Minutes of the 195th New Brunswick Faculty Council
S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess, S. Connolly, M. Cotter
(Chairperson), M. Doerfel, D. Fishman, M. F. DiNardo, J. Friedman, Z. Gajic, M.
Gliserman, T. Glynn, M-K Joo, J-H Kim, P. Klein, D. C. Lammerts, X. Liu, K.
McKeever, N. Minsky, L. Morrow, R. Niederman, D. O'Connor, M. Radford, L.
Schein, T. Stephens, L. Sun, T. Szatrowski, Z. Tan, K. Thompson, W. Ward, Y-K.
Yong, J. Zahn
Non-Members Present: R. Edwards (Interim
New Brunswick Chancellor), Peggy McGlone (The Star-Ledger reporter, present for
part of the meeting), K. Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
1. Call to Order – Martha
Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC)
Council Chairperson Martha Cotter
called the 195th meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:21
p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Room AB of Brower Commons, College Avenue
Approval of Agenda
Cotter asked to amend the agenda to
include, time permitting, discussion of Rutgers' athletics budget, and the NBFC
response to the New Brunswick strategic planning process, on which Interim
Chancellor Richard Edwards would report. The agenda,
so amended, was approved.
3. Approval of Minutes of January
of the January 31, 2014 NBFC meeting were approved as
Administrative Report – Richard Edwards, Interim New Brunswick
Edwards, Interim New Brunswick Chancellor, presented an administrative report
which included comments on:
responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above and additional subjects
- strategic planning for the New Brunswick Campus,
and initiatives for the first 100 days of the full strategic plan;
- plans for chaired professorships, term chairs, and
- the need for emergency generators for lab science
- procedures by which departments may make strategic
- PTLs working full-time teaching loads;
- rankings of Rutgers' doctoral programs;
- formation of committees to look at instructional
technology in Rutgers classrooms, and the academic structure of the
University, including the now duplicated microbiology departments, and law and
5. Chair's Report -
Martha Cotter, NBFC Chair
NBFC Chair Martha Cotter's
Chair's Report included comments on the following:
raised a point of order, noting that NBFC meetings are open to New Brunswick
faculty, and to deans by invitation. He asked that the meeting be closed, at
which point Peggy McGlone, a Star-Ledger reporter who was present at the
the NBFC Teaching Conference, which will take place on October 15,
2014 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student
strategic planning for New Brunswick, and nine related committees,
and the need for more faculty to be on the committee addressing shared
the activity level of NBFC committees.
in Opposition to Condoleezza Rice as Commencement Speaker - Robert
Robert Boikess presented, and moved for adoption, a Resolution in Opposition to
Condoleezza Rice as Commencement Speaker. Considerable discussion on this matter
also included the process by which commencement speakers are selected. It was
agreed that a separate resolution could be drafted to address those process
issues. Naftaly Minsky moved to modify or eliminate the first paragraph. The
motion failed. Other modifications were discussed, but none was adopted.
Following continued discussion, the resolution was adopted as presented, with a
majority in favor.
Committee-of-the-Whole Discussion on Issues Related to the Athletics
On motion and duly seconded, the NBFC was moved into
committee-of-the-whole to discuss issues related to Rutgers' athletics budget.
Cotter explained the committee-of-the-whole process, and the discussion began at
3:01 p.m. Cotter summarized some of the issue, as well as her repeated, failed
attempts to contact Julie Hermann, Rutgers Athletic Director. Discussion on this
matter continued until the NBFC rose from committee-of-the-whole at 3:41
8. Old Business
was no old business.
9. New Business
was no new business.
meeting adjourned at 3:41 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty