Minutes of Minot State University Faculty Senate

April 17, 2003


Members present: Bethany Andreasen, Larry Atwood, Lisa Borden-King, Christian Fantoni, Patti Fedje, Ron Fischer, Linda Pettersen (proxy for Linda Haider), Nancy Hall, Paul Markel, David McCormack, Bonnie Farhart (proxy for Marie Mohler), Cheryl Nilsen, Linda Olson, Ernst Pijning, Susan Podrygula, Gary Rabe, Ron Royer, M. Saeed, Michelle Sauer, Richard Seklecki, Gabe Rauschenberger (student).

Members absent: Richard Barkosky, Leisa Harmon, Christopher Keller, Clark Markell, Tom Seymour, H. Erik Shaar, Kenneth Staub, Elizabeth Steere, Chad Johnson (student).

Guests present: Linda Cresap, Stephen Hayton.


The meeting was called to order at 3:33 by Vice President Paul Markel.


Patti Fedje moved and Susan Podrygula seconded to accept Linda Petterson as a proxy for Linda Haider, and to accept Bonnie Farhart as a proxy for Marie Mohler. The motion carried.


For announcements, Vice President Markel reported that the results of the legislative session are still unclear. Bruce Haskins will report to the Senate at the May 1 meeting, when the legislative action will be complete.


Ron Fischer moved and Cheryl Nilsen seconded that the minutes be approved as presented. Motion passed.


The meeting agenda was approved.


Dr. Nancy Hall gave the administrative report:

·        At the Academic Vice Presidents Council, several actions are related to MSU. The Stage One proposal for a Gender/Women's Studies minor and concentration was approved.  The Stage One proposal for a Fraud Examination Minor was approved. The Stage Two Proposal to place MSU’s Management Masters Degree online was approved.

·        Mayville and Valley City had requested authority to grant graduate credit. Also, NDSU requested authority to offer a doctoral degree in education (duplicating UND’s degree). The study of these requests (commissioned by the State Board of Higher Education) recommended these requests not be approved. There will be a meeting at Minot on May 1 concerning these requests, and the State Board will act on the requests at their May meeting.

·        Memorandums of Understand are being developed with Lake Region for outreaches in nursing and in criminal justice. MSU is presently completing a nursing outreach to Williston.

·        The Taiwan Memorandum of Understanding is currently on hold because the Chinese government is concerned about out migration of their scholars.

·        Nelson Hall will be closed from mid-June to mid-August for the remaining construction needs including rigging.

·        A donor would like to give a quarter section of virgin land 40 miles southeast of Minot to MSU. The land has potential for multiple disciplines, especially science and history.

·        Cathy Horvath has prepared a classroom equipment inventory for the campus. This will enable better use of resources and better knowledge of campus needs.


Ron Royer reported relative to the Council of College Faculties. The 2004 Arts and Humanities Summit will be held at MSU. The CCF also discussed the mission changes requested by some campuses in Stage One proposals, the matter spoken of earlier in Dr. Hall’s report.


Stephen Hayton presented the list of curriculum items approved by the Curriculum Committee. He also presented some concerns of the Curriculum Committee, some of which were discussed by the Senate. The concerns include:  (1) the impact of curriculum decisions on resource allocation, (2) faculty advising of students relative to curriculum changes, (3) whether all members of a department are aware of the changes requested by department chairs, and (4) how to manage the volume of changes for each new catalog.


The Senate discussed but reached no conclusions on the above issues and on: (1) whether the use of Assessment Day was an appropriate way to handle catalog changes, (2) whether the Senate needs to re-deliberate the work of the Curriculum Committee, (3) whether the two readings rule is necessary, (4) whether the curriculum change application process should address funding questions, and on (5) needed clarification of the Curriculum Committee’s duties


Ron Royer moved and Susan Podrygula seconded to act on the Curriculum Committee’s report, one item at a time. The motion passed.


Ron Royer moved and Patti Fedje seconded approval of the Psychology curriculum proposal (change credits of 585). Motion passed.


Ron Royer moved and Larry Atwood seconded approval of the Geology curriculum proposals (add 108 and 305, change credits of 210 and 310, change BA and BSE). Motion passed.


Lisa Borden-King moved and Ron Royer seconded approval of the Education curriculum proposals (credit changes to 518, 522, 598). Motion passed.


