September 9, 2005

MEMBERS PRESENT: Boikess, Borisovets, Cotter (Chair), Curtis, Darien, Panayotatos, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
ALSO ATTENDING: Furmanski (Administrative Liaison), Leath (Faculty BOG Representative), McCormick (Administrative Liaison), Scott (Faculty BOT Representative), Volk (Graduate Student BOT Representative)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 1:10 p.m. in the Third-Floor Conference Room, Administrative Services Building III, Cook Campus.
1.             Secretary's Report
Chairperson Cotter deferred her report until President McCormick’s arrival later in the meeting. Secretary Swalagin’s report included:
Minutes: The Minutes of the June 3, 2005 Executive Committee meeting were approved.
Communications: The following communications were presented and acted upon as noted: 2.             Chairperson’s Report, and Discussion of Senate Response to Task Force on Undergraduate Education Report
Chairperson Cotter’s report centered on the previous day’s informal meeting of the Senate Executive Committee and standing-committee chairs on the Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, at which the committee: 3.             Senate Review of Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, and Distribution of Related Charges to Senate Standing Committees
The Executive Committee’s discussion on the Task Force on Undergraduate Education recommendations included: 4.             Administrative Report
President McCormick, noting that he will deliver a comprehensive report in his Annual Address to the Rutgers Community on September 16, presented an administrative report which included comments on the following: 5.             Standing Committee Reports and Charges
Preliminary Charge to All Standing Committees on Task Force Report: The following charge was issued to all standing committees:  “Discuss at the September 16, 2005 committee meeting the Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education. Prepare a list of suggestions as to which aspects of the report would be appropriately discussed in your committee, including some indication of your reasoning and perspective on each of those items. Forward that draft list to the Senate secretary no later than noon on Wednesday, September 21. The Senate Executive Committee will then, based on your suggestions, issue a specific charge to your committee before the September 30 Senate meeting, so you may begin work on a response to the Task Force report at your September 30 committee meeting. Deadline for this charge: September 21, 2005.” A list of questions written by Chairperson Cotter regarding the proposed restructuring outlined in the Task Force report was discussed, and will be included with the charge as topic suggestions to committee chairs.
Charge to Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee on Status of Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: The following charge was issued to the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee, as drafted by Senator Boikess at the Executive Committee’s request: “Review the status of full-time non-tenure-track faculty who are not clinical faculty. Consider whether changes in university regulations or policies should be proposed that would provide improved conditions for full-time, non-tenure-track faculty with respect to length and continuity of appointment, reappointment, performance evaluation, governance rights, and access to internal research funding, in order to enhance the delivery of high-quality undergraduate education by this group of faculty. Recommend specific policy changes as appropriate. Recommend guidelines and general principles for proposals that might be formulated by the administration on these matters. Deadline for this charge: May 2006.”
6.             September 2005 Senate Agendas
Items were docketed on the September 16 (President’s Annual Address) and September 30, 2005 Senate agendas.  The September 30 meeting will include a committee-of-the-whole discussion of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education recommendations, as well as several committee reports carried over from April 2005.
7.             Old Business
There was no old business.
8.             New Business
Senator Jillian Curtis was named Senate Parliamentarian for 2005-2006.
Senator Panayotatos presented a framed photograph of the cake-cutting ceremony from the Senate’s 50th anniversary meeting of September 2003, and moved that it be displayed on the wall of the Senate conference room.
9.             Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m. by Chairperson Cotter.
Kenneth W. Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate