Time/location: 2:30 p.m. ES530
Present: Anna Blick, Chris Casquilho, Debbie Gibbons, Marlene Harlan, April Markiewicz, Catherine Shornick, Caitlin Sommers
Unavailable: Max Bronsema, Jennifer Cook, Joanne DeMark, Pete Lockhart, Chris Miller, Bob Putich
- Update on WWU Strategic Plan: Eric Alexander provided an update on the work of the Strategic Plan Committee, which is part of UPRC (which is part of the Faculty Senate). The committee is primarily from Academic Affairs; he is the only person representing ESS and PSO and there are no BFA representatives. Eric noted that the committee has great leadership and kind members—and the message from campus has been heard.
Meetings with focus groups last spring generated much feedback and emerging themes. Many people at Western are inspired by place. Interestingly, the only true happy people are TN faculty; everyone else had challenged responses. Essentially, others seek more voice and a part in decision making.
Emerging themes include a belief in strong liberal arts and sciences as the core of the university; a strong sense of place including the Northwest, Bellingham and campus; the need for inclusive excellence; and the aspirational question as to how Western establishes itself as an institution that is deeply grounded in where it sits. So, the four goals are a liberal arts education, place, justice and equity, and community.
The university mission will be revisited to include Western’s values, and focus groups are being reignited this fall.
EC members are concerned about:
- Examining invisible, institutionalized free labor and labor differentials
- Seeking new ways to approach diversity, such as with search advocates and/or a diversity facilitator
Eric reported that the committee will look at building a resource plan after it is determined how large Western should be (enrollment plan). PSO EC is scheduled for a focus group on November 3, from 9 to 10 AM.
There is some interest in the idea of transferring tuition waivers as a retention tool, as well.
- PSO General Business: Meeting Minutes, September 29, 2017: Approved
- Position Descriptions: Marlene and Chris Miller met with Chyerl Wolfe-Lee and discussed some options for getting position descriptions into the hands of PSO employees. Ideas include: incorporating into Web4U; sending annually to the PSO member and supervisor; or including in evaluation portal once that is available. The EC would like to assist HR in sending position descriptions to all PSO members as soon as possible, which could be accomplished by division rather than all at once. Since some of the options would be time intensive, temporary staff may be needed to accomplish the task.
- Subcommittee Updates
- University Committees (Responsibility, Recruitment, and Reportage to EC/Membership; Catherine, Catlin, Joanne): April developed a comprehensive list that she reviewed with the subcommittee. She contacted committee chairs for more information and will provide an updated list to the EC once she has all of the information. Marlene will check with Chyerl W-L as to whether someone other than the PSO president can participate on URPAC.
- PSO Committees – (Staffing, Recruitment, Reportage; April, Pete, Jennifer, Debbie): The subcommittee has worked on legislative, membership and outreach committees. They will meet once more before reporting to the EC.
- Salary/Benefits Committee
- Academic Affairs Division Rep: Peter Johnson approved.
- Temporary pay for additional lower classification duties, interim plan: HR is using an interim plan to compensate pro-staff who temporarily take on additional duties. The SBC will review and recommend a longer-term solution that should be consistent and based on data, with start and end dates, and included in the Compensation Standards. The EC supports the interim plan only through June 2018.
- PSO staff with teaching assignments, discussion: Steven Garfinkle (acting UFWW President) would like to know more about PSO staff who are teaching courses. He is concerned about courses conveyed away from UFWW and the need for a faculty contract. PSO, HR, and UFWW will work together on the issue.
- Bylaw Revisions: April has emailed revisions to everyone to consider for the November 17th EC meeting.
- Meeting with Classified Union Leadership, Update: The next meeting is Monday, October 16, 5 PM in MH 158. April and Marlene can attend.
- Items from the Floor:
- The EC needs to consider how to better support temporary PSO staff.
- Brian Burton is seeking planning sponsors and participants for “Freedom of Expression and Campus Safety” events. Anna is available in fall quarter.
- Next Meeting, November 3, 2017, OM 340.
- Focus meeting 9 to 10 AM
- Regular meeting 10 to 11 AM