Meeting of the Faculty Senate

Approved Minutes

October 17, 2022

 

 

The meeting was called to order at approximately 11:20 a.m., with FASC Senate President Beth Rabinowitz presiding. There are 44 Senators, including 3 officers and 3 senators-at-large. Of the 44 voting members, 26 were present. A quorum was met. 

  • A motion to approve the minutes of September 19, 2022, was made. The motion to approve the minutes was

Voting record: 26 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 17, 2022

Voting Record

Department

Course #

Course Title

Credit Value

New/ Revision

Aye

Nay

Abstention

Biology

50:120:111

General Biology 101 Recitation

1

New

22

0

4

Biology

50:120:112

General Biology 102 Recitation

1

New

22

0

4

English

50:350:352

Native American Horror

3

New

22

0

4

History

50:510:320

Marie Antoinette

3

New

22

0

4

Philosophy & Religion

50:840:240

Religion and Health

3

New

22

0

4

Philosophy & Religion

50:840:242

Religion and the City

3

New

22

0

4

 

 

  1. The President introduced Melinda Aviles as the new staff administrative support to the Senate, taking over for Kelly Esterly.
  2. Dean Griffin came to speak to the Senate about position request updates, departmental budgets, tenure and promotion cases, equity cases, and answered faculty questions pertaining to academic program reviews, departmental budget spending.
    1. Three cluster hires have been posted in Prevention Science as of 10/17/22.
    2. Funding for open lines were able to be retained: a resignation in SACJ and two NTT positions, one in Chemistry and one in English.
    3. Three positions were taken to the Chancellor in a request for funding, to which a position has been approved for funding in Chemistry as well as a position in Computer Science. The third position will be deferred until next year.
    4. Letters for Tenure and Promotion cases are going to the Provost and Chancellor on 10/17/22. In A&S:
      1. Three faculty going up for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.
      2. One new faculty hire going up for tenure.
  • Two Associate Professors going up for full Professor.
  1. Two Professors going up for Distinguished Professor.
  1. The President gave an update on the Provost search. There are 10 candidates who will be ranked this week for further discussion. The search firm, Storbeck, made assurances that all appropriate protocols are being taken and performing all back checks. All candidates will have filled out disclosures allowing Storbeck to air any concerns to the search committee.
  2. The President introduced Bonne Jerome D’Emilia, chair of Faculty Council, to discuss what the council is, where it’s been, and how to improve faculty input into processes. A formalized mechanism is being worked on to ensure all lines of communication are open between the Senate and Faculty Council.
  3. James Boucher provided an update on the revisions of the by-laws, with a focus on a lack of internal communication. Invitations will go out to the Senate to talk about committee involvement and what other committees are doing. A draft statement on shared governance will be presented at the next meeting for debate and discussion.
  4. The President asked if there’s anything the Senate would like to do in response to the interim Provost’s unilateral decision to end the Undergraduate Research Committee without any reason or consultation.
    1. There was a brief discussion of ideas on steps the Senate may take to address this issue and how to change the culture of administration vs. faculty.
    2. A motion was put on the table for the President to write and invite the interim Provost as well as former members of the committee to come and speak at the next Senate meeting. The motion was approved.

Voting record: 26 ayes, 0 opposed, 0 abstention.

  1. The President presented a suggestion for the next meeting to invite someone from Admissions to speak to the Senate about what their perception was of how the debacle came about and what is being done to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
    1. James Boucher volunteered as part of the Ad-hoc committee to write to Admissions asking for a representative.

 

Chris Fitter raised the question on whether the glitch in the FAFSA applications was fixed, where typing the word “Rutgers” in the application form generated an error message that all information has been voided, making it virtually impossible to apply to Rutgers in the system. The Chancellor was notified of this glitch and reported that teams on all three campuses were working to fix this issue. This issue applies to all applications across the nation, for all three RU campuses.

  1. The President and Executive will write to the Chancellor, Provost, and President Holloway about being alerted to this Financial Aid issue, asking for an update. The email will also suggest that our administration reach out to senators and elected officials on this matter.

                            

 

The meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

 

Present: Ross Allen, James Boucher, I-Ming Chiu, Lauren Daniel, Chris Fitter, Jinglin Fu, Anthony Geneva, Anthony Grasso, Julie Griepenburg, Aaron Hostetter, Holly Humes, Nick Kapur, George Kumi, Ana Laguna Smith, Haisheng Li, Randy Mershon, Lorraine Minnite, Kayla Preito-Hodge, James Rushing, Stass Shpanin, Lorrin Thomas, Jeff Wang, Zara Wilkinson; Officers: Beth Rabinowitz, Susan Miller, Jovanna Rosen

 

Absent (Senators): Margery Amdur, Jim Brown, Iman, Dehzangi, Sean Duffy, Jamie Dunaev, Osama Hamed, Xingyun Qi, John Wall, Nate Wright

 

Excused Absent (Senators): Paul Bernstein

 

Present Senators-at-Large: Bart Everts, Nathan Fried, Paul Jargowsky

 

Absent Senators-at-Large: (absent)

 

Excused Senators-at-Large: (absent)

 

Present (Invited Guests): Bonnie Jerome D’Emilia, Dean John Griffin, Alex Roche,

 

Drafted by Melinda Aviles, ________________________________