MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: February 20, 2015

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Essex 232, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Newark Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Admani, Ahmed, Allen, Anaele, Anderson, Anthony, Avadhani, Barchi, Battle, Bhuyan, Bodrog, Boikess, Borisovets, Boyle, Burrell, Cantor, Charles, Chen, Cotter, Covello, DiVito, Draves, Durham, Eastman, Edward, Fagley, Ferraris, Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Gibson, Gillett, Glaser, Gomes, Gould, Gower, Hamai, Heckscher, Hudson, Ibrahimpatan, Janniger, Karamichael, Killingsworth, Kirna, Kressel, Lepucki, Markert, Martinez,Meggali,  Mitchell, Moran, Morrell, Norville, Oberdiek, O'Connell, Oleske, Oliver, Otto, Parry, V. Patel, Pirrello, Puhak, Rabinowitz, Redlawsk, Raza, Roth, Schafer, Schulberg, Schwartz, Scott, Settles, Shapiro, Speigel, Szabo, Szatrowski, Tamburello, Thompson, Tiangco, Toney-Boss, Trehan, Tsakalakos, Velan, Wagner, Winkler, Zimmerman

EXCUSED:  Alder, Angell, Aubry, Barbarese, Barone, Barraco, Bell, Bridgeman, Buchholtz, Bugel, Delnevo, Donald, Dreyer, Elkabes, Fennell, Geis, Goodman, Grant, Gupta, M. Gursoy, Hackworth, Hirsch, Krishnamurthi, Langer, Law, Lee, Jane Lewis, McKeever, Miller, Miranti, Mouradian, Murphy, Nanda, Navrot, Nissen, O'Connor, Padgett, N. Patel, Pintar, Powell, Rhoads, Robinson, Saltzman, Shapley, Simmons, Stein, Struwe, Suplee, Thomas-Hawkins, Tursi, Van Stine, Vodak

ABSENT:  Abu El-Haj, Avakame, Balog, Bernstein, Blanchett, Bolden, Borden, Caler, Cooper, Covington, Dasari, Deans, Edwards, Eisenstein, Farmbry, Farris, Fehn, Feldman, Fernandez, Fiore, Gajic, Ganesh, Gracias, Grave, K. Gursoy,  Haddon, Hinch, Holtzman, Holzemer, Holzer, D. Hughes, J. Hughes, Iwamiya, Jimenez, Johnson, Joo, Joshi, A. Kim, S. Kim, Kukor, Kumar, Lei, Leibman, Jan Lewis, Lindenmeyer, Lieu, LoMonoco, Lynch, Maher, Maillet, March, Marchick, Maruna, Mazurek, McGinnis, McInerney, Messer, Millonig, Mitra, Munoz, Potter, Ramsamy, Sahi, Salmond, Sambol, Schiavo, Schurman, Scotto, Shulman, Stauffer, Stillwagon, Strom, Sun, Svasti, Takacs, Triner, Van de Walle, Velez, Wang, Wasserman, Weigert, Winterbauer, Wise, Yousaf

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty:  Faculty: Of 104 total: 41 present (39%), 34 excused (33%), 27 absent (26%); Students: Of 48 total: 22 present (46%), 9 excused (19%), 17 absent (35%); Administrators: Of 42 total: 6 present (14%), 4 excused (10%), 32 absent (76%); Staff: Of 17 total: 12 present (70%), 2 excused (12%), 3 absent (18%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 2 present (33%), 3 excused (50%), 1 absent (17%)

View Senate Attendance Record for this Year

PRESIDING OFFICER: Ann Gould, Chairperson


Chairperson Ann Gould called the meeting to order at 1:21 p.m. in the Essex Room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Newark Campus. She welcomed all attendees, and thanked Chancellor Nancy Cantor and her office for hosting the Senate, and for providing lunch. She then summarized the meeting agenda, and gave some history and background on the Senate's activities related to the proposal to merge the School of Law - Camden and School of Law - Newark, as well as her expectation that the Senate will decide on that merger proposal at the March 27, 2015 Senate meeting.

SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary
ELECTION OF CAMDEN AND NEWARK STUDENT MEMBERS OF THE SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - An election was held at this meeting because the incumbents in both positions had resigned. Paper ballots were distributed to voting Senators at the meeting. Self-nominations for the positions were solicited in advance, and candidates' statements in support of candidacy were posted online. Nominations were not be accepted from the floor. The slate of candidates was:
Candidates introduced themselves to the Senate, and made statements on their candidacy. Senators were instructed to complete their ballots, which were then collected and tabulated by Mary Mickelsen of the Senate office. Senator Bodrog ran unopposed and so became the Camden Student Member of the Executive Committee. Edmund Janniger was elected Newark Student Member of the Executive Committee.


University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1309 on Senate Election Procedures - USGC Co-chairs Jon Oliver and Robert Puhak

USGC Co-chairs Robert Puhak and Jon Oliver summarized their committee's report on Senate Election Procedures, which was a response to the USGC having been charged as follows:

Charge S-1309, Senate Election Procedures: Review election procedures used by the Senate, and, if appropriate, recommend improved procedures.

The report was discussed very briefly. It included no recommendations for any change to current Senate procedures, and was therefore not subject to a vote, being for information only.

Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Response to Charge S-1313 on Travel and Business Expense Reimbursement (TABER)  Appendix 1: TABER Survey Appendix 2: TABER Survey Summary - FPAC Co-chairs Ann Gould and Rudy Bell

Senate Vice Chair Martha Cotter assumed the chair while Senate Chair and FPAC Co-chair Ann Gould summarized her committee's report on Travel and Business Expense Reimbursement, which was a response to the FPAC having been charged as follows:

Charge S-1313, Travel and Business Expense Reimbursement (TABER): Review current university policies and practices concerning reimbursement to faculty and staff for professional expenditures, including but not limited to, travel, conference attendance, and purchases; survey impacted constituencies for suggestions, and propose possible modifications or improvements to the current system.

Without further discussion, the report and its recommendations were adopted by the Senate on card vote, with none opposed.

[Ann Gould then resumed the chair.]

Executive Committee (EC) Introduction of Bylaws Change Regarding Annual Elections of Senate Leadership, Executive Committee Members, and Board Representatives - EC Vice Chair Martha Cotter summarized the Executive Committee's report introducing a recommended bylaws change regarding the annual elections of Senate leadership, Executive Committee members, and board representatives. In accordance with parliamentary procedure and established Senate practice, because this is involves a change to the Senate's bylaws, this item was docketed for introduction and prior notice and discussion at this meeting, but would not be voted on until the March 27, 2015 meeting. There was considerable discussion of this matter, during which suggestions were made to clarify language to state that, although candidates in the Senate chair, vice chair, and Executive Committee categories could become eligible for additional categories on the ballot as runoff elections are conducted (e.g., a candidate who does not win in a contested election for chair could elect to be placed into the vice chair category following a runoff election for chair), no candidate could be placed into nomination initially in more than one category. The language in the report will be revised prior to the March 27 Senate meeting. [Note: The link above goes to the report as introduced. The revised report, as docketed on the Senate's March 27 agenda, can be viewed here.]

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - University President Robert Barchi

President Barchi presented a brief administrative report, commenting on topics including:
President Barchi then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above and a variety of other subjects, including:
NEWARK CAMPUS REPORTNewark Chancellor Nancy Cantor

Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor presented the Newark Campus Report. Click the following link to view Chancellor Cantor's PowerPoint presentation. Cantor then responded to questions from Senators.

There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the February 3, 2015 Board of Governors meeting. Senators Robert Schwartz and Menahem Spiegel, Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees, reported that there had been no Board of Trustees meeting since the previous Senate meeting.

CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISON REPORTS: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz, Camden Faculty Council Chairperson, reported on that group's recent plans and activities. Senator Mark Bodrog, newly elected Camden Student Member of the Senate Executive Committee, reported on Camden student governing association (SGA) activities. Senator Martha Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council Chairperson, reported on that group's recent plans and activities. Senator Vetri Velan, New Brunswick Student Member of the Senate Executive Committee, reported on New Brunswick SGA activities. Non-Senator Newark SGA member Eslam Abdelbasset reported on Newark SGA activities. Senator Patricia Bocarsly reported on activities of the RBHS Faculty Council.

CHAIR'S CLOSING COMMENTS: Chairperson Gould again thanked everyone for remaining through the end of the meeting, and commented on the importance of the board and campus liaison reports, which allow the Senate to know what's taking place universitywide in various shared governance groups.

The meeting adjourned at 3:22 p.m.

Minutes Written and Submitted by,
Ken Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate