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2020-2021Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee

Standing Charge: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for matters directly concerning faculty, staff, and other personnel, with the exception of matters included under the collective bargaining agreements. When deemed necessary, a task force or ad hoc subcommittee may be formed to deal specifically with a given issue. General responsibilities of the Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To survey the general policies of the University with respect to the rank and standing of all faculty personnel.
  • To review all procedures and regulations by which faculty appointments, promotions and tenure are governed.
  • To address issues related to workplace climate, personnel workload, career development and opportunities for professional advancement, and working conditions for all employees in the University.
  • To provide feedback to the central administration on university policies and practices that affect staff and faculty.
  • To advise administrative officers and others, through the Senate, on questions relating to actual, possible or alleged discrimination as they affect the faculty or other personnel of Rutgers, or Rutgers’ responsibility to the public.
  • To study the relations of faculty members and other personnel to administrative officers and the manner in which administrative requirements affect university employees.

[Note: The Vice President for Faculty and Staff Resources shall be asked to serve as an ex officio member of this committee.]

Senator Constituency
Farid Alizadeh, Co-ChairRutgers Business School:Newark/NB, Faculty
Joseph Markert, Co-ChairRutgers Business School:Undergraduate NB, Faculty
Mark Ayad, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Student
Gloria Bachmann, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Dana Britton, MemberSchool of Management & Labor Relations, Faculty
Saketa Chadalvada, MemberRutgers Business School Undergraduate Newark
David Cifelli, MemberRutgers School of Dental Medicine, Student
Tynisha Coleman, MemberRutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences Staff
German Drazer, MemberSchool of Engineering, Faculty
Devin English, MemberSchool of Public Health, Faculty
Vivian Fernandez, MemberVP Faculty and Staff Resources, non-senator
Andre Granadeiro, MemberNew Brunswick Staff
Anna Haley, MemberSchool of Social Work, Faculty
Luz Kosar, MemberNewark Staff
Boris Paskhover, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Faculty
Suzanne Piotrowski, MemberSchool of Public Affairs & Administration, Faculty
Nicholas Ponzio, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Faculty
Jonathan Potter, MemberSchool of Communication & Information, Dean
Amrik Sahota, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Cynthia Saltzman, MemberPart-Time Lecturer-Camden, Faculty
Federico Sesti, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Johanna Stephenson, MemberRutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences Staff
Karen Thompson, MemberPart-Time Lecturer-New Brunswick, Faculty
Thelma "Jeanna" Wirtenberg, MemberRutgers Business School:Newark/NB, Faculty
Senator Present Excused Absent
Alizadeh, Farid | Rutgers Business School:Newark/NB, Faculty 5 0 5
Markert, Joseph | Rutgers Business School:Undergraduate NB, Faculty 5 0 5
Ayad, Mark | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Student 0 0 10
Bachmann, Gloria | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 5 0 5
Britton, Dana | School of Management & Labor Relations, Faculty 2 0 8
Chadalvada, Saketa | Rutgers Business School Undergraduate Newark 0 3 7
Cifelli, David | Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Student 3 0 7
Coleman, Tynisha | Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences Staff 4 1 5
Drazer, German | School of Engineering, Faculty 5 0 5
English, Devin | School of Public Health, Faculty 4 0 6
Fernandez, Vivian | VP Faculty and Staff Resources, non-senator 4 1 5
Granadeiro, Andre | New Brunswick Staff 2 0 8
Haley, Anna | School of Social Work, Faculty 5 0 5
Kosar, Luz | Newark Staff 5 0 5
Paskhover, Boris | New Jersey Medical School, Faculty 2 1 7
Piotrowski, Suzanne | School of Public Affairs & Administration, Faculty 5 0 5
Ponzio, Nicholas | New Jersey Medical School, Faculty 4 0 6
Potter, Jonathan | School of Communication & Information, Dean 0 0 10
Sahota, Amrik | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 1 2 7
Saltzman, Cynthia | Part-Time Lecturer-Camden, Faculty 4 0 6
Sesti, Federico | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 4 1 5
Stephenson, Johanna | Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences Staff 4 0 6
Thompson, Karen | Part-Time Lecturer-New Brunswick, Faculty 5 0 5
Wirtenberg, Thelma "Jeanna" | Rutgers Business School:Newark/NB, Faculty 5 0 5
Charge NumberTitleDescriptionCommittees Being ChargedCharge StatusDue Date
S-2117Hiring 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 CommitteePendingMarch 16, 2022
S-2116SIRSInvestigate 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 CommitteePendingMarch 16, 2022
S-2115Academic 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 CommitteePendingJanuary 7, 2022
S-2114Review of Interim Code of Student Conduct PolicyInvestigate proposed changes to the current code of student conduct policy based on the report from the Cannabis Decriminalization Impact Task Force.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteePendingSeptember 29, 2021
