April 6, 2001

MEMBERS PRESENT: Borisovets, Fechter, Kelly, Koehler, Leath, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Scott (Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary), Walker-Andrews
ALSO ATTENDING: Caprio (VP for Continuous Education & Outreach), Cragin (Graduate Student BOT Representative), Ishayik (Undergraduate Student BOT Representative), Janes (Faculty BOG Representative), James Miller (Co-chair, University Structure and Governance Committee), Parikh (Student BOG Representative), Roth (Co-chair, Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee), Seneca (Administrative Liaison), Snyder (Acting VP for Institutional Planning and Research), Wozniak (Co-chair, Student Affairs Committee)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, April 6, 2001 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus.

1. Chairperson’s Report
Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order.

2. Secretary's Report
Minutes: Minutes of the March 9, 2001 Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary.
Communications: The following communications were presented and acted upon as noted:

3. Administrative Report
University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca presented the administrative report, which included comments on: fundraising; a $2 million gift to endow a chair in applied microbiology at Cook College; and acknowledgment of, and congratulations on, Senator Fechter’s receipt of the Truman Award.

4. Report of the 2001-02 Nominating Panel
Harry Janes, Chair of the Nominating Panel, presented the slate of candidates for 2001-02 University Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives. He noted that additional nominations may be made from the Senate floor at the April 27 election, and that, to fulfill the requirement that the Executive Committee must include at least one member from Newark and one from Camden, the highest vote-getter from each of those campuses (two nominees each) would become members of the Executive Committee. The slate was approved as follows:

CHAIR: Kathleen Scott, Rutgers (F)
VICE CHAIR: Samuel Rabinowitz, SB-Camden (F)
EC FACULTY: Barone, Joseph, Pharmacy (F); Borisovets, Natalie, Libraries (F); Leath, Paul, Rutgers (F); Hirsh, Haym, Rutgers (F); Panayotatos, Paul, At Large-NB (F); Laguna-Diaz, Asela, At Large-Newark (F); Cowley, Roger, At Large-Camden (F)
EC STUDENT: Saniefard, Liza, Rutgers (S); Sims, Latesha, Rutgers (S)
EC ALUMNUS: Kenney, Robert, Alumni Federation; Manhoff, Bert, Alumni Federation
BOG STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: Fechter, Avram, Rutgers (S); Miller, Jason, Cook (S); Esser, Ken, Livingston (S)
BOG FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE: Walker-Andrews, Arlene, At Large-NB (F)
BOT GRADUATE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: Redd, Jason, Rutgers (S) Graduate Student
BOT FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE: Rohr, Michael, NCAS (F); Vodak, Mark, Cook (F)
5. Standing Committee Reports Whereas part-time lecturers (PTLs) and annuals teach a significant percentage of undergraduate courses at Rutgers University, and
Whereas PTLs and annuals have expertise and experience that adds a major dimension to the teaching programs of the University, and
Whereas PTLs and annuals often have little formal interaction with their teaching colleagues at the University, and
Whereas PTLs and annuals are not presently represented in the University Senate,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Senate asks the Board of Governors to amend the Senate's enabling regulations to entitle part-time lecturers and annuals to one Senator from each of our three campuses, to be elected annually, and
Be it further resolved that the initial elections be conducted by the University Senate by notifying all part-time lecturers and annuals that elections will be held, by indicating that PTLs and annuals who have taught at the University for at least three semesters during the last three years are eligible to serve, by asking whether they choose to be on the ballot, and by conducting the elections, and
Be it further resolved that the PTL and annual representatives on the University Senate will be responsible for communicating with their constituents to ensure that issues important to them are addressed.
The Executive Committee agreed to try to schedule an open-forum discussion on the CAPS proposal at the October 2001 Senate meeting, and to ask the Governance Committee to update its report thereafter. The current report was docketed for information purposes only, without presentation of a resolution or call for Senate action, at the April 27, 2001 Senate meeting. 6. Standing Committee Charges

The Executive Committee discussed a potential charge to the Faculty Affairs and Personnel (FAP) Committee to consider whether there should be prohibition against using online course-evaluation data in personnel actions. Chairperson Scott will draft a charge to be circulated to the Executive Committee before being issued.

7. April 27, 2001 Senate Agenda

Items had been added to the Senate’s April 27 agenda throughout the meeting. Items docketed and scheduled for the April 27, 2001 Senate agenda are indicated in the "Standing Committee Reports" section, above.

8. Old Business

The Executive Committee approved insertion of one line which had been dropped from the online version of the School of Law-Camden proposed grading scale approved by the Senate March 27. The "C-minus" grade was part of the original proposal and the hardcopy version of the Senate report and resolution, but had accidentally been left out of the online version. The Executive Committee acted on behalf of the Senate to correct the error.

9. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m. by Chairperson Scott.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate