Minutes of the 212th New Brunswick Faculty Council
E. Alessi, O. Alidou, D. Ballentine, S. Bhuyan (Vice
Chair), R. Boikess, S. Cirignano, M. Cotter, G. D'Arcangelo, M. Flahive DiNardo,
J. Flieger, M. Gliserman, D. Hamilton, S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess, S. Cirignano, S.
Connolly, M. Cotter, M. Doerfel, M. Flahive DiNardo, J. Friedman, M. Gliserman,
D. Hamilton, A. Hetling, M. Killingsworth, D. Kruse, T. Kuchi, J. Langsam, C.
Lugg, K. McKeever, T. Ozel, A. Pichugin, J. Pietruska, M. Schwander, J.
Shandler, N. Shapley, N. Sheflin, T. Stephens (Chair), K. St. Martin, T.
Szatrowski, K. Thompson, X. Wang, J.
Present: R. Edwards (New Brunswick Chancellor), K.
Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
Call to Order – Tom Stephens, New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC)
Council Chairperson Tom Stephens called the 212th meeting of the New
Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:10 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016 in
Brower Commons Room ABC, College Avenue
Approval of Agenda
He asked that the previously
distributed agenda be modified to place Mark Killingsworth's Update on
Evaluation of Teaching first on the agenda, after noting that Provost Edwards
would not arrive at the meeting until 2:00. The appropriate motion was made and
seconded, and the Council adopted the agenda change.
3. Update on Evaluation of Teaching - Mark
Mark Killingsworth presented an
update on evaluation of teaching, and said that there should be a report coming
to the Council by the end of the semester. Discussion followed,
during which several suggestions were made. Killingsworth asked Stephens to
memorialize certain of the comments, and send them to
[At this point in the meeting, Stephens was called
away on a family emergency, and left the meeting. Vice Chair Sanjib Bhuyan
assumed the chair.]
4. Approval of
Minutes of March, April and September
Martha Cotter led a
discussion of the minutes and proceedings of the previous three Council
meetings. She spoke of the Council's draft statements on professionalization of
PTLs, and on presidential search and selection, which were to be written in
final form and sent to NBFC members for approval, but which were not yet ready.
Cotter moved to delegate Killingsworth to correct or amend the April minutes on
the issue of those two statements, with Council members to send their input to
Killingsworth beforehand. The April minutes were therefore deferred. The March
minutes were adopted.
- The chair having been called away from
the meeting, there was no chair's
[Chancellor Edwards had not
yet arrived at the meeting, so the administrative report, which was next on the
agenda, was deferred.]
6. Committee Reports
Some committee chairs reported on their committees' activities and plans.
Edwards arrived at the meeting at 1:52 p.m., so the remainder of the committee
reports were deferred until after Edwards' administrative report.
7. Administrative Report - Richard
Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor
New Brunswick Chancellor Richard
Edwards' administrative report included comments on:
6.A. Committee Reports
on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History;
- upcoming decanal review of Cathryn Potter, Dean of the School of Social
- ongoing search for replacement for James
Hughes, Dean of the Bloustein School, who will step down at the end of this
- startup of regular reviews of schools, centers, and institutes, starting
this year with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences;
- questions that had been sent to him by Stephens on issues including:
- parking space issues;
- infrastructure improvements and deferred maintenance;
- budgetary matters, and IT changes; and
- administrative assistance for the Council, on which Edwards said that
Susan English, of his office, would be taking over the NBFC website;
- the Curriculum Committee.
Committee chairs continued their reports on their
committees' activities and plans.
Robert Boikess raised the issue of RUConnect, and the
related definition of "University business." He suggested that Michelle Norin,
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, should be asked for a
protocol on what constitutes "University business." There was also discussion
about the roles of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, the University Senate, and
how the Council could be empowered or further legitimized in the shared
governance structure at Rutgers, as well as the idea of having Council
representation from every New Brunswick department.
meeting adjourned at 3:06 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty