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2017-2018Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee

Senator Constituency
Joseph Markert, Co-ChairRutgers Business School: Undergraduate NB, Faculty
Alexander Settles, Co-ChairRutgers Business School: Newark/NB, Faculty
Farid Alizadeh, MemberRutgers Business School: Newark/NB, Faculty
Anil Ardeshna, MemberRutgers School of Dental Medicine, Faculty
Susan Boruchoff , MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Mary Jo Bugel, MemberRutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences At-Large, Faculty
Vicki Craig, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
, Member TERM LIST DOES NOT EXIST
Robert Eisenstein, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Vivian Fernandez, Member
Anthony Filippelli, MemberLecturer-RBHS, Faculty
Sally Goldfarb, MemberRutgers Law School in Camden, Faculty
Ann Gould, MemberSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Faculty
Igor Ivanovski, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Student
Jerome Langer, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Eleanor LaPointe, MemberSchool of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty
Barbara Leavy, MemberLecturer-Camden, Faculty
Sheila Linz, MemberCamden At-Large, Faculty
Jacquelyn Manyaga, MemberSchool of Communication and Information, Student
Natasha Marchick, MemberSchool of Management and Labor Relations, Student
Dominic Novelli, MemberLecturer-Newark, Faculty
Kevin Pagan, MemberNewark Staff
Virendra Pandey, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Faculty
Nicholas Ponzio, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Faculty
Jonathan Potter, MemberSchool of Communication and Information, Dean
Kristen Powell, MemberSchool of Social Work, Faculty
Kristen Powell, MemberSchool of Social Work, Faculty
Joanne Robinson, MemberSchool of Nursing-Camden, Dean
Cynthia Saltzman, MemberLecturer-Camden, Faculty
Laura Schneider, MemberSchool of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty
Christopher Shinn, MemberSchool of Business-Camden, Student
Marc Steinberg, MemberRutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences At-Large, Faculty
Karen Thompson, MemberLecturer-New Brunswick, Faculty
Permelia Toney-Boss, MemberNewark Staff
Joseph Warburton, MemberCamden College of Arts and Sciences, Student
Senator Present Excused Absent
Markert, Joseph | Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate NB, Faculty 0 0 8
Settles, Alexander | Rutgers Business School: Newark/NB, Faculty 0 0 8
Alizadeh, Farid | Rutgers Business School: Newark/NB, Faculty 0 0 8
Ardeshna, Anil | Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Faculty 0 0 8
Boruchoff , Susan | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 0 0 8
Bugel, Mary Jo | Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences At-Large, Faculty 0 0 8
Craig, Vicki | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 0 0 8
, | TERM LIST DOES NOT EXIST 0 0 8
Eisenstein, Robert | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 0 0 8
Fernandez, Vivian 0 0 8
Filippelli, Anthony | Lecturer-RBHS, Faculty 0 0 8
Goldfarb, Sally | Rutgers Law School in Camden, Faculty 0 0 8
Gould, Ann | School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Faculty 0 0 8
Ivanovski, Igor | School of Graduate Studies, Student 0 0 8
Langer, Jerome | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 0 0 8
LaPointe, Eleanor | School of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 8
Leavy, Barbara | Lecturer-Camden, Faculty 0 0 8
Linz, Sheila | Camden At-Large, Faculty 0 0 8
Manyaga, Jacquelyn | School of Communication and Information, Student 0 0 8
Marchick, Natasha | School of Management and Labor Relations, Student 0 0 8
Novelli, Dominic | Lecturer-Newark, Faculty 0 0 8
Pagan, Kevin | Newark Staff 0 0 8
Pandey, Virendra | New Jersey Medical School, Faculty 0 0 8
Ponzio, Nicholas | New Jersey Medical School, Faculty 0 0 8
Potter, Jonathan | School of Communication and Information, Dean 0 0 8
Powell, Kristen | School of Social Work, Faculty 0 0 8
Powell, Kristen | School of Social Work, Faculty 0 0 8
Robinson, Joanne | School of Nursing-Camden, Dean 0 0 8
Saltzman, Cynthia | Lecturer-Camden, Faculty 0 0 8
Schneider, Laura | School of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 8
Shinn, Christopher | School of Business-Camden, Student 0 0 8
Steinberg, Marc | Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences At-Large, Faculty 0 0 8
Thompson, Karen | Lecturer-New Brunswick, Faculty 0 0 8
Toney-Boss, Permelia | Newark Staff 0 0 8
Warburton, Joseph | Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Student 0 0 8
Charge NumberTitleDescriptionCommittees Being ChargedCharge StatusDue Date
S-2314Continued Assessment of Ongoing Merger Process of New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolThis charge is twofold:
  • Reconvene the Ad Hoc Committee on Reviewing Proposal for the Merger of the Medical Schools to fully review information obtained from the RBHS Chancellor to date, and offer an evaluative decision concerning the ongoing merger process.
  • Request that the University Structure and Governance Committee closely review and evaluate University policy 50.2.2 with the goal of further clarifying, verifying, and delineating the Senate’s official role and powers with respect to mergers of academic units, and the meaning of shared governance in that regard and more broadly.
Please note that this is co-submitted with Senator Monica Roth, and should also be assigned to a reconvened Ad-Hoc Committee on the Medical School Merger. This charge requests continued review of the ongoing merger process given that prior Senate requests for information have not been fully addressed.
University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingFebruary 21, 2024
S-2314Continued Assessment of Ongoing Merger Process of New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolThis charge is twofold:
  • Reconvene the Ad Hoc Committee on Reviewing Proposal for the Merger of the Medical Schools to fully review information obtained from the RBHS Chancellor to date, and offer an evaluative decision concerning the ongoing merger process.
  • Request that the University Structure and Governance Committee closely review and evaluate University policy 50.2.2 with the goal of further clarifying, verifying, and delineating the Senate’s official role and powers with respect to mergers of academic units, and the meaning of shared governance in that regard and more broadly.
Please note that this is co-submitted with Senator Monica Roth, and should also be assigned to a reconvened Ad-Hoc Committee on the Medical School Merger. This charge requests continued review of the ongoing merger process given that prior Senate requests for information have not been fully addressed.
Ad Hoc CommitteePendingFebruary 21, 2024
S-2313Whether Students Should Substitute for Workers in Urgent Situations

