MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: November 19, 2010

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, New Brunswick Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT: Akincigil, Ayres, Barone, Barraco, Beachem, Bhanot, Bhuyan, Binetti, Bittner, Blumenthal, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Boylan, Brennan, Breslaw, Cachel, Canavan, Caprio, Clarke, Cosandey, Cotter, Creese, Czaplicki, David, DeLisi, Dighton, DiVito, Dutta, Edwards, Ellis, Figueira, Foglio, Furmanski, Gaunt, Gillett, Gould, Grant, Greenberg, Greenhut, Gunkel, Gurfinkiel, Gursoy, Herbert, Hyndman, Iraninejad, Janes, Jasey, Jerome-DeMilia, Jimenez, Kalelkar, Katz, Lawton, Leath, Levine, Lewis, Loftus, Maher, Maheta, Markert, Markowitz, Mazurek, McCormick, McKay, McKeever, Messer, M. Miller, Milliman, Minsky, Murphy, Narayan, Norville, Nycz, Oza, Panayotatos, Patel, Pirrello, Potenza, Puhak, Rabinowitz, G. Roth, H. Roth, Rosario, Salvino, Samarakone, Schnetzer, Schrire, Shapiro, Sheflin, Simmons, J. Singh, Saurabh Singh, Spellmeyer, Spiegel, Stauffer, Stillwagon, Swartley-McArdle, Szatrowski, Szczesna, Tancs, K. Thompson, Toney-Boss, Vargas, Wagner, Wang, White, Wilson, Winkler, Won, Zaki, Zimmerman

EXCUSED: Atkins, B. Cooper, Diner, Farris, Fishbein, Ganesh, Gao, Garcia, Gomes, Goodman, Hill, Hmelo-Silver, Hoffman, Kolasis, Le, Lee, Li, MacLennan, Mann, Mojaddedi, Muse, Niederman, O'Connor, Perrone, Sabo, Sahi, Schantz, Schorr, Smith, Spasojevic, Stein, F. Thompson, Tu, Vodak, Winterbauer,Wu, Wyhopen, Yeagle, Yu

ABSENT: Abercombie, Amirahmadi, Aspray, Barnett, Bruno, Bubb, Buch, Clear, M. Cooper, Dougherty, Farmer, Fehn, Fensterheim, Finegold, Gabriel,  Guo, Hanebrink, Heckscher, Helgeson, Hicks, Holzemer, Holzer, Hudson, Hughes, Kheiralla, Kukor, Lerner, Levinson, LoBalbo, Lynch, Marsh, McLean, J. Miller, Molloy, Morrisette, Muslah, Nayyar, Pero, Pinchuk, Pritchett, Prowse, Schement, Scher, Sandeep Singh, Solomon, Spath, Violette, Weinstein,  Woolcott, Yoon

ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 92 total: 58 present (63%), 20 excused (22%), 14 absent (15%); Students: Of 54 total: 27 present (50%), 7 excused (13%), 20 absent (37%); Administrators: Of 35 total: 12 present (34%), 8 excused (23%), 15 absent (43%); Alumni: Of 6 total: 5 present (83%), 1 excused (17%), 0 absent; Staff: Of 13 total: 9 present (69%), 3 excused (23%), 1 absent (8%)

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PRESIDING OFFICER: Paul Panayotatos, Chairperson


Chairperson Panayotatos called the meeting to order at 1:17 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. He said that his chair's report would be very brief, noting that his promised report on the Senate's Ad Hoc Shared Governance Task Force would be part of the committee-of-the-whole discussion on shared governance that was docketed for the end of the meeting.

SECRETARY'S REPORT - Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary


University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-0712 on Enhanced Shared Governance, and University Senate and Draft Senate Handbook Changes - Peter Gillett, USGC Chair
Chairperson Panayotatos explained that the recommendations in this report include a change to Senate Bylaws/University Regulations. In accordance with established parliamentary procedure, this report was introduced at this meeting, but would not be up for adoption until the January 2011 meeting. Senator Gillett,chair of the Senate's University Structure and Governance Committee, summarized his committee's report. Brief discussion followed, with no amendments proposed.

Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Response to Charge S-1011 on Endorsing the New Brunswick Faculty Council's Faculty Retirement Survey - Ann Gould and Paul Panayotatos, FPAC Co-chairs
Senate Vice Chairperson Ann Gould assumed the chair while Chairperson Panayotatos, who also co-chairs the Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee, presented the FPAC report on the New Brunswick Faculty Council's Faculty Retirement Survey. Panayotatos summarized the report, and read aloud the recommendations and resolution for adoption included therein. During discussion, the Senate voted to separate Recommendations 1 and 2 from Recommendation 3. Recommendations 1 and 2 of the report were then adopted by the Senate on card vote. Panayotatos read the third recommendation aloud. Following brief discussion, Recommendation 3 of the report was adopted by the Senate on card vote.

Panayotatos then resumed the chair.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.

- President Richard L. McCormick

President McCormick presented an administrative report, which included comments on topics including:
President McCormick then responded to questions or heard comments on subjects including:
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chairperson Ann Gould reported on the November 5, 2010 Senate Executive Committee meeting.

REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Cotter, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, said that the Board of Governors had not met since the previous Senate meeting. Senator Rabinowitz, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, said that the Board of Trustees had likewise not met since the previous Senate meeting.. 

 Senator McKeever, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, said that group has not met since his last report to the Senate, but that an agenda had been prepared for their December meeting. There were no reports from Camden or Newark faculty liaisons.


Shared Governance Issues: A committee-of-the-whole discussion on shared governance issues had been docketed for the end of the meeting. Chairpeson Panayotatos described the committee-of-the-whole environment, noting that there would be no motions or formal action, that anyone may speak, and that the discussion should remain focused on the issue of Senate effectiveness and participation. Senator Markowitz moved the Senate to committee of the whole. The motion was seconded by Senator Binetti, and the Senate adopted the motion. Senate Chairperson Panayotatos and Vice Chairperson Gould then summarized their recent experiences at a faculty governance conference sponsored by the AAUP and held in Washington DC earlier that month. Comments were made during the ensuing discussion on subjects including:
Senator Gillett then successfully moved that the Senate rise from committee of the whole, and followed that motion with a motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:03 p.m.

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