Faculty Senate Announcements and Notifications

Faculty Senate Chairs' Announcements

February 10, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to remind faculty of the upcoming deadline for comments and revisions to the current draft of the Faculty Constitution, currently set for Tuesday, February 17 at 5 pm. All comments, suggestions, and other correspondence should be directed to fsenate@isu.edu with the subject line: Constitutional Feedback.

We would also like to invite interested faculty members to contact Catherine in the Faculty Senate Office (xt. 4956 or fsenate@isu.edu) if they would like to be included in the list for speaking slots at our meeting set for February 23. Due to other scheduled Senate business, the open forum session will be limited to a total of 45 mintues and precedence will be given to those who register ahead of the meeting.

Clayn and Jenny
Faculty Senate co-chairs


January 13, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last year, members of the Faculty Senate have been working to complete and adopt a proposed Faculty Constitution. In Fall 2014, a timeline was drafted to outline the process for reviewing and voting on a proposed version of the the Constitution. As outlined in this timeline, a draft version of this Constitution was distributed to the various Executive Councils and Committees, along with the Graduate, Curriculum, Research, and General Education Requirements Councils and Committees. In December 2014, the feedback received from these bodies was integrated into the initial draft by Faculty Senate.

Now that the first phase of review is complete, Faculty Senate is distributing a draft of this Constitution for faculty review and input as the second phase of review. A copy of the timeline and draft Constitution are attached to this email for your convenience.

To facilitate the review, we would like to request that comments, suggestions, or amendments be handled in the following manner:

  1. To expedite the review process, all correspondence should be received by the Faculty Senate office by Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by the close of business.
  2. Whenever possible, we would request that questions or critiques of the current draft be attached or directed toward specifc sections of the draft. If possible, marking the section of the Constitution that addresses the point in question makes it easier for the Senate to consider how to best address the concerns being raised.
  3. We have found that some critiques are more philosophical in nature and do not lend themselves to specific revisions of sections of the draft; these kinds of comments and concerns are welcome and will be addressed by the Senate in its deliberations. Whenever possible, however, the inclusion of revised language or suggested alterations to the current draft are most helpful.
  4. All suggestions, comments, concerns, etc. will be handled by the Faculty Senate Office. All email correspondence should be directed to fsenate@isu.edu. It is requested that faculty use the Subject line: Constitution Feedback to separate it from other business matters.
  5. If faculty members would like to submit more confidential comments, they can be mailed or dropped off at the Faculty Senate Office (REND 301). For mailed comments, the campus mailing address is: Faculty Senate, Mail Stop 8070.
  6. All correspondence will be kept confidential and any personally identifying information will be redacted from comments before being passed on to the Faculty Senate as a whole.
  7. Once the comments have been collected and organized by the Faculty Senate co-chairs, Faculty Senate will begin reviewing and deliberating on faculty comments.
  8. Faculty are invited to attend the February 23, 2015 session of Faculty Senate. At this meeting, a special open forum will be held where faculty can speak and provide context for questions, concerns, or suggestions that have been offered. This session will begin at 4 pm in REND 301. While this is an open session, if possible for organizational clarity, faculty intending to speak are invited to contact the Faculty Senate Office at xt. 4956 or fsenate@isu.edu so a speaking order can be established. Additional speakers can sign up prior to, or during, the meeting.
  9. Once the comments and suggestions have been reviewed and the draft revised, according to the timeline, a voting procedure will be distributed outlining how the vote on the Constitution will be conducted.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Faculty Senate Office or your FAculty Senate representatives.


Clayn D. Lambert
Jennsy Semenza
Co-Chairs, Idaho State University Faculty Senate


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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