Meeting Minutes: February 17, 2022


February 17, 2022

Guest Presentation: Faculty Legislative Focus (PDF)
  • Dr. Steve Bollens, Faculty Senate Legislative Representative
  1. Call to Order. The Faculty Senate met on Thursday, February 17, 2022 in Lighty 403 and via Zoom. Sixty-one (61) members were present with twenty-three (23) absent and sixteen (16) nonvoting members present. Call to Order by D. Call, Chair at 3:59 pm
  2. Approval of Minutes from the February 3rd, 2022 Faculty Senate Meeting.
    1. Unanimously approved.
  1. Announcements.
    1. Information Items.
      1. Formal nominations for the Faculty Senate Chair Elect position opened on February 3, 2022 and closed on February 15th at 5:00pm. The Chair-Elect ballot is now open to senators and will close on March 22nd at 5:00pm.
      2. The Faculty Senate Officers will meet with the President and Provost on February 22nd, 2022.
      3. (Item # 2022.02.17_160_GSC) Physics, MS, PhD Bylaws. (Exhibit 160A 160B).
      4. Item # 2022.02.17_166_Registrar) Minor Change Bulletin No. 9 (Exhibit 166A).
    2. Reports
      1. Remarks by Faculty Senate Chair, Doug Call
        1. Faculty Senate Concerns and Activities Summary
        2. Speaker Schedule adjustment on March 3rd and March 24th 
  2. Additions or Changes to the Agenda.
    1. No Additions or Changes
  3. Agenda Items
    1. Action Items
      1. (Item # 2022.02.03._151_GSC) Proposal to add Nutrition and Exercise Physiology 430/530 Nutrition and the Gut Microbiome (Exhibit 151A 151B). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        1. Motion Carried.  53 approved; 0 reject
      2. (Item # 2022.02.03_152_GSC) Graduate Major Change Bulletin No. 6 (Exhibit 152A). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        1. Motion Carried.  54 approved; o reject
      3. (Item # 2022.02.03_153_GSC) Revise the PhD in Geology recommendation (Exhibit 153A 153B). –G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        1. Motion Carried.  53 approved; 0 reject
      4. (Item # 2022.02.03_154_GSC) Revise the PhD in Environmental and Natural Resources (Exhibit 154A 154B). –G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        1. Motion Carried.  53 approve; 0 reject
      5. (Item # 2022.02.03_155_GSC) Revise the Master of Science in Natural Resources (Exhibit 155A 155B). –G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        1. Motion Carried.  53 approve; 0 reject
      6. (Item # 2022.02.03_156_FAC) Changes to section I.A.3.b and section III.C.4.I of the Faculty Manual (Exhibit 156A). -J. McDonald
        1. Motion Carried.  51 approve; 1 reject
      7. (Item # 2022.02.03_157_Registrar) Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 6 (Exhibit 157A 157B).
        1. Motion Carried.  52 approve; 1 reject
      8. (Item # 2022.02.03_158_FAC) Changes to Section II.F.10.h of the Faculty Manual regarding Title IX language (Exhibit 158A). -J. McDonald
        1. Motion Carried.  53 approved 1 reject
    2. Discussion Items (information will be posted as it becomes available).
      1. (Item # 2022.02.17_161_AAC) Undergraduate and Professional Major Change Bulletin No. 7 (Exhibit 161A 161B). -E. Silva Lopez
        1. Concern that this discussion item is redundant considering action item 1.
        2. The discussion item included here had be approved both by the graduate school for the graduate component and then the undergraduate component is being approved here. This is why the items are separated.
      2. (Item # 2022.02.17_162_GSC) Revision of requirements for the M.S. in Experimental Psychology (thesis); (Exhibit 162A 162B). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        1. Concern on the credit grading of non-graded credits specifically for course 506; and considerations for graded and not graded credit language for this program. (R. Magnan.) -T. Barry
        2. Review and clarification will be considered for a non-substantive change prior to the exhibits move to an action item at the next meeting. -R. Magnan
      3. (Item # 2022.02.17_163_GSC) Revisions to the Graduate School Policies & Procedures Manual (Exhibit 163A 163B 163C). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        1. Confirmation that Graduate students did contribute to this discussion.
      4. (Item # 2022.02.17_164_GSC) Graduate Major Change Bulletin No. 7 (Exhibit 164A 164B 164C 164D). -G. Wayman / E. Nicol
        1. No discussion
      5. (Item # 2022.02.17_165_PHSC) Professional Health Sciences Major Change Bulletin No. 2 (Exhibit 165A 165B). – J. Mattoon
        1. Considerations for the new TMP new course prefix designations. -B. Tanner
        2. The new course prefix designations are being applied to clarify the name change of the old Biomedical Sciences department shift streamline the course designations to accurately represent the new Translational Medicine and Physiology department name. -J. Mattoon
      6. (Item # 2022.02.17_167_RAC) Committee Composition for the Research and Arts Committee (Exhibit 167A). T. Barry / J. Owen
        1. No discussion
  4. Constituent Concerns.
    1. Follow up from Michael Neff on pending specific information from a constituent as it relates to last week’s previous workday concern and a note that information gathering is still in process.
      1. 2/10 Concern relating to Workday especially as it relates to grant accounts and access to working balances. Streamlining processes between administrators and faculty members to have clear account access and understanding of use agreements between various accounts. -M. Neff
    2. The University of Oregon has addressed the use of gender specific titles for retired faculty. Current binary language for faculty members should be reconsidered at WSU, and gender-neutral terms are suggested for the Faculty Manual
    3. Considerations on the announcement that the statewide mandatory mask mandate is expected to be lifted on March 21st – and the timing coinciding with spring break. How does the university plan to respond to the lifting of the proposed Statewide mask mandate changes? -C. Capan
      1. The University still has the ability to make recommendations specific to the needs of the institution even if the state-wide rule is lifting. -B. Tanner
  5. Meeting Adjourned at 4:33pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew Hudelson, Faculty Senate Executive Secretary

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