Faculty Voices: Shared Strategies for California Higher Education in 2014
California Conference of the American Association of University Professors and the AAUP chapter at Santa Clara University
Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
California AAUP Annual Meeting
Faculty Voices: Shared Strategies for California Higher Education in 2014
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Arts & Sciences Building Room 133
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Morning Guest Speaker:
Emeritus Lecturer Faculty, English Department, California State University Long Beach, Former statewide officer of California Faculty Association, former member AAUP National Council, former delegate to L A Co. Federation of Labor.
"Organizing & Equity in a Two-Tier-System: The Experience of the California Faculty Association"
Afternoon Guest Speaker:
President of the University Council - American Federation of Teachers (AFT) & a lecturer at University of California Santa Barbara; Author of the popular blog, Changing Universities, and book Why Public Higher Education Should be Free.
"Making Public Higher Education Free"
plus these timely workshops, led by local and national faculty leaders and activitists:
- Faculty Organizing for Change at Private Colleges and Universities: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons
- Defining Academic Freedom: Who Teaches, What to Teach, and How To Teach
- Contingent Faculty in Shared Governance: Benefits and Perils
- Faculty Activism with Students and Community: Renewing a Commitment to California Public Higher Education
scroll down for more information about these workshops
and to learn more about the CA-AAUP, please visit: www.ca-aaup.org
CA-AAUP will offer a limited numer of travel scholarships to help attendees who lack other sources of institutional support. CA-AAUP will give priority to applicants actively engaged in organizing or problem solving on their campuses or at their learning institutions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about assistance. Deadline to submit scholarship applications has been extended to January 23, 2014.
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FACULTY VOICES: SHARED STRATEGIES for CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION IN 2014
California AAUP Annual Meeting
February 8, 2014
Arts & Sciences Building, Santa Clara University
SCHEDULE updated Feb. 5, 2014
8:30 AM Check-in, coffee/tea & muffins A&S Room 133
9:00 AM Welcome: A&S 129
Mary Ann Irwin, acting President, CA-AAUP
Diane Dreher, President, AAUP Chapter,
Santa Clara University
9:45 AM Elizabeth Hoffman, morning guest speaker: A&S 129
Organizing & Equity in a Two-Tier-System: The
Experience of the California Faculty Association
11:00 AM Workshop 1: Faculty Organizing for Change at Private A&S 128
Colleges & Universities: Successes,
Challenges, & Lessons
Workshop 2: Defining Academic Freedom: Who Teaches, A&S 133
What to Teach, and How to Teach
12:30-2:00 PM Lunch (provided to all registered attendees) A&S 133
2:00 PM Robert Samuels, afternoon guest speaker: A&S 129
Making Public Higher Education Free
2:45-3:00 PM Refreshment Break A&S 133
3:00 PM Workshop 3: Contingent Faculty in Shared A&S 133
Governance: Benefits & Perils
Workshop 4: Faculty Activism with Students & A&S 128
Community: Renewing A Commitment
to California Public Higher Education
4:30-5:30 PM CA-AAUP Business meeting - all CA-AAUP members invited A&S 129
includes morning coffee & muffins, lunch, two guest speakers, and all workshops.
Early registration fee is $25 through January 24, 2014.
Late registration fee is $30 at the door or online after January 24 until February 2, 2014.
Credit card payments for registration fees cannot be processed at the site of the meeting. To pay by check in advance, contact email@example.com
Free wifi is available for those who register by January 24, 2014.
