Minutes of the 142nd New Brunswick Faculty
January 27, 2006
Members Present: R. Bell, J. Bliss, R. Boikess, R. Bumby, M. Camasso, J.
Cantor, M. Cotter, H. Davidson,
E. Davis, E. Etkina, D. Fishman, P. Gillett, C. Glashausser, M.
Harrington, G. Herzog, J. Kokini, G. Kraft, R. Kubey, R. Lake, P.
Mainelis, G. McGhee, K. McKeever, J. Miller, D. Minch, D. O'Connor, K.
M. Page, R. Palombit, P. Panayotatos, J. Rubin, S. Rubinstein, K. Rynn,
Schilling, R. Schuler, M. Schwartz, K. Scott, J. Shapiro, C. Simmel, C.
K. Singh, A. St. John, G. Taghon, E. Thuno, M.L. Wagner, R. Wilson, M.
Furmanski, M. Manganaro, K. Swalagin (Secretary), K. Thompson
Chairperson Paul Leath called the 142nd meeting of the New Brunswick
Council (NBFC) to order at 1:15 p.m. in the Busch Dining Hall, Room
Campus, welcoming all present to the meeting.
of the Agenda, and Acceptance of the Minutes of the December 2, 2005
the December 2, 2005 NBFC meeting were approved.
The day’s agenda was approved.
Report of the Chair - Paul Leath
Chairperson Leath’s report included
comments on the following:
Martha Cotter, who chairs the University Senate, reported
briefly on Senate activities and plans relative to the TFUE, as follows:
- progress on the Task Force on Undergraduate Education (TFUE)
- committees being set up by FAS-NB Dean Holly Smith relative
to implementing TFUE recommendations, one of which focuses on
issues, with the other focusing on scholastic standing in the new
- the "rather positive response" received during a
recent meeting with President McCormick to discuss the NBFC's
on the TFUE, and finding considerable agreement in most areas, although
term "residential colleges," as well as reporting arrangements, are
still debatable; and
- President McCormick's request, during the above meeting, for
a draft report on how a single honors program would worth, which Leath
and distributed to the NBFC in hardcopy form at the meeting (Docketed
discussion under "New Business").
Leath's report continued with comments on:
- the Senate's plan to make recommendations on two stages, the
first of which were discussed, amended and adopted at the University
January 20, 2006 meeting, and the second phase (comprising issues
thought to be
more controversial than those in the first phase) to be considered at
February 24, 2006 meeting;
- a summary of major issues yet to be addressed by the Senate,
and which are expected to be docketed for the Senate's February
- Senate plans to issue some response and recommendations
regarding implementation process for the TFUE recommendations.
Leath welcomed suggestions for other issues for NBFC
consideration. In response to questions
from Robert Boikess on current committee charges, Leath:
- the need to start this year's NBFC elections earlier than in
past years, and his intent to begin soliciting deans for Council
fill renewal or vacant positions; and a summary of other issues and
charges currently active in
the NBFC, including:
- adding information to transcripts
- faculty participation in varsity athletics issues
- recruitment of high-achieving high school students
- ten-year trends in funding
- training and support of graduate students
- scholarly communication in the digital era, and related
- faculty statistics
- harassment policies
- NBFC bylaws
Leath also explained that, regarding the FAS-NB's work on
TFUE curriculum issues, Dean Smith had asked deans for nominees for the
committees she is forming, and that Leath had the memo to deans, but
been contacted directly for NBFC members for those committees.
- said that the proposed new academic integrity policy is
currently in the NBFC's Academic Regulations and Standards/Teaching
- asked Boikess to resend his requested charge on the sale of
lecture notes by outside enterprises.
Administrative Report - Philip
Furmanski, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Executive Vice President Furmanski, noting that
Brunswick Campus Report had been presented to the University Senate
week prior, commented on the following in his Administrative Report:
Furmanski responded to questions on:
- thanks to all involved in working on the TFUE
- his hope for a process of constant development of the
undergraduate curriculum, structure, and education;
- acknowledgment of the "tremendous leadership" of
Leath and Cotter in the NBFC and University Senate on recent "very
comprehensive, important issues";
- Academic Excellence Fund awards;
- plans to develop a "signature program" in
nanotechnology and biomaterials, and an Institute for Advanced
- the upcoming Middle States accreditation, and the beginning
of the two-year preparation process, and the intended focus on
education, assessment, and governance; and
- state budget issues, including a projected $6 billion
deficit, as well as a proposed bond issue.
Personnel Policy Committee Report
and Recommendations on Faculty Incentives Relative to the Report of the
on Undergraduate Education - Daniel O'Connor and Paul Panayotatos,
- implications of recent ethics issues at UMDNJ;
- the administration's response to the University Senate's
resolution on e-mail privacy, discussions of which continue in the
- potential for healthcare cost and coverage, and pension plan
changes resulting from the state budget situation.
Paul Panayotatos, co-chair of the Personnel Policy
Committee, summarized, and moved for adoption by the Council, his
report and recommendations on the faculty incentives aspects of the
the Task Force on Undergraduate Education.
Some recommendations contained in the original report were
the language to be considered was contained in footnotes appended to
as presented. During discussion, the
report and recommendations were considered in groups, and acted upon as
- Panayotatos withdrew recommendations 4 and 11;
- recommendation 20 amended to read, "Increase funding
for the Aresty
so as to make funding available for all qualified and interested
- motion by Bell
adopted, amending recommendation 16 justification to replace "boost
salaries" with language "[allocation of funds for] one-time monetary
motion to separate recommendation 13 from its group (recommendations
- recommendation 13, "Approve release time for the
development of new courses necessitated by adoption of the report
recommendations" was discussed, and rejected on hand vote;
- Kubey's motion to amend recommendation 18 to read, "Competitive
grants, summer salary, and/or other incentives to develop new courses
necessitated by adoption of the report recommendations" was accepted as
- a motion to amend to recommendation 19 to read, "Additional
compensation for teaching weekend courses" was accepted as friendly;
- Boikess's motion to separate recommendation 19 from its
- recommendation 19 was discussed and adopted, as amended;
- Glashausser's motion to separate recommendation 17 failed;
- recommendations 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 20 were adopted;
- recommendations 1 through 8 (except 4, which had been
withdrawn) were introduced for consideration as a group;
- a motion to amend recommendation 3 to read, "The tenure
and promotions forms (Forms 1a-e) should be amended so that all the
faculty responsibilities coming out of the Task Force recommendations
their specific lines under 'Teaching'" was accepted as friendly;
- recommendations 9 through 12 (except 11, which had been
withdrawn) were introduced for consideration as a group;
motion to separate recommendation 12 from its group carried;
- recommendation 12 was successfully amended, but failed;
- recommendations 9 and 10 were adopted;
- recommendation 21 will be carried to the next NBFC's docket;
President's Faculty Advisory
Committee - General Discussion
The docketed general discussion of
the President's Faculty Advisory Committee was postponed until the next
The draft on a single honors program
(see Report of the Chair, above) was discussed briefly, and some
were made regarding clarifying how students would enter the program,
and incentives, criteria differing from school to school and the
required, and senior projects or capstone experience.
A resolution was adopted thanking
Paul Leath and Martha Cotter for their leadership and work in bringing
the NBFC's response to the Task Force on Undergraduate Education.
The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.