RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES
January 7, 2005
MEMBERS PRESENT: Barone, Blasi, Borisovets, Cotter (Chair),
Curry, Darien, DiVito, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
EXCUSED: Hirsh, Panayotatos
ALSO ATTENDING: Adam (Newark Campus Faculty Liaison), Furmanski
(Administrative Liaison), McCormick (Administrative Liaison), Miller (New
Brunswick Campus Faculty Liaison), Scott (Board of Trustees Faculty Representative)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held
on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 1:10 p.m. in the Cap and Skull Room, Rutgers
Student Center, College Avenue Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
No Chairperson’s Report was presented.
2. Secretary's Report
Minutes: The Minutes of the November 5,
2004 Executive Committee meeting were approved.
Communications: The following communication was presented by
Secretary Swalagin, and acted upon as noted:
3. Administrative Report
- Senator Nicole Smith has resigned from the Senate, citing academic
responsibilities and her intention to graduate at the end of this academic
year. Secretary Swalagin will
solicit recommendations and volunteers for the positions of Student Affairs
Committee chair and Senate parliamentarian.
President McCormick delivered the administrative report, which included
comments on: the state budget, and the related challenges and discussions
with legislators on both this year’s and next year’s state allocations to
Rutgers; considerations and activities associated with plans to transform
part of the College Avenue Campus (near the Rutgers Student Center) into
a non-vehicular pedestrian mall; and Rutgers’ participation in aid to victims
of, and education institutions affected by, the Asian tsunami disaster.
Senator Blasi asked what major issues or themes would be forthcoming over
the next one or two years. President McCormick responded that, as included
in his September 2004 Address to the University Community, the developing
character of academic initiatives, and results of the work of the Task Force
on Undergraduate Learning and Life will emerge in the semester ahead.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Furmanski responded to Senator
Miller’s question regarding interdisciplinarity and organization of graduate
programs by noting that deans were charged last year with working to eliminate
disincentives or barriers to interdisciplinarity, and that related responsibilities
have been assigned to the position of Vice President for Research. President
McCormick added that he and Vice President Furmanski are currently considering
a university-wide agenda for developing global studies.
Responding to Senator DiVito’s question regarding support for financial
aid, President McCormick said that TAG will continue to be well supported,
and that he will recommend that the boards continue to set aside tuition
funds for need-based financial aid. He also commented on Rutgers’ accessibility
to various income groups, and, in response to a request by Chairperson Cotter,
will ask Nancy Winterbauer if data on that subject can be disseminated.
4. Standing Committee Reports and Charges
Charge Deadline Extended: The University Structure and Governance
Committee deadline on Charge S-0409 (Consider adding specific responsibility
for graduate and professional education issues to the Senate’s committee
structure) was extended to March 24, 2005.
Draft Resolution on AAUP Policy Statement: A resolution submitted
by Karen Thompson, Staff Representative, Part-time Chapter of the Rutgers
Council of AAUP Chapters, was considered. The resolution called for
endorsement of the American Association of University Professors’ policy
statement “Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession” and for recognition
of the AAUP’s continuing efforts to protect the academic profession, including
those members of the profession with contingent appointments. The AAUP
policy statement itself was not included with the draft resolution.
Secretary Swalagin was asked to draft a charge to the Faculty Affairs and
Personnel Committee, and circulate that to the Executive Committee by e-mail
along with a link to the policy statement. If there are no objections
from the Executive Committee, the charge will be issued; otherwise it will
be placed on the Executive Committee’s February 2005 agenda for further consideration.
Senator Scott mentioned that, in previous years, the Senate had received
reports on the numbers of part-time and annual-appointee faculty, and that
it may be helpful to have that information again. Executive Vice President
Furmanski offered to provide that information, noting that there will be some
degree of uncertainty in the numbers due to the difficulty of categorizing
some of the positions.
University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Resolution on Facilitating
Senate Participation in Committee Meetings through the Use of Modern Teleconference
Technology: A resolution from the USGC on utilizing and making available
teleconferencing facilities for Senate and Senate standing committee meetings
was discussed. Chuck Hedrick, University Director of Instructional
and Research Technology, and Chief Technical Officer, will be asked to report
to the USGC on teleconferencing technology, especially regarding feasibility,
availability, practicality, barriers and limitations. Secretary Swalagin
will also attend the USGC discussion of this item, to comment on its application
to Senate meetings. Afterward, the USGC will compose a report to accompany
the resolution, which will be further considered by the Executive Committee.
Proposed Charge to Equal Opportunity Committee (EOC) on FAIR v. Rumsfeld:
A charge proposed by Senator Adam Cooper, calling for EOC consideration of
a response to a recent court decision on FAIR v. Rumsfeld, was discussed.
The bases of FAIR v. Rumsfeld being military recruiting on campus, military
discrimination against gays, and withdrawal of military funding when recruitment
opportunities are denied, the EOC will be asked to revisit the issue in light
of the recent decision. The EOC had acted on FAIR in February 2004,
issuing a Resolution on FAIR v. Rumsfeld, and to Implement Fully Rutgers Policy
on Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, which was adopted
by the University Senate. Secretary Swalagin will redraft the charge
and circulate it to the Executive Committee via e-mail. If approved
the charge will be issued to the EOC with a March 24, 2005 deadline.
Potential Charge to Committee on Senator Cooper’s Resolution regarding George
Zoffinger’s Nomination to Rutgers’ Board of Governors: Senator Adam
Cooper’s resolution opposing George Zoffinger’s nomination to Rutgers’ Board
of Governors was discussed. Senator Cooper had independently introduced
his resolution directly to the Senate from the floor of the October 2004 meeting.
Mr. Zoffinger has since been appointed to the Board of Governors. The
Executive Committee declined to issue a charge on this matter.
5. January 21, 2005 University Senate Meeting Agenda
The January 21, 2005 University Senate meeting agenda will include:
- New Brunswick Campus Report – Executive Vice President for Academic
Affairs Philip Furmanski
6. Old Business
- University Structure and Governance Committee Response to Charges
S-0324, Senate Bylaws Review, and Charge S-0320, Election Procedures for
At-Large and PTL/Annual Appointee Senators
Follow-up on the Senate’s October 2000 Report on Use of Social Security
Numbers as Student Identification Numbers: Rutgers’ continuing use
of Social Security numbers as student identification numbers was discussed.
Senator Scott provided an update on the issue, and EVP Furmanski explained
some of the problems and inherent difficulties in implementing an alternative
system. Chairperson Cotter will ask Michael McKay, Vice President for
Information Technology, to report to the Senate on this issue.
7. New Business
Deans’ Evaluation Committee Members: Chairperson Cotter said that
Newark Provost Diner, noting that the Senate’s procedures for evaluation
of administrators call for the Senate to suggest evaluation committee members,
had contacted her regarding the upcoming evaluation of the dean of the School
of Criminal Justice. Chairperson Cotter will speak with colleagues,
and e-mail to the Executive Committee the names of any suggested committee
members for their approval, after which she or Secretary Swalagin will forward
the names to Provost Diner.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m. by Chairperson Cotter.
Executive Secretary of the Senate