M I N U T E S
October 8, 2010
MEMBERS PRESENT: Barnett, Binetti, Borisovets, Bubb, Gillett,
Levine, Panayotatos (Chair), Rabinowitz,
(Executive Secretary), Thompson
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Bodnar, David, Fishbein, Gould, Leath
(Faculty BOG Representative), Greenhut (Parliamentarian), McCormick
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on
Friday, October 8, 2010 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 Paul Panayotatos
called the meeting to order at 1:14 p.m. He began his report by
summarizing a recent meeting he and Senate Vice Chair Ann Gould had
with Executive Vice President Furmanski in which issues both to and
from the Senate and administration were discussed, for example:
Panayotatos continued his report noting that the previous day the
Board of Governors had approved the Senate's request to increase the
number of staff Senators from 10 to 14.
- some Committee on Academic Planning and Review (CAPR) issues to come to the Senate;
- commencement issues, and questions on the Queens' Guard;
- prominent placement of a "Shared Governance Portal" on Rutgers' main webpage; and
- the response to the Senate report, originating in the Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee, on Charge S-0806, Hybrid Courses and Model of Teaching.
Panayotatos then raised a Senate-roster issue brought about
by President McCormick's rejection of the Senate recommendation to
make full-time, non-tenure-track faculty eligible for regular faculty
Senate seats, and an unit election that had been based, in part, on the
assumption that the Senate recommendation would be accepted. This issue
had been discussed in the Executive Committee previously. Senator
Joseph Markert, an annual-appointee assistant instructor, which is a
title ineligible for regular-faculty Senate positions, had been elected
for a second term as a tenure-track faculty Senator in anticipation of
a change in Senate bylaws. Panayotatos said he had, as promised at the
September 2010 Executive Committee meeting, consulted Senate
Parliamentarian Victor Greenhut (who was present at the meeting), who
had proposed a parliamentary procedure through which Senator Markert
could be allowed to remain in his Senate position for the remainder of
this academic year, until such time as he could participate in the
election of part-time lecturer and annual-appointee faculty Senators in
spring 2011. Parliamentarian Greenhut said that the
Executive Committee could not vote to keep Senator Markert on in his
current position, but that the chair could make a determination on the
matter, and that if it was accepted without objection by the committee,
it would be enacted. It was therefore decided to "Allow Senator Joseph
Markert to continue in his current
Senate position for the remainder of the academic year in order to
maintain his unit's Senate representation." This will be announced to
the Senate at the upcoming meeting in Camden during the Executive
Committee report by Vice Chairperson Gould.
2. Secretary’s Report
3. Administrative Liaison
- The above item regarding Senator Markert's position status had
been docketed under "Old Business," but addressed during the
chairperson's report. With that change, the meeting agenda was approved as amended.
- The Minutes
of September 3, 2010 Senate Executive Committee Meeting
were not presented by the secretary. They will be presented for review
and approval at the next Executive Committee meeting.
- 2010-11 Senate Appeals Panel members were appointed.
- The following communications were presented to, and reviewed by, the Executive Committee:
- President McCormick's September 2010 Response acknowledging the Senate report and recommendations on on S-0908, Proposal to Increase Staff Membership, from the University Structure and Governance Committee
- Request from Philip Furmanski, Executive Vice President for
Academic Affairs, for suggestions of faculty members to be appointed to
Deans' Evaluation Committees (DECs), distributed at the meeting in
hardcopy only. Chairperson Panayotatos had solicited and compiled a
list of names for the DECs. Those lists were discussed and amended by
the Executive Committee, and will be transmitted to EVP Furmanski.
President McCormick presented an administrative report which included comments on:
4. Standing Committees
- the recent suicide of first-year student Tyler Clementi, and the Rutgers' and broader community's responses to it;
- cyber-bullying, which will be a theme in the upcoming civility project at Rutgers;
- Rutgers' extensive policies prohibiting invasion of privacy;
- enrollment, which is now the largest ever for Rutgers;
- student-body profile and statistics on diversity, academic standing, and financial aid;
- plans for a new initiative to improve enrollment of, and services to, nontraditional students (no details were given);
- thanks to the Senate for hosting his Annual Address to the Rutgers Community last month;
- fundraising, and the anticipated announcement of a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising one billion dollars:
- availability of online syllabi, which is an issue of concern to
the Senate in the past, and the importance of which was reiterated to
McCormick in some of his recent meetings with students; and
- Governor Christie's formation of a Higher Education Task Force, chaired by Former Governor Tom Kean.
Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC) Response to Charge S-0811 on Changes to Academic Reappointment/Promotion Instructions
- FPAC Chairperson Paul Panayotatos summarized his committee's response
to Charge S-0811 on Changes to the Academic Reappointment and Promotion
Instructions. The report was docketed for action at the upcoming Senate
Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee Response to Charge S-0911 on Faculty Orientation Programs
- This report was not yet available when the Executive Committee
met. FPAC Co-chair Panayotatos summarized the report, noting that it
will be "for information only" if sent to the Senate, because the FPAC
recommendations on faculty orientation programs had, for the most part,
been accepted and implemented by Vivian Fernandez, Vice President for
Faculty and Staff Resources, and a non-Senator member of the FPAC.
