Minutes of the 144th New Brunswick Faculty Council Meeting
March 31, 2006

Members Present: R. Bell, J. Bliss, R. Boikess, S. Brill, R. Bumby, M. Camasso, G. Camilli, J. Cantor, T. Chase, F. Cosandey, M. Cotter, H. Davidson, E. Davis, H. Fisher, D. Fishman, M. Flahive Di Nardo, P. Gillett, C. Glashausser, N. Glickman, M. Gliserman, M. Gordon, S. Harrington, H. Hirsh, J. Kokini, R. Kubey, C. Kulikowski, P. Leath, G. McGhee, J. Miller, S. Munch, D. O'Connor, K. Ozbay, O. Palmon, R. Palombit, G. Rendsburg, J. Rubin, A. Saltz, R. Schuler M. Schwartz, K. Scott, J. Shapiro, C. Simmel, C. Sims, K. Singh, A. St. John, G. Taghon, E. Thuno, R. Wilson

Non-Members Present: S. Atmeh, M. Beals, R. Goodman, M. Manganaro, R. Marya, L. Stewart, P. Furmanski, K. Swalagin (Secretary), K. Thompson

1.    Call to Order and Chairperson’s Report

Council Chairperson Paul Leath called the 144th meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) to order at 1:18 p.m. in the Busch Dining Hall, Room A/B, Busch Campus, welcoming all present to the meeting.  The day’s agenda and the minutes of the March 3, 2006 NBFC meeting were approved. Leath said that April 21 would be the next Council meeting, that May 12 would be the last Council meeting of this academic year, and that next year’s officers and Executive Cabinet members would be elected at that May meeting.  He asked members to send nominations for officers and committee chairs to him or to Council Secretary Ken Swalagin.  He also asked all committee chairs to please bring reports or responses to their respective committee charges as soon as possible.  Leath noted that the day’s agenda would include a briefing on the state budget and implementation of recommendations for transforming undergraduate education in New Brunswick, as well as information on a student-led initiative to respond to anticipated cuts in state aid to Rutgers.

2.    Briefing on Student-Led Initiative in Response to Proposed State Budget Cuts

Sharo Atmeh, a Rutgers College student and University Senator, briefed the Council on a student-led initiative and planned Trenton rally in response to proposed cuts to Rutgers’ state funding.  He asked for the participation of all faculty, and for everyone’s help in disseminating information about the efforts to minimize the effects of proposed budget cuts on Rutgers.  A rally in Trenton is planned for Thursday, April 27.  Additional information is available at http://www.rustudentrally.com/ .

3.    Administrative Report - President Richard L. McCormick, Executive Vice President Philip Furmanski

President McCormick delivered the first part of the Administrative Report, which included comments on the following:
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip Furmanski continued the Administrative Report with comments on:
President McCormick concluded the Administrative Report with comments on the implementation of recommendations for transforming undergraduate education in New Brunswick, which recommendations emerged from the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, and from the University community’s (including the NBFC’s) consideration of, and input on, the Task Force report.  He distributed a handout which listed the Implementation Steering Committee’s subcommittees, and noted formation of the Committee on Non-Traditional Students.  The NBFC also heard comments on the implementation from Barry Qualls (Task Force chair), Michael Beals (Director of Implementation, and Steering Committee chair), and Lea Stewart (Committee on Non-Traditional Students chair).

4.    Discussion of Teaching Conference - Martin Gliserman, Conference Organizer

Council Member Martin Gliserman, organizer of the Teaching Conference, summarized his proposal to begin the upcoming Teaching Conference with discussions on pedagogy and creating and performing a better curriculum.  Gliserman distributed a half-page handout outlining his preliminary proposal for the conference.  He asked for, and received some thoughts and feedback from the Council.

5.    Academic Regulations and Standards, and Teaching Committee Resolutions on Proposed University Academic Integrity Policy - Gregory Herzog, Committee Chair

Theodore Chase, a member of the NBFC’s Academic Regulations and Standards, and Teaching Committee, presented his committee’s Resolutions on the Proposed University Academic Integrity Policy.  Robert Boikess made a motion, which was subsequently seconded and adopted as friendly, to add a recommendation calling for placement of two NBFC representatives on the committee that will deliberate on the final policy.  Martha Cotter’s suggestion that a disclaimer be added noting that the Council had not considered every possible or potential problem with the policy was also accepted as friendly.  Haym Hirsh’s suggestion for addition of language to Resolution 2 indicating that laboratories wouldn’t be the only place where such problems might occur, and including “offenses specific to various disciplines” be added, was also accepted as friendly.  The Council then unanimously adopted the report and its resolutions, as amended.

6.    Old Business

There was no old business.

7.    New Business

There was no new business.

8.    Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:17 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary