Faculty Senate Announcements and Notifications

Faculty Senate Chairs' Announcements

September 21, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Attached to this email are 4 proposed policy updates which the Faculty Senate has completed and approved.

Before submitting these policies to the regular ISUPP process of formal review including the 30 day comment period, the Senate is seeking input/suggestions from faculty during a two week preview period.

Please email any suggestions to fsenate@isu.edu no later than October 7, 2016.

Sincerely,

Paul Watkins and David Blakeman
2016-17 Faculty Senate co-chairs

 

April 29, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to remind you about the United We Stand Picnic being hosted at the ISU Quad tomorrow. Below is a schedule of events for your information. Of particular note is the scheduled soccer mini-tournament. We have 3 players for the faculty/admin team, but would like to get that number up to about 12 or 13 players. If you are interested in playing, please confirm with Clayn Lambert (lambclay@isu.edu). Dr. Rahim has announced that the winning team will receive a helicopter tour of Pocatello as a prize, if that is an enticement.

Soccer:

BBQ: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. courtesy PPD/Phil Meador

Entertainment:

Sincerely,
Clayn Lambert and Dotty Sammons
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

April 29, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Faculty Senate has been working hard in the last few months and has developed several policy proposals that relate to faculty activities. We would ask that you all please take a look at these draft policies sometime now or during your summer break and send your feedback to fsenate@isu.edu. Faculty Senate will consider your comments and suggestions, and revise the policies accordingly before sending them forward to General Counsel's Office. After you return in Fall 2016, the final drafts will be released as proposed ISUPPs for the usual 30-day review and comment period.

The draft policies in question are Academic Freedom, Promotion and Tenure, Five-Year Review Process, and Faculty Sabbatical Leave. For your reference, links to the corresponding current policies are supplied at the top of each document.

Thanks for all you do. We hope you all have a wonderful summer break!

Sincerely,

Clayn Lambert and Dotty Sammons
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

April 26, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite and encourage all faculty to attend this Saturday's free Community Picnic in support of unity -- see this flyer for details. Of special note, the organizers would like to invite faculty members to participate in a community soccer tournament. At least 11 participants of all skill levels will be needed.

Sincerely,

Clayn D. Lambert and Dotty Sammons
Idaho State Faculty Senate Co-chairs

 

Statement of Unity

ISU Faculty Senate
April 18, 2016

The Idaho State University Faculty Senate, as the representative voice of faculty at Idaho State University, endorses the ASISU United We Stand resolution and the United in Support statement issued by President Arthur Vailas.  As faculty representing a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences, we see ISU as a place where thousands of people work daily to create a safe, supportive, diverse, and welcoming learning environment for all students.

We wholeheartedly condemn all acts of intolerance, hatred, intimidation, discrimination, and criminal behavior aimed at members of our campus community. We wish to reaffirm our support to ensure a safe and secure educational environment for all students and focus on ways to improve an inclusive, equal opportunity experience. We express our sadness to those community members affected by such bigotry. We see such acts as a clear and present threat to the principles of free thought, creativity, inquiry, and expression which form the core of our institution's beliefs, values, and daily operations.

We commit ourselves to do all within our power to continue to make ISU a safe center for teaching and learning for all who come here. We resolve in the days ahead, as a Faculty Senate, to determine solutions and support efforts to enhance understanding of tolerance and respect for all students. Specifically, we resolve to sponsor forums for discussion, provide workshop opportunities to engage faculty and student discussion, and develop an inclusive agenda to address these issues.

 

Provost's Reply, April 18, 2016, 3:40 p.m.:

Dear Senators,

Thank you for this thoughtful statement in support of unity, and for the strong stance you have taken against all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and hate. I know that our students are comforted by your leadership.

Thank you, also, to Co-chair Lambert for his inspiring words today at the Unity Rally.

Please share with faculty and staff that the Provost's Office appreciates all you are doing to support our community during this time.

Laura
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

January 27, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As a reminder, Faculty Senate is beginning work on drafting ISUPPs on the following topics: academic freedom, faculty ethics/faculty-student relationships, promotion and tenure, five year review process (PPR) for faculty, and sabbaticals.

The Senate has appointed Senators to head each policy workgroup and is asking for faculty to volunteer to serve in these drafting groups.  These groups are organized accordingly:

As each group completes their work, those drafts will be presented to the full Senate for discussion and further action. 

As you can see, these policies have direct influence on daily faculty operations and we as a Senate would greatly appreciate the representation of multiple perspectives on the issues inherent in each of these policies.To volunteer, simply email the Faculty Senate office (fsenate@isu.edu) and your name will be placed in a pool of applicants.  If you have specific interest in a certain policy, please indicate this in your email.  If not, your name will be considered in the pools for all the different groups.  The working group head will contact those faculty selected for each policy and outline the deadlines, etc. involved in the project.

We hope you will seriously consider participating in these discussions and contact us to volunteer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Clayn Lambert (lambclay@isu.edu) or Dotty Sammons (sammdott@isu.edu).  You can also contact the working group leaders directly with questions, etc.

Sincerely,

Clayn D. Lambert and Dotty Sammons
Idaho State Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

January 8, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to a new year and a new semester!  We hope your Winter Break was relaxing and happy, and that you are ready and prepared for students returning next week.  We would normally like to simply allow you all to open your classes, welcome your new and returning students, and have a moment or two to get settled in before bombarding you with a list of reminders and requests, but as the axiom says, "Time and tide wait for no man." So we suppose we just have to let fly with the announcements.

We want to begin by sending you all a quick reminder that ISUPPs 2380 (Student Travel) and 2390 (Student Group Travel) will be part of our regular business agenda for our meeting on Monday, January 11.  If you haven't already, we would welcome you to send any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding these policies to your Senators or to the Faculty Senate Office (fsenate@isu.edu).  We also remind you that you are welcome to attend the meeting to engage in the conversation as well.  This particular point of discussion will take place midway through our meeting, at about 5 pm.

We also want to inform you that we will be reviewing the IT ISUPP policies that were distributed in early December at our January 25 meeting.  More information will be forthcoming about that review as well.

Faculty Senate will be moving forward with the official organization of the Academic Standards Committee (ASC), a sub-committee of Faculty Senate, that will address elements of the Undergraduate Catalog not under the purview of other University councils, such as the Undergraduate Curriculum Council or the General Education Requirements Committee.  Information regarding elections for faculty representation on this committee will be forwarded to the deans/directors of each academic unit next week.

In addition to the call for participation on the ASC, Faculty Senate has created 5 Faculty Policy Working Groups to draft language on several policies of specific impact and interest for faculty.  The focus of these groups are Academic Freedom, Ethics, Promotion and Tenure, Sabbatical Policies, and Faculty Evaluations.  The Faculty Senate has organized these groups with two Faculty Senators to organize and lead the group, but would like to solicit faculty input in the drafting of the policies. Those interested in working on these policies should submit a brief statement of interest, indicating which policies they would like to work on, or if they would like to participate, but don't have a specific preference of which policy.  The hope is to begin work on these policies as soon as possible, so please submit your statement of interest to fsenate@isu.edu at your earliest convenience.

The Working Groups and leaders are as follows:

And with that, we wish you all the best this semester.  As always, please don't hesitate to contact your Senators or the Faculty Senate Office if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Clayn D. Lambert and Dotty Sammons
Idaho State Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

December 11, 2015 -- update from General Counsel

Dear Faculty,

I would like to extend my apologies for sending out the thirteen IT policies without giving due consideration to the fact that you are incredibly busy since it is the end of the semester and close to the holiday break. My intention was not to interfere with the ability to read and comment on the policies, but rather, to keep ISU in compliance. I take my job as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer seriously, and want to remain diligent in protecting the University. Part of that protection includes having policies in place that we can comply with.

A new message will be sent to faculty and staff extending the review period for the IT policies to February 1, 2016. Also included in that message will be a short, one line summary of each policy.

There is much work to be done on the compliance front, and I am appreciative of your comments as you review the policies that are sent out for 30-day review. They are thoughtful, constructive, and bring a perspective that the policy writer and technical working group may not be aware of. Your valuable input does not go unnoticed!

I look forward to working with the faculty as we move toward a set of policies that make sense and that we can follow. If you ever have any questions or concerns about the policies, please contact me. I can be reached by email at hirajoan@isu.edu, or by phone at 282-3924.

Again, my deepest regrets for my error.

Joanne Hirase-Stacey
General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

 

December 10, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

As an update to an email sent out earlier today, Faculty Senate is pleased to announce that a resolution has been reached regarding the IT ISUPPs that were announced yesterday.  The details of this resolution will be outlined in an email that will be released from the General Counsel's office in the immediate future.

Of additional interest in relation to this solution, ISUPP 1010 - Policy Development and Administration, will be modified to recognize that in the future, ISUPPs will not be distributed for commentary in the time period between the end of Spring semester in May and the resumption (in August) of classes in the Fall.  In addition, the 30-day comment period for ISUPPs released for comment during the Winter Break will not include any days in which the University is closed for general business.  Specific details about these alterations will be forthcoming.

Faculty Senate would also like to remind the campus community that in addition to the commentary process articulated in the ISUPP announcements, all ISUPPs are now automatically added to the regular business agenda of the Faculty Senate.  As such, Faculty Senate hosts all involved parties related to ISUPPs and provides opportunities for individuals to address questions and concerns directly, as well as forward questions or concerns to the Senate to be raised during these meetings.  If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact your Unit Senators or the Faculty Senate office directly at fsenate@isu.edu.

We appreciate your support in our efforts and wish you all the best during the rest of Closed Week, Final Exams, and your Winter Break.

Sincerely,

Clayn D. Lambert and Dotty Sammons
Idaho State Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

December 10, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you are aware, an email was distributed yesterday titled "[Facultymemos] ISUPP Proposed Policies and 30 Day Comment Period - IT Security."  In this email, a list of 13 related IT policies were distributed for faculty review and comment.

Faculty Senate Chairs Lambert and Sammons immediately responded to these requests, voicing strong and specific concerns over the timing of such a request, as well as the number of collected policies disseminated at the same time.  The Chairs feel strongly about the important role that faculty play in the governance process at Idaho State University and feel that this instance undercuts this critical function of faculty at the institution.  The matter is still being resolved, but Faculty Senate has received statements of support from key administrative officers involved in the discussion. 

We wish to inform you of our response to this request.  We will communicate information about the proposed policies, their context, and status as that information becomes available.

Clayn D. Lambert and Dotty Sammons
Idaho State Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

November 18, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Faculty Senate is pleased to announce the establishment of the Academic Standards Committee (ASC) as a subcommittee of Faculty Senate.  Senate completed approval of the ASC by-laws at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday (11/16/2015) and Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, approved Senate's recommendation on Tuesday (11/17/2015).  The approved ASC By-laws are attached to this announcement.  Senate would like to thank all those who contributed comments and revisions. More information concerning the selection of division/college representatives to ASC will be sent out after the Thanksgiving break.

In addition, Senate has been working closely with Selena Grace, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Affairs, to move forward on professional policies that concern faculty directly.  These policies include Academic Freedom, Faculty Ethics, Promotion & Tenure, and Periodic Performance Review.  Some of these policies are outdated, others currently only exist in draft form, while others are out of compliance with State Board policy; all need to be reviewed and revised.

Although there is no current policy or procedure regarding Student Course Evaluations, this issue has been raised recently in Faculty Senate as a problem that needs to be addressed in a more systematic fashion.  Therefore, a task force to look at Student Course Evaluations will also be established as part of this greater initiative.

To that end, Senate will be creating small, temporary task forces led by current Faculty Senators to bring these policies forward for publication and implementation. In December, Senators will indicate which policy task force they will oversee.  In January, Senate will issue a call for service  -- an opportunity for the faculty community to indicate their interests to serve either on a particular task force or in whatever capacity is needed.  To facilitate the work of drafting these policies quickly, Senate intends to limit the task force groups to four or five people, without direct representation from every college or division.  Task force leaders (Senators) will select their membership and report their progress back to Senate.  Faculty will have several opportunities to review and comment on draft policies during the process.

As a reminder, Faculty Senate holds an open forum at the beginning of each meeting.  If you have an issue that you would like to raise, you may relay it through your Senator and/or present during open forum. Also, as a regular agenda item, Faculty Senate hosts a discussion session whenever ISUPPs (proposed policies) are presented for faculty comment.  Faculty are more than welcome to attend these sessions, and can participate in the discussion, as well as ask questions of responsible groups. If you have any questions, as always, please do not hesitate to contact your Senate representatives or the Faculty Senate office directly at fsenate@isu.edu.

Sincerely,

Dotty Sammons and Clayn Lambert
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs 2015-16

 

November 12, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Athletic Advisory Board (AAB) is in need of two faculty members to fill a one-year term (until June 2017) and a four-year term (until June 2020). Faculty Senate will assist with this search by acting as the contact point for interested individuals to submit nominations. 

