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Faculty Senate » October 11, 2012


  • Thursday, October 11, 2012
  • 3:00-5:00 PM
  •  LaSells Stewart Center
    Construction & Engineering Hall

     Kate Hunter-Zaworski

  1. Category I Proposals
    Mike Bailey, Curriculum Council Chair, will present for approval the below Category I proposals:
    • Renaming an Academic Program Proposal from Fisheries & Wildlife to Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences - BS, CRED, HBS – CPS #84735
    • New Certificate Program Proposal College and University Teaching – CPS #83870

  2. Proposed Revisions to the Perspectives Category
    Kerry Kincanon and Marion Rossi, Baccalaureate Core Committee Co-chairs, will present for approval proposed revisions to the Baccalaureate Core Perspectives Category.
  1. Proposed Revisions to the Post-Tenure Review Guidelines
    Henri Jansen, Promotion and Tenure Committee Chair, will present for approval proposed revisions to the Post-Tenure Review Guidelines. These revisions will be discussed at the October Faculty Senate meeting and, potentially, will be voted on at the November 7 Faculty Senate meeting

  2. eSET Framework
    Stefani Dawn, Assistant Director for Assessment, will discuss three eSET topics: (1) minimum class size for evaluation; (2) report structure for combined/slash courses; and (3) a pilot test for eSET closing timing. A vote is anticipated during the November 8 Faculty Senate meeting on the first two issues.
     OSU President Edward J. Ray will present his State of the University Address titled “Seeing the

  1. MANDATORY Open Enrollment for 2013 PEBB Health Insurance
    PEBB Health Insurance Open Enrollment is October 1–October 31, 2012. Open Enrollment is MANDATORY for selecting a 2013 medical and dental plan OR to continue to Opt-Out of the medical plans.

    If you do not re-enroll or opt-out during Open Enrollment:
    • You will be charged a $25 monthly ($50 couples) Tobacco Surcharge
    • You will be charged a $50 monthly Spouse/Domestic Partner Waives Other Coverage Surcharge (applicable only if spouse/domestic partner is enrolled)
    • You will be charged the higher tobacco user rate on optional life insurance plans
    • You will NOT participate in the 2013 HEM program and will have an additional $100 per person deductible added to your plan’s standard deductible (family max of $300). The additional $100 per person deductible is added to both the In Network and Out-of-Network deductibles.

    2013 HEM Program: You and your enrolled spouse/domestic partner (if applicable) must complete the online health assessment by October 31, 2012. For additional information, please visit:

    For more information on Open Enrollment, Help Sessions, the October 4th Benefits Fair, and the 2013 HEM program, visit: You may also visit the PEBB website at:

    For assistance with questions, call: PEBB at 503-373-1102 OR OSU Employee Benefits at 541-737-2805.

  2. SB242 Health & Welfare and Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) Employee Information Sessions
            October 16, 9:00-11:00 – open to all employees
        October 18, 3:00-5:00 – orientated toward Faculty Senators
    Locations for both: LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall

    Learn, ask questions and provide input about upcoming committee reports. The Oregon University System, under the Senate Bill 242, Section 43, convened two committees comprised of representatives of public university management and employees, both represented and unrepresented. From January to September 2012, these committees interacted with employees, consultants, and other parties to research and prepare draft recommendations that – in their final forms – will be part of December 1, 2012, Oregon State Board of Higher Education reports to the state’s Legislative Assembly.

    These meetings will include information about the following topics and a Q&A opportunity for your questions and input about the reports:
    • SB 242 Health and Welfare Plan Options Review Committee – This meeting will discuss the findings and recommendations of the SB 242 Health and Welfare Plan Options Review Committee that convened to analyze three options - staying with PEBB, transferring to OEBB, or establishing alternative plans - for OUS employees’ group health and welfare insurance.
    • SB 242 Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) Review Committee – This meeting will discuss the recommendations of the SB242 ORP Review Committee which evaluated options related to investments, eligibility and future employees’ contribution rates.

    Additional information, including the draft committee reports, can be found online at:

  3. NWCCU Site Visit
    On October 19 OSU will host two site visitors from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities related to a recommendation received as part of the 2011 comprehensive review. This recommendation was:

    • It is recommended that Oregon State University accelerate its efforts to foster, support, and reward meaningful assessment of learning outcomes that spans from course assessment to program assessment and includes the Baccalaureate Core, all undergraduate programs, and all graduate programs.

