Minutes of the 203rd New Brunswick Faculty
April 24, 2015
Members Present: M.
Aronson, H. Baruh, M. Baykal-Gursoy, S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess, S.
Connolly, M. Cotter (Chair), M. Doerfel, M. Flahive DiNardo, J.
Friedman, M. Gliserman, A. Hetling, P. Hirschfield, M-K. Joo, M.
Killingsworth (Vice Chair), J-H. Kim, P. Klein, D. KIruse, D. Kumar, X.
Liu, K. McKeever, D. O'Connor, A. Pichugin, D. Redlawsk, D. Scheck, M.
Schwander, S. Shapses, T. Stephens, L. Sun, T. Szatrowski, B. Tesar, K.
Thompson, J. Zahn
Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
to Order – Martha Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC)
Council Chairperson Martha Cotter called the 203rd
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:19
Friday, April 24, 2015 in Brower Commons Room ABC, College Avenue
was approved as presented.
of Minutes of April 3, 2015
The Minutes of
the April 3, 2015 NBFC meeting were approved as presented.
- Martha Cotter,
NBFC Chair Martha Cotter's Chair's Report included comments on the
Ken McKeever's motion recognizing and thanking Cotter for her two years
of service as chair was seconded and adopted, with applause.
- there would be no administrative report at this meeting;
- recap of the past two years' notable NBFC achievements:
- challenges to scheduling Council committee meetings;
- bylaws revisions; and
- her hope that new people will volunteer to serve as Council
officers in the future.
5. Bylaws Revisions
- Martha Cotter
Cotter led a discussion and action on revising the NBFC Bylaws,
which included elements related to:
Considerable discussion on the proposed bylaws revisions followed. Some
changes were made to several elements of the proposed revisions, and
the Council eventually adopted unanimously revised bylaws as
they now appear on the NBFC website.
- removing representation from centers, bureaus, and institutes;
- removing secret ballot requirements;
- removing standing invitations to deans to attend Council meetings;
- altering the term of chair and vice chair, and adding
consecutive-term limits for chair;
- removing the chair-elect process, and replacing it with allowing
the vice chair to choose to run for chair instead of becoming the
- removing the requirement that the chair and vice chair must be
replaced by someone from their respective units, and stipulating that
the chair and vice chair continue to represent their departments while
- removing references to the President's Faculty Advisory Committee
[which revision was defeated];
- listing standing committees in alphabetical order;
- adding an element on academic integrity to the standing charge of
the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee;
- eliminate from the Curriculum, Teaching, and Honors Committee
standing charge references to a New Brunswick core curriculum;
- changing references to the Executive Vice President for Academic
Affairs to New Brunswick Chancellor; and
- adding an element on issues related to curricular
cooperation/competition among academic units to the Curriculum,
Teaching, and Honors Committee standing charge.
6. Election of Vice Chair and
Executive Committee Members for 2015-16
Martha Cotter led the process for electing 2015-16
Council leadership. She noted that there would be no election for
chair-elect, and that Mark Killingsworth had already been elected chair
for next year, although the bylaws in effect at the time of that
election stated the chair's term as two years. Killingsworth moved to
postpone election of the vice chair, and the Council proceeded in
accordance with that motion. Nominations were made, and the 2015-16
NBFC Leadership was established.
7. Committee-of-the-Whole Discussion
on Strengthening the Role of the NBFC in Shared Governance
On motion, the Council moved into committee of the whole
to discuss ways in which the NBFC's role in shared governance could be
strengthened. Following discussion, the Council moved out of committee
of the whole.
8. Announcement of
Election Results - Martha Cotter
Martha Cotter announced the results of the election of 2015-16
There was no old business.
10. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:32 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council