SETON HALL UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE
Meeting of May 5, 2006
1. In Attendance: Senators: Peter Ahr, Mary Balkun, Nancy Enright, Williamjames Hoffer, Amy Silvestri, George Browne, Anne Mullen-Hohl, King Mott, Roseanne Mirabella, Edmund Jones, Nicholas Snow, Brigitte Koenig, Thomas Rondinella, Eliot Krause, Cathy Zizik, Stephen Martin, Leigh Stelzer, Robert Shapiro, Paula Alexander, Athar Murtuza, Robert Massey, John Collins, Richard Stern, Beth Bloom, Jane Dellert, Margaret Greene, Joyce Wright, Josephine DeVito, Jerome Bracken, Victor Velarde, Yanzhong Huang, Ann Marie Murphy, Irene DeMasi; Alternates: Gita DasBender, Mehmet Alper Sahiner, David Mest, Viswanathan Kodaganallur, William McCartan, Sulekha Kalyan, Martha Loesch, Jean Rubino, Omer Gokcekus; Guests: Tom Marlowe, Kathleen Sternas, David Beneteau
2. The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Mary Balkun, at 1:38 p.m.
3. The Provost Dr. Travis gave his report to the Senate. Items discussed included: welcoming the new senators; his expectation that Seton Hall University rise in the standings to the top 125 universities; he believes we are already there; it is a matter of selling the University; one of the critical areas is enrollment services and he believes the changes that Laura Wankel has instituted including putting in place a new team will take time to develop; he discussed the removal of the words "interim" from his title; he indicated that there are new positions to be filled including Deans of Arts & Science and Graduate Medical Education, as well as finalizing the Dean for the School of Diplomacy; he discussed the compensation issue and indicated that the President is committed to this process; he reiterated his position that compensation should have some portion based on performance and that his commitment to the process is based on at least starting the process for achieving performance based compensation although he recognized that it would not be completed within the next year; he also suggested not to forget starting salaries or compression will never go away; he indicated that starting salaries have to be higher; he believes that a faculty retirement package should be considered.
4. The meeting resumed at 2:03 p.m. Without objection the draft agenda was accepted and approved.
5. George Browne and the Nomination and Elections Committee conducted the annual election of officers.
Mary Balkun was unanimously elected as Chair of the Faculty Senate
Nicholas Snow was unanimously elected as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate
Robert E. Shapiro was unanimously eleced as Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate
Peggy Greene from Nursing, Yanzhong Huang from the School of Diplomacy, John Collins from Education; and Beth Bloom from the Library were nominated for the position of Members-at-large on the Executive Committee. Peggy Greene and John Collins were elected by secret ballot.
6. The regular meeting resumed at 2:16 p.m. Without objection the April minutes were accepted and approved.
7. The Executive Committee Report was given by the Chair. The Executive Committee favored adopting an ad hoc committee on Academic Integrity to report to the Faculty Guide Committee in order to propose appropriate changes to the Faculty Guide. She commented on the request for the use of the theater in the round for the Celtic Theater. There was a discussion about the request for updating the CVs. Reminder that at the June meeting there will be a report by the Chair of the Program Review Committee, election for members of the Article 3.7.b. committee, and election for the Faculty Service Award. There was a discussion about the removal of the word "interim" from the Provost's title. Although there was no faculty input in the selection of a "Provost", the Faculty Senate would not object to this action so long as it was agreed that the appointment of the current provost was temporary. Without objection the Report was accepted and received.
It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved that the Nomination and Elections Committee begin the process of soliciting members for a Provost Search Committee to be completed and forwarded to the full time faculty for a vote in order to constitute the faculty members of the committee by June 30, 2006.
It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved to create an Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Integrity, which committee shall do the research and consideration of the processes utilized by other Universities and then forward such information to the Faculty Guide and Bylaws Committee for appropriate action.
It was moved, seconded and unanimously adopted that the existing membership of all Faculty Senate Standing Committees be extended until the June 2006 meeting.
8. Reports of standing committees and special committees:
a. Without objection the Report of the Academic Policy Committee was received and accepted. The APC has adopted the STEP Program at the School of Theology. The Senate will vote on the approval of this program at the June 2006 meeting
b. Without objection the Report of the Academic Facilities Committee was received and accepted.
c. Without objection the Calendar Committee Report was received.
1. The motion of the Committee was moved. The motion was amended to make it clear that the time period for any change began at the beginning of the semester. The following motion was approved with one negative vote:
Be it resolved that students may not add a class after one week from the beginning of the semester. Exceptions require written approval of the instructor, the chair and the dean responsible for the course.
d. Without objection the Compensation and Welfare Committee Report was received.
e. Without objection the Core Curriculum Committee Report was received.
1. The motion of the Committee was moved. Although it was recognized that this was the Provost's Committee, this was to address the need for the Faculty to be a part of the process in selecting the agenda and issues to be discussed. The following motion was adopted with 9 opposed and 20 in favor and no abstentions.
Be it resolved that the Provost's Core Curriculum Committee should be co-chaired by the Associate Provost for Academic Administration and the Co-Chairs of the Senate's Core Curriculum Committee.
f. There was no Grievance Committee Report.
g. Without objection the Faculty Guide and Bylaws Committee Report was received.
h. Without objection the Instructional Technology Committee Report was received. It was noted that the words "substantial amount" be inserted instead of the current language.
i. There was no report from the Library Committee.
j. There was no report from the Nominations, Elections, and Appointments Committee. They had already reported on the election of officers.
k. There was no report from the Program Review Committee.
l. There was no report from the Admissions Committee.
m. There was no report from the Faculty Development Committee.
n. The Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on University Ombuds Office was received.
1. Upon motion duly made, seconded and approved unanimously, the Faculty Senate reauthorizes the Committee for the next academic year.
2. Upon motion duly made, seconded and approved unanimously, the Faculty Senate approves the continuation of the membership of the Ad Hoc Committee on University Ombuds Office until the June 2006 meeting.
3. Report on the International Ombudsman Conference.
9. There being no other committee reports or motions presented to the Senate, amotion to adjourn was seconded and unanimously approved at 4:16 p.m.