Faculty Senate Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Called to Order –3:31 PM
Adjourned –4:41 PM
Doug Jeppesen, President;
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Tim Moriarty, Treasurer
Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604
Amy Powers, Secretary
Cliff Luxion (Business and Career Technologies)
(Health Professions and Public Service)
Heidy Kindelin (Counselors and Librarians)
Dan Portincaso (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Martine Stuckey (Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts)
Tom Pulver (Developmental Education and College Readiness)
(Social Sciences, Education and World Languages) Nancy Christensen (Mathematics and Sciences)
Guests: Steven Skaggs
Call to Order
Vice President Keith Bickley called the meeting to order at ____3:31_____.
Approval of Agenda
Today’s agenda was approved as submitted.
Attendance was verified.
Secretary: Acceptance of the March 4, 2015 minutes was motioned, seconded, and approved.
Treasurer: Treasurer Moriarty reported that the savings account has a balance of $_____30,824.24________ and the checking account has a balance of $__87.65______.
President: President Jeppesen sent out an email with links to news articles about the Field House opening, the upcoming Board member elections, and other WCC events. He referred to another article about the state requesting the college’s financial records.
A sympathy card was sent to Dr. Rodney Holmes.
He met with Dr. Lovingood last week.
Local 604 Update: Senator Randall noted that the next 604 meeting will be held on April 22nd. She has received the Weingarten rights cards and will distribute them to faculty.
Scholarship: Chair Luxion provided a fundraising account report. The anticipated available cash as of 4-15-15 will be $4,832.76. He encouraged faculty to continue donating books.
- A. Post-Tenure Review
Nothing new to report
- B. Negotiations—Interest-Based Bargaining
President Jeppesen asked the Senate if we can proceed with Interest-Based Bargaining without a Senate vote given that we used this process in the last session of negotiations. The senate agreed that the Faculty Council should go ahead with this process and that a vote would not be necessary.
A question was raised about how the interest-based process works. Tom Pulver defined the process and explained the various steps in this type of negotiations. He emphasized the benefits of having an open discussion. He also emphasized the value of having quality mediators. He was also able to provide perspective and comparison given that he participated in both styles of negotiation (traditional and interest-based).
President Jeppesen reiterated the importance of dialogue and openness during negotiations.
Cliff suggested that when it comes time to electing negotiators, we choose people who are well-versed in the specific issues that are important to the Faculty Council.
- C. Learning Assessment
Cliff Luxion asked if anyone is interested in learning more about the credit for prior-learning program. He would like as much faculty input as possible because he is unsure of how this practice will affect the various programs across the campus.
Tim Moriarty reminded the Senate that the outcomes working group is compiling a list of recommendations for Dr. Lovingood and Dr. Sobek. The working group is focused on a number of issues pertaining to outcomes. For example, what will be the college’s data policy? How will data from outcomes be used and stored? Will data be aggregate? Or collected individually?
Tom Pulver mentioned that Developmental Education is leading the way in developing outcomes. The spirit of outcomes is to help faculty improve their teaching, but he is concerned that outcomes results may be used to evaluate individual faculty performance in the future.
- D. Information Cards—Weingarten Rights
Please see the 604 Senator’s report above.
- A. Dual Credit
President Jeppesen met with Dr. Lovingood on Monday and asked about forming a dual credit committee. She asked him to send him a list of possible faculty members.
- B. Sabbatical Application Process
Vice President Bickley would like to set up a committee to look at the process for choosing faculty for sabbatical leave. According to the faculty contract, 3% of faculty can receive a sabbatical each year, which means that three (possibly four) faculty members could receive a sabbatical.
Cliff suggested that a committee (including administrators and faculty) be designated to choose faculty for sabbatical. This could be a topic to bring up at negotiations. He will contact Cathy Collins.
President Jeppesen encouraged everyone to vote in Tuesday’s election.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at ___4:41____ PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Assistant Professor of History