Faculty Senate Announcements and Notifications

Faculty Senate Chairs' Announcements

October 14, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The draft version of the Faculty Constitution and the Process for Review and Vote on the Constitution are both available on the Faculty Senate website under Information and Resources link:   http://www.isu.edu/fsen/info%20&%20resources.shtml

We will start Step 2 next week by sending the proposed Constitution to college executive committees as well as to University Curriculum Council, Research Council, Graduate Council and General Education Requirements Committee for review and comment.  This information is being sent to inform you of the process, and to encourage you to review the constitution in preparation for Step 4 which will begin in January.  If you have any questions, please contact your Faculty Senate representatives.


Clayn and Jenny
Faculty Senate Co-chairs


September 2, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As a reminder, the closing date for commentary is fast approaching for the Conflict of Interest policies and associated documents (links below), which can have a significant impact on faculty.  We would encourage all faculty to review this policy and the associated documents, and submit your comments.


Clayn and Jenny
Faculty Senate Co-chairs

from original email sent June 3, 2014:

After the 2014 Fall semester begins, the Office of General Counsel (OGC) will be proposing adoption of a new ISUPP – 10600 Conflicts of Interest policy.

In advance of formal approval of the Conflicts of Interest Policy, it is crucial that all employees avoid conflicts of interest.  Therefore all employees should review the definitions of "conflict of interest and potential conflict of interest" and should report all actual or potential conflicts to their supervisor to avoid violations of law or State Board Policy.

Members of the ISU community may comment on the attached policy and forms during the next 107 days, through September 18, 2014. All comments must include the individual's name, organization, and department. Comments which do not provide the required information will not be considered. All properly submitted comments will receive consideration, but the commenter will not necessarily receive a response. Thank you for your participation in this process. Please send comments via email to policies@isu.edu.


August 20, 2014

Dear Faculty,

For those of you who are new to campus, we would like to welcome you aboard!  For those of you who are more experienced, we are excited to see you back and wish you all the best as you prepare for a new semester.  We would like to welcome you back and to update you on important events taking place around campus in the next few weeks.  

Multiculturalism Workshops

Idaho State University, under the direction of President Arthur C. Vailas, recently announced a new Multiculturalism Initiative for the ISU campus. As part of this initiative, the Office of Human Resources, International Programs Office, and EO/AA & Diversity, is pleased to announce several workshop opportunities for ISU faculty, staff and students.  It is expected that ALL ISU employees attempt to attend one of the workshops below. 

September 11th  Multicultural Relations and Communication
ISU Faculty Workshop:
Diversity, multiculturalism, and international relations and communication between faculty and students, staff and students.   Two times offered:

September 12th  Multicultural Relations and Communication
ISU Staff Workshop:

***Remember to print out the handout (included with the original facultymemos email, or click the link) and bring to the session you attend. 

Welcome Back - Orange and Black!
Our opening Communiversity event will be taking place on August 25, from 4 - 7 pm in Old Town.  More information is available at Welcome Back Orange and Black!

Faculty Senate Meetings
Faculty Senate will start its regularly scheduled meetings on Monday, August 25 at 4 pm in the Faculty Senate Conference Room.  More information about the agenda, business items, and other items of interest will soon be available at http://www.isu.edu/fsen


Clayn Lambert and Jenny Semenza
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs (2014-2015)

August 13, 2014

Dear Faculty

The State Board of Education is meeting at Idaho State University in the Pond Student Union Building, Salmon River Suite.  The Work Session agenda for today, Wednesday August 13th, beginning at 1:00 p.m. is Program Prioritization. See: http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/meetings/board/archive/2014/08_13_14_14/02WORKSESSION.pdf  If you are interested in the process or results of the Program Prioritization we would encourage you to attend.

Thank you,
Clayn & Jenny
Faculty Senate Co-Chairs


June 2, 2014


The Faculty Senate voted last week to elect faculty to the Standing Appeals Pool for three-year terms. We had a robust pool from which to choose: 11 faculty were nominated or self-nominated. We had a quorum of Senators engaged in voting. The following faculty members were elected to serve in the Standing Appeals Pool:

  • Chris Loether, Anthropology
  • Diana Livingston-Friedley, Music
  • Cathleen Tarp, Languages & Litertures
  • Julie Melton, CSD, DHS (Meridian)

Thank you for your willingness to serve and participation in governance at ISU. This information has been sent to Human Resources so that the Standing Appeals Pool is readily staffed.


Sarah and Linwood
Faculty Senate Co-chairs


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