    We really need your participation in this site visit. If you can, please attend the Open Session for Faculty from 10:30-11:00 AM on Friday October 19 in MU 213. If you speak to assessment in your programs, please give us 30 minutes of your time. For more information, contact Becky Warner.

  4. Open Access
    OSU will join hundreds of universities around the world to celebrate Open Access Week from October 22-26. To celebrate and advance broader dissemination of OSU scholarship, OSU Libraries are hosting several events including traveling tables with Open Access promotional material and a lecture by Cable Green, Creative Commons Director of Global Learning, on October 26. More information will be available at the Libraries website.

  5. Faculty Senate Calendar
    Please reserve the following dates for Faculty Senate meetings during fall term: October 11, November 8, and December 6. Please note that, because Fall term ends the first week in December, the Senate meeting is one week earlier than normal. Check your monthly agenda to determine the location. All meetings are scheduled to begin at 3:00 PM.

  6. Religious Accommodation of Students Policy
    The Religious Accommodation of Students Policy has been finalized – contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion if you have questions.

  7. Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments
    According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, non-tenured faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split among units). This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned, will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Please contact Vickie Nunnemaker in the Faculty Senate Office by noon on October 20 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between and the one with which you prefer to be apportioned. Tenured faculty will be apportioned in their tenure unit.

  8. Restrictions on Political Activity
    The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

    The Oregon Secretary of State has prepared a two-page summary of the activities that are impermissible or permissible. If you have questions, you will find in the summary a link to the Oregon Secretary of State’s website, which has available a much more detailed publication on the same issues. If, after reviewing the materials, you still have questions about what is permitted and what is prohibited, please do not hesitate to contact OSU’s Office of the General Counsel.

  9. Faculty on 1039-Hour Appointments
    Retired Faculty Senators whose terms extend beyond December 31, but whose 1039-hour appointment terminates fall term, are no longer eligible to serve as a Senator. If you fall into this category, please contact Vickie Nunnemaker at so a replacement can be identified to complete the remainder of your term.

    Faculty whose 1039-hour appointment ends fall term, but whose Senate committee/council term extends beyond December 31, are no longer eligible to continue serving unless they are filling a specified emeritus/retired position. If your 1039-hour appointment ends fall term and you are unsure of your appointment type, please contact Vickie Nunnemaker so a determination may be made and/or a replacement identified.

  10. Faculty Senate Webcast
    The June Faculty Senate webcast is posted online.

  11. Category I Approvals
    The campus community should take appropriate action to update their records to reflect approval of the following OSU Category I proposals by Provost Randhawa on June 18, 2012.
    • BS in Energy Systems Engineering: Rename from BS in Energy Engineering Management; CPS # 83990
      • Submitted by: OSU Cascades and the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing
      • CIP #149999, SIS Major #s: 257 (pre-professional); 260 (professional)
      • Program Location: OSU-Cascades Branch Campus
      • Effective Term: Fall Term 2012 (Banner: 201301)

    • Master of Business and Engineering (MBE) in Construction Engineering Management: Terminate an existing graduate degree program; CPS #83272
      • Submitted by: School of Civil and Construction Engineering, College of Engineering
      • CIP #143301, SIS #3800
      • Program Location: OSU-Main (Corvallis)
      • Effective Term: Summer Term 2012 (Banner: 201300)

    • College of Liberal Arts Omnibus: Create five (5) schools and terminate ten (10) departments; CPS #83297
      • Submitted by: College of Liberal Arts
      • Effective Term: Summer Term 2012 (Banner: 201300)
        • The new Schools in the College of Liberal Arts include:
          School of Arts and Communication
          School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
          School of Language, Culture, and Society
          School of Psychological Science
          School of Writing, Literature, and Film
          • Note: The School of Public Policy was previously approved during AY 2010-11 on June 14, 2011.
        • This Abbreviated Category I proposal also calls for the termination of the following CLA Departments:
          Department of Anthropology
          Department of Art
          Department of English
          Department of Ethnic Studies
          Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
          Department of History
          Department of Music
          Department of Philosophy
          Department of Psychology
          Department of Speech Communication
          • Note: The Department of Economics, Department of Political Science, and Department of Sociology were terminated in AY 2010-11 on June 14, 2011).



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