M I N U T E S
September 5, 2008
MEMBERS PRESENT: Bodnar, Borisovets, Gould,
Greaux, Greenhut, Kind, Leath (Vice Chair), Nolfi, Panayotatos, Pignatiello, Rabinowitz (Chair), Swalagin
(Executive Secretary), Thompson
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Bubb
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, September 5, 2008 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 Rabinowitz
called the meeting to order at 1:16 p.m. He welcomed everyone to the meeting and new academic year.
Agenda: The meeting agenda was approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
Minutes: The June 6, 2008 Senate Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
were approved as distributed by the executive secretary.
3. Administrative Report
President McCormick and Executive Vice President Furmanski presented an administrative report which included comments on:
McCormick and Furmanski responded to questions from the Executive Committee on subjects including:
- appointments of new deans and acting or interim deans;
- ongoing searches for Camden chancellor and dean of the School of Nursing;
- admissions and enrollments, and the work of Courtney McAnuff, Vice President for Enrollment Management;
- academic programs (noting that more would be announced in this area at the upcoming President's Annual Address);
- the state budget situation, and cuts to Rutgers' budget;
- alumni associations and their merger into one organization;
- efforts to increase and enhance state budgetary support; and
- construction and plans for improvements at the Livingston Campus, and plans for Newark and Camden.
The administrative report then continued with comments on:
- plans and funding for libraries, particularly at Livingston Campus;
- the greening of the College Avenue Campus; and
- NJ STARS' committee and activities.
Further questions from the Executive Committee covered topics including:
- diversity initiatives; and
- intercollegiate athletics.
McCormick thanked the Executive Committee and Senate for again agreeing to host his President's Annual Address to the Community.
- the status of the stadium expansion;
- fan behavior at sporting events, particularly football games; and
- parking and transportation difficulties on the Busch Campus resulting from Thursday night football games.
[Senator Nolfi left the meeting at 2:15 p.m.]
4. Standing Committee Actions and Charges
Selection/Nomination of Appeals Panel Members:
The Executive Committee was asked for suggestions or nominations for
membership of the Senate's Appeals Panel. Paul Panayotatos and Victor
Greenhut volunteered to serve on the panel. As no other suggestions
were forthcoming, Chairperson Rabinowitz asked those present to send
their suggestions to Secretary Swalagin.
Committee Participation by Administrator Senators: Chairperson
Rabinowitz asked President McCormick to encourage administrator
Senators to attend and participate in their Senate-committee meetings
Proposed "Part 2"
Charge to Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee (FAPC) on S-0507, Contingent
Faculty Proposal: Ann Gould, Co-chair of the FAPC, had drafted and proposed
a charge to address the remainder of the now partially completed charge on
Contingent Faculty Proposal. The draft charge was discussed, modified slightly,
and adopted as follows:
Contingent Faculty Proposal, Part 2: Consider and make
recommendations regarding the feasibility of implementing the "Teaching at
Rutgers: A Proposal to Convert Part-time to Full-time Appointments and
Instructional Full-time Non-tenure-track Appointments to Tenure-track
Appointments" received from Zoran Gajic, Karen Thompson, and Richard
Moser. For this second part of the charge, consider those sections of the report
that address the conversion of instructional full-time non-tenure-track
appointments to tenure-track appointments. Include considerations on
implementation timelines and related issues. Report to Senate Executive
committee by February 2009.
Proposed Charge to Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee on Teaching Evaluations:
The Executive Committee considered and discussed a proposed charge on
teaching evaluations, which had been submitted by PTL Senators Won-Jong
Rhee and Karen Thompson, as follows:
Investigate and consider the current system of
teaching evaluations, including how forms are designed, distributed, collected
and archived. Make recommendations about changes necessary to ensure
effectiveness, transparency, and fairness for all concerned. In particular,
consider the feasibility and usefulness of a special teaching evaluation team
or committee (under the EVPAA) responsible to oversee the teaching evaluation
procedure and including representatives from relevant constituencies, such as
students, PTLs, and non-tenure-track as well as tenured faculty. Considerations
that fall within this charge might include: oversight for consistent
implementation, use of teaching evaluations in aggregate only, appropriate use
of teaching evaluations within the reappointment / promotion process (e.g.,
consideration of relevant factors such as class size, difficulty of subject,
class times, etc.), creation of added incentives for excellence in teaching,
and so on.
Natalie Borisovets, longtime chair of the Instruction, Curricula and
Advising Committee, pointed out that the Senate had considered this
issue multiple times. Paul Panayotatos, co-chair of the Faculty Affairs
and Personnel Committee, directed the committee's attention to a 2002 report on Best Practices in Assessment of Teaching,
which had come from the FAPC then co-chaired by Paul Leath and Barbara
Lee. Candice Greaux pointed out that a recent Rutgers University
Student Assembly resolution encourages more informative and responsible
alternatives to "Rate My Professor" online. Thompson agreed to review
the 2002 FAPC report, consult with her co-proposer, Senator Rhee, and
consult with Panayotatos and Leath, and perhaps Gary Gigliotti, by
e-mail. The proposal will be redocketed for the October Executive
Committee meeting. No charge was issued.
[President McCormick left the meeting at 2:45 p.m.]
Proposed Charge to University
Structure and Governance Committee on Senate Representation by
Full-time, Non-tenure-track Faculty: The Executive Committee considered a proposal submitted by PTL Senator Joseph Markert on non-tenure-track faculty representation in the Senate. A charge was issued as follows:
5. September 19, 2008 University Senate Agenda
The September 19, 2008 Senate meeting agenda will be dedicated
primarily to President McCormick's Annual Address to the Community. At
the Executive Committee's request, Chairperson Rabinowitz will also ask
all standing-committee chairs to report on their committees' plans for
the upcoming academic year at the start of the Senate meeting.
[Senator Kind left the meeting at 3:00 p.m.]
6. Old Business
Martha Cotter reported on progress on, and particularly committee
formation related to, development of a permanent academic integrity
policy to ultimately replace the interim policy recently adopted by the
7. New Business
Michel Pignatiello asked about the status of student Senators from
Newark, and whether the vacant positions for those Senators had been
filled on the official Senate roster. Ken Swalagin and Linda Mickelsen
[Senator Leath left the meeting at 3:17 p.m.]
The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate