The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University


Vol. 3, No. 3,  November, 2005


Compensation Update



M.A. in History Approved



  Teaching Load Proposal


Compensation and Welfare Committee members agreed on the terms for the distribution of longevity “back pay”.

These terms included:

1) the addition of the 60% difference in salary to base salary retroactive to 1999;

2) for each of the six years of this period (1999-2005) a 3% COLI should be applied and compounded over time;

3) institutional TIAA/CREF contributions should be adjusted for these revised salary figures (at 8%/year by SHU, to be matched at 4%/year by faculty member); and 4) these actions should be done in a timely fashion to complete the payout of funds by December 2005.

            Several members met with the Provost on October 18th, to discuss his plans for the disbursements of these funds. It was clear from conversations with him that preliminary steps had been taken in his office to determine the costs of this adjustment and that efforts were ongoing to ensure the payment of the 60% as soon as the residual monies promised to him by the President were released. As far as the interest and TIAA/CREF owed on the 60%, this amount was not put into the original calculation, but the Provost agreed that to pay this as well would be the right thing to do. He agreed that this amount would be paid out as soon as additional discretionary funds become available.

            On October 28th consultants hired by the university administration laid out three possible scenarios for faculty compensation based on different types of pay scales by rank. These three systems were: a step-rate system, an open pay system, and a salary band system. The consultants recommend the third option.


Meeting Minutes   November 2005

Executive Committee Report  November 2005

Senate Membership 2005-2006

Senate Committees 2005-2006











The Faculty Senate unanimously approved the development of an M.A. degree in history and a dual-degree BA/MA proposed by the Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences.  The trend at national and state education levels is to ensure that elementary, middle, and secondary school instructors are trained and certified in the specific discipline in which they instruct their students lends support for this degree.  Further, projections of increasing teacher retirement within the next decade will create the need for a vast number of instructors equipped with M.A.-level training in History. 



The Faculty Guide Committee proposed a change in the Faculty Guide to reduce the basic teaching load for full-time faculty members from 24 credit hours per academic year and normally 12 credit hours per academic semester to 18 credit hours per year and normally 9 hours per semester.  A vote on the resolution will take place at the December Faculty Senate meeting.

Undergraduate Tuition

Undergraduate students may take graduate courses toward an undergraduate degree, either as doubly-counted courses in a dual-degree program, or upon encouragement of their advisor and an academic department, as an incentive for gifted or advanced students.

 The Senate approved the following proposal regarding tuition  for affected undergraduates from the APCCC (Academic Policy & Core Curriculum Committee). 

 1.      That, undergraduate students receiving tuition assistance in whatever form be charged no more than the difference between undergraduate and graduate tuition for each such course, and

2.      That plans that currently cover full graduate tuition for such courses continue to do so, and

3.      That, should a flat tuition plan for undergraduate tuition be adopted, the surcharge for students in these situations, whether receiving financial aid or not, be limited to no more than the difference between part-time undergraduate tuition and graduate tuition.  


New Standing Committees:

Academic Facilities and Core Curriculum

The Faculty Senate approved a motion amend the Faculty Guide to add a Academic Facilities Committee.  The purpose of the standing committee is to provide a forum, a voice, and a repository of pertinent information on matters concerning the use, design, allocation, maintenance, and construction of academic facilities such as faculty offices, classrooms, and laboratories, and the buildings that contain them, and so on.

The Senate also voted to separate the former APCCC into two distinct committees: the Academic Policy Committee and the Core Curriculum Committee.  The Faculty Guide resolution justified the split as follows:

Whereas the supervision of the development and functioning of the university-wide core curriculum requires a separate committee to handle the work and exercises a distinct function from that of academic policy, which reviews and investigates courses, programs, etc. in the core and outside of the core,

It was agreed that the new Committees would not be changing any of the old course syllabi merely because there was a new committee. 






Future Senate Meetings 2005-2006

December 2, 2005
January 13, 2006
February 3, 2006
March 3, 2006
April 7, 2006
May 5, 2006
June 2, 2006


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