New Brunswick Faculty Council Committees and Charges for 2004-2005

Academic Regulations and Standards Committee

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. Greg Camilli
  2. Lee Clarke
  3. Peter Gillett
  4. Angelique Haugerud
  5. Nancy Sinkoff
  6. Robert Wilson

Standing Charge:

Reviews regulations governing major and graduation requirements.

Current Charges

Charge 1 Examine potential changes in role of New Brunswick Faculty Council in setting regulations and standards for cross-campus issues in New Brunswick.
Timeline:  Ongoing. A Resolution on the “Report of the Structure Working Group of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education” was approved April 15, 2005.

Charge 2 Information on Transcripts: Consider whether additional information should be added to student transcripts as suggested in a proposal by Joseph A. Potenza and Gregory Herzog.


Academic Services Committee

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. Joe Blasi
  2. Ted Chase
  3. Mohan Kalelkar
  4. George McGhee
  5. Hugh Rockoff

Non-NBFC Members

Standing Charge:

Considers issues related to academic services at the college and campus level, including advising and support services.

Current Charges

Charge 1  Review the report of the external review of academic support services and report to the Council.

Charge 2  Prepare a "best practices" report on student advising at Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway undergraduate programs.

Charge 3 Cost of textbooks: Develop a set of best practices for faculty and the university to reduce the cost of textbooks for students.


Admissions and Recruitment Committee

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. Abena Busia
  2. Fred Cosandey
  3. Jozef Kokini
  4. Howard McGary
  5. Mary Page
  6. Kevin St. Martin
  7. Mary Wagner

Standing Charge:

Considers campus-wide issues related to recruitment, retention, publications, financial aid, and minority student interests.

Current Charges

Charge 1  Make recommendations on ways Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway can improve efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving high school students, such as winners of national contests and Governor's schools students.

Charge 2  Review influence of collegiate honors programs in New Brunswick on recruitment and retention of high achieving undergraduate students. Develop a set of recommendations to enhance utility of Honors Programs in recruiting and retaining high achieving students.

Charge 3  Examine the role of faculty in setting undergraduate admissions policy and standards.


Budget and Planning Committee

Co-Chairs:

NBFC Members

  1. Martha Cotter
  2. Mel Henninger
  3. Gregory Herzog
  4. Jim Miller
  5. Dan O'Connor
  6. Ted Szatrowski

Standing Charge:

Considers matters related to budget and planning

Current Charges

Charge 1  Gather information on major elements of current university budget and report to the full Council.

Charge 2 Examine ten-year trends in funding for academic departments, centers and programs, especially trends in the non-salary budgets of academic departments. Suggest funding priorities for the New Brunswick faculty to recommend to the Administration.

Charge 3  Monitor the progress of all-funds budgeting policy.

Charge 4  Review the issues associated with the Big East Conference, Rutgers membership therein, and related athletic policies and affiliations. Examine the associated budget and report a figure on the cost of athletics in general and football in particular. Make recommendations to the full council. Examine academic interactions among schools in major conferences and the potential for similar interactions in the Big East Conference.


Graduate and Professional Educational Policy

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. Madeli Flahive Di Nardo
  2. Charles Glashausser
  3. Montague Kern
  4. Robert Lake
  5. Julie Lockwood
  6. Kenneth McKeever
  7. Saul Rubinstein

Non-NBFC Member

Standing Charge:

Considers academic policy regarding all aspects of instruction in New Brunswick beyond the undergraduate level

Current Charges

Charge 1 Structure of Graduate Education in New Brunswick: The University is about to embark on a search for a new Vice President for Research, and it would be timely to consider this job description. Consider whether the Graduate School ought to report to the Vice President for Research (i.e.whether it ought to be, say, called the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education), rather than the present reporting relation to the Executive Dean of the FAS. Also consider any other areas, such as the Graduate Admissions Office, that ought to be included within the job description for this position.
Timeline:  A Report on charge 1, prepared jointly with the Research Committee, was presented in December 2004.

Charge 2 Postdoctoral appointees are a very valuable and growing part of our University, and the training that they receive here is important for their later careers. Indeed, our previous postdoctoral appointees are among our most distinguished alumni. Consider whether the Graduate School ought to officially enroll them, look after their requirements and needs, and grant official certificates to them at the end of their studies at the University.
Timeline:  A Report on charge 2, prepared jointly with the Research Committee, was presented in December 2004.

Charge 3 Monitor implementations of recommendations made in the report on the training and support of teaching assistants.


Library Committee

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. Richard Bumby
  2. Uli Kremer
  3. James Niessen
  4. Derek Shilling

Non-NBFC Member

Standing Charge:

Consider library priorities, collection growth, and needs.

Current Charges

Charge 1  Continue to serve as liaison with the University-Wide Copyright Committee. Consider revisions of the draft university copyright policy in relation to recommendations made by Library Committee. Report on the University-wide review of the copyright policy by the Senate.
Timeline:  Ongoing: An update was presented as part of a report on April 15, 2005.

Charge 2  Follow development of issues related to scholarly communication in the digital era that ensure continued wide dissemination and cost-effective access to scholarly work. Review the Scholarly Communications Steering Committee's Final Report and evaluate recommendations made in the report concerning institutional leadership and intra-institutional cooperation for enhancing scholarly communication.

Timeline:  A preliminary report on all charges was made in March 2005, and a final report with a list of resolutions was approved on April 15, 2005. However, work in this area is ongoing.


Personnel Policy Committee

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. Bob Boikess
  2. Briavel Holcomb
  3. Ronald Hyman
  4. Gloria Kraft
  5. Brian McIntosh
  6. Frank Popper
  7. Antoinette Rogers Farmer
  8. Jack Sacalis
  9. Lynn Warner

Standing Charge:

Considers personnel policy and services

Current Charges

Charge 1  Evaluate the process by which the International Office handles faculty visa and green card matters. Make recommendations on ways that the faculty and administration can work to streamline this process.

Charge 2  Issue final recommendations on harassment policies and procedures with special reference to separate files and how these link to legal requirements and best practices at comparable institutions.

Charge 3  Monitor and report on statistics related to faculty and TA/GAs.

Charge 4  Report on post-doctoral appointees to include different categories of appointments, extent of benefits provided, and determine if it is appropriate to make recommendations on this category of individuals.

Charge 5  Review and respond to the administration's proposals regarding Clinical and Professional Practice Tracks for: the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick and Newark, and the School of Business-Camden; and the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Timeline:  A Draft Resolution on charge 5 was circulated at "February 2005 meeting" (March 4, 2005). A resolution was approved in March 2005.


Physical Plant and Services Committee

Co-Chairs:

NBFC Members

Standing Charge:

Considers allocation and maintenance of campus facilities and such issues as campus security, parking, procurement and contracting, and campus mail.

Current Charges

Charge 1  Serve as liaison with the university Parking Committee and other appropriate University and New Brunswick committees dealing with physical plant and services.

Charge 2  Assess the physical state of University facilities on the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses and plans for future development, including road planning, transportation and parking, especially in relation to the proposed master plan. Identify key planning issues that must be addressed in light of the proposed restructuring of the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.

Charge 3  Examine ways to reduce departmental costs for copying and telecommunications.


Research Committee

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. Samuel Gunderson
  2. John Li
  3. Susan Morgan
  4. Kaan Ozbay
  5. Marcy Schwartz
  6. David Wilder

Standing Charge:

Considers research policy and services, such as research and sponsored programs, research contracts, animal care, and laboratory facilities.

Current Charges

Charge 1  Consider the impact of the proposed restructuring of the research universities in New Brunswick and Piscataway on research efforts in the University. In particular, make recommendations on how administration support for research activities can be most effectively organized to support a restructured research university.

Charge 2 : Monitor the impact of enlisting faculty from the social and other sciences to serve as liaisons with the IRB to improve the oversight process for carrying out research with human subjects without unnecessary encumbrances, while remaining in compliance with federal regulations. Liaison with Associate Vice President for Research and Advisory Committee from ORSP.


Student Affairs Committee

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. Robert Boikess
  2. Paul Bruner
  3. Zoran Gajic
  4. Lois Jessen
  5. Charles Sims

Non-NBFC Member

Standing Charge:

Considers student life and extracurricular activities and services and such issues as financial services, housing, and dining services.

Current Charges

Charge 1  Evaluate the extent to which faculty participate in athletic program oversight and administration. Assess the contribution of intercollegiate athletics to the educational mission of the University.

Charge 2  Consult with student leaders in New Brunswick and Piscataway to identify issues that may be effectively addressed by the Council.


Teaching Committee

Chair:

NBFC Members

  1. David Denhardt
  2. Eugenia Etkina
  3. Kathy Scott

Non-NBFC Members

Standing Charge:

Considers various policies and issues related to instruction, curriculum development, and evaluation of teaching effectiveness. Plans an annual conference for New Brunswick faculty on undergraduate education for the exchange of ideas on curriculum and pedagogy.

Current Charges

None (for now).