Motions (from minutes) passed by the Faculty Senate 2009-2010

Daniel Larner, President







         The 2010 Senate�s completion of old business included endorsement of the resolutions of the University of Arizona and the Arizona State University Senates on Arizona Immigration Law - SB 1070.  President Larner led the WWU Faculty Senate in a vote which passed the following Resolution: 

Resolved that we stand with our Arizona colleagues in their efforts to call attention to the adverse effects of this legislation on their students and their institutions, and to counteract the damage done to education and to society at large by its passage into law.� 


Dan Larner, President pro tem


Scott Pearce, newly elected Faculty Senate President (who takes office on the first day of summer school), read a Resolution of the Senate which honored Daniel Larner for his year of service as Senate President, and the Senate passed the Resolution unanimously as follows:RESOLUTION Of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University For the Outstanding Service of Daniel Larner

�WHEREAS, Daniel Larner has served as Western Washington University�s  Faculty Senate President during the 2009-2010 academic year; and,  WHEREAS, Daniel Larner has proven to be an effective and judicious leader,  Who has served the University with dedication, integrity, and humor, And who has shown courage and vision in directing the Senate�s Deliberations on crucial issues throughout the 2009-2010 academic year; and WHEREAS, the members of the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University are Grateful to Daniel Larner for his commitment to shared governance, to Broadening faculty participation in meaningful decision making Throughout the University, and to making the Faculty Senate Of Western Washington University such a force for Effective faculty governance,


BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, By the Faculty Senate of Western Washington University, At its regular meeting of June 7, 2010, that Daniel Larner be and hereby is HONORED for his outstanding service as Faculty Senate President from June 23, 2009 to June 21, 2010.�   -- end text


CHSS & Grad Council reps remain on UPRC

MOTION from Executive Council re University Planning and Resources Council

The Senate passed a motion approving an Executive Council recommendation that CHSS governing council and the Graduate Council faculty select the representatives to UPRC for 2010-2011. 

Rationale:  The Senate makes a recommendation each year for two areas to send an additional representative from a particular college or unit�s faculty governing council to the UPRC, with the idea of giving extra voice to those areas which may have topics under special consideration by the University.  In this case both CHSS and the Graduate Council have been asked to recommend the continued service of last year�s representatives to provide continuity as their topics are still under consideration.


Terry Williams - Extended Ed and Summer programs

Steve VanderStaay - assessment


Senate Library Committee Charge:  Bylaw 7 � Second Vote

In the second of two required votes, Senators passed a revised membership charge to the Senate Library Committee which now requires college governing councils to appoint faculty to the committee.


Presentations:  Steve Swan - Branding; , Brent Carbajal - General Studies Major;  John Lawson - Technology Update



1st Vote

Senate Library Committee Charge (First Vote):  In a first vote of two required votes, Senators passed a revised membership charge with an amendment to include a student appointed by the AS Board. (text below)

BL7.7 Senate Library Committee.  The Library Committee�s primary roles are to provide advice to the Dean of the Libraries and to provide liaison between the faculty and the university libraries. The committee will provide advice as part of the Libraries� planning process and on matters brought to it by the Dean of the Libraries. The committee meets several times each quarter and periodically reviews Library policies, including acquisition policies. The committee assesses how those policies support the University�s academic programs and strategic goals. The committee shall work with the libraries to improve the levels of Information Literacy of students and faculty.

BL7.7.1 Membership.  The membership of the Library Committee shall be as follows:

a)   One library faculty member (2-yr term) nominated by the Library Faculty;

b)   One faculty representative from each of the College/Areas as listed below are appointed by the respective college faculty governance body (2-year staggered terms) and confirmed by the Faculty Senate:

                           College of Humanities & Social Services;

                           College of Sciences & Technology;

                           College of Business & Economics;

                           College of Fine & Performing Arts;

                           Huxley College of the Environment;

                           Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies;

                           Woodring College of Education;

(c)   Additional voting members appointed annually shall include:

One faculty Senator, not a member of the Library Faculty

One student member appointed by the AS Board.

