Minutes of the 214th New Brunswick Faculty
January 27, 2017
Members Present: J. Aiello, E.
Alessi, S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess, S. Cirignano, S. Connolly, M. Cotter, M.
Doerfel, D. Fishman, J. Friedman, P. Hirschfield, K. John-Alder, M.
Kiessling, D. Kruse, T. Kuchi, M. MacKenzie, J. McDonnell, N. Minsky,
T. Ozel, A. Pichugin, J. Pietruska, M. Rockland, J. Shandler, N.
Sheflin, R. Shwom, T. Stephens, T. Szatrowski, K. Thompson, J. Worobey,
L. Yu, J.
Present: R. Edwards (New Brunswick
Chancellor), M. Norin, F. Reda, R.V. Simmons, K. Swalagin (Recording
Secretary), C. Villalba
to Order – Tom Stephens, New Brunswick Faculty Council
Council Chairperson Tom Stephens called the 214th
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:10
Friday, January 27, 2017 in Busch Campus Center Room 120ABC, Busch
Campus. He said that the meetings have been moved from Brower Commons
so that those members utilizing wheelchairs can enter and exit the
meeting site without using an elevator.
The Agenda was
approved as distributed. [Note: The agenda was later reordered to place
some committee reports before a report and discussion on the Language
Requirement Task Force.]
3. Approval of
Minutes of December 2, 2016
The December 2, 2016 NBFC Minutes were approved with one
amendment removing "Executive Committee of the" from the resolution
4. Chair's Report - Tom
New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair
Council Chair Tom Stephens summarized the meeting agenda.
Report - Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor
New Brunswick Chancellor Richard Edwards' administrative report
included comments on:
Edwards then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above
subjects, as well as media reports of identification of a suspect in
recent distributed denial of service attacks at Rutgers.
[At this point in the meeting, the guest speakers for the next docketed
item had not yet arrived, so the Council moved ahead to Committee
6. Committee Reports
Academic Standards, Regulations and
Admissions Committee (ASRAC) on Academic Advising: ASRAC Chair
Robert Boikess reported on Academic Advising, and moved a resolution
that was adopted unanimously by the Council as follows:
Brunswick Faculty Council calls upon the New Brunswick Chancellor to
an Academic Advising Task Force whose members should include some
representatives of the NBFC; representatives from the advising offices
schools such as SAS, COE, SEBS, and Mason Gross; some undergraduate
large departments, and students from different schools. This Task Force
be charged with proposing ways to improve academic advising for
in New Brunswick that may include encouraging, training, and rewarding
members as academic advisors.
Preliminary Report on the Evaluation of
Teaching: Mark Killingsworth spoke about a preliminary report on
evaluation of teaching, which is still being written and edited, but
which he expects will be available by the April 21 NBFC meeting.
[At this point in the meeting, the guest speakers
on the Language Requirement Task Force had arrived, so the agenda moved
to that item.]
7. Report on Language Requirement
Task Force - François Cornilliat, Department of French, SAS
François Cornilliat, Distinguished Professor in the Department
of French, School of Arts and Sciences - New Brunswick, spoke about
ongoing discussions on whether Rutgers should have a language
requirement, and related activities of the Core Evaluation Committee.
8. Report/Discussion on RU
Connect, and Email Protocol for "Official" Rutgers Business - Michelle
Norin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and Frank
Reda, University Director of Enterprise Client Services
Senior Vice President and Chief Information
Officer Michelle Norin spoke about RU Connect and the Office 365 email
migration initiative. University Director of Enterprise Client Services
Frank Reda also spoke on the matter. Discussion and questions from the
Council focused largely on the definition of "official Rutgers
business" as it relates to these issues. During the discussion, Norin
said she would like to come back to the Council to speak about general
strategic priorities for IT.
[At this point in the meeting, Stephens thanked Mary Mickelsen for her
quick and effective action in moving the meeting locations.]
6.1. Committee Reports, Continued
Faculty Athletics Report (FAR) - Tom Stephens, NCAA Faculty Athletics
Speaking as NCAA Faculty Athletics
Representative, Stephens presented a report which covered a multitude
of athletics-related topics.
The meeting adjourned at 3:42 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council