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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
Debashish 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
, Member TERM LIST DOES NOT EXIST
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, Debashish | 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
, | TERM LIST DOES NOT EXIST 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-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.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingNovember 22, 2023
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-2306Investigate Admissions Policies Across Campuses and Review Proposed ChangesReview how undergraduate admissions policies across all Rutgers campuses affect each other and investigate current admissions policies related to enrollment trends. Study the proposed Spring 2023 admission plan for New Brunswick and report on possible consequences for Camden and Newark campuses. Report on the rationale for proposed changes and offer possible recommendations concerning any changes to admissions policy.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteePendingSeptember 27, 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-2303Review Proposal for Merger of the Medical SchoolsConstitute an ad hoc committee in anticipation of a proposal to the Senate for a merged medical school at Rutgers.Ad Hoc CommitteePendingMarch 29, 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-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