Minutes of the 181st New Brunswick Faculty Council Meeting
May 13, 2011
Present: B. Avi-Itzhak, R. Boikess, E. Boling, C.
Clauss-Ehlers, P. Gambarota, T. Gerhard, M. Haggblom, D. Kumar,
P. Leath, K. McKeever (Chair),
L. Nepomnyaschy, D. O'Connor, P.
Panayotatos, J. Reed, L. Rodenburg, H.
Sackrowitz, A. St. John, R.
Schwarzschild, J. Shapiro, G. Springs, T. Szatrowski, J. Theiss, K. Thompson, G.
Werlen, E. Williams, R. Wilson, T. Yang
Present: G. Blimling, A. Calcado, K. Swalagin (Recording
to Order and Chairperson’s Report - Ken McKeever, NBFC Chairperson
Chairperson Ken McKeever called the 181st meeting of the New
Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) to order at 1:17 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011 in
the Rutgers Student Center Graduate Student Lounge, College Avenue Campus. He
said that next-year’s NBFC chair is Joel Shapiro. He said that he would send
emails to department chairs whose NBFC members’ terms are expiring, but he also
asked that members with expiring terms send an email to Joel Shapiro so he can
update the online roster.
of Agenda and Minutes
of the April 1, 2011 NBFC meeting were approved. McKeever said he would like to
move a procedural matter concerning the NBFC bylaws to the top of the agenda.
The current meeting’s agenda so amended, it was adopted.
McKeever said that Ken
Swalagin, recording secretary of the NBFC, had volunteered to conduct this year’s
election of the part-time lecturer and annual-appointee faculty members of the
council. Swalagin said that Phil Furmanski’s office ordinarily does the
election, but that he would do the election himself if the council would agree
to suspend the restrictions on the subcategories required in the relevant
section of the bylaws. Paul Leath moved removal of the “one from arts and sciences, and one from
professional schools” and “one shall be a PTL and one shall be an
annual-appointee” clauses from the relevant section of the bylaws. Robert
Boikess seconded the motion. Robert Wilson read to the council the bylaw
describing the process by which bylaws may be amended, including the
requirement that a secret ballot be conducted to ratify any permanent change. The
NBFC adopted the motion to suspend the restrictions to allow the top two
vote-getters from the entire pool of eligible PTL and annual-appointee faculty
to become the new council members in that combined category. Chair-elect Joel
Shapiro will research the procedure for conducting the secret ballot to make
the change permanent.
[Executive Vice President for
Academic Affairs Phil Furmanski was not present at the meeting. There was no
McKeever said that the NBFC
Executive Committee needs to be informed of issues arising in the various
faculty bodies, and asked that, as those issues emerge, that council members
email the chair so they can be docketed on Executive Committee agendas. As an
example, he cited the issue of taxation on summer salaries paid on grants. He
then thanked everyone for their support.
on Rutgers’ Response to a Recent Open Letter from the AAUP Regarding “Anti-Semitism
on Campus” – Gregory Blimling, Vice President for Student Affairs
Gregory Blimling, Vice
President for Student Affairs, spoke about the recent controversy arising from
an on-campus event titled “Never Again for Anyone,” sponsored by three
pro-Palestinian organizations, and coordinated by BAKA: Students United for
Middle Eastern Justice. Blimling described the event, and related protests and
controversy, as well as Rutgers’ responses to various published statements from
organizations outside of Rutgers, including the AAUP and the Zionist
Organization of America. The discussion eventually expanded to include recent
negative media attention surrounding fees paid to Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, and
use of student funds generally.
on Livingston Campus Construction Projects – Antonio Calcado, Vice President,
University Facilities and Capital Planning
Tony Calcado, Vice President
for University Facilities and Capital Planning, spoke about progress and
planning of Livingston Campus construction projects. He also responded to
questions from the council on construction-project funding, revenues,
tax-related and environmental issues.
7. Report on the University Senate’s
Recommendations on the “Ten-Year Rule – Paul Panayotatos, Chair of the
University Senate, and Chair of the NBFC Faculty Affairs and Personnel Policy
Paul Panayotatos, chair of
the Rutgers University Senate, and chair of the NBFC Faculty Affairs
Personnel Policy Committee, spoke about the University Senate’s
adopted report and recommendations on application of the
“Ten-Year Rule” in
promotions to full professor. [Note: This report is available online at
Panayotatos said that he was disappointed that Phil Furmanski was not
Furmanski had agreed not to do anything on this issue until he had
the Senate, and that Furmanski was also not at the Senate meeting at
report and recommendations were adopted. A question-and-answer period
which ended at 3:09 p.m., at which time McKeever noted
Panayotatos’s tenacious work
on this and similar issues, and the credit Panayotatos deserves for
and Election of Chair-Elect
Dan O’Connor was the sole
nominee for NBFC chair-elect (who becomes chair in academic year 2012-13). O’Connor
spoke about initiatives he hopes to see realized during his term as chair,
including commitment to students and faculty, centralized help for departmental
excellence efforts, and exploration of more formal relationships with foreign
universities. O’Connor was elected chair-elect by acclamation.
There was no old business.
Paul Panayotatos noted that
Paul Leath is retiring after many years of remarkable service to Rutgers. Leath
received applause and well-wishes from the council.
The meeting adjourned at 3:19
Minutes Written and Submitted
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council