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MnSCU-IFO Master Agreement 1999-2001
Section A. Faculty Workload.
The workload of faculty includes student advising, maintaining and improving
expertise in a discipline and in pedagogy, serving on departmental and
university committees, contributing to student growth and development,
evaluating student performance, scholarly activities, and service to university
and community, as well as teaching and class preparation. These endeavors
shall comprise the faculty member's workload.
A faculty member's teaching load shall not exceed fourteen (14) undergraduate
credit hours per semester nor twenty-four (24) undergraduate credit
hours per academic year.
- For purposes of calculating teaching load, a three (3) credit graduate
course shall be the equivalent of a four (4) credit undergraduate
course, and a four (4) credit graduate course shall be the equivalent
of a five (5) credit undergraduate course. All other graduate courses
shall be calculated as the equivalent of one and one fourth (1.25)
undergraduate credits per one (1) graduate credit hour. Graduate equivalency
shall apply only to courses exclusively for graduate students.
- Undergraduate studio courses, activity courses, and private lessons
shall be credited on the basis of at least one (1) credit hour for
each two (2) contact hours.
- Undergraduate music studio courses and private music lessons shall
be credited on the basis of at least two (2) credit hours for each
three (3) contact hours.
- Undergraduate laboratory courses shall be credited on the basis
of one (1) credit hour for each lecture hour and at least one (1)
credit hour for each two (2) laboratory hours.
- Metropolitan State University Resident
Faculty Teaching. A resident faculty member's teaching load shall
not exceed twenty-one (21) undergraduate credits per academic year.
Resident faculty with primary responsibilities in academic advising
or psychological counseling shall teach at least six (6) undergraduate
credits per year. Teaching for all resident faculty may include educational
planning. A resident faculty member with less than a full-time appointment
will have a pro-rata teaching assignment based on the percentage of
time employed. Resident faculty members may have alternative assignments.
Alternative assignments shall be mutually agreed to by the resident
faculty member, and the President/designee. Alternative assignments
must be made by June 30, 1994 and annually thereafter.
All other Subdivisions of Section A(1)(a-d), above shall apply to Metropolitan
State University resident faculty teaching.
Subd. 2. Advising.
- Normally, the faculty member will be responsible for ten (10) hours
weekly for student advising and other contacts with students, at times
and approved locations, either on or off campus, posted at the faculty
member's office. Additionally, as a professional, a faculty member
shall devote a substantial amount of his/her workload to courses and
class preparation, the evaluation of student performance, committee
assignments, research, community service, the maintenance of professional
expertise, innovations in teaching/learning and other similar professional
activities. These endeavors shall make up the balance of the faculty
- Metropolitan State University Advising. As part of his/her regular
workload, at any point in time a resident faculty member with a full-time
appointment may not be required to advise more than forty-five (45)
student advisees. Because of the difference in other areas of their
workload, resident faculty members with a full-time assignment in
a graduate program may be assigned fewer than forty-five (45) advisees.
A resident faculty member with a part-time appointment shall not be
required to advise more than a proportionate number of student advisees.
Responsibilities for resident faculty in advising shall be established
by June 30, 1994 through the mutual agreement of the Faculty Association
and the President
Subd. 3. Interactive Television.
Interactive television may be conducted as part of load or as overload,
subject to Article 12, Section B. For
purposes of calculating teaching load, one (1) interactive television
credit shall be the equivalent of one and one fourth (1.25) undergraduate
credits. If a faculty member has a plan that has been appropriately
approved for developing an interactive television course, he/she shall
receive appropriate compensation or release time for development of
course materials. Technical and paraprofessional support shall be provided
at the originating location as well as at each site.
Subd. 4. Off-campus Credit Instruction.
Off-campus courses may be taught as part of load or as overload, subject
to Article 12, Section B. For travel
time in connection with the offering of off-campus courses, a faculty
member will be reimbursed at the rate of at least ten cents ($.10) for
each mile traveled. Mileage will be measured from the university campus,
or from the faculty member's residence, whichever is closer to the off-campus
site, based upon the approved state mileage table. If a faculty member's
assignment includes teaching load at an off-campus site, a portion of
his/her office hour obligation can be at the off-campus site.
