NYS AAUP Agenda Spring 2016


NYS AAUP Conference Spring 2016
Marymount Manhattan College, April 15-16th 2016

Meetings [Directions]: Marymount Manhattan College, 221 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021 Room: The Peruggi Room, 2nd floor Main Building

Accommodations [Directions]: Renaissance New York Hotel 57|
130 East 57TH Street, New York, NY 10022 212.651.3246 ($209) [Please register by April 4th to secure a room.]

Banquet [Directions]: Zucchero e Pomodori, 1435 2nd Ave #1, New York, NY 10021 212.585.2100

Registration [Please complete our online registration]


Friday, April 15th at The Peruggi Room, 2nd floor Main Building, Marymount Manhattan College 1:00PM – 9:30PM

1:00-1:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks

1:15-2:00 Keynote – Aaron Nisenson

Aaron Nisenson

Aaron Nisenson

Topic: Implications of US Supreme Court – Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association for NYS Faculty

Bio: Aaron Nisenson is AAUP Senior Counsel and has over two decades of experience in non-profit and labor and employment representation. He has extensive experience representing unions and individuals before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state and local labor relations authorities, and in collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations.  

Aaron has litigated employment and First Amendment cases in Federal and state courts, and has authored amicus briefs submitted in Federal and State appellate courts on constitutional, labor and employment law issues. He is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal district and appellate courts.

2:00-2:30 Keynote – Beth Margolis of Gladstein, Reif & Meginnis, LLP.

Beth Margolis of Margolis of Gladstein, Reif & Meginnis, LLP

Topic: Are Faculty Handbooks Enforceable as ContractsBackground: Beth Margolis has been a partner at Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss since 1991. Her clients include transportation unions, health care unions, and unions representing university professors. Ms. Margolis has litigated all aspects of labor and employment law in administrative tribunals and in state and federal court.  She has extensive experience representing faculty associations, faculty unions, and individual faculty members in internal proceedings under faculty governance documents, arbitration, and in the courts in matters involving Title IX investigations, discipline, tenure, and promotion.

She was the chief architect of, and trial counsel in the precedent setting proceeding brought on behalf of the faculty, alumni, and students of Adelphi University that resulted in the removal of all but one of the members of the Board of Trustees for breach of their fiduciary duties.

Before joining Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, Ms. Margolis taught at New York University Law School, was an associate at Rabinowitz, Boudin & Standard, and clerked for the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in federal district court. She is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Barnard College and a 1983 graduate of New York University Law School.


2:30-5:00 Panel Discussion – How Can We Help Moderator: David Linton

  • Aaron Nisenson
  • Beth Margolis
  • Kathleen Crowley – College of Staint Rose
  • Donna Young – Albany Law School
  • Makini Beck – Adjunct faculty and NYSC Steering Committee

5:00-6:30 Business meeting (open to NYS AAUP Steering Committee only)

7:30-9:30 Diner Banquet – Zucchero e Pomodori

Saturday, April 16th at The Peruggi Room, 2nd floor Main Building. Marymount Manhattan College 8:30AM – 1:00PM

8:30-12:00 Business meeting (open to NYS AAUP Steering Committee only)

12:00-1:00 Lunch


Schedule Details

Saturday NYSC Steering Committee Meeting

8:30-1:00 (open to NYS AAUP Leadership only)

  1. Call to Order: David Linton
  1. Approval of NYSC Fall 2014 Meeting Minutes by Mary Rose Kubal REPORT [PDF]
  1. President: David Linton REPORT [PDF]
  1. Vice-President: Sally Dear-Healey REPORT [PDF]
  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: open
    3. Committee on Membership: Kate Eskew
    4. Committee on College and University Governance: Kimberley Reiser
    5. Committee on Economic Status of the Profession: Derek Seidman REPORT [PDF]
    6. Committee on Faculty Holding Contingent Appointment: Jeffrey Baker REPORT [PDF]
    7. Committee on Government Relation: Fred Floss
    8. Committee on Retirement: Frank Higman
    9. Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Profession: Makini Beck REPORT [PDF]
    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
    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 2015: Pat Cihon
    1. NYS AAUP Conference Election Spring 2016  
  3. New York Academe editor: Jeff Kraus -Report  
  4. Old business  
  5. Other

12:00-1:00 Lunch