Meeting of the Faculty Senate

Approved Minutes

October 28, 2020


The meeting was called to order at approximately 11:20 a.m.., with FASC Senate President Jim Brown presiding. There are 43 Senators, including one officer and five senators-at-large. Of the 43 voting members, 33 were present.  A quorum was met. 

  • A motion to approve the minutes of September 30, 2020 was made. The motion to approve the minutes with the correction was Voting record: 33 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

October 28, 2020

Voting Record


Course #

Course Title

Credit Value

New/ Revision




School of Social Work


Confronting Anti-Black Racism
















































































  • Bylaws Revisions
    • Bylaws get amended at meeting of full faculty
    • Revisions
      • Changing date of revision
      • Updating department names
      • Added secretary (Kelly Esterly) works in collaboration with Faculty Senate, is compensated, and assigned by the Dean’s Office
      • Details of Faculty Senate election are covered in Section 2
      • FASC shall have representation of up to 7 Senators-At-Large
      • Senator’s names should be given to the Dean’s Office by the end of the Spring semester
      • Proposal to change officers to President, President-Elect, Secretary
        • Serve as President-Elect for one year followed by a year of President
      • Expand duties of Officers
        • President-Elect communicates with all the committees of Arts & Sciences and serves on steering committee
        • Secretary should track the number of senators to make sure they are current and correct
      • Faculty Senate may have up to 8 student representatives
      • Create more continuity in leadership and be more precise of what to expect from leadership team
    • Volunteers to serve as VP (President-Elect) and Secretary
      • President-Elect communicates with all the committees of Arts & Sciences and serves on steering committee-Beth Rabinowitz
      • Secretary should track the number of senators to make sure they are current and correct, track attendance, review unapproved minutes-James Boucher
      • Senate will reach out to Gail Caputo of the Committee on Committees for procedures on holding an ad-hoc election
    • New Business
      • SAS New Brunswick Faculty Senate held an emergency meeting regarding proposed staff and PTL cuts
      • 90% voted no cuts, Dean stated cuts will still happen.
      • Senate to discuss preparations for potential cuts in Camden
      • RCM budget model affects Camden differently than other campuses
      • RCM will be meeting monthly with Brian Ballentine, Senior VP for Strategic Strategy, Michael Palis, Larry Gaines, and Paul Jargowsky. Updates to follow.
      • Concerns expressed with remote learning and if Rutgers providing the quality of education required
      • Give Planning and Budget Committee tasks to assist with pending cuts and academic success
    • Future Business
  • Budget cuts in departments



The meeting adjourned at 12:11 p.m.


Present: Ross Allen, Paul Bernstein, Holly Blackford, James Boucher, Kendra Boyd, Anthony Grasso, Julie Griepenburg, Rafey Habib, Osama Hamed, George Kumi, Sara Leshen, Haisheng Li, Joanie Mazelis, Susan Miller, Susan Mokhberi, Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Xingyun Qi, Beth Rabinowitz, Suneeta Ramaswami, Ira Roseman, Jovanna Rosen, Dan Semenza, Stass Shpanin, Carol Singley, Marion Solesio, Zara Wilkinson, Anthony Wright; Officers: Jim Brown


Absent (Senators): Margery Amdur, I-Ming Chiu, Jinglin Fu, Angelica Gonzalez, Debashis Kushary, Tamara Nelson


Explained Absent (Senators): Nicole Karapangiotis, Silvia Perez-Cortez, Jillian Sayre


Senators-at-Large: (present) Andrew Abeyta, Rick Demirjian, Bart Everts, Nathan Fried, Paul Jargowsky


Senators-at-Large: (absent)


Present (Invited Guests): Alex Roche, Jennifer Thiel


Drafted by Kelly Esterly, ________________________________