UConn-AAUP Update: May 14, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: May 14, 2024

In this issue:

 

Special University Senate Meeting
UConn Benefits Team to Visit Campuses
CT AFL-CIO Bill to Support Striking Workers


Special University Senate Meeting

The University of Senate will be holding a special meeting of the University Senate on Monday, May, 20th, 2024 at 4:00pm

UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETING AGENDA May 20, 2024 A special meeting of the University Senate will be held on Monday, May 20, 2024, Gentry Building (Neag School of Education), Room 131 and hybrid (via WebEx) Public Access Link: http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/yjtgv The agenda for this meeting is as follows: 1. Resolutions in Response to Student Protests 2. Adjournment


UConn Benefits Team to Visit Campuses

The UConn Benefits Team will be visiting each of the regional campuses during the Benefits Open Enrollment period for any employees who have questions or need assistance with making benefits changes.  Here are the dates we will be at each campus:

Regional Campus Date
Hartford Campus Monday, May 13
Stamford Campus Tuesday, May 14
Waterbury Campus Thursday, May 16
Avery Point Campus Tuesday, May 21

Please take this opportunity to meet with the UConn Benefits Team to answer any questions you may have or to make changes to your benefits during the Open Enrollment period.


CT AFL-CIO Bill to Support Striking Workers

CT AFL-CIO is supporting  House Bill 5164 that would make striking workers eligible for unemployment benefits after they have been on strike for two weeks. For more information and to send a letter to your legislative leader: https://act.aflcio.org/letters/tell-your-legislator-striking-workers-need-a-level-playing-field

In Solidarity,

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

 

UConn-AAUP Update: May 10, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: May 10, 2024

In this issue:

End of the 2024 Legislative Session Message

Dear Members,

I write to you as the legislative session comes to an end with passage of the State Budget Stabilization Bill with good news and not-so-good news.

Good news, first: THANK YOU, AND CONGRATULATIONS! Your efforts in reaching out to your legislators with letters, emails, one-on-one conversations, testimonies, and your persistence with university leadership over their ask of the governor and legislature have paid off! From rallies to op-eds in state newspapers, and even national media coverage, the demands for a healthy UConn budget garnered considerable attention and support. As described to us by the top legislative leaders, it was the rank-and-file members—YOU— who were able to secure more funding than the administration had initially requested in December. It has been inspiring to see chapter members amplify their voices, not only at the legislature, but at the Board of Trustees meetings and beyond.

The not-so-good news: As we were informed by the UConn CFO, any shortfall of the $96.4M ask will be made up with funds from the first year of the Provost’s Financial Plan. The total amount of funds for UConn Storrs included in the Stabilization Bill is $78.8M.

Our organizing and membership development efforts have will continue in earnest. We will build on our successes and return stronger in the fall. Your fellow colleagues are expecting this of themselves and others. We have a long, hard road ahead, but the stronger the union, the sweeter the victories.

In solidarity,

Jeffrey Ogbar
President

 

Call to Action & Information Resources

With the recent events that have surfaced over the past couple of weeks regarding free speech and right to assembly on the UConn campus and other college campuses across the country, UConn-AAUP is providing members with a library of information for reading.

There are two sections to the resource page. One that the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee has endorsed, and one that UConn-AAUP neither endorses nor supports the material in that section.

Any additional information to the library must be approved by UConn-AAUP Executive Committee. The library includes the following:

UConn-AAUP Supports and Endorses:

National AAUP

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Free Speech Resources

UConn-AAUP has added a page that we will continue to develop with resources on freedom of information.  We currently have a legal opinion for teaching faculty regarding using classroom time for discussion on the funding crisis during instructional time and a fact sheet from National AAUP regarding campus free speech/academic freedom in politically charged times.  Check out the resources here at Freedom of Speech Resources – UConn-AAUP (uconnaaup.org)

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UConn-AAUP Has Not Voted to Endorse

  • A group of faculty have written an open letter deploring the university’s disproportionate response to student protest and calling for an amnesty for arrested students. The letter does not take a position on the underlying issues of Israel, Palestine, and the war in Gaza, but stresses the need for the administration to protect free speech, encourage civic discourse, and preserve the right to peaceful assembly.  The letter can be found here; signatures will be collected through at least 5pm on Monday May 6th.

 

 

 

 

UConn-AAUP Update: April 28, 2024

AAUP Statement of Support for Student activists

UConn students have joined students at universities across the country by setting up an encampment in defense of Palestinian life. UConnDivest established the encampment at Dove Tower (near Babbidge) on the Storrs campus and has occupied the space continuously since Thursday April 25, at 5PM.

UConn-AAUP endorses the following statement in solidarity with UConn student activists who are demonstrating in support of the Palestinian people. You can read the statement here:

https://forms.gle/txioqSa4raRuoSR79

If you would like to join your colleagues, and our students’ unfettered right to free speech and assembly you can sign the solidarity statement here and/or bear witness to the encampment with other faculty observers.

Student organizers have requested a meeting with University administration to discuss UConn’s ties to the war industry and protections for pro-Palestinian student activists. The administration has not responded to their request to meet.

The national AAUP and the UConn-AAUP has already joined numerous unions in calling for a ceasefire in Gaza:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/faculty-issues/academic-freedom/2024/02/14/aaup-joins-labor-unions-call-ceasefire-gaza

On April 24, the President of the American Association of University Professors, Dr. Irene Mulvey, condemned the crackdown of peaceful dissent across the nation.

Many faculty members across the country have signed statements in support of students’ right to protest. We invite our members to do the same. The statement is in the link below.

https://forms.gle/txioqSa4raRuoSR79

Sent on behalf of the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee

CHILD CARE REIMBURSEMENT NOTICE

 CHILD CARE REIMBURSEMENT NOTICE

Applications for the Spring 2024 Child Care 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 Child Care 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 Update: April 22, 2024

UConn-AAUP Update: April 22, 2024
Not a member? Join now!

In this issue:
5-Year Financial Plan
April 17th Boar of Trustees Action
Join us! Annual Chapter Meeting
Letter Writing Campaign
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5-Year Financial Plan

Many departments and individual faculty are being asked to identify budget cuts for FY 25 and FY 26 to meet the Provost’s request. With the legislative session ending on May 8th, and thus the final decision on additional funding beyond the block grant on that date, UConn-AAUP encourages members efforts to be directed instead on contacting their legislators to advocate for the full funding for UConn and all higher education in our State.
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April 17th, Board of Trustees Action

Once again, UConn-AAUP members and coalition partners brought concern, passion, and requests to the Board of Trustees meeting on April 17th regarding the 5-Year Financial Plan. Special thanks to Mary Beth Allen, Fred Biggs, Clare King ‘oo, and Brad Simpson for expressing the physical and mental anguish that this 5-year plan is having on our faculty, staff and students in their statements to the Board. We now call on the Board Trustees to address the impact of this farcical Plan on the University.
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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 TODAY!

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Letter Writing Campaign

UConn-AAUP has set a goal of writing 400+ letters to the CT Legislature by May 8th.
UConn needs an additional $96.4M to fully fund UConn above the block grant amount proposed by the Governor. Contact your legislators 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.
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.
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Use this link to look up your legislators!
SAMPLE LETTER

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

 

UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards Virtual Presentation

UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards
Join us for a Virtual Presentation
Monday April 22nd NOON

All Welcome
JOIN US HERE:  UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 859 1708 2976 Passcode: 896505

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 – PSYCHOLIGICAL 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.

 

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 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