Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty

Professional Development

ASF Professional Development
Workshops are held approximately every 2-3 years.  Please watch this page for information on the next opportunity for you to attend a workshop to better understand MSUAASF. 

 

Our last workshop happened on October 25-26, 2017 in Saint Cloud.  The following was information covered:
The Minnesota State University Association of Administrative & Service Faculty state organization invites each campus ASF unit to bring five delegates together with the State Board for an educational assembly. The goals of the workshop include the following:

  • Network and work together with other members from across the state to make MSUAASF the best it can be
  • Foster positive identity and leadership capacity with ASF members across the State
  • Give input on the strategic direction of ASF
  • Build the knowledge base of the membership on contract language and issues
  • Increase cohesiveness as a statewide unit

Expenses available for reimbursement include:
mileage for a limited number of vehicles from each campus and parking
Expenses covered by ASF directly:
hotel and meals (all meals are provided, no additional reimbursement for meals available).

 

Schedule

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25

7:00-8:30pm: Opening Reception

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26

8:30-9:00am: Welcome & Introductions

  • Review Goals for the day:
    • Network and work together with other members from across the state to make MSUAASF the best it can be
    • Foster positive identity and leadership capacity with ASF members across the State
    • Give input on strategic direction of ASF
    • Build knowledge base of membership on contract language and issues
    • Increase cohesiveness as a statewide unit
  • State of the Association and Update on Statewide issues (Position Allocation Matrix, System searches, FLSA, etc.)

9:00-10:00am Raising Morale in the Workplace

10am: Equity and Inclusion for Minnesota State—Clyde Pickett, Minnesota State Chief Diversity Officer

  • Introduction
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion issues facing higher education and Minnesota State
  • What he sees as priorities he wants to focus on in his first few years as the System CDO

10:30am: Legislative Update-Melissa Fahnning, Minnesota State Government Relations

  • What we can look forward to in the 2018 session
  • Minnesota State legislative priorities (tentative as nothing has been officially set by the Board of Trustees)
  • Strategies to communicate with legislators—especially when you’ve never done it before

11am: Teamsters Local 320 Updates-Sami Gabriel

  • Negotiations Update
  • Right to Work, Lobby Day
  • Teamsters Service Bureau and their benefits (truly statewide services/benefits and specialized information)

12pm: Lunch Provided

12:45/1pm: Understanding MSUAASF Roles Pertaining to Supervision-Rich Wheeler, MSUAASF State Grievance Officer

  • MMB checklist
  • Management interpretations
  • Greater context of issues of supervision (State statute, what it would take to change this, etc.)

1:30pm: Contract Issues, Sarah Olcott—WSU ASF President

  • Highlight contract language topics to increase understanding

2:30: Laying the Groundwork for a Strategic Plan for MSUAASF-Tracy Rahim, State MSUAASF President

  • Explanation of State Treasury & the State of Our Finances—Sue Bayerl, State MSUAASF Treasurer
  • Discussion of MSUAASF dues surcharge
  • TABLE DISCUSSIONS/BRAINSTORMING
    • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
    • Higher education issues, issues within Minnesota State, etc. that are important to our members that MSUAASF can develop a position about.
    • Do we try to create statewide topical committees to inform the State Board of actions they could/should take?
    • How do we move our Association beyond the HR/employment issues of being a union and actually developing positions on important topics that impact our careers?
  • Report out and next steps

 

4pm: Closing & Departure