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Sep 24th
1:00 pm

Senate Meeting – University President’s Address


Agenda Distributed On
Friday, September 17th 2021


Friday, September 24, 2021,
1:10 p.m.
Remotely via Zoom


REPORT OF THE SECRETARY – Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the Senate

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – Jonathan Holloway, University President

  • Administrative Report
  • Questions and Answers


Instruction, Curricula, and Advising Committee (ICAC) S-2104: Best Practices for Asynchronous Instruction – Natalie Borisovets, ICAC  2020-2021 Chair

The ICAC was charged as follows:

Consider and make recommendations on best practices for asynchronous instruction. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by May 26, 2021.

Proposed resolution on Mandatory Vaccinations for Faculty and Staff – Bob Boikess, SAS-NB Senator

Be it resolved that the Rutgers University Senate urges the administration to require all faculty and staff of the university to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.


    • Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee – Lucille Foster and Robert Schwartz, Co-Chairs
    • Budget and Finance Committee – Menahem Spiegel, Chair
    • Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee – Farid Alizadeh and Joseph Markert, Co-Chairs
    • Information Technology Committee – Adrienne Esposito, Chair
    • Instruction, Curricula, and Advising Committee – Taryn Cooper and Sharon Ryan, Co-Chairs
    • Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee – Monica Mazurek, Chair
    • Student Affairs Committee – Barbara Sinacori and Jay Virani, Co-Chairs
    • University Structure and Governance Committee – Perry Dane and Peter Gillett, Co-Chairs

NEW BUSINESS [Note: Article IV.A. of the Senate Bylaws states, “All new matters shall be referred to committee before coming to the Senate (unless extenuating circumstances apply, as indicated under section C.4…” Also, the Senate Executive Committee has authorized committee-of-the-whole discussions under New Business as appropriate, and time permitting.]






*Note: Addition of items to the Agenda requires a two-thirds vote. There is an overall time limit of 3 hours for Senate meetings. Specific time limits are set for questions and debate, not for presentation of reports. After approval, extension of time limits requires a two-thirds vote.

Remaining 2021-22 University Senate Meetings
[Fall 2021:  All meetings will be held virtually in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines set forth by President Holloway in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring 2022: Unless otherwise noted and if large gathering restrictions are not continued, meetings will be held in the Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick.]

October 22, 2021
November 19, 2021
December 10, 2021
January 21, 2022
February 18, 2021 (Camden)
March 25, 2022
April 29, 2022
 (The April 29 meeting may convene at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. This meeting is the last of this year’s Senate, but will begin with the first meeting of next year’s Senate, at which Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives will be elected. The start time will be determined by the Senate EC in April 2022.)


MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: September 24, 2021

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Remote via Zoom

MEMBERS PRESENT: Abdel-Wahab, Alizadeh, Ameri, Amjad, Anderson, Andrews, Ardeshna, Azer, Baldi, Barbarese, Barlow, Bhavaraju, Bhuyan, Bogden, Boikess, Boison, Borisovets, Boxer, Bridgeman, Brienza-Arcilla, Britton, Broggi, Campbell, Cantor, Charles, Chefitz, Choo, Clarke, Cole, Conway, Cooper, Crawford, Crews, Dane, Davidson, Davis, Den Bleyker, Drazer, Edelstein, Esposito, Everett, Ewins, Farmer, Fatahzadeh, Fernandez, Field, Figueira, Foster, Gillett, Giraud, Gomes, Goonetilleke, Gower, Granadeiro, Guo, Haley, Halprin, Hara, Hatefi, Haviland, Holloway, Hu, Hunter, Hurd, Irizarry, Kahanda, Kelly, Kettle, Kiss, Kothari, LaMorte, Laraia, Leibman, Levine, Linardopoulos, Lino-Barbosa, Lutz, Lyles, Maddox Douglas, Mahajan-Cusack, Mansukhani, Manzini, Marchetta, Markert, Marsic, Matto, Mazurek, McKeever, Mickelsen, Miller, Miranti, Moghe, Morton, O’Connor, Oberle, Oliver, Ozel, Parsa, Patel, Pichugin, Pintar, Poole, Prihoda, Rabinowitz, Robalino, Roth, Ryan, Sagarra, Saltzman, Schroth, Schwartz, Schwartz, Scott, Shapses, Sharma, Shinbrot, Siederer, Sinacori, Smith, Spiegel, Stephens, Stroiman, Struble, Swamy, Szatrowski, Takhistov, Tewfik, Thompson, Todorinova, Torres, Tsakalakos, Valverde, Van Stine, Vega, Vellangany, Virani, Volino, Walkup, Wang, Warde, Westrich, White, Willett, Wirtenberg, Woortman, Yamamoto

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Bhattacharya, Buyske, Chowdhury, Fox, Javeri, Rivera, Simonds

