Index – September  26, 2011

Role of the Senate

Legislative Rep or Team required

Bylaws of Constitution

   Exhibit A: Approved 10/10/2011

                                                                                                                                                              FACULTY SENATE

                                                                                                                                                      Minutes of September 26, 2011

 

Call to Order

Karen Stout, Faculty Senate President, called the first fall quarter meeting of the 2011-2012 Faculty Senate to order at 4:02 pm.  Stout welcomed twenty-one (21) Senators along with nineteen (19) others. (See attached roster).

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes: Senators accepted the Senate minutes of May 16, 2011, and the special Senate and UPRC joint meeting minutes of May 25, 2011. 

Reports and Announcements: President Stout reported and announced that

1) Senators were welcome to weigh in on revisions to the Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Code which would be forwarded to the ACC.  The text of the revised code is on the Senate website at http://www.wwu.edu/senate and the unrevised code can be found in the current Catalog.

 

Items from the Administration

·      President Shepard commended Senators for their willingness to serve and that they helped make the university strong as was evidenced last year; he reported enthusiastic students and positive faculty on campus. 

·      Shepard asked for flexibility in announcements of forecasted shortfalls in light of the state’s revenue problems and threatened budget cuts until the legislature is more sure of its agenda.  Shepard added that this will give us time to thoughtfully consider options and ideas.

·      Provost Riordan thanked Chairs who turned to their faculty during last year’s rebasing “angst” from which a lot of new developments have emerged, including consolidation and improvement of curriculum, the merging of programs to strengthen them, and the expansion of premier educational opportunities with closed courses open to the campus; review of ACC and CUE processes, and relocating the Tutoring Center to the Library which resulted in full tables immediately. 

·      Riordan pointed out that the university cannot just “turn on a dime” and deliberations are continuing.

·      UFWW President Steven Garfinkle thanked Bruce and Catherine for upholding their commitment to begin the searches to hire tenure track faculty; reminded Senators that this is the year for bargaining the contract which will go into effect in 2012; and the UFWW will host a Forum on Wednesday, October 12 in Fraser at 4 pm for all faculty whether or not they are union members. A formal announcement will go out soon.

·      Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP-Academics, announced that the AS is continuing to hire students, that the AS will present Representative Kris Lytton with a resolution to honor her commitment to higher education when she visits campus, and that the AS is dedicating $57,000 to a new pavilion for the Fairhaven College outback farm which will allow expansion for new programs.

 

DISCUSSION:  Role of the Faculty Senate

President Stout led a discussion on the role of the Senate as “quality control” in shared governance.  Stout asked for Senators’ strategies for connecting with constituents.  Some Senators connect by email, some highlight sections of the abstract for their constituents, others via faculty college and departmental meetings.  Stout asked those Senators who have constituents outside their own departments to make a special effort to reach them.

o    Stout reported on the Senate retreat and explained that David Bover will head up administrators’ review, and will help develop a timeline. Stout explained the importance of starting the process as a trial run that will become routine when completed two or three times.

o    In an effort to conserve meeting time Stout requested that faculty and Senators email her and the Executive with concerns prior to the meetings so that research and answers can be brought back to the Senate.  

o    Stout is seeking volunteer “point Senators” who are willing to research repeating issues such as parking and space administration.  Jackie Caplan-Auerbach is the point person for biking concerns and will be in contact with police chief Randy Stegmeier.

o    Stout addressed the need for a Faculty Legislative Representative who was articulate and politically savvy and suggested that a team of three people might be able to share the responsibility, particularly in tracking bills, and thus continue last year’s momentum without having to commit the entire winter quarter.  Stout explained that Western had been assisted in maintaining status as a premier institution in Washington State because faculty had presented a united front in Olympia along with students, staff and alumni.  Stout thanked Marsha Riddle Buly, legislative representative who had led the effort.  Additional help may be available to the FLR this year as the Washington Student caucus in Olympia can provide desk space.

