Senate Plenary Session
In her Executive
Committee report at the February 6 Senate meeting, Roseanne Mirabella
called for a plenary session of the Faculty Senate. According to
Mirabella, "there are a number of issues on which the Senate, through its
committees, has been actively working these many months, including reduced
faculty course load, external review, increased faculty compensation,
enhanced support for travel and research, resurrecting and re-energizing
the program review process, and developing a new core curriculum. This
rigorous agenda has been pursued and promoted by the Senate as it strives
to move our institution towards Tier 2 status. Unfortunately many of these
initiatives are stalled or are being relegated to committees for further
study. We must not let these stalling tactics keep us from achieving our
goal and our push for Tier 2. We believe that our proposals as presented
and forwarded to the Provost and the Administration require no further
Mirabella, on behalf of
the Executive Committee requested that the Senate authorize the convening
of the South Orange faculty at a plenary meeting on Friday, February 20th
at 1:30pm as provided for in Article 12.6.d of the Faculty Guide.
The purpose of this meeting will be to inform faculty and gauge faculty
opinion on the matters mentioned above. Through this communication with
the faculty, the Executive Committee hopes to develop a strategy to move
closer to fulfilling these goals.
In order to avoid a
scheduling conflict with Charter Day activities, the Senate voted to begin its February 27th meeting at 2:00 instead of 1:30.
The meeting will still be held in the Beck Rooms.
Meeting Dates 2004
2004 - Beck Rooms
6, 2004 - Beck Rooms
27, 2004 - Beck Rooms
2004 - Main Lounge, U Center
May 7, 2004 - Beck Rooms
June 4, 2004 - Beck
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SGME Neuroscience Track
The School of Graduate Medical Education's
proposed Neurosciences track Neurosciences Track in their Ph.D. Program in
Health Sciences was approved by the APCCC and then by the full Senate on Feb.
6th. According to the minutes of the APCCC, "SGME will be partnering with JFK Medical Center, a nationally-known Tier I
institution with a strong Neuroscience Institute. JFK will be providing most of
the facilities and laboratories. It has strong funding, so that Seton Hall will
not have to make any capital investment in the program. JFK’s benefits from
partnering with GME will include professional development for its faculty,
obtaining a source of Ph.D. candidates and undergraduate students, and support
for grant applications. The program is anticipated to produce a net revenue for
Seton Hall from its very first year.
This program will have a unique niche in that it will include both pure
science components (molecular bioscience) and clinical components. It will
include "translational" research bridging the gap between the two and will
provide a foundation for integrative medicine ("disease justification") for NIH
grants. (Most neuroscience training programs, by contrast, are very narrow,
focusing on pure science. Rutgers’ program, for example, has molecular
bioscience but no clinical or translational applications.)"
Program Review Update
The Program Review Committee is nearing the completion of its work with
the 2002-2003 group of programs. Most of the subcommittee reports
are in the hands of the Steering Committee, which will review the reports,
as well as any important documentation in the next two weeks. The
Steering Committee will then give its report and make its recommendations
to the Senate at the Feb. 27th meeting.
Committee for Ombuds Office Created
special Senate committee has been formed to investigate the creation of an
ombuds office on campus. An
ombuds office would provide additional recourse for anyone on campus engaged in
the grievance process or with a complaint regarding any office or department on
committee will be headed by Judith Stark.
Meeting Minutes 2-06
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