M I N U T E S
February 6, 2009
MEMBERS PRESENT: Bodnar, Borisovets, Bubb, Gould, Greenhut, Leath, Nolfi, Pignatiello (conference call), Rabinowitz (Chair), Swalagin
(Executive Secretary), Thompson
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Greaux, McArdle, Panayotatos
ALSO ATTENDING: Cotter
(Faculty BOG Representative), Furmanski (Administrative Liaison), McCormick (Administrative Liaison)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on
Friday, February 6, 2009 at 1:10 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of
Administrative Services Building-III, Cook Campus.
1. Chairperson’s Report
Senate and Executive Committee Chairperson Samuel
called the meeting to order at 1:23 p.m. There was no chairperson's report.
Agenda: The meeting agenda was approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
Minutes: The January 9, 2009 Senate Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
were approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
3. Administrative Report
President McCormick presented an
administrative report which included comments on:
President McCormick and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phil Furmanski then responded to questions, or heard comments from the
Executive Committee, on topics including:
- Targum, and the Senate's recent Response to Charge S-0107, Referendum Guidelines Review and Recommended Revised Referendum Guidelines, noting that he is seeking additional information on the matter through student government, RUSA and Targum leadership;
- ongoing searches for Rutgers leadership positions, including
Camden chancellor, dean of Rutgers Business School-Camden, dean of the
School of Law-Newark, dean of the College of Nursing, dean of the
School of Engineering, dean of the School of Criminal Justice, and
planning for a search to replace Adam Graycar when he steps down as
dean of the School of Criminal Justice at the end of this academic year;
- the search process and progress related to hiring a new director
of athletics and a new vice president for faculty and staff resources;
- New Jersey's and Rutgers' budgets;
- Rutgers' ongoing efforts to convince the NJ State legislature to
permanently remove the remaining half of the tax on out-of-state
- the federal economic stimulus package, and its implications and potential benefits to Rutgers and higher education generally.
[Senator Nolfi joined the meeting at 1:51 p.m.]
- the interview process in the search for a new dean of the School of Law-Newark;
- NJ Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney's calls for President McCormick to resign;
- progress on, or postponement of, construction of the science building in Camden;
- possible effects of plummeting enrollment at other NJ colleges on Rutgers; and
- enrollment standards, trends, economies, and demographics.
EVPAA Furmanski continued the administrative report with additional comments about New Jersey's and Rutgers' budgets.
[Note: An itemized
list of recent Senate reports and recommendations on which the
Executive Committee had requested administrative follow up was docketed and distributed, but not discussed.]
4. Standing Committees
Structure and Governance Committee Response to Charge S-0810, Including
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration as Administrator
summarized by USGC Co-chair Tricia Nolfi, discussed by the Executive
Committee, and docketed for introduction (it recommends a change in
Senate membership which would require a bylaws change, so it will be
voted on at the March meeting) at the February 27 Senate meeting.
The Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee Response to Charge S-0705-2, Full-time Tenure- and Non-tenure-track Appointments was
summarized by FPAC Co-chair Ann Gould, discussed by the Executive
Committee, and docketed for Senate information on the February 27
meeting agenda. The report does not recommend any changes to current
Rutgers policies or practices, so it was not docketed as an action item
requiring a Senate vote.
Proposed Charge to Faculty and
Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) on Evaluation of Administrators, submitted by FPAC Co-chair Paul
Panayotatos on behalf of originator, Executive Vice President for
Academic Affairs Phil Furmanski:
A charge to the FPAC on evaluation of administrators, which had been
proposed by the FPAC at EVPAA Furmanski's suggestion, was first
summarized by Furmanski, and then by FPAC Co-chair Gould. The Executive
Committee issued the charge, as proposed, as follows:
the current procedures for faculty, staff and student evaluation of
deans since implementation in 2004. Recommend changes where
appropriate, and examine the feasibility of extending the process to
include vice presidents and other administrators. Respond to Senate
Executive Committee by February 2010.
Proposed Charge to
[undetermined] Committee on RUCS and OIT Input in Strategic Planning and Mission: Staff
Senator Jon Oliver had submitted the following proposal for a charge to
a Senate standing committee: "I
have been at Rutgers for over 22 years, the last 14 working in the area
of information technology. During that time, I have observed that RUCS
and subsequently OIT appears to have little academic unit input in the
strategic planning and prioritization of its mission. I would
respectfully request that the Senate investigate whether an advisory
board of mid to upper level IT staff from academic units be put in
place so that we can better consolidate and organize our technology
needs and future directions. This body would not necessarily be a
decision making body but at least would provide advice to the CIO."
Tricia Nolfi asked if there is already such a committee, and Phil
Furmanski responded that there is a set of advisory committees to OIT
that is functioning, and that Rick Falk and a committee recently did an
overview of OIT as an ad hoc advisory, and that a recommendation
similar to that of this proposed charge was also made by the Falk
committee. Secretary Swalagin will suggest to Senator Oliver that this
charge could be brought back in a year, after the Falk committee's work
Proposed Charge to Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee on
Academic Freedom for Contingent Faculty: PTL Senator Karen Thompson, at
Faculty Senator Peter Simmons' suggestion, had submitted a proposed
charge on academic freedom for contingent faculty. The charge was
discussed, assigned a deadline, and issued to the Faculty and Personnel
Affairs Committee as proposed, as follows:
Given that PTLs and NTTs do not have the
protections of tenure and by definition are continually under scrutiny for
reappointment, consider ways to amend University Regulation 60.5.1 to maximize academic freedom for contingent faculty. Alternatively, or in
addition to such amendment, consider other mechanisms, such as due process
provisions, that will help to ensure academic freedom for contingent faculty.
The National AAUP’s Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic
Freedom and Tenure serves as a relevant background document, with section 13 on part-time faculty
of particular interest. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by February 2010.
Proposed Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) on Senate Speakers, Discussions, and Forums:
The USGC had proposed that it be charged with reviewing and making
recommendations regarding the way discussions take place on the Senate
floor. USGC Co-chair Nolfi summarized the proposal, and the Executive
Committee issued the charge to the USGC as proposed, as follows:
proposals to limit discussion during University Senate meetings, when motions
are on the floor, to that of Senators and specifically invited guests. Also
consider proposals to provide for public input to issues before the Senate,
such as possibly providing for opening the Senate meetings to the public during
the President's Annual Address to the Rutgers Community, as well as during the
three annual campus reports, and at other times, such as in public hearings or
forums by the Senate or any of its committees, and possibly when the Senate is
in committee of the whole. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by April
Proposed Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) on Senate Committee Charge-Response Time Limits:The
USGC had proposed that it be charged with reviewing and making
recommendations regarding limiting the time in which a Senate standing
committee must respond to charges issued by the Executive Committee.
USGC Co-chair Nolfi summarized the proposal. Executive
Committee instructed Secretary Swalagin to broaden the charge and issue
it to the USGC. The charge was ultimately issued as follows:
whether the University Senate should establish a general, maximum time limit
for committee responses to charges issued by the Executive Committee. Make
recommendations on time limits, and how to deal with charges that are pending
in committee beyond specific deadlines or overall time limits. Respond to
the Senate Executive Committee by November 2009.
USGC: At the USGC's request,
the response deadlines on Charge S-0712 (Enhanced Shared Governance,
and University Senate) and Charge S-0805 (Senate Representation by
Full-Time, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty) were extended to April 2009.
FPAC: At FPAC Co-chair Gould's request, all FPAC unmet charge deadlines were extended to April 2009.
ASRAC: At ASRAC Co-chair Martha
Cotter's request, the response deadlines on Charge S-0713 (Weekend
Exams) and S-0605 (Admissions and Financial Aid) were extended to March
5. February 27, 2009 University Senate Agenda:
The February 27, 2009 Senate meeting will be held in Newark, and will
include Newark Chancellor Diner's Newark Campus Report, and the two
committee reports docketed above.
[Senator Furmanski left the meeting at 3:07 p.m.]
6. Old Business:
Academic Integrity Policy Committee:
Martha Cotter briefed the Executive Committee on the activities of the
new Academic Integrity Policy Committee, which had met for the first
time the previous Tuesday, and divided itself into subcommittees, one
of which is researching other AAU public research universities'
academic integrity policies, and another which is meeting and talking
with members of Rutgers' academic units about experiences with the
current policy as well as what they'd like to see in the new policy.
Cotter said that the AIPC would like to get input from the Senate as a
whole on the policy. The Executive Committee docketed a report on this
subject from Cotter at the March 27 Senate meeting, as well as a
committee-of-the-whole discussion. She also said that EVPAA Furmanski
has offered to provide funds for a mini-conference on academic
integrity early next fall, and that she hopes she can convince the New
Brunswick Faculty Council to make that a part of, or have it replace,
the annual teaching conference.
7. New Business: There was no new business
8. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 3:18 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate