NYS AAUP Agenda Spring 2015


Columbia Teachers College, NYC
April 24-26th, 2015

Academic Freedom and Shared Governance: The AAUP Centennial
NYS AAUP Reaffirms the Right to Tenure for All Faculty

Meetings: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street [Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) Room: Grace Dodge Hall 179, lobby level


Accommodations : The Hotel Newton, 2528 Broadway Ave, New York, NY 10025 ($70/person double, $170 single)

Banquet : Amsterdam Restaurant – 1207 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 1002 Phone7212-662-6330

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Friday, April 24th at Room 177, 179 Grace Dodge Room 179/177 Columbia University 1:00PM – 9:00PM

1:00-1:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks

1:30-4:00 Presentations

  • Joerg Tiede on the History of AAUP and the 1940AAUP Statement onAcademic Freedom and Tenure
  • Risa Leiberwitz on Expanding Unionization in Private Universities
  • Alan Sack on Congressional Legislation to create a President’s Blue Ribbon Commission to closely examine the current state of college sport.
  • Marie Monaco with an update on activities at NYU
Jorge Tiede

Joerg Tiede
Keynote Speaker

Topic: presentng on the early History of AAUP and the 1940 Statement on Academic Freedom and Tenure
Information: Chairman of the AAUP Association of State Conferences and editor of the AAUP Red Book 11th Edition

Risa Lieberwitz
Keynote Speaker

Topic: Expanding Unionization in Private Universities: Labor Board Sets New Tests for Whether Private-College Faculty Members Can Unionize

Information: Professor of Labor and Employment Law in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) and an Associate of the Worker Institute at Cornell. She is General Counsel of the AAUP for a two-year term, beginning July 1, 2014 and is a member of AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
Risa Lieberwitz
Nastaran MohitKTU

Nastaran Mohit
Keynote Speaker

Information: faculty organizer Kaplan Teachers Union of Kaplan Language School – a for profit Institution

Joe Berry
Keynote Speaker

Information: author COCAL UPDATES and the book Reclaiming the Ivory Tower
Joe Berry
Aaron CalafatoFor Profit

Aaron Calafato

Topic: one man play For Profit
Information: “Have you ever seen the heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano fight? He throws as many punches as he can and gives you everything he has before that bell rings. That’s what watching Aaron Calafato perform a monologue is like” – Van Jones

Alan Sack
Panel Member

Affiliation: Past President The Drake Group
Mission: The mission of the Drake Group is to defend academic integrity in higher education from the corrosive aspects of commercialized college sports.
The Drake Group
Alan Sack
Jeffrey Baker

Jeffrey Baker
Panel Member

Affiliation: Monroe Community College, NYSC Executive Council
Statement: Faculty members no longer govern. An increasingly large corps of professional administrators is setting academic policy and faculty working conditions. Pay is stagnant. Institutions are asking for givebacks on benefits, and the few new hires are being given take-it-or-leave-it offers that force them to teach overloads in order to make ends meet.

Film – Ivory Tower

Director: Andrew Rossi
Synopsis: One trillion dollars. That unfathomable number — the amount of student loan debt we’ve managed to rack up — hovers ominously over the economy. And, unlike the housing crisis, there’s no option for foreclosure. Bankruptcy won’t make the bills stop coming. How did we get here? Andrew Rossi’s documentary “Ivory Tower” gets to the bottom of that while examining another hot topic: Is higher education, with its skyrocketing price tag, worth it? After all, as the movie shows, some parents are basically bankrolling little more than four years (or more) of keg stands and frat parties.
the Ivory Tower



4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion – Moderator: Sally Dear-Healey

  • Joerge Tiede
  • Risa Leiberwitz
  • Alan Sack
  • Marie Monaco

5:00-6:00 Open Forum Discussions – How Can We Help

6:00-7:00 Refreshments

7:00-9:00 Performance & Discussion Aaron Calafato one man play For Profit

Saturday, April 25th at Room 177, 179 Grace Dodge Room 179/177 Columbia University 9:00AM – 6:00PM

9:00-11:00 Presentations

  • Nastaran Mohit (Kaplan Language School)
  • Joe Berry

11:00-12:00 Panel Discussion – Moderator: David Linton

  • Nastaran Mohit
  • Risa L. Lieberwitz
  • Joe Berry
  • Jeffrey Baker


12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00:-3:30 Action Agenda Discussions

3:00-6:00 Film & Discussion Ivory Tower  (90min)

6:30-8:30 Diner Banquet – Amsterdam Restaurant


Schedule Details


8:30-12:00 (open to NYS AAUP Leadership only)

  1. Call to Order: David Linton
  1. Approval of NYSC Fall 2014 Meeting Minutes by John Polineni REPORT (PDF)
  2. President: David Linton
  1. Vice-President: Sally Dear-Healey
  1. Treasurer: Pat Cihon REPORT [PDF]
  1. Reports and Plans of Standing Committees
    1. Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure: Irwin Yellowitz – REPORT [PDF]
    2. Committee on Academic Professionals
    3. Committee on Membership: Kate Eskew
    4. Committee on College and University Governance: Jane Koretz
    5. Committee on Economic Status of the Profession – Kimberley Reiser
    6. Committee on Faculty Holding Contingent Appointment – Jeffrey Baker
    7. Committee on Government Relations
    8. Committee on Retirement: Frank Higman
    9. Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Profession
    10. Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession: Sally Dear-Healey
  1. Reports of Councils
    1. The National Council: Anne Friedman,Sally- Dear-Healey, Rana Jaleel
    2. The Independent Council : Mary Rose Kubal
    3. The CUNY Council: Cecelia McCall
    4. The SUNY Council:
    5. The Collective Bargaining Council: James Davis
  1. Executive Director: Tom Policano – REPORT [PDF]
  2. NYSC Election Committee 2014: Kate Eskew
    1. NYS AAUP Conference Election Spring 2015 
  3. New York Academe editor: Jeff Kraus – Since the fall meeting a winter issue was published. A summer issue will be published around May 15.
  4. Old business
  5. Other

12:00-1:00 Lunch