Minutes of the 143rd New Brunswick Faculty Council Meeting
March 3, 2006

Members Present: R. Bell, J. Bliss, R. Boikess, R. Bumby, G. Camilli, T. Chase, L. Clarke, M. Cotter, H. Davidson, E. Etkina, D. Fishman, M. Gliserman, M. Gordon, G. Hall, S. Harrington, H. Hirsh, B. Holcomb, J. Kokini, C. Kulikowski, P. Leath, G. Mainelis, G. McGhee, K. McKeever, K. McKim, J. Miller, D. Minch, S. Munch, D. O'Connor, K. Ozbay, M. Page, O. Palmon, P. Panayotatos, J. Rubin, A. Saltz, D. Schilling, J. Shapiro, C. Simmel, C. Sims, A. St. John, G. Taghon, S. Takacs, M.L. Wagner, R. Wilson, M. Xu

Non-Members Present: G. Bleck, P. Furmanski, K. Swalagin (Secretary), K. Thompson


1.             Call to Order

Council Chairperson Paul Leath called the 143rd meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) to order at 1:15 p.m. in the Busch Dining Hall, Room A/B, Busch Campus, welcoming all present to the meeting.

2.             Approval of the Agenda, and Acceptance of the Minutes of the March 3, 2006 Meeting

The Minutes of the January 27, 2006 NBFC meeting were approved with one deletion.  The day’s agenda was approved.

3.             Report of the Chair - Paul Leath

Chairperson Leath’s report included comments on the following:

4.             Administrative Report - Philip Furmanski, Executive Vice President for Academic Affair

Executive Vice President Furmanski commented on the following in his Administrative Report:
Furmanski responded to questions on:
Gina Bleck, Rutgers' Executive Director for Project Administration, Facilities and Capital Planning, presented a comprehensive summary of, and responded to questions on, plans for the "greening of the College Avenue Campus," and for construction of "College Town" on the Livingston Campus.

5.             Personnel Policy Committee Report and Recommendations on Faculty Incentives Relative to the Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education - Daniel O'Connor and Paul Panayotatos, Committee Co-chairs

Paul Panayotatos, co-chair of the Personnel Policy Committee, summarized, and moved for adoption by the Council, Recommendation 17 (formerly 21) of his committee’s report and recommendations on the faculty incentives aspects of the Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education.  The recommendation was carried over as the last contained in the report which was adopted by the Council on January 27, 2006.  The recommendation was adopted unanimously, as follows:

Recommendation 17:  Adopt recommendations 1-3, 5-9, 11, 13, 16-26 of the Task Force listed in Appendix III. It should be noted that, in several cases, the committee has gone further than the adopted Task Force recommendations.

6.             Academic Services/Student Affairs Committee Recommendation on Advising in Response to Task Force on Undergraduate Education - Eugenia Etkina, Committee Chair

Eugenia Etkina, chair of the Academic Services/Student Affairs Committee, read and moved for adoption by the Council her committee's recommendation on advising in response to the Task Force on Undergraduate Education.  The Council adopted unanimously the recommendation, as follows:

We suggest that the university should establish a centralized advising policy. We can formulate it as follows: standardized advising policies with decentralized advising locations overseen by the Vice President for Undergraduate Education.

Explanatory text accompanied the recommendation, as follows:

The category of student advising encompasses academic issues which are best dealt with by faculty and non-academic issues (financial aid, personal counseling, disabilities, etc.) which should be handled at the dean's level. General academic advising for new students is probably better served by using professional advising staff. Student advising works best when students are part of a small group and have an opportunity to make a personal contact with their advisor. It will require a commitment for a centralized advising office with branch offices on each campus to achieve this goal. Departmental advisors should be available to students who are contemplating entering a major.

7.             Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee, Discussion of Possible Areas and Elements for Bylaws Revision - Kathleen Scott, Committee Chair

Kathleen Scott, chair of the Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee, introduced a preliminary discussion of possible revisions to the NBFC bylaws. She explained the need for revisions in two areas: 1) changes to existing bylaws (e.g., committee structure, quorum, PTL representation, etc.), and 2) a proposal for the role of the NBFC in the new structure of the New Brunswick Campus. She also indicated that there are two categories of bylaws: those which can be changed by the Council itself, and those which would require adoption by the administration. Areas of discussion or suggestion relative to bylaws revision included:
8.             Old Business

There was no old business.

9.             New Business

There was no new business.

10.          Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Kenneth Swalagin

Executive Secretary