UConn-AAUP 2024-2025 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTION RESULTS

UConn-AAUP 2024-2025
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTION RESULTS

Congratulations to the newly elected UConn-AAUP Executive Committee. The newly-elected officers and members-at-large will hold office from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. They are as follows:


PRESIDENT:
CHRISTOPHER VIALS ENGLISH


EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT:
VALERIE DUFFY ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES


V. PRES/MEMBERSHIP & ORG
SAM SOMMERS ENGLISH-WATERBURY


SECRETARY/TREAS:
OSKAR HARMON ECONOMICS-STAMFORD


REGIONAL CAMPUS REP:
INGRID SEMAAN SOCIOLOGY-STAMFORD


MEMBERS AT LARGE:

JESSICA DAFHNE AGUIRRE CHEMISTRY
JOSEPH CRIVELLO PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY
JEFFREY DUDAS POLITICAL SCIENCE
NICOLE GALLAGHER SPEECH, LANGUAGE & HEARING SCIENCES
FAQUIR JAIN ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING & BME
DEVIN KEARNS EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
KRISTINE NOWAK COMMUNICATION
FATMA SELAMPINAR CHEMISTRY
KATHLEEN TONRY ENGLISH
LISA WERKMEISTER ROZAS SOCIAL WORK

CHILD CARE REIMBURSEMENT NOTICE

CHILD CARE REIMBURSEMENT NOTICE

Applications for the Spring 2024 Childcare Reimbursement must be submitted to the UConn-AAUP office by MAY 2, 2024.

Please note that the Spring 2023 reimbursement is for daycare provided for the months of November, December 2023 & January, February, March & April, 2024 ONLY.  Child must attend daycare at least two weeks during the month to qualify for that month.

The UConn-AAUP Childcare policy and application is now available on the UConn-AAUP website:

www.uconnaaup.org

Resources or Quick Links – Childcare Reimbursements

Please download, fill out, and fax, mail, or e-mail (BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org) the application and receipts to the UConn-AAUP office.  ALL applications are acknowledged.

UConn-AAUP Telephone 860-487-0450, Fax 860-487-0341
1875 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268

UConn-AAUP: Letter Writing Campaign

UConn-AAUP Update: April 8, 2024
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UConn-AAUP has set a goal of writing 400+ letters to the CT Legislature by May 8th.

We need an additional $96.4M to fully fund UConn. Contact your legislators in Hartford today!

On April 4, 2024, the Appropriations Committee sent notice that they would make little changes to the mid-biennial budget leaving UConn with a $96.4M shortfall. Senior legislative leaders Matt Ritter and Martin Looney indicated there was additional money available to invest in higher education. It is up to us to now convince those leaders and your local representatives that UConn is the right place for those available funds. Write to CT lawmakers and tell them we need an additional $96.M to prevent devastating cuts to academics and to fund all SEBAC-negotiated raises.

One of the strongest tools we have as a local union chapter is the power of our members’ voices to impact our legislative leaders. Collectively, our over 2,000 members reach districts throughout the state and can carry the message of the tremendous teaching, research and outreach that happens on our campuses.  We need all members to write their legislative leaders and ask them to support fully and permanently funding UConn with an additional $96.4M before the end of this legislative session.

Below is a sample letter you can send to lawmakers. We’ve also included a link to find your legislators and their contact information.  Should you have additional questions please do not hesitate to reach out! Once you contact state lawmakers, let us know here so we can track our goal of 400+ letters. You can find additional information regarding UConn-AAUP’s advocacy at our 2024 UConn Budget Page including outreach materials and recent articles.

Use this link to look up your legislators!
Enter your home address (if you live in CT) as prompted.
**If you do not live in CT, enter the address for your UConn campus.

Once you enter your address, you’ll get a list of lawmakers.
Find the names of your STATE Representative and STATE Senator (should be at the top of the list)

Click their names (should take you to their official website).
Find their official email address – should include cga.ct.gov 

Edit/Copy/Paste the message below. Be sure to include your UConn affiliation/job title and that you are a constituent (if applicable).
**Note: Anyone who will be affected by the state budget can write to their Representative or Senator on this issue. You do not need to be a registered CT voter. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen.**

SAMPLE LETTER that you can use or adapt as needed:
Subject: We need $96.4M to fully fund UConn

To: Senator/Representative First and Last NAME,

I am writing to you as a constituent and a XXXX (STUDENT, PROFESSOR, RESEARCHER, etc.) at the University of Connecticut. I am also a member of UConn-AAUP, the union representing over 2,000 faculty, researchers, and coaches across UConn’s five campuses. I am asking you to support fully funding UConn, UConn Health, and CT’s entire public higher education system. Our state cannot afford anything less.

During this critical time, we must continue to recognize how important UConn is to the state of Connecticut, not only teaching and coaching the leaders of tomorrow but supporting innovative research that is an economic engine for our state.

To prevent devastating cuts to education and research, I urge you to approve an additional $96.4M for UConn before the end of this legislative session. This is the amount of funding required to address the $70M budget shortfall and pay for the $26.4M SEBAC-negotiated wage increase.

Without full funding, UConn leaders will move forward with their plan to fix the budget shortfall by cutting funds directly related to teaching, research, and staffing. As of now, the Governor’s Budget requires UConn to continue to increase tuition each year, and as we know, the cost of an education is already far too high. UConn students, faculty and staff need you to support public higher education with a permanent increase in state funding.

Finally, I want you to know that the Governor’s refusal to guarantee funds for the total negotiated wage increases at UConn is distressing and in conflict with CT General Statute § 5-278 (c) (2022). The statute clearly states: “the legislature shall appropriate whatever funds are required to comply with a collective bargaining agreement, etc.” The state must meet its obligation to all state workers by including the full $26.4M wage reopener increase in UConn’s FY25 budget allocation.

Fully funding public higher education with permanent and predictable dollars is the only way forward. I urge you to support UConn’s mission to provide a world-class education for the future leaders and workers of the State of Connecticut by approving the full $96.4M this session.

Respectfully submitted,

YOUR NAME
YOUR CT ADDRESS

SAMPLE LETTER

Michael Bailey, Executive Director UConn-AAUP
Gina DeVivo Brassaw, Internal Organizer UConn-AAUP

UConn-AAUP Executive Committee Election

UConn-AAUP Executive Committee Election

 For those of you that have voted in the election, please disregard this reminder!

If you do not have your election login information, please click on the highlighted link below, enter your email address that is on file with UCONN-AAUP (your uconn.edu address), and your Ratification election login information will be emailed to you.

 The UConn-AAUP 2024 Executive Committee election is being held Monday, April 1st and will end on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.  UConn-AAUP has partnered with Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the electronic 2024 election. Additional information on the slate can be found here: https://uconnaaup.org/uconn-aaup-2024-2025-executive-committee-slate/ and will be included in the ballot.

You should have received an election specific broadcast email on April 1st from Election Coordinator (noreply@directvote.net) with voting instructions, login information, and your personalized pass code.  Please note that this email notification will be sent to your
UConn.edu address.

To assure your election specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox, simply add the following email address as an approved sender:  noreply@directvote.net.  If you did not receive this email notification, please contact support@directvote.net or Gina DeVivo Brassaw at ginadb@uconnaaup.org

Information about the election is posted on the UConn-AAUP’s website at: http://www.uconnaaup.org.

2024 UCONN-AAUP EXCELLENCE AWARDS

We are pleased to inform you that the UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards Committee selected the following faculty members as recipients of the 2024 UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards.


TEACHING EXCELLENCE EARLY CAREER

MANISH ROY
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN RESIDENCE
CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

JULIA SMACHYLO
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
PLANT SCIENCE & LANDSCAPING ARCHITECTURE

RYAN TALBERT
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
SOCIOLOGY


TEACHING EXCELLENCE CAREER

SARAH REED
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
ANIMAL SCIENCE                         

FREDERICK RODEN
PROFESSOR
ENGLISH


TEACHING INNOVATION

JOHN REDDEN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN RESIDENCE
PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY


EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH &   CREATIVITY:  EARLY CAREER


ANNA TARAKANOVA

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
MECHANICAL, AEROSPACE & MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

ABHINAV UPADHYAY
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
ANIMAL SCIENCE


EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH &   CREATIVITY CAREER

MICHAEL COPENHAVER
PROFESSOR
ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

INGE-MARIE EIGSTI
PROFESSOR & DIRECTOR
BRAIN & COGNITIVE SCIENCES

SENJIE LIN
PROFESSOR
MARINE SCIENCES


SERVICE EXCELLENCE

RANDALL WALIKONIS
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROBIOLOGY


This year, as in the past, the UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards Committee was faced with a set of choices which were excellent in so many ways.  The award recipients are extended sincere congratulations and deep appreciation from their colleagues and students for such outstanding work.

SAVE THE DATE:  A virtual ZOOM presentation is planned on Monday, April 22nd, at 12 noonAny and all who wish to attend are welcome.  Please RSVP to BarbaraK@UConnAAUP.org.


The recognition of faculty teaching, research, and service excellence through UConn-AAUP awards began in 1997.  The intention of the awards is to showcase academic excellence at UConn.

UConn-AAUP Update: April 2, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: April 2, 2024
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SEBAC Announcement
UConn-AAUP Executive Committee Election
Join us! Annual Chapter Meeting
Human Resources Wellness Fair


SEBAC Announcement
UConn-AAUP is excited to announce that the member unions in SEBAC ratified all 35 contracts. But we are not over the finish line yet.  The contracts now must go to the legislature for approval. That means it’s all hands-on deck for one more push. We will be sending out a sample email with links to legislators on Friday. Our message is going to be simple – “Fully fund higher education so that budget cuts are not necessary!”


UConn-AAUP Executive Committee Election
The UConn-AAUP 2023 Executive Committee election is being held Monday, April 1 and will end on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.  UConn-AAUP has partnered with Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the electronic 2023 election. Additional information on the slate can be found here: https://uconnaaup.org/uconn-aaup-2024-2025-executive-committee-slate/ and will be included in the ballot.

You should have received an election specific broadcast email on April 1st from Election Coordinator (noreply@directvote.net) with voting instructions, login information, and your personalized pass code.  Please note that this email notification will be sent to your
UConn.edu address. To assure your election specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox, simply add the following email address as an approved sender:  noreply@directvote.netIf you did not receive this email notification, please contact support@directvote.net or Gina DeVivo Brassaw at ginadb@uconnaaup.org

Information about the election is posted on the UConn-AAUP’s website at: http://www.uconnaaup.org.


Join us! Annual Chapter Meeting
UConn-AAUP is hosting the annual chapter meeting on APRIL 24, 2024 – 12 NOON, Student Union, Storrs Campus Room 331

Only Active Members (those who are members of the National AAUP and are in good standing with the UConn Chapter) have the right to attend and vote in Chapter meetings. Not a member? Join now! Please RSVP HERE or 860-487-0450 by April 17, 2024.


Human Resources Wellness Fair
Come say hello at the Wellness Fair being held on Thursday, April 18th from 10:00-2:00 pm in the student union.  For more information and a list of participating vendors and University partners, please visit the Human Resources Wellness Fair website.

Michael Bailey, Executive Director UConn-AAUP
Gina DeVivo Brassaw, Internal Organizer UConn-AAUP

SAVE THE DATE UCONN-AAUP ANNUAL CHAPTER MEETING APRIL 24, 2024

SAVE THE DATE

UCONN-AAUP ANNUAL CHAPTER MEETING
APRIL 24, 2024 – 12 NOON
STUDENT UNION, STORRS CAMPUS, ROOM 331

Only Active Members (those who are members of the National AAUP and are in good standing with the UConn Chapter) have the right to attend and vote in Chapter meetings. Not a member? Join now!

Please RSVP HERE or 860-487-0450 by April 17, 2024

AGENDA:

Welcome by President Jeffrey Ogbar
Acceptance of the agenda

Introduction of newly elected Executive Committee Officers & Members-at-large, acknowledge those stepping off

2024 UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards’ recipients

UConn-AAUP Outstanding Contribution Award

UConn-AAUP Joan Joffee Hall Nutmeg Scholarships- Christian Chelbowski, William Livesay

Acceptance of Minutes of April 26, 2023

Summary of UConn-AAUP Activities:
* Negotiations’ Update – Michael Bailey, Executive Director
* Legislation – FOIA – Michael Bailey, Executive Director
* UConn-AAUP Foundation – Michael Bailey, Executive Director
* Membership Update – Sam Sommers, Vice President-Membership & Organizing

Adoption of UConn-AAUP Chapter Budget/Dues Rate
(no change) For Fiscal Year 2025, Oskar Harmon, Secretary/Treasurer

Adoption of UConn-AAUP PAC Budget for Fiscal Year 2025
For Fiscal Year 2025, Oskar Harmon, Secretary/Treasurer

Closing

Gina DeVivo Brassaw, MSW
(she/her/hers) (What’s this?)
UConn-AAUP
Internal Organizer
1875 Storrs Rd, Unit 6028
Storrs, CT 06268
Office Phone: (860) 487-0450
https://uconnaaup.org/
Not a member? Join now!

 

 

UConn-AAUP Executive Committee Election Notification to VOTE APRIL 1st

UConn-AAUP Executive Committee Election Notification to VOTE APRIL 1st

 The UConn-AAUP 2023 Executive Committee election will begin on Monday, April 1 and end on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.  UConn-AAUP has partnered with Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the electronic 2023 election.

Additional information on the slate can be found here: https://uconnaaup.org/uconn-aaup-2024-2025-executive-committee-slate/ and will be included in the ballot.

You will receive an election specific broadcast email on April 1st from Election Coordinator (noreply@directvote.net) with voting instructions, login information, and your personalized pass code.  Please note that this email notification will be sent to your UConn.edu address.

 To assure your election specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox, simply add the following email address as an approved sender:  noreply@directvote.net

 If you do not receive this email notification by April 3, 2023, please contact support@directvote.net or Debra Reynolds at debrar@uconnaaup.org.

