Minutes of the 139th New Brunswick Faculty Council Meeting
September 23, 2005


Members Present:
H. Benaroya, J. Bliss, R. Boikess, S. Brill, R. Bumby, A. Busia, M. Camasso, G. Camilli, T. Chase, M. Cotter, H. Davidson, E. Etkina, H. Fisher, D. Fishman, M. Flahive Di Nardo, P. Gillett, C. Glashausser, N. Glickman, M. Gliserman, M. Gordon, S. Harrington, M. Henninger, H. Hirsh, B. Holcomb, J. Kokini, G. Kraft, R. Kubey, C. Kulikowski, P. Leath (Chair), G. Mainelis, H. McGary, G. McGhee, K. McKeever, K. McKim, J. Miller, D. Minch, S. Munch, J. Nichnadowicz, D. O’Connor, R. Palombit, P. Panayotatos, G. Rendsburg, J. Rubin, K. Rynn, P. Schalow, D. Schilling, R. Schuler, K. Scott, J. Shapiro, C. Sims, A. St. John, G. Taghon, S. Takacs, E. Thuno, M.L. Wagner, D. Wilder, R. Wilson, C. Simmel
 
Non-Members Present: A. Bahruth (for K. Thompson), P. Furmanski, J. Markert, K. Swalagin (Secretary)
 
 
1.             Call to Order
 
Council Chairperson Paul Leath called the meeting to order at 1:20 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus.  He gave a brief background summary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC). He explained that, following brief reports from himself and Executive Vice President Furmanski, he would introduce the committee chairs, who would then speak on their respective committee charges, after which the NBFC would adjourn to conduct committee meetings. Leath said that committee assignments had been made based on members’ stated committee preferences, when available.
   
2.             Approval of the Agenda, and Acceptance of the Minutes of the May 6, 2005 Meeting
 
The meeting’s Agenda, and the May 6, 2005 Minutes (with two corrections), were approved.
   
3.             Report of the Chair - Paul Leath
 
Chairperson Leath’s report included comments on the following:
Leath then asked all present to stand and introduce themselves, and also reminded everyone to sign in. He said that the regular meeting venue will be the Busch Dining Hall. He asked all to remember that they represent a group of faculty, and to take seriously their responsibility to communicate back and forth between that faculty group and the Council.
 
On the Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, Leath noted:
4.             Introduction of Standing Committee Chairs and Charges
 
Chairperson Leath introduced the committee chairs. Committee chairs stood and recited their membership rosters, and summarized projects and charges currently in their committees.
 
5.             Administrative Report - Philip Furmanski, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
 
Executive Vice President Furmanski’s Administrative Report included comments on the following: Executive Vice President Furmanski then responded to questions from the Council, most of which focused on the Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education. When asked if cluster reviews had been put “on hold,” Furmanski said he had spoken with the Committee on Standards and Priorities of Academic Development (CSPAD) about starting cluster review in the spring in computational sciences and cognition and psychology, that a cluster review had already been done in business, and that he will work with CSPAD to see when the others can begin.
 
6.             Short Preliminary Discussion of Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education
 
A discussion of the Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education preceded the Council’s breakout committee session.  Paul Panayotatos suggested that committees should include in their reports what aspects of the Task Force recommendations are or are not controversial, as well as what can or cannot be done now. Leath said that the Board of Governors is particularly interested in structure and what could go into recruitment brochures, and receiving that information soon. In response to Abena Busia’s call for an administrative commitment to change promotion criteria to emphasize undergraduate teaching, Leath said that the Personnel Policy Committee could look at that issue. Martha Cotter pointed out that there is a small section at the back of the Task Force report on incentives which should be reviewed in committee. Panayotatos responded that the Personnel Policy Committee would be looking at the subject of incentives as an “unwritten charge.”
 
7.             Adjournment to First Meetings of the 2005-2006 Standing Committees
 
At 2:30 p.m., the meeting adjourned, and members present met in committees.
 
 
Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary