RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES
Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: February 18, 2005
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room East 232, Paul
Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Newark Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Abaskharon, Apfel, Atmeh, Borisovets, Caprio,
Chabal, A. Cooper, Cotter, Curry, Curtis, Darien, DeLisi, E. Dennis, Dess,
Deutsch, Dholandas, Diner, DiVito, Dutta, Dupersoy, C. Ellis, N. Ellis, Ezgilioglu,
Fahim, Feinberg, Fishbein, Furmanski, Gaunt, Gigliotti, Gillett, Goldin, Gould,
Greenhut, Hall, Hoekzema, Hornichter, Huang, R. Jones, Kagan, Kauffman, Kavanagh,
Kennedy, Kirby, Kokini, Krenos, Kressel, Krucher, LaSala, Leath, Liepmann,
Markert, Markowitz, McCabe, McCormick, McKay, Melwani, Merandy, Norville,
Obayashi, Ocone, O’Connell, O’Connor, Odutola, Panayotatos, Pangilinan, Philips,
Potenza, Puniello, Samuel Rabinowitz, Sidney Rabinowitz, Raykar, Reed, Rubin,
Schaich, Schorr, Scott, Sifuentes-Jauregui, P. Simmons, Spierer, Szatrowski,
Tittler, Turner, Turvey, Venuto, Vodak, Volk, Woolley, Zaborszky, Zolad
EXCUSED: Ambar, Axelrod, Banerjee, Baro, Barone, Bay, Bell,
Bellany, Blasi, Boylan, Brazier, Cerulo, Chen, Colaizzi, Davidson,
R. Dennis, Evans, Farrell, Forero, Friedrich, Guo, Hallmark, Herbst,
Hirsh, Hmelo-Silver, Jackson, Jesse, Kirschner, Laguna-Diaz, Lake, Lashley,
Lee, Mangin, Marsh, McKeever, Miller, Oren, Ozbay, Phillips, Rabii, Rabiner,
Schock, Sherman, R. Simmons, H. Smith, N. Smith, Tuckman, Turpin, Wang, Winterbauer
ABSENT: Bilodeau, Blimling, Bodnar, Boikess, Bravo, Breton,
Butler, Cannon, Chambers, Chernin, Chism, Colin, K. Cooper, Cronk, Dellane,
Desposito, Diamond, Donsky, Ezendokwere, Farney, Ferguson, Hanna, Hodgson,
Holmes, Hoover, Hughes, Hyndman, Jessen, V. Johnson, W. Johnson, J. Jones,
Klein, Leontiades, Leustek, Maher, Manhoff, Messer, More, Nerurkar, Ogwu,
Perlman, Raja, Shahrokh, Simon, Solomon, Spellmeyer, Spero, Stark, Stauffer,
Tinglin, Tsurumi, Whang, Worrall
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 93 total:
41 present (44%), 28 excused (30%), 24 absent (26%); Students:
Of 56 total: 30 present (54%),
10 excused (18%), 16 absent (28%); Administrators: Of 37 total:
14 present (38%), 12 excused (32%), 11absent (30%); Alumni: Of
6 total: 4 present (67%),
0 excused, 2 absent (33%)
View Senate attendance
record for this year.
NON-VOTING MEMBERS EXCUSED: Innerfield, Seto
PRESIDING OFFICER: Martha Cotter, Chairperson
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Cotter called the meeting
to order, and said that her report would be brief in order to accommodate
the day’s agenda. She thanked Newark Provost Diner and the Newark staff
for their help in facilitating the Senate meeting, and for directing Senators
around the Newark Campus. She also thanked President McCormick and Provost
Diner for allowing a change in the Senate’s usual order of business, which
placed the Administrative Report and Newark Campus Report after the Senate’s
University Structure and Governance Committee Report on Senate Bylaws Review
and Election Procedures for At-Large and PTL/Annual Appointee Senators.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY:
• Agenda: The agenda, including time
limits, was approved as distributed by the Secretary.
• Minutes: Secretary Swalagin noted that
he had revised the January Senate minutes to correctly indicate that it was
Senator Hall’s suggestion, and not that of Senator Bell, that brought the
bylaws document with language changes indicated. On motion and duly
seconded, the Minutes of
the January 21, 2005 Senate meeting were approved as distributed by the
• University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC)
– Joseph Blasi and Kathleen Scott , Co-chairs - Response to Charges
S-0324, Senate Bylaws Review, and S-0320, Election Procedures for At-Large
and PTL/Annual Appointee Senators
[This report, which included recommendations for revisions to the Senate’s
Bylaws (which comprise the Senate’s enabling University Regulations) had been
introduced without action at the November 2004 Senate meeting, and docketed
for action at the Senate’s January 2005 meeting. Quorum was lost at
the January 2005 meeting before the Senate acted on this item, so it was docketed
on this meeting’s agenda.]
Senator Scott relayed apologies from USGC Co-chair Joseph Blasi, who was
unable to attend the meeting. She then gave a brief, summary introduction
to the report, and noted that, because it recommends changes to University
Regulations, its result would be transmitted directly to the Board of Governors
rather than to President McCormick. She also noted that the USGC is
working on revision of the Senate Handbook’s standing rules and internal procedures,
and expected that report to come to the Senate for action soon.
Senator Scott then presented to the Senate the report’s recommendations
for changes in the Senate’s Bylaws, which had been grouped for voting into
ten categories as enumerated
in a guide which had been distributed as hardcopy at the meeting.
A separate document had also been distributed and posted online which detailed
changes to the bylaws as contained in University Regulations. The
Senate then acted on each category of recommendations, as follows:
- Addition of staff representation to University Senate membership:
No discussion. Carried with none opposed, one abstention.
