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Faculty Governance Committee

For academic year 2019-2020 FGC will meet each month on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, from 10-1:00 in MH 158.

Mission Statement

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

Purpose Statement

Consistent with University policy regarding shared governance, the Faculty Governance Committee (FGC) 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 FGC 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, FGC 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 FGC represents the voice of faculty at Woodring College of Education and will solicit faculty input through various means. FGC meetings are open. Any faculty member can bring to the FGC concerns consistent with the purview of the council. Members of the FGC will represent Tenured, Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure Track faculty appointed to their department, including faculty assigned to off-campus and extension programs.


The FAC includes  at least one and no more than two tenured or tenure-track faculty representative from each department in the College. Department representatives to the FGC are selected through direct election by eligible department faculty. The term of office for WFGC representatives is three years.

The FGC 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.

  • Trula Nicholas, Health and Community Studies, Chair AY 2019-2020
  • Desiree Cueto, Elementary Education
  • Steph Strachan , Elementary Education
  • Christine Espina, Health and Community Studies
  • Tracey Pyscher, Secondary Education
  • Karen Dade, Secondary Education
  • LeAnne Robinson, Special Education and Educational Leadership
  • Aaron Perzigian, Special Education and Educational Leadership
  • Horacio Walker, Dean, Woodring College of Education (ex-officio member)
  • Cheryl Mathison (staff support)

Duties of the FGC

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


  • 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 FGC 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 FGC 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

FAC should be involved early in the process regarding any of the duties listed above. Such involvement should provide WFGC 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 FGC for advice.

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


Recommendations from FGC 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 FGC delivers to the Dean.

College-Wide vote: FGC will seek a college-wide vote if a majority of FGC 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 FGC vote.

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

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


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