February 25, 2005

Blasi, Borisovets, Cotter (Chair), Curry, Darien, DiVito, Hirsh, Panayotatos (Immediate Vice Chair), Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)


ALSO ATTENDING:  Furmanski (Administrative Liaison), Leath (Faculty BOG Representative), McCormick (Administrative Liaison)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, February 25, 2005 at 1:10 p.m. in the Cap and Skull Room, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus.  

1.    Chairperson’s Report

There was no Chairperson’s Report.

2.    Secretary's Report

Minutes:  Chairperson Cotter asked that the February 4, 2005 Minutes be changed to reflect that she asked the Executive Committee if there were any objections to her inviting Michael McKay and Brian Rose to speak to the Senate on use of Social Security numbers as student identification numbers.  With that change, the Minutes of the February 4, 2005 Executive Committee meeting were approved.

Communication:  The Schedule of 2005-2006 Senate and Senate Executive Committee meetings was presented and approved by the Executive Committee. 

3.    Administrative Report

Executive Vice President Furmanski delivered the administrative report, which included comments on:  

4.    Selection and charge of Nominating Panel for April 2005 Senate Election of Officers and Board Representatives:
  The Executive Committee suggested the following Senators as members of the 2005 Nominating Panel:  O’Connor (Chair), Greenhut, P. Simmons, Szatrowski, DiVito, Curry, N. Smith, Dholandas, Tittler, Bodnar, Krucher, Darien, Kressel, Potenza, R. Jones, Oren.  Secretary Swalagin will contact those suggested and ask if they are willing to serve on the Panel.

5.    Standing Committee Reports and Charges

Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee
(ICAC), Revised Report on Charge S-0325, Assignment of Textbooks:  Senator Borisovets, chair of the ICAC, summarized her committee’s revised report on assignment of textbooks.  The report, in its original form, had been reviewed by the Senate at the October 22, 2004 Senate meeting, and was referred back to committee for revision.  Senator Borisovets accepted Senator Panayotatos’s suggestion that wording in one of the report’s recommendations be changed to indicate that royalties could be “donated” to the university or elsewhere rather than “returned.”  Senator Panayotatos also asked about situations in which an instructor hires multiple part-time lecturers for a course and then assigns a self-authored textbook.  The Executive Committee agreed with Senator Blasi’s suggestion that this issue be revisited next, along with any other specific issues arising out of any new policies instituted as a result of the ICAC’s recommendations.  The report was docketed for the March 11, 2005 Senate meeting.

Charge to Budget and Finance Committee on Student Fees:  Secretary Swalagin said that, as instructed by the Executive Committee, he had transmitted to the Budget and Finance Committee on February 16, 2005 the following charge submitted by Senator Adam Cooper, as modified by Senator Timothy DiVito:  “Examine all student fees collected for university-wide purposes paid by Rutgers University undergraduates on all three campuses.  Research the origins of these fees, the programs and projects that they have funded in the past and any future plans for the use of these funds.  Recommend best practices for the appropriate use of this fee money in light of these findings.  In addition, recommend ways in which university-wide student fee information can be made more widely available to all Rutgers University students.  Respond to Senate Executive Committee by October 2005.”

Proposed Charge to Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee:  The Executive Committee considered the following charge, as submitted by Senator Adam Cooper:   “Examine why Rutgers University does not currently operate a study-abroad program in Israel, and determine whether or not this policy should be changed.”  The committee deemed the proposed charge to be insufficiently broad for a Senate committee, therefore no charge was issued.  Secretary Swalagin was instructed to refer Senator Cooper to Seth Gopan, Director of Global Programs, or Steve Ferst, Director of the Study Abroad Program on this issue.

Proposed Charge to University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC):  The Executive Committee considered, at Senator Dutta’s request, charging the USGC with making recommendations regarding absence of quorum at faculty meetings.  The basis of the charge was contained in an e-mail exchange between Senator/Professor Dutta, FAS-NB Dean Holly Smith, and President McCormick.  []  Following discussion, the committee agreed that the charge did not fall within the Senate’s purview, and suggested that Senator Dutta bring his issue to the individual units where the concerns exist.

Charge Deadline Change:  On behalf of the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee (FAPC), Senator Panayotatos, FAPC co-chair, requested that the deadline on Charge S-0412, on endorsing the AAUP Policy Statement on Contingent Faculty, be changed to Fall 2005.  The change was granted.

6.    Reports of Executive Committee Liaisons to Senate Standing Committees: 
The following Executive Committee liaisons to Senate standing committees reported on the plans and activities of their respective committees:
During the discussion of standing committee activities, the following issues/discussions were also raised:
7.    March 11, 2005 University Senate Meeting Agenda

The following items were docketed on the Senate’s March 11, 2005 agenda:
8.    Old Business

There was no Old Business.

9.    New Business

Chairperson Cotter solicited and received comments and suggestions on a draft list of proposed members for the evaluation committee for Dean Stauffer of the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

10.   Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:23 p.m. by Chairperson Cotter.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate