Minutes of the 198th New Brunswick Faculty Council
Members Present: J. Aiello, M.
Baykal-Gursoy, S. Bhuyan, S. Connolly, M. Cotter, B. Chu (for D. Fishman), M.
Flahive DiNardo, J. Friedman, M. Gasparotto, M. Gliserman, A. Hetling, H. Janes,
M. Katehakis, M-K. Joo, M. Killingsworth, J-H. Kim, P. Klein, D. Kruse, D.
Kumar, J. Langsam, X. Liu, C. Lugg, K. McKeever, J. McDonnell, L. Morrow, D.
O'Connor, A. Pichugin, D. Redlawsk, G. Rendsburg, S. Rubenstein, L. Sun, G.
Taghon, Z. Tan, K. Thompson, L. Yu, J.
Present: A. Rosenau (Assistant Vice President for
University Budgeting), K. Stubaus (Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Administration), K. Swalagin (Recording Secretary), N. Winterbauer (Vice President for University
to Order – Martha Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC)
Council Chairperson Martha Cotter called the 198th meeting of the New
Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:14 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014 in
Room ABC of Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus.
Approval of Agenda
was approved as distributed by the chair.
Approval of Minutes of September 12, 2014
of the September 12, 2014 NBFC meeting were approved with one date
correction. Cotter asked members to notify Recording Secretary Ken Swalagin if
they find errors in the minutes.
Chair's Report - Martha Cotter, NBFC Chair
Chair Martha Cotter's Chair's Report included comments on the following:
Administrative Report - Karen Stubaus, Vice President for Academic Affairs and
- the success of the recent Teaching Conference, for which Cotter gave much
credit to Martin Gliserman and Monica Devanas, and on which Cotter asked the
Council for ideas for next year's conference topic;
- continuing developments in establishing the New Brunswick Honors
- responses and progress on the New Brunswick Strategic Plan; and
- introduction of new Council members.
Karen Stubaus, Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Administration, presented an administrative report, which focused on the New
Brunswick Strategic Plan, including changes made to the plan in response to
Stubaus then responded to questions, or heard comments,
on a variety of subjects, including:
Responsibility Center Management (RCM) - Vice President for Budgeting Nancy
Winterbauer, and Assistant Vice President for Budgeting and Administration Andy
- Strategic Plan elements relating to:
- evaluation of faculty, resources, graduation rates, and finances;
- dashboard indicators and peer institutions;
- dependence on part-time lecturers;
- maintaining and attracting top-quality faculty;
- contingency plans for lengthy, health-related university
- the salary of the football coach;
- Responsibility Center Management; and
Vice President Nancy Winterbauer presented a summary, and
distributed a handout, on RCM. Assistant Vice President Andy Rosenau also
participated in the presentation. They responded to questions or heard comments
on a wide variety of RCM-related subjects.
Report on Planning for the New Brunswick Honors College - Martha Cotter and Peter Klein
Martha Cotter began the report on
planning for the New Brunswick Honors College by summarizing planning activities
to date relative to formation and work of a committee that would propose a
curriculum for the Honors College, as well as what still needs to be done. Peter
Klein continued with a summary of the Honors College planned structure and
admissions strategy, as well as the need to continue fundraising to support the
8. Old Business
was no old business.
9. New Business
Kumar introduced and moved for adoption a resolution on salary and tuition which
she and Robert Boikess had drafted. Her motion was seonded, and discussed. The
resolution was modified slightly, and then adopted by the Council, as
Resolution on Salary and
Whereas the Rutgers administration imposed
a salary freeze on the faculty; allowed major increases in health insurance
premiums paid by faculty, and has given no economic recognition to faculty merit
in over four years; and
Whereas the administration
proposed 2 days before our contract expired an insulting 3.25% salary increase
over the next 3 years, consisting of 1% Across-the-Board this year, merit raises
of 1% next year, and 1.25% on July 1, 2016 for full-time faculty -- a proposal
that amounts to a pay cut when inflation and further increases in health
benefits cost-sharing are considered; and
these low percentage increases are especially unjust for NTT faculty, who are
generally very poorly paid; and
Whereas Rutgers has
$600 million in unrestricted funds -- some of which can certainly be used to
provide a level of compensation for faculty consistent with the lofty goals
expressed in the Strategic Plan of building a great faculty and a great
administration claims to the contrary, Rutgers faculty are among the very lowest
paid in the Big Ten, when relative cost of living is taken into consideration;
Whereas the Rutgers administration does not
stint on its own compensation, having 79 members who earn over $275,000 per year
with a median salary of $330,000, well above the levels at comparable
Be it resolved that we demand that
the administration enter into serious negotiations with the AAUP-AFT about
economic compensation, with particular attention to redressing the salary
inequities and injustices among the lower paid groups of NTT and junior faculty;
Be it further resolved that we most strongly
urge the University not to burden students with additional increases in tuition
and fees in order to meet these eminently reasonable faculty
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council adjourned at 3:42 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of
the New Brunswick Faculty Council