Information about the election is posted on the UConn-AAUP’s website at: http://www.uconnaaup.org

 

UConn-AAUP Update: March 19, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: March 19, 2024
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UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement Voting Results
UConn Budget Town Hall Reminder
Parking Update
Preparation for a New Collective Bargaining Agreement for Fall 2025
Campus Speech in Politically Charged Times

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UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement Voting Results
UConn-AAUP members overwhelmingly voted to ratify the 4th Year Wage Reopener.  Thank you to all the members that voted this past week.  Should you want to review the tentative agreement; information can be found here:   UConn-AAUP Tentative Agreement on FY25 Wage Reopener – UConn-AAUP (uconnaaup.org)  The agreement will be brought for approval at a special session of the Board of Trustees this coming Wednesday.  We will keep you updated as additional information is available.

UConn Budget Town Hall Reminder
UConn-AAUP encourages all members to attend the UConn planned town hall meeting happening this Wednesday 12:00-1:00 in the Student Union Theater. We strongly encourage members to ask questions and call for the administration to be transparent about their fiscal plans. If you can not attend in person, please attend virtually.

Parking Update
UConn-AAUP leaders and staff met with UConn parking officials last week to discuss parking concerns around South campus.  The area under development will continue to see further development moving forward impacting parking in and around South campus. There will be additional updates in the coming weeks in regards to parking on campus.

Preparation for a New Collective Bargaining Agreement for Fall 2025
As UConn-AAUP is a “member-based, member-led” organization, preparing for negotiations must include participation from its membership to determine potential improvements and identified limits or conflicts in the current contract. This requires the formation of subcommittees to look at current contract language and compare it with peer AAUP collective bargaining chapter contracts.

Therefore, we are looking for members to fill the following subcommittees. The subcommittees would determine a Chair for the committee and meet 3 or 4 times. A report would be developed and presented to the Contract Committee, who will draft the initial contract proposals. If accepted by the Executive Committee, those proposals would then be reviewed by the membership.

This is an extremely important part in the Chapter’s procedures for collective bargaining. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Here are the subcommittees we have used in the past:

  • Compensation
  • Equity
  • Benefits
  • Non-Tenure Track and Contingent Faculty
  • Faculty Governance
  • Workload (would also cover any post-tenure review)
  • Athletics

Please let us know if you are interested in joining a subcommittee by letting us know here

Campus Speech in Politically Charged Times Virtual Discussion: Thursday, April 4, 2024 2:00-3:00pm

National AAUP will be hosting a virtual discussion of the current battle over political speech on campus. Policy experts and chapters leaders from the AAUP and AFT will delve into how the AAUP’s policies on academic freedom and campus speech apply to the current campus free speech situation, what faculty at different campuses are facing on the ground, and how chapters are working to protect speech rights.
Participants include:

  1. Greg Scholtz, senior program officer, AAUP Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, & Governance
  2. Amy Offner, AAUP-Penn chapter
  3. Katie Rodgers, president of UC-AFT, the union which represents non-senate faculty and academic librarians in the University of California system
  4. Hank Reichman, former chair of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom & Tenure

Registration is available here.

 

TA DEADLINE TO VOTE TODAY! RATIFICATION WAGE REOPENER

Voting Deadline TODAY! : UConn-AAUP 2025 Wage Reopener Tentative Agreement
For those of you that have voted in the election, please disregard this reminder!

If you do not have your election login information, please click on the link below, enter your email address that is on file with UCONN-AAUP (your uconn.edu address), and your Ratification election login information will be emailed to you.

As previously reported to you, negotiations with the UConn-AAUP and the University of Connecticut BOT have reached a Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener.

The full edited agreement with the new language can be found here: Tentative Agreement and is also posted to the website.

As a member of the UConn-AAUP Chapter, you are eligible to vote in the UCONN-AAUP Tentative Agreement on the FY2025 Wage Reopener.  The election will begin on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 8:00 am through Friday, March 15, 2024, at 5:00 pm EDT.  The UConn-AAUP has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer the 2024 Ratification Vote and voting will be conducted electronically via Survey & Ballot Systems web-based voting software.

You would have received election specific e-mail on March 8th from: UCONN-AAUP Election Coordinator<mailto:noreply@directvote.net> with voting instructions, login information, and your personalized pass code.

 Please note that this email notification will be sent to your uconn.edu address.

If you do not receive your email voting notification, please contact support@directvote.net or Gina DeVivo Brassaw at ginadb@uconnaaup.org for assistance.

Gina DeVivo Brassaw, MSW
(she/her/hers) (What’s this?)
UConn-AAUP
Internal Organizer
1875 Storrs Rd, Unit 6028
Storrs, CT 06268
Office Phone: (860) 487-0450
https://uconnaaup.org/
Not a member? Join now!