Subd. 5. Assessment of Prior Learning.
The decision to assess prior learning shall be reached after consultation
between the President/designee and the department. Compensation for
faculty involved in assessment of prior learning shall be either seventy
five dollars ($75) or eighteen dollars and seventy-five cents ($18.75)
per credit requested, whichever is greater.
Subd. 6. Miscellaneous Instructional Categories.
Faculty members providing packaged courses or correspondence courses
approved by the President/designee shall be compensated at the rate
of of forty-five dollars ($45) per credit hour per student. Non-credit
generating workshop instruction may be compensated at overload rate
as provided in Article 12, Section B.
Section B. Non-Teaching Faculty Workload.
All members of the non-teaching faculty such as those involved in library/learning
resources, counseling center, student teacher supervision, full-time intern
supervision, and laboratory school teaching/supervision who are members
of the appropriate unit shall enjoy full faculty status with all the privileges
and responsibilities pertaining thereto. The workload of a non-teaching
faculty member shall include maintenance of professional expertise, committee
assignments, research, community service and other similar professional
Subd. 1. Librarians/Media Faculty.
Librarians/Media Faculty shall be responsible for implementation of
library/media services to support the mission and philosophy of each
institution. Librarians/Media Faculty on each campus shall recommend
to the Administration objectives and methods for library/media services,
giving priority to providing services necessary to fulfill the educational
needs of students and instructional needs of faculty. The Administration
on each campus, after consultation with the librarians/media faculty,
shall schedule the library/media services.
Subd. 2. Counseling Center Faculty Members.
The workload of a counseling center faculty member shall include client
contact hours, preparation for and evaluation of client contacts, maintenance
of professional expertise, crisis intervention, and other professional
Subd. 3. Student Teacher Supervisors.
The full workload for the academic year of supervisors of student teachers
shall be determined by the President after meeting and conferring with
the Association. The meet and confer session shall include consideration
of faculty/student teacher ratios and travel requirements.
Subd. 4. Exceptions.
For those non-teaching faculty members whose work involves classroom
teaching or other special duties and/or projects, the Administration
shall assign duties in a manner that will result in a total workload
consistent with that of a non-teaching faculty member whose workload
does not include a teaching assignment or other special duties and/or
Section C. Excess Workload.
An excess workload may be agreed to by the faculty member and the President/designee
subject to provisions of Article 12.
Section D. Duty Days.
Subd. 1. Regular Contracts.
The duty year for regular contract faculty members shall consist of
one hundred sixty-eight (168) duty days within the academic year. Resident
faculty members at Metropolitan State University, the Association, and
the President/designee may mutually agree to alternative duty day calendars
of 168 duty days during an academic year.
Duty days shall not be scheduled on New Years Day, Martin Luther King
Day, Presidents Day*, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day*, Veterans
Day*, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve
Day, and Christmas Day.
*The President may, after meeting and conferring with the Association,
designate alternate non-duty days for the observance of these days for
academic units when such revisions are in the best interests of the
Subd. 2. Extended Contracts.
Faculty members appointed to a duty year which exceeds the one hundred
sixty-eight (168) duty days as provided in Subd. 1.
hereof shall receive a pro rata salary adjustment. The scheduling of
extra duty days shall be determined in consultation with the faculty
member consistent with the needs of the university. Extra duty days
normally shall not be scheduled on the days indicated in Subd. 1.
Subd. 3. Limited Contracts.
Limited implies a reduced workload during the whole of the academic
year, or a full or reduced workload during portions of the academic
- Reduced Contracts. Reduced contracts, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes
§ 354, and 354B regarding part-time employment, may be granted
by the President to those faculty members who meet statutory eligibility
A faculty member on a reduced contract shall be reinstated to full-time
duties upon his/her request, provided the request is made to the President
not later than March 1 of the previous year.
