Minutes of Minot State University Faculty Senate

January 23, 2003

Members present: Bethany Andreasen, Larry Atwood, Richard Barkosky, Lisa Borden-King, Christian Fantoni, Patti Fedje, Ron Fischer, Linda Haider, Nancy Hall, Leisa Harmon, Christopher Keller, Paul Markel, Clark Markell, David McCormack, Marie Mohler, Cheryl Nilsen, Linda Olson, Ernst Pijning, Susan Podrygula, Ron Royer, M. Saeed, H. Erik Shaar, Gabe Rauschenberger (student)

Members absent: Gary Rabe, Michelle Sauer, Richard Seklecki, Tom Seymour, Kenneth Staub, Elizabeth Steere, Chad Johnson (student)

Guests present: Stephen Hayton, Trisha Roberts


President Keller called the meeting to order at 3:32 p.m. The minutes were accepted with corrections.

President Keller made several announcements:

       He has charged the Constitutional Review Committee to draft the language which will implement the changes approved at the last Senate meeting.

       He has charged the Handbook Committee to interact with Cathy Horvath in placing the Handbook online (replacing the pdf format). The Committee will also suggest appropriate changes in its duties, and update the Handbook to be consistent with SBHE policies.

       He has invited nominations for the Distinguished Lifetime Educator Award from the faculty.

       An ad hoc Faculty Review Committee has been appointed to review a grievance filed by an Arts and Sciences faculty member against her supervisor. The Faculty Review Committee is to propose a solution.

       There will be no CCF report because no MSU representative was at this month's IVN meeting.

       A North Dakota Connections CD has been produced to promote the North Dakota University System. He is trying to learn what MSU information is on that CD.

       MSU will have a display at the Legislative Showcase on February 4 at the state capitol.


The agenda (attached) was reviewed with item 6k being added.


Dr. Nancy Hall reported on current issues and events:

       About 20 curriculum proposals (some aimed at non-traditional students) have been presented to the Academic Affairs Council (AAC) at its January meeting. These include a UND non-profit leadership certificate.

       MSU has made a Business Accreditation Request to the AAC and the Chancelor.

       MSU is pursuing cooperative agreements including the criminal justice doctorate (with UND), a nursing and criminal justice partnership (with Lake Region), and 2+2 programs (with MSU-Bottineau).

       Current faculty searches are in the areas of geology, communication disorders, school psychology, and English writing

       Upcoming events include the symphony dedication of Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, the Social Work accreditation review, the College of Business Forum, and the Technology Expo.


For old business, President Keller reported that MSU has a clear procedure which involves department chairs in the appointment of adjunct faculty. Re-appointment procedures are not clear however in the case of courses through CEL. Rick Barkosky moved and Paul Markel seconded to charge the Continuing Education Committee to develop a procedure for review and re-appointment of their adjunct faculty. Motion passed.


Trisha Roberts reported that CEL has purchased 250 hours of an online student tutoring service (SMARTTHINKING)for free usage by students. Although intended primarily to help students in online classes, the service is available to all MSU students. Faculty members can obtain evaluation accounts.


Nancy Hall clarified some modifications regarding independent study classes. Some individual learning experiences (such as music lessons and student teaching) are scheduled through regular registration. Science independent research projects will also be handled this way, but faculty load questions in science must yet be addressed. Other independent study classes (such as regular classes needed by one student) are registered through CEL. For these classes, students must pay additional tuition. From this tuition, the faculty members are paid for an overload.


Dr. Shaar spoke of MSU's legislative efforts. He encouraged faculty to not be alarmed by multiple (and even conflicting) stories from the first half of the legislative process. After cross-over date, we will better know what bills are likely to be passed. The biggest higher education debate at the legislature is whether to give the SBHE an appropriation which the SBHE will apportion, or whether the legislature will control the details of the SBHE appropriation.


The final draft of the SBHE Computer and Network Usage Policy was presented. Previous language about "community standards" has been removed from an earlier draft. On intellectual property, the policy says the state does not own the files stored individual computers. The SBHE is scheduled to take final action on this policy at the end of January.


The Senate discussed the procedures by which Faculty Senate Committees are charged with tasks. Example questions included: When the VPAA observes needed changes in the Handbook, should she present these directly to the Handbook Committee or present them to the Senate, which then would send them on to the Committee? Should the movement of some independent study courses to CEL be presented to the CEL Committee directly or first to the Senate? The larger question of overall committee efficiency and committee reporting emerged. Rick Barkosky moved and Patti Fedje seconded to charge the Constitutional Review Committee to find common language defining duties of committees and who charges the committees with responsibilities. After discussion, Larry Atwood moved and Marie Mohler seconded to table the main motion. The motion to table passed.


Marie Mohler moved and M. Saeed seconded to have the Executive Committee review the entire committee structure, including committee duties and channels of communication. The motion passed.


Ernst Pijning of the General Education Committee presented a proposal to change the strands matrix for assessment of general education courses. Ron Royer moved and Linda Olson seconded that courses in the mathematics, communication, and wellness categories be allowed to move to a skills based assessment instead of the strands based assessment if they so choose. After discussion, the question was called. Motion passed.


Rick Barkosky and Ron Royer seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Without a vote, President Keller noted that the remaining agenda items could wait till the next meeting. He declared the meeting adjourned at 5:41 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCormack, Secretary
Minot State University Faculty Senate 2002-2003

Full Senate Meeting January 23, 2003

3:30 p.m. Westlie Room



Faculty Senate President - Dr. Christopher Keller

Faculty Senate Vice President - Dr. Paul Markel

Faculty Senate Secretary - Dr. David McCormack

Faculty Senate Parliamentarian - Dr. Bethany Andreasen



At-large: David McCormack (03), Rick Seklecki (03), Tom Seymour (03), Elizabeth Steere (03), Leisa Harmon (04), Susan Podrygula (04), Michelle Sauer (04), Larry Atwood (05), Cheryl Nilsen (05)

Arts and Sciences: Rick Barkosky (03), Ron Fischer (03), Ernst Pijning (03), Chris Keller (04), Clark Markell (04), Ron Royer (04), Christian Fantoni (05), Linda Olson (05), Gary Rabe (05)

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

Education and Health Sciences: Linda Haider (03), Marie Mohler (03), Ken Staub (03), Lisa Borden King (04), Paul Markel (05)

Students: Chad Johnson, Gabe Rauschenberger



  1. Approval of the minutes
  2. Announcements
  3. Review the Agenda
  4. Administrative report
  5. Old Business

a. Policy concerning adjunct faculty qualification and appointment procedures


  1. New Business

a. Smartthinking - online tutoring service - Trisha Roberts

b. Inclusion of Independent Study under C.E.

c. Legislative strategies for MSU - Dr. Shaar

d. Final draft of the SBHE Computer and Network Usage Policy

e. Procedure(s) for assignment of Faculty Senate Committee work

f. General Education Committee procedures - Dr. Ernst Pijning

g. Re-constitution of the University Committee on Evaluations (institutional)

h. Institutional Committee for on-line users

i. Compliance with State Board policy 611.2 (9)

j. Membership of the Ad hoc committee on Promotion and Tenure

k. Tutoring center