The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University


Vol. 2, No. 8, April 2005


Program Review Update


        Core Update



B.A. in Environmental Studies Approved by Senate


The Program Review Committee is completing work on its review of the 2003-2004 Self Study group.  While a preliminary report and set of recommendations had been posted in the agenda for the April meeting, the decision was made by the co-chairs, Mary Balkun and Margaret Greene, after a meeting with Provost Lindsay, to hold the report until the May Senate meeting.  There were several reasons for this decision:

1.  The Steering Committee will be providing an opportunity for program chairs and directors to respond to the report and recommendations (the form of this response has yet to be determined) to ensure accuracy and fairness.

2.  Based on discussions with the provost, the recommendations will be reconfigured into two types: those with possible university-wide ramifications and those specific to departments and programs.

3.  A chart detailing the status of recommendations for the 2002-2003 group will be available for review.

4.  The revised Self Study Guidelines will also be available for the May meeting for approval by the full Senate.  

Finally, it was decided at the April meeting that program chairs and directors should have an opportunity to meet with the provost to discuss the outcome of Program Review.  With Provost Lindsay's approval, these meetings will be scheduled as soon as possible.

The provost's office has also agreed to reimburse departments and programs up to $100 to cover the costs of doing Program Review (copying of materials, binding, and so on).  This will include both the 2003-2003 and 2003-2004 self study groups.  Program chairs and directors will be contacted in the next week with directions for obtaining these funds.



All illustrations by William Bartram, seventeenth-century American naturalist.

[Developed for the Faculty Senate by the TLTC.]

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According to the Executive Committee report for April, "The Core Curriculum Committee continues to hold committee and subcommittee meetings to work on the tasks associated with developing and rolling out the new core.  Work on the Core Curriculum will continue this summer with workshops for faculty interested in beginning to work on infusing the core proficiencies into their courses, as well as for those interested in helping to develop the signature courses.  Look for announcements about these faculty development opportunities.

On a related note, there will be a lecture and panel discussion on the topic "Liberal Education and the Core Curriculum in an Age of Dissolution," part of the Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series, on Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m., in the Nursing Amphitheatre in Schwartz Hall.  The speaker, Dr. Gary Glenn, is a Presidential Teaching Professor at Northern Illinois University.  The Seton Hall panelists will be Peter Ahr, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Reverend James Cafone, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, and Jo Renee Formicola, Professor of Political Science.



After having been approved by the A&S Educational Policy Committee (Sept. 2004), the College of Arts and Sciences (Oct. 2004), and the Senate's Academic Policy and Core Curriculum Committee (March 2005), the new B.A. in Environmental Studies was approved unanimously by the Faculty Senate at its April meeting.  

The program is described as follows in the application materials: "The new major will reflect the spirit of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Environmental Justice Program (EJP).  The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies will serve to prepare Seton Hall University students to become leaders with expertise in sustaining and conserving our environment and natural resources while balancing the needs of a changing economy.  The major will fulfill an important aspect of the College Mission as it prepares students to take on service and leadership roles in an area of increasing global and local awareness and importance."

The program hopes to attract between 10 and 35 new majors a year, and it has already been awarded two grants by the EPC, one to fund Master Classes in Environmental Studies in 2005-2006 and another to fund a Sustainable Communities Roundtable Event in spring 2006.

Task Force on Faculty Intellectual Property Rights Formed

The following members of the university community were approved to serve on the Senate's Task Force on Faculty Intellectual Property Rights:
Pat Camillo
Marta Deyrup
William Haney
Williamjames Hull Hoffer,
Pamela L. Mahan
Donald Mckenna
Sung Shim
Lewis Z. Schlosser
Tim Wenzell
Cherubim A.Quizon                                                             Robert Shapiro

The task force is charged to: 1) conduct comparative research into the policies and practices of other institutions; 2) consult with the relevant parties on campus with an interest in intellectual property; 3) develop recommendations as to the guiding principles for a university policy on intellectual property.

The task force will report its findings and recommendations to the Faculty Senate IT Committee. Additional members with expertise relevant to the task on hand may be included on the task force at the discretion of its members.




 Meeting Minutes  April 2005

Executive Committee Report   April 2005

Senate Committees     2004-2005


     Senate Meeting Schedule

May 6, Beck Rooms, Walsh Library, 1:30 P.M.

June 3, Beck Rooms, Walsh Library, 1:30 P.M.