The Faculty Senate submitted the
resolution to the Provost to be forwarded to the appropriate University
officers to effectuate the following resolution
Summer Course Policy
Whereas, the current budgeting system
provides considerable disincentives for offering academically rigorous,
necessary, and financially profitable courses, including many summer
study abroad courses, and
Whereas, these disincentives harm the
profit-generating potential and the academic mission of the South Orange
campus, limit the educational opportunities and sometimes have serious
negative impact on our students, particularly those in highly structured
programs, and in addition dramatically curtail the possibilities for
additional compensation of South Orange faculty, and
Whereas, the current budgeting system
could be easily rectified by considering actual net revenue from summer
courses, rather than using preset enrollment minimums, and allocating
course revenue (or at least the greater part thereof) to the college in
which a course is being offered, and
Whereas, summer courses provide an
opportunity for faculty to try experimental courses, and/or novel
material and formats, and
Whereas, in particular, summer study
abroad courses provide a highly desirable experience and competitive
credential for students in many of the University’s undergraduate
majors, and are limited by the same restrictions as other summer
Whereas, the move to 120 credits and
flat tuition for undergraduates requires the reform of the May and
Be it resolved, the Faculty Senate
strongly urges the Provost to advocate on behalf of this needed reform
and put into place, where possible, a budget allocation system and a
summer course policy that properly relates to financial exigencies,
academic best practices, and the overall well-being of students,
faculty, and the South Orange campus — in other words, a system based
entirely on academic needs and enrollment.
The Faculty Senate
adopted and sent to the Provost the following proposed changes to the Faculty Guide.
to Faculty Guide Re: Male Pronouns
Whereas all the pronouns in the Faculty Guide
should be gender neutral,
Be it resolved, the Faculty Senate proposes, as
an editorial change, that all male pronouns in the Faculty Guide be
changed to the gender neutral expressions, he/she, his/her, him/her,
Change to Faculty Guide Re: Academic Integrity
Whereas the maintenance of the academic integrity of the faculty is
essential to the university’s educational function,
Whereas the definition of academic integrity and the procedures for
determining sanction-able violations must be added to the Faculty Guide,
resolved, the Faculty Senate approves the following changes to the
addition of a seventh clause to Article 3.7(b):
7. serious act or acts of academic
dishonesty as defined in Article 7.1(e).
substitution of “academic” for “intellectual” in Article 7.1(e):
e. …They practice intellectual honesty.
e. …They practice academic honesty.
addition of the following to Article 7.1(e):
e. …The definition of 1) what constitutes academic dishonesty, 2)
its levels of severity, and 3) the procedures for determining its
existence and possible consequences in individual cases are to be
determined by the Faculty Senate with the approval of the Provost and
published to the faculty.
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The Faculty Senate
approved and sent to the Provost the proposed MACPC on line Program and
its attendant certificates in the College of Arts and Sciences to be adopted by the
Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously
approved the Faculty Senate requests the President of Seton Hall University to
sign and forward on behalf of Seton Hall University the "Talloires
The Faculty Senate adopted
and approved the following Program Review Recommendations for the
University Honors Program and forward them to the Provost to complete
the Program Review process for the University Honors Program
Program Review Committee Report on the University
The Honors Program, situated in the College of Arts
and Sciences, serves the entire SHU community. It has been a model of
creative curricular design and pedagogy and its external reviewer
praised the honors program as one of the most extensive of its kind.
With funding from Regent Thomas Sharkey and under the leadership of
Prof. Gisela Webb (its director for 10 years), the program has been able
to expand its numbers and enhance its curriculum.
Prof. Peter Ahr assumed the position of Director in
the fall of 2007 and is working closely with Acting Dean Joseph Marbach
on both curricular and programmatic initiatives. The PRC is hopeful that
these initiatives will lead to further growth of the program. To that
end, here is summary of the PRC’s concerns and recommendations.
|There is an appearance of duplication in that
other colleges, programs and/or majors have honors sections tracks|
|The pressure to expand the program could
compromise its academic integrity|
|Competition with the university core for
faculty and other resources|
|Resolving the tension between establishing a
stable group of ‘core faculty’ and involving faculty from other
departments and college|
Increase the stipend of the director of the Honors Program (which
has not been adjusted for two decades).
Be more intentional in including non-Western traditions
and addressing global perspectives in the curriculum in all four
Alternatively, a new colloquium might be created that
focuses on themes of global citizenship on critical issues of our times.
Increase the inclusion of the natural sciences in the
honors program curriculum.
Junior and Senior courses could be developed to cover
issues such as Globalization and Peace, Global Development and
Interdependence, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Dialogues among
6. Continue to serve as an educational laboratory,
as this provides benefit to other units of the university. Specifically,
we recommend that the team-teaching approach be retained.
7. Incorporate more
study abroad programs and international exchanges to expand the
international dimension of this Program and to improve students’
involvement of new faculty through (1)
creating a “guest lecturer” system, other faculty members who have
expertise on particular topics can be invited to lecture and be
compensated with an honorarium; (2) creating several rotation positions
in this program, interested new faculty members can join this program
for a specific period of time as rotation members (probably a four or
five year term). (3) establishing a means of compensating departments
for the release of their faculty to serve in the program; Director Ahr
has suggested that departments be given one new faculty line for
relinquishing faculty to teach twelve credits in the honors program.
circumstances should the program relax its admission standards, even
if there is pressure to expand (expansion should not compromise
ratio of students to faculty
11. Work with the admission office to recruit
students more aggressively and earlier in the application process.
12. Develop a strategy for and engage in on-going