Senate communications

May 29, 2018

Report of the Secretary of the Faculty

Mike Townsend, Associate Professor, School of Law

  1. Committee on Committees: The Committee on Committees has met, and, pursuant to their discussion, the Office of University Committees is filling out a roster of new Faculty Council members for approval.
  2. Dispute Resolution Task Force: The drafting subcommittee, Chaired by the Secretary of the Faculty, has started to meet and plans to have a working draft of Code revisions by the Autumn Quarter.
  3. Nancy Bradshaw: Our long-time office manager and Assistant to the Chair is retiring at the end of this academic year.

    The underlying responsibility of the Secretary is to coordinate the efforts required to make possible our system of shared faculty-administration governance. Simply put, that has not been possible without Nancy. In this sense, she has, for the past fifteen years, been of critical importance for the smooth functioning of the highest levels of the University.

    Nancy has been invaluable in training new personnel. In our office, these have included numerous new Senate Chairs, Faculty Secretaries, and office associates. Without her institutional memory and skilled tutelage, transitions quite literally (not figuratively) would have ground to a halt. Her experience in this regard also has extended to helping situate a number of other important Gerberding figures who hold important staff and assistant positions.

    In the day-to-day operation of the office, people constantly call on her expertise and knowledge. The Provost’s Office needs help with RCEP procedures—ask Nancy. The Senate Chair wants to know how to bring up a last-minute resolution for a vote in the Faculty Senate—ask Nancy. The Secretary of the Faculty needs information on how a particular provision of the Faculty Code has been implemented—ask Nancy. Worried that you are reinventing the wheel—ask Nancy.

    Her sick day, her vacation day, a holiday—it doesn’t matter; as long as there is a phone or email, she will respond. I remember reaching out to her about some pressing matter during what I thought to be one of her vacation days only to discover later that she had answered her phone (she knows my office number) while in the midst of a family crisis of her own. That’s a dedication you just don’t see much of anymore.

    In my twenty-five years at the University of Washington, I have met no one more deserving of recognition and praise than Nancy Bradshaw. Congratulations and thanks for your service. You will be greatly missed!