 

Constituent Concerns

Senators asked the Senate to: 1) Clarify Article 1.1 of the Constitution regarding the relationship with the UFWW; 2) Develop a consistent decision making process for developing the Outstanding Leadership Award that ensured faculty participation. Senators will work with the Provost’s office and the deans to ensure consistent guidelines.

Bylaws of the Constitution of the Faculty.  Senators reviewed minor changes to the Faculty Handbook Bylaws to the Constitution and will conduct a first vote at the next meeting.  Discussion included recommendations that faculty on college governance committees should be elected by colleagues.

 

Appointments and Elections:   Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, 2011-12 Officer

To:   Central Health & Safety:  Ken Rines, Physics/Astronomy; UPRC: Ira Hyman, Psychology (CHSS rep 2); ACC as Senator:  Sheila Webb, Journalism; Executive Dining Committee: Billie Lindsey, PEHR; AS Green Energy Fee committee (with Sara Richards, ASVP Student Life): Sophie Kong, Finance&Marketing; Andy Bunn, Environmental Science

 

ADJOURNMENT
Senators moved to a Faculty Caucus at 5:30 prior to adjournment at 6:14 pm.

September 26, 2011 – Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

                                                                                                                                __________________________________

Kathleen Saunders, Secretary, 2011-2011

 

FACULTY SENATE – ROSTER 2010-2011

 

Senators whose terms end in 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate President 2011-2012

1

David Bover

CompSci

P

A

 

Karen Stout, President

2

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach

Geology

P

A

 

David Bover, Vice President and Parliamentarian

3

Kathleen Saunders, ACC

Anthro

P

B

 

  

4

Paul Chen

Comm

P

B

 

Ex Officio

 

5

Sheila Webb

Journalism

P

C

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

6

Bradley Howard

Journalism

--

C

2

Catherine Riordan, Provost

P

7

Cynthia Camlin

Art

P

D

3

                                                Rep Provost’ Cncl

 

8

Penny Hutchinson

Dance

P

D

 

                                

 

9

Steve Henson

Economics

P

E

 

Past Pres, Legislative Liaison,  UFWW, ASVP

 

10

Mark Springer**

DecisionSci

P

E

1

Scott Pearce, PastPres, Exec NV

P

11

David O Wallin

Huxley

P

G

2

_______________,  LegLiaison10-11. Exec

 

12

Donald Larsen

Woodring

P

H

3

Steven Garfinkle, President, UFWW

P

13

Ron Burgess (for Chuck Lambert)

SMATE

P

H

4

Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP-Academics

P

14

Paul Piper

Libraries

P

I

 

 

 

15

Karen Stout, Senate President

At-Large

P

A-L

 

 

 

 

Senators whose terms end in 2013

 

Guests

16

Spencer Anthony-Cahill

Chem

--

A

 

 

 

17

David Hirsch

Geology

P

A

 

 

 

18

Andreas Riemann

Physics/Astron

P

A

 

 

 

19

Stephanie Treneer

Math

P

A

 

 

 

20

Jim Graham

Psychology

P

B

 

 

 

21

Vicki Hsueh

Poli Science

P

B

 

 

 

22

Charles Sylvester

PEHR

P

C

 

 

 

23

Cecile Hanania

M&CL

P

C

 

Senators Present

27

24

Hud Hudson

Philosophy

P

C

 

Absent or Excused

(3)

25

Sean Murphy

Liberal Studies

P

C

 

Ex Officio

2

26

Anne Lobeck (for Johann Neem)

Eng

P

C

 

PastPres, LegLiaison, UFWW, ASVP

3

27

Deb Currier

Theater Dance

--

D

 

Guests

-

28

David Gilbertson

Accounting

P

E

 

Recorder:

1

29

Babafemi Akinrinade

Fairhaven

P

F

 

Rose Marie Norton-Nader:   September 26, 2011

 

30

Sandra Daffron (for Kate Wayne)

Elem Ed

P

H

 

TOTALS

33