Instructional Council

About Instructional Council

Mission

The mission of the Instructional Council is to review matters concerning instructional policies and procedures. The Instructional Council consists of representatives of all full- and part-time faculty and instructional administrators to discuss instructional issues and advise the Vice President of Instruction.

Purpose

The purpose of the Instructional Council is to serve as a communications link between the faculty and the Office of Instruction; to assist with coordination of instructional activities such as advising, scheduling, budgeting, program planning, program evaluation, and to review and recommend policies and Instruction procedures.

Membership

Voting Members: Deans; 2 full-time faculty members from each of the four major academic divisions*. Division members should represent the breadth of the division (Health Sciences to include selective and non-selective program. Industrial Technology and DEBITS to be represented by more than a single program). Other faculty to include one BEDA instructor, one faculty from the library, one part-time faculty representative, one faculty representing baccalaureate programs, one faculty Counselor from the Lake Washington Technical Academy** for a total of 20 voting members in the 2020-2021 academic year. Faculty alternates who attend in place of an absent voting member will vote for the division. In the event the faculty must withdraw from the committee, the division dean will appoint a new faculty representative to fill the seat. Continued membership on the Council is contingent on participation.

Non-voting members: Faculty and staff for all divisions and departments are encouraged to attend and be part of all discussions but will not vote. 

Co-chair: The Co-chairs of Instructional Council will be the Vice President of Instruction and a faculty member. The Faculty Co-chair position can be shared by two faculty members. The Faculty Co-chair length of service will be two years, with the possibility of renewal for another two years. The outgoing Faculty Co-chair will overlap with the incoming Co-chair.

Operating Principles

Actions taken by the Instructional Council shall be within the guidelines established by the LWTech Board of Trustees and applicable state rules and regulations. The Instructional Council will operate under the guidelines and tenets of Roberts' Rules of Order. Instructional Council will meet twice a month during fall, winter, and spring quarters or as needed; with no meetings during summer quarter. Special meetings may also be called and meetings may be held electronically as needed. If there is no agenda, the meeting will be cancelled. Members will be provided with an agenda and meeting minutes. Each voting member shall have one vote, with the faculty co-chair voting only in the event of a tie. Fifty-one percent of the voting membership shall be considered a quorum. The agenda will be established prior to each meeting.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities will include:

  • Serve the function of an academic standards committee
  • Review and recommend Instructional Policies and Procedures
  • Review proposed certificate and degree programs
  • Appoint and recommend task forces related to instructional issues
  • Review and recommend proposed committees formation and fulfillment as a contractual obligation
  • Provide an avenue for internal and external communication and collegial discussion of topics of interest to faculty, administration and the Instructional Council
  • Advocate for faculty and instructional resources and other needs

*For 2020-2021, the four major academic divisions are:

  • General Education;
  • Design, Engineering, Business, IT, and Sewing (DEBITS);
  • Health Sciences; and
  • Industrial Technology.

**In the absence of a Faculty Counselor from the Lake Washington Technical Academy being available to serve, the Council voted on 11/5/20 to approve Sean Marushia, Assistant Professorβ€”High School Programs, to serve temporarily in this position, until such time as a Faculty Counselor is again available to serve.

 

2020-2021 Membership

Subcommittee membership includes additional non-Instructional Council members

Subcommittee membership includes additional non-Instructional Council members

  • Suzanne Ames, Vice President of Instruction
    • Position: Co-Chair
    • Subcommittees: Diversity & Social Justice, Syllabus, Tenure Guide
  • Sharon Raz, Full-time Faculty
    • Position: Co-Chair
    • Subcommittees: Diversity & Social Justice, Tenure Guide
  • Doug Emory, Dean of Instruction
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Diversity & Social Justice, Distribution
  • Tuan Dang, Dean of Instruction
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Sally Heilstedt, Dean of Instruction
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Cultural Humility, Evaluations, Distribution
  • Mike Potter, Dean of Instruction
    • Position: Voting Member
  • David Rector, Dean of Instruction
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Tenure Guide
  • Michael Richmond, Dean of Instruction
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Aparna Sen, Dean of Instruction
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Barcin Acar, Full-time Faculty from General Education Division
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Sherry McLean, Full-time Faculty from General Education Division
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Diversity & Social Justice, Evaluations, Syllabus
  • Heather Jones, Full-time Faculty from Health Sciences Division - Selective Admissions
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Stacy Woodruff, Full-time Faculty from Health Sciences Division - Non-selective Admissions
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Cultural Humility, Tenure Guide, Distribution
  • Robert Gobright, Full-time Faculty from Industrial Technology Division  
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Shwetambhri Kaushal, Full-time Faculty from Industrial Technology Division  
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Ren'ee Mangini, Full-time Faculty from DEBITS Division
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Diversity & Social Justice
  • Alexandra Vaschillo, Full-time Faculty from DEBITS Division
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Kelly Cover, Assistant Professor, ESL
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Evaluations, Syllabus, Tenure Guide, Faculty Senate
  • Greg Bem, Professor, Library
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Faculty Senate
  • Rechelle Schimke, Part-time Faculty Representative 
    • Position: Voting Member
  • Steve Ater, Faculty Representative for Baccalaureate Programs
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Cultural Humility, Tenure Guide, Faculty Senate
  • Sean Marushia, Faculty Counselor from the LW Technical Academy
    • Position: Voting Member
    • Subcommittees: Diversity & Social Justice Subcommittee
  • Larisa Akselrud, Director of Enrollment Services
    • Position: Non-voting Attendee
    • Subcommittees: Distribution
  • Vicki Chew, Associate Dean of Instruction
    • Position: Non-voting Attendee
    • Subcommittees: Diversity & Social Justice, Evaluations