FS040219 2.aApproved by FS 4/2/19


March 19, 2019, 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) Jason Eden; (COMM) Roger Rudolph; (PHIL) VACANT; (PSYC) Joe Melcher, 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) Vacant, Steven Anderson; (ATHL) Gretta Arvessen, VACANT; (CONT STUDIES) VACANT; (COUNS) Steve Jenkins;(UL) Robin Ewing, Jo Flanders


1.) Call to order at 3:37 pm


2.) Act on Minutes

a.) Faculty Senate minutes of February 26, 2019 (FS031919 2.a)

Motion to approve Faculty Senate Minutes of February 26, 2019, and all actions included—(Christensen/Downing). Passed


b.) Executive Committee minutes of February 12, 2019 (FS031919 2.b)—filed.

c.)  UCC minutes of February 21, 28, and March 14, 2019 (FS031919 2.c.1-2.c.2)—motions below.

d.) Safety Committee minutes of February 27, 2019 (2.d)—filed.


3.) Treasurer’s Report—no report.


4.) Consent Agenda

a.) Final Election Ballot and Officer Candidate Statements (also on FA website: www.scsufa.org; electronic voting April 8-15, 2019 (FS031919 4.a.1-4.a.2)

b.) Affirmative Action Compliance Advisory Committee (2022): Sharon Bohjanen (CFS/SOE)

c.)  Assessment Steering Committee:

COSE Rep/2022: Bill Branson (MATH&STAT)

SHHS Rep/2022: Caryl Martin (Kinesiology)

d.) Campus Technology Teams (CATTs):

CLA Rep/2022: Choonkyong Kim (ENGL)

SOE Rep/2022: Kristen Carlson (IM)

e.) CETL Advisory Committee:

CLA Rep/2022: Edward Sadrai (ENGL)

Former CETL Director/2022: Dan Wildeson (CMST)

f.)   Faculty Athletics Advisory Committee:

CLA Rep/2022: Debra Japp (CMST)

HBS Rep/2022: Emil Towner (MKTG & Business Law)

g.) Gender Equity Advisory Committee (2022): Paula U’Ren (ATHL)

h.) Multicultural Resources Center Advisory Board (2 reps):

Kyoko Kishimoto (ETHN & WS/CLA/2022)

Robert Galler (HIST/CLA/2022)

i.)   Parking Appeals Committee (2022): Alvin Hung-Chih Yu (GEOG & PLAN/SOPA)

j.)   Safety Committee (2022): John Sinko (PHYS/COSE)

k.) Scholarship, Research & Creative Achievement Committee:

CLA Rep/2022: Choonkyong Kim (ENGL)

SOPA Rep/2022: Aspa Rigopoulou-Melcher (GEOG & PLAN)

m.)Student Success Advisory Council (CLA/2022): Mark Jaede (HIST)

Motion to approve Consent Agenda—(Finch/Gruwell). Passed


5.) Special Elections (statements of qualifications on ballots)—ballots were distributed, counted and tallied.

a.) Alnwick Castle Advisory Group (2 reps/2022):

Bill Branson (MATH&STAT/COSE) 11 votes

David Switzer (ECON/SOPA) 16 votes

Emil Towner (MKTG & Business Law/HBS) 17 votes

b.) CETL Advisory Committee (SS rep/2022):

Robin Ewing (UL) 3 votes

Rachel Wexelbaum (UL) 0 votes

c.)  Scholarship, Research & Creative Achievement Committee (COSE rep/2022):

John Sinko (PHYS) 2 votes

Kannan Sivaprakasam (CHEM) 0 votes

d.) Scholarship, Research & Creative Achievement Committee (SHHS rep/2022):

Mili Mathew (CSD) 3 votes

Younsook Yeo (SW) 1 vote

e.) University Archives Committee (2022):

Bill Branson (MATH&STAT/COSE) 7 votes

Debra Japp (CMST/CLA) 27 votes


6.) Call for Additional Agenda Items—Years of Service Recognition Ceremony (Ernst)


7.) Announcements

a.) Grievance Update—no update. There was a brief discussion about what is reported in Faculty Senate on grievances; there is no report on specifics for grievances.

b.) Provost and President Meeting Updates—Jaede gave an update on the meetings. The search for a provost was discussed with the president. There have been a couple meetings with the provost, and they discussed prior consideration in faculty searches, democratic processes for departmental governance, and the shift to O365 Shared Tenant. There was brief discussion.

c.)  Negotiations Update—Ore gave an update. The team met last Thursday and Friday in St. Paul. The first meeting with the other side is in April.

d.) Candidate Forum April 2 at 2:00-3:30 pm in Cascade, right before Faculty Senate—announced; please attend and encourage colleagues to attend as well.


