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Faculty Senate approves handbook revision proposal, committee reports

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Doug Smith, vice chair of the WKU Faculty Senate, reads his officer report at the Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Faculty Senate met for their monthly meeting, Thursday, March 28 in the Senate Chambers, approving a handbook revision proposal and committee reports.  

The Senate approved the handbook revision proposal initially discussed at the last Senate meeting, which makes three amendments regarding language in the WKU Faculty Handbook.

The Senate also approved all committee reports posted from each of their most recent meetings.

Faculty Welfare and Professional Responsibilities Committee Chair Landon Elkind thanked those who expressed their concern about unclear language regarding faculty workload in the original draft of Policy 1.2093 presented at the last Senate meeting. The Senate will discuss the policy again at their next meeting.

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Assistant Provost, Faculty Development and Student Success; Director for the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning and Associate Professor of History Marko Dumančić gave a presentation to the Senate discussing how AI has impacted universities nationwide, and how WKU can adapt to the changes AI is making.

Dumančić said he wants to make sure faculty can receive training on AI so they can guide students looking to use the technologies.

He said the CITL is developing a summer boot camp for faculty to learn about AI, as well as an AI literacy module they can use to assist students in the fall 2024 semester.

“Even if you decide that for your disciplines, AI is not productive or useful, I think it’s super important to have continuous conversations with students as to why the use of AI is not appropriate for your discipline of class,” Dumančić said.

Information for using AI in the classroom can be found here

Faculty Senate’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18. 

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

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