Minutes of the 192nd New Brunswick Faculty
October 11, 2013
Members Present: S.
Bhuyan, R. Boikess, L. Carbone, C. Clauss-Ehlers, S. Connolly, M.
(Chairperson), J. DeFilippis, M. Doerfel, D. Fishman, Z. Gajic, M.
Gliserman, T. Glynn, S. Gully, A. Haugerud, A. Howard, H. Janes, M-K.
Joo, M. Killingsworth, J-H. Kim, D. Kumar, D.C. Lammerts, X. Liu, N.
Minsky, L. Morrow, D. O'Connor, L. Runnels, K. St. Martin, S. Selim, L.
Schein, J. Scheinbeim, M. Schwander, T. Stephens, L. Struwe, T.
Szatrowski, Z. Tan, K. Thompson, C. Uslay, W. Ward, R. Welch, E.
Williams, L. Yu
Non-Members Present: R. Edwards, K. Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
to Order – Martha Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC)
Council Chairperson Martha Cotter called the
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) to order at 1:17
Friday, October 11, 2013 in Room AB of Brower Commons, College Avenue
She said that she had been elected chair for a two-year term in
accordance with a bylaws amendment changing the chair's term in office
from one to two years. She then welcomed new and continuing members,
and asked anyone who had not selected a standing committee to submit a
form to do so (Forms were available at the meeting.).
for this meeting, as distributed
by the chair, including time limits, was approved.
of Minutes of April 26, 2013
The Minutes of
the April 26,
2013 NBFC meeting were corrected and approved.
4. Chair's Report
and Introduction of Committee Chairs and Charges - Martha Cotter, NBFC
Chairperson Cotter summarized the April 26, 2013 NBFC meeting,
Cotter then summarized a handout listing standing committee membership,
charges, and pending,
specific charges. Committee chairs present spoke, and participated
in discussion, about their respective charges, plans, and ongoing
- Bylaws changes:
- every academic department is entitled to elect a representative
to the NBFC, and small departments may join together to elect a single
- members representing campus communities are no longer included
in the roster;
- chair elected for a two-year term (formerly one year);
- and the results of July balloting on bylaws changes, which were
affirmative far in excess of the required two-thirds;
- updating, and plans for continued updating, of the NBFC website;
- docketing on this meeting's agenda of election of the NBFC
Executive Committee; and
- her overarching goal of making the Council once again a strong
and respected voice for the faculty, and to revitalize the standing
Report – Richard Edwards, Executive Vice President for Academic
Richard Edwards, Executive Vice President for Academic
Affairs, presented an administrative report which included comments on:
Edwards then responded
to questions, or heard comments,
on the above and additional subjects including:
- strategic planning;
- ongoing administrative
- plans for an Honors
- rumors (unfounded) of
early retirement packages for faculty;
- separation of funds for
new construction from those for maintenance;
- recommendation for
establishing a website detailing construction projects;
- timeline for formal
legitimization of the NBFC in Rutgers policies;
- data collection related
to bus and class schedules;
- the need for replacing
Rutgers' antiquated computer systems; and
- SAS-NB faculty hiring
6. Election of Vice Chair and
Members of the Executive Committee
Ballots for election of NBFC vice chair and Executive
Committee members were distributed in hardcopy. For the position of
vice chair, Mark Killingsworth was the sole nominee. The Executive
committee consists of the chair, vice chair, immediate past chair, and
additional members. For those five additional member positions,
nominated were: Sanjib Bhuyan, Robert Boikess, Martin Gliserman,
Kenneth McKeever, Thomas
Stephens, Karen Thompson, and Zoran Gajic (nominated from the floor by
Karen Thompson). Completed ballots were collected. [Click here
to view election results.]
7. Proposed Resolution
in Support of Adding a Foundational Element on Governance, Academic
Freedom, and Leadership to the Strategic Plan Framework - Martha Cotter
Cotter presented a proposed resolution in support of adding a
foundational element on governance, academic freedom, and leadership to
the strategic plan framework. The proposed resolution had been
distributed in hardcopy at the meeting, and linked to the online
agenda. Calling upon Vice Chairperson Killingsworth to assume the chair
while she presented this item, Cotter explained that she had chaired an
ad hoc task force of fellow University Senate members who quickly
developed the additional foundational element, and noted that it would
be docketed for University Senate action in one week. Following
discussion, the question was called. The resolution was adopted without
Committee-of-the-Whole Discussion on Possible NBFC Responses to the
On motion by Mark Killingsworth, seconded by Harry Janes, the NBFC was
moved into committee-of-the-whole to discuss possible responses to the
strategic plan. Suggestions included requests for the NBFC to receive
additional administrative/staff support, recognized status in
University Policy, legislative powers, and other elements comparable to
those of similar bodies at peer institutions. Also discussed were
building on faculty excellence and a robust core of arts and
interdisciplinary and inter-unit cooperation and
budgeting models and structure;
criteria for promotion and tenure;
envisioning the university of the future;
diversity and inclusion;
transforming the student experience;
budgeting, and allocation of resources; and
the impact of the NBFC and other shared-governance bodies on
There was no old business.
10. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:28 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council