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

 

 

 

AAUP LA State Conference Newsletter – January 2019

Louisiana Conference of the AAUP

December 1 Meeting

The Conference met Saturday, December 1 at LSU-Alexandria. Six of the eight Executive Committee members were present: Leslie Bary, President (UL Lafayette), Hugh F. Wilson, Vice President (Grambling State U), Sudhir Trivedi, Secretary and Chair, Committee A (Southern U-Baton Rouge), Kevin Cope, At-Large (LSU-Baton Rouge), Ravi Rau, Past President (LSU-Baton Rouge), and Brian Salvatore (LSU-Shreveport). Also attending were Brooks Ellwood, First Vice President of AAUP at the national level (LSU-Baton Rouge) and additional representatives from Grambling State U, LSU-Alexandria, LSU-Baton Rouge, LSU-Eunice, LSU-Shreveport, Southern U-Baton Rouge, Southern U-Shreveport, Tulane U of Louisiana, UL Lafayette, and Xavier U of Louisiana.

The President’s Report included a discussion of donations and finances; the AAUP Summer Institute; the website of the Louisiana Conference; a report/discussion on the visit of Christopher Newfield; a discussion of updated plans for speakers; and the suggestion to designate liaisons to the state conference Committee A at campuses without chapters.

Following consultation with Monica Owens, Political Organizer for AAUP National, it was decided to draft a resolution both ALFS (Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates) and AAUP as well as other entities could support, that could be used to organize for AAUP and also to work toward changing the conversation on higher education in Louisiana. We decided the issue should be restoration of state funding of higher education for the public good. Work on wording will take place at the February 2 meeting.

February 2 Meeting

We will meet at LSU-Alexandria Saturday, February 2. On the agenda is:

  1. Work on the resolution.
  2. Preparation for the March ASC meeting and National Council meeting: what is the reaction from regular Conference members to the proposed changes to the governance structure of AAUP? Louisiana AAUP members on ASC and National Council (Bary, Carroll, Ellwood) would like to hear any thoughts others may have, including but not limited to:

– the new districts, are they drawn well, or would you suggest adjustments?
– delegate voting and its implications; are there alternatives?
– the new “national” chapter (for members without chapters) – how will it interface with the state conferences, in activities such as voting for national council, Committee A work, etc.?

  1. Committee A liaisons.
  2. Plans for upcoming speakers and events.

News and Upcoming

Congratulations are extended to Xavier University members, who formed an AAUP chapter in Fall, 2018, and to the LSU-Alexandria membership who will be doing the same this spring. Organizing takes work and we are grateful to our colleagues on both campuses. We are pleased as well to be in closer touch with our colleagues at Tulane who are doing good work at both the uptown and downtown campuses.

Leslie Bary and Brooks Ellwood will attend the Assembly of State Conferences meeting in Atlanta March 2, and will report back to this body. Along with Linda Carroll, they will attend the National Council meeting in late March. Both of these meetings are on changes in the AAUP governance structure, and will have implications for us.

We have applied to the Academic Freedom Fund of the AAUP Foundation for monies to cover some of the costs to the Conference of the Christopher Newfield visit.

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 February 14-15 at UL Lafayette.

We will be sending a representative to the AAUP Summer Institute in 2019 (Leslie Bary attended in 2015 and Brian Salvatore in 2018); it should be someone who has not attended before. Discussion will begin as soon as we have news of the location and dates of this summer’s Institute.

The state conference Committee A was consulted on tenure and academic freedom issues by two tenured and one tenure-track faculty member at Louisiana universities in 2018. The national Committee A gave assistance on one of these cases and on another case in the Community College system.

We look forward to seeing you February 2.

Leslie Bary
2018-2020 President
Louisiana Conference AAUP