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October 24, 2017

October 19, 2017, Faculty Senate Chair’s Update

To ask further questions or request information, please write to UW Faculty Senate Chair, Thaisa Way, at  <senate@uw.edu> Dear Colleagues, We have just completed our first Faculty Senate Meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year. Because there are many issues shaping our work in faculty governance on a daily basis, we wanted to give you an…


Report of the Faculty Senate Chair

Report of the Faculty Senate Chair Thaïsa Way, Professor, College of Built Environments October 19, 2017, Faculty Senate Meeting It is a pleasure to be provide my first report for you as Chair of the UW Faculty Senate. Together with the senate leadership we are working on five year-long goals: Strengthening Shared Governance through Faculty…


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

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 23, 2017

Share your insights

Dear Colleagues, As President Cauce announced on May 11, we are in the initial stages of a national open search to find the University of Washington’s next Provost and Executive Vice President. As our chief academic and budget officer, this leader’s work touches all aspects of university life. The search committee is asking for your…


May 5, 2017

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,…


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,…


February 24, 2017

Report of the Faculty Senate chair, March 2, 2017

Zoe Barsness, Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business, UW Tacoma Please take the time to review the agenda and supporting materials. Continuing projects As I indicated last month, we are concentrating our focus this winter and spring quarter on student affairs. In my last report to the Faculty Senate, I provided a brief history of…


February 1, 2017

Resources for international students and faculty

Dear Faculty, As we move forward into a new year with a new American president, many things appear to be moving fast and having both short and long-term impacts for our colleagues, peers, students, and staff. As faculty senate leadership, we are striving to provide you with access to the information you need in as…


January 26, 2017

Report of the senate chair, January 26, 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating winter break and that your winter quarter is off to a good start. Please take the time to review the agenda and supporting materials. At our meeting today, we will be receiving updates on three programs of significant interest to faculty. Background information on each of these…



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