Minutes of the 140th
Faculty Council Meeting
October 28, 2005
Bliss, R. Bumby, M. Camasso, G. Camilli, T. Chase, F. Cosandey, M.
Davidson, H. Davidson, E. Etkina, M. Flahive Di Nardo, P. Gillett, C.
Glashausser, M. Gliserman, M. Gordon, G. Hall, S. Harrington, G.
Hirsh, S. Kelly, J. Kokini, R. Kubey, C. Kulikowski, Min Kwon, R. Lake,
Leath (Chair), G. Mainelis, G. McGhee, K. McKeever, K. McKim, J.
Minch, S. Munch, J. Nichnadowicz, D. O’Connor, K. Ozbay, P.
Rendsburg, J. Rubin, K. Rynn, A. Saltz, P. Schalow, D. Schilling, R.
Schwartz, K. Scott, J. Shapiro, C. Simmel, C. Sims, A. St. John, S.
Thuno, D. Wilder, R. Wilson
Non-Members Present: P.
Furmanski, J. Markert, L. Schur (for S. Rubinstein), K. Swalagin
Chairperson Paul Leath called the meeting to order at 1:13 p.m. in the
Dining Hall, Room A/B, Busch Campus. He
everyone to sign in, then welcomed everyone to the 140th
the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC).
of the Agenda, and Acceptance of the Minutes of the September 23, 2005
Minutes of the September 23, 2005 NBFC meeting were approved. Leath explained that the Budget and
Planning/Physical Plant Committee chair, Robert Wilson, needed to leave
meeting early, so his committee’s report was moved up on the docket. With that change, the day’s agenda was
Report of the Chair - Paul Leath
Chairperson Leath’s report included comments
on the following:
Administrative Report - Philip
Furmanski, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
- urging all Council members to report regularly
to their constituencies;
- an update on the status of the Council’s
committees’ work on responding to the Task Force on Undergraduate
report, and of the Steering Committee’s (consisting of the Executive
and the chairs of the standing committees) plans to coordinate the
standing committees’ responses;
- reminding all Council members to join a standing
committee, if they have not already done so;
- review of the Council’s schedule for responding
to the Task Force on Undergraduate Education’s report, which included
today with “non-controversial” items so that the more controversial
could be addressed at the December 2, 2005 meeting, so that all of the
Council’s recommendations could be heard by the University Senate at
December 9, 2005 meeting.
Executive Vice President Furmanski’s Administrative Report focused
on capital improvements, including the upcoming groundbreaking for the Health Sciences
Center, stem cell research
and plans, and development of a State of New Jersey bond proposal for capital
Budget and Planning/Physical Plant
Committee Resolution on the “Campus Planning and Facilities” Section of
Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education - Robert Wilson,
Robert Wilson, chair of the Budget and Planning/Physical
Plant Committee, summarized, and moved for adoption by the Council, his
committee’s resolution on the campus-planning and facilities aspects of
Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education.
Following brief discussion, the resolution
was adopted unanimously by the Council, as follows:
Recommendations #1 and #2 of the
Campus Planning and Facilities section of the Report of the Task Force
Undergraduate Education call for involvement of the university
decision making regarding campus planning and for creation of
guarantee this involvement. This is in accord with the importance the
Brunswick Faculty Council attaches to collegial decision making and has
full support of the Council. Further, the Council believes that, in
this goal, the University administration should draw on the existing
representative structure of the New Brunswick Faculty Council in
the implementation committee.
The New Brunswick Faculty Council
finds the remaining recommendations contained in this section well
and endorses these recommendations.
Personnel Policy Committee
Resolution on Faculty Incentives for Greater Involvement in
Education - Paul Panayotatos and Dan O’Connor, Committee Co-chairs
Paul Panayotatos, co-chair of the Personnel Policy Committee,
summarized his committee’s report on the personnel ramifications of the
proposals in the report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education. In moving the report for adoption by the
Council, he said that the Council was not being asked to vote on
appendices, and that the report is a “living document” on which he and
committee welcome comment, particularly by e-mail.
The report summary’s final “Conclusion and
Resolution” was modified to emanate from the NBFC rather than the
Personnel Policy Committee, and was then unanimously adopted, as
The NBFC believes that the report
of the Taskforce on Undergraduate Education fell short in addressing
of rewards and incentives, an issue that they recognized as being
NBFC believes that the issue is central to the success or failure of
proposed transformation and warns that effective incentives can not be
place without the will to bring about some changes in the promotion and
processes and without additional funds.
[The full report is appended to the master copy of these
Minutes as Attachment A.]
Executive Cabinet First Resolution
on Report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education - Paul Leath,
Paul Leath, Chair of the NBFC and its Executive Cabinet,
summarized, and moved for adoption by the Council, the Cabinet’s first
resolution on the report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education. Following extensive discussion, during which
multiple amendments were made to the resolution, the NBFC adopted
the resolution as amended. The
resolution, as adopted, included the following elements:
1. We strongly support the
creation of a single Rutgers School or College of Arts
and Sciences, as
proposed in the Task Force on Undergraduate Education Report. We also agree that the available majors and
minors for arts and sciences students should be the same at all of the
residential colleges (or campuses).
2. We support common
admission standards for all traditional-age arts and sciences
appropriately modified for transfer, EOF, and non-traditional students.
3. We strongly support the
proposal that there be a single, coordinated set of academic and
policies, guidelines, and implementations across the New
4. We support the
formation of a single honors program for all colleges and schools on
Brunswick/Piscataway Campus, with appropriate variation in requirements
the needs of the various professional schools as well as of the School
of Arts and
Sciences. We also support the
recommendation that honors communities should continue to exist in the
communities to provide the local advising, mentoring, and co-curricular
activities that students value so highly in our current college honors
5. We propose the
continuation and enhancement of the role of the residential colleges
campuses) [Busch, Cook, Douglass, Livingston, Queens, and University],
deans, and decanal staffs in providing local programs and services such
local delivery of pre-major academic advising, co-curricular
academic learning communities, student-life programming, and
inter-campus) intramural sports, under the direction and coordination
Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Vice President for
Education, and the Vice President for Student Affairs.
6. We propose a
substantial increase in the numbers of full-time tenure-track faculty
TAs, a corresponding decrease in the number of large lecture classes,
provision of meaningful incentives for faculty to become more involved
undergraduate teaching, advising, curricular development, both within
outside their disciplines, research projects, and co-curricular
outside the classroom.
[The full resolution is appended to the master copy of these
Minutes as Attachment B.]
Agenda for December 2, 2005 New Brunswick Faculty Council
The Council agreed that the December 2, 2005 NBFC meeting
would not include an administrative report, but would begin at noon
discussion of Task Force on Undergraduate Education issues, recognizing
the structural issues are most urgent.
Chairperson Leath will request funds to provide lunch for that
The meeting adjourned at 3:51 p.m.