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September 18, 2017

Senate chair’s welcome to 2017-18

Greetings I am honored to serve in the role of Chair of Faculty Senate this year, working with a terrific team of Vice Chair, George Sandison and immediate past chair, Zoe Barsness as well as JoAnn Taricani, Faculty Legislative Representative, and Mike Townsend, Secretary of the Faculty. Faculty Council chairs are also essential members of…


September 7, 2017

Presentation to the 2017 Faculty Fellows Program

UW Faculty Shared Values As faculty members of a public university with a local footprint, a regional impact, and a global reach, we serve society through our teaching, research, and public engagement. At a time when institutions of higher education are facing increased scrutiny, we re‐affirm our commitment to academic research and teaching as an…


Committed to the future of our DACA students

Faculty Colleagues: Yesterday we heard that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will come to an end in six months unless there is legislative action to protect it. As noted by President Cauce, this decision could have extremely serious consequences for students on all three campuses who are essential and vital members…


May 5, 2017

Report of the Secretary of the Faculty

Senate Executive Committee, May 8, 2017 Mike Townsend, Associate Professor, School of Law First-Year as Secretary of the Faculty: In addition to the usual secretarial activities, a number of things have been added this year. A Committee on Committees has been formed to help staff faculty councils, thus bringing to fruition planning done last year…


Report of the Faculty Senate Chair

Senate Executive Committee, May 8, 2017 Zoe Barsness, Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business, UW Tacoma Please take the time to review the agenda and supporting materials. Continuing projects: We anticipate wrapping up our discussion of the Faculty Code interpretation with respect to Chapter 29 Amendment of the Faculty Code. Just to refresh everyone’s memory,…


Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting

Report of the Chair of the Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting Paul Hopkins, Professor, Chemistry The Senate Committee on Planning and Budget (SCPB) meets weekly with the Provost, the Vice-Provost for Planning and Budget, and the head of the Board of Deans. SCPB is charged with consulting on all matters relating to the University…


April 25, 2017

Faculty group writes letter of shared values, Faculty Senate endorses

Colleagues With the Faculty Senate endorsement of this letter in a Class C Resolution brought to the Senate by Max Leiblich and passed by the Senate on April 18, 2017, we want to share the letter and the invitation to sign on if you so choose. Here is the invitation being shared by the small…


March 1, 2017

Invitation to informal conversation with faculty and administration leadership

Dear Faculty, As faculty members, we have a responsibility to foster a community of diverse opinions while working to build and sustain a supportive community and campus climate. Given the speed and intensity of changes in the current political landscape and local events, this has proven to be a challenging task. Just like our students,…


Open access policy

The June 2016 Open Access Report and separate Open Access Policy + FAQ pages are on the Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing and Open Access webpage. The Faculty Senate will be acting on Open Access Class B legislation at a spring quarter meeting.


February 24, 2017

Report of the Faculty Legislative Representative, March 2, 2017

JoAnn Taricani, Music History As I write this on February 23, the Legislature is moving toward the end of the first half of the session, at which point bills need to pass out of either the House or Senate, then move to the other side to begin consideration again in policy committees. Please see the…



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