Minot State University
Faculty Senate Meeting
May 2, 2002
3:30 pm -- Westlie Room
Officers Executive Board
President Rick Barkosky Bethany Andreasen Eric Furuseth Vice President Christopher Keller Rick Barkosky Nancy Hall
Secretary Lisa Borden-King Lisa Borden-King Chris Keller
Parliamentarian Bethany Andreasen Michael Duffy Warren Gamas
Members Present: Rick Barkosky, Christopher Keller, Lisa Borden-King, Bethany Andreasen, Nancy Hall, Christopher Beachy, Patti Fedje, Linda Haider, Joseph Jastrzembski, Robert Kibler, Deanna Klein, David McCormack, Rose McKenney, Ernst Pijning, Susan Podrygula, Ron Royer, Michelle Sauer, Tom Seymour, Heidi Super, Nelrene Yellowbird, Mohammad Saeed, Chad Johnson, Colin McNamara, Rick Watson (proxy for Michelle Sauer)
Members Absent: DeVera Bowles, Alisha Ford, Clark Markell, Stephanie Martin, Ken Staub
Guests: Warren Gamas, Steve Huenneke
1. Announcements/Review Agenda: Rick Watson is here as a proxy for Dr. Sauer. Dr. Kibler moved to approve to the proxy and Dr. McCormack seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously. There were no announcements. The minutes were approved pending the correct spelling of Dr. Kelly’s name throughout the minutes.
2. CCF Report: Dr. Huenneke
The CCF will be meeting soon and have not met since Faculty Senate’s last meeting. Next year, Henry Reegler will be president of CCF.
3. Administrative Report: Dr. Hall
Dr. Croonquist released a report concerning the fastest growing occupations as well as slow growing occupations and presented it at AAC last week. Dr. Hall will be passing this report on to others to consider as we are looking at developing majors and programs. The report also has implications for curriculum. Dr. Jastrzembski asked if the report focused on national or state trends and Dr. Hall replied that Dr. Croonquist looked at national and state trends. Dr. Hall also stated that contracts are coming in. Today offers were made to a conductor in the music department, as well as to a couple of faculty in business. We seem to be wrapping up hiring for the year. We do still need to fill a geoscience position and a school psychology position.
Dr. Andreasen stated that there is some concern that sometimes it takes awhile for contracts to get issued and we are losing some people due to the wait time. Dr. Hall indicated that in the particular case Dr. Andreasen is referring to, it appears that the candidate was out interviewing. Dr. Hall stated that she doesn’t think there is a long wait for contracts in general. She suggested that perhaps as we make offers they need to be time dated, giving candidates about a week to decide. The downside of this is that sometimes they sign the contract and then want out when they get a better offer. Dr. Hall also stated that the Deans are making offers so we have one person dealing with the applicants. The Dean marks on a sheet any particulars of the offer, and then Dr. Hall gets a copy. After this is completed, the Deans send over the final request for contract. There does seem to be a fair amount of time between the proposal and the request for contract. If there are specific problem areas, please let Dr. Hall know. Dr. Pijning stated that in his case it was 4 or 5 weeks.
3. Old Business:
a)computer network and usage policy: Dr. Borden-King stated that the State of ND is currently in the process of developing a policy concerning the usage of ECDs, which would change slightly the resolution that Dr. Sauer and Dr. Borden-King are proposing. Dr. Barkosky indicated that Faculty Senate can send the proposed resolution forward as a unified response, modify it and send it forward as a unified response or do nothing. Dr. Kibler moved that we accept resolution number one. Dr. McCormack wondered if we go with number one, which does not express our concern about the phrase “mirror community standards”, if that might prevent the State Board from knowing what our real concern is. Dr. Royer suggested that the phrase would not survive litigation. Dr. Jastrzembski moved approval of the resolution with modification regarding the draft status of the state policy. Dr. Keller seconded the motion. Dr. Pijning read the proposed motion and the motion was approved unanimously.
4. New Business
a)Tenure committee report: Dr. Barkosky distributed the report. He also indicated that we have the promotion committee report already as well as the General Education Committee report. In addition, Dr. Barkosky has the Faculty Affairs report and one other committee report.
b)Curriculum Committee: Dr. Jastrzembski
Dr. Jastrzembski sent out last time a course change form dealing with Social Science 283. The department is changing the title of course and the course description so the course content is clearer to the state certification body and NCATE. Faculty Senate has had this for at least ten days and therefore can approve it today. Ms. Podrygula moved approval Dr. Beachy seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
TEHP has put forth course change proposals to combine two courses and increase the credits in two other courses. Dr. Kibler moved to approve and Dr. Seymour seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
Dr. Jastrzembski distributed copies of his committee report. Page one of the report is a membership list and page two outlines several substantive events. Dr. Barkosky suggested that the addition of the Director of Library as a voting member to the committee should also be included in the report. Dr. Jastrzembski will add this to the list of substantive events.
The nominating committee, consisting of Dr. Super, Dr. Sauer and Dr. Seymour has met and has nominations for each position. Dr. Super distributed the sheet, which listed Dr. Sauer and Dr. Markell as candidates for Vice-President and Dr. McCormack as the candidate for Secretary. Dr. Barkosky called for any nominations from the floor for Vice-President. Dr. Seymour moved that nominations cease. Dr. Beachy seconded the motion to cease. The motion was approved unanimously. Dr. Barkosky called for any nominations from the floor for the position of Secretary. Dr. Seymour moved that nominations cease. Dr. Kibler seconded the motion and the motion to cease was approved. Faculty Senate members voted for the two positions. There was a tie for Vice-President. After a brief discussion concerning procedure, a revote was taken. Dr. Markel will be next year’s Vice-President.
6. Closing Remarks:
In closing, Dr. Barkosky discussed the list of priorities we developed earlier in the year concerning communication between administration and faculty. He reminded those present that this is a list to be used as a guideline, not an exclusive list. We don’t need to vote on it or anything. He offers it to the senate for their use next year. Dr. Barkosky thanked Dr. Andreasen for her work this year, indicating that she is truly the brains behind this operation. He also thanked Dr. Borden-King for her work as secretary this year. He thanked Dr. Jastrzembski for his work on curriculum committee over the last few years.
Overall, this was a productive year for Faculty Senate. Dr. Barkosky expressed his belief that Dr. Hall embraces the concept of shared governance and is committed to working with Faculty Senate. Other hallmark events this year have included “Super Monday” which allowed us to move through a tremendous amount of curriculum material without compromising the integrity of the process. We were able to get the family tuition waiver approved by Dr. Shaar. What happens in the future with this initiative is up to Dr. Shaar and the budget. Dr. Barkosky believes that the relationship we have with administration is still more adversarial than he would like to see it. Dr. Barkosky really focused his work this year on the lines of communication, and believes we have made a good start to this. We do still need to be vigilant that one body is not doing something that is within the purview of the other. We do still have Faculty Senate committees charging themselves with work as well as the administration charging Faculty Senate committees with work. Most of the time the ideas were sound but the process of shared governance wasn’t followed. Dr. Barkosky concluded by stating that this has been a frustrating year and he wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have a thick skin or no consciousness at all. He encouraged senators to not waste energy on issues that have nothing to do with faculty welfare.
Dr. Keller received the gavel from Dr. Barkosky. He indicated that there will be a faculty executive meeting over the course of the summer. He will ask a couple of people to attend that meeting and then will ask Senate’s approval of those appointments at the first meeting in the Fall.
7. Adjournment 4:30
Lisa L. Borden-King
Faculty Senate Secretary