Minutes of the 206th New Brunswick Faculty
December 4, 2015
Members Present: E. Alessi, S. Bhuyan
(Vice Chair), R. Boikess, S. Connolly, M. Cotter, D. Fishman, M.
Flahive DiNardo, J. Friedman, Z. Gajic, M. Gliserman, A. Hetling, P.
Hirschfield, H. Janes, T. Kahlaoui, M, Killingsworth (Chair), P. Klein,
J. Langsam, B. Leech, K. McKeever, T. Ozel, A. Pichugin, J. Pietruska,
S. Rubinstein, M. Schwander, J. Shandler, L. Sun, T. Szatrowski, B.
Tesar, K. Thompson, J. Worobey, L. Yu, J. Zahn
Present: R. Edwards (New Brunswick
Swalagin (Recording Secretary), S. Walker (Executive Director of
Academic Support Services for Student Athletes)
to Order - Mark Killingsworth, New Brunswick
Faculty Council (NBFC) Chair
Council Chairperson Mark Killingsworth called the 206th
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:12
Friday, December 4, 2015 in Brower Commons Room ABC, College Avenue
was approved as distributed.
of Minutes of October 23, 2015
The Minutes of
the October 23, 2015 NBFC meeting were approved as distributed.
- Mark Killingsworth, NBFC Chair
NBFC Chair Mark Killingsworth said that
a large number of council activities were beginning, and that
resolutions would be forthcoming.
Report - Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor
Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor, presented an
administrative report, which included
comments on the
Edwards then responded to questions, or heard comments, on
topics, and others, including:
- issues and activities relating to diversity and inclusion;
- a year-long process of careful examination of Rutgers' history;
- meetings with the Rutgers University Student Assembly;
- plans to retain the cultural centers at Rutgers, despite rumors
to the contrary; and
- a diversity hiring program.
Report - Scott Walker, Director of Academic Support Services for
- minority admissions;
- sensitivity to holidays of Muslim students and employees; and
- diversity of senior administrators.
Before introducing Scott Walker, Director of Academic Support Services
for Student Athletes, Killingsworth said that questions relating to
Athletics personnel changes would not be in order. Walker then gave a
report on academic support for student athletes, which included
comments on the following:
Walker then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above
topics, and others, including:
- his personal background, and his 12 years at Rutgers;
- academic integrity;
- building and sustaining the Rutgers brand;
- numbers of student athletes, their grade point averages, and
presence on deans' lists; and
- athletics-related travel and class conflicts.
7. Ad Hoc Committee on
Academic Analytics - Sanjib Bhuyan, NBFC Vice Chair and Ad Hoc
- student attrition and retention;
- support staffing;
- admissions standards;
- how student athletes are assisted in balancing academic, social,
and athletic components of their daily lives;
- recruitment and counseling of student athletes;
- career services; and
- advising budget.
Council Vice Chair Sanjib Bhuyan had presented a report on Academic
Analytics at the October NBFC meeting, after which he had been
asked to put together a committee
to generate a full report on this issue. He presented that report at
this meeting. Considerable discussion followed, but no action was taken
on the report.
8. Academic Standards, Regulations and
Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Report on Evaluating Teaching Evaluations - Robert Boikess, ASRAC Chair
ASRAC Chair Robert Boikess presented a report on his committee's work
on teaching evaluations. He said that the ASRAC wants to look at a
broader approach to evaluation of teaching that involves more than one
measure. He also mentioned that the committee would work with the
University Senate and the AAUP on the issue, possibly creating a task
force with a large faculty membership.
9. Faculty Affairs
and Personnel Policy Committee (FAPPC) Report on Academic Freedom, and
Contingent Faculty - Serena Connolly, FAPPC Chair
FAPPC Chair Serena Connolly reported that Tom Stephens
was working on the issue of academic freedom, and that a report on that
would be forthcoming. On the growing reliance on contingent faculty,
and the related impact on Rutgers' academic mission, she said that a
survey would be developed to determine departments' reliance on
part-time lecturers and other non-tenure-track faculty, and that
additional work would be done on the matter in the spring.
10. Old Business
Follow-Up on Resolution on Contingent
Faculty - Karen Thompson, PTL Member of the Council
Karen Thompson said that the PTL contract had been settled, and thanked
the Council for its very valuable resolution on that issue.
11. New Business
Installation of KACE Software on Rutgers Computers -
Sanjib Bhuyan spoke briefly about Dell KACE software being installed on
Rutgers computers, and suggested that it was an issue for NBFC
The meeting adjourned at 3:29 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council