Washington State Legislators 2014 Session Town Hall events scheduled

3rd Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Museum of Arts & Cul­ture, 2316 West 1st Avenue, Spokane
Sen­a­tor Andy Billing, Rep Mar­cus Ric­celli
4th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 6:30–7:30pm
call in, 1–800-757‑3703
Rep Matt Shea
5th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am-11am Maple Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 22225 SE 231st St, Maple Val­ley
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 1pm-2pm Issaquah High­lands Fire Depart­ment, 1280 North Park Drive, Issaquah
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 3pm-4pm Sno­qualmie Police Depart­ment, 34825 SE Dou­glas Street, Sno­qualmie
Sen­a­tor Mark Mul­let, Rep Jay Rodne, Rep Chad Magen­danz
6th Dis­trict:
Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 20th, 6:30pm
call in, 1–800-278‑6179
Sen­a­tor Michael Baum­gart­ner, Rep Kevin Parker, Rep Jeff Holy
9th Dis­trict:
Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 26th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
call in, 1–800-761‑6268
Rep Joe Schmick
11th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 1pm-2pm
King County Regional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions & Emer­gency Com­mand Cen­ter, 3511 NE 2nd St, Ren­ton
Sen­a­tor Bob Hasegawa, Rep Zach Hud­gins, Rep Steve Bergquist
12th Dis­trict:
Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 25th, 7pm
call in, 1–877-229‑8493, code 112411
Sen­a­tor Linda Evans Par­lette, Rep Cary Con­dotta, Rep Brad Hawkins
13th Dis­trict:
Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 28th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
call in, 1–877-229‑8493, code 15542
Rep Judy War­nick, Rep Matt Man­weller
15th Dis­trict:
Tues­day, March 4th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
call in, 1–800-291‑9241
Rep Bruce Chan­dler, Rep David Tay­lor
21st Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Avenue North, Edmonds
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 1pm Martha Lake Ele­men­tary School, 17500 Larch Way, Lyn­nwood
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 3pm Muk­il­teo City Hall, 11930  Cyrus Way, Muk­il­teo
Sen­a­tor Marko Liias, Rep Mary Helen Roberts, Rep Lil­lian Ortiz-Self
27th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am
Jason Lee Mid­dle School, 602 S Sprague, Tacoma
Sen­a­tor Jean­nie Darneille, Rep Lau­rie Jink­ins, Rep Jake Fey
28th Dis­trict:
Sun­day, March 16th, 10am-11am Bethel High School audi­to­rium
Sun­day, March 16th, 2pm-3pm Pierce Col­lege, Cas­cade Room 332, 9401 Far­west Drive SW, Lake­wood
Rep Tami Green
29th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am-2pm
PLU Book­store, 208 Garfield St, Park­land
Sen­a­tor Steve Con­way
30th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am-11:30am Fed­eral Way City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S, Fed­eral Way
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 12:30pm-2pm Mil­ton City Hall, 1100 Lau­rel Street, Mil­ton
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 3pm-4:30pm Algona City Hall, 402 Ward Street, Algona
Rep Linda Kochmar
35th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 2pm-3pm
Theler Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 22871 NE State Route 3, Belfair
Rep Drew MacE­wan
37th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Pacific Tower, 8th floor Con­fer­ence Room, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seat­tle
Sen­a­tor Adam Kline, Rep Sharon Tomiko San­tos, Rep Eric Pet­ti­grew
38th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Marysville Library, 6120  Grove Street, Marysville
Sen­a­tor John McCoy, Rep Mike Sells, Rep June Robin­son
41st Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am-11:30am Hazel­wood Ele­men­tary School, 7100 116th Avenue SE, New­cas­tle
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 1:30pm-3pm Sunny Hills Ele­men­tary School, 3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road SE, Sam­mamish
Sen­a­tor Steve Lit­zow, Rep Judy Clib­born, Rep Tana Senn
43rd Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 1:30pm
Seat­tle First Bap­tist Church, 1111 Har­vard Avenue, Seat­tle
Sen­a­tor Jamie Ped­er­sen, Rep Frank Chopp, Rep Brady Walkin­shaw
45th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Lake Wash­ing­ton Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, 11605 132nd Ave SE, West Bldg Room W404, Kirk­land
Sen­a­tor Andy Hill, Rep Larry Springer, Rep Roger Good­man
48th Dis­trict:
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 22nd, 10am-12pm
Sen­a­tor Rod­ney Tom, Rep Ross Hunter, Rep Cyrus Habib
49th Dis­trict:
Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 19th, 6pm-7pm
call in, 1–877-229‑8493, code 18646
Sen­a­tor Annette Cleve­land, Rep Jim Moeller Rep Sharon Wylie

December 5, 2013 Faculty Senate Meeting

Jack Lee

Here’s a brief sum­mary ot the sec­ond Fac­ulty Sen­ate meet­ing of the year, which took place on Decem­ber 5, 2013.

Chair’s Report and Q&A: At the begin­ning of the meet­ing, I referred sen­a­tors to my writ­ten report, which sum­ma­rizes the recent progress on the main issues fac­ing the sen­ate this year.  Then I took ques­tions about the emerg­ing fac­ulty salary pol­icy pro­posal. Cur­rently, we’re hop­ing to release detailed descrip­tions of the pro­posal around the first of the year, and to ini­ti­ate a broad dis­cus­sion about it through­out the uni­ver­sity community.