- Part-time faculty members with an appointment other than (1) those
covered in (a) above, or (2) an adjunct appointment, shall receive
salary on a pro rata basis, and shall be eligible for fringe benefits
as listed elsewhere in this Agreement.
- All part-time faculty who teach more than ten (10) credits in any
one (1) academic year shall be paid on a pro rata basis for the entire
academic year during which said amount of service is rendered. If
any part-time faculty member who teaches more than ten (10) credits
in any one (1) academic year were paid less than pro rata pay for
any semesters, during said academic year by virtue of having received
an adjunct appointment(s), the university shall, as soon as practicable
after learning that the faculty member will teach more than ten (10)
credits during a single academic year, supplement the faculty member's
salary so that the faculty member receives full pro rata pay for the
Section E. Academic Calendar.
The academic calendar of each university shall be established by the
President. Prior to establishing or making changes in the calendar, the
President/designee shall afford opportunity to meet and confer with the
Section F. Delegate Assembly.
Delegates to the IFO Delegate Assembly shall be released with pay one
(1) day for each Assembly meeting.
Section G. Athletic Directors, Coaches, and Trainers.
This Section shall determine workload and compensation for those faculty
members whose workload includes intercollegiate athletic coaching. For
purposes of this Section, an intercollegiate sport shall be defined as
a sport that is recognized by the university as having varsity status
and whose teams engage in competition with similar teams at other institutions.
Nothing in this Agreement shall be interpreted as requiring that the
university offer any particular sport.
Subd. 2. Categories.
- Pursuant to Subd. 1., there will be three (3) categories of head
coaches: (1) those who coach basketball, football, ice hockey, or
volleyball; (2) those who coach baseball, swimming, gymnastics, wrestling,
softball, cross-country skiing (combined men and women), or spring
track; (3) those who coach cross-country skiing, golf, tennis, or
- For purposes of determining the type of appointment offered, athletic
directors shall be considered to be in category (2).
Subd. 3. Initial Appointments.
- Head coaches in category (1) of Subd. 2., shall, at the option of
the President, be offered either a four (4) year athletic or a probationary
- Head coaches in category (2) of Subd. 2. shall, at the option of
the President, be offered either a four (4) year athletic or a probationary
- Head coaches in category (3) of Subd. 2. shall be offered a probationary,
a four (4) year athletic, or a tenured appointment in accordance with
- Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude the award of a fixed-term contract
including head coaching duties in any category in accordance with Article
21, Section E., Subd. 1.c.
Subd. 4. Compensation.
- The base salary of those head coaches, current and future, accepting
four year athletic appointments as described in Subd. 3. shall be
the salary indicated on the salary schedule
in Article 11, plus ten percent (10%).
- In those cases where the President finds that curricular requirements
prevent crediting a percentage of a full-time workload for coaching
activities in categories (2) and (3), the President may, after meeting
and conferring with the Association, authorize compensation in accordance
with Article 12 and Subd.
5.a. of this Section.
- Individuals hired solely for the purpose of coaching any sport listed
in this Article may be compensated at the adjunct faculty rate for
the percentage of a full-time workload as listed in Subd. 5.a. of
- Head coaches may renegotiate their salaries each time they are eligible
for a new four (4) year athletic appointment, beginning in FY 1992
Subd. 5. Equivalent Workloads.
- The minimum credit for head coaching activities shall be the percentage
indicated in the table below of a full-time appointment for a full
academic year, except that cross-country skiing (combined men and
women) will remain at twenty-eight percent (28%) and seven (7) credits.
The apportionment of the percentage of a full-time appointment to
coaching activities during each academic semester during the year
shall be determined by the President.
||Coaching Activity as Annualized Percentage of
|2 (Comb. Men & Women)
|3 (Comb. Men & Women)
The percentage of a full-time workload credited for faculty assigned
head coaching duties in two (2) sports shall be, at a minimum, the
sum of the percentages indicated in Subd. 5.a. for each sport. Nothing
shall prevent the President from crediting a greater percentage of
a full-time workload for any particular head coaching appointment.
