Faculty Senate
2000-2001
Minot State University
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Executive Board Meeting
September 27, 2001
3:30 pm -- Jones Rm.
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Officers
President: Rick Barkosky
Vice President: Christopher Keller
Secretary: Lisa Borden-King
Parliamentarian: Bethany Andreasen

Executive Board
Bethany Andreasen Rick Barkosky
Lisa Borden-King Nancy Hall
Christopher Keller Warren Gamas
Michael Duffy Eric Furuseth
 


 

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Members present: Christopher Keller, Rick Barkosky, Warren Gamas, Bethany Andreasen, Lisa Borden-King, Eric Furuseth
Members absent: Michael Duffy, Nancy Hall
Guests: Robert Kibler, Steve Huenneke

1. Announcements/Review Agenda
There were no announcements or changes to agenda.

2. Minutes from the previous meeting.
Faculty is misspelled on 5 c). Minutes were approved pending that change.

3. Administrative Report:
Enrollment: 3515 for Fall 2001, compared to 3081 for last fall. This is a true gain of 91 students when considering the inclusion of Continuing Education students for the first time.
Relocation of base classes: Base classes have been moved to the MSU campus. We are also hosting two other programs for the time being.
Writing Lab: A writing lab for all students on campus has been proposed by English program. Dr. Kibler pointed out that there is some dissension about funding and how we ensure quality service in the student tutors. Funding is being investigated. Student Senate is strongly in favor of a writing lab.
State Wide Research Council: Discussions are taking place to propose a state wide research council funded by the Chancellorís office which would work with four year colleges.

4. CCF report
 Dr. Huenneke reported on the CCF Conference held in Grand Forks. Eight people from MSU attended the conference; there were about forty people in attendance at the conference. Of those 40, approximately 23 were faculty members. On Friday, the Chancellor, one Board member and some presidents presented perspectives on their own about faculty governance.
Conference attendees also heard from two speakers. The AAUP representative was unable to attend due to travel difficulties. Instead, Joseph Massey, a veteran of governance in Minnesota, presented. Massey told us how governance works in Minnesota. Governance seems very beautifully organized and supported in MN. The second speaker gave a strong plug for collective bargaining. Faculty need more of a voice and for that need more organization and communication. The overall gist of the conversation was that CCF really needs to improve its communications. Dr. Huenneke expressed the concern of CCF members at the low number of faculty senators and faculty senate presidents who attended the conference. Dr. Barkosky indicated that he would share his reasons for not attending at a different time.
A more detailed conversation concerning collective bargaining and compensation also followed. Approximately 43 states have collective bargaining or something very similar. Dr. Huenneke is planning a more detailed examination of compensation and collective bargaining. He shared a wage benchmarks for ND college teachers report and distributed copies to members of EFS. Dr. Huenneke is calling for better organization and dissemination of issues of compensation both in terms of faculty organization and dissemination to community.
Dr. Huenneke also brought SBHE policy 605.1 to discuss the implications of moving the funding of non-tenured faculty from state appropriated funds to allow use of local funds.

4. Old Business
 a)Employee spouse and dependent tuition waiver: Dr. Kibler shared a document arguing for the waiver. He points out that compensation is directly related to faculty turnover. He also shared some research from Valley City that students have a significant positive impact on the local community as well as food, books, and services on campus. He will put together a report and mail it to the Senate members prior to next meeting. This issue will be brought before Faculty Senate at their next meeting. Dr. Furuseth shared, in an anecdotal manner, that faculty kids would be the type of students MSU would like to attract.
b)Appointments: Dr. Andreasen proposed that we use email to fill the remaining committee vacancies. Dr. Barkosky called for any assistance in finding additional committee members.

5. New Business
 a) Ad hoc committee on promotion: Discussion on committee and its purpose which is developing criteria for promotion, tenure and annual evaluations. Discussion on the method for selecting the committee members. Dr. Barkosky will personally meet with Dr. Hall to discuss the concern of some faculty with the administrative presence on the committee. This issue will be presented to the Senate.
b) Honors Program: Dr. Hall and the Honors chair will follow up on issues relating to the Honors Program remaining from last spring.
c) Sick leave policy should be placed on the next Senate agenda.

6. Adjournment
 Meeting adjourned at 5:00

Respectfully submitted,
Lisa Borden-King, Faculty Senate secretary