- Changes to Executive Committee: [Senator Hall noted that one
occurrence of “University Vice President” had not been changed to “Executive
Vice President.” Senator Scott, on behalf of the USGC, accepted the
correction.] On this group of changes, there was no discussion.
It carried unanimously.
- Addition of consideration of non-academic matters by the Senate:
No discussion. Carried unanimously.
- Administrative Designees to be from the unit they are designated to
represent: No discussion. Carried unanimously.
- Allowing campus-wide faculty bodies to select at-large Senators for
their respective campuses: Senator Gillett moved withdrawal of this
recommendation, and substitution of the following addition to Regulation 2.2.1.C:
“Each campus-wide faculty body/group (e.g., New Brunswick Faculty Council,
Newark Faculty Council) may elect its chairperson to serve as an additional
voting Senator if s/he is not already elected.” The motion was seconded.
Senator Scott responded, explaining her opposition to the motion, and noting
that the USGC had considered and rejected the suggested substitution.
There was no discussion from the floor on Senator Gillett’s motion.
On vote, the motion failed. There was no further discussion from the
floor on this bylaw change. It carried, with several opposed.
- Removing campus restrictions for Senate chair and vice chair:
No discussion. Carried with several opposed, and several abstentions.
[On Senator Gillett’s point of order, Senator Scott explained an earlier
item which had been overlooked in her comments.]
- Clarifying definitions of “equivalent academic ranks” for faculty,
and “candidates for a degree” for students: No discussion. Carried
- Defining part-time lecturer/annual appointee provisions: No
discussion. Carried unanimously.
- Correcting titles: Senator Hall suggested that all instances
of “Senator” in the bylaws be made uniform to begin with either lowercase
“s” or uppercase “S.” Senator Scott accepted on behalf of the USGC changing
all bylaws occurrences to begin with lowercase. No further discussion.
[Chairperson Cotter then thanked Senator Jillian Curtis for acting as Senate
Parliamentarian, substituting for Senator Nicole Smith, who was unable to
attend the meeting.]
- Three-year review, voting in units with shared faculty: Senator
Hall suggested that gender-neutral terms be substituted for gender-specific
pronouns throughout the bylaws. Senator Scott accepted the suggestion
on behalf of the USGC. There was no further discussion on this bylaw
change. It carried unanimously.
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President McCormick’s Administrative
report included comments on the following:
- Research and Support:
- a recent New Jersey Commission on Higher Education report indicating
that New Jersey now ranks 21st in federal research funding, as well as identifying
strong areas of New Jersey research, including:
- biomedically related nanoscience
- homeland security
- stem cell research
- genomics and bioinformatics
- advanced imaging technology
- his solicitation of input on how New Jersey might reaching a goal
of rising to 15th in federal research funding;
- agendas and “wish lists” for the coming fiscal year for all three
- federal support for student aid; and
- the need to better communicate the far-reaching benefits of Rutgers
- State of New Jersey Budget for Fiscal Year 2006, including a projection
that the best expectation for Rutgers funding would be level funding with
some support for salary increases, and some discussion of the necessity for
tuition increases to cover state-funding shortfalls.
- Rutgers’ response to the Constituency
Research Report, including determination to launch a comprehensive communication
strategy, a task force headed by Senator Leath which is charged with responding
to the Constituency Research Report, continuing efforts to address deficiencies
in perceptions and operations, and expectation of another report on these
A question-and-answer period followed, which included comments/questions
- Praise for Rutgers Newark and Provost Diner’s leadership and vision.
NEWARK CAMPUS REPORT: Newark Provost Steven Diner presented
Campus Report. The report is available online, and is attached to
the master copy of these minutes as Attachment A. Main areas addressed
in the report included:
- regional efforts to secure more funding for Rutgers;
- appreciation for communication with student governing associations;
- tuition increases and Rutgers’ affordability;
- the need for a sustained commitment to issues of parking, transportation,
- New Jersey’s low ranking in terms of state support for higher education;
- a request to include biobehavioral and public-health research in Rutgers’
research foci; and
- gratitude for support of programs, particularly those for disadvantaged
A question-and-answer period followed, during which comments/questions were
heard on the following topics:
- next year’s 60th anniversary of the merger of the University of Newark
with Rutgers University;
- Rutgers Newark’s longstanding commitment to students born without
- commitment to the urban mission, and engagement with the community;
- racial, ethnic, and religious diversity;
- academic highlights;
- student services retreats
- plans for student housing, and support for revitalization of Newark’s
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.
- jazz at Rutgers Newark;
- students directly affected by the recent tsunami disaster;
- parking and transportation, particularly transportation links between
Newark and New Brunswick, and exploration of making available free public
transportation to students.
Senator Hall asked that rail-transportation alternatives be explored to
supplement or replace the roundtrip bus currently made available from New
Brunswick to Senate meetings held on the Newark and Camden campuses.
Senator Dupersoy proposed utilizing students as ambassadors to promote awareness
of research at Rutgers.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz reported
on the January 7, 2005
and February 4, 2005
Senate Executive Committee meetings. Executive Committee minutes are
available on the Senate website.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:
Senator Leath, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported
on the December 2, 2004 and February 10, 2005 Board of Governors meetings.
Senator Vodak, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, reported on
the December 16, 2004 Board of Trustees meeting.
REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senator Leath, a member
of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC), reported on recent and planned
activities of the NBFC. The next meeting of the NBFC is scheduled for
March 4, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. in Winants Hall on the College Avenue Campus.
Chairperson Cotter thanked Senator Leath and Executive Vice President for
Administrative Affairs Kavanagh for their work implementing recent improvements
in Rutgers’ Travel and Business Expense Report policies.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate