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Faculty Senate discusses policy report, handbook revision proposal

Eli Randolph
Mac McKerral, journalism coordinator and professor, votes no on a motion during the faculty senate meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22.

The WKU Faculty Senate met Thursday, Feb. 22 to discuss a policy report and a handbook revision proposal.

Faculty Welfare and Professional Responsibilities Chair Landon Elkind presented Policy 1.2093 to the Senate.

This policy would make adjustments to faculty workload and compensation, and in the case of not receiving a 5/5 teaching load, states it is the responsibility of the department chair to work with their faculty to ensure each is assigned a workload “that results in a mix of teaching, service, research/creative activity (where applicable), and additional duties conducive to student success and the overall strategic alignment of the university, college, and department/school.”

The senate voted to table the policy until their April meeting due to a lack of clarity in the policy, sending it back to the faculty welfare and professional responsibilities committee for revision.

Faculty Handbook Chair Julie Shadoan then presented a handbook revision proposal, which would make adjustments to the process of faculty termination, including establishing an order of who the termination proposal goes through before it gets to the president and changing the “trier of fact responsibility to the hands of the faculty.”

“We had some concerns about the timeline,” Shadoan said. “The process, either was not clear or was too long. So we tried to make revisions that would address that directly.”

After some discussion, the senate voted to postpone the proposal until their next meeting on Thursday, March 28.

Assistant News Editor Ali Costellow can be reached at [email protected]

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