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2020-2021Instruction Curricula and Advising Committee

Standing Charge: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for issues directly related to instructional matters, curricula
and advising. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To review the broad educational and research policies of the University related to instruction, curricula and advising.
  • To review agreements and formal relationships with other institutions, particularly as they relate to the educational mission of the university.
  • To review educational policies related to different times, places, and manners of instruction, including distance learning and use of technology.
  • To make recommendations to the Senate concerning advice to the Central Administration about meetings, forums, and conferences on major issues in educational policy and public service.
  • To examine and evaluate University-wide operations such as the Libraries and Computer Services.
  • To consider matters related to the use of technology in education and the use of distance learning technologies.
  • To advise administrative officers and others, through the Senate, on questions relating to actual, possible or alleged discrimination as they affect Rutgers students, faculty and staff, or Rutgers’ responsibility to the public.
Senator Constituency
Natalie Borisovets, ChairLibraries, Faculty
Carole Allamand, MemberSchool of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty
Margaret Avallone, MemberSchool of Nursing-Camden, Faculty
Gerald Beegan, MemberMason Gross School of the Arts, Dean
Rola Bekdash, MemberNewark College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty
Wanda Blanchett, MemberGraduate School of Education, Dean
Mary Bridgeman, MemberErnest Mario School of Pharmacy, Faculty
Steve Buyske, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Faculty
Nancy Cantor, MemberNewark Chancellor
Taryn Cooper, MemberCamden Staff
Adrienne Eaton, MemberSchool of Management and Labor Relations, Dean
Jessica Gomes, MemberSchool of Health Professions, Faculty
Lasantha Goonetilleke, MemberSchool of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty
Maureen Hurd, MemberMason Gross School of the Arts, Faculty
Robert Johnson, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Dean
Elizabeth Kaplun, MemberSchool of Public Health, Student
Abhishek Kashalikar, MemberSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Student
Peter March, MemberSchool of Arts and Sciences-NB, Executive Dean
Jennifer Oberle, MemberFaculty of Arts and Sciences-Camden, Faculty
Alexander Pichugin, MemberNew Brunswick At-Large, Faculty
Miguel Ribau, MemberSchool of Arts and Sciences-NB, Student
Sharon Ryan, MemberGraduate School of Education, Faculty
Michael Shapiro, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Faculty
Zhiqiang Tan, MemberSchool of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty
Cecilia Vargas, MemberNew Brunswick Staff
Camila Ventura-Martinez, MemberSchool of Public Affairs and Administration, Student
Erich Vidal, MemberSchool of Health Professions, Faculty
Lucio Volino, MemberErnest Mario School of Pharmacy, Faculty
Heidi Warde, MemberSchool of Communication and Information, Student
Senator Present Excused Absent
Borisovets, Natalie | Libraries, Faculty 4 0 6
Allamand, Carole | School of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty 3 1 6
Avallone, Margaret | School of Nursing-Camden, Faculty 3 1 6
Beegan, Gerald | Mason Gross School of the Arts, Dean 0 0 10
Bekdash, Rola | Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty 4 0 6
Blanchett, Wanda | Graduate School of Education, Dean 0 0 10
Bridgeman, Mary | Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Faculty 1 0 9
Buyske, Steve | School of Graduate Studies, Faculty 1 2 7
Cantor, Nancy | Newark Chancellor 0 0 10
Cooper, Taryn | Camden Staff 4 0 6
Eaton, Adrienne | School of Management and Labor Relations, Dean 0 0 10
Gomes, Jessica | School of Health Professions, Faculty 4 0 6
Goonetilleke, Lasantha | School of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty 4 0 6
Hurd, Maureen | Mason Gross School of the Arts, Faculty 3 1 6
Johnson, Robert | New Jersey Medical School, Dean 0 0 10
Kaplun, Elizabeth | School of Public Health, Student 1 2 7
Kashalikar, Abhishek | School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Student 2 0 8
March, Peter | School of Arts and Sciences-NB, Executive Dean 0 0 10
Oberle, Jennifer | Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Camden, Faculty 2 1 7
Pichugin, Alexander | New Brunswick At-Large, Faculty 4 0 6
Ribau, Miguel | School of Arts and Sciences-NB, Student 3 1 6
Ryan, Sharon | Graduate School of Education, Faculty 2 2 6
Shapiro, Michael | New Jersey Medical School, Faculty 0 0 10
Tan, Zhiqiang | School of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 0 10
Vargas, Cecilia | New Brunswick Staff 3 0 7
Ventura-Martinez, Camila | School of Public Affairs and Administration, Student 3 0 7
Vidal, Erich | School of Health Professions, Faculty 1 1 8
Volino, Lucio | Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Faculty 3 1 6
Warde, Heidi | School of Communication and Information, Student 3 0 6
Charge NumberTitleDescriptionCommittees Being ChargedCharge StatusDue Date
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-2209Implementing Democratic Standards for University Senate Committee GovernanceInvestigate whether the University Senate should modify its processes for appointing committee chairs. Make recommendations whether an appointment or election for committee chairs should be held when new co-chairs are required. Report back to the Senate Executive Committee.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingJanuary 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-2204Impact 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 CommitteePendingNovember 23, 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 CommitteePendingOctober 26, 2022
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-2205Review 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 CommitteePendingJanuary 25, 2023
S-2204Impact 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 CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2022
S-2201Approved 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 CommitteePendingSeptember 28, 2022
S-2202Honors 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 CommitteePendingJanuary 25, 2023
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.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingOctober 26, 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 CommitteePendingSeptember 28, 2022
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-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-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-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 CommitteePendingFebruary 22, 2023