Meeting of the Faculty Senate

Approved Minutes

October 29, 2019


The meeting was called to order at approximately 12:48 p.m., with FASC Senate President Jim Brown presiding. There are 43 Senators, including two officers and five senators-at-large. Of the 43 voting members, 35 were present.  A quorum was met. 

  • A motion to approve the minutes of September 24, 2019 was made. The motion to approve the minutes with the correction was Voting record: 0 ayes, 0 opposed, 0 abstention
  • Courses and Programs presented by Alex Roche Chair of the APC for approval by the Senate:


Courses presented for approval by APC to Faculty Senate

September 24, 2019

Voting Record


Course #

Course Title

Credit Value

New/ Revision




Philosophy & Religion


Research Ethics






Philosophy & Religion


Religion and Human Rights








































































  • General Remarks:
    • Approval of minutes for the September 24, 2019 meeting has been deferred until the November meeting.
    • Student proposed major of Urban Sustainability in Argiculture had been completed with the assistance of Lorraine Minnite accepting the advising role.
    • Attendance will be tracked. 2 unexcused absences will result in notification of Department Chair for nomination of a new senator.
    • Attendance will be recorded as present, absent, and explained absent.
    • SGA will take up policies for student representatives attending Faculty Senate meetings.
  • Paul Butler of the Registrar’s Office attended the meeting to discuss Infosilum
    • Will go into effect in Fall 2020.
    • Infosilum has been put in place to assist with the high demands of larger classrooms and programs trying to schedule against each other (i.e. Chemistry/Biology/Physics).
    • Infosilum can create course combinations to make sure classes don’t conflict.
    • Scheduling window is a hard deadline due to system information being uploaded as one data set with all campuses.
    • System schedules everything all at once not sequentially.
    • Union contracts have not been negotiated for Infosilum.
    • Rutgers-Camden faculty does not need to fill out instructor availability form.
    • Courses can be hard scheduled.
    • Schedules can be reviewed and edited before courses go live.
    • Motion was presented to have a union representative advise on solidarity with New Brunswick. Voting record: 35 ayes, 0 opposed, 0 abstention.
  • Equity Program
    • University cannot be punished for giving equity raises.
    • For general inquiries email
    • Put in place to assist with gender, race, and equity across campus.
    • Faculty peer mentors are being requested to assist with forms.
    • maintains a less than year old list of public employees salaries
    • Motion presented to return to departments and check for questions to present to Howard. Voting record: 35 ayes, 0 opposed, 0 abstention.
  • New Business
    • Change of hours in library due to lack of security and funding.
    • Dining Contract
    • Building access and campus safety



The meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.


Present: Craig Agule, Margery Amdur, Paul Bernstein, Kate Cairns, Courtney Cavanaugh, I-Ming Chiu, Jinglin Fu, Julie Griepenburg, Osama Hamed, Michael Hayes, George Kumi, Haisheng, Li, Nathan Link, Paul Lisicky, Susan Miller, Susan Mokhberi, Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Lisa Payne, Sylvia Perez-Cortes, Beth Rabinowitz, Erin Robinson, Ira Roseman, Jillian Sayre, Dan Semenza, Dan Shain, Stass Shpanin, Sunil Shende, Carol Singley, Zara Wilkinson; Officers: Jim Brown, Shauna Shames


Absent (Senators): James Boucher, Aaron Hostetter, Debashis Kushary, Kris Lindenmeyer, Chinyere Osuji,


Explained Absent (Senators): Angelica Gonzalez, Amy Savage


Optional and noted (Faculty Senators-At-Large and University Senators):


Senators-at-Large: (present) Bart Everts, Paul Jargowsky, Joan Mazelis, Laura Napolitano


Senators-at-Large: (absent) Jean-Louis Hippolyte


Present (Invited Guests):


Drafted by Kelly Esterly, ________________________________