Michelle Sauer moved and Ron Fischer seconded approval of the proposed English Concentration within the Master of Education degree. Motion passed. The current MAT: English will be retained at present.


Patti Fedje moved and M. Saeed seconded approval of the Health Management curriculum proposals (add 215, 260, and 460, change credits of 151, add concentration). Motion passed.


Ron Royer moved and Michelle Sauer seconded approval of the BS English curriculum proposals (add 430, 470, and 236 in the second group of electives). Motion passed.


Ron Royer moved and Patti Fedje seconded approval of the BA English curriculum proposals (add 430, 470, and 236 to literature option electives, add 470 to writing option electives, change writing option hours to 14-15). Motion passed.


Ron Fischer moved and Lisa Borden-King seconded approval of the English proposals:  (1) Drop present English Concentration (2) Add Dramatic Literature, Expository Writing, Literature, Creative Writing, and Comparative Literature Concentrations. (3) Add 232, 236, 430, and 470 as new courses. (4) Drop 274. (5) Change the course restrictions on 411, 435, and 491.  Motion passed.


Ron Royer moved and Linda Olson seconded approval of the Driver Education Certificate of Completion proposal. Motion passed.


Ernst Pijning moved and Gary Rabe seconded to suspend the ten day rules and to approve the Sociology curriculum proposals (require 476, make 477 elective, drop 478). Motion passed.


Patti Fedje moved and Gary Rabe seconded approval of the Communication Disorders curriculum proposal (drop BIOL 220, 221, add BIOL 115, PHYS 105, SPED 113 or 117). Ron Royer moved and Gary Rabe seconded to table the motion.


Ernst Pijning reported that the General Education Committee recommends recertification of the following courses for another four years:  ART 280, MUSC 120, MUSC 160, PHYS 203, and PHYS 204. The Committee also recommends that the following courses be extended for one semester: HPER 109 and MUSC 205. Pijning also reported for faculty advising purposes that a number of current General Education courses will NOT count as General Education courses, effective fall semester. The following courses, by request of faculty of the respective departments will no longer be General Education courses:  ART 120, ART 123, ART 225, ART 265, HPER 103, MUSC 105, MUSC 127, MUSC 165, BIOL 220, BIOL 221, and GEOL 110. The last change reported by the Committee is a change of HMS 151 from 1 credit to 2 credits. Ron Royer moved and Linda Olson seconded the acceptance of all recommended courses. The motion passed.


Gary Rabe read the Promotion Committee Report from Committee Chairperson Linda Cresep. The Committee has recommended to President Shaar that Mr. Ken Staub be promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor. The Committee recommended that all of the following be promoted to Associate Professor:  Dr. Wojciech Cebulack, Mr. Bill Harbort, Dr. Joseph Jastrzembski, Dr. Chris Keller, Dr. Beth Pross, and Dr. ShaunAnne Tangney. The Committee recommended that Dr. Cheryl Gerard and Dr. David McCormack be promoted to the rank of Professor.


Paul Markel briefly reported on the status of the Excellence in Teaching Model. The model is not intended to create a one-size-fits-all picture of an excellent teacher at MSU, nor intended as a teaching evaluation tool. Instead, the model collects information on "best practice" in teaching, and the model provides an avenue for faculty discussion encouraging individual progress in the art of teaching.


The question was raised on whether the Faculty Senate should take a proactive stance in program evaluations. Current practice is often that programs come under review at budget crunch times. Ron Royer moved and Cheryl Nilsen seconded that this question be on the agenda of the next Faculty Senate meeting.


Student representative Gabe Rauschenberger invited the faculty to join students in next year's intermurals. The Student Association has taken over the intermurals.


The annual meeting of the MSU faculty will be held at 12:30 on April 24.


Meeting adjourned 5:48.




Respectfully submitted,



David R. McCormack, secretary.
Minot State University Faculty Senate 2002-2003

Full Senate Meeting April 17, 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 - Ron Royer
  6. Old Business


  1. New Business

            a. Curriculum Committee report

            b. General Education Committee report

            c. Report of the Promotion Committee

            d. Status of the Excellence in Teaching Model

            e. Proactive mechanism(s) for evaluating MSU program viability

            f. Announcement from Student Representative