SETON HALL UNIVERSITY  FACULTY SENATE

Meeting of June 4, 2004

1:30 p.m.

Beck Rooms A, B, and C

Minutes

 

1.    In attendance: Peter Ahr, Mary Balkun, Deborah Brown, Nancy Enright, Anne Mullen-Hohl, Lauren Schiller, Judith Stark, Nathaniel Knight, Roseanne Mirabella, Nicholas Snow, Charles Carter, Carolyn Bentivegna, David Black, George Browne, Leigh Stelzer, Athar Murtuza, Robert Shapiro, William Stoever, Mary Ruzicka,  Robert Massey, Anita Talar, Alan Delozier, Margaret Greene, Joyce Wright, Jane Dellert, Gregory Glazov, Omer Gokcekus, Janet Koehnke, Beth Torcivia

2.    The meeting was called to order at 1:45 p.m.

3.    The provost was unable to attend the meeting

4.    The agenda was approved with the addition of an item under New Business from George Browne ("e"

       below)

5.    Approval of the draft minutes of the May 7, 2004 meeting - Beth Torcivia was added to the attendance list for the May 7 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously. 

Anita Talar raised the issue of Senate membership in regards to certain schools.  Mary Balkun forwarded to all Senators evidence from the archives (Feb. 2000 meeting) substantiating the current number of Senators in each school.   

6.    Program Review action items. 

For each program: Motion to accept the report and endorse the recommendations.

Athletic Training Recommendations

The report was accepted and the recommendations endorsed unanimously. 

Physician Assistant Recommendations

The report was accepted and the recommendations endorsed unanimously.

Audiology Recommendations  

Motion to strike the second half of the second recommendation.  The motion passed, with four opposed.

Motion to accept the recommendations, with the second one amended.  The report was accepted and the revised recommendations endorsed with one opposed and two abstentions.

Museum Professions Recommendations 

A friendly amendment was proposed to clarify where the monies will come from.  The amendment was rejected.

The report was accepted and the recommendations endorsed with one opposed and two abstentions.

Asian Studies

The report was accepted and the recommendations endorsed unanimously.

Classical Studies

The report was accepted and the recommendations endorsed unanimously.

Freshman Studies

Motion to amend some of the language of the recommendations.  The new parts are underlined below:

bulletThe ratio of students to instructors (approximately 25-1 per class section) needs to be changed for the University Life course to be more effective.  Smaller classes are strongly recommended.  Freshman Studies, and University Life more specifically, is the main support for our freshmen.  Retention is of vital importance in the first year, and this can not be accomplished with the current class size. 
bulletA program assessment instrument is essential for evaluating the success of this student-centered program.  We recommend that an assessment instrument be created by  Fall 2005 and implemented so a record exists for the next Program Review.

The report was accepted and the revised recommendations endorsed with one opposed.

African-American Studies -

Motion to remove the second recommendation completely. 

Substitute motion to remove sentences two and four from the second recommendation.

Motion to accept the change was approved with one abstention.

Motion to revise the language of the first recommendation: see underlined material below:

"Reconstitute the program as an "area of study" (such as Catholic Studies or Women's Studies) with a Program Director; this would require reconfiguration of the department." 

Motion that the program must be rescheduled for program review in two years (as part of the 2005-2006 group).  The motion was approved unanimously.

Motion to change the program's rating from "none" to "red." The motion was approved with 16 in favor and 5 opposed.

The report was accepted and the revised recommendations endorsed unanimously.

Social Work  (this was moved up in response to a request)

Motion to delete the first recommendation.  The motion was rejected with 12 opposed and 11 in favor.

Motion to strike the phrase about the 5-year BA/MA program.  The motion passed unanimously.

Motion to replace the first item with a simpler recommendation: "We recommend that the department explore the possibility of merging with other university entities."  The motion was approved unanimously.

The report was accepted and the revised recommendations endorsed unanimously.

Chemistry and Biochemistry (this was moved up in response to a request)

The report was accepted and the revised recommendations endorsed unanimously.

Criminal Justice

Motion to delete the first recommendation. The motion was passed with 13 in favor, 8 opposed, and 3 abstentions.

Motion that this program submit a status report in one year, by May 1 2005.  The report is to be sent to the Program Review Steering Committee. The motion was approved with one abstention.

The report was accepted and the revised recommendations endorsed unanimously.

7.    Report of the Executive Committee

8.    Reports of standing committees and special committees

Motion to accept all committee reports as posted.  The motion was approved with 1 abstention.

Motion to accept the reports.  The motion passed unanimously.

        a.    Calendar - no report

        b.    Academic Policy and Core Curriculum

        c.    Compensation and Welfare

        d.    Faculty Grievance

        e.    Faculty Guide and Bylaws

        f.    Instructional Technology

        g.    Library

        h.    Nominations, Elections and Appointments

        i.     Program Review

        j.     Admissions

        k.    Special committee on Faculty Development

9.    Old Business

10.    New Business

     a.  Leigh Stelzer is taking care of faculty representatives for the Convocation Committee.

     b.  Faculty Guide Committee will take care of By-Laws update.

     c.  APCCC items:

         1.  Motion that we approve of the Communications Department's reorganization (see APCCC report above). 

                 Motion to table this item.  The motion was approved unanimously

               2.   Motion to approve the Parallel Courses Resolution as drawn up by the APCCC.  Click here.  The motion was

                 approved with one abstention.

      d.  Compensation Committee Motion:  The Senate requests that members of its Compensation and Welfare Committee

           participate in the University’s compensation study.  Approved unanimously.

      e.  Motion that the Senate address the issue of faculty who give their exam before final exam week. 

              Motion that we remand this issue to the APCCC which will review the situation and make recommendations.  The

              motion was passed unanimously. 

11.    The meeting was adjourned at 4:55