If you are interested in serving on the AAB, please send your name, whether you are applying for the one-year or full-term appointment, and a brief paragraph explaining your interest and expertise for the Board to fsenate@isu.edu by Friday, November 20. Faculty Senate will consider nominations and make a recommendation at its meeting on December 7. The appointees' terms will begin in January 2016.

The Athletic Advisory Board meets the second Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. and is currently chaired by Dr. Scott Benson, Professor of Finance and Economics in the College of Business.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

Sincerely,

Dotty Sammons and Clayn Lambert
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs 2015-16

 

November 3, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Reminder to those full-time faculty interested in serving on the Special Budget Consultation Committee (SBCC), please submit your name by noon on Friday, November 6 .  Please send an email with the subject line "SBCC Nomination" to fsenate@isu.edu with a brief paragraph describing your interest and relevant experience for serving on the SBCC.  Faculty Senate will review all submitted names and statements of interest at their regular meeting scheduled for Monday, November 9, then will select two faculty to fill the remaining seats.

The SBCC reviews and makes final recommendations to the President concerning the University budget.  This process begins in November 2015 and ends in Spring 2016.  Three seats on the SBCC have been designated for faculty, one of which will be filled by a Faculty Senate Co-Chair.  Faculty Senate has been tasked with nominating the other two faculty members to complete the faculty contingent. 

Information on last year's budget timetable, and an idea of the service commitment, can be found here.

We thank you all for your time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

Dotty Sammons and Clayn Lambert
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs 2015-16

 

October 29, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Faculty Senate invites your feedback on draft bylaws for a proposed Academic Standards Committee, to function as a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate, which would begin work in January 2016.  The Senators have approved this draft for faculty review, and we hope you will discuss your feedback, ideas, or concerns with your Senators.

To comment on the linked Academic Standards Committee Bylaws draft, you may email directly to the Faculty Senate Office (fsenate@isu.edu, with the Subject line:  Comments on ASC Draft Bylaws) or relay your comments to your Faculty Senator representative. A third option is to present your comments in person during Open Forum at the next Faculty Senate meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9 in REND 301 / Meridian Room 653.

Thank you for participating in the re-establishment of this committee.  A call for nominations to serve on the new Academic Standards Committee, based on the procedures and representation outlined in the linked bylaws, will be forthcoming after the bylaws are approved.

Sincerely,

Dotty Sammons and Clayn Lambert
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs 2015-16

 

October 22, 2015

Dear faculty colleagues,

The ISU Special Budget Consultation Committee (SBCC) reviews and makes final recommendations to the President concerning the University budget.  This process begins in November 2015 and ends in Spring 2016.  Three seats on the SBCC have been designated for faculty, one of which will be filled by a Faculty Senate Co-Chair.  Faculty Senate has been tasked with nominating the other two faculty members to complete the faculty contingent. 

Full time faculty members (faculty positions with a FTE greater than 0.5) who are interested in serving on the SBCC are encouraged to submit their names by noon on Friday, November 6.  Please send an email with the subject line "SBCC Nomination" to fsenate@isu.edu with a brief paragraph describing your interest and relevant experience for serving on the SBCC.  Faculty Senate will review all submitted names and statements of interest at their regular meeting scheduled for Monday, November 9, then will select two faculty to fill the remaining seats.

Information on last year's budget timetable, and an idea of the service commitment, can be found here.

We thank you all for your time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

Dotty Sammons and Clayn Lambert
Idaho State University Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

October 6, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We encourage any interested faculty who would like to serve on the Academic Dishonesty and/or Scholastic Appeals Boards to contact your Faculty Senate representatives or the Faculty Senate Office (fsenate@isu.edu) this week.  These two boards convene on an ad-hoc basis as needed.  More details about both Boards can be found on the Faculty Senate's Information and Resources webpage.

Sincerely,

Clayn Lambert and Dotty Sammons
ISU Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

September 9, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Idaho State Board of Education is offering a fully-funded opportunity to attend a workshop by Lumen Learning on Open Educational Resources in Boise on October 1 and 2

Open Educational Resources refers to the integration of free, usually digital, resources in the classroom --- texts, articles, video, podcasts, etc -- and may be an alternative to the high cost of textbooks and other classroom resources.   If you are interested in cutting the textbook costs for your students or want to see what alternatives are available, you may be interested in attending this workshop.

