Committees and Councils
Application for Committee/Council Chair/Membership
Chair: Irwin Yellowitz
Academic freedom protects all faculty members, tenured or untenured. If a faculty member in New York State has experienced, or is threatened with, a violation of academic freedom, or of the tenure rights which sustain it, the members of New York Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure are ready to help. We are prepared to receive complaints and provide advice about possible courses of action.
If there is an AAUP chapter, you should approach it first. The leaders of the chapter know the situation on campus, and they may be able to mediate. They also can provide valuable advice. If there is a collective bargaining agreement in place, the grievance procedure may cover the issue. This will provide an important source of support.
If there is no AAUP chapter, or should the chapter be unable to help, you may approach New York Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. We will be available to discuss the issues fully, and to offer advice. NY Committee A also may recommend to National Committee A of AAUP that it consider your issue.
We will discuss the issues and actions thoroughly with the faculty member. This involves telephone conversations, e-mail exchanges, and a full examination of the available documentary record. Faculty members should keep accurate and complete records of all relevant correspondence, telephonic and electronic communications, and meetings with colleagues and administrators.
Our counsel is based on AAUP guidelines and our own experience. (See AAUP Policy Documents and Reports, 11th Edition, 2015, “The Redbook”.) We offer advice on whether the procedures of the institution meet established academic practice, and whether they have been applied properly. We offer advice on whether the actions taken or contemplated have a prima facie aura of discrimination or malice. Our advice helps faculty members understand their situations better, allows them to maximize the effectiveness of internal institutional procedures, and clarifies the realistic possibilities for outside action.
When NY Committee A believes that a violation of AAUP policies or standards has occurred, it may
– try to arrange a settlement,
– investigate the matter, and/or
– refer the complaint to National AAUP Committee A with a recommendation for a full investigation and appropriate action.
Finally, at any time, you may approach National Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. However, once you do so, NY Committee A will step aside. It is the policy of NY Committee A not to become involved in any matter that has been reviewed, or is under review, by National Committee A.
Thus, AAUP offers a variety of means for a faculty member to get valuable advice, and perhaps ultimately to have AAUP intervene in the case. If you follow the steps outlined above, you will best take advantage of the resources offered by AAUP in this critical area.
Committee on Academic Professionals
Chair: Vasiliki (Val)Lagakis
Deals with issues involving college and university professionals who work in positions other than faculty appointments. Such issues include recruitment and appointment, compensation, job security, and protection of professional autonomy and responsibility. The committee also promotes the inclusion of academic professionals in the AAUP.
Committee on College & University Governance
Chair – Kimberley Reiser
The following are the results of the (2019) Shared Governance Survey:
Shared Governance Survey Summary (Parts 1 & 2)
Shared Governance Survey Summary (Part 1)
Created: 10/24/19 and sent via Action Network
Shared Governance Survey Summary (Part 2)
Created: 2/2/20 and sent via Action Network
Sample Results (Part 1)
Q1: Which of the following best describes your primary role at your institution, e.g. faculty at?
Graduate University 28.63%
Community College 11.54%
Academic Administrator 2.14%
Q2: Which of the following best describes your institution?
Sample Results (Part 2)
Q1: Do members of the Governing Board have appropriate individual qualifications with regard to education and experience?
Of 37 respondents, 4 said “not at all” (1) and 15 said “I don’t know” (7). The remaining responses were 5 (2), 8 (3), 3 (4), 1 (5), and 1 (6).
Q2: Do Board members inform themselves on governance issues by keeping up with the literature?
Of the 37 respondents, 5 said “not at all” (1) and 24 said “I don’t know” (7). The remaining responses were 3 (2), 2 (3), 3 (3), 1 (4), and 0 (5).
Q3: Do Board Members participate in meetings of the Association of Governing Boards or the AAUP?
Of the 37 respondents, 8 said “not at all” (1) and 26 said “I don’t know” (7). The remaining responses were 0 (2), 0 (1), 0 (3), 0 (4), 1 (5), and 2 (6).
Part 1 Summary:
- The majority (49.15%) of the 234 respondents described their primary role as faculty at a 4-year institution while 11.54% are faculty at community colleges. Only 5.13% of the total respondents identified as adjunct/contingent faculty, which could be an indicator for future discovery since adjunct/contingents make up the majority at most institutions.
- The vast majority (44.64%) of the 234 respondents are from what they identified as “small/private” institutions while only 3.43% identified as being from a “small/public” institution. The next largest category was “large/public” (28.76%) and “large/private” (23.18%).
Part 2 Summary:
- The argument here is that if Board members don’t have the qualifications and they don’t inform themselves on governance issues by keeping up with the literature, then how could they be expected to engage in meaningful and productive conversations if they even/ever did attend/participate in meetings of the Association of Governing Boards or the AAUP?
- Equally concerning is the lack of transparency about the qualifications of the Board Members to serve in that capacity and decide/rule on shared governance issues.
- Based on the differences in the fall and spring releases of the survey, fall may be a better time to send surveys out because the response rate appears to be higher for fall than spring. However, this year with the COVID-19 crisis coming short on the heels of the beginning of the spring semester, we recognize it may have made an impact.
- Reminders via Action Network are likely useful (note update of responses post reminder), however it appears that most people take the survey shortly after receiving it if they are going to answer it at all.
Committee on Chapters, Members, & Dues
Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession
Chair: Thomas X. Carroll
Committee on Faculty Holding Contingent Appointment
Chair: Ángel L. Martínez
Committee on Government Relations
Chair: Fred Floss
Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Chair: Cheryl McBride
Committee on Retirement
Chair: Anne Friedman
Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Academic Profession
Chair: Sally Dear-Healey
This committee serves as an ‘arm’ of the National AAUP committee of the same name. The purpose of the committee is to formulate policy statements, provide resources, and report on matters of interest to all those who identify as women, femme, and nonbinary, and to the academic community, addressing such issues as equity in pay, work/family balance, sexual harassment and discrimination, Title IX, and the role of gender and sexuality in rank and tenure.
For additional resources go to the AAUP National website page on “Gender and Sexuality in Higher Education”: Gender and Sexuality in Higher Education | AAUP
Chair: Mary Rose Kubal
Chair: Cecelia McCall
Collective Bargaining Council
Chair: James Davis
APPLICATION FOR NYSC AAUP COMMITTEE/COUNCIL CHAIR AND/OR MEMBER VOLUNTEER POSITION
According to the NYSC AAUP Constitution and Bylaws, “The President shall recommend
to the Executive Council for approval the chairs and members of standing committees
and councils. The Terms for the chairs and members of standing committees and
councils shall be for three (3) years, beginning and terminating at the end of the spring
meeting” (NYSC AAUP Constitution, 4/3/2020).
Accordingly, the NYSC AAUP seeks NYS AAUP members in good standing to apply for
the following volunteer positions:
• Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (Chair – Irwin Yellowitz) – not
currently seeking members
• Committee on Academic Professionals (Chair – Valerie Lagakis) – seeking
• Committee on College and University Governance (Chair – Kimberley Reiser) –
• Committee on Chapters, Members, & Dues – (Chair – Katherine Cho) – seeking members
• Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession – seeking members
• Committee on Faculty Holding Contingent Employment (Chair – Ángel L.
Martínez) – seeking members
• Committee on Government Relations (Chair – Fred Floss) – seeking members
• Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Profession (Chair – Cheryl
McBride) – seeking members
• Committee on Retirement – (Chair – Anne Friedman) – seeking members
• Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Academic Profession (Chair –
Sally Dear-Healey) – seeking Chair and members
• Independent Council (Chair – Mary Rose Kubal) – seeking Chair and members
• CUNY Council (Chair – Cecelia McCall) – seeking members
• SUNY Council – seeking Chair and members
• Collective Bargaining Council (Chair – James Davis) – seeking members
If you have an interest and/or experience in one of these areas and would like to volunteer for one of these positions, please send an email to NYSC AAUP President
Mary Rose Kubal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc: NYSC AAUP Executive Director Sally DearHealey (email@example.com) with “Application for Committee or Council Chair
or Membership” in the subject line and attach a completed copy of the following application (a copy of this notice and application is also posted on the NYSC AAUP
website under Committees & Councils/Position Openings):
AAUP Chapter (if applicable):
Please describe in your own words why you would like to be a Member or Chair of the
following NYSC AAUP Committee or Council:
(indicate name of Committee or Council)
and include any experience(s) and/or training(s) and/or skill(s) that you feel make you a
qualified candidate/applicant. You may also want to include some ideas for how you see
this Committee or Council best serving the needs of our members and chapters.