Minutes of the 187th New Brunswick Faculty Council
September 28, 2012
Members Present: R. Boikess, J. DeFilippis, H. Janes,
M. Joo, M.
Killingsworth, J. Kim, D. Lammerts, J. Langsam, X. Liu, K. McKeever, N.
R. Niederman, D. O’Connor (Chairperson), D. Redlawsk, L.
Sackrowitz, K. Safir, L. Schein, J. Shapiro, G. Springs Jr., T.
Thomas, K. Thompson, G. Werlen, E. Williams, R. Wilson, L. Yu
Non-Members Present: M. Radford (SCI), K. Swalagin
1. Call to Order and Chairperson’s Report
– Daniel O’Connor,
Council Chairperson Daniel O’Connor called the 187th meeting of
Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) to order at 1:17 p.m. on Friday,
2012 in Room ABC of Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus. He asked
to sign in on lists indicating department and department chair
information, as well as committee preferences. He said that this is a
critical period with reintegration with
UMDNJ, and that he wants to position the NBFC as a body that makes
2. Approval of Agenda and Minutes
Robert Boikess questioned the absence of an administrative report on
agenda. O’Connor said that this was to be a members-only meeting.
which included time limits for each docketed item, was then
3. Approval of Minutes for May 11, 2011
Thompson pointed out that Jane Otto had been left off of the
Present” portion of the May 11, 2011 NBFC Minutes. With that
Minutes were adopted.
4. Discussion of the Status of South China
and Related Resolution Adopted at Previous NBFC Meeting
Chairperson O'Connor noted that University President Barchi had
announced at the University Senate meeting that the South China
initiative would not go forward due to limited duration of Chinese
funding, and how that would relate to budget uncertainties of
integration. At its May 2012 meeting, the NBFC had adopted the
following resolution on the matter:
May 2012 Faculty
Resolution In Support of Rutgers Joint Venture Campus in Hainan China
Whereas Rutgers University is
seeking to extend its global reach to become one of the world’s
research universities, and
Whereas Rutgers seeks to maximize
the goals of academic excellence, access, and diversity by attracting
able students from around the world, and
Whereas Rutgers has a narrow window
of opportunity to take advantage of a generous philanthropic gift from
Hills Corporation to supply the land, construct a state-of-the-art
provide the start-up operational funding to create a campus on Hainan
Whereas Rutgers has a trusted
partner for the project in the South China University of Technology
top-30 university in China, with which it is already offering dual
Whereas we believe that creating a
new joint venture campus in China would have the following benefits for
Enhancing our global brand and
Providing a permanent presence in
what is the world’s
most populous country and soon to be the world’s largest economy,
in a location
that is ideal for attracting students from across South Asia
Deepening joint programs and
Providing enhanced opportunities in
China to Rutgers
Eventually generating a surplus
that can support
scholarships, joint research projects and travel to China for RU
Building a stable pipeline of top
students (undergraduate/graduate) to Rutgers with strong English skills
familiarity with American university culture.
be it resolved that the Faculty Council supports in principle the
a proposal to the Chinese Ministry of Education to create a joint
Rutgers campus with SCUT near the city of Haikou on Hainan Island in
provided that careful planning and due diligence have been completed
financial model for the proposed campus; and
Faculty Council looks forward to working closely with the
develop an innovative academic plan for the campus that insures it
highest educational standards and preserves academic freedom, and
rather than competes for the resources available for the New Brunswick
Role of NBFC During Considerations of How UMDNJ Will Be
Incorporated Into Rutgers
Chairperson O'Connor said that he wants the NBFC to be Rutgers' faculty
senate. He spoke about the activities and responsibilities of other
senates, including appointing members to promotion review committees.
During discussion of integration and strategic planning, Robert Boikess
made the following motion, which was seconded by Ted Szatrowski: "[New
Brunswick Faculty Council to] Request that a delegate elected by the
New Brunswick Faculty Council be made a member of the Strategic
Planning Committee." The motion was discussed, and adopted unanimously.
The idea of the NBFC becoming a New Brunswick/Piscataway faculty senate
was also discussed, and it was noted that the NBFC does currently
function as such. O'Connor said that he is asking for the stature,
authority, and voice of a faculty senate, and for the NBFC to be
present in University Policies. It was suggested that this effort
should be coordinated with the University Senate.
6. Discussion of
Promotion/Tenure Issues after UMDNJ Integration
The NBFC discussed promotion and tenure issues related to UMDNJ
integration. Robert Boikess moved that Chairperson O'Connor communicate
to President Barchi that the entire process of promotion and tenure
will need to be examined in relation to UMDNJ integration, that changes
will need to be made in the Promotion Review Committee, and that it is
important that the NBFC have input into that process. Naftaly Minsky
seconded the motion. The motion carried.
NBFC and Rutgers Dashboard Indicators and "Aspirant"
Institutions, and How Rutgers Might Get 20 Departments to Rank in the
Top 20 in Their Respective Disciplines
The meeting's agenda packet, distributed in hardcopy, included some
components of the Rutgers Dashboard Indicators, as well as draft
questions for a survey to be sent to NBFC department representatives
and each department chair. They were discussed as part of a general
discussion of Rutgers' mission and functional areas, and how Rutgers
might increase the number of programs ranking in the top 20 in their
respective disciplines. The draft questions for a survey of NBFC
department representatives and each department chair on these and
related issues were also discussed. The draft questions, as
1. What is needed for
your department to be ranked within the top 20 in its discipline?
2. How is your department planning for the
integration of UMDNJ with Rutgers?
3. How might faculty in general and those in your
department in particular participate in strategic planning at the
local, unit, and university levels?
4. What is the most critical issue now being faced by
NBFC Committees with Specific Charges for Each Committee
The charges and activities of each NBFC standing committee were
discussed. During a discussion of the SAS core curriculum, and the
process of assessing all courses, Robert Boikess suggested that a NBFC
committee should be charged with looking at how those assessments are
being imposed. It was agreed that the Curriculum, Teaching, and Honors
Committee would be so charged. Chairperson O'Connor noted that the
November NBFC meeting would be held at the Busch Campus Center, and
that the NBFC committees would meet in the faculty dining room there
before the Council meeting. O'Connor will email further information on
those committee meetings prior to November 9.
There was no old business.
10. New Business
Robert Boikess raised the issue of a definition of "faculty member"
which had been requested by, and discussed in the University Senate.
Ken Swalagin read to the Council an email he received as Executive
Secretary of the University Senate from Debra Norman, which states
there is no definition of "faculty member" in University Policies.
The meeting adjourned at 3:14 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council