Please see the Memorandum from the Provost for specific information on submitting your name, arranging lodging, etc.  Note that interested faculty should contact Karl Bridges, Dean of the Library at bridkarl@isu.edu right away.  Lodging at the hotel hosting the workshop must be booked no later than September 15, and ISU must RSVP all names of attendees by September 21.  All travel arrangements should be made through normal departmental channels; the costs will be reimbursed by SBOE afterward.

Here are some links for Lumen Learning and its co-founder, David Wiley:  http://opencontent.org/blog/ http://lumenlearning.com/ ,   http://davidwiley.org/   .  I have attended several of Dr. Wiley's presentations at national conferences, and if you are interested in the concept of open educational resources, I would be more than happy to discuss it with you.

Sincerely,

Dotty Sammons
Faculty Senate Co-Chair
Associate Professor, Instructional Design & Technology
Department of Organizational Learning & Performance
College of Education

 

September 4, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

As a part of the NWCCU Accreditation, ISU has been tasked with establishing a process for assessing the core themes and strategic plan of the institution.  In the attached document (which is also posted on Faculty Senate's website under the Information and Resources link), Vice President Selena Grace has outlined how this process will begin.  As a part of this initial work, she has requested faculty participation on each of the six subcommittees outlined.  While the initial request states that each committee will have one faculty participant, it is possible that additional representation will be considered.

Faculty Senate has been asked to oversee the collection of nominations for faculty members who are interested in serving.  Please send a brief statement outlining which committee(s) you would be interested in, your qualifications in the subject area, and a copy of your CV to fsenate@isu.edu no later than Thursday, September 10.  Nominations will be reviewed at the regularly scheduled Faculty Senate meeting on Monday, September 14 and forwarded to the appropriate committees for selection.

Sincerely,

Clayn Lambert
ISU Faculty Senate Co-chair (2015-2016)


April 28, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Based on the results of the faculty vote tally from the vote held on April 20, the Faculty Senate has unanimously and formally ratified the results as rejecting the proposed Faculty Constitution and, in accordance with that majority, will not forward the constitution document for administrative consideration or action.

As stated in a previous notice from Jenny and me, 275 faculty cast ballots on the measure, either by absentee ballot or by physical vote, representing 42.6% of eligible faculty  Of those voting, 128 voted in favor of the measure, 147 voted against. These represent 46.5% and 53.5% respectively, indicating that the voting faculty chose to reject the measure. These results were confirmed by a group of representatives from across campus; these observers also confirmed there were no irregularities found in the process.

We again wish to thank all faculty for their participation in the development of this document through its many stages.  We also thank all faculty, regardless of their viewpoint, who participated in the voting process.  The issues related to the role of faculty in the governance processes at Idaho State University affect all faculty, and we welcome all perspectives and voices in these conversations.  It is the Faculty Senate's position that continued faculty engagement is critical to the core values and missions of the University.

Sincerely,
Clayn Lambert and Jenny Semenza
ISU Faculty Senate Co-chairs (2014-2015)

 

April 22, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

A vote was held on April 20, 2015 regarding faculty approval of the proposed Faculty Constitution.  This vote included absentee voting, as well as physical polling locations at various locations on the Pocatello campus, and locations on the Idaho Falls and Meridian campuses. Votes were collected and tallied using a process established by the Faculty Senate and approved by the Council of Deans in March 2015. The vote count was delayed until today, April 22, 2015, due to the fact that absentee votes from the Idaho Falls and Meridian campuses had to be couriered to the Faculty Senate office.  The votes from Idaho Falls were transported by Faculty Senators, while the votes from Meridian were transported via FedEx (Tracking # 773419303273) and arrived on campus this morning and were signed for by the Secretary of the Faculty Senate. They were then secured and locked in the inner office of the Faculty Senate office suite along with the ballots collected on Monday.

The process for tallying the vote included the following steps:

An attached document to this statement contains a checklist form of these guidelines.  Each participant and observer initialed their agreement as each step was completed. The names of the participants and the final totals are also noted on the document.

In total, 646 faculty were identified by the Idaho State University Office of Institutional Research as meeting eligibility requirements to participate in the vote. The eligibility requirement for the vote was defined as “The University Faculty (voting faculty) includes all tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track faculty, and Graduate Faculty, at 0.5 FTE or greater.  Data are based on the March 27, 2015 payroll.”

