January 20, 1999
                                   PRESENT:  Young, Sherwood, McDermott, Kommers, Neff, Leech, Benham,
          Howard, Larsen, Jost, Harkin, Nehrir, Mooney, Weaver, Amend,
          Locke, Trout for Lansverk, Gedeon, Jelinski, Richard Smith,
          McKinsey, Monahan, Prawdzienski, Butterfield, Scott, Cash.

ABSENT:   Paterson, O'Neill, Burgess, Anderson, Robert Smith, Duncan,
          Cherry, Cutler, Martell, Griffith.

The meeting was called to order at 4:10 PM by Chair Peter Kommers.  A
quorum was present.  The minutes of the December 2, 1998, and December
16, 1998, Faculty Council meetings were approved as distributed.

Chair's Report - Peter Kommers.
     - Provost Chapman, who has accepted the position of president at
     NDSU, will leave MSU no later than June 1.
     - The Board of Regents will meet in Helena January 28-29.
          - Faculty from MSU campuses will make a presentation about
          what they do.
          - Proposed Engineering and Nursing programs at the other
          units will be discussed.
     - Updates from the legislature by University Relations and ASMSU
     are found at MSUinfo on the web.
     - The administrative review is being prepared for distribution to
     academic faculty.  It is an opportunity to provide constructive
     criticism to administrators.
     - The Council received a letter from the Academic Misconduct
     Policies Task Force.  Their discussion was in response to an
     attempt by students to evade sanctions by dropping a course
     without the instructor's permission.  The Task Force concluded:
          - The Academic Misconduct Policy is not in immediate need of
          - Dropping a course is a privilege, not a right.
          - Students must have the instructor's consent to drop a
     - There will be further discussion of the Task Force conclusions
     at a future Council meeting.

University Governance Council Nominating Committee Report - Alan
     - In response to a request from the Provost that he receive more
     than one nominee for a position, Gary Harkin, Computer Science,
     has been nominated for the vacant faculty position on the Salary
     Review Committee.  It was agreed Gary's name will be submitted,
     along with the name of Michael Peed, School of Art, as a nominee
     for the position.
     - On January 28, Cable and Wireless will be on campus to give an
     overview of their services and ask for input about issues for
     MSU.  The meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. - 3 P.M., and lunch
     will be provided.  They would like a couple of faculty to attend.
     Please contact Alan if you or someone you know is interested in

Faculty Affairs Committee Report - Ron Larsen.
     - The committee has been working on various Handbook changes.
     Some of them will be brought to Council next week.

Discussion with President Malone.
     - The searches for Vice President for Administration and Finance
     and for an interim Provost will soon be started.
          - This is an awkward time of year to begin a search for a
          Provost.  A search for an interim position will probably
          begin very shortly and a search for the permanent position
          will probably begin in late summer.   The President is
          leaning toward using a screening or search committee rather
          than appointing someone to the position.
          - The search for the VPA&F will begin soon.  This position
          will probably assume greater responsibility for the other
          MSU campuses than in the past.
     - A draft paper by President Malone, "The Role and Workload
     Expectations of Faculty at Montana State University-Bozeman" was
     distributed.  It is a starting point for broader discussion of
     faculty work load and teaching load.
          - Teaching load is only a part of work load for faculty.
          - Teaching load can not be measured by a formula.
          - President Malone commended Chair Kommers' earlier
          statement that discussions should take place in Deans'
          Council which would address the variation among colleges in
          teaching load.
          - During discussion, Chair Kommers went on to state that
          given UPT expectations and the Boyer Report, everyone should
          have opportunity to be learners and discoverers.  How is
          teaching load applied in an equitable way among the
          - This model allows flexibility among colleges.  Although
          there could be deviation from the mean, the mean is still
          - According to President Malone, if work load is
          micro-managed, quality can soon be left out of the equation.

MSU Campuses Strategic Plan.- President Malone and MSU System
Coordinator Rolf Groseth.
     - The draft will be presented to the Board of Regents next
     Thursday.  UM campuses presented their plan late last year to the
     - This document was derived from strategic planning documents
     from the MSU campuses.  MSU has a Long-Range Plan, and last
     year's Long-Range Planning Committee Chair participated on the
     Strategic Plan committee.
     - The document addresses what the campuses do together.
     - Dr. Groseth outlined several changes which have been made to
     the earlier draft because of input from faculty.
     -  Several additional changes were recommended, particularly in
     the area of distributed learning.  It was pointed out there is no
     discussion of the infrastructure necessary to maintain the campus
     group through expanding computer services.
     - Although athletics appears to be a large entity, there is no
     mention of it in the plan.  It is not an activity the campuses
     participate in jointly.

As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:15, with
the announcement by President Malone that a campus forum to discuss
legislative issues will be held as soon as feasible.

Joann Amend, Secretary, and Peter Kommers, Chair