This charge, to FPAC and USGC, is to explore and provide recommendations for the appropriate deployment of any students during crisis situations.

Exceptions to this must also be examined, in light of national emergencies, such as the COVID pandemic. However, a recent nursing strike over staffing issues at RWJ-Barnabas would not fall into this category.

University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingMay 29, 2024
S-2313Whether Students Should Substitute for Workers in Urgent Situations

This charge, to FPAC and USGC, is to explore and provide recommendations for the appropriate deployment of any students during crisis situations.

Exceptions to this must also be examined, in light of national emergencies, such as the COVID pandemic. However, a recent nursing strike over staffing issues at RWJ-Barnabas would not fall into this category.

Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingMay 29, 2024
S-2312Senate Officer CompensationTo provide guidelines for appropriate compensation for Senate officers and other Senators whose duties as Senators represent a significant fraction of their university obligations. The resources for such compensation should be provided in a manner that does not create conflicts of interest. Procedures for such compensation already in place at some of our peer aspirant universities may serve as useful models.Ad Hoc CommitteePendingFebruary 21, 2024
S-2311Professional Development OpportunitiesReview the university’s policies regarding professional development opportunities to attend conferences and meetings. Investigate and, when appropriate, make recommendations regarding campus and unit rules on (i) How long a faculty member may be absent for professional development opportunities? (ii) What are the policies for making alternative arrangements if a faculty member is absent? (iii) Who covers costs if a guest lecturer is hired? (iv) Can all faculty members, including PTLs, teach occasional classes online if necessary due to justified absences? (v) How do policies about professional development opportunities differ among schools and Chancellor-led units?Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingFebruary 21, 2024
S-2111-1Late Course Add/Drop PoliciesInvestigate current practices for approval of late course add/drop policies and determine best practices for their approval and adjudication when they are not approved. Consider best practices used by peers to guide approval of late course add/drop requests and whether an appeal process (or an alternative mechanism) would be appropriate for evaluating, approving and adjudicating late add/drop requests. As appropriate, propose such a process, including procedures, factors to be considered in adjudication, and appropriate levels of discretion to be exercised by deans, advisors, instructors, and other.Student Affairs CommitteePendingAugust 30, 2023
S-2309Increased Representation of Graduate Students and PTL Faculty in the University SenateEvaluate the current criteria, bylaws, and policies that decide graduate student representatives and PTL faculty in the Senate. Make appropriate changes to increased graduate student representation and PTL faculty in the Senate.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingDecember 20, 2023
S-2308Conflict of Interest DeclarationsInvestigate and make recommendations on public declarations of conflicts of interest by politically exposed persons at Rutgers, including all members of the BoG and all those involved in significant financial decision-making.Budget and Finance CommitteePendingFebruary 21, 2024
S-2307RCM Detailed RecommendationsExamine and propose detailed recommendations for implementing two central elements of the 1/20/2023 Senate-approved resolution on S2010-1: “transparency” and “shared governance” in University budget preparation and reporting.Budget and Finance CommitteePendingNovember 22, 2023
S-2305Auditing Courses at RutgersReview course auditing at Rutgers. Make any appropriate recommendations.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteePendingOctober 25, 2023
S-2304Common Hour ExamsReview the experiences of students, faculty, and staff with common hour exams at Rutgers University. Make any appropriate recommendations.Student Affairs CommitteePendingOctober 25, 2023
S-2304Common Hour ExamsReview the experiences of students, faculty, and staff with common hour exams at Rutgers University. Make any appropriate recommendations.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteePendingOctober 25, 2023
S-2302Budgetary Considerations Underlying Potential Merger of the RBHS Subunits Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School into One Medical SchoolInvestigate any relevant financial issues that will emerge if there is a proposed merger of RWJMS and NJMS. Make necessary recommendations to the Senate.Budget and Finance CommitteePendingMay 24, 2023
S-2301Science Communication Efforts at Rutgers UniversityReview efforts in science communication initiatives across the University and provide recommendations for any measures and limitations to raise awareness of the current limitations in the field of science communication across the entire Rutgers research community.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteePendingOctober 25, 2023
S-2301Science Communication Efforts at Rutgers UniversityReview efforts in science communication initiatives across the University and provide recommendations for any measures and limitations to raise awareness of the current limitations in the field of science communication across the entire Rutgers research community.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteePendingOctober 25, 2023
S-2208Divestment of Retirement Funds from Fossil FuelsInvestigate whether the investment companies utilized by Rutgers for university employees should divest from fossil fuel companies within their retirement portfolios that are known to contribute to climate change. Report back to the Senate Executive Committee.Budget and Finance CommitteePendingSeptember 27, 2023
