Minot State University
Faculty Senate Meeting
September 20, 2001
3:30 pm -- Westlie Room
Officers Executive Board
President Rick Barkosky Bethany Andreasen Eric Furuseth
Vice President Christopher Keller Lisa Borden-King Nancy Hall
Secretary Lisa Borden-King Richard Barkosky Warren Gamas
Parliamentarian Bethany Andreasen Michael Duffy Christopher Keller
Members Present: Ken Staub, DeVera Bowles, David McCormack, Susan Podrygula, Ernst Pijning, Tom Seymour, Robert Kibler, John Webster (for Clark Markell), Ron Royer, Linda Haider, Bethany Andreasen, Chris Keller, Rick Barkosky, Alisha Ford, Lisa Borden-King, Deann Klein, Patty Fedje, Michelle Sauer, Nelrene Yellowbird, Douglas Warrick (for Christopher Beachy), Ryan Winburn (for Rose McKinney)
Members Absent: Stephanie Martin, Heidi Super, Joseph Jastrzembski
Guests: Conrad Davidson, Linda Pettersen, Romana Crnkovic, and Shelley Smithwick
1. Announcements/Review Agenda
a)Seating of proxies -- Douglas Warrick is here for Christopher Beachy, John Webster is here for Clark Markell, and Ryan Winburn is here for Rose McKinney. Ms. Haider moved approval of the proxies, Ms. Bowles seconded. Proxies were approved.
b) Approval of agenda -- Dr. Royer moved for approval of the agenda, Ms. Podrygula seconded. The agenda was approved.
2. CCF report--Steve Huenneke
Dr. Huenekke reported on the State of the Faculty Conference. He identified key issues to be explored, including improving communication between Faculty Senates, collective bargaining, grievance procedures, intellectual property rights, and authentic faculty governance. On Friday afternoon and evening there will be a panel as well as two outside speakers. On Saturday morning a couple of faculty members will provide factual reports concerning where we are with these issues. This will be followed by structured but informal breakout sessions on those issues.
Eight people are attending from Minot State University and all logistics are handled.
Questions: How is MSU’s representation compared to last time ? Dr. Huenneke stated that since the conference was here last time the numbers are not comparable.
Dr. Seymour indicated that the Board Rep position is listed as an advisory position not as representative in the most current information he received. Dr. Kibler says that the last few pieces of paperwork sent to him reflected that change in terminology also. Dr. Huenneke will talk to Jim about that.
3. Old Business:
a)approval of minutes from September 6 and 17 Faculty Senate meetings
Both sets of minutes were approved pending the following changes: Change date on the September 17th meeting; fix spelling of Dr. Barkosky; change TIAC to TEAC; List Barkosky as Senate President.
4. New Business
a)online faculty handbook and bylaws changes -- Dr. Andreasen
Does it make sense to put entire faculty handbook online? Using the paper copy it is hard to keep faculty updated and not working out of old versions. Dr. Andreasen would suggest that we give the responsibility to the Handbook Committee to work with Kathy Hintz and Cassie Artz to place the handbook online and to keep it current.
Dr. Andreasen indicated that it is probably time for the Constitutional Review Committee to do a review of the complete bylaws. Dr. Andreasen has found ten items to consider. Some issues are minor, while some are major. The main question concerns what responsibilities to assign to which committees. If we start now this can be completed by end of year.
Comments/Questions: What has Faculty Handbook Committee done in the past? Would giving them this responsibility be a tremendous addition to their work load? Their workload changes depending on the current situation.
Dr. Barkosky asked if we want to charge appropriate committees. Dr. McCormack suggested that we pass the online handbook to the Faculty Handbook Committee to begin the process. Dr. Andreasen suggested charging the Constitutional Review Committee as well to begin reviewing the bylaws, particularly in relation to item number 3. Dr. Royer moved to charge both committees, and Dr. Pijning seconded the motion. The Constitutional Review Committee will be asked to prioritize the ten items mentioned by Dr. Andreasen and may also locate other areas of concern. Motion passed.
b)family tuition waiver issue -- Dr. Kibler
Dr. Kibler described the background of the family tuition waiver issue which has been discussed in previous meetings. Dr. Hall spoke to the Senate at the last meeting about an idea to extend the three classes we can each take using a tuition waiver to spouses and dependents. Dr. Kibler believes that policies are being made and will be made and that faculty need to have a part in this. It is better to put a policy forward than criticize a proposed policy. There was general agreement with this idea. Dr. Royer moved that Dr. Kibler finish developing a proposed policy and take that proposal to EFS. Ms. Podrygula seconded the motion and the motion was approved. Some discussion followed the passage of the motion. 1)We should work in concert with Staff Senate on this process; 2) We should be cautious not to overstate the case. There is a cost to the university in regards to lost revenue from people who are currently taking classes; and 3) Are we charging Dr. Kibler to make the case for a policy OR to actually draft a policy? There was general agreement that Dr. Kibler would pursue both.
c)curriculum committee -- Dr. Jastrzembski
Dr. Pijning will take Dr. Jastrzembski’s place for today. Dr. Pijning extended thanks to everybody who was part of “Dr. J day”. Dr. Royer repeated his concern that it be duly recorded that this was not a precedent and in no way an indication of a future trend or tradition.
1)BIT 456 -- was removed from consideration last time due to a course numbering issue. The department is dropping the 456 number and adding it as 356. Dr. McCormack moved to suspend rules and approve the course change. Dr. Seymour seconded. Motion approved.
2)BSE program in Music Education --Dr. Smithwick brings forth a proposal to add instrumental methods to go with the choral methods. Students will be allowed to choose one or the other. Dr. Smithwick was asked why this was numbered as 390 rather than 391 which is the traditional methods number. Dr. Smithwick indicated that this is due to the large number of methods courses in her department. Dr. Royer moved to suspend the rules and approve the program change. Dr. Ford seconded. Questions: Are there other universities that offer this program? Yes, it is a common program choice. Are there any common course numbering issues? No, it is not subject to common course numbering. Ms. Bowles indicated this course is very clearly a need for their students in music. Motion approved
3)Comm 220 -- broadcasting advertising applications. This has been offered before as a special topic course. Ms. Podrygula moved suspension of the rules and approval of the course. Dr. Royer seconded. Motion approved.
4) Nursing elective focused on aesthetics and nursing-- 1 hour -- has been offered as a special topics. Judy Swanson has been working with this course. When asked how enrollment has been when offered as an elective, Ms. Pettersen indicated an average enrollment of 6 students. Asked about the spelling of the word “aesthetics” Ms. Swanson indicated that she used the spelling from the textbook she uses. Ms. Haider moved suspension of the rules and approval of the course. Dr. Kibler seconded. Dr. Barkosky reminded Senate that we are supposed to balance the practical aspects of working with the university and allowing people in a department to decide and know what is best for their students. Motion was passed with two dissenting votes.
5)Coaching minor -- program change and new course. The new course has also been a special topics course. The program change is focused on providing a practicum piece in the coaching minor as this is required in other states, although not ND. Is this the same as a coaching certificate? It is equivalent to it outside of the state of ND. There is no coaching major. Dr. Royer moved suspension of the rules and approval of the package. Dr. Seymour seconded. What is the number of students this would impact? There are quite a few students who get a coaching minor but resources are available for practicum experiences. Motion approved.
6) ED 480 -- practicum course -- The purpose of this new course is threefold: NCATE, the accrediting agency for education programs, wants more than 30 hours of practicum; we do have education majors who need more practicum experience before student teaching; and, finally, to be a flexible alternative for departments. Dr. Seymour asked how local administrators and teachers are feeling about this. Dr. Clark indicated that they are fine with it. Dr. Clark was asked if she envisions a time when 60 hours would be required and indicated that she does. If they have 60 hours of practicum already, however, then they would not need to take this course. Dr. Ford moved suspension of the rules and approval of the course. Ms. Yellowbird seconded. In remedial situations, could this course be taken after student teaching? Dr. Clark indicated that this would never be necessary since she uses extended placement and repeat numbers for those instances. Motion approved.
7) Driving training instructor...DTS 267 -- This is a new course. Ms. Klein moved to suspend the rules and approve the course. Dr. McCormack seconded. Motion approved.
8) School psychology grad program -- Program changes: Increase program from 71 to 73 hours; drop Psy 517; add Psy 513 (research seminar). NASP training standards have changed in the last year or so and increased the focus on data based decision making, program evaluation, etc. The new program will also require the addition of a thesis. The students could use the proposal developed in 513 for the thesis if they wanted. Dr. Royer asked if this would be required of all students. Dr. Ford indicated that it would be. Dr. Royer moved to suspend the rules and approve the program changes. Dr. McCormack seconded. Motion approved.
9)Prerequisite adjustments for all restricted Teacher Education courses. Dr. Nordquist explained that departmental members believed that restricting ED 320 to students admitted to teacher education and then having ED 320 as a prerequisite would ensure that only students admitted to teacher education could take the upper level courses, but this has been ineffective. Thus, admittance to these courses needs to directly require admission as a prerequisite. Dr. Royer moved suspension of the rules and approval of the course changes. Ms. Klein seconded the motion. Motion approved.
10) Dr. Crnkovic -- numerous program and course changes. Dr. Keller moved suspension of the rules and approval of the package. Dr. Royer seconded the motion. Concern was expressed over the size of this packet and not waiting for a 2nd reading before approval. Dr. Keller withdrew his motion. Dr. Royer moved for approval of the package on first reading and Dr. Keller seconded the motion. Motion is accepted and tabled for next time.
11) Biology department withdrew their curriculum requests until next meeting.
Adjourned at 5:05.
Lisa Borden-King , Faculty Senate Secretary