The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University


Vol. 3, No. 7,  April, 2006


Faculty Guide



Academic Policy






Maternity Leave

Faculty Guide and Bylaws Committee is reviewing Seton Hall policies on family leave, maternity and paternity compared to other colleges and universities’ policies using the Sibson Study’s group as the basis.  The Committee will investigate the legal aspects of familyt leave and the financial impact of non-disability leaves versus what the university receives from the state of New Jersey for disability leaves.


University Library


Budget projections for the library for the next fiscal year look very favorable according to University Library Dean Howard McGinn.   Increase in funding from the Provost’s Office will enable the library to both continue its subscription to Science Direct database and add new databases in support of curriculum and research in business, social sciences, the sciences, and the health sciences.  Humanities subject areas will continue to benefit from NEH funding.  




Meeting Minutes   April 2006

Executive Committee Report   April 2006

Senate Membership 2005-2006

Senate Committees 2005-2006

Future Senate Meetings 2005-2006
May 5, 2006
June 2, 2006

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The Academic Policy Committee (APC) drafted “Guidelines for Submission of New Proposals”.   The APC will generally pay less attention to the academic quality of new programs (assuming that this important matter has already been dealt with at the departmental and college levels) and will focus primarily, though not exclusively, on matters of duplication, feasibility, market, and budget.  The committee is concerned with such matters as program overlap and duplication, staffing (faculty, staff, graduate assistants), space (classrooms, offices, etc.), technology support, and library holdings.  Issues of academic quality will arise when resources (including faculty) or support appear inadequate, or when innovative aspects of the program are poorly documented, or when programs that span multiple departments, schools, or institutions.

The committee asks that each newly proposed program is accompanied by:

1.      A feasibility study

2.      A marketing study,

3.      Advertising costs.

4.      Collaboration and internal competition

5.      Timeline for initial program review. 

6.      Grants

7.      The attached proposal and signature forms

8.      Please adhere to the timeline specified in the Timeline document, elsewhere on this web site.


Academic Facilities

Campus Master Plan

·        The current campus master plan consists of a short list of development priorities in three phases according to Roger Demareskie, Campus Engineer and Assistant Vice President for Administration. The follow-through with plans depends in large measure to the availability of funding.

      Phase I

o       Life Sciences & Technology Center (renovation and expansion of Science Building) [in progress]

         Adds 30%: more space.

         Math department will also occupy building.

         Adds generic public space including 3 classrooms, 2 conference rooms, 231-seat auditorium.

         IT-infrastructure will be available to webcast for distance learning.

o       Stafford Hall (conversion to alumni center)

o       Carriage House (conversion to welcome center)

         Plans for Stafford and Carriage House are indefinite.

         Space for art and music classrooms and art studio space are to be found.

o       Chapel renovation [completed]

        Phase II

o       University Center renovation

        Phase III

o       School of Diplomacy & International Relations building construction.








Long-Term Planning

The Compensation Committee discussed issues focused on the future implementation of a long-term compensation philosophy at the University and the mechanisms that need to be in place to achieve this. The establishment of new salary floors with considerations of rank, longevity and discipline will need to be addressed. This will require additional peer institution salary data from the Sibson Study that the Senate has not yet been provided. The Committee also discussed the need for future faculty compensation to be addressed in the framework of the new Core, keeping in mind the reduction of required credit hours which may substantially impact the availability of summer stipends. The initiation of a faculty retirement plan will also be essential to a long-term compensation philosophy at the University.    


IT Committee

Course Evaluation Form

IT Committee will collaborate with the University Assessment Committee on initiating changes to the 20 years+ old course evaluation form.  The plan is to make the form professor-friendly, use IT to ease input, and make the form tailorable to different course deliveries: seminars, labs, regular classes, graduate, undergraduate, etc.  Ideal is to be summative for assessment, not evaluative of specific professors.




If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the material in this newsletter, please contact Richard E. Stern, Faculty Senate Executive Committee Member-at-Large,  at

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