Minutes of MiSU Faculty Senate

November 6, 2003

 

Members present: Chris Beachy, Casey Coleman, Alexandra Deufel, Nancy Hall, Joan Houston, Christopher Keller, Paul Markel, Cheryl Nilsen, Linda Olson, Ernst Pijning, Beth Pross, Gary Rabe, Ron Royer, M. Saeed, Clarine Sandstrom, Michelle Sauer. Susan

Members absent: Larry Atwood, Lisa Borden-King, Rita Curl, Christian Fantoni, Patti Fedje, Leisa Harmon, Robert Kibler, Karland Kilian, Clark Markell, David McCormack, Susan Podrygula, H. Erik Shaar, and two students not yet selected.

Guests present: Stephen Hayton (curriculum), Frank Mosley (proxy for Patti Fedje), Pat Lomire, Jerry Stai, Gary Ross, Jay Wahlund, Harry Hoffman, Maila Zitelli, Kevin Neuharth, Dan Ringrose, Joseph Jastrzembski.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Paul Markel.

 

The minutes of the October 2, 2003 meeting were approved by consensus as presented. It was noted that all faculty can access senate minutes and agendas at the Faculty Senate website.

 

Announcements: Pres. Markel indicated that written motions should to be submitted for new business items.

 

Agenda: Ernst Pijning moved and Ron Royer seconded that curriculum be moved forward in the agenda to immediately follow the presidential search report. The motion carried by consensus.

 

Joan Houston moved and Chris Keller seconded to approve Frank Mosley as proxy for Patti Fedje. The motion carried.

 

Administrative Report: Dr. Hall reported that the second reading of the proposed textbook policy will be delayed until the February SBHE meeting to allow time for faculty input.

 

In conjunction with a plan by NDUS to examine current Board Policies in relation to admission requirements, Dr. Hall has asked Pres. Markel to charge the Academic Policies Committee with a simultaneous review of MSU admission requirements. Dr. Hall has recommended that ACT cut scores should be considered as a step to improve student academic success, retention, and graduation rates.

 

A state task force is being established by Bob Larson to research the potential savings and benefits in using one Learning Management Software system for higher education in North Dakota. Anyone interested in becoming a member of this taskforce and representing MSU should contact Dr. Hall.

 

CCF Report: Dr. Keller stated that CCF adopted a resolution to ask the SBHE to wait until February to do the second reading of the proposed textbook policy. They discussed the chancellor search at the CCF meeting. Other items discussed at that meeting were those addressed by Dr. Hall in her administrative report.

 

Presidential Search Report: Dr. Rabe reported that based on survey results, there was a great deal of overlap in concerns of faculty and staff with regard to the search. The position profile has been developed and revised and has been approved by SBHE. It can be accessed at the Chronicle website. Applications will be screened in January. There will be a lag between naming the chancellor, which will happen first, and naming a president for MSU. The search committee meetings are open to faculty.

 

Curriculum Committee Report:

Dr. Zitelli spoke to the proposed changes in German. Ron Royer moved to drop Ger421 and add Ger499 as a variable 1 to 4-credit course. Linda Olson seconded the motion. The motion carried.

 

Dr. Lomire spoke to the proposed changes in the sociology program. Clarine Sandstrom moved to untable the motion concerning the proposed changes. Ron Royer seconded the motion. The changes were discussed and the motion to approve them carried by consensus.

 

Ron Royer moved and Linda Olson seconded the motion to untable the motion on the proposed changes in the history program. The proposed changes were addressed by Dr. Ringrose. The motion to approve the changes was carried by consensus.

 

Steve Hayton indicated that in the near future there will be some common course numbering issues brought before senate. These can be addressed via the fast-track method since the changes are administrative only.

 

Joseph Jastrzembski spoke to the proposed change in degree name for the BSE program in social science. M. Saeed moved and Ron Royer seconded to approve the change of BSE program in Social Science to ESPE program in Social Science. Dr. Jastrzembski also spoke to the change in the name of the SS391 Methods course. The change was moved by the committee. The motion to approve carried by consensus. Dr. Jastrzembski spoke to the proposed changes in Hist392 that were moved by the curriculum committee. The motion to approve carried by consensus.

 

Steve Hayton stated that the proposed changes in the MS-Management program at the graduate level are being addressed as a first and second reading today. Dr. Pijning raised a question on the course description for BADM555. Dr. Gary Ross addressed the question. Ron Royer moved to adopt the changes. Chris Keller seconded the motion. The motion carried.

 

Kevin Neuharth spoke to the addition of two new courses THEA163 and THEA 461. Clarine Sandstrom moved and M. Saeed seconded to remove the motion from the table. The motion carried by consensus.

 

Chris Beachy moved and Michelle Sauer seconded to approve the proposed changes in accounting, business administration, and finance programs as a first and second reading. Jay Wahlund, Jerry Stai, and Joan Houston spoke to the proposed changes. The motion carried by consensus. Thank you to the person who put together the packets containing the proposed changes and color-coded them. It was much appreciated.

 

The curriculum committee moved the adoption of the proposed changes in ENGL305, ENGL318, and ENGL390. Michelle Sauer spoke to the proposed changes. The motion carried by consensus.

 

Ron Royer moved to fast track the proposed change in ENGL362. Linda Olson seconded the motion. The motion carried by consensus.

 

Michelle Sauer spoke to the proposed new course ENGL209. The committee moved approval of the proposed course as a first and second read. The motion carried by consensus.

 

At 5:00 Ron Royer moved to extend the meeting. Ernst Pijning seconded the motion. The motion carried.

 

Chris Keller moved and Ron Royer seconded that Joseph Jastrzembski be approved as proxy for Linda Olson and Steve Hayton be approved as proxy for Christian Fantoni. The motion carried by consensus.

 

Old Business:

Executive Board Report on Faculty Senate Committees: Casey Coleman presented a document showing by-laws that have been passed but have not been implemented or included in updated versions of the by-laws. Some of the documentation on their adoption and correct wording has been lost. The faculty handbook has not been updated to reflect the adoption of some of these changes.

 

Joseph Jastrzembski stated that it is part of the work of the Constitutional Review Committee should keep abreast of these changes and their documentation. The handbook committee should keep the handbook current. Efforts need to be made to find the appropriate documentation. It was noted that the archiving of senate documents in electronic and hard versions needs a home where they are kept in an organized fashion. It was suggested that senate needs an archivist.

 

Chris Keller moved and Ron Royer seconded that the constitutional review committee reconstruct the changes in by-laws that were proposed and adopted the past few years and bring them to senate. The motion carried by consensus.

 

The general education committee moved the approval of MUS205 and SWK256 for general education status and for a change in course description for SOC101. The motion was approved by consensus.

 

Chris Keller moved that both promotion and tenure committees review the draft changes in the tenure and promotion guidelines and report to the full senate their opinions at the December 4 senate meeting. M. Saeed seconded the motion. The motion failed.

 

Chris Keller moved to continue the meeting. Ron Royer seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Nilsen, Secretary

 


Minot State University Faculty Senate

Thursday, November 6, 2003

3:30 p.m., Westlie Room

Agenda

1.         Approval of the minutes

2.         Announcements - Paul Markel

3.         Review the Agenda

4.         Administrative report - Nancy Hall

5.         CCF report - Chris Keller

6.         Presidential Search - Gary Rabe

7.         Old Business

            a. Executive Board Report on Faculty Senate Committees - Casey Coleman

            b. Draft guidelines on Promotion and Tenure

8.         New Business

            a. Standing Faculty Senate Committee reports (Royer, Hayton et al.)

            b. An additional full Senate meeting this semester

            c.

9.         Adjournment: 5:00pm

 

Officers

Paul Markel, President

Gary Rabe, Vice President

Cheryl Nilsen, Secretary

Casey Coleman, Parliamentarian

 

Faculty-at-Large

Leisa Harmon (04), Susan Podrygula (04), Michelle Sauer (04), Larry Atwood (05), Karland Kilian (05), Cheryl Nilsen (05), Joan Houston (06), Dave McCormack (06), Ernst Pijning (06)

           

Arts and Sciences: Chris Keller (04), Clark Markell (04), Ron Royer (04), Christian Fantoni (05), Linda Olson (05), Gary Rabe (05), Chris Beachy (06), Alexandra Deufel (06), Robert Kibler (06)

 

Business: Patti Fedje (04), Mohammad Saeed (05)

 

Education and Health Sciences: Lisa Borden King (04), Paul Markel (05), Rita Curl (06), Beth Pross (06), Clarine Sandstrom (06)

 

Students (2): To be determined