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November 30, 2017

Report of the Secretary of the Faculty

Mike Townsend, Associate Professor, School of Law November 30, 2017 Vice-Chair Nominations: The search for the 2018-19 Faculty Senate Vice Chair is beginning and currently seeking nominations. The ideal candidate would be an accomplished senior faculty member who has served in leadership roles within the university and who has the breadth of understanding to speak…


Report of the Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting

Zoe Barsness, Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business, UW Tacoma November 30, 2017 The Senate Committee on Planning and Budget 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 budget and on a…


Report of the Faculty Senate Chair

Thaïsa Way, Professor, College of Built Environments November 30, 2017 The Faculty Senate along with our Councils are actively addressing our goals of strengthened shared governance; building fiscal stability; developing a UW Faculty 2050 framework; clarifying career trajectories for lecturers; and fostering a more diverse, equitable, and just community on our campuses. All of this…


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…


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…


April 20, 2017

Faculty / Staff Discussion on Academic Freedom

For a final discussion, we are partnering  with the Honors Program in hosting discussion on Academic Freedom. In collaboration with  The School of Law, The College of Arts & Sciences,, UAA, and the AAUP we will host our final seminar for faculty and staff on Thursday, May 25, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Savery 260. This…


April 18, 2017

Student International Travel Policy (SGP Chapter 211)

The UW has passed the Student International Travel Policy (SGP Chapter 211). This policy outlines three important pre-departure requirements for all students traveling abroad for official academic purposes: 1. Register international travel with the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) 2. Purchase comprehensive medical and evacuation insurance while abroad 3. Request a waiver for travel to…



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