President’s Newsletter June 18, 2019

AAUP Louisiana Conference
President’s Newsletter
June 18, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

June 13-16 Brooks Ellwood (LSU-BR), Linda Carroll (Tulane), Steve Rushing (SELU) and I attended the AAUP national meeting in Virginia – Brooks, Linda and I in our roles on the National Council and Executive Committee, and Steve joining us as a State Conference delegate. Linda was also credentialed as a delegate from her local chapter, something we should be sure to get done for Brooks next year and ideally, for me as well. We would like to encourage other chapters to send delegates next year, and to help fund their travel.

Structural changes to the national organization approved at this year’s meeting have implications for us. (1) Voting at the national level must be done in person at the national meeting, by elected representatives of a chapter or “section.” We could send only one person (as a “section”), or even form a “section” larger than Louisiana so as to share the cost of the delegate’s trip with another state conference. However, there are benefits to having more than one person attend since (2) the more representatives there are, the more accurately our views are represented and since (3) candidates for national office and representatives from our region will be elected by those present. If we send more people to the national meeting, more can participate in leadership at that level, and bring the knowledge gained home. (4) The role of the Assembly of State Conferences in national governance has been eliminated. State conference leaders across our region and nationwide, however, have plans to network and to hold periodic in-person meetings, open to everyone.

We’ll talk more broadly about changes to the national governmental structure of the organization, and ways to strengthen our work in the new context at our Fall meeting September 28, where Christof Stumpf (LSU-Alexandria) and Hugh Wilson (Grambling) will also report on the AAUP Summer Institute they are attending next month in Chicago. To strengthen us locally and to contribute to strength nationwide we should (1) create chapters at as many institutions as possible since chapter delegates can deliver votes at the national meeting; (2) join the conferences, like Texas, Connecticut and Illinois, that are visiting state legislators on Capitol Hill the day before the national meeting starts; (3) encourage younger faculty and faculty of color to participate in national leadership. At the Fall meeting we will also talk about our resolution on state funding, about possible visits to our legislators in Baton Rouge and locally, and about the possibility of applying for a conference development grant to support our activities.

Chapters should know there are chapter development grants available from the national AAUP, and that the conference has some funds to help support organizing activities.

Finally, NOW is the time to contact your administrations about getting a spot in new faculty and new graduate student orientation at your institutions this August. I and also the national AAUP have a variety flyers and recruiting materials, that can be put in orientation folders even if you do not get a spot or cannot hold a recruiting event (ideal is to have a spot at orientation where you invite people to an independent, congenial recruiting event, but getting materials into the recruiting folders is a good first step). There is strength in numbers, and the more members we have, the better off we are.

Happy Juneteenth, Solstice, and summer in general!

LESLIE

Leslie Bary
2018-2020 President
Louisiana Conference AAUP

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