Parking is free in B and E spots in any campus lot on Saturday. The closest lot to the meeting location is the Third Mission Parking Lot northeast of the Arts & Sciences Building. Follow this link to a campus parking map. http://www.scu.edu/map/customcf/scu-campus-map.pdf
The Hilton Santa Clara is the official meeting hotel. For your convenience, the CA-AAUP has made arrangements with the hotel to offer rooms at a discounted rate of $99 per night for Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8. To make arrangements for overnight accommodations at this discount rate, please use this direct link by February 1, 2014:
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPEAKERS
MORNING SPEAKER ELIZABETH HOFFMAN 9:45 AM -- A & S room 129
"Organizing & Equity in a Two-Tier System: The Experience of the California Faculty Association"
Higher education faces continuing and relentless challenges. The experience of the California Faculty Association, the union representing both tenure-track and contingent faculty in the California State University system, offers useful lessons in how unity and inclusiveness can build the
power necessary to protect the stable workforce our students need as well as protect the academic freedom that allows our profession to best serve the common good.
A case study of CFA's experience is included in a new book from Vanderbilt University Press (edited by Keith Hoeller): http://www.vanderbilt.edu/university-press/book/9780826519504
Elizabeth Hoffman is Emeritus Lecturer Faculty, English Department, California State University, Long Beach, former statewide officer of the Califoria Faculty Association, former member of the AAUP National Council, and former delegate to the L.A. Co. Federation of Labor.
AFTERNOON SPEAKER ROBERT SAMUELS 3:00 PM --A & S room 129
"Making Public Education Free"
--- a discussion of how to fund public higher education and make faculty positions secure while increasing the qualilty of undergraduate education
Bob Samuels is President of the University Council - AFT and a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also the author of the popular blog, Changing Universities and the book Why Public Higher Education Should be Free.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE 4 WORKSHOPS
TWO MORNING WORKSHOPS at 11 AM
WORKSHOP #1 A & S room 128
"Faculty Organizing for Change at Private Colleges and Universities: Successes, Challenges, & Lessons"
This session will include a roundtable discussion on faculty organizing at private universities for a more robust role in shared governance. How can we promote a stronger faculty voice in governance at private colleges and universities? We'll share successful strategies that build solidarity and make a positive difference, and pose problematics and challenges to this work.
Workshop 1 Participants
Diane Dreher Professor of English, Santa Clara University and President, AAUP Chapter, Santa Clara University
Susan Esterly, Assistant Professor and MA Clinical Training Coordinator, Sophia University
Interim President, AAUP Chapter, Sophia University
Jason Elias Western Regional Coordinator, AAUP
plus invited activists and campus leaders from the University of Southern California AAUP, Whittier College AAUP, and Charles Drew University of Medicine AAUP
WORKSHOP #2 A & S Room 133
"Defining Academic Freedom: Who Teaches, What to Teach, and How to Teach"
Faculty at San Jose State University discuss their perspective,views, and experiences in the changing landscape of teaching in higher education, from the face- to- face environment to online and hybrid courses. How do faculty control what they teach, where they teach, and how they teach?
Workshop 2 Participants
Wendy Ng Professor and Chair, Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Department, San Jose State University and California Faculty Association, AAUP-North Representative
Peter Hadreas Chair, Philosophy Department, San Jose State University
Jonathan Karpf, San Jose State University
to be joined by other campus leaders
TWO AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS at 3PM
WORKSHOP #3 -- A & S room 133
"Contingent Faculty in Shared Governance: Benefits and Perils"
This workshop will explore benefits and perils of the inclusion of contingent faculty in governance within a system structurally set up to exclude temporary and adjunct faculty members as non-peers. The presenters share a conviction that academic freedom within educational institutions can thrive only when the precarious and marginalized status of contingent faculty is eliminated. Given recent nationwide increases in the numbers of contingent faculty, and the complexities of integrating these faculty members into governance, how can best-practice strategies for inclusion be identified and implemented given the structural inequities already in place within the institution?
Mayra Besosa Lecturer in Spanish at Cal State San Marcos, Chair of the national AAUP Committee on Contingency & the Profession and CFA campus lecturer rep, will summarize the Association's recommendations as articulated in its 2012 report on The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments.
Karen Davis Lecturer in Film & Media Studies at Cal State Monterey Bay, California State University Statewide Academic Senator (currently its sole contingent faculty member) and CFA campus lecturer rep, will describe statewide and campus-based efforts in the CSU, including Senate resolutions, contract language, and arbitration wins.
Jennifer Ruth Associate Professor of English, (and former Department Chair), Portland State University AAUP Executive Council, Faculty Senate, and Education Policy Committee member will present developments at her own institution as a case study in "benefits and perils" of advocating for inclusion in a system that sets tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty as non-peers.
Half of the workshop period will be dedicated to questions & discussion.
WORKSHOP #4 -- A & S room 128
"Faculty Activism with Students and Community: Renewing a Commitment to California Public Higher Education"
California's public higher education system offers high quality and diversity, but is becoming less and less accessible. Budget cuts, tuition increases and the failure to adequately invest in faculty are threatening educational quality and access. This panel discussion will feature faculty, student and community organizers who are working together to rebuild California's commitment to public higher education through grassroots activism, union organizing, and public policy/legislation.
Moderator: Kimberly R. King, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, California State University Los Angeles, California Faculty Association AAUP-South Representative
Panelist: Maurice Weeks Campaign Coordinator for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). For the past two years Maurice has organized community led campaigns in the areas of Education, Predatory Debt, and Housing Justice that expose the unaccountability of wealthy Wall Street businesses and individuals and demand that they pay their fair share to Re-Fund California. More recently Maurice has helped shape a campaign to stimulate local economies by demanding big banks write down principal on mortgages and that they renegotiate predatory debt with California municipalities. In 2009 Maurice earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies from Swarthmore College. Originally from Newark, NJ, he currently lives in Oakland, California.
Panelist: Mark Weirick Student Organizing Coordinator for the California Faculty Association (CFA)
Mark oversees CFA's student internship program across 11 CSU campuses in northern California where he mentors and develops the leadership and organizing skills of CFA's student interns as they work to preserve the mission of the CSU as "the People's University." The internship program has been responsible for the development of Students for Quality Education (SQE), a statewide student advocacy group that has chapters across 16 CSU campuses. SQE has played a critical role in many of CFA's campaigns, and has organized statewide walkouts, rallies, sit-ins and most recently, was successful in lobbying for the defeat of a unit-cap fee proposal, as well as agitating for what became the eventual resignation of CSU Chancellor Reed. A graduate of CSU Monterey Bay, where he was once a CFA intern himself, Mark is currently on temporary assignment as a field representative for CFA.
Panelist: Vanessa Lopez Student Organizer with the California Student Union. Vanessa currently organizes students under a student unionist project with the goal or refunding and democratizing California's public education system. Vanessa has previously organized with the California Faculty Association and helped faculty win a fair contract campaign, with Students for Quality Education around tuition fee increases, and taken part in direct action and legislative campaigns to refund education and fight for union rights. Vanessa recently graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor's in Labor Studies. She has also organized with Warehouse Workers United and the Los Angeles Country Federation of Labor around worker health, safety, and immigration issues.
Panelist: Vicki Legion MPH has taught public health at City College of San Francisco since 1994, and works on setting up university transfer pathways for low-income, first-generation and under-represented students. She is active in the Save City College coalition of students, faculty and staff, and in the American Federation of Teachers local 2121. She helped coordinate an Education Justice statement, a ten-point program and vision statement for the college
Panelist: Shanell Williams is a student leader in the movement to save City College of San Francisco. She was raised in San Francisco's Fillmore District and is a former foster care youth who has advocated for low income, underrepresented youth and their families for 10 years. She is currently attending City College of San Francisco and was elected as the current Student Trustee representing the 85,000 CCSF students. She was elected as President of Associated Students Council, Ocean Campus and VP of Communications. She is Region III External Affairs Senator for Student Senate for California Community Colleges and Northern Region Chair for the Black Caucus of the SSCCC. She is a 2013 San Francisco Bay Guardian Local Hero for her advocacy work at CCSF.