Members Present: L.Bethel, S. Bhuyan, P. Bruner, R. Bumby, J. Burton, S. Carroll, T. Chase, M.Cotter, D. Denhardt, D. Fishman, S. Hansell, J. Haviland, H. Hirsh, R. Hyman, F. Kauffman, K. McKeever, J. Kokini, J. Krenos, J. Miklojcik, Jane Miller, H. Mokros, C. Nanry, J. Niessen, D. O’Connor, P. Panayotatos, F. Popper, R. Reid, A. Rogers Farmer, K. Scott, M. Siewierski, C. Sims, B. Smith, J. Spector, C. Stevens T. Szatrowski, J. Walkup, C. Weibel, J. Worobey, E. Zambraski
Also attending: University Vice-President for Academic Affairs,
Joseph Seneca; Tim Casey for Executive Dean Adelaja of Cook College.
|1.||Call to Order- F. Kauffman called the meeting to order
at 1: 40PM in Brower Commons Rms ABC, College Avenue Campus.
|2.||Approval of the Agenda and Acceptance of the Minutes of the September
20, 2002 Meeting. The Agenda and Minutes of the meeting of September
20, 2002 were approved with these corrections: S. Carrol added to attendance.
Retract the first response from VP Seneca under Questions and Answers.
This was a question from the floor and not a statement by VP Seneca.
|3.||Report of the Chair – Frederick C. Kauffman
F. Kauffman welcomed all members and guests to the 114th NBFC meeting. New members present, P. Bruner, J. Miller, F. Popper, and C. Stevens, stood and introduced themselves. F. Kauffman expressed enthusiasm over the news that Richard L. McCormick had accepted the Board of Governers’ offer and would be appointed the 19th President of Rutgers University on Dec. 1, 2002. Members who had not selected a committee to serve on were asked to do so or be assigned to a committee by the Chair. He announced that the meeting with representatives from the firm of Ayers, Saint and Gross, and representatives of Facilities Management to discuss the Physical Master Plan would be rescheduled.
He closed his report by asking P.Panayotatos to make a
few remarks in tribute to member Richard Pelz, who died tragically as a
result of complications during cardiac surgery since the last meeting of
|4.||Report of the University Vice-President for Academic Affairs
- Joseph Seneca:
V. P. Seneca opened his report by indicating his pleasure that Richard L. McCormick, had been chosen as the University’s next president. He indicated that the next president had deep roots in New Jersey, and that the McCormick name is part of Rutger’s history. He indicated that R.L. McCormick had a strong commitment to academic excellence and a loyalty to Rutgers University.
Report of the New Jersey Commission on Health Science, Education
Questions and Answers:
|5.||Graduate and Professional Education Policy Committee Report on Enhancement
of TA Training and Supervision – Henrik Pedersen
Professor Pedersen reported that the Committee on Graduate and Professional Educational Policy met with staff of the English as a Second Language Program and various deans in New Brunswick during the 2001/02 academic year to evaluate the effectiveness of enhanced TA training and ESL preparation of graduate student instructors made possible by funds awarded by V.P. Seneca. Prof. Pedersen reviewed the committee’s findings regarding the utility of a standardized 20 minute test (SPEAK) to evaluate proficiency in communicating in English and identifying students needing further ESL courses. The committee also evaluated ESL courses made available to international TAS. These enhanced resources have enabled classroom time to be increased by 50% and have permitted future TAs to be included in these classes. Since these enhancements were only implemented in the Spring 2002 term, the committee recommended that the effectiveness of these resources in enhancing TA training be re-examined in the 2002/03 academic year.
He indicated that funds were also made available, on a competitive basis, to supplement the salaries of head TAs ($1500), and research funds ($1000) of faculty coordinators monitoring, training and supervising TAs. Monies awarded for this first year of the program were distributed to 16 programs that had applied. A major concern expressed by the committee was that the funds available for this aspect of enhancing TA training and supervision were too restrictive.
Based on the finding presented in the report, the Committee
made the following recommendations:
The Faculty Council voted unanimously to approve and accept
the Committee’s report, a full copy of which is posted at http://nbfc.rutgers.edu/TATraining.htm.
|6.||PFAC Report – Paul Panayotatos
Prof. Panayotatos reported that the meeting with President Lawrence was scheduled a week after he announced that he was stepping down. No meeting with Dr. Samuals had been scheduled. P. Panayotatos plans to arrange a meeting of the PFAC with R.L McCormick, through the UPVAA, as soon as possible to convey the faculty’s concerns and to keep the PFAC visible.
A question was raised concerning the nature of the “PFAC”.
P. Panayotatos indicated that the President's Faculty Advisory Committee
consists of 3 NBFC representatives, 3 Newark Council members , and 3 Camden
Senate members, who meet with the President three or four times
a year. Also in attendance are the University Vice President for Academic
Affairs, and the two Provosts. The faculty supplies one agenda and the
Administration another and the two are merged. In the past, exchanges
have been frank and occasionally off the record.
|7.||New Business- Discussion of the Report of the New Jersey Commission
on Health Science, Education and Training – Martha Cotter
In response to V.P. Seneca’s request to the Council for its reaction to the Commission’s Report, the NBFC Executive Cabinet drafted a response to serve as a stimulus to discussion. M. Cotter read a copy of this draft to the Council and asked for comments and concerns. She indicated that M. Gliserman had sent a response from the English Dept. R. Bell, on leave at the Univ. of Colorado, had also sent his input. Both of these responses had elements that overlapped with what was presented in the draft of EC response, and brought up during the following discussion by the Council.
Major points of agreement in the discussion that followed were:
D. Fishman suggested that the response from the Council
should be organized around the following three points:
It was finally agreed that M. Cotter would revise the draft
response based on the discussion and circulate it to all Council members
for their comments, after approval by the Executive Cabinet and Budget
and Planning Committee.
|8.||Old Business – none
|9.||Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 3:34 PM.|