MINUTES Regular Meeting of the University Senate
DATE December 1, 2006
TIME AND PLACE 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
MEMBERS PRESENT: Allen, Allender, Atmeh, Barone, Bhuyan, Blimling, Bodnar, Boikess, Borisovets, Bosotov, Boylan, Bravo, Bubb, Busia, Bynes, Caprio, Carey, Chabal, Cohick, Coit, Cole, Cooke, Coppolo, Cotter, Covey, Cowen, Curtis, DeLisi, DeLuca, Dienst, Diner, Dixon-McInerney, Dutta, Eldreth, Fowler, Furmanski, Galili, Gaunt, Gigliotti, Gillett, Gonzalez-Palmer, Goodman, Gould, Grant, Greenhut, Gunderson, Hall, Hart, Heckscher, Hyman, Hyndman, Jozefczyk, Kalelkar, Keating, Kern, Kirschner, Laguna-Diaz, Larmony, Leath, Lehne, Levitsky, Lippert, Livingston, Marchetta, Markert, Markowitz, Mauroff, McCabe, McCormick, McCoy-Carter, McKay, McKeever, J. Meyer, Miller, Mulcahy, Nayyar, Ng, Niederman, Nolfi, Norville, Obayashi, Ozbay, Palmon, Patel, Puniello, Quayson, Samuel Rabinowitz, Sidney Rabinowitz, Rankin, Reiss, Rivera, Robinson, Rold, Schaich, Schantz, Schein, Schorr, Schwab, Scott, Shah, P. Simmons, Sofer, Soyosa, Spiegel, Spotacco, Staples, Stein, Sukhdeo, Szatrowski, Taulane, Thompson, Tittler, Toney-Boss, Traxler, Van Til, Vodak, Wagner, Wang, Whitfield, Wright
EXCUSED: Alger, Amirahmadi, Carbone, Colaizzi, Copeland, Edwards, Friedrich, Gimenez, Guo, Harris, Hughes, Johnson, Kirby, Klein, Krenos, Marsh, Meyer, Oppenheim, Oren, Panayotatos, Rockland, R. Simmons, St. John, Tevis, Winterbauer, Wyhopen
ABSENT: Adelman, Ally, Alonso, Ambar, Apfel, Barbarese, Bay, Bellany, Bernstein, Bosch, Creese, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Deutsch, Duncan, Finegold, Habib, Holzer, Jackson, Kennedy, Kokini, Koza, Urbaniak, Venzie, Vera, Wallace, Williams
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY: Faculty: Of 83
total: 61 present (77%), 11 excused (13%), 11 absent (13%)
Students: Of 51 total: 33 present (65%), 3 excused (6%), 15 absent (29%)
Administrators: Of 35 total: 12 present (34%), 11 excused (32%), 12 absent (34%)
Alumni: Of 6 total: 5 present (83%), 1 excused (17%), 0 absent
Staff: Of 10 total: 9 present (90%, 0 excused, 1 absent (10%)
View Senate Attendance Record for this year.
PRESIDING OFFICER: Martha Cotter, Chairperson
CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM, AND CHAIRPERSON'S REPORT - Martha Cotter, Chairperson
Chairperson Cotter called the meeting to order at 1:23 p.m. Her chairperson's report included comments on:
President McCormick's administrative report included comments on:
Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee - Ann Gould and Paul Panayotatos, Co-chairs
Report and Recommendations on Charge S-0502, Status of Full-time, Non-tenure-track, Non-clinical Faculty
Original Charge: Review the status of full-time non-tenure-track faculty who are not clinical faculty, including teaching as well as research faculty. Consider whether changes in University Regulations or policies should be proposed that would provide improved conditions for full-time non-tenure-track faculty with respect to length and continuity of appointment, reappointment, performance evaluation, governance rights, and access to internal research funding, in order to enhance the delivery of high-quality undergraduate education by this group of faculty. Recommend specific policy changes as appropriate. Recommend guidelines and general principles for proposals that might be formulated by the administration on these matters.Senator Gould summarized the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee's report and recommendations on the status of full-time, non-tenure-track, non-clinical faculty. She said that the charge and report do not pertain to part-time lecturers or clinical faculty. She explained the "four-year rule." Gould then read and moved for adoption the report's recommendations (noting that the second and third recommendations had been changed by the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee that morning), as follows:
Recommendation 1: The University Senate recommends to the BOG the amendment of University Policy Section 60.5.10.A by the elimination of all language beginning with "Instructorships are essentially temporary appointments" and ending with "limits instructors to three successive reappointments" so that the restriction to three successive reappointments for NTT faculty is abolished.Gould then moved, on behalf of her committee, the report's accompanying resolution, as follows:
Recommendation 2: For non-tenure-track faculty, other than clinical, the Senate recommends initial appointments of one to three years, with reappointments of up to three years thereafter. A dean's-level review is required prior to multi-year appointments.
Recommendation 3: The Senate recommends that the EVPAA remind all academic units that annuals, as well as tenure-track faculty, are eligible for FASIP. In addition, faculty should be strongly advised to include monies for such awards in grants that support research annuals.
Recommendation 4: The Senate recommends that instructional and research annuals be made eligible to apply for both internal and external grants.
Recommendation 5: The Senate recommends that Rutgers' administration devise and utilize a process for reminding chairs to submit notices of reappointments by the June 30 deadline, and for making employees aware of information about benefits eligibility, availability, and terms of coverage.
RESOLUTION in Support of the University Senate's Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee's Report and Recommendations:Following very brief discussion, on card vote, the Senate adopted the motion with two opposed, and one abstention.
Whereas, the University Senate Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee has examined and reported on the Status of Full-time, Non-tenure-track, Non-clinical Faculty; and
Whereas, the University Senate has reviewed the Committee's report and recommendations, finding those recommendations to be sound and in the best interests of Rutgers University;
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Rutgers University Senate endorses the "Report and Recommendations on the Status of Full-time, Non-tenure-track, Non-clinical Faculty" and urges the Administration to implement its recommendations.
There was no old business.
Senator Daniel Schantz raised the issue of movement toward a New Jersey State-mandated system of articulation and transfer agreements, and suggested that it be taken up by a Senate committee. Chairperson Cotter, noting that the University administration is aware of that, asked Schantz to write up his suggestion and send it to her to bring to the Senate Executive Committee.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT- Samuel Rabinowitz, Vice Chairperson
Senate Vice Chair Rabinowitz reported on the Executive Committee's November 10, 2006 meeting.
REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES
There had been no meetings of the boards since the previous Senate meeting.
REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS
Senator Stan Hall presented a report from the Newark Faculty Senate.
The meeting adjourned at 2:23 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate