May 2019 Newsletter

Louisiana Conference AAUP

Newsletter May 2, 2019

Dear Colleagues,
The Conference met Saturday, April 27, at LSU-Alexandria. Present from the Executive Committee were Leslie Bary, President; Hugh Wilson, Vice-President, Kevin Cope, Treasurer (per Constitution, appointed to replace Michael Homan, who has resigned, for the 2018-2020 term), and Ravi Rau, Past President; and conference members/representatives from SELU, LSU-Baton Rouge, LSU-Alexandria, Grambling, LSU-Shreveport. Linda Carroll (Tulane) participated by e-mail.

Business was as follows:

1. Report from Leslie Bary on ASC meeting in March, and from Leslie Bary and Brooks Ellwood (LSU) on National Council meeting, also in March. The proposed changes to the governance structure of AAUP at the national level will be voted upon at the June meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. Louisiana leadership and ASC leadership urge everyone to come to the meeting and vote, and to credential as many people as possible to do so.

2. Leslie Bary (National Council Representative for District V) and Linda Carroll (National Council At-Large) were credentialed as Conference delegates to vote at the national meeting. Individual chapters can also credential delegates. I can be credentialed for my chapter, or someone else can; Linda’s chapter, having over 25 members, can credential Linda and someone else, or two people who are not Linda. Chapter Presidents, please consider credentialing someone, and consider working with the state conference to cover as many of their costs as we can. (I think Doodle or Survey Monkey would work, and yes we can do an electronic election.) Tulane is nominating Linda and I am self-nominating for UL Lafayette, but hoping there is another nominee.

3. The conference will provide partial funding (registration and hotel to a total of $900) for a limited number of members wishing to attend the national meeting (three is the number we had thought of, but we might consider a fourth), if they are credentialed to vote at the AAUP annual meeting by their chapter or at the Assembly of State Conferences business meeting by the conference.

4. We did not choose delegates to represent us and vote at the ASC business meeting, and we should do so. We can choose four and as noted above, we have partial funding to help defray costs. The delegate form is here and as you will see, delegates must be elected by secret ballot. Linda and I can be credentialed but it would be ideal to fill all four positions. I am asking Vice-President and Secretary of the Executive Committee, along with the chairs of Organizing and Outreach and Chapter Services, to run this election for the Conference. I am nominating myself and Linda, and asking for other nominations and self-nominations.

5. We are able to nominate two people for scholarships to attend the Summer Institute in Chicago. This year’s nominees are Hugh Wilson (Grambling) and a representative from the new chapter at LSU-Alexandria, most likely Christof Stumpf (he will confirm after checking his teaching schedule). Scholarships cover registration, including lodging and some food. The state conference will provide transportation for those who receive scholarships, and work with chapters on registration in the event a scholarship nominee is not funded.

6. Kevin Cope presented a draft of our resolution on state funding of higher education, which we voted to accept with minor changes; when these are made the text will be distributed. A more detailed discussion of the resolution, its purpose and envisioned use will be provided then. It is conceived of as an organizing tool and Monica Owens, political organizer for AAUP, will help with strategies for its promotion.

7. Our next meeting is at LSU-Alexandria on Saturday, September 28. There will be reports on the national meeting and restructuring of AAUP at the national level, and on the Summer Institute; planning of activism in relation to our resolution and of a membership drive; and reports from our Committees A as well as work toward designating liaisons to the state Committee A at individual campuses, especially those with smaller chapters or without chapters. Another goal for AY 2019-2020 is registration with the Secretary of State and reconfirmation of 501(c)(3) status for the Conference and also individual chapters. There are a number of difficulties due to changes in Federal law this century, that make banking noticeably more difficult than it has been, and we should be aware.

In solidarity,
Leslie Bary
2018-2020 President
Louisiana Conference AAUP

President’s Newsletter March 2, 2019

Greetings from Atlanta where I attended the 2019 meeting of the Assembly of State Conferences, conjoined with the Spring meeting of the Georgia Conference. It was a worthwhile event and I thank the Conference for covering my flight. Following are some highlights.

Response to Projected Dissolution of ASC

Brian Turner, President of the ASC, presented the projected changes to the structure of the national organization. ASC will no longer exist and the national meeting will be biannual: how, then, should state conferences coordinate? After some discussion, it was decided that at the national meeting this June, where Georgia Conference President Robert “Scotty” Scott will be along with Brooks Ellwood (LSU), Linda Carroll (Tulane), myself and some others, we should continue conversation on creating an assembly of state conferences for our Southeastern region, which will have only one delegate on National Council from 2020 forward. We need to work together and support each other, and this initiative will be important.

