The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University


Vol. 1, No. 10, June 2004






                       Program Review Update

The following Program Review recommendations for the 2002-2003 group were approved by the Senate at its June 4th meeting:

2002-2003 Program Review

Athletic Training:

bulletNo recommendations

Physician Assistant:

bulletThe increasing enrollments in this program would seem to warrant the addition of a new faculty member, as would the current faculty-student ratio (about 15-1) for advisement and supervision of clinical work.  As the subcommittee report states: “This is an unacceptable circumstance, particularly when faculty spend valuable time working with University athletic teams.”       


bulletSince this program is part of a larger department (Speech Pathology and Audiology), it is the strong recommendation of this committee that these programs be reviewed together in the future, and that the department be evaluated as a whole.
bulletThe need for a Director of Clinical Education is clear. 

Museum Profession:

bulletThis has become a viable and nationally recognized program in a short time and with limited resources.  It has not received adequate financial support, a point also made by the external consultant.  We thereby recommend that this program be given an additional $2500 in its operating budget for 2004-2005 to be used for the following:
  1. Guest speakers.
  2. Journals to support research in the discipline.

      It is up to the department to decide how to divide up the additional funds.  However, the money is not to be used for faculty travel or advertising since these monies come from other budget lines.  

bulletWe also strongly recommend that the university do whatever it must to find suitable facilities for the Art and Music Department.  The lack of adequate facilities for Museum Studies is emblematic of a department-wide problem.


Asian Studies:

bulletAsian studies instructors must receive credit for courses they are teaching in other departments and this should be reflected in evaluations of the department’s productivity.
bulletNationally, there has been an increased demand for courses in both Asian and Arab languages.  The department needs a new faculty line in either Southeast Asia or Arabic to meet this demand.  The area of specialization should be completely at the discretion of the department, which should choose the area which best fits with its current offerings and personnel. 

Classical Studies: 

bulletProfessors Korn and Hughes are distinguished, active scholars who have proved themselves as long-term adjuncts in the department.  They should be given either renewable term contracts or Faculty Associate positions.  This will add to the stability of the department as well as satisfying the actual need for a full-time tenure track line.  Increasing enrollments point to a productive and highly efficient department, and this should be recognized and rewarded.

Freshman Studies:

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.

African American Studies:

bulletThe report as submitted was incomplete and not acceptable.  Several essential elements were missing, including data to support the self study claims, and both the external consultant’s and internal reviewer’s reports.  The committee believes that the state of the report reflects some of the most pressing problems in the department.

We have two suggestions for enhancing the quality of this program: 

1.   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.  Existing faculty and courses would be merged into appropriate departments (many current offerings are currently cross-listed courses).  All faculty lines would be protected in their current form.   

2.    Retain the program in its current form and commit the resources necessary to bring additional scholars into the program, possibly including an outside chairperson.  However, the current self study does not reflect any strategies for increasing enrollments or developing the program.  Any commitment of resources needs to be tied to a very specific strategic plan for increasing student enrollments, for program leadership and partnering with other departments, and for curricular development. 

 In addition, this program must undertake Program Review again in two years (as part of the 2005-2006 group).







Criminal Justice:

bulletWe recommend that faculty members contributing to the disruption in the department be required to participate in formal mediation.  The tensions between faculty members have clearly not impacted the students in the program.  They expressed generally high satisfaction with their instructors and the program overall, and the number of majors continues to increase.  However, it is only a matter of time before the personnel problems in the department begin to impact the academic mission. 
bulletThis program is required to submit a status report in one year, by May 1 2005.  The report is to be sent to the Program Review Steering Committee.

Chemistry and Biochemistry:

·     As is true across the university, teaching assistants in this department need to be better compensated; the current stipend makes it very difficult to attract high quality students to and keep them in the program.  Without adequate compensation, teaching assistants cannot truly support the faculty.  The number of teaching assistants should also be increased in order to reduce faculty teaching loads and enhance faculty scholarship activities. 

Social Work :

bulletWe recommend that the department explore the possibility of merging with other university entities.
bulletThe department is also desperately in need of faculty and we strongly urge that a new faculty line be created to fill this need.  This will serve three purposes: it will lessen the reliance on adjunct faculty; it will make a merger with Social Work more attractive to the other party concerned; and it will make it more possible to implement the recommendation of the external reviewer for the creation of a Masters in Social Work (MSW).

The next step in the process is for representatives from the  various constituencies to meet with the provost to discuss implementing the recommendations.









APCCC Decisions

 The Academic Policy and Core Curriculum Committee voted to approve the restructuring of the Communications Department's program offerings.  According to the committee report, the restructuring" appears to be well-thought-out, ... it will require only modest new resources, and ... the university has committed to make these resources available."  A full Senate vote on this matter was tabled until the September meeting.   

The committee also reviewed the motion on parallel and cross-listed courses, which was submitted to the Senate on April 2, 2004.  At that time, it was remitted to the committee to clarify the language of certain sections.  The revised motion was approved by the Senate at the June meeting.  It can be found in the Senate minutes for June 4th, which are posted on the Senate Home page.  


Meeting Minutes          June 2004

Executive Committee Report

Senate Membership  2004-2005

Senate Committees  2004-2005


Railroad Sunset



The following statement in an article in the May Newsletter about Faculty Guide decisions read "A substitute motion to add permanent representatives from the College of Education and Human Services and the Whitehead School of Diplomacy for a total of 10 members was defeated."  The underlined section should have referred to the Stillman School of Business.


All Images:            Edward Hopper



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