According to the vote tally, 275 faculty cast ballots on the measure, either by absentee ballot or by physical vote, representing 42.6% of eligible faculty  Of those voting, 128 voted in favor of the measure, 147 voted against. These represent 46.5% and 53.5% respectively, indicating that the voting faculty chose to reject the measure.

As has been mentioned previously, this notice serves as unofficial notice of the outcome of the Constitutional vote. The vote will not be officially recognized until Monday, April 27, at the regularly scheduled Faculty Senate meeting. At that time, the Faculty Senate will consider what actions to take based on the results reported above. Until then, the Faculty Senate cannot speculate on the voter turnout, or the significance or impact of the voting result. We respect each faculty member’s individual perspectives and opinions on the subject and appreciate their participation in this vote. We again thank all those who volunteered and helped in the logistics involved in facilitating the vote at the many polling stations across the state.

Sincerely,

Clayn Lambert and Jenny Semenza
ISU Faculty Senate Co-chairs (2014-2015)

 

April 20, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The day has finally arrived for you to decide whether to approve or reject the proposed Faculty Constitution drafted by the Faculty Senate.  This document represents a significant step forward for the institution and has been reviewed and commented on by faculty, councils and committees, and administration.

We ask that every eligible faculty member participate in this vote, regardless of the position they wish to take.  This Constitution seeks to guide the manner in which faculty recommendations are perceived on this campus, but that can only occur if those recommendations reflect a wide spectrum and majority of the faculty.  Boycotting or refusing to vote critically undermines this effort.

It is in the spirit of promoting a full representation of ideas that Dr. Semenza and I include four attachments to this email.  The content of these attachments were referenced in an article that appeared in yesterday's (April 19) edition of the Idaho State Journal; they are here presented in their full form so that all can review both sides and decide for themselves which arguments are the more persuasive:

    1. the proposed Constitution
    2. Dr. James Skidmore's draft of Concerns about the Constitution
    3. Faculty Senate's Response to Concerns
    4. Article IIIC of the SBOE policy regarding Institutional Governance.

The polls opened this morning at 8 am and remain open until 6 pm.  You can physically cast a ballot in Pocatello at the Pond SUB, the Oboler Library, or at the lobby of Garrison Hall, in Idaho Falls at the CHE building, or in Meridian in the first floor common area.

Again, we thank you all for your time and consideration in this matter and hope you will participate with us in this event..

Clayn Lambert and Jenny Semenza
Idaho State Faculty Senate Co-Chairs (2014-2015)

 

April 14, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The vote on the Faculty Constitution is set for Monday, April 20.  The following locations have been designated as approved polling stations:

Polling stations will open at 8:00 am and remain open until 6:00 pm.  Faculty can vote in person at any of these locations, or submit an absentee vote according to the process outlined in the attached document.  We would like to remind faculty that photo ID will be required to submit a physical vote in person.  Please forward any questions to the Faculty Senate Office at 208.282.4956 or at fsenate@isu edu.

Sincerely,

Clayn Lambert and Jenny Semenza
Faculty Senate co-chairs

 

April 6, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to announce that a proposed Faculty Constitution has been approved by Faculty Senate for an all-faculty vote.  The results of this vote will have the final say on whether the Constitution will be forwarded to the administration or remanded back to the Senate.  The logistics for this vote are outlined in the paragraphs below and in the attached documents.  We request your thoughtful consideration of these documents and your participation in the vote on April 20, 2015 or before, should you choose the absentee ballot option.

Attached Documents Summary:

These documents are also posted on the Faculty Senate's webpage:  http://www.isu.edu/fsen/info%20&%20resources.shtml

Faculty Voter Eligibility
All ISU faculty members currently under contract at 0.5 or greater FTE with an expectation of continuing employment are eligible to vote.  Affiliate, Visiting, and temporary faculty are not eligible.

All eligible faculty are permitted to vote once and only once, and may use either of the following two procedures:

Voting Procedure #1:  In-person voting -- April 20, 2015
All faculty members eligible to vote may vote in person on a paper ballot at an on-campus polling station on the Pocatello, Meridian, and Idaho Falls campuses.  Polling stations will be open from 8:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m.  Locations and details will be forthcoming.

A valid photo identification will be required to vote in person.

Voting Procedure #2:  Absentee Voting Instructions  -- now through April 20, 2015

Mailed ballots should be sent to:

Faculty Senate Office, Attn: Constitution Vote
Mail Stop 8070
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8070
Pocatello ID 83209-8070

Ballots mailed through U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked no later than April 17, 2015 to be accepted.

