M I N U T E S
June 5, 2009
MEMBERS PRESENT: Borisovets, Bodnar, Gould, Greaux, Greenhut, Leath, McArdle, Nolfi, Rabinowitz (Chair), Swalagin
(Executive Secretary), Thompson
2009-2010 MEMBERS-ELECT PRESENT: Gillett, Levine, Wild
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Bubb, Panayotatos, Pignatiello
ALSO ATTENDING: Cotter
(Faculty BOG Representative), Fehn (Administrative Liaison), Furmanski (Administrative Liaison),
Kaplan (Undergraduate Student BOT Representative), McCormick
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on
Friday, June 5, 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 1:22 p.m. He welcomed all present, and asked everyone to introduce themselves.
Agenda: The meeting agenda was approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
Minutes: The April 17, 2009 Senate Executive Committee Meeting Minutes were then approved as distributed. The May 1, 2009 University Senate Meeting Minutes were approved by the Executive Committee. [Note: The Executive Committee approves the
last 2008-2009 Senate Minutes on behalf of the Senate because that Senate does
not meet again.]
Other Items from the Secretary:
Part-Time Lecturer and Annual-Appointee Faculty Senator Term Limits and Election:Executive
Secretary Ken Swalagin said that the election of PTL/AA
Senators had not yet been conducted pending the November Senate action
on extending the term length for that constituency. He proposed that
the Executive Committee extend the incumbent PTL/AA faculty's Senate
terms until the Senate acts on the matter in November. The committee
adopted the proposal. PTL Senator Karen Thompson expressed concern
about serving in the absence of an election, and suggested that a
charge be issued on how to best conduct PTL/AA elections. Senator Peter
Gillett said that there have been discussions about the need for a
centrally administered Senate election system that could also be used
in other units, and that would be made available to the university
community. Senator Paul Leath suggested that the central administration
should conduct the PTL/AA elections, and Senator Phil Furmanski said
they would try. The process of, and responsibility for, staff Senator
elections were also discussed. Chairperson Rabinowitz asked Senator
Tricia Nolfi to
speak with Vivian Fernandez, newly appointed Vice President for Faculty
and Staff Resources, about how the elections could be conducted.
Change in Executive Committee Membership:
Swalagin told the committee that Senator Paul Barnett, who was elected
Camden Student Member of the Executive Committee in May, resigned the
position shortly after the election. Barnett was the sole nominee for
the position. Barnett requested that he be allowed to relinquish his
position to Daniel McArdle, the 2008-09 incumbent. The Executive
Committee appointed Senator McArdle to the position until an election
can be held in October.
2009-2010 Senate Parliamentarian:
Swalagin told the committee that student Senator Nat Schaffner had
asked to be considered for appointment as Senate parliamentarian
for the 2009-10 Senate. Incumbent Parliamentarian Ryan Cooke endorsed
the appointment. Senator Bodnar moved the appointment, and Senator
Greaux seconded, whereupon the Executive Committee appointed Senator
Schaffner to the position for the upcoming academic year.
Communications: The following communications were presented by the secretary, and noted by the committee:
3. Administrative Report
President McCormick and Executive Vice President Furmanski presented an
administrative report which included comments on:
4. Standing Committees
- that day's welcome event for the second cohort of Rutgers Future Scholars, and the related program;
- the state and Rutgers budgets, including the state's
withdrawal of funding for the current year's
contractually obligated salary increases, and ongoing communications
with employee unions regarding how to deal with that situation;
- plans and progress on integration of, and services for,
Rutgers' military veteran students, including financial aid and
Rutgers' participation in the Service Officers College; and
- the status of the faculty evaluation process, and the need to
communicate with the faculty about the process even though most of the
elements of the salary package for faculty and staff have been put on
hold due to the budget situation.
Selection/Nomination of Standing Committee Chairs: Committee
rosters for 2008-09 and of continuing committee members for 2009-10 were distributed in hardcopy at
the meeting, and chairs were suggested, nominated or assigned. Swalagin will
compile committee rosters for 2009-10 over the summer, and finalize
them early in the fall semester, prior to the first Executive Committee
meeting. It was also noted that the Vice President for Faculty and
Staff Resources is an ex officio member of the Faculty and Personnel
Affairs Committee, and that the Vice President for Research and
Graduate and Professional Education is ex officio on the Research and
Graduate and Professional Education Committee.
Proposed Charge to USGC on Standing Charge Revision:
Senator Justine Hernandez Levine requested that a charge be issued to
the University Structure and Governance Committee to consider adding an
undergraduate research component to the standing charge of the Research
and Graduate and Professional Education Committee. Swalagin will draft
the charge and docket it on the September Executive Committee agenda.
Proposed Charge to ASRAC to Replace Charge S-0809, on
Implementation of Interim Academic Integrity Policy:
Senator Martha Cotter requested a new charge to the Academic Standards,
Regulations and Admissions Committee (which she co-chairs) to keep that
committee involved in the development and implementation of the
Academic Integrity Policy. A draft charge was discussed, but it was
agreed that Cotter and Swalagin would revise it for Executive Committee
action in September. The charge will include a request for a status
update on the Academic Integrity Policy by April 2010.
Review/Continuation of Current
Pending Charges: Specific charges listed as pending in Senate committees were reviewed and updated.
Proposed Charge to USGC on PTL Representation in the Senate:
Senator Thompson renewed her request that a charge be issued to the
University Structure and Governance Committee to examine the
Senate-representation policy for PTLs, and consider whether the PTLs
are adequately represented. Thompson had not drafted a charge, but
Senator Nolfi and Secretary Swalagin will draft one to bring to the
Executive Committee in September.
Discussion of Additional Issues for 2009-2010 Senate/Committee Consideration: Other issues for possible consideration or action by the 2009-2010 were discussed, including:
5. Old Business
- How the Senate can participate in the Academic Integrity Policy:
Martha Cotter led a discussion on plans for the New Brunswick Faculty
Council's annual teaching conference to be a mini-conference on
academic integrity this year. She suggested that the Senate, as well as
the Newark and Camden faculty organizations may wish to co-sponsor the
- School of Arts and Sciences-New Brunswick Student Government Structure:
The SAS-NB student government structure was discussed briefly, but it
was pointed out that, because it is not a university-wide issue, it is
not appropriate for the Senate.
- Attendance and Participation Rates of Senators:
Senate attendance and participation were discussed, particularly in
light of recent Targum criticisms in those areas. It was noted that
this issue has been discussed frequently in the Executive Committee in
the past, and that it is related, in large part, to the size and
complexity of Rutgers University and of the Senate itself.
- Wintersession Policies and Recommendations: It was pointed out that Newark and Camden are not following Senate or administrative recommendations on Wintersession.
There was no old business.
6. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:39 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate