Minutes of the 194th New Brunswick Faculty
January 31, 2014
Members Present: S.
Bhuyan, R. Boikess, S. Connolly, M.
(Chair), J. Crowley, M. Doerfel. D. Fishman, M. Flahive
DiNardo, M. Gliserman, T. Glynn, M-K. Joo, M. Killingsworth, J-H.
Kim, P. Klein, D. Kumar, J. Langsam, K. McKeever, N. Minsky, L. Morrow,
R. Niederman, D. O'Connor, D. Redlawsk, G. Rendsburg, L. Runnels, M.
Schwander, T. Stephens, L. Sun, T. Szatrowski, G. Taghon, Z. Tan, K.
Thompson, C. Uslay, R. Welch, E. Williams, Y-K. Yong, J. Zahn
Non-Members Present: R.
Edwards (Interim New Brunswick Chancellor, and Executive Vice President
for Academic Affairs), K. Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
to Order – Martha Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council
Council Chairperson Martha Cotter called the
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) to order at 1:15
Friday, January 31, 2014 in Room ABC of Brower Commons, College Avenue
She welcomed all present to the first calendar 2014 meeting. She
summarized some of the NBFC accomplishments of the previous semester,
including adoption of a resolution
on academic freedom and shared governance to be added to the Strategic
Plan, and a resolution
responding to plans for an honors college. Cotter said that the
honors college resolution response from Interim New Brunswick
Chancellor Richard Edwards had been received very quickly, and that its
content was summarized in a handout distributed at the meeting.
The agenda for
this meeting, as distributed
by the chair, including time limits, was approved.
of Minutes of December 13, 2013
The Minutes of
the December 13,
2013 NBFC meeting were approved as distributed in hardcopy at the
4. Chair's Report -
Martha Cotter, NBFC
Chairperson Cotter's report included comments on the
Report – Richard Edwards, Interim New Brunswick Chancellor
- progress reports from NBFC standing committees, which would be
heard later in the meeting; and
- her attempts to discuss the NBFC's resolution and ad hoc
athletics with Athletic Director Julie Hermann, without success, and
her subsequent request to President Barchi for information, to which he
responded by meeting with Cotter and agreeing to supply certain
Richard Edwards, Interim New Brunswick Chancellor, and
Executive Vice President for Academic
Affairs, presented an administrative report which focused on:
Edwards then responded
to questions, or heard comments,
on the above and additional subjects including:
- formation of an Honors College
Planning Committee, which will hold its first meeting soon;
- anticipated Strategic Plan adoption by
the Board of Governors, and subsequent web-publishing of the document;
- assembly of a New Brunswick Strategic
Plan Committee, which will develop goals and establish a timeline for a
- continuing progress on UMDNJ
integration, and associated issues; and
- a proposal to merge nursing schools in
Newark/New Brunswick, on which the University Senate has been asked to
- structure, composition,
and processes related to the New Brunswick Strategic Plan Committee;
- strategic initiatives
and funding therefor;
- plans and
practicalities for adding additional faculty;
- fundraising and chaired
- timeline on building
construction and other aspects of the Honors College;
- implementation of
responsibility centered management, and plans to have that running
parallel to the existing budgeting system for about one year;
- research funding, and
related UMDNJ, AAU, and national-ranking issues;
- hiring and retaining
- budgeting for online
courses and continuing education; and
- discussions and
considerations relating to potential consolidation of programs, mostly
related to UMDNJ integration.
Progress Reports from NBFC
- Committee Chairs
NBFC committee chairs and others reported on their committees' plans,
recent activities, and progress on pending
Committee-of-the-Whole Discussion of Plans for the Fall 2014 NBFC
Teaching Conference, and Suggested Topics for Faculty Consideration in
On motion and duly seconded, the NBFC moved into committee of the whole
to discuss plans for the fall 2014 teaching conference, as well as
suggested topics for consideration during the spring 2014 semester.
Much of the discussion was about the suggested conference subject: "The
Future of Online Instruction at Rutgers."
There was no old business.
9. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:08 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council