(d)  Ex officio members (non-voting) shall include:

� The Dean of the Libraries

� Director of Academic Technology and User Services;

A chairperson and vice chairperson shall be appointed by and from the membership at the first meeting Fall Quarter. Minutes of the Library Committee shall be forwarded to the Senate as soon as possible following approval by the Library Committee.




AS Green Fee:  Matthew Moroney, Representing Students for Renewable Energy

Role of the Senate

PRESENTATION Capital Planning Process:  Rick Benner, Francis Halle 4/5/10  

Motion to Endorse Honorary Degree Policy

The Faculty Senate moved to endorse University Policy U5000.xx, Honorary Degree Policy which allows the nomination of a person to receive consideration for an honorary degree




A MOTION in support of the Resolution on Earth Week made by Robert Marshall, seconded by Steve Garfinkle, was passed unanimously by the Senate.  Text follows:

EARTH WEEK RESOLUTION On March 8, 2010 the Faculty Senate passed the following Resolution:  Recalling that the first Earth Day was celebrated forty years ago on April 22, 1970; and aware that the integrity of many ecosystems continues to deteriorate; and believing that addressing common concerns is central to the mission of the University:  The Faculty Senate of Western Washington University  1) affirms our institutional commitment to educating about, and developing effective responses to, the environmental challenges we face; and 2) encourages faculty and students to include activities in classes during the week of April 19-24 that acknowledge the vital and ethical connections that humanity has with Earth.�    -end text.


Provost Riordan Ten and Promotion list read

White Papers

PRESENTATION Stephanie Bowers - Planning for Cap Campaign 1/25/10  

Senators movedto adopt the formation of the Graduate Strategic Advisory Committee� (moved by Chris Suczek, second by Scott Pearce).  The Senate President called for a hand count and the MOTION PASSED with 22 in favor.  The text of the charge adopted by the motion follows:

The GSAC will conduct a strategic examination of graduate education at WWU, and identify the strengths, challenges, opportunities, and threats which confront the development of graduate education at WWU. GSAC should actively solicit viewpoints from the community of stakeholders.


The committee will generate general principles to guide the University in evaluating new and existing programs.  The committee will make recommendations jointly to the Senate and the Provost, concerning the adoption of these principles, and concerning changes in degree types or levels, or other directions for graduate study in which the committee believes the University should move.  The committee will not approve proposed programs or evaluate existing ones.  These remain functions of the Graduate Council, the ACC, and the Senate.   The Senate will forward any recommendations from the GSAC to the Graduate Council, ACC, UPRC and the Deans, and publish them on the Senate�s and the Provost�s website.  Any action on GSAC recommendations remains the responsibility of the existing governance structure.



         The Senate will approve one faculty representative from each of the Colleges and the Library appointed by the respective college or library faculty governance body for the term of the committee.  (8) 

         The Provost and Faculty Senate will jointly select and appoint an (additional) faculty member to serve as GSAC�s chair for the term of the committee.  (9) 

         The Dean of Graduate Studies and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will serve as voting members, ex officio. (11)  

         One undergraduate student to be appointed by the AS. (12)

         One graduate student to be appointed by the new graduate student organization.  If that body is not yet formed, one graduate student to be appointed by the AS. (13)

This committee will automatically sunset at the end of two years (reckoned from the date of its first meeting), unless renewed by agreement of the Provost and Faculty Senate.



Motion from the Executive Council



Senators passed an Executive Council motion to form a Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Awards.  The Committee of three to six faculty will work with Human Resources to recommend additions or changes to the current menu of annual awards.  Karen Stout has volunteered to Chair.

Choice of extra reps to UPRC Senators approved the appointment of one additional faculty member to be appointed by  the Graduate Council and one additional faculty member to be appointed by  the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to sit on the UPRC as provided in the charge.  (moved by Spencer Anthony-Cahill, seconded by Kristen Denham, passed by the Senate).  Faculty are chosen from areas that may receive additional attention in the coming year because of the topics and timeline provided by Provost Riordan. 9/28/09