Ballots may be dropped off at the Faculty Senate Office until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015.  Ballots sent through campus mail will be collected daily from the campus post office. 

All absentee ballots received, whether dropped off in the Faculty Senate Office, or through campus mail or U.S. Mail, will have the names verified against the eligible voter list.  Once voting eligibility is verified, the ballot envelope will be unsealed in the presence of a neutral observer during the vote count, and the ballot will be dropped blindly into a ballot box containing multiple ballots to ensure anonymity.

Sincerely,

Clayn D. Lambert and Jenny L. Semenza
Idaho State University Faculty Senate Co-Chairs, 2014 -2015

 

February 10, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to remind faculty of the upcoming deadline for comments and revisions to the current draft of the Faculty Constitution, currently set for Tuesday, February 17 at 5 pm. All comments, suggestions, and other correspondence should be directed to fsenate@isu.edu with the subject line: Constitutional Feedback.

We would also like to invite interested faculty members to contact Catherine in the Faculty Senate Office (xt. 4956 or fsenate@isu.edu) if they would like to be included in the list for speaking slots at our meeting set for February 23. Due to other scheduled Senate business, the open forum session will be limited to a total of 45 mintues and precedence will be given to those who register ahead of the meeting.

Regards,
Clayn and Jenny
Faculty Senate co-chairs

 

January 13, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last year, members of the Faculty Senate have been working to complete and adopt a proposed Faculty Constitution. In Fall 2014, a timeline was drafted to outline the process for reviewing and voting on a proposed version of the the Constitution. As outlined in this timeline, a draft version of this Constitution was distributed to the various Executive Councils and Committees, along with the Graduate, Curriculum, Research, and General Education Requirements Councils and Committees. In December 2014, the feedback received from these bodies was integrated into the initial draft by Faculty Senate.

Now that the first phase of review is complete, Faculty Senate is distributing a draft of this Constitution for faculty review and input as the second phase of review. A copy of the timeline and draft Constitution are attached to this email for your convenience.

To facilitate the review, we would like to request that comments, suggestions, or amendments be handled in the following manner:

  1. To expedite the review process, all correspondence should be received by the Faculty Senate office by Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by the close of business.
  2. Whenever possible, we would request that questions or critiques of the current draft be attached or directed toward specifc sections of the draft. If possible, marking the section of the Constitution that addresses the point in question makes it easier for the Senate to consider how to best address the concerns being raised.
  3. We have found that some critiques are more philosophical in nature and do not lend themselves to specific revisions of sections of the draft; these kinds of comments and concerns are welcome and will be addressed by the Senate in its deliberations. Whenever possible, however, the inclusion of revised language or suggested alterations to the current draft are most helpful.
  4. All suggestions, comments, concerns, etc. will be handled by the Faculty Senate Office. All email correspondence should be directed to fsenate@isu.edu. It is requested that faculty use the Subject line: Constitution Feedback to separate it from other business matters.
  5. If faculty members would like to submit more confidential comments, they can be mailed or dropped off at the Faculty Senate Office (REND 301). For mailed comments, the campus mailing address is: Faculty Senate, Mail Stop 8070.
  6. All correspondence will be kept confidential and any personally identifying information will be redacted from comments before being passed on to the Faculty Senate as a whole.
  7. Once the comments have been collected and organized by the Faculty Senate co-chairs, Faculty Senate will begin reviewing and deliberating on faculty comments.
  8. Faculty are invited to attend the February 23, 2015 session of Faculty Senate. At this meeting, a special open forum will be held where faculty can speak and provide context for questions, concerns, or suggestions that have been offered. This session will begin at 4 pm in REND 301. While this is an open session, if possible for organizational clarity, faculty intending to speak are invited to contact the Faculty Senate Office at xt. 4956 or fsenate@isu.edu so a speaking order can be established. Additional speakers can sign up prior to, or during, the meeting.
  9. Once the comments and suggestions have been reviewed and the draft revised, according to the timeline, a voting procedure will be distributed outlining how the vote on the Constitution will be conducted.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Faculty Senate Office or your FAculty Senate representatives.