The formulation of this plan made my trip worth it, as Southeastern solidarity and cooperation are really needed. The Georgia membership is well organized and we should work with them and other neighbors. People across our region have been having the same conversation we have been having in Louisiana about the changes to the national organization. It appears to us that the restructuring of AAUP at the national level will effectively throw organizational attention to the Northeast and Midwest, and marginalize the South and West. Importantly, the plan for delegate voting means that our representatives will be elected by all voters, not just voters from our regions, so the one Southern and one Western representative will be effectively elected by members from the Northeast and Midwest. In this scenario we are largely on our own, and must hang together.

State Conference Organization

  1. The Georgia Conference is slightly larger than the Louisiana one but has a similar-sized bank account and income.
  2. It has a paid Executive Director / Legislative Liaison (Steve Anthony, J.D.) who for $3200.00 per annum does a great deal of efficient lobbying.
  3. It obtained a conference development grant to buy and supply copies of the Redbook to chapters and other key individuals. This is a simple thing we could do that would have an impact.
  4. Every year it determines a number of people (2-6) to send to the national conference and the summer institute, and funds each one at $500. This helps them to go (other funding is from chapters, from the scholarships to the institute from ASC, and from self-funding), but being a flat subsidy does not require receipts and thus saves on paperwork/accounting.
  5. It has a Committee A delegate on each campus, whether or not the campus has a chapter, to work as liaison to the state conference Committee A. This is exactly our plan and they have already come up with it and implemented it, and it is working for them.
  6. It is initiating a salary study for gender equity, designed to work toward greater gender equity but also simply to raise their profile – an organizing strategy parallel to our planned resolution on funding, which is designed to work toward increased state funding but also to raise our profile and raise consciousness. (Most Americans do not realize how much state funding for education has been lost over the past decade.)

LESLIE
Leslie Bary

AAUP LA State Conference Newsletter – February 2019

Louisiana Conference of the AAUP

The Conference met Saturday, February 2 at LSU-Alexandria. Three of the eight Executive Committee members were present: Leslie Bary, President, Hugh F. Wilson, Vice President, and Ravi Rau, Past President. Also attending were Brooks Ellwood, First Vice President of AAUP at the national level, and representatives from multiple state chapters and institutions. Kevin Cope, At-Large member of the Executive Committee, participated via e-mail.

News

The Academic Freedom Fund of the AAUP Foundation has funded us in the amount of $2057 to cover the costs to the Conference of the Christopher Newfield visit. We therefore decided to fund not one but two members of the Conference to attend the summer Institute this year. Details are forthcoming still, as the location of the Institute has not yet been revealed; information on the 2018 Institute is at https://www.aaup.org/event/2018-summer-institute.

LSU-Alexandria has formed an AAUP chapter, that currently stands at 13 members. Bernard Gallagher (Professor of English) is President. We congratulate him, the officers, and the members, and look forward to working with them. UL Lafayette’s chapter has a new President, Sun-A Lee (Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies).

Michael Homan is stepping down as Treasurer and will be replaced by Kevin Cope. This leaves the At-Large position on the Executive Committee open. I have asked the new LSU-Alexandria chapter if they would like to propose a replacement from their ranks to complete Kevin’s term, and will confer with the Executive Committee on this matter (per our Constitution).

Work

We spent considerable time discussing formulation of our AAUP-ALFS resolution (directed to the Legislature but also the general public) on the restoration of state funding of higher education for the public good. Additional work on the text will take place by e-mail, so that we can present a final draft at the April meeting.

Discussion of the March ASC meeting and National Council meeting, of Committee A liaisons at institutions without chapters, and of 2019-2020 speakers and events was deferred to April.

Upcoming

February 14: Five members of AAUP and/or ALFS (Leslie Bary, UL Lafayette, Matthew Butkus, McNeese State U, Jana Giles, UL Monroe, Dayne Sherman, Southeastern Louisiana U, and Hugh F. Wilson, Grambling State U) will present on “Higher Education as Public Good” at the University of Louisiana System Conference, to be held at UL Lafayette.

March 2: Leslie Bary and Brooks Ellwood will attend the Assembly of State Conferences meeting in Atlanta, and will report back to this body.

March 29-30: Leslie Bary, Linda Carroll and Brooks Ellwood will attend the National Council meeting in late March.

Next Meeting

We will next meet in Alexandria in April, on a Saturday yet to be determined. We will be in touch in the meantime.

Leslie Bary
2018-2020 President
Louisiana Conference AAUP