 2012Don Burgess, SMATE for Chuck Lambert

 

Appointed to the ACC through 2013: Roger Anderson, Biology; Mark Kuntz, Theater and Dance

Robin Matthews, Huxley; Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Special Education; Yvonne Durham, Econ (thru 2012). 

CUE representative to ACC: Jeff Grimm, Psychology (thru 2012).  

As Senators to ACC (1 yr term):  Deb Currier, Theater and Dance; Dave Gilbertson, Accounting

 

Confirmation of appointments to UPRC through 2013:

Bob Thomas, Libraries; Paul Stangl, Huxley; Barbara Mathers-Schmidt, CHSS; Hart Hodges, CBE.

Lesley Sommer, CFPA; Brad Johnson, CST; As Senator (1 yr term): Karen Stout

 

ACTION ITEM:  VOTE FOR UPRC REPS: The Senate voted via paper ballot to confirm CST and CHSS as the areas which will send an extra representative to UPRC for 2011-2012.

 

VacanciesOne Faculty Legislative Representative 2011-2012 (travel stipend and release time provided).

 

 

Constituent Concerns:   

·      As mentioned earlier in the Senate minutes, the minutes of faculty governance committees in the colleges should not be publicly posted but made available through an intercollegiate Bb site only;

·      ResNet may be hosting a student site of papers and keys to exams that cannot be accessed by Faculty; other issues may surround the autonomous realms created by separate divisions on campus;

·      Faculty service workload creep can be unquantifiable. Faculty should contact Steve Garfinkle if they are asked to increase workload as a result of rebasing.  

 

 

MINUTES FROM SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES (Exhibit B)

Committee

Date

Topic

University Planning & Resources Council

4/20/11

Accepted.  University Reserves; Rebasing, Paula Gilman

University Planning & Resources Council

5/4//11

Accepted.  Budget Proposals: Univ Rels; BFA; Stud Affrs; Academic Affs (support include Grad Schl)

Academic Coordinating Commission

4/26/11

Accepted.  Effective date Catalog revis; possible guidelines small changes; statement on E&M proposed; X-37’s discussed

Academic Technology Committee

4/13/11

Accepted.  ATC mission; plans for report on Security Audit

     

 

 

DISCUSSION

Future Senate Considerations: Senators discussed ways in which the Senate could be more assertive in formulating shared governance policies to allow faculty to be more involved in decision-making.

 

 

 

 

Adjournment:  6:14.  May 16, 2011 – Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

 

                                                                                                            ___________________________

David Hartenstine, Secretary, 2010-2011

 

 

FACULTY SENATE – ROSTER 2010-2011

 

Senators whose terms end in 2011

 

 

 

1

Spencer Anthony-Cahill  SenACC

Chemistry

A

P

 

Senate President 2010-2011

2

Branko Curgus

Math

A

--

 

Scott Pearce, Liberal Studies, President

3

Chris Suczek  

Geology

A

P

 

Karen Stout, Vice President and Parliamentarian

4

David Hartenstine, Secretary

Math

A

--

 

   (elected 4/18/2011)

5

Michael J Mana

Psychology

B

P

 

Ex Officio

 

6

Ron Helms, (for Vicki Hsueh)

Sociology

B

P

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

--

7

Mick Cunningham

Sociology      

B

P

2

Catherine Riordan, Provost

P

8

Ryan Wasserman

Philosophy

C

P

3

Roger Gilman, Dean, Fairhaven, Provost’ Cncl

P

9

Daniel Rangel-Guerrero

M&CL

C

P

 

 

 

10

David Meyer, Vice Pres (for K.Denham)

English

AL

--

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

11

Michiko Yusa

M&CL

C

P

1

Daniel Larner, PastPres, Exec NV

P

12

Lesley Sommer ( Erin Hazard)

Music

D

P

2

Marsha Riddle Buly, LegLiaison10-11. Exec

P

13

Shawn Knabb

Economics

E

P

3

Steven Garfinkle, President, UFWW

P

14

John Feodorov

Fairhaven

F

P

4

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics

--

15

Joanne Carney

Elem Ed

H

--

 

 

 

 

Senators whose terms end in 2012

 

Guests

16

David Bover

Comp Sci

A

P

1

George Pierce, Special Assistant, Sustainability

P

17

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach

Geology

A

P

2

Craig Dunn, Associate Dean, CBE

P

18

Kathleen Saunders, ACC

Anthropology

B

P

3

Nichaolas Zaferatos, Planning, Huxley College

P

19

Scott Pearce, SenPres, UPRC

Lib  Studies

C

P

4

Seth Vidans, Sustainability Committee

P

20

Karen Stout  

Comm

C

P

5

Victor Nolet, Woodring College

P

21

Bradley Howard

Journalism

C

--

6

Nicole Brown, English

P

22

Sheila Webb

Journalism

C

P

7

Francis Halle, Space Administration

P

23

Penny Hutchinson

Dance

D

P

8

Marta Helpenstell, Western Front

P

24

Cynthia Camlin

Art

D

P

9

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

25

Mark Springer

Decision Sci

E

P

 

 

 

26

Steve Henson, At Lg Exec

Economics

E

P

 

Ø  Senators Present

24

27

David O Wallin

Huxley

G

P

 

Ø  Absent or Excused

(6)

28

Donald Larsen

Woodring

H

P

 

Ø  Ex Officio

2

29

Chuck Lambert  Appt &E Exec

Spec. Educ

H

--

 

Ø  PPres; Leg Rep; UFWW; ASVP

3

30

Paul Piper

Libraries

I

P

 

Ø  Guests and Recorder

9

In attendance as Guests:  Senators elected 2011-2013 Faculty Senate

Ø  Newly elected Senator guests

5

 Babafemi Akinrinade, Paul Chen,  Jim Graham, Stephanie Treneer, Andreas Rieman

 

 

 

May 16, 2011:  Total Present

43