Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATEMarch 23, 2007

TIME AND PLACE:  1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center,126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Alger, Allen, Allender, Atmeh, Bhuyan, Blimling, Bodnar, Boikess, Boylan, Bubb, Busia, Bynes, Caprio, Carbone, Carey, Chabal, Chiesa, Coit, Cooke, Coppolo, Cotter, Covey, Cowen, Curtis, DeLisi, DeLuca, Dienst, Diner, Dixon-McInerney, Dutta, Eldreth, Fowler, Friedrich, Furmanski, Gillett, Gimenez, Goodman, Gould, Grant, Greenfeld, Greenhut, Gunderson, Guo, Heckscher, Hyman, Jackson, Johnson, Kalelkar, Keating, Kennedy, Kern, Kokini, Koza, Krenos, Larmony, Lashley, Leath, Lehne, Levitsky, Lippert, Livingston, Marchetta, Markert, Markowitz, Mauroff, McCabe, McCormick, McCoy-Carter, McKay, Messer, W. Meyer, Miller, Nayyar, Ng, Niederman, Nolfi, Norville, Obayashi, Olsson, Oren, Palmon, Panayotatos, Patel, Pedersen, Samuel Rabinowitz, Sidney Rabinowitz, Rankin, Reiss, Robinson, Rold, Schantz, Schorr, Schwab, Scott, Shah, P. Simmons, R. Simmons, Sofer, Soyosa, Spiegel, Spotacco, St. John, Stauffer, Stein, Szatrowski, Taulane, Tevis, Thompson, Tittler, Toney-Boss, Traxler, Van Til, Venus, Wagner, Wallace, Wang, Williams, Winterbauer, Wright, Wyhopen

EXCUSED:  Barone, Bay, Bernstein, Borisovets, Bosotov, Cohick, Colaizzi, Cole, Copeland, Creese, Edwards, Galili, Gaunt, Gonzalez-Palmer, Hall, Hart, Hughes, Klein, Laguna-Diaz, Lewis, Marsh, McKeever, J. Meyer, Mulcahy, Oppenheim, Ozbay, Pottick, Puniello, Quayson, Rivera, Rockland, Schaich, Schein, Staples, Venzie

ABSENT:  Adelman, Ally, Ambar, Amirahmadi, Apfel, Barbarese, Bellany, Bosch, Bravo, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Deutsch, Duncan, Finegold, Habib, Holzer, Hyndman, Jozefczyk, Kirschner, Lipman, Maher, Quinn, Schock, Simon, Solomon, Sukhdeo, Urbaniak, Vera, Vodak, Whitfield

:  Of 83 total:  54 present (65%), 19 excused (23%), 10 absent (12%)
Students:  Of 51 total: 34 present (67%), 7 excused (14%), 10 absent (19%)
  Of 35 total: 16 present (46%), 9 excused (26%), 10 absent (28%)
  Of 6 total:  6 present (100%)
  Of 10 total:  10 present (100%)

 View Senate Attendance Record for this year

PRESIDING OFFICERMartha Cotter, Chairperson

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT: Chairperson Cotter called the meeting to order at 1:27 p.m. Her chairperson’s report included comments on the following:

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY: Executive Secretary Swalagin’s report included:

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President McCormick’s administrative report included comments on the following:
President McCormick then responded to questions on subjects which included:


Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee (FAPC) - Ann Gould and Paul Panayotatos, Co-chairs


Response to Charge S-0415, Faculty Retirement Incentives

Original Charge: Faculty Retirement Incentives: Evaluate the desirability and feasibility of faculty retirement incentives, in particular of phased retirement plans such as the one that was being negotiated by the New Brunswick Faculty Council and the Lawrence administration in the mid-1990s and the one recently proposed by the AAUP under their Proposal for a Faculty Retirement Transition and Renewal Program.

FAPC Co-chairs Paul Panayotatos and Ann Gould presented and summarized their committee’s report and recommendations on Charge S-0415, shown above. Following the presentation, and without discussion or amendment, the report and recommendations were adopted unanimously by the Senate.

University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) - Tricia Nolfi and Jonathan Tittler, Co-chairs

Response to Charge S-0608, Merger Proposals

Original Charge: Proposals to Merge Rutgers, UMDNJ, NJIT: Revisit the structural and governance aspects of the proposals to merge all or part of UMDNJ, and perhaps NJIT, with Rutgers University, with or without splitting the merged entity into parts. Review President McCormick's recent testimony (11/09/06) on this subject before the Lesniak-Caraballo Legislative Task Force on Higher Education, as well as previous Senate reports and recommendations concerning the merger proposal put forth three years ago by the Vagelos Commission. Are there additional key principles to emphasize beyond those enunciated by President McCormick? What are the broad pros and cons of the various structural and governance models that have been proposed? Which of the concerns and recommendations put forth by the Senate in November 2003 are still valid and worthy of reiteration? Consult with the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee concerning personnel ramifications of the various proposals. Also obtain input from the Newark and New Brunswick Faculty Councils and from faculty governance groups in Camden.

USGC Co-chairs Tricia Nolfi and Jonathan Tittler began by outlining some suggestions the committee had made to the report that morning, which were described as “mainly formalistic” and “not substantive.” The Senate then adopted the report and its recommendations, with few opposed or abstaining.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz reported on the March 2, 2007 Senate Executive Committee meeting. Executive Committee minutes are available on the Senate website.


REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: There had been no board meetings since the last Senate meeting.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: A report from the Newark Faculty Council had been distributed with the meeting packet. Jozef Kokini, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, reported on the activities of that group.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 2:36 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate