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MnSCU-IFO Master Agreement 1995-1997
ARTICLE 30 - Akita
The MnSCU/IFO Agreement shall apply, to the Minnesota State University
- Akita (hereinafter Akita MSU-A or Akita) except as supplemented and/or
modified by this Article or by any subsequent agreements between
MnSCU and the IFO.
Section A. Definitions.
Subd. 1. Provost. For purposes of this Agreement,
the term Provost has the same meaning as President.
Subd. 2. Academic Year. The academic year is a four
(4) quarter or two (2) semester year, as applicable, beginning on April
1 and ending on March 31.
Subd. 3. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year begins April
1 and ends March 31.
Subd. 4. Days. Days means calendar days excluding
Saturdays, Sundays, Japanese national holidays, and December 24 and
25. By agreement, excluded days may be designated as duty days in the
Subd. 5. Akita International Academy. Akita International
Academy is the legally registered and recognized Japanese organization
created to support instruction at Akita.
Section B. Teaching Assignment. The teaching assignments
of ESL faculty members shall be as described in Article 10 of this Agreement;
however, the assignments shall not exceed fifteen (15) contact hours per
week, and shall not exceed five (5) contact hours per day.
Section C. Compensation.
Subd. 1. All Akita faculty shall be compensated according
to the terms of this Agreement, except as follows:
a. Through March 31, 1996, all Akita faculty shall receive a cost-of-living
salary supplement of two thousand seven hundred dollars ($2,700)
per quarter or nine thousand two hundred dollars ($9,200) per academic
year. Effective April 1, 1996, the cost-of-living salary supplement
will be fifty-eight dollars ($58) per duty day. If faculty are employed
less than fifty percent time, the cost-of-living adjustment will be
prorated according to the percentage of full-time workload. The salary
schedule in effect under Article 11 for each MnSCU fiscal year shall
be applicable in the corresponding fiscal year at Akita.
b. All Akita faculty shall be provided housing in facilities provided
by the Akita International Academy without charge, for the period
of employment. Faculty are responsible for utilities. Housing policy
will be made after meet and confer.
c. Faculty salaries shall be set in dollars. At the beginning of
each appointment, and at the beginning of each quarter or semester,
as applicable, faculty may elect to have all or a part of the salary
transferred to Japan and shall designate where it is to be sent. The
exchange rate for purposes of this Agreement shall be set at one hundred
twenty-five (125) yen: one (1) U.S. dollar. The rate of exchange will
be reviewed annually in April. The Provost shall not modify the rate
of exchange by more than ten percent (10%). If the rate is modified,
it will apply to faculty offered appointments made subsequent to the
change. For other faculty, the change will be effective no sooner
than one (1) year following the modification. The basis for modification
will be considered in a meet and confer.
d. At the beginning of each appointment period, faculty shall identify
a home city. Each twelve month period, Akita shall reimburse each
faculty member for the cost of one round-trip direct flight from the
faculty home city to Akita in an amount not to exceed two thousand
fifty dollars ($2,050). In addition, Akita shall reimburse five hundred
dollars ($500) each for the faculty member's spouse and up to two
children living at Akita.
e. The employer shall reimburse faculty on a one (1) quarter, two
(2) quarter or one (1) semester assignment up to two hundred dollars
($200) and faculty on an assignment of three (3) quarters, two (2)
semesters, or more up to three hundred dollars ($300) for costs of
shipping personal belongings and professional materials. In second
and subsequent years, continuing faculty shall be reimbursed up to
three hundred dollars ($300) for shipping expenses.
f. Faculty on leave from other MnSCU universities shall continue
to have the same rank and lane placement they would have had at their
g. Japanese national faculty who are not eligible for Employer contributions
to FICA, TRA or IRAP, supplemental retirement and State of Minnesota
provided health, dental and life insurance coverages shall have their
base salaries and salary supplement adjusted upward by twenty-five
percent (25%) at the time of appointment. In the third and subsequent
years, the adjustment shall be twenty-seven percent (27%). In the
event that retirement or other benefits are provided, Section D.,
Subd. 1. g. is subject renegotiation.
The Akita Administration and the IFO are committed to working together
in addressing the issue of benefits for Japanese national faculty.
With this understanding, the Akita Administration shall make a proposal
to the IFO regarding these benefits no later than December 31, 1996.
Subd. 2. Overload. Compensation for overload for ESL
faculty members shall be at the rate specified in Article 12, Section
B, based on the additional percentage of contact hours taught.
Section D. Insurance. Faculty shall be provided insurance
coverage consistent with Article 14. In addition faculty members shall
be provided access to the Japanese National Health Insurance System, to
the extent permitted under Japanese law. MnSCU will pay the full cost
of Japanese National Health Insurance for the faculty member and for the
dependents who are a part of the household in Akita.
Section E. Professional Activities.
Subd. 1. Professional improvement funds available
for faculty at Akita will be allocated in accordance with Article 19,
Subd. 2. Professional Study and Travel. Professional
study and travel funds shall not be restricted as specified in Article
19, Section B, and may be used for other study and travel. Faculty on
leave from other MnSCU institutions shall be entitled to professional
study and travel funds from either Akita or their home university but
Subd. 3. Evaluation. At the conclusion of a MnSCU
faculty member's appointment to Akita, the Provost/designee shall write
a letter to the president of the faculty member's home campus commenting
upon professional accomplishments and other activities at Akita. Copies
shall be provided to the faculty member and placed in the official home
campus personnel file.
Section F. Paid Leaves of Absence.
Subd. 1. For purposes of interpretation of Article
17, Section A., Subd. 8., faculty members at Akita shall be considered
to have worked one hundred sixty-eight (168) duty days in each academic
year of their employment at Akita.
Subd. 2. Upon request, faculty shall be granted up
to ten (10) days of bereavement leave, and/or emergency/personal leave,
consistent with other provisions of this Agreement. One-half (1/2) of
the faculty member's travel costs between his/her destination and Akita
may be reimbursed, subject to approval by the Provost. Such decision
is not subject to the grievance procedure.
Subd. 3. Faculty on sabbatical leave from other state
universities shall not be eligible for paid employment at Akita.
Section G. Unpaid Leaves. Faculty at other state universities
may request a general leave of absence in order to accept an assignment
at Akita. Requests for such leaves shall customarily be made
to the President of the faculty member's home university no less than
two (2) full quarters or one semester prior to the date on which the assignment
would begin. The President /designee shall act upon the request within
thirty (30) days of receipt. Requests submitted less than two (2) quarters
or one semester in advance of the starting date of the Akita assignment
may be approved by the President of the home university. Unpaid leaves
granted to faculty members at other state universities and assigned to
Akita shall be for a maximum of four (4) years, except that such leaves
may be extended on a year-to-year basis with the written consent of the
President/ designee of the home university. Such leaves shall not be subject
to the limitations on seniority in Article 18, Section A., Subd. 1. At
the request of the department, the President/designee shall discuss replacement
needs with the department.
Section H. Selection for Assignment to Akita.
Subd. 1. Opportunities. Opportunities for assignment
at Akita shall be made known to faculty from state universities in accordance
with Article 21, Section A.
Subd. 2. Assignment Requests. Assignment of faculty
members from another state university to Akita shall be voluntary. Faculty
members who wish to be assigned at Akita shall indicate in writing to
the President/designee at their home university and to the Provost/designee.
Screening of university faculty for appointment at Akita shall be conducted
by a committee of other state university faculty and by a committee
of Akita faculty who shall serve as the department for purposes of evaluating
academic credentials and making recommendations to the Provost or his/her
designee concerning the candidates.
Subd. 3. Faculty from state universities shall receive
fixed-term appointments at Akita and shall retain their effective appointments
at their home universities. Faculty on leave and assigned to Akita shall
continue to accrue seniority and shall be eligible for promotion and
tenure on the same basis and schedule as they would have been at their
home institution. Tenure and promotion decisions for faculty members
on leave and assigned to Akita shall be made by the President of the
faculty member's home institution. Faculty in fixed term externally
funded positions have all rights to consideration for promotions as
described in Article 25.
Section I. Appointment to Akita.
Subd. 1. Appointment procedures shall be consistent
with Article 21 of this Agreement, except that special arrangements
created by the unique circumstances of Akita may be agreed upon by the
IFO and MnSCU.
Subd. 2. Subject to programmatic needs, applicants
for permanent positions at Akita who are currently employed stateside
at a Minnesota state university shall be considered for those positions
before other applicants. In light of the intent to bring a state university
experience to Akita, an attempt will be made to maintain at least seventy-five
percent (75%) of the general education faculty at Akita from the other
seven (7) state university campuses.
Section J. Departments and Department Chairpersons.
Full voting rights, including voting for chairpersons, shall accrue to
all full-time faculty when they begin their assignment at Akita.
Subd. 1. Academic departments at Akita may be created
by the Provost. The creation of such departments shall be consistent with
Article 20 of this Agreement.
Section K. Timelines. Timelines for implementation of
all Articles of the Agreement as they apply to the faculty of Akita shall
be adjusted to conform to its academic calendar and are subject to meet
and confer with the Association.
Section L. Tuition Waiver. Faculty appointed to Akita
and faculty on leave from other state universities and assigned to Akita
shall be entitled to the courses, tuition and fees benefit at Akita and
at the other state universities, consistent with Article 27, Section G.
Section M. Seniority. Faculty members from other state
universities on fixed-term assignment to Akita shall be listed on the
seniority rosters of their home universities and shall be provided a copy
of that roster by their home universities. Such faculty members shall
not be a part of the seniority roster at Akita, but shall be listed for
the sole purpose of indicating the number of FTE faculty assigned to a
department or program at Akita.
Section N. Transfer. Faculty members may request transfer
from other state universities to Akita subject to the provisions of Article
31 of this Agreement. Faculty members at Akita may also request transfer
to other state universities subject to the provisions of this same Article.