I. At the meeting was called to order.
II. Senate Members Present: Kit Andrews, Roy Bennett, Brian Caster, Keller Coker, Claire Ferraris, Maria Fung, Scott Grim, Gudrun Hoobler, Solveig Holmquist, Tom Kelly, John Rector, Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon, William Schoenfeld, Dovie Trevino, Bob Turner, Mark Van Steeter, Zenon Zygmont
Ex-Officio Member: Darin Silbernagel (for President Conn)
III. Minutes from last meeting were approved at with no corrections.
IV. Reports from the Presidents
A. Senate President Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon started by soliciting input from the Senators about the newly formed Provost Search Committee. It was brought to the attention of the Senators that only 7 out of the 12 Divisions at WOU had representatives on the Provost Search Committee. Since the credibility of this committee would be greatly enhanced by including representatives from all divisions, a motion to recommend to President Conn that a representative from each division ought to be appointed to the committee was proposed. There was a discussion which centered on the idea that representatives from each division can and would bring both the divisional and the institutional perspectives to the Provost Search process. The motion was carried unanimously. Two other suggestions from the Senators were to have the chair of the Committee Dean Rosselli come and give a brief report to Faculty Senate, and also have the candidates for Provost address the Senate.
It was also reported that the Senate Secretary would compile the discussion on improving the effectiveness of Faculty Senate into a coherent document, and then after distributing it the Senators would decide how to proceed.
There was also a suggestion to form a screening committee or an advisory panel in addition to the Search Committee that would ensure wider faculty representation in the search process for the new Provost and help expedite the entire process.
Finally, there was a reminder that the next meeting of Faculty Senate is scheduled for January 13th.
B. President Conn was not present at the meeting. Darin Silbernagel shared WOU's reserves information with the Senators. On a month to month basis, the university is forced to spend reserve dollars, and if the tax measure in February succeeds, we might be able to break even; if it fails, the situation will be very dire.
The second topic that Mr. Silbernagel addressed was the slight decline in the number of applications for admission to WOU as compared to last year's.
C. The ASWOU president Jeremy Quintanilla presented the updated version of the DRAFT of the Declaration of Shared Communication generated by the students, The document calls for the formation of a Shared Communication Committee consisting of the WOU President, the Faculty Senate President, the ASWOU president, the ASWOU Senate President, the Judicial Administrator for ASWOU, and one representative for the classified staff and one representative from the Administrative Support Council. The main purpose of this committee would be to keep the lines of communication in the WOU community open, yet it would have no real decision-making capabilities.
There was a suggestion to include a representative from the faculty union also. Moreover, the Senators thought that the document needs to address the effectiveness of the communication and perhaps the Senators need to take the draft back to their divisions and discuss it in more depth. A motion was carried unanimously to put the Shared Communication document under Old Business for the January 13th meeting.
Jeremy Quintanilla also urged the Senators to let the faculty know that the students would be very grateful if the required books for the Winter courses (and for subsequent terms, in general) were posted either on faculty's web pages or on their doors in the last two weeks of the immediately preceding term.
V. Discussion of the Effectiveness of the Senate
It did not occur at this meeting.
VI. Old Business
A. This was already addressed under IV, C.
B. There was a motion from the floor carried unanimously to move all the remaining items on today's agenda, except for the Committee on Committees report, to the next meeting.
VI. Consideration of New Business
Please see VI, B.
The proposal by the Economics Department to change from three to four credit classes was distributed for introduction.
VII. A motion to adjourn was approved around