WFAC will ensure faculty views are considered in significant actions related to college governance.
Consistent with University policy regarding shared governance, the Woodring Faculty Affairs Council (WFAC) 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 WFAC 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, WFAC 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 WFAC represents the voice of faculty at Woodring College of Education and will solicit faculty input through various means. WFAC meetings are open. Any faculty member can bring to the WFAC concerns consistent with the purview of the council. Members of the WFAC will represent Tenured, Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure Track faculty appointed to their department, including faculty assigned to off-campus and extension programs.
The WFAC includes one tenured or tenure-track faculty representative from each department in the College. Department representatives to the WFAC are selected through direct election by eligible department faculty. The term of office for WFAC representatives is three years.
The WFAC 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.
- Stanford Goto, Continuing and College Education
- Eileen Hughes, Elementary Education
- Keith Hyatt, Special Education
- Chris Ohana, Elementary Education (chair)
- Donald Larsen, Special Education
- Lauren McClanahan, Secondary Education
- Trula Nicholas, Human Services
- Jacob Kinser (staff support)
Duties of the WFAC
The Council will have advisory responsibilities as listed below. Additional items that meet the general parameters expressed below should be reviewed by WFAC:
- 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 WFAC to serve on search committees for all college level administrative positions.
- 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 WFAC review of College policies, plans, and procedures, make recommendations for changes.
- 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
WFAC 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 WFAC for advice.
WFAC 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 WFAC members. The WFAC Chair will consult with the Dean and department chairs to identify non-WFAC members who might serve.
Recommendations from WFAC 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 WFAC delivers to the Dean.
College-Wide vote: WFAC will seek a college-wide vote if a majority of WFAC 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:
- if the recommendation will have a major impact on faculty across WCE,
- if the recommendation will involve a major change in policy or institutional organization,
- if the recommendation will have a major impact on one or more departments,
- if direct faculty input is more appropriate than representative decision-making, or
- if the issue cannot be resolved in a WFAC vote.
The WFAC will consult with stake-holders to determine if a college-wide vote is needed. When such a vote is held, the WFAC will administer a ballot to all eligible faculty in WCE. A simple majority of faculty responses will guide the WFAC recommendation.
Council vote: If a majority of WFAC members determine that a college-wide vote is not needed, WFAC will make a recommendation based on WFAC member votes. A simple majority will approve a recommendation. In the event of a tie, WFAC members will poll faculty in their respective departments. A simple majority of faculty responses will guide the WFAC recommendation.