FS120418 2.aApproved by FS 12/4/18


November 6, 2018, 3:30 pm Cascade Room

OFFICERS: Tom Hergert, Mark Jaede, Jamie Heiman, Tina Sacin

IFO BOARD: Debra Leigh, Shawn Schooley


MAJOR COLLEGE/UNIT REPRESENTATIVES: (CLA) Jennifer Tuder, Debra Japp; (COSE) Matt Julius; (HBS) Bill Hudson; (SCEE) Tony Hansen; (SHHS) Laura Finch; (SOTA) Matt Ferrell; (SOE) Steven McCullar; (SOPA) Dick Andzenge; (SS) Cindy Gruwell

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS (CLA): (ANTH) Mark Muniz; (CMST) VACANT, David Warne, VACANT; (ENGL) John Madden, VACANT, VACANT; (GENDER & WS) Mumbi Mwangi; (FORL) Masha Mikolchak; (HIST) Rob Galler; (COMM) Dale Zacher; (PHIL) VACANT; (PSYC) Jody Illies, Leslie Valdes; (SOC) Ann Finan

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (COSE): (BIOL) VACANT, Ryan Fink; (CHEM) Christina Cama, Nate Bruender; (MATH & STAT) Ravi Kalia, Bill Branson, Michael Ernst; (PHYS) Chris Nelson


SCHOOL OF COMPUTING, ENGINEERING & ENVIRONMENT(SCEE): (AHS) Alan Srock; (CSIT) Amos Olagunju, Andy Anda; (ECE) Timothy Vogt; (ETS) Tony Akubue; (MME) Julianna Zhao

SCHOOL OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (SHHS): (CSD) Teri Estrem; (COUN & PSYC) Martin Guo, Trae Downing; (GERO) Rona Karasik; (Kinesiology) Giovanni Antunez; (NURS) Amy Hiller-Listerud, Roxanne Wilson; (SW) Patience Togo Malm

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (SOTA): (ART) Julie Baugnet; (MUS) Kristian Twombly, VACANT; (TH & FS) Jeffrey Bleam

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (SOE): (CFS) Fati Zarghami; (ELHE) Rachel Friedensen; (HURL) Semya Hakim; (SPED) Jennifer Christensen; (TDEV) Jennifer Jay, Yun Claire Park

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS (SOPA): (CJS) VACANT; (ECON) Eungmin Kang; (GEOG & PLAN) Aspa Rigopoulou-Melcher, VACANT; (POL) Shoua Yang, Linda Butenhoff

SPECIAL SERVICES (SS): (AS) Geoffrey Tabakin, Steven Anderson; (ATHL) Gretta Arvessen, VACANT; (CONT STUDIES) VACANT; (COUNS) Steve Jenkins;(UL) Robin Ewing, Jo Flanders

GUEST: Jonathan Bohn, IFO


1.) Call to order at 3:33 pm; Jaede is chairing the meeting until Hergert arrives.


2.) Act on Minutes

a.) Faculty Senate minutes of October 16, 2018 (FS110618 2.a)

Motion to approve Faculty Senate minutes of October 16, 2018, and all actions included—(Christensen/Zarghami). Passed


b.) Executive Committee minutes of September 25, 2018 (FS101618 2.b)—filed.

c.)  UCC minutes of October 18 & 25, 2018 (FS110618 2.c.1-2.c.2)—motions below.

d.) Professional Development Committee minutes of September 13 & October 25, 2018 (FS110618 2.d.1-2.d.3)—motions below from October 25th minutes.

e.) Faculty Research Grants Committee minutes of September 14, 2018 (FS110618 2.e)—filed.

f.)   Government Relations Committee minutes of October 19, 2018 (FS110618 2.f)—filed.


3.) Treasurer’s Report—no report.


4.) Consent Agenda

a.)  IFO Assessment for Course Placement Committee: Sandra Johnson (MATH&STAT/COSE/2020)

Motion to approve the Consent Agenda—(Christensen/Friedensen). Passed


5.) Special Elections—none.


6.) Call for Additional Agenda Items—none.


7.) Announcements

a.) Grievance Update—no report.

b.) Provost and President Meeting Updates—meeting with President Wacker they stressed a full budget report; in the meeting with Provost they discussed the Meet and Confer agenda.

c.)  Negotiations Update—the first meeting will be this week.

d.) Drum Circles – need 10-15 volunteers at 12:00-12:50 pm on Monday, December 10, 2018—announced.

e.) Government Relations Committee Meeting at IFO, St. Paul on Thursday night and Friday; preferably one democrat and one republican—announced.


8.) Unfinished Business

a.) EC recommendation from 9/25/18: There was discussion for both sides.

Motion to refer the Social Studies Education Response from UCC minutes of April 26, 2018, without recommendation, to Faculty Senate:

From UCC April 26, 2018 minutes:

This request was not approved. UCC would like to reaffirm the statement from the last denial about the lack of depth in this program. “Social Studies teachers are hired to teach courses in several disciplines (history, political science, economics, geography, and behavioral sciences). In the current Social Studies Teaching program, the core courses give students a broad, but shallow, education in these disciplines. Students then choose a specialization in one of the disciplines for further depth. It is the opinion of UCC that all teachers need sufficient depth in some academic area. The current proposal further generalizes an already general program and allows students to graduate without sufficient depth in any area. It does not appear to effectively serve student needs.” UCC respectfully requests that all Social Studies units and Deans work together face-to-face to resolve their differences in the Social Studies emphasis. Please reconsider diminishing the lengthy list of electives. Tabled 10/2 until 10/16. Tabled 10/16 until 11/6. 11/6/18 vote: in favor: 23; opposed: 7; motion passed.

Motion to close debate—(McCullar/Ore). Failed


·         Social Studies Proposal Notes and UCC’s Response

·         Info from Geography & Planning, David Wall, Chair

·         Response from History, Jason Eden

·         Response from Geography & Planning, Cindy Fitzthum, Director of Social Studies Teaching

·         Letter from Kathryn Young, Director of Office of Clinical Experiences
(FS110618 8.a.1-8.a.5)


b.) “Gee I thought this was a full-time job” (Hansen)—not discussed.


Hergert arrived and took the chair from Jaede.


9.) New Business

a.) Proactive Conversations Pertaining to University Issues (standing EC item) Johnathan Bohn, IFO Director of Public Affairs Time Certain 3:45-4:15 pm; Bohn addressed Faculty Senate early at 3:35 pm. He encouraged faculty to vote if they have not already, and to encourage students to vote. Bohn talked about the budget and MinnState. There was a brief discussion.

b.) UCC motions from October 18 & 25, 2018 minutes. Passed

c.)  Professional Development Committee motions from October 25, 2018 minutes. Passed

d.) EC recommendations from 10/30/18:

Motion to recommend that the St. Cloud State Faculty Association should encourage nominations for the MinnState Teaching Award. Passed


Motion to recommend that St. Cloud State faculty should continue to participate in the MinnState Board of Trustees Award. Passed

10.)Adjournment at 4:36 pm

Submitted by Polly Chappell,
FA/IFO Union Office Operations Coordinator