MEMBERS ABSENT: Adya, Allamand, Anderson Eloy, Aubry, Bachmann, Barone, Beegan, Blanchett, Cabrera, Carrero, Daughety, Dool, Eaton, Elsaid, Emedom-Nnamdi, English, Farris, Feldman, Fellenz, Flynn, Fudge, Gursoy, Halkitis, Hein, Henderson, Hsueh, Huang, Husan, Johnson, Kaye, Knode, Kovacs, Kukor, Kustka, Lawson, Lei, Liu, Lopez, Mahon, Maloney, March, Marchitello, Marich, Markowitz, Menifield, Molloy, Moore, Mutcherson, Nath, Nickitas, Patel, Pinto-Figueroa, Potter, Potter, Riedel-Prabhakar, Rizvi, Samlin, Shah, Shah, Shah, Shapiro, Shih, Sonnenberg, Strom, Tadros, Tan, Thakuriah, Tommasi, Valle, Veysey, Whitehead


Senate Chair Oliver called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. He welcomed everyone to the first Senate meeting of the academic year especially those present for the first time. He was thrilled to announce the continuing efforts of the University during COVID-19 and was excited for the next year on campus. Oliver spoke on the work of the Senate and shared governance and emphasized the ongoing relationship with upper Administration. Oliver then introduced Senate Vice Chair and Parliamentarian Peter Gillett, Senate Executive Secretary Mary Mickelsen thanking her for her dedication to the Senate over the last eight years. In addition, he introduced Senate Administrative Assistant Morgan Smith thanking her for her hard work and for her willingness to take over as Interim Executive Secretary until a formal search is underway. Lastly, he noted that the highlight of the meeting would be the President’s Address by Rutgers’ President Jonathan Holloway. Oliver went over the process of the Q&A sessions and thanked everyone for their cooperation.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY – Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary

  • Agenda: The meeting’s agenda including time limits, was approved by the Senate.

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS – Jonathan Holloway, University President

Oliver introduced President Holloway and he then proceeded to present the President’s Address. Oliver then explained the format and process for the Q&A period. President Holloway then responded to questions from his report and other Rutgers-community issues such as:

  • Service-anniversary receptions for those faculty and staff who marked 50 years at Rutgers
  • His introduction to second year students at Rutgers and the New Brunswick Convocation
  • The Holloway administration and their core values
  • Recognizing all the new members of his cabinet
  • His collaboration with Jon Oliver and the University Senate
  • The relationship he is building with students across the university
  • Fossil fuel divestment and increased transparency on student fees
  • His approach to the future of Rutgers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The relationship between Rutgers and their unionized employees
  • His continuation of the Task Force on Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience and the road to Rutgers becoming a carbon-neutral university
  • The Faculty Diversity Collaborative
  • The importance of the athletics program
  • The ongoing fight in resolving pay equity disputes among faculty and labor relations issues
  • Vaccinations among faculty and staff
  • The Rutgers core mission mainly concerning the budget


Instruction, Curricula, and Advising Committee (ICAC) S-2104: Best Practices for Asynchronous Instruction – Natalie Borisovets, ICAC  2020-2021 Chair

The ICAC was charged as follows:

Consider and make recommendations on best practices for asynchronous instruction. Respond to the Senate Executive Committee by May 26, 2021.

Former Senator Borisovets reviewed the work of the committee, discussed the background and it was voted on and approved by the Senate.

Proposed resolution on Mandatory Vaccinations for Faculty and Staff – Bob Boikess, SAS-NB Senator

Be it resolved that the Rutgers University Senate urges the administration to require all faculty and staff of the university to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Senator Boikess presented the resolution, it was voted on and approved by the Senate.

INTRODUCTION OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND THEIR CHAIRS – Oliver introduced the standing committee chairs, who then spoke briefly about their committees’ activities and plans.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.

SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – Senate Vice Chair Peter Gillett reported on the September 10, 2021 Senate Executive Committee meeting.

REPORTS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES: Senator Samuel Rabinowitz reported on the Board of Governors meeting on June 22 in which there were multiple resolutions for specific individuals and their involvement with the university. The committee also approved the new officers for the BoG, tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year, the University budget and approved the schedule of mtgs.

There was no report on the Board of Trustees meeting.

