The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University


Vol. 1, No. 6, February 2004






Senate Plenary Session Called

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 committee work."

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.


Meeting Change

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.

Senate Meeting Dates 2004

January 16, 2004 - Beck Rooms

February 6, 2004 - Beck Rooms

February 27, 2004 - Beck Rooms

April 2, 2004 - Main Lounge, U Center

May 7, 2004 - Beck Rooms

June 4, 2004 - Beck Rooms

All faculty members are invited to attend meetings of the Faculty Senate.  Meeting locations can be found on the Senate homepage.      


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SGME Neuroscience Track Approved

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

A 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 campus.

 The committee will be headed by Judith Stark. 

Meeting Minutes 2-06

Executive Committee Report

Senate Membership

Senate Committees 

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