Minutes of

MiSU Faculty Senate Executive Committee

November 21, 2002


Members present: Andreasen, Barkosky, Hall, Keller, McCormack.

Members absent: Burke, Markel, Seymour.

Guests present: Kim Thompson


President Keller called the meeting to order at 3:34 p.m.


Minutes of the previous meeting were approved by consent.

The agenda (attached) was reviewed.


Dr. Nancy Hall presented the administrative report:

      Three candidates for the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services are appearing on campus this week. The committee has already received written reference letters, but will now interview those references by phone. The committee will then present the top two candidates to Dr. Shaar, unranked but with listed strengths and weaknesses.

      Plans have been made to offer three faculty achievement awards this year, specifically in the categories of teaching scholarship, and service. Input on this will be sought from the Senate on December 5.

      Procedures are being developed regarding the buyout of faculty members by grants/contracts. The following questions must be addressed in each buyout. Who will be supervising and evaluating the faculty member during the buyout? Has the chair been informed of any departmental impact of the buy out? Has the expected level of campus service during the buyout been clarified?


Kim Thompson gave a summary of the many activities and goals of her office. The activities can be summarized as media assistance and document preparations, but unusual events (such as this year's 9/11 program) can also demand much time. Future goals include a better web presence, more contacts with Prairie Public broadcasting, and a proposal concerning the Minot Daily education section. She continues to seek faculty input on the services provided by her office.


Andreasen moved and Barkosky seconded the appointment of Selmer Moen to fill David McCormack's one year vacancy on the Promotion Committee. Motion passed.


Suggestions to the Constitutional Review Committee will be on the next Senate agenda.


A concern about the qualifications, appointment, and retention of adjust faculty was raised at the last Senate meeting. The concerns which were discussed included the mentoring of a course by someone other than the author of the course, the reassignment of a course, and the development of new courses, and the role of the department chair in the whole process. The discussion included the evaluation of all courses taught in non-campus environments such as by correspondence, online, MAFB or other Center for Extended Learning courses. A summary of the issues will be presented at the next Senate meeting and Senators will be invited to add to the list of issues. The list so generated may become the single agenda item of a special Faculty Senate meeting.


Keller reported on his attendance at WCET in Denver. Most attendees were technical people or administrators of distance learning systems rather than teachers in those systems. He spoke of issues and trends in the field, such as increasing bandwidth, greater use of video streaming, greater student demand for services when taking distance courses, costs of delivery, and a potential e-learning bust similar to the dot.com bust. Distance learning tends to serve the highly motivated older than average student, but is poorly suited to the traditional student. Keller will present a brief report to the Senate, but will make some more extensive report sessions available to all faculty.


The meeting adjourned at 5:16.


Respectfully submitted,




David McCormack



Minot State University Faculty Senate 2002-2003

Executive Board Meeting November 21, 2002

3:30 p.m. Westlie Room


Executive Board Members

Christopher Keller (Faculty Senate President)

Paul Markel (Faculty Senate Vice President)

David McCormack (Faculty Senate Secretary)

Bethany Andreasen (Faculty Senate Parliamentarian)

Richard Barkosky (Immediate Past Faculty Senate President)

Nancy Hall (Vice President of Academic Affairs)

Tom Seymour

Don Burke



1. Approval of the minutes

2. Announcements

3. Review the Agenda

4. Administrative report - Dr. Nancy Hall

5. Old Business


5. New Business

a. Public Information Office - Kim Thompson

b. Promotion committee substitution

c. Suggested bylaws amendments

d. Policy concerning adjunct faculty qualifications and appointment and retention procedures

e. Contract buy-out policy related to service

f. Faculty achievement award for advising

g. WCET meeting report