Motions (from minutes) passed by the Faculty Senate 2010-2011

Scott Pearce, President






Follow-Up Action

Final reports & seating of new Senate

         Senators passed a Resolution honoring Scott Pearce as President.


Senators passed a MOTION to endorse the final report from the Graduate Strategic Advisory Committee, represented by Susan Mancuso and Roger Anderson, co-chairs.  Senators suggested that the report can be a creative catalyst toward promoting graduate programs both on and off campus. 


         SEATING OF THE 2011-12 FACULTY SENATE completed after the election of officers.  After hearing no other nominations from the floor Senators passed a MOTION to appoint the following faculty to the 2011-2012 Senate Executive Council:  Karen Stout, President (effective June 21);  David Bover, VP and Parliamentarian; Kathleen Saunders, Secretary; Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Appointments & Elections Officer, Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Representative At Large.  


2 seats on UPRC apportioned

         Action Item:  Senators voted to apportion two additional seats on the University Planning and Resources Council to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Sciences and Technology.


Straw Vote on faculty satisfaction survey

         Senators heard reports from Senators who formed ad hoc committees to survey satisfaction with faculty governance in their colleges.  Pearce held several straw votes in which Senators voted 1) to continue with the survey process; 2) to work out an introduction and one or two questions that can be available to those who would like a sample.


UPRC Chair

         MOTION The Senate moved to approve Jeff Newcomer to serve a as Chair of the University Planning and Resources Council through 2013.

Academic Impact

         Senators unanimously passed a Resolution to join Academic Impact, a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution.  The no cost affiliation helps to expand WWU�s visibility of its existing missions, programs, and initiatives that align with UN principles.


Faculty Handbook: Article V, Elimination and Merger EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MOTION:  Senators voted to approve Faculty Handbook: Article V, Elimination and Merger, a document already published to the Faculty. (President Shepard asks for more time to consider the document before a final version goes to the Board of Trustees.) 2/28/2011  
Faculty Bylaws 7.2, 2nd vote 2nd vote of approval:   Bylaw 7.2, Faculty Legislative Representative Moved by David Meyer, second by Spencer Anthony-Cahill, passed unanimously.

[This replaces the whole of section 7.2, including all its sub-sections, which are assumed to be deleted]

The Faculty Senate shall maintain a Faculty Legislative Representative (FLR) and a Deputy Faculty Legislative Representative (DFLR). The FLR represents the Faculty of Western Washington University in relations with the Legislature and individual legislators. The FLR shall be guided by policies approved by the Faculty Senate upon recommendation from the Executive Council. The DFLR shall assist the FLR in his or her duties. The FLR will seek to coordinate legislative activities with those of Western's administration, the Council of Faculty Representatives, The Associated Students of Western, and the United Faculty of Western Washington. When possible, collaboration among the aforementioned is recommended.

The FLR, the DFLR, the past Legislative Representative (in the year immediately following his or her service) and the President-elect of the Faculty Senate shall constitute the delegation of the Faculty of Western Washington University to the Council of Faculty Representatives.

Every other spring, coinciding with the short session of the Washington State Legislature, the Faculty Senate will elect a new DFLR who will serve one year as DFLR, followed by two years as FLR, followed by one year as past FLR, for a total of four years served:

Year 1: New Deputy assists incumbent FLR.

Year 2: Deputy becomes new FLR, assisted by previous FLR.

Year 3: FLR serves second year, assisted by newly elected Deputy

Year 4: FLR becomes past Legislative Representative, assisting the new FLR

The FLR shall serve as a voting member of the Senate Executive Council during the two year term.


To carry out the responsibilities of the position, the FLR will receive release time of 0.33 from the year's assigned course load, estimated by credits; when the result carries a remainder, release time will be calculated upwards. In negotiation with the FLR's department, the release time can be arranged and combined to provide more release when needed (e.g. complete course release winter, no course release fall). The department is advised to negotiate release from teaching and campus obligations during the winter quarter of both sessions, and through spring quarter of the long session. The partial FTEF shall be returned to the FLR's unit. The Provost shall arrange administrative support for the FLR.  The FLR will regularly report to the Senate Exec and Senate during the session. The DFLR is not compensated but is reimbursed when fulfilling the duties of the FLR (e.g. travel to attend a meeting).


Faculty Bylaws 7.7, 2nd vote

2nd-vote of approval:  Bylaw 7.7 Senate Library Committee.  (no changes to the membership)

Moved by Paul Piper, second by Chuck Lambert, passed unanimously

BL7.7 Senate Library Committee. The Senate Library Committee�s (SLC) role is to help the library support the University�s mission. To do so, the SLC will: 1) provide advice and recommendations to the Dean of the Libraries and 2) serve as liaison between the faculty and Dean of Libraries. Specifically, the committee shall:

  • Review documents provided by the Dean of Libraries
  • Provide advice on current and future policies and procedures relating to the library�s collections, services, facilities and budget
  • Introduce the Dean of Libraries to the opinions and sentiments of the faulty at large
  • Assist, by way of recommendations, the development of library collections to improve levels of information literacy and research for faculty, students, and staff
  • Encourage use of the library
  • Meet regularly each quarter


Faculty bylaws 7.2

Faculty Handbook Revisions approved Senators moved to approve the following revisions to ByLaw 7, and will vote a second time after publication to the faculty: 

v  Executive Council Motion ByLaw 7.2, Faculty Legislative Representative clarifies the role of the faculty legislative and deputy legislative representative.  PASSED.


Faculty Bylaws 7.7


v  ByLaw 7.7 Senate Library Committee.  A revised charge brought by the co-chairs of the Senate Library Committee clarifies the role of committee as advisor to the Dean of Libraries and the committee�s relationship to the library and the wider campus community.  Moved by David Meyer, second by Chris Suczek, PASSED.


Strategic Plan


Senators heard Jeff Newcomer, UPRC Chair, explain how feedback from the campus was incorporated into the latest draft of the Strategic Plan.

Senators then moved to unanimously approve the new draft which will be forwarded to the University President and the Board of Trustees.  The approved draft can be viewed centrally on the Senate website at .


Governing Council

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.