Minutes of the 204th New Brunswick Faculty
September 25, 2015
Members Present: E. Alessi, D.
Ballentine, N. Belkin, S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess, C. Clauss-Ehlers, M.
Cotter (Acting Chair), M. Doerfel, D. Fishman, M. Flahive DiNardo, J.
Friedman, Z. Gajic, M. Gliserman, A. Hetling, P. Hirschfield, H. Janes,
T. Kahlaoui, D. Kruse, J. Langsam, B. Leech, J. McDonnell, K. McKeever,
N. Minsky, R. Niederman, T. Ozel, J. Pietruska, M. Rockland, S.
Rubinstein, J. Shandler, T. Stephens, L. Sun, T. Szatrowski, B. Tesar,
K. Thompson, J. Worobey, J. Zahn
Present: R. Edwards (New Brunswick
Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
to Order – Martha Cotter, New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC)
Council Chairperson Martha Cotter called the 204th
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:19
Friday, September 25, 2015 in Brower Commons Room ABC, College Avenue
Campus. She explained that NBFC Chair Mark Killingsworth had a
longstanding commitment in Michigan and was unable to attend this
meeting, and because there was no vice chair at that point, and because
she was immediate past chair, she would act as chair for this meeting.
was approved, with the notation that it was actually the 204th meeting;
not the 205th.
of Minutes of April 24, 2015
The Minutes of
the April 24, 2015 NBFC meeting were amended, at Cotter's request,
to indicate that some elements of the chair's report were a summary of
the previous year's NBFC accomplishments, and were then approved.
[Note: At the time these minutes were written, the April 24 minutes
posted online were still the old version.]
- Martha Cotter,
NBFC Acting Chair, for Mark Killingsworth, Chair
NBFC Acting Chair Martha Cotter read to the Council a chair's
report which had been sent to her by Chair Mark Killingsworth. She said
she would post the report on the Council website. It consisted
primarily of a summary of what he and the Council would be working on,
Report - Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor
- membership (Cotter asked all new members to stand and introduce
- election of vice chair and Executive Committee members, and a
request that all members go to the Council website and confirm that
they are on the roster and that their contact information is correct;
- an Executive Committee resolution
on the Kyle Flood investigation; and
- committee charges, chairs, and membership.
Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor,
presented an administrative report, which included comments on the
Edwards then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above
topics, and others, including:
- the Honors College, which opened on schedule;
- a Strategic Plan Status Report, Summer 2015;
- initiatives and proposals submitted relative to the Strategic
- transforming the student experience.
6. Election of Vice
Chair and Executive Committee Members for 2015-16
- recruitment, retention and recognition of faculty;
- chaired professorships;
- cuts to higher education funding;
- quantitative indicators, including salaries of graduates;
- regulation of research on federal funding;
- evaluating faculty excellence;
- student evaluations of teaching, and how they are used; and
- requirements for monitoring class attendance of students
receiving federal financial aid.
Cotter said that Sanjib Bhuyan had volunteered to serve as 2015-16 NBFC
vice chair. She then called for other volunteers. There were none, and
Bhuyan became vice chair by acclamation. Bhuyan was already a member of
the NBFC Executive Committee, so Cotter called for volunteers for that
Executive Committee position. Julie Langsam was the sole volunteer, and
was therefore also elected by acclamation. Cotter then asked Bhuyan if
he would like to conduct the rest of the meeting. He declined, and
Membership and Charges for 2015-16
Committee chairs spoke about their committee activities and plans.
Libraries and Academic Resources Committee Chair Dan Fishman said he
needed to resign as chair this year, and that the committee would need
a new chair.
on Part-Time Lecturers - Karen Thompson, for the NBFC
Executive Committee Member Karen Thompson presented and handed out
hardcopy of a resolution on part-time lecturers. Discussion continued
for some time before the question was called, and the resolution was
adopted unanimously by the Council.
9. Presentation on
the Status of the Scholarly
Open Access at Rutgers (SOAR) Open Access Faculty Repository
- Library and Academic Resources Committee (LARC) Chair Dan Fishman,
and Jane Otto and Laura Mullen (University Libraries)
LARC Chair Dan Fishman, and University Libraries Faculty Jane Otto and
Laura Mullen reported on the status of the SOAR Open Access Faculty
Repository, and responded to questions on that issue.
Nicholas Belkin asked if progress had been made on ensuring that honors
students in schools which cannot be part of the Honors College could
eventually be moved into the Honors College after the first or second
year. Cotter said the Honors College would be reviewed by the Council
at the end of the year.
11. New Business
Vice Chair Sanjib Bhuyan assumed the chair while Cotter presented a Resolution
on Ethical and Academic Problems in the Rutgers Football Program.
It was discussed at some length, and amended
in several areas, and was then adopted unanimously by the council in
the form linked to this section of the minutes.
The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council