Minutes of the 216th New Brunswick Faculty
March 31, 2017
Members Present: J. Aiello, O.
Alidou, S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess, C. Brennan, S. Cirignano, M. Cotter, D.
Fishman, M. Flahive DiNardo, J. Flieger, M. Gasparotto, M. Gliserman,
P. Hirschfield, M. Killingsworth, T. Kuchi, K. Kwan, K. McKeever, R.
Niederman, J. Rubin, J. Shandler, T. Stephens (Chair), T. Szatrowski,
K. Thompson, J. Worobey, J. Zahn
Present: R. Edwards (New Brunswick
Chancellor), K. Swalagin (Recording
Secretary), M. Mickelsen
to Order – Tom Stephens, New Brunswick Faculty Council
Council Chairperson Tom Stephens called the 216th
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:09
Friday, March 31, 2017 in Busch Student Center Room 174, Busch
The Agenda was
approved as distributed.
3. Approval of
Minutes of February 24, 2017
The February 24, 2017 NBFC Minutes were approved with one change
to the attendance.
4. Chair's Report - Tom
New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair
Council Chair Tom Stephens' Chair's Report included comments on:
Report - Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor
- NBFC elections for chair, vice chair, and Executive Committee
members to be held at the next meeting;
- NBFC unit elections pending in departments;
- Michelle Norin will return at the next NBFC meeting to speak
about academic freedom and IT; and
- the as yet unannounced selection of a new New Brunswick
New Brunswick Chancellor Richard Edwards' administrative report
included comments on:
Edwards then responded to questions, or heard comments, on the above
- his continuing as New Brunswick Chancellor until June 30, 2017;
- ongoing searches for deans of the Edward J. Bloustein School of
Planning and Public Policy, and the School of Management and Labor
Relations, as well as for a new Zimmerli director;
- various activities related to diversity, inclusion, and community
- an upcoming event featuring Harry Belafonte and Susan Robeson on
6. NBFC Teaching
Conference - Martin Gliserman
Martin Gliserman, Teaching Conference organizer, spoke about the
upcoming October 27 Teaching Conference, which will be held in the
Busch Student Center.
7. Chancellor's Committee on Evaluation of Teaching -
Mark Killingsworth reported on the ongoing work of the
Chancellor's Committee on Evaluation of Teaching, of which he is a
member. He said the task force report is done in a polished first
draft, and has been sent to Richard Edwards, Barbara Lee, and Tom
Stephens, and is expected to be posted online soon. He summarized the
report's recommendations, and responded to questions.
[The Council recessed from 2:07 p.m. to 2:13 p.m.]
8. Committee Reports
and Planning Committee (BPC): BPC
Chair Mark Killingsworth presented a Resolution
on the Financial
Situation of the Rutgers Athletics Program, which had been sent
back to the BPC for further discussion and wordsmithing at the previous
Council meeting, was discussed, and adopted. Stephens will send the
resolution to Chancellor Edwards.
Curriculum, Teaching and Honors Committee (CTHC): CTHC Chair
Martha Cotter spoke about, and led a discussion of, course management
systems. She said she would write a report based on the discussion.
[At 3:00 p.m., Robert Boikess successfully moved to extend the
meeting time by 20 minutes.]
Faculty and Personnel Affairs
Committee (FPAC): FPAC Chair Jeff Friedman was not present at
the meeting, but FPAC Member Karen Thompson responded to some questions
during discussion of the FPAC's work on a report on search and hiring
of future presidents, and other items. This agenda item will come back
to the NBFC at the next meeting.
Student Affairs Committee (SAC): SAC Chair
Ken McKeever spoke about discussions of how students with disabilities
accommodated on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses, and also about
affordability of textbooks. He suggested that the NBFC resolve that
there be a faculty committee that interacts more closely with
athletics, beyond just the budgetary issues. Stephens said he would do
something to create such a subcommittee of the SAC. Martha Cotter
mentioned the University
Senate's April 2010 Report on Accessibility of Student Services.
9. Other Business:
Stephens asked Ken Swalagin about electing a replacement for the
remainder of the University Senate at-large New Brunswick term
currently occupied by Martha Cotter, who is retiring. Swalagin replied
that Chancellor Edwards has been asked to conduct an election for all
three at-large New Brunswick Senate positions, which will all become
vacant at the end of this academic year. Stephens also spoke about the
upcoming elections for NBFC chair, vice chair, and Executive Committee
The meeting adjourned at 3:13 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council