Index – April 16, 2012

Statement in support --  President Shepard

Presentation on Enrollment – Eileen Coughlin

Senate Elections completed except for Officers

   Exhibit A:  Approved 4/30/12

 

FACULTY SENATE

Minutes of April 16, 2012

 

Call to Order

Karen Stout, Faculty Senate President, called the 2011-2012 Senate to order at 4:02 pm.   Stout welcomed twenty-eight (28) Senators along with eight (8) others for a total of thirty-six (36).  (See Roster).

 

Items from the Faculty Senate President:

Approval of Senate Minutes: Senators accepted the Senate minutes of April 2, 2012 with minor corrections.  One Senator asked what students should do on other religious holidays in light of the recent Yom Kippur Resolution.  Faculty heard that students are to contact the Dean of Students’ office for a memo if they have to miss class for religious reasons.

In other matters, President Stout:

·         Suggested that faculty take a short FERPA tutorial as a way of avoiding accidentally disclosing students’ personal information, including to parents.  See the link at http://www.wwu.edu/Registrar/ferpa/index.html; 

·         Mentioned that there were four nominees for the Olscamp and Excellence in Research awards but only two nominees were willing to submit packets;

·         Reported that Teaching Awards were opened up last year to nominations from students resulting in a higher number of nominations.  Stout asked faculty to think about this and to respond to her with their opinions on whether other faculty awards should also be opened up to students to nominate candidates in this way.

 

Reports:

President Shepard in his report mentioned:

·         That the cause of the tragic death of a student on campus which had occurred earlier in the day was still being investigated by the medical examiner;

·         The Board of Trustees appreciated the presentation and discussion of a revised Code of Faculty Ethics by the Senate President Karen Stout.  The Board also reviewed and praised the six academically related decision packages recommended by the UPRC.  Shepard will present formal recommendations on the decision packages in August;

·         No additional cuts for the University are in the present legislative budget.  At one point a $7 million cut had been in the forecast, so Shepard suggested the new budget represents a great achievement and a turnaround in the State. 

·         President Shepard also read aloud the following statement:

 

“In recent days, there has been attention on campus to matters involving a private company and their employees, a company with which the university has a contract.

 

 It is that, a matter between an employer and their professional employees. It is inappropriate for the university to butt into that matter, logically and contractually.

 

 However, it is entirely appropriate for Western to be clear about the values we share.

 

§ We do expect mutually respectful treatment of all who are members of the Western community.

 

§ We do view our represented staff and faculty and their unions as key components of Western’s recipe for sustaining our excellence.

 

§ On our campus and among our employees, we must not allow actions by other parties—be they in Wisconsin or closer to home—to spillover, creating a chilling effect on the importance we attach to mutually respectful treatment…and to protecting the rights of our employees to organize and collectively bargain…or, for that matter, to not organize.”

 

 

·         President Shepard reported on his off-campus activities, including meetings with Washington State and Northwest university presidents; trips to Washington D.C. and to Indianapolis (Division II athletics), and ongoing preparations for the Seattle Business Forum.

·         Vice Provost Steven VanderStaay, sitting in for Provost Riordan, reported that one of her key items is nominating faculty for national awards and that Gary McKinney, university technical writer, was available to assist in this, including the year long preparation required for a nomination for US Professor of the Year Award. 

·         Dan Boxberger, Faculty Legislative Representative, asked faculty to think about the future of the FLR and to find a deputy FLR as soon as possible (course release available) to provide overlap in this important work in Olympia and to get a head start on the FLR’s steep learning curve.

·         Steve Garfinkle, UFWW President, announced a meeting for all faculty Tuesday April 24 at 4 pm in MH152.  Nominations will close for Chief Steward, Treasurer, Director of Communications and two At-Large representatives, representing an expansion of the leadership to be more inclusive of the community.  Garfinkle expressed thanks to the University bargaining team and the UFWW team for their work on behalf of faculty.

 

Course Planner:  Senators heard David Hirsch explain the challenges existing with Banner and other university software to when it comes to allowing his course planner technology to be made accessible in departments.

 

 

Presentation on Enrollment and Student Services: Eileen Coughlin, Senior Vice President, discussed enrollment, reporting: 1) this year is the largest applicant pool ever, including an increase in high-end applicants; 2) about 22% of the high-end students actually come to Western because they have more options, including scholarships from other schools. 

Ø  Coughlin seeks the help of interested faculty to increase the yield of high bar students through individual contact.  Faculty expressed disappointment in the lack of support for a Chemistry Honors program, and suggested that a personal touch such as phone calls to students, not tuition, could influence students’ decision to come here. 

Ø  VanderStaay added that the only category in which Western falls below other schools is retaining and graduating Pell-grant eligible students.

Ø  Faculty proposed packaging outreach efforts more effectively through website, videos, U-tube and ways that don’t overburden faculty. 

Ø  One Senator suggested that too much focus on departmental outreach could detract from our position as a liberal arts school where we prefer students to experience the broadening effect of general education before focusing on a major.

 

MINUTES FROM SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES (Exhibit B)

 

 

 

University Planning & Resources Council

3/28/12

Accepted.  Recommend Decision Packages 2013-15:   

Pursue Aggressively:  Clean Energy, Audiology,  Teach WA,  Transition to Engineering

Academic Coordinating Commission

3/27/12

Accepted.  Free textbooks:  Discussion.  International Studies Curriculum  Committee charge:  MOTION

Academic Technology Committee

3/28/12

Accepted.  Email Quota; Updating; Listservs; STF review process; CIIA webpage;

computer lab assessment

 

 

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

Vacancy:  1 faculty member to serve on a new Committee:  Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee

Elected to the Faculty Senate through 2014:

Area A:(2)    Craig Moyer, Biology;  Clint Spiegel, Chemistry    

Area B:(1)    Kathleen Saunders, Anthropology
Area C:(4)    Sandra Alfers, M&CL; Karen Stout, Communication; 

                       Sheila Webb, Journalism; Michiko Yusa, MC&L

Area D:(2)    Milica Jelaca Jovanovich, Music;  J Wiese, Theatre and Dance; 

Area E:(2)    Steve Henson, Economics; Jason Kanov, Management

Area G:(1)    David Wallin, Huxley College

Area H (2)    Donald Larsen, Educational Admin, Molly Lawrence, Secondary Education

Area I: (1)     Rebecca Marrall, Libraries

Orientation for new Senators will take place on Monday, May 14 in OM340 at 3 pm, preceding the regular Senate meeting at 4 pm.

 

 

Discussion

Senators discussed the process of selecting two additional representatives to UPRC from areas of potential concern in the coming year and will vote on their choices at the next meeting. 

Senators are invited to join the Executive Council for next year and have time to think about nominees for Senate President and Vice President.   

Constituent Concerns

Spencer Anthony-Cahill reported that an interim committee of involved faculty will review programs proposed for elimination as an experimental process while the final Merger and Elimination policy is crafted;

A suggestion was voiced that the Olscamp decision could have been made regardless of how many nominations came forward.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Senators adjourned the meeting at 5:35 and held a faculty caucus until 5:51 pm.

April 16, 2012 – Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

 

__________________________________

Kathleen Saunders, Secretary 2011-2012

 

 

FACULTY SENATE – ROSTER 2011-2012

 

Senators whose terms end in 2012

 

 

 

  Senate President 2011-2012: Karen Stout

1

Craig Moyer

Biology

P

A

 

                Vice President: Spencer Anthony-Cahill (Interim)

2

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Appts&Elects

Geology

P

A

 

 

3

Kathleen Saunders,  Secty

Anthro

P

B

 

  

4

Paul Chen

Comm

P

B

 

Ex Officio

 

5

Sheila Webb

Journalism

P

C

1

Bruce Shepard, University President

P

6

Sandra Alfers

M&CL

--

C

2

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan

P

7

Milica Jelaca Jovanovic

Music

P

D

 

Dean

 

8

Penny Hutchinson

Theatre&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

Daniel Boxberger, FacLegRep  2011-12. Exec

P

12

Donald Larsen

Woodring

P

H

3

Chuck Lambert, for SteveGarfinkle, President, UFWW

P

13

Don Burgess (for Chuck Lambert)

SMATE

P

H

4

Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP-Academics

--

14

Margaret Fast

Libraries

P

I

 

Recorder

 

15

Karen Stout, Senate President

At-Large

P

Al

5

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Senate office

P

 

Senators whose terms end in 2013

 

Guests

16

Spencer Anthony-Cahill, VP (Interim)

Chem

P

A

1

Eileen Coughlin, Sr. VPres, Enrollment &Stud Svcs

P

17

David Hirsch

Geology

P

A

2

Maya Price, Distinguished Student Employee, Senate

P

18

Andreas Riemann

Physics/Astron

P

A

 

 

 

19

Stephanie Treneer

Math

P

A

 

 

 

20

Jim Graham

Psychology

P

B

 

 

 

21

Vicki Hsueh, Exec At Lg (Interim)

Poli Science

P

B

 

 

 

22

Charles Sylvester

PEHR

P

B

 

 

 

23

Cecile Hanania

M&CL

P

C

 

 

 

24

Hud Hudson

Philosophy

P

C

 

 

 

25

Sean Murphy

Liberal Studies

P

C

 

Senators Present

28

26

Johann Neem

History

P

C

 

Absent or Excused

(2)

27

Deb Currier

Theatre &Dance

--

D

 

Ex Officio

2

28

David Gilbertson

Accounting

P

E

 

PastPres, LegLiaison, UFWW, ASVP , Recorder

4

29

Babafemi Akinrinade

Fairhaven

P

F

 

Guests

2

30

Kate Wayne

Elem Ed

P

H

 

TOTALS:  April 16, 2012

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