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2020-2021Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee

Standing Charge: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for matters directly related to research, graduate and professional education, and the students and faculty affiliated with such programs. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To provide feedback and input to the Senate on both graduate and professional education, and on research.
  • To provide feedback to Rutgers’ central administration on University policies and practices that affect graduate and professional students.
  • To evaluate and recommend policies concerning both internal funding for research and the conditions under which external research funds are solicited, accepted, and administered.
  • To consider intellectual authorship, copyright, trademark, and patent policies of the University.
  • To review the broad educational and research policies of the University related to graduate and professional instruction, curricula, and advising.
  • To review educational policies related to times, places, and manners of graduate or professional instruction, including distance learning and the use of technology.
  • To review and advise Rutgers’ president on the termination or suspension of graduate and professional academic programs.
  • To address, in conjunction with the Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee, issues that specifically deal with graduate faculty and research staff.
  • To address issues related to workplace climate and working conditions in the University as they concern researchers and graduate and professional students.
  • 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 advise Rutgers’ administrative officers and others, through the Senate, on questions relating to actual, possible or alleged discrimination as they may affect the researchers and graduate and professional students and faculty of Rutgers, or Rutgers’ responsibility to the public.

[Note: The Senior Vice President for Research, and the Associate Vice President for Research Regulatory Affairs shall be asked to serve as an ex officio members of this committee.]

Senator Constituency
Olga Jarrín Montaner, ChairRBHS, Centers, Bureaus, and Institutes, Faculty
Jean Anderson Eloy, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Faculty
Vrushank Bhatt, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Student
Debashi Bhattacharya, MemberSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Faculty
Detlev Boison, MemberRutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences At-Large, Faculty
Rick Dool, MemberSchool of Communication and Information, Faculty
Chazz Fellenz, MemberNewark Staff
Linda Flynn, MemberSchool of Nursing, Dean
Grace Guo, MemberErnest Mario School of Pharmacy, Faculty
Arash Hatefi, MemberErnest Mario School of Pharmacy, Faculty
Taja-Nia Henderson, MemberGraduate School-Newark, Dean
Amanda Immidisetti, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Student
John Joergensen, MemberRutgers Law School in Newark, Faculty
Rachel Kaye, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Faculty
John Kettle, MemberNewark At-Large, Faculty
Jerome Kukor, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Dean
Adam Kustka, MemberUniversity College-Newark, Faculty
Valentine Lamar, MemberGraduate School-Newark, Student
Laura Lawson, MemberSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Dean
Liping Liu, MemberSchool of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty
Carol Lutz, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Faculty
Luke Madson, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Student
Monica Mazurek, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Faculty
Juan Mena-Segovia, MemberCenters, Bureaus, and Institutes-Newark, Faculty
Christopher Molloy, MemberNew Brunswick Chancellor-Provost
Deborah Silver, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Faculty
Adrienne Simonds, MemberSchool of Health Professions, Faculty
Molly Stern, MemberGraduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Student
Paul Takhistov, MemberSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Faculty
Michael Van Stine, MemberGraduate School-Camden, Student
Carolyne White, MemberGraduate School - Newark, Faculty
, Member TERM LIST DOES NOT EXIST
Senator Present Excused Absent
Jarrín Montaner, Olga | RBHS, Centers, Bureaus, and Institutes, Faculty 2 0 8
Anderson Eloy, Jean | New Jersey Medical School, Faculty 1 0 9
Bhatt, Vrushank | School of Graduate Studies, Student 3 0 7
Bhattacharya, Debashi | School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Faculty 3 0 6
Boison, Detlev | Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences At-Large, Faculty 3 0 7
Dool, Rick | School of Communication and Information, Faculty 3 0 7
Fellenz, Chazz | Newark Staff 1 0 9
Flynn, Linda | School of Nursing, Dean 0 3 7
Guo, Grace | Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Faculty 3 0 7
Hatefi, Arash | Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Faculty 3 0 7
Henderson, Taja-Nia | Graduate School-Newark, Dean 0 0 10
Immidisetti, Amanda | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Student 2 0 8
Joergensen, John | Rutgers Law School in Newark, Faculty 3 0 7
Kaye, Rachel | New Jersey Medical School, Faculty 0 0 10
Kettle, John | Newark At-Large, Faculty 2 1 7
Kukor, Jerome | School of Graduate Studies, Dean 1 2 7
Kustka, Adam | University College-Newark, Faculty 2 0 8
Lamar, Valentine | Graduate School-Newark, Student 2 1 7
Lawson, Laura | School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Dean 3 0 7
Liu, Liping | School of Arts and Sciences-NB, Faculty 0 1 9
Lutz, Carol | School of Graduate Studies, Faculty 3 0 7
Madson, Luke | School of Graduate Studies, Student 0 0 10
Mazurek, Monica | School of Graduate Studies, Faculty 2 0 8
Mena-Segovia, Juan | Centers, Bureaus, and Institutes-Newark, Faculty 3 0 7
Molloy, Christopher | New Brunswick Chancellor-Provost 0 0 10
Silver, Deborah | School of Graduate Studies, Faculty 0 1 9
Simonds, Adrienne | School of Health Professions, Faculty 3 0 7
Stern, Molly | Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Student 0 0 10
Takhistov, Paul | School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Faculty 3 0 6
Van Stine, Michael | Graduate School-Camden, Student 0 0 8
White, Carolyne | Graduate School - Newark, Faculty 2 0 8
, | TERM LIST DOES NOT EXIST 0 0 10
Charge NumberTitleDescriptionCommittees Being ChargedCharge StatusDue Date
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-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-2203Examining the Efficacy of the GREExamine the effectiveness of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and its impact on Rutgers University’s graduate programs. Investigate other peer aspirants.Ad Hoc CommitteePendingNovember 23, 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.Student Affairs CommitteePendingOctober 26, 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.Student Affairs CommitteePendingSeptember 29, 2021
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 CommitteePendingMarch 30, 2022
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 CommitteePendingDecember 29, 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-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-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 CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
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