Regular Meeting of the Faculty Senate
Approved Minutes
October 21, 2014

 

The meeting was called to order at 12:27 p.m.

  1. A motion was made to approve the minutes from the special meeting of the Senate on September 23, 2014. The motion was approved unanimously by voice vote.
  1. Bill FitzGerald, on behalf of the Academic Policy Committee, presents the following courses for approval. The APC unanimously support the courses below: 

Department

Course number

Course Title

New/Revision

English

50:989:314

Teaching of Creative Writing in Urban Schools

New

Digital Humanities

50:192:305

Internship in Digital Humanities

New

Digital Humanities

50:192:405

Independent Study in Digital Humanities I

New

Digital Humanities

50:192:406

Independent Study in Digital Humanities II

New

Digital Humanities

50:192:301

Special Topics in Digital Humanities

New

Digital Humanities

50:192:101

Introduction to Digital Humanities

New

Digital Humanities

50:192:401

Digital Humanities Capstone

New

Philosophy and Religion

50:730:221

Nature of Mind

New

History

50:516:317

Europe and the World

New

Mathematics

50:640:043

Accelerated Elem/Intermediate Algebra

New

Psychology

50:830:303

Psychology of Gender

Revision

Psychology

50:830:475

Brain and Behavior

Revision

Psychology

50:830:476

Animal Behavior

Revision

Psychology

50:830:493

Applied Experience in Psychology

Revision

Psychology

50:830:494, 495

Advanced Independent Study in Psychology

Revision

Psychology

50:830:498

Independent Study in Psychology Capstone (W)

Revision

 

 

 

A call for separate votes for each department’s course proposals was made to accept the courses as proposed.    All courses were approved unanimously by voice vote.

  1. The Rutgers-Camden Political Science Department proposes to transition its current National and Homeland Security Minor into a National Security Studies Certificate Program (NSSCP). A motion was made to approve the transition to a certificate program. The motion was approved unanimously by voice vote.
  2.  Report presented by Jean-Camille Birget, Chair of FAS-C Information Service Committee on Lecture Capturing. Question posed to create another committee to work on developing a policy regarding lecturing capturing or to allow the Information Services Committee additional time to develop a policy.  The group decided to have the ISC create and propose at a later date a policy for consideration by the FASC Senate.  Discussion ensued with questions, issues and concerns for Jean Camille Birget to bring to the ISC and to address in the coming policy proposal. 
  • Is permission from all students required?
  • Maintain that no one will be forced to be recorded.
    • Positive use – to use an evaluation tool.
  • How long are the tapes stored?
  • Who has access to them?
    • Positive use – students could be asked to record a presentation if they could not physically attend.
  • Policy should include what the system can and cannot do. If it is called “lecture capture”, what are the rules for not using it for other purposes, i.e. Evaluation, adjudication – who gets to choose the actual purpose of the recording?
  • How does this impact daily attendance? Can we limit student access to the lecture?
    • Positive use – for students who may have a temporary long-term illness and cannot come to campus.
  • Distribution of recordings without permission (i.e. YouTube)
    • Positive use – Professor can’t make it to class, but could have students attend a recorded lecture.
  • Intellectual Property/ownership should be addressed.
  • Controversial issues taught could potentially be taken out of context, i.e. the full course vs. a lecture (part of the full course).
  • Policy needs to have consequences outlined.
  • What does co-ownership mean (Rutgers and the Professor)? What happens if the co-owners disagree?  Who can distribute?
  • Suggestion – to include on syllabus a statement addressing that the professor does not give permission other than official lecture capturing.

5.  Senate President opened a discussion on office Campus Courses and Programming (please visit http://offcampus.rutgers.edu/about-campus-programs for a listing of the locations, programs and courses available.) Campus Administration reports that off campus programs is a way for those who can’t come to campus, to get a Rutgers Education.  Administration has reported to the Department Chairs and Directors at a recent meeting that since 2008, off campus programming has been growing.  Enrollment at the off campus locations count towards total enrollment for the campus.  The Division of Continuous Studies runs the off-campus programs; as such there is encouragement from the dean’s office to augment those programs as it is a revenue source for the Campus and departments receive a percentage of the income received for the courses they offer.    Courses offered at the off-campus locations must be at the 300 level or higher so not to compete with the county colleges course offerings.  Question posed by Senate President but is it just a Rutgers degree and not necessarily a Rutgers Education, if the courses are taught primarily by PT faculty?  Another senator said that she has taught off-campus and know of other FT faculty that teaches off campus as well, so the Rutgers Education off campus is not diminished because of location.  Senate President plans to invite the head of Office Off Campus programming to speak at a future senate meeting to further discuss the Program’s offerings and quality. A motion was made to adjourn.  The motion was approved unanimously by voice vote.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:15p.m.

 

Present (Senators):  Eric Klein, Jongmin Nam, Alexander Samokhvalov, Robin Stevens, Rajiv Gandhi, Osama Hamed, Bill FitzGerald, Aaron Hostetter, Keith Green, Paul Bernstein, Ana Laguna, Nick Kapur, Susan Mokhberi, Julie Still, Joseph Gerver, James Gennone, Wayne Chan, Joseph Cutuli, Bill Whitlow, Brandi Blessett, Louis Tuthill, Kenneth Elliott, Jean-Louis Hippolyte, Ken Hohing; Cyril Reade

Present (Invited Faculty):  Jim Brown

Present (Invited administrators): Kris Lindenmeyer, Joe Schiavo

Present (Invited Staff);  Jennifer Thiel

 

Absent:  Laurie Bernstein, Margery Amdur, Propspero Garcia, Debashis Kushary, Will Y. Lee, Grace Brannigan, Shauna Shames, Stephen Danley, Katrina Hazzard-Donald; Wayne Glasker