Subd. 6. Coaches with Non-Coaching Assignments.
- Head coaches in category (1) and category (2) with fixed-term contracts
who accept an appointment including duties in addition to coaching
shall be given a four (4) year, fixed-term appointment covering both
the coaching and non-coaching assignments. The salary for the appointment
shall be computed in accordance with Subd. 4.
- The head coach in categories (1) and (2) with an academic appointment
shall be given first consideration if a full-time vacancy occurs in
the department or program in which he/she holds his/her academic appointment,
in accordance with the following procedures.
- Should the President decide to fill such a vacancy, this decision
shall first be made known to the coach involved, and the coach
shall have the opportunity to apply and have his/her application
considered in accordance with Article 21 prior to beginning any
- Should two (2) or more faculty be eligible, then the President
shall make the appointment after considering the recommendation
of the department. If a non-tenured head coach is appointed by
the President, credit for service within the last twelve (12)
years shall be granted in accordance with Article 21, Section
E, Subd. 5.d., but notwithstanding any other section of the Agreement,
such individuals shall serve a minimum of two (2) years in probationary
Subd. 7. Extended Duty Days.
The President shall offer extended duty day contracts to head coaches,
assistant coaches and athletic trainers who are required by the President/designee
to hold practice before the commencement of the academic year, to hold
post-season practice and/or engage in post-season competition on non-duty
days, and/or to engage in recruitment, fund raising, administrative,
and other activities related to their coaching assignment on non-duty
days during the academic year. Prior approval is required.
Subd. 8. Evaluation and Renewal of Athletic Appointments.
Head coaches shall be evaluated yearly under Article
22. Such evaluations shall be completed by the President by March
1. Those coaches being renewed beyond a four- (4) year athletic appointment
shall be offered either a two- (2) year athletic appointment or a four-
(4) year athletic appointment at the discretion of the President. The
option of a two- (2) year appointment shall be exercised not more than
once during the duration of the coach's years of service, and when offered,
the President will provide the affected head coach with the reasons
in writing. Those coaches not being renewed beyond either their initial
athletic appointment or a subsequent athletic appointment shall be given
a notice of the non-renewal by March 15 of the final year of the current
Head coaches and Assistant coaches on four (4) year or two (2) year
athletic appointments (non-adjuncts) holding the rank of Instructor
will be promoted to Assistant Professor effective beginning with their
sixth year of employment, unless promoted earlier in accordance with
Subd. 10. Vacancies.
When new head coaching or assistant coaching positions are created
or faculty vacancies exist, such positions shall be advertised in accordance
with Article 21. Prior to making an appointment,
the President/designee shall involve the appropriate department(s) in
evaluating the academic credentials of the candidate and in making a
recommendation to the President/designee concerning the candidate for
Subd. 11. Assistant Coaches.
Assistant coaches hired after the effective date of this Agreement
may receive athletic appointments for up to two (2) years at a time.
No compensation beyond the agreed term of appointment shall be offered.
Subd. 12. Task Force Creation.
The parties to this contract agree to create a joint task force whose
purpose shall be to study all aspects of the Agreement relating to coaching
and athletics including but not limited to compensation, evaluation,
appointment, and non-renewal. This task force shall be convened by the
IFO with MnSCU appointed representatives no later than December 1, 1999
and shall prepare a written report to both the respective Boards and
Negotiating Teams prior to April 1, 2000. The purpose of the report
shall be to recommend changes in the IFO/MnSCU Agreement to achieve
fair, equitable and timely procedures for compensation, evaluation,
appointments and non-renewal for coaches within the State Universities.
Section H. Theater Productions.
Subd. 1. Reassigned Time.
Each faculty member having responsibility for production of a play
shall receive appropriate reassignment time for each semester, in which
he/she fulfills such a responsibility.