Cordially,

Clayn D. Lambert
Jennsy Semenza
Co-Chairs, Idaho State University Faculty Senate

 

October 14, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The draft version of the Faculty Constitution and the Process for Review and Vote on the Constitution are both available on the Faculty Senate website under Information and Resources link:   http://www.isu.edu/fsen/info%20&%20resources.shtml

We will start Step 2 next week by sending the proposed Constitution to college executive committees as well as to University Curriculum Council, Research Council, Graduate Council and General Education Requirements Committee for review and comment.  This information is being sent to inform you of the process, and to encourage you to review the constitution in preparation for Step 4 which will begin in January.  If you have any questions, please contact your Faculty Senate representatives.

Regards,

Clayn and Jenny
Faculty Senate Co-chairs

 

September 2, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As a reminder, the closing date for commentary is fast approaching for the Conflict of Interest policies and associated documents (links below), which can have a significant impact on faculty.  We would encourage all faculty to review this policy and the associated documents, and submit your comments.

Regards,

Clayn and Jenny
Faculty Senate Co-chairs

from original email sent June 3, 2014:

After the 2014 Fall semester begins, the Office of General Counsel (OGC) will be proposing adoption of a new ISUPP – 10600 Conflicts of Interest policy.

In advance of formal approval of the Conflicts of Interest Policy, it is crucial that all employees avoid conflicts of interest.  Therefore all employees should review the definitions of "conflict of interest and potential conflict of interest" and should report all actual or potential conflicts to their supervisor to avoid violations of law or State Board Policy.

Members of the ISU community may comment on the attached policy and forms during the next 107 days, through September 18, 2014. All comments must include the individual's name, organization, and department. Comments which do not provide the required information will not be considered. All properly submitted comments will receive consideration, but the commenter will not necessarily receive a response. Thank you for your participation in this process. Please send comments via email to policies@isu.edu.

 

August 20, 2014

Dear Faculty,

For those of you who are new to campus, we would like to welcome you aboard!  For those of you who are more experienced, we are excited to see you back and wish you all the best as you prepare for a new semester.  We would like to welcome you back and to update you on important events taking place around campus in the next few weeks.  

Multiculturalism Workshops

Idaho State University, under the direction of President Arthur C. Vailas, recently announced a new Multiculturalism Initiative for the ISU campus. As part of this initiative, the Office of Human Resources, International Programs Office, and EO/AA & Diversity, is pleased to announce several workshop opportunities for ISU faculty, staff and students.  It is expected that ALL ISU employees attempt to attend one of the workshops below. 

September 11th  Multicultural Relations and Communication
ISU Faculty Workshop:
Diversity, multiculturalism, and international relations and communication between faculty and students, staff and students.   Two times offered:

September 12th  Multicultural Relations and Communication
ISU Staff Workshop:

***Remember to print out the handout (included with the original facultymemos email, or click the link) and bring to the session you attend. 

Welcome Back - Orange and Black!
Our opening Communiversity event will be taking place on August 25, from 4 - 7 pm in Old Town.  More information is available at Welcome Back Orange and Black!

Faculty Senate Meetings
Faculty Senate will start its regularly scheduled meetings on Monday, August 25 at 4 pm in the Faculty Senate Conference Room.  More information about the agenda, business items, and other items of interest will soon be available at http://www.isu.edu/fsen

Regards,

Clayn Lambert and Jenny Semenza
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs (2014-2015)



August 13, 2014

Dear Faculty

The State Board of Education is meeting at Idaho State University in the Pond Student Union Building, Salmon River Suite.  The Work Session agenda for today, Wednesday August 13th, beginning at 1:00 p.m. is Program Prioritization. See: http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/meetings/board/archive/2014/08_13_14_14/02WORKSESSION.pdf  If you are interested in the process or results of the Program Prioritization we would encourage you to attend.

Thank you,
Clayn & Jenny
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs

 

June 2, 2014

Colleagues,

The Faculty Senate voted last week to elect faculty to the Standing Appeals Pool for three-year terms. We had a robust pool from which to choose: 11 faculty were nominated or self-nominated. We had a quorum of Senators engaged in voting. The following faculty members were elected to serve in the Standing Appeals Pool:

  • Chris Loether, Anthropology
  • Diana Livingston-Friedley, Music
  • Cathleen Tarp, Languages & Litertures
  • Julie Melton, CSD, DHS (Meridian)

Thank you for your willingness to serve and participation in governance at ISU. This information has been sent to Human Resources so that the Standing Appeals Pool is readily staffed.

Sincerely,

Sarah and Linwood
Faculty Senate Co-chairs


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