Spon­sor­ship Pol­icy: Next, we had two invited guests: Steven Bell, Direc­tor of Cor­po­rate Spon­sor­ships, and Randy Hod­gins, Vice Pres­i­dent for Exter­nal Affairs, explained the new uni­ver­sity pol­icy gov­ern­ing spon­sor­ship agree­ments with out­side orga­ni­za­tions.  You can read the descrip­tion of the pol­icy here.

Aca­d­e­mic Free­dom: The sen­ate gave sec­ond approval to the revised state­ment of aca­d­e­mic free­dom, with a few clar­i­fy­ing changes rec­om­mended by the Advi­sory Com­mit­tee on Fac­ulty Code and Reg­u­la­tions (the “code cops”).  This leg­is­la­tion now goes out to all vot­ing fac­ulty mem­bers for approval.  When you get your offi­cial email noti­fi­ca­tion about it, please vote!

Eng­lish Lan­guage Lec­tur­ers: Finally, the sen­ate revis­ited the issue of instruc­tors in the Inter­na­tional and Eng­lish Lan­guage Pro­grams. A res­o­lu­tion had been intro­duced by Sen­a­tor Diane Mor­ri­son of Social Work at the pre­vi­ous sen­ate meet­ing, and the sen­ate decided to post­pone action on it until this Sen­ate meet­ing in order to obtain more back­ground infor­ma­tion.  At this meet­ing, a revised ver­sion of the res­o­lu­tion was pre­sented, and after a spir­ited dis­cus­sion was passed by a strong majority.

I wel­come com­ments or ques­tions about any of the issues the sen­ate is deal­ing with, either in the com­ments sec­tion here or by email.

I wish you all a won­der­ful holiday.


October 24, 2013 Senate Meeting

Lee-John-M-smallThe Fac­ulty Sen­ate had its first meet­ing of the 2013–2014 aca­d­e­mic year on Thurs­day, Octo­ber 24. The offi­cial min­utes will be dis­trib­uted after they’re approved by the Sen­ate Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (prob­a­bly Novem­ber 18), but I’ll use this blog to com­ment on some of the high­lights of the meeting.

Aca­d­e­mic Free­dom: The big news this week is that a revised state­ment on aca­d­e­mic free­dom received its first sen­ate approval. You can read the state­ment and its jus­ti­fi­ca­tion here. Amaz­ingly, the cur­rent sec­tion of the Fac­ulty Code titled “Aca­d­e­mic Free­dom and Respon­si­bil­ity,” enacted in 1956 and unchanged since then, says a lot about respon­si­bil­ity but almost noth­ing about aca­d­e­mic free­dom. This new state­ment, worked out in a care­ful col­lab­o­ra­tive process between fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tors, fixes that.

What hap­pens now?  The sen­ate gave the leg­is­la­tion its first approval, and the pres­i­dent has already given his approval. It now goes to the “Code Cops,” who might rec­om­mend changes in the word­ing to clar­ify the mean­ing or to make it more con­sis­tent with the rest of the code. It then comes back to the Sen­ate Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee on Novem­ber 18 and to the sen­ate on Decem­ber 5 for sec­ond approval. If passed, it then goes to the full fac­ulty for a vote and to the pres­i­dent for his signature.

Eng­lish Lan­guage Learn­ers: The instruc­tors in the Inter­na­tional and Eng­lish Lan­guage Pro­grams in Edu­ca­tional Out­reach are among the few teach­ing staff in the uni­ver­sity who are rep­re­sented by a col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing union, but they don’t yet have a con­tract. Sen­a­tor Diane Mor­ri­son of Social Work intro­duced a res­o­lu­tion in sup­port of the union’s efforts “to obtain a fair con­tract, to bet­ter their work­ing con­di­tions and thereby to pro­tect the rep­u­ta­tion and stand­ing of the UW as a world class edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tion.”  After con­sid­er­able dis­cus­sion, the sen­ate decided to post­pone action on the res­o­lu­tion until the next Sen­ate meet­ing, in order to obtain more back­ground information.

Fac­ulty Salary Pol­icy:  UW fac­ulty salaries have suf­fered from two inter­con­nected and long-standing prob­lems: a per­sis­tent gap between our salaries and those of peers, and severe com­pres­sion for long-serving fac­ulty mem­bers. These prob­lems have kept most senior fac­ulty salaries far below those of our peers even as new fac­ulty are hired in at com­pet­i­tive mar­ket rates. The five-year salary freeze dur­ing the reces­sion only made the prob­lems worse. As Pres­i­dent Young reported in the Sen­ate meet­ing, the upcom­ing accred­i­ta­tion report will high­light fac­ulty salaries as the biggest prob­lem the uni­ver­sity has to solve.

Rec­og­niz­ing all of these prob­lems, Pres­i­dent Young in 2012 appointed a joint faculty-administration work­ing group to rec­om­mend an improved fac­ulty salary pol­icy. In this sen­ate meet­ing, I described the out­lines of our emerg­ing pro­posal, based on four pillars:

  1. Rank pro­mo­tion raises increased to 12%
  2. Merit tiers within ranks (8% raises, approx. every 4 years)
  3. Mar­ket adjust­ments (annu­ally to all mer­i­to­ri­ous fac­ulty, based on CPI)
  4. Equity adjust­ments (vari­able, approx­i­mately 1% per year on average)

Ask your sen­a­tor for more details.

The pro­posal is still ten­ta­tive, and many details are now being firmed up. Expect a more com­plete descrip­tion of the full pro­posal to be posted in the next few weeks.