Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE: May 3, 2002
TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Antwi, Baldi, Barone, Bell, Berz, Bittner, Blakeman, Blasi, Boikess, Bossard, Boylan, Bronzan, Cicma, Colaizzi, A. Cooper, T. Cooper, Cotter, Cowley, Darien, Davidson, DeCarlo, DeRosa, Deutsch, Dimond, Diner, Domb, Duncan, Esser, Evans, Falk, Forman, Friedrich, Gaunt, Hall, Haugerud, Hawkesworth, Hillman, Hirsh, Hornichter, Hyndman, Jessen, Jones, Karel, Kauffman, Kennedy, Kenney, Kirschner, Kressel, Lawrence, Leath, Lee, Manhoff, Maradonna, Martinez-Fernandez, Maudlin, Maw, McKay, J. Miller, Naus, Nordstrom, O’Connor, Oren, Panayotatos, Pancholy, Pellegrine, Penfield, Perr, Pottick, Rabinowitz, Ramsay, Rijhsinghani, Rohr, Roth, Rountree, Samuels, Saniefard, Scott, Seneca, Silver, P. Simmons, R. Simmons, Sims, Slawsky, D. Snyder, P. Snyder, Solomon, Spencer, Stamato, Stauffer, Szatrowski, Tallau, Tripolitis, Varma, Vershon, Walker-Andrews, Wasserman, Webb, Wilkinson, Winterbauer, Wozniak, Zaborszky
EXCUSED: Adelson, Bathory, Bhandari, Borisovets, Bry, Cronk, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Elovitz, Flanagan, Gary, Griffith, Habib, Jesse, Keoskey, Laguna-Diaz, Markowitz, Marsh, McKeever, Messer, G. Miller, Mills, Plummer, Puniello, Quinn, Roselli, Smith, Stein, Swenson, Tuckman, Vodak, Wadia, Wyly
ABSENT: Albers, Boucher, Breton, Bushnell, Butwinski, Caprio, Chopra, Cizewski, Cohen, Daniels, Darkenwald, E. Diamond, Driscoll, Felson, Gillis, Gross, Hamm, Hara, Hughes, Jackson, Keating, Kenfield, Klein, Kokini, Krueckeberg, Lang, LaPadula, Lehman, Leontiades, Li, Matsuda, Millican, Morrow, Nagarajan, Paris, Perlman, Pieczenik, Ros, Saidel, Schlegel, Strom, Toledo, Wallenstein, Zaveri, Zylstra
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 87 total:
46 present (53%), 18 excused (21%) 23 absent (26%); Students:
Of 47 total: 26 present (55%), 6 excused (13%), 15 absent (32%); Administrators:
Of 39 total: 25 present (64%), 8 excused (21%), 6 absent (15%); Alumni:
Of 6 total: 4 present (66%), 1 excused (17%), 1 absent (17%)
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NON-VOTING MEMBER PRESENT: RedD
NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT: Sambolin, Wright
PRESIDING OFFICER : Kathleen Scott, Chairperson
Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order, declared that there was a quorum, and welcomed everyone to the last meeting of the 2001-2002 Senate. She commented on the Senate’s continuing move forward, highlighted some of its accomplishments over the past year, including successful experiments with open-forum discussions, then expressed her hope for continued success for the Senate. She announced that the process by which part-time lecturers will be elected to the Senate is underway, and that the Enrollment Committee, to which the administration had recently named its members, is forming and will be charged in June. She thanked the standing-committee chairs, and all committee members who participated in their respective committees. She also thanked Secretary Swalagin and Linda Mickelsen of the Senate office, President Lawrence and Vice President Seneca for their willingness to listen to the advice and concerns of the Senate, Senators Saniefard and Tallau for their service as parliamentarians, and the student Senators for their invaluable viewpoints. She concluded by thanking everyone for their participation, thoughts and comments.
SECRETARY’S REPORT: Agenda: The agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: The Minutes of April 5, 2002 were approved as distributed by the Secretary.
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President Lawrence’s Administrative Report began with thanks to the Senate for its members’ time, efforts and dedication, and thanks and praise to Chairperson Scott for her past three years as Senate Chair. The Administrative Report also included comments on grants, awards, donations, as well as the recent "Rutgers on Broadway" performance.
Since student-evaluation scores are most useful only when comparisons are made with similar types of courses, a best practice would be for each department to divide its courses into appropriate categories of comparable courses, for teaching evaluation, or comparison purposes. These divisions could include, for example, large lecture courses, laboratory courses, studio courses, seminar courses, honors courses, required courses, graduate courses, and research courses. Each department, from the distributions of raw scores provided by the University, would calculate the departmental means for each category of courses appropriate to that department. It would normalize the student course evaluation scores for each course and instructor against the appropriate departmental mean, i.e., divide the raw scores by the appropriate departmental mean scores. The department would then use and report these normalized scores in its personnel decisions and recommendations, as well as the raw scores for each instructor. In addition, each department might also wish to compute, use, and report the full score distributions and/or any other statistical quantities, such as grouped median, or standard deviation.
NEW BUSINESS: On motion and duly seconded, the Senate approved by acclamation the following resolution presented by Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz:
Whereas, during her time as Chair the Senate parsed issues of significant importance to Rutgers University, resulting in over 30 reports and resolutions sent to the Administration as the advice of the Senate; and
Whereas, during her tenure the Senate upheld a spirit of collegiality as the University-wide deliberative body; and
Whereas, she has displayed tact and dignity in moving issues through the Senate; and
Whereas, her service also as chair of the Senate’s University Structure and Governance Committee has been invaluable to the University and to the Senate itself; and
Whereas, she has represented us ably before the Board of Governors; and
Whereas, she has exercised leadership with dedication, determination and good will;
Therefore, Be It Resolved that the University Senate expresses its appreciation and gratitude to Senator Scott for her service as its Chairperson, and that it anticipates with gratitude her continued service as Immediate Past Chairperson and in other senatorial roles she will undertake in the future.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Jason Miller reported on the April 12 Board of Governors meeting. Senator Rohr reported on the April 18 Board of Trustees meeting.
REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senator Cotter, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, reported on that group’s recent activities.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business before the University Senate, Chairperson Scott declared the meeting adjourned at 3:17 p.m.
Secretary of the University Senate