Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Called to Order –3:30 PM
Adjourned –4:06 PM
Officers Present: Paul Olson, President Doug Jeppesen, Vice President
Cliff Luxion, Treasurer Amy Powers, Secretary Rich Kiefer, Senator Local 604
Senators Present: Keith Bickley (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)
Pat de Boom (Health and Life Sciences)
Amy Del Medico (Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences)
Jamey DiVietro (Counselors and Librarians)
Tim Draper (Social Science and Education)
Ellen Field (Learning Enhancement)
Todd Laufenberg (Communications and Library Services)
Mark Popowitch (Humanities, Fine Arts and Languages)
Officer Absent: None
Senator(s) Absent: Cathy Collins (Business and Information Systems)
Guests: Jerri Wills Adam Burke Dan Portincaso
Call to Order/Roll Call
Vice President Doug Jeppesen called the meeting to order at 3:30.
Approval of Agenda
Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.
Attendance was verified.
Acceptance of the January 30, 2013 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved with changes.
Treasurer Luxion reported that as of today the Council has $24,221.80 in savings and $100 in checking.
Local 604 Update:
604 Senator Kiefer informed the Senate that he will be attending the IFT Senate meeting next week (Wednesday, February 20th) and will provide us with an update at our next meeting in March.
Chair Luxion told the Senate that the scholarship foundation is in the process of reviewing applications. He has not received any news about applicants for the Faculty Council’s AFL-CIO scholarship. He recommended that we advertise this scholarship in future years so that people who qualify are aware of it.
Affiliation and Academic Freedom Committees:
Chair Draper reminded the Senate that these ad hoc committees have expired and asked if the Senate should vote to renew them. The Senate decided to address this issue after negotiations are finished.
Dani DuCharme sent the Senate a note thanking Amy Del Medico for her visit.
- Article IV Section 2 Amendment
The Senate voted to propose language changes to this part of the Faculty Council Constitution. The Elections Committee is in the process of organizing a vote on this change, which will go out to the entire membership.
- Negotiations Update
- Article X Section 3 Review
The senate discussed revising this article at the December meeting. Several questions arose over the language in this section:
- Another concern dealt with the amount time the Constitution allows for the election process to take place: Does the December 7th deadline give the Elections Committee enough time to hold a candidate forum and do a run-off election, if necessary? Should we begin the elections process earlier in the Fall Semester so as to give the Committee enough time to meet the December 7th deadline?
Senator Draper suggested that we create an ad hoc committee to discuss these election issues since they are so complex. President Olson moved to make such a committee and recommended that Rich Kiefer chair it. Senator Kiefer agreed to seek out suggestions and make recommendations to the Senate at the next meeting.
A motion to create a committee was seconded and approved.
Treasurer Luxion asked the Senate if anyone had heard about plans to have full-time faculty evaluate part-time faculty. No one had heard of this specifically, but Senator de Boom mentioned that a Foundations of Excellence committee met yesterday to discuss how to improve communication between full- and part-time faculty.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 4:06 PM. The Senate will next meet on March 13th.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Assistant Professor of History