The report was docketed for information only at the upcoming Senate
Academic Standards, Regulations and
Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Partial Response to Charge S-1003 on Fall
2010 Academic Calendar - This report was not yet available when
the Executive Committee met. ASRAC Co-chair Martha Cotter summarized
the committee's discussions and plans for recommendations on this
issue. She said that the ASRAC seems to have settled on one of the
possible options for addressing Fall 2011 start date and related
scheduling matters, but had not yet made a final decision. Noting an
urgent deadline for Senate action on this matter that had been conveyed
to the ASRAC by Arun Mukherjee, Director of Scheduling and Space
Management, the Executive Committee docketed the report for action at
the upcoming Senate meeting.
[President McCormick left the meeting at 2:46 p.m.]
Proposed Charge to Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee on Viability of Tenurable Teaching Track
- The Executive Committee discussed a potential charge on viability of
a tenurable teaching track, which had been submitted by PTL Senator
Karen Thompson as follows: "Reconsider the viability of instituting a tenurable
teaching track at Rutgers, given past Senate deliberations: http://senate.rutgers.edu/FAPCContingentFacultyPartIAsRevisedAndAdopted.pdf,
but more importantly in light of the new national AAUP Report: http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/comm/rep/teachertenure.
Additional national data and reports are available, particularly through the coalition
of disciplinary association, the Coalition on the Academic Workforce: http://www.academicworkforce.org/. Make
recommendations in the interest of academic freedom, shared governance, and
quality teaching at Rutgers."
FPAC Co-chair Panayotatos said the FPAC will report back to the
Executive Committee at the next meeting regarding whether it wants to
reexamine this issue. No charge was issued.
Proposed Charge to Research, and
Graduate and Professional Education Committee (RGPEC) on National
Research Council Ratings of Graduate Programs - The Executive
Committee asked Secretary Swalagin to draft and issue a charge to the
RGPEC on the National Research Council's ratings of graduate programs.
Swalagin will draft and issue the charge with a January 2011 response
Proposed Charge to Academic Standards,
Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) on Final Version of the
Academic Integrity Policy - ASRAC Co-chair Martha Cotter asked
that her committee be charged with reporting on the final version of
the Academic Integrity Policy, including consideration of what changes
might still need to be made to the policy. Panayotatos asked if the
November Senate docket should include a committee-of-the-whole
discussion on this, and Cotter replied that it was not necessary.
Swalagin will issue a charge to the ASRAC with a January 2011 reporting
Requiring Deadline Assignment or Extension:
S-0702 to BFC - Rutgers' Financial Investments: Explore
and report on Rutgers’
income from investment in financial assets and from other capital
investments. October 2010 deadline expiring. BFC Chair Menahem Spiegel
will be asked if the deadline should be extended.
S-0712 to USGC - Enhanced Shared Governance, and University
Senate: Review the Senate Handbook and Bylaws, and make
recommendations or suggestions for revision based on the USGC's self-submitted
to Review Senate Operations to Enhance Shared Governance. Deadline extended to March 2011.
S-0917 to FPAC - Application of the “Ten-Year Rule” in
Promotions to Full Professor: Investigate the
application of the "ten-year rule" in promotions to full professor. In particular, investigate the relative frequency
it is being invoked and the resultant success
rate. Also assess whether it has accomplished
its original goal of providing an alternative basis for promotion for faculty who continue to make significant
contributions to the academic and professional
mission of the university after achieving tenure,
and whose publication record has not kept pace with what was expected of them when tenure was awarded. Propose changes as needed. Deadline extended to March 2011.
S-0909 to SAC - University College:
make recommendations for improvement upon the current scope of University
on each of the regional campuses. Include in your investigation admissions
criteria, marketing techniques separate from the general university,
availability for support and student services, as well as general campus life
information for these “non-traditional” students. In addition, explore ways
can be expanded to improve the university as a whole. Recognizing the lack of a
on the New Brunswick-Piscataway Campus, explore the support structure
in place in the University College Community. The charge had been put
on hold, per the SAC's request, pending the outcomem of Governor
Christie's now-abandoned proposal to merge Thomas Edison State College
with Rutgers. Charge reactivated as issued, now with a March 2011
Charge S-1005 to the Student Affairs Committee on the Alma Mater:
There was considerable discussion of who does or does not have the
authority to change the alma mater. Charge S-1005 was not modified.
5. University Senate October 22, 2010 Meeting Agenda
The meeting will be held in Camden. Lunch will not be provided
this year. There will be a charter bus traveling from Cook Campus in
New Brunswick to the Camden Campus and back. Action and information
items had been docketed during this Executive Committee meeting (see
above), as well as a report from the University Structure and
Governance Committee on Senate Speakers and Forums which was carried
over from the April 2010 Senate meeting.
6. Old Business
There was no old business, the item originally docketed here having been dispensed with during the chairperson's report.
7. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:34 p.m.
Executive Secretary of the University Senate