Senator Samuel Rabinowitz reported on the Camden Faculty Council’s last meeting and points of interest including the introduction of the new Camden Chancellor. Senator Michael Van Stine stated that there is a new Executive Senator and that she was still getting acclimated and will deliver a “double report” at the next senate meeting. Senator Robert Boikess reported on the New Brunswick Faculty Council’s meeting Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke spoke to the council and they will meet next on October 15. Senator Laura Willett reported on behalf of RBHS and their concerns including compensation equity and COVID testing.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Minutes prepared by:

Morgan Smith, Interim Executive Secretary of the University Senate

Present Senators

Omer Abdel-Wahab Farid Alizadeh Mason Ameri Fauzan Amjad Katie Anderson Rochelle Andrews Anil Ardeshna Amanda Azer Andrea Baldi Joseph Barbarese Shannon Barlow Rajita Bhavaraju Sanjib Bhuyan John Bogden Robert Boikess Detlev Boison Paul Boxer Mary Bridgeman Diane Brienza-Arcilla Dana Britton Emma Broggi Sara Campbell Nancy Cantor Sabrina Charles Dalya Chefitz Jessey Choo Alison Clarke Peter Cole Francine Conway Taryn Cooper Christopher Crawford Russell Crews Perry Dane Tyrone Davidson Siatta Davis Victoria Den Bleyker German Drazer Michelle Edelstein Adrienne Esposito Brian Everett Josefina Ewins Antoinette Farmer Mahnaz Fatahzadeh Vivian Fernandez William Field Thomas Figueira Lucille Foster Peter Gillett Ralph Giraud Jessica Gomes Lasantha Goonetilleke Michael Gower Andre Granadeiro Grace Guo Anna Haley Franklin Halprin Masanori Hara Arash Hatefi Martha Haviland Jonathan Holloway William Hu Arlene Hunter Maureen Hurd Patricia Irizarry Galathara Kahanda Michael Kelly John Kettle Geza Kiss Neil Kothari Gerard LaMorte Kayla Laraia Ray Leibman Jeffrey Levine Nicholas Linardopoulos Anthony Lino-Barbosa Carol Lutz Rhonda Lyles Lisa Maddox Douglas Lisa Mahajan-Cusack Rupal Mansukhani Chiara Manzini Josephine Marchetta Joseph Markert Ivan Marsic Elizabeth Matto Monica Mazurek Kenneth McKeever Mary Mickelsen Paul Miranti Patricia Morton James O'Connor Jennifer Oberle Jon Oliver Houshang Parsa Suja Patel Alexander Pichugin John Pintar Madai Poole Katherine Prihoda Sam Rabinowitz Olivia Robalino Monica Roth Sharon Ryan Cynthia Saltzman Kevin Schroth Stacy Schwartz Robert Schwartz Rob Scott Sue Shapses Ranita Sharma Troy Shinbrot Martin Siederer Barbara Sinacori Morgan Smith Menahem Spiegel Thomas Stephens Amanda Stroiman Thomas Struble Siddharth Swamy Ted Szatrowski Paul Takhistov George Tewfik Karen Thompson Lily Todorinova Jose Torres Thomas Tsakalakos Sean Valverde Michael Van Stine Cassandra Vega Isaac Vellangany Jay Virani Lucio Volino James Walkup Heidi Warde Josee Westrich Carolyne White Laura Willett Jeana Wirtenberg Melissa Woortman Laura Yamamoto Tuğrul Özel

Excused Senators

Debashish Bhattacharya Steve Buyske Sadman Chowdhury Daniel Fox Saloni Javeri Alicia Rivera Adrienne Simonds

Absent Senators

Monica Adya Carole Allamand Jean Anderson Eloy Consuella Askew Marie-Pierre Aubry Gloria Bachmann Joseph Barone Gerald Beegan Wanda Blanchett Jonathan Cabrera Georgia Cardoso Luis Carrero David Daughety Rick Dool Adrienne Eaton Nuralhoda Elsaid Clinton Emedom-Nnamdi Devin English Thomas Farris Cecile Feldman Chazz Fellenz Linda Flynn Isaiah Fudge Kemal Gursoy Perry Halkitis Emmaleigh Hauck Taja-Nia Henderson Denise Hien Wayne Hsueh Bingru Huang Shubon Husan Miriam Jaffe Robert Johnson Rachel Kaye Bryan Knode Kathryn Kovacs Adam Kustka Laura Lawson Lei Lei Liping Liu Gwendolyn Mahon Steven Malin Peter March Bruce Marich Norman Markowitz Bill McCarthy Charles Menifield Joel Miller Christopher Molloy David Moore Kimberly Mutcherson Badri Nath Donna Nickitas Meera Patel Cathryn Potter Jonathan Potter Rachel Riedel-Prabhakar Zainab Rizvi Nuria Sagarra Jason Samlin Aman Shah Aanchel Shah Bijal Shah Michael Shapiro Mi Shih Frank Sonnenberg Brian Strom Matt (Monther) Tadros Zhiqiang Tan Ivanok Tavarez Piyushimita Thakuriah Antonio Tillis Valerie Valle Xiaojue Wang Ian Whitehead

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Academic Standards, Regulations & Admissions Committee Meeting

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Budget & Finance Committee Meeting

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Faculty Affairs & Personnel Committee Meeting

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Instruction, Curricula & Advising Committee Meeting

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Research, Graduate & Professional Education Committee Meeting

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Student Affairs Committee Meeting

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University Structure & Governance Committee

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