Grand Valley State University

Highlight of ECS Meeting of October 14 and
Preview of UAS Meeting of October 28, 2022

In an effort to improve communication between ECS/UAS and faculty colleagues, the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) at its August 17, 2022, retreat reaffirmed a recommendation from August 12, 2021, that each week, a general message will be sent out to all faculty. This message will highlight the immediate past ECS/UAS meeting and give a preview of the upcoming ECS/UAS meeting. In particular, the highlight will summarize the key agenda items and provide context on the key votes; the pros and cons will be summarized and the key arguments for each highlighted. Herein are the highlights of the ECS meeting of October 14, 2022, and a preview of the UAS meeting of October 28, 2022. Meetings of the ECS are restricted to members of the ECS, their alternates, and others whom the ECS may invite, pursuant to SG Meetings of the UAS are open pursuant to SG
Highlights of ECS Meeting of October 14, 2022
Chair’s Report:
  • Faculty forums on the evaluation of teaching will be held via Zoom this Wednesday 10/26 10:00-11:00 a.m. and Thursday 10/27 2:30-3:30 p.m. You will have to register to get the Zoom link for each day by going here.
  • The 10th Annual Teach-In, titled, Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues, will be held on Wednesday 11/9 and Thursday 11/10 in a hybrid format. Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals.
  • UAS meets next this Friday, 10/28.
Provost’s Report:
  • The campus interviews for the new dean of KCON are completed.
  • The Provost and the President met with parents in Detroit, and both were very pleased to hear the parents appreciate the care their students are receiving from GVSU.
Student Senate President’s Report:
  • Student Senate is finalizing schedule for winter.
  • Student Senate is working on legislation to tackle student wages.
  • Student Senate is working with the Johnson Center to complete their policies and procedures.
  • Student Senate is working with parking services to improve parking for students.
New Business:
  • The Student Senate Memo on Student Senate Compensation Proposal was reviewed. ECS asked questions and provided feedback to enhance the proposal. The feedback will be incorporated, and the proposal brought back to a future ECS meeting.
  • There was a discussion on the Assessment of Microcredentials and Badges. It was resolved that OEMC and UAC should have a conversation about assessment of microcredentials and badges.
  • There was a discussion on the Evaluation of Teaching. The Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC) will share the results of a survey conducted last April at this week’s faculty forums.
  • There was a discussion on Faculty Workload. Some standing committees, for example the Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) and the Graduate Council (GC) are currently working on charges involving inequities in faculty workload.
  • There was a discussion on Faculty and Staff Departures Across the University. It was resolved that more information is needed from the following offices/divisions: AP Committee; Inclusion and Equity (I&E); General Counsel’s Office; Human Resources; and Employee Ombuds Office
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of UAS Meeting of October 28, 2022
  • Introduction of Administrative Personnel
  • Discussion with and Updates from the Employee Ombuds
  • Discussion on Inclusive Approaches to Faculty Mentoring
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) Memo on Documenting Relationships Between EIC, Inclusion and Equity (I&E), and the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC)
  • Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC) Memo on Leadership, Succession Planning, and Membership
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS or UAS representative from your College/University Libraries to provide input on any UAS agenda item that you may like to weigh in on.
Thank you for your continuous interest in faculty governance.
Felix N. Ngassa
Chair of ECS/UAS 2022-2023
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