Minutes of the 213th New Brunswick Faculty
December 2, 2016
Members Present: J. Aiello, D.
Ballentine, R. Boikess, C. Brennan, S. Connolly, M. Cotter, G.
D'Arcangelo, D. Fishman, J. Flieger, J. Friedman, M. Gasparotto, M.
Gliuserman, A. Hetling, P. Hirschfield, Y. Hung, K. John-Alder, M.
Kiessling, M. Killingsworth, D. Knight, D. Kruse, T. Kuchi, C. Lugg, M.
MacKenzie, M. Mayer, K. McKeever, R. Niederman, T. Ozel, A. Pichugin,
J. Pietruska, M. Rockland, J. Shandler, R. Shwom, T. Stephens (Chair),
T. Szatrowski, P. Takhistov, K. Thompson, J. Worobey, L. Yu, J. Zahn,
Present: R. Edwards (New Brunswick
Chancellor), P. Hammond, K. Swalagin (Recording Secretary), M. Wilk, D.
to Order – Tom Stephens, New Brunswick Faculty Council
Council Chairperson Tom Stephens called the 213th
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:10
Friday, December 2, 2016 in Brower Commons Room ABC, College Avenue
He asked that the previously distributed agenda be
modified to place Chancellor Edwards' Administrative Report first on
agenda. The Council adopted the agenda change.
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:
students winning the College Fed Challenge;
- Scarlet and Black: An Exploration of the African American and
Native American Experience at Rutgers;
- a presentation by John Farmer and John Cohen on homeland
- a recent knife attack at the School of Business.
4. Chair's Report - Tom Stephens,
New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair
- antiviolence activities and programs, and vulnerable students; and
- sanctuary, and related legal matters.
Council Chair Tom Stephens began his Chair's
Report with comments about Tony Calcado's September presentation on
parking. He asked Council members to contact Calcado directly if they
wanted additional information. The Chair's Report was interrupted by a
fire alarm, which necessitated evacuating the building. When the
meeting reconvened, there was discussion of the safety issues
surrounding the inability of those persons in wheelchairs to evacuate
the building without using the elevators.
5. Digital Classroom Services Presentation - Paul
Hammond, Matthew Wilk, and Dave Wyrtzen
Paul Hammond, Assistant New Brunswick Vice
Chancellor, and Matthew Wilk and Dave Wyrtzen, of Digital Classroom
Services, spoke to the Council about facilities and classroom
construction in New Brunswick.
6. Review and Approval of Minutes of March, April,
September, and October 2016 Minutes
Martha Cotter spoke about what she believed
were inaccuracies in the April 2016 NBFC minutes. She noted that they
were generally correct, but needed revisions to the sections on the two
statements being approved at that meeting, and that the statement on
presidential search should be modified to include other administrators
besides the president. The April minutes were then approved with those
changes, which Cotter will implement.
4.1. Chair's Report (Continued)
- Tom Stephens,
New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair
Tom Stephens continued his Chair's Report,
focusing on discussion of a resolution that had been adopted by the
Council's Executive Committee regarding condemning Watchlist, and
related issues. Mark Killingsworth moved a substitute resolution, which
was also discussed. Following discussion, during
which suggestions were made but no motions were adopted, the question
was called, and the original, Executive Committee resolution was
adopted, as follows:
"The New Brunswick Faculty Council calls on President Barchi to
assume a very public leadership role in condemning Watchlist and all
other such attempts to harass and intimidate faculty members.
"We further call on him to pledge that his
administration will guarantee that any Rutgers faculty members
identified on such lists will suffer no negative consequences within
the University as a result."
7. Update on
Evaluation of Teaching - Mark Killingsworth
Mark Killingsworth presented an update on
evaluation of teaching. He said that he had a discussion with Barbara
Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and that he had given
her a University Senate report on that subject which bore her name. He
also said that the committee addressing evaluation of teaching had
heard from Monica Devanas about the existing Student Instructional
Ratings Survey system, that it would be discussing a survey of Big Ten
schools and details of individual universities' systems, and would be
emailing students and faculty to solicit comment.
The meeting adjourned at 3:19 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council