8.) Unfinished Business

a.) Organizing Update (EC subcommittee: Tuder, Heiman, Panicker) (FS031919 8.a)—Tuder and Panicker spoke to the item.

Motion to approve the proposal of the subcommittee for organizing—(Jaede/Japp). Passed


9.) New Business

a.) Proactive Conversations Pertaining to University Issues (standing EC item)—no guests.

b.) EC motion from 3/12/19: Motion to approve the Adjunct Faculty Improvement Grant Guidelines proposal conditionally, and bring it to Faculty Senate for approval (FS031919 9.b.1-9.b.2). Passed

c.)  UCC motions from February 21, 28 (amended), & March 14, 2019 minutes. Passed

Motion to amend the term “off load” to “without pay” in February 28, 2019 UCC minutes—(Jaede/Ernst) Passed

d.) International Studies Committee Operating Procedures Change (FS031919 9.d.1)—read to Faculty Senate today; to be voted on at the next Faculty Senate.

e.) Motion for faculty senate, on behalf of the department of English—(Madden/Downing). Amended and passed


Motion to amend that the Faculty Senate requests the schedule committee to consider revising the current course timetable to enable 75 minutes/two-day per week courses to begin at 4pm—(Jaede/Downing). Passed                    


Proposal: Revise current course timetable to enable 75 minutes 3-credit/two-day per week courses to begin at 4pm.



Since our graduate and undergraduate students are often employed long hours at jobs, it is of great importance that we schedule our evening courses efficiently. The English Department must serve multiple constituencies, including by offering at least once per term courses that serve both undergraduate and graduate students.

Existing morning and early/mid-afternoon timetable slots make sense because they keep courses working together in an organized way. However, our programs are under great pressure to maximize the late-afternoon and evening timeslots to accommodate student schedules.



1.   The new timetable permits 1-credit, 2-credit, 4-credit, and longer courses to begin at 4pm. Why not 3-credit courses?

2.   The new timetable means that our 4-credit majors courses can only be offered in 4 timeslots of the day: 9,11,2, and evening. At 3 pm, they would interfere with 2pm courses.

3.   The whole point of starting this course at 4pm is that it does not get in the way of any other courses for advanced students because many of our majors courses can end before 4pm [2pm is a very useful timeslot] and these 4pm courses end before night classes begin. 

4.   Notice that 110-minute blocks are allowed to begin at 4pm, which raises the question of why a shorter class that doesn’t interfere with evening classes at all—unlike the 110 min courses—wouldn’t be permitted. There is no PROBLEM with the 4pm start. It harms no other courses. In fact that course still ends in time for students to attend 5:30 or 6pm evening courses.

5.   A few years back, the provost got us to standardize evening start times, and so we began all our evening courses at 5:30, which creates both consistency of expectations and reasonable timing for commuting students to travel home in wintry conditions. Unless this expectation is forced to change, we cannot offer 4-credit/two-days per week courses starting at 4pm anyway.

6.   Keeping a 75 min course at 4pm -5:15 fosters student success, keeps our majors courses from getting in the way of each other, and is supportive of our English majors and graduate students because they can get one more course done in the late afternoon.

7.   We have used the 4pm time slot for at least a decade and have never heard about interference from scheduling in other departments.

8.   Faculty would need to be convinced with a positive, urgent justification for maintaining a rule against a 4pm start time for 3-credit courses.


How might this impact students’ progress to degree completion?

That is an important consideration, because our sudden very low enrollments at SCSU mean that we have to be maximally efficient with both the undergraduate and graduate courses.

Under the new timetable, we have applied every term for “temporary” waivers to use the 4pm timeslot in this way. The time slot makes it possible for advanced students to get two courses done late in the day, one at 4pm and one in the evening. Much of our graduate program is conducted in the evening and 4pm also fits many graduate students’ needs.

If students need dinner before a night class, they can get it at 5:15 (if not carrying it already) and snack during the evening class break.


How might this impact classroom utilization?

This will improve classroom utilization, because it will shoehorn another course in between the 2pm courses for English majors, which is one of the limited number of start times for our 4-credit major courses, and evening classes, which begin at 5:30.

The 4-5:15 time slot is a clever solution to a complex puzzle of how to accommodate our advanced students in an efficient way.


f.)   Years of Service Recognition Ceremony (Ernst)—there was discussion.

Motion to direct the FA leadership to follow up with issue of appreciation gifts this year with other units and administration—(Friedensen/Christensen). Passed

10.)Adjournment at 5:05 pm

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