Minutes of Minot State University Faculty Senate

March 27, 2003


Members present: Bethany Andreasen, Richard Barkosky, Lisa Borden-King, Christian Fantoni, Patti Fedje, Ron Fischer, Linda Haider, Leisa Harmon, Christopher Keller, Paul Markel, Clark Markell, David McCormack, Cheryl Nilsen, Ernst Pijning, Susan Podrygula, M. Saeed, Michelle Sauer, Richard Seklecki,

Members absent: Larry Atwood, Nancy Hall, Marie Mohler, Linda Olson, Gary Rabe, Ron Royer, Tom Seymour, H. Erik Shaar, Kenneth Staub, Elizabeth Steere, Chad Johnson (student), Gabe Rauschenberger (student)

Guests present: Linda Cresap, Mike Duffy, Stephen Hayton, Wes Matthews, Kim Thompson, Maila Zitelli


President Keller called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m. and presented the meeting agenda.

President Keller made the following announcements:

¨       Twelve to fifteen years ago, the topic of +/- grades was discussed by the Faculty Senate. The question has been raised again in view of the changeover to Connect ND. Senators will consult their departments to see whether there is interest in discussing this and other grade related issues. 

¨       President Keller has appointed Patti Fedje, Warren Gamus, and Steve Huenneke to serve as faculty members on a committee to pilot an online end-of-course evaluation process.

¨       Some faculty members have requested pay on a twelve month basis. Bruce Haskins will be asked to present his concerns about a twelve month plan at the next Senate meeting.


Wes Matthews informed Senators about the factors considered in the granting of salary increases. Last years increases were based on the factors: market, equity, performance, workload changes, responsibility changes, and rank change. Beginning salaries of newly hired faculty members are based on factors such as the CUPA and the AAUP faculty salary market rate data. A problem is that, when proper moneys are not available, salary compression occurs between the ranks. This year there will be very little money available for salary increases. This is partly because new state moneys will be very limited and because health insurance is expected to increase by 25%.


The minutes of the February 20 Faculty Senate meeting were accepted. There was no administrative report because Drs. Hall and Shaar were both unable to attend.


The Council of College Faculties (CCF) report was begun by Ernst Pijning and continued by Mike Duffy:

¨       Mayville State has chosen a President

¨       Regarding equity and salary, CCF has learned that the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) is delivering financial packages to the campuses based on a formula (yet to be determined). No more than 80% of each salary package will go to the campuses automatically. The remaining 20% will be distributed to campuses most hurting in salary equity.

¨       The SBHE asking for an additional 13.5 million for health cost increases.

¨       The Legislature won’t fund additional salaries and the presidents say needed increases will be funded from other sources.

¨       The annual State of the Faculty conference will be organized in conjunction with meetings of the SBHE, the state VPAAs meeting, and the CCF.

¨       CCF was beginning to discuss mediation/grievances issues when time ran out on the IVN meeting system.


At the February 20 meeting a motion was made to expunge the second page of the Faculty Review Committee's report in the grievange issue raised by Dr. Maila Zittilli. Patti Fedje move and Michelle Sauer seconded a motion to bring the tabled motion to the floor. This motion passed. Dr. Zittelli first presented a copy from the Faculty Senate constitution arguing that this is definitely a matter for Faculty Senate discussion. Dr. Zittelli again presented her case for removal of the second page of the report. After discussion, the Senate defeated the original motion by a secret ballot (6 yes, 10 no, 1 abstain). The Faculty Review Committee's report will remain as it was written.


Kim Thompson informed the Senate of a new Community of Science database being sponsored by the University system on a one year trial. This internet site will enable one to locate an expert within a requested discipline. The site name is misleading because the site is not restricted to the sciences. The entire faculty will receive this Community of Science information from Kim.


The nursing faculty have nominated Shirley McMillan to receive the Lifetime Educator Award. Recipients must be a retired MSU full time faculty who had a distinguished MSU career and who demonstrates a continued commitment to MSU. Leisa Harmon moved and Ernst Pijning seconded a motion to make this award. The motion passed.


The Constitutional Review Committee reported proposed wording for the By Laws changes directed by the Senate earlier this year. Cheryl Nilsen moved and M. Saeed seconded a motion to accept the proposed wording. The motion passed. These recommended changes will now go to a faculty vote.


Lisa Borden King, Michelle Sauer, and Cheryl Nilsen volunteered to serve on the Faculty Senate nominating committee. They will find candidates for President, Vice President, Secretary, and CCF representative.


Ernst Pijning reported that the General Education committee made the following recommendations:

¨       Re-certify ART 101, 112, 122, 140, 204, and 250 for four years. Remove ART 123, 220, 225, and 265 at the request of the art department.

¨       Re-certify MUSC 100, 150, and 201 for four years. Extend MUSC 155 and 160 for one year.

¨       Re-certify PHYS 105, 110, 221, and 222 for four years.

¨       Re-certify BIOL 111, 142, 150, 151, and 154 for four years. Remove BIOL 220 and 221 at the request of the biology department. Extend BIOL 115 for one year.

David McCormack moved and Lisa Borden-King seconded to accept the report. The motion passed.


Stephen Hayton reported the following recommendations from the Curriculum Committee:

¨       In the BS Business Education program, add ACCT 201 and drop BOTE 108.

¨       In the MEd-Business program, add BIT 598 and drop BADM 535.

¨       Add BIT 598

¨       In the BS Chemistry program, accept two options: Professional Chemistry Degree, and General Chemistry Degree.

¨       In the BS Computer Science program, add a CSCI or departmental approval pre-requisite to CSCI 120.

¨       Administratively add the H designation on approved Honors classes.

Ernst Pijning moved and Lisa Borden-King seconded to suspend the 10 day rule and adopt the package of recommendations. The motion passed.


The meeting adjourned at 5:14.


Respectfully submitted,

David R. McCormack, Secretary

Minot State University Faculty Senate 2002-2003

Full Senate Meeting March 27, 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. CCF Report - Michael Duffy
  6. Old Business

      a. Report of the Faculty Review Committee


  1. New Business

            a. CUPA data and between discipline pay increases - Wes Matthews

            b. Community of Science database - Kim Thompson

            c. Lifetime achievement award

            d. Bylaw revisions - recommendations from Constitutional Rev. Com.

            e. Nomination Committee

            f. General Education Committee report

            g. Curriculum Committee report