Subd. 2. Compensation.
In those cases where the President finds that curricular requirements
prevent creating a percentage of full-time workload for theater production
activities, the President may authorize compensation in accordance with
Section I. Forensics.
Subd. 1. Reassigned Time.
Each faculty member who coaches students for intercollegiate forensics
competition shall receive at least two (2) credits reassignment time
for each semester, in which he/she fulfills such responsibility.
Subd. 2. Compensation.
In those cases where the President finds that curricular requirements
prevent creating a percentage of full-time workload for coaching forensics,
the President may authorize compensation in accordance with Article
Section J. Metropolitan State University Community
Subd. 1. Definitions.
Community Faculty. Community faculty shall be those faculty employed
at Metropolitan State University other than fixed-term, probationary,
or tenured faculty employed at Metropolitan State University, who perform
a range of academic duties including but not limited to teaching, and
who are in the bargaining unit and meet the requirements of M.S.
179A.03, Subd. 14. In addition to the provisions of this section,
Section J, Metropolitan State University community faculty, unless noted
otherwise in this Agreement, shall be eligible for all benefits provided
to faculty holding adjunct appointments.
Subd. 2. Workload.
Workload for community faculty shall be no more than ten (10) credits
per academic year.
Subd. 3. Salaries.
a. Community faculty members shall be compensated for teaching courses
at no less than adjunct rate in Article 11 of
b. Community faculty course instruction payments will begin within
one month of the starting date of courses.
c. The following minimum compensation rates for non-class instruction
duties will be in effect:
||$41.25 per credit per Student
||$30 per credit per Student
||$37.50 per credit per Student
|Assessment of Prior Learning
||$75 per Student or 18.75 per credit, whichever is greater
||$20 per consultation
||$15 per student
||$22 per student
||Subject to meet and confer
Subd. 4. Professional Improvement.
- Professional development and training opportunities shall be provided
by the university to community faculty.
- Professional Improvement Funds of not less than twelve thousand,
five hundred dollars ($12,500) in FY 2000 and twelve thousand, five
hundred dollars ($12,500) in FY 2001 shall be available to community
faculty for improving professional competence related to their assignments
at Metropolitan State University.
- The President, after meeting and conferring with the Association,
shall establish procedures and criteria for application and awarding
of funds to community faculty.
- Community faculty may be included in system-wide faculty development
opportunities as appropriate.
Subd. 5. Department and Program Involvement.
For purposes of discussions related to issues included in Article
20, Section A., Subd. 3., community faculty shall be represented
in colleges, departments or programs. Representation of community faculty
shall be subject to mutual agreement between the President/designee
and the Association. Community faculty may participate in all of their
college and departmental meetings, consistent with the requirements
of Article 20.
Subd. 6. Appointment.
- The Dean or his/her designee shall consult with the department or
program resident faculty concerning the need for hiring and reappointing
community faculty. The department or program resident faculty shall
be responsible for evaluating the academic credentials of the candidates
and for making recommendations to the President/designee. Community
faculty who wish to be reappointed shall report achievements under
Article 22, Section B criteria to the department
and Dean at the end of each academic year. This report may be used
in reappointment recommendations and decisions.
- Assignments shall be communicated to the community faculty as early
as possible, normally by July 1.
Subd. 7. Benefits.
- Benefits will be determined based on the workload assignment projected
in the annual assignment summary. Benefit eligibility and workload
will normally be communicated to community faculty by July 1 for the
following academic year. All community faculty accrue retirement and
other benefits as regulated by state and federal statutes and Article
14, if threshold requirements are met, and may elect to participate
in tax sheltered annuities and the deferred compensation plan, if
threshold requirements of the Agreement and appropriate laws are met.
- Community faculty may purchase optional life and disability coverage
if they meet the requirement of Article 14,
Section G., and any requirements of law.
- All community faculty shall be eligible to participate in the health
and dental expense account and the dependent care expense account,
if they meet the program requirements.