S-2113PTL Pay and RecognitionInvestigate the scope of recognition and compensation for Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers and make any appropriate recommendations.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2112Free Speech Issues at Rutgers and the University Senate's RoleConsider the most effective mechanism to enable the University Senate to provide the administration with feedback and advice from the Rutgers University community relating to statement, policy, and implementation on matters of free speech. Look at peer best practices. Make any appropriate recommendations.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2111Late 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 CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2110Research Information SystemsInvestigate the development of Research Information Systems. Determine best practices and system impacts as well as what office should lead the university to ensure that Rutgers research impact is maximized.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2109Communication Mechanisms Regarding Major Changes in IT ApplicationsInvestigate the existing mechanisms for communication regarding changes in major IT applications.  Propose additional mechanisms that would engage the Senate, through its IT Committee, in such communications and decisions about major IT application changes that would affect major University constituencies.  (See Senate Resolution S-1801Information Technology CommitteePendingDecember 28, 2021
S-2108Senate Procedures for Debate, Amendment, and VotingInvestigate and make any appropriate recommendations with regard to changes in Senate procedures for debate, amendment, and voting that might improve their efficiency and effectiveness without unduly restricting their democratic nature.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingNovember 22, 2021
S-2102Senate Culture and LeadershipExamine the culture of the Senate, and the roles and responsibilities of senate leaders including: Chair, Vice Chair, Executive Committee members and committee chairs. Determine if revisions need to be made to the current roles and responsibilities, outlined in the Senate Handbook and University Policy 50.2.1: Senate Membership and Organization. Make recommendations as appropriate. Ad Hoc CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2021
S-2106Office of Disability ServicesConsider the work of the Office of Disability Services and how it has been affected by the pandemic. Examine the patterns of responsibility and interaction between the office, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty. Identify any perceived issues that might impact ODS’s mission to provide and maintain equal opportunity and access across the University, and potential strategies to support their work.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2021
S-2103Review of the Current Procedures for the Periodic Evaluation of DeansReview the current procedures for the periodic evaluation of deans.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2101Review of University Policy 10.2.4 - Units of Credit
Determine the current viability of University Policy 10.2.4 - Units of Credit and propose changes as appropriate to make the definition consistent with its use in current practice.
Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteePendingNovember 22, 2021
S-2020Investigation 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 CommitteePendingNovember 22, 2021
S-2019Review the Senate's Relationship with the Rutgers Governing BoardsConsider and recommend appropriate communication pathways and relationships between the University Senate and Governing Boards of Rutgers. Recommend policy changes, if any, for improved robust communication and input.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2021
S-2013-1Preparing Graduate and Professional Students to Teach in the 21st CenturyEvaluate the current policies, practices, outcomes and plans across the University related to how graduate and professional students are prepared for effective teaching, including online instruction, and make recommendations.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeReissuedOctober 27, 2021
S-2012-1Procedures for Handling Student Complaints Against Rutgers Personnel Regarding InstructionInvestigate the procedure for reporting and adjudicating student complaints against Rutgers personnel, specifically in regard to course instruction and/or concerns about faculty.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeReissuedFebruary 23, 2022
S-2010-1Evaluation of the RCM Implementation at RutgersEvaluate the implementation of the RCM budget model at Rutgers University. Specify recommendations where improvements should be considered.Budget and Finance CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2021
S-2008-1How Staff Senators are ElectedInvestigate and report on how staff not aligned with any Chancellor are elected to the Senate and make recommendations.University Structure and Governance CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2021
S-2006-1Senate AttendanceProvide recommendations as to what actions can be taken to collaborate with units in order to increase senate attendance.Ad Hoc CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2021
S-2002-1Challenges 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 CommitteeReissuedMarch 31, 2022
S-1909-1Senior Leadership SearchesInvestigate the processes, including those used by the Big 10 and AAU Institutions, to identify senior leaders and recommend best practices at Rutgers.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeReissuedAugust 25, 2021