S-2204-1Impact of CourseAtlasExplore the impact of CourseAtlas to benchmark institutional goals of the system, on academic units and departments, on faculty work-life balance, and make recommendations as appropriate. Specifically, (i) Investigate to what degree CourseAtlas has achieved the goals it was designed and implemented to achieve, (ii) explore the impact of CourseAtlas on academic units and departments’ ability to manage their own academic programs, (iii) assess the impact of CourseAtlas on the work-life balance of faculty, and (iv) propose feedback mechanisms which allow timely and meaningful faculty input on scheduling changes.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2115-1Academic FreedomIdentify and investigate any recent attacks on the academic freedom of our faculty and students with a particular focus on the University's response to these attacks.Student Affairs CommitteeReissuedFebruary 21, 2024
S-2207Office of Climate ActionConsider the current funding for the Office of Climate Action and investigate the funding model. Based on the action plan, determine if an adequate level of funding is provided to the office and report back to the Senate with any recommendations.Budget and Finance CommitteePendingOctober 25, 2023
S-2206Socially Responsible InvestmentConsider the University Investment policy 40.2.14. Investigate whether the current investment policies should be modified by environmental, social and governance metrics to modify, add or remove investments based on the Endowment Justice Collective 2022 Divestment Proposal and the Resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees in March 2021. Report back to the Senate with any recommendations.Budget and Finance CommitteePendingOctober 25, 2023
S-2205-1Review of the University Senate’s Governance Documents and Formulation of University Senate BylawsReview the existing governance documents of the University Senate, including University policies, past Senate reports, and the Senate Handbook. Develop Bylaws for the University Senate consistent with Robert’s Rules of Order.Ad Hoc CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2204-1Impact of CourseAtlasExplore the impact of CourseAtlas to benchmark institutional goals of the system, on academic units and departments, on faculty work-life balance, and make recommendations as appropriate. Specifically, (i) Investigate to what degree CourseAtlas has achieved the goals it was designed and implemented to achieve, (ii) explore the impact of CourseAtlas on academic units and departments’ ability to manage their own academic programs, (iii) assess the impact of CourseAtlas on the work-life balance of faculty, and (iv) propose feedback mechanisms which allow timely and meaningful faculty input on scheduling changes.Student Affairs CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2201-1Approved Electronic Notebook ProgramsInvestigate the use of electronic lab notebooks. Review the current policies and practice of notebook creation and cloud storage. Recommend the best practices for maintaining the security, integrity, and accessibility of these notebooks.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2202-1Honors College Student SenatorsInvestigate and recommend how Honors College Students from each campus can best be represented in the Senate. The creation of the Honors Colleges on each campus has created a new unit and community that students live, learn and participate in within the University. Student entitlements to the Senate are based on their academic association and Honors College Students can participate based on those associations if elected via their student governing associations. However, since student Senators are not specifically elected from the Honors College they may not be able to properly represent the needs of the Honors College community.University Structure and Governance CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2117-1Hiring Transparency and EqualityInvestigate the current practice of hiring faculty at RBHS with full titles but described on appointment as part time and contingent on their maintaining employment at RWJBH. Make any appropriate recommendations.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2116-1SIRSInvestigate the validity and accuracy of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET), as well as the details of how the SIRS is implemented at Rutgers and make recommendations for its role in our new approach to the evaluation and improvement of teaching effectiveness. Please report to the Senate Executive Secretary by March 16, 2022.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2115-1Academic FreedomIdentify and investigate any recent attacks on the academic freedom of our faculty and students with a particular focus on the University's response to these attacks.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeReissuedFebruary 21, 2024
S-2111-1Late Course Add/Drop PoliciesInvestigate current practices for approval of late course add/drop policies and determine best practices for their approval and adjudication when they are not approved. Consider best practices used by peers to guide approval of late course add/drop requests and whether an appeal process (or an alternative mechanism) would be appropriate for evaluating, approving and adjudicating late add/drop requests. As appropriate, propose such a process, including procedures, factors to be considered in adjudication, and appropriate levels of discretion to be exercised by deans, advisors, instructors, and other.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeReissuedAugust 30, 2023
S-2103-1Review of the Current Procedures for the Periodic Evaluation of DeansReview the current procedures for the periodic evaluation of deans.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2020-1Investigation of Changes to the Rutgers University Patent PolicyReview the changes made to University Policy 50.3.1 - Patent Policy. Investigate potential impacts the changes may have on research, innovation & technology transfer, faculty retention and recruitment, and the financial viability of research units. Explore the extent of faculty input and notification prior to the change in policy. Make recommendations on appropriate processes for faculty consultation on these and similar issues in the future. Respond to the Senate Executive Secretary by March 31, 2021.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023
S-2002-2Challenges Related to Parking and TransportationReview the ongoing planning and financial status of parking and transportation, including its use of permits and citations as a source of revenue, and the long-term planning as it relates to transportation and parking, including plans to reduce parking on campus and how the administration plans to meet the challenges this will create. Budget and Finance CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2023