Minutes of the 197th New Brunswick Faculty Council Meeting
September 12, 2014
Members Present: M.
Baykal-Gursoy, S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess, S. Cirignano, C. Clauss-Ehlers,
S. Connolly, M. Cotter (Chair), J. Crowley, E. Curchitser, M. Doerfel,
B. Chu (for D. Fishman), M. Gasparotto, M. Gliserman, P. Hirshfield, H.
Janes, M-K Joo, M. Killingsworth, J-H Kim, P. Klein, D. Kruse, D.
Kumar, X. Liu, K. McKeever, L. Morrow, R. Niederman, D. O'Connor, A.
Pichugin, M. Schwander, T. Stephens, L. Struwe, L. Sun, T. Szatrowski,
G. Taghon, B. Tesar, K. Thompson, A. Williams, E. Williams, J. Worobey
Non-Members Present: K. Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
1. Call to Order – Martha Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) Chair
Chairperson Martha Cotter called the 197th meeting of the New Brunswick
Faculty Council to order at 1:18 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2014 in
Room AB of Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus.
2. Approval of Agenda
Cotter said that some of the time limits on the agenda could be extended. The agenda was approved.
3. Approval of Minutes of April 25, 2014
Minutes of the April 25, 2014 NBFC meeting were approved as
distributed. Cotter asked members to notify Recording Secretary Ken
Swalagin if they find errors in the minutes.
4. Chair's Report - Martha Cotter, NBFC Chair
NBFC Chair Martha Cotter's Chair's Report included comments on the following:
5. Administrative Report
- a brief progress report on the Council, including:
64 elected members, with 20 positions unfilled, including 7 in
departments where the representative's term ended and no replacement
was elected, and another 13 that did not have a member last year;
- the need to fully activate the Council's committees;
- the difficulty in finding suitable times and venues for committee meetings;
- and her suggestion that all committees meet in October, possibly over the lunch hour in the Brower Faculty/Staff Dining Room;
- continued planning for this year's New Brunswick Faculty Council Teaching Conference;
by Martin Gliserman, who plans the Teaching Conference along with
Monica Devanas, about the format and subject of the conference, which
this year will be about technology;
- an update on athletics
financing following last year's Council report on that subject that was
sent to Richard Edwards as well as President Barchi, and on which
Barchi has said he will respond to the Council;
- referral of
this matter to the University Senate's Budget and Finance Committee, of
which Council Member Mark Killingsworth is a member;
New Brunswick Honors College, and the mostly faculty committee formed
at the instigation of the NBFC, which has been meeting since March and
had made a great deal of progress;
- President Barchi's
recent statements about his vision for the Honors College, and how they
differ significantly from the committee's ideas;
- apparent lapses in communication between the committee and the administration; and
next meeting of the Honors Committee, which was scheduled for that
afternoon, and which Cotter would leave the Council meeting early to
attend, and on which Cotter would report back to the Council by email.
There was no administrative report at this meeting because there was no administrative liaison present to give one.
6. Introduction of Committee Chairs, and Brief Organizational Committee Meetings
Committee chairs were introduced. Council members then assembled into committees and held brief planning meetings.
[The Council reconvened approximately 20 minutes later, at 2:30 p.m.]
7. Committee-of-the-Whole Discussion of the Draft New Brunswick Strategic Plan
On Peter Klein's motion, duly seconded, the Council moved into
committee of the whole to discuss the draft New Brunswick Strategic
Plan. Cotter said that she would be asking someone to volunteer as
parliamentarian. Early in the discussion, Cotter left the meeting to
attend the above-mentioned New Brunswick Honors College Committee
meeting. Mark Killingsworth presided in her absence. At the end of the
discussion, Killingsworth asked the Council members to send additional
thoughts and suggestions about this subject to him and Martha Cotter.
8. Old Business
There was no old business.
9. New Business
Tom Stephens said that he had sent something to Martha Cotter about Ken
Miller's memo to SAS-NB about having testing centers, and suggested
that the Council may want to respond. Someone mentioned that large
construction projects are complicating the parking situation in New
Brunswick, and that the signage is not clear, resulting in vehicles
being towed, and drivers incurring impound fees.
This meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council adjourned at 3:11 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council