Faculty Affairs Council

Mission Statement

FAC will ensure faculty views are considered in significant actions related to college governance.

For academic year 2017-2018 FAC will meet each month on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, from 10-1:00 in MH 158.

 

Purpose Statement

Consistent with University policy regarding shared governance, the Faculty Affairs Council (FAC) will represent the faculty of all departments of the Woodring College of Education in all significant matters relating to budgeting, planning and formulating, implementing, and evaluating college policy. The FAC is an advisory body that reviews and makes recommendations regarding policies and procedures that govern the college. Working in conjunction with other governance bodies and committees in the college, FAC will facilitate meaningful participation by the faculty in the governance of the College through timely exchange of information with the college’s administration, and by clearly and publicly representing faculty views to the college’s dean. The FAC represents the voice of faculty at Woodring College of Education and will solicit faculty input through various means. FAC meetings are open. Any faculty member can bring to the FAC concerns consistent with the purview of the council. Members of the FAC will represent Tenured, Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure Track faculty appointed to their department, including faculty assigned to off-campus and extension programs.

Membership

The FAC includes one tenured or tenure-track faculty representative from each department in the College. Department representatives to the FAC are selected through direct election by eligible department faculty. The term of office for WFAC representatives is three years.

The FAC will have a chair and co-chair with one-year terms. The co-chair assumes the role of chair at the end of her or his term. The role of chair will rotate among the departments.

  • John Korsmo, Health and Community studies (chair)
  • LeAnne Robinson, Special Education 
  • Kristen French, Elementary Education
  • Steph Strachan , Elementary Education
  • Trula Nicholas, Health and Community Studies
  • Tracey Pyscher, Secondary Education
  • Karen Dade, Secondary Education
  • Keith Hyatt, Special Education
  • Horacio Walker, Dean, Woodring College of Education (ex-officio member)
  • Cheryl Mathison (staff support)

Duties of the FAC

The Council will have advisory responsibilities as listed below. Additional items that meet the general parameters expressed below should be reviewed by WFAC:

Governance

  • Facilitate meaningful faculty participation in college governance by soliciting faculty opinions and views on a regular basis, particularly on matters pertaining to overall planning and budget.
  • Ensure that faculty in the college are fully informed about important issues regarding the governance of the college, particularly those pertaining to overall planning and budget.
  • Advise the Dean on matters pertaining to overall planning and budget
  • Review and make recommendations regarding any plans pertaining to the organization or governance of the college.
  • Provide one representative of FAC to serve on search committees for all college level administrative positions.

Policy

  • Review all college policies, plans, and procedures on a regular basis.
  • Review the College Evaluation Plan and Departmental Evaluation Plans when there are substantive changes for compliance with the College Recruitment and Retention Plan, UFWW Collective Bargaining Agreement, and WWU Faculty Handbook.
  • Based on FAC review of College policies, plans, and procedures, make recommendations for changes.

Resources

  • Review changes in allocation of tenure-track lines.
  • Review all plans for significant budget reductions or increases.
  • Review changes in staffing allocations, including graduate student assignments

FAC should be involved early in the process regarding any of the duties listed above. Such involvement should provide WFAC enough time to fully consider the issue(s) and an opportunity to obtain feedback from constituencies. In the event a budget issue first becomes apparent during summer break and a decision is required during the break, the Dean will contact FAC for advice.

FAC may call for the formation of ad hoc faculty committees to address needs that are beyond the resources or expertise of WFAC. Such ad hoc committees may include faculty who are not FAC members. The FAC Chair will consult with the Dean and department chairs to identify non-WFAC members who might serve.

Voting

Recommendations from FAC will be based on one of two processes: college-wide vote or council vote. Either of these processes will lead to an advisory statement that the FAC delivers to the Dean.

College-Wide vote: FAC will seek a college-wide vote if a majority of FAC members decide that a given recommendation needs the direct endorsement of WCE faculty. The decision to seek a college-wide vote may be based on one or more of these criteria:

  1. if the recommendation will have a major impact on faculty across WCE,
  2. if the recommendation will involve a major change in policy or institutional organization,
  3. if the recommendation will have a major impact on one or more departments,
  4. if direct faculty input is more appropriate than representative decision-making, or
  5. if the issue cannot be resolved in a FAC vote.

The FAC will consult with stake-holders to determine if a college-wide vote is needed. When such a vote is held, the FAC will administer a ballot to all eligible faculty in WCE. A simple majority of faculty responses will guide the FAC recommendation.

Council vote: If a majority of FAC members determine that a college-wide vote is not needed, FAC will make a recommendation based on FAC member votes. A simple majority will approve a recommendation. In the event of a tie, FAC members will poll faculty in their respective departments. A simple majority of faculty responses will guide the FAC recommendation.

 

Other Resources

 

Minutes

Minutes Academic Term Academic Year
10/26/18 Fall 2018-2019
10/12/18 Fall 2018-2019
05/25/18 Spring 2017-2018
05/11/18 Spring 2017-2018
04/27/2018 Spring 2017-2018
03/09/2018 Spring 2017-2018
02/23/18 Winter 2017-2018
02/09/2018 Winter 2017-2018
01/26/18 Winter 2017-2018
01/12/18 Winter 2017-2018

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