The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University


Vol. 3, No. 8,  May 2006

Senate Election





Core Curriculum


 Mary Balkun was elected as Chair of the Faculty Senate.; Nicholas Snow as Vice-Chair; and Robert E. Shapiro as Executive Secretary.  All three were elected by unanimous votes.

Peggy Greene, from Nursing and John Collins from Education were elected as Members-at-large on the Executive Committee.  These five Senators will constitute the Executive Committee of the Senate.


Provost Search Committee

By vote of the Senate the Nomination and Elections Committee is to begin the process of soliciting faculty members for a Provost Search Committee.   The full time faculty will elect members by June 30, 2006.


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 Provostís 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   May 2006

Executive Committee Report   May 2006

Senate Membership 2005-2006

Senate Committees 2005-2006






Looking Back & Looking Ahead

The Compensation and Welfare Committee met with the Provost and Assistant Provost (Greg Burton) on May 4th.  Discussions focused on perceived problems with the distribution of faculty salary adjustments for the 2005-2006 academic year and on the process to continue the distribution of faculty funds in the future. Although it was the Senateís intention to include longevity in the calculations for this yearís adjustments, this was not done. Other problems discussed were problems with TIAA/CREF distributions and salary adjustments made using 2004 salary data that failed to take into account subsequent changes in rank. It was agreed by all in attendance that the median (or other values) used in future calculations to determine salaries will need to be adjusted by some factor (cost of living and/or others).

            The Provost was quite clear in his sentiments that any future discussion of faculty compensation should include some merit-based component, and he requested that the compensation committee begin to think along those lines. He was uncertain of the exact dollar amount that would be available from next yearís budget for faculty compensation. There was also discussion among the group about the need for a long-range, well-structured compensation philosophy at the university. Members of the committee queried the Provost about the potential for a retirement plan. The Provost agreed to consider information collected by the Senate on retirement plans in place at peer institutions.


Academic Integrity

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.



Ombuds Office

Anthony Haynor reported on his attendance at the 1st Annual Conference of the International Ombudsman Association.  The primary mission of an Ombudsperson is to facilitate the resolution of conflicts within an organization through mediation, thus preventing any slide toward a litigation culture.  Faculty Senate interest in creating an ombuds position was a response to perceived abuses of administrative power as well a sense that the existing grievance mechanisms have proven to be largely ineffectual or unfair, perceptions that have spawned both a litigation mania, on the one hand, and faculty disaffection, on the other.  Haynor recommended the establishment of a Faculty Ombuds office at Seton Hall by the fall 2007 run by a faculty member part-time and who is trained to receive certification by the International Ombudsman Association. 


[Template developed for the Faculty Senate by the TLTC.]






Provost's Core Curriculum Committee

The Senate passed a motion 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.   The vote was 20 in favor and 9 opposed.  Although it was recognized that this was the Provost's Committee, the addition of faculty co-chairs was to address the need for the Faculty to be a part of the process in selecting the agenda and issues to be discussed.


Signature Courses

The APC (Academic Policy Committee) recommended that the pilot of the first signature course proceed in fall 2006 with its own experimental number and with students from selected and specified schools and majors automatically placed in the course.  Students who object to being placed in the course are to be informed that they are not required to take the course.



Course Registration

The Senate approved a motion 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.  This motion was sent to the provost for further action.


Best wishes to my successor as editor. 

Richard E. Stern,