In early February 2015, the AAUP sent a survey to the membership to identify issues as they relate to upcoming negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. The information derived from the survey provided our sub-committees with valuable information that will be used in developing negotiating proposals. The results of the survey included vast amount of information both in the multiple choice and open-ended answers. Below is a summary of those results.
In light of upcoming negotiations, it important to share additional information derived a presentation titled “UCONN Financial Situation: Effect of the Expected Decline in the State Appropriation” by Howard Bunsis, Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Collective Bargaining Congress, which was given to the AAUP Executive and Compensation Committee on March 1, 2015.
Below is another chart depicting the amount of funds the University invests in the core mission of the university: teaching and research.
AAUP election ballots have been tallied. See the results of the 2015 ASC Chair and Council elections at http://www.aaup.org/about/elected-leaders/elections/2015-election-information.
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A special congratulations is due to our very own Chapter President, Diana Rios, Associate Professor of Communication and El Instituto, by being elected to the National AAUP Council in the At-Large (4yr) position by an overwhelming margin (see below). We are very pleased that our Chapter will be represented at the national level!
2015 Election Results Table
The University of Connecticut Chapter of
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS
UConn AAUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2015-2016
Congratulations to the newly-elected AAUP Executive Committee! The newly-elected officers and members-at-large will hold office from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. They are as follows:
PRESIDENT DIANA RIOS COMMUNICATION & EL INSTITUTO
VICE PRESIDENT EUGENE SALORIO MANAGEMENT – STAMFORD
SECRETARY/TREAS CARL A. SALSEDO DEPARTMENT OF EXTENSION-HARTFORD
REGIONAL CAMPUS REP OSKAR R. HARMON ECONOMICS – STAMFORD
KELLY DENNIS ART/ART HISTORY
MARIA-LUZ FERNANDEZ NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES
MARY GALLUCCI ENGLISH
MARY ELLEN JUNDA MUSIC
DAVID KNECHT MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY
JEFFREY OGBAR HISTORY
THOMAS J. PETERS COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
CAROL POLIFRONI NURSING
REBECCA RUMBO ENGLISH
CHRIS VIALS ENGLISH
Elected members of this Executive Committee will represent this Chapter at National AAUP meetings and vote on behalf of the UConn AAUP Chapter.
The Annual faculty compensation survey and report on the economic status of the profession (http://www.aaup.org/reports-publications/2014-15salarysurvey).
The survey includes information on full-time faculty salary and benefits at two- and four-year colleges and universities, with 1,136 participating institutions. It includes data on more than 375,000 full-time faculty, making it the largest independent faculty compensation survey in the United States. And it is the only survey of its kind to include extensive information on benefits as well as salary.
The survey found that this year marks the first consequential improvement (1.4 percent) in inflation-adjusted year-over-year salary for full-time faculty since the Great Recession.
This year’s report also explores four common myths about higher education:
- Myth: Faculty are to blame for rising tuition.
Reality: The decline of state appropriations and the erosion of endowments have caused tuition to rise—not faculty salaries.
- Myth: Faculty are “ridiculously overpaid” compared to professionals working in “the real world.”
Reality: Even for the highest-ranking professors, salaries have failed to keep up with those of similar professions outside of academia. And the vast majority of faculty—especially the half that are hired on a per-course basis—earn far less.
- Myth: Responding to “disruptive innovations” such as online and for-profit education requires replacing tenure-track faculty with part-time adjuncts.
Reality: Strategic hiring and support for full-time faculty can improve quality and enhance an institution’s distinctiveness and competitiveness.
- Myth: Faculty benefit costs are out of control.
Reality: Costs for faculty benefits are not significantly increasing.
The survey results and report are published each year in the March–April issue of Academe, along with appendices that contain data for individual institutions. Through a publishing agreement with Inside Higher Ed, the data will also be available in an easily searchable database, available on the web at no cost.
Perhaps most important, this report empowers you to take action. By disseminating the information contained in the report and, wherever possible, participating in budgetary and financial matters at your institution, you can help improve the economic status of the profession.
John Barnshaw, AAUP Senior Higher Education Researcher
P.S.–Individuals and institutions seeking peer comparison reports and complete Faculty Compensation Survey datasets can receive those services by contacting the AAUP Research Office directly at 202.737.5900 x3640 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 6. 2015 the UConn AAUP honored the recipients of the 2015 Excellence Awards at the State Capitol Building. Friends, families, and AAUP colleagues all attended to show thanks and appreciation for the hard work of these faculty members. In addition, we had some of our friends in the legislature attend as well as officials from the University. Congratulations to the winners!
The UConn Chapter of the AAUP is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Excellence Awards.
I’m writing to remind you to mark your calendars for these upcoming AAUP-CBC events!
AAUP-CBC Spring Regional Meeting
- We invite our Midwestern members to join us at the AAUP-CBC Spring Regional Meeting, which will be held at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 18. It will include workshops and presentations geared towards helping faculty build power on campus, maintain successful relationships with administrators, and successfully organize on campus. The full agenda for the meeting can be found at http://www.aaup.org/event/aaup-cbc-spring-regional-meeting-0.
To register for the meeting, please visit https://classic.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1691393.
AAUP-CBC Annual Meeting and Dinner
- The AAUP-CBC annual meeting and dinner will be held on Thursday, June 11, in conjunction with the AAUP’s 2015 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education.
Registration and program details can be found at http://www.aaup.org/event/2015-aaup-annual-conference.
2015 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute
- Please plan to join us at the University of Denver, July 23–26, 2015, for an intensive, four-day series of workshops and seminars that will prepare you to organize your colleagues, stand up for academic freedom, and advocate for research and teaching as the core priority of higher education. The AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is the premier resource for organizing in higher education, whether you are in a unionized or nonunion setting. If you are a tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty member, a part-time faculty member, a graduate student, or an academic professional, the Summer Institute offers you the skills you need to protect higher education’s mission.
Registration opens in April. Stay tuned for further updates on registration and program details: http://www.aaup.org/event/2015-summer-institute.
We hope to see you at one or more of these events!
Christopher Simeone, AAUP-CBC
Dear AAUP Member:
Ballots for this year’s national Council and ASC chair election were mailed March 6 to the home addresses of eligible members (for eligible members with no known home address, postcards are sent to the work addresses with instructions for obtaining a ballot). In order to be counted, ballots must be received by April 15.
If you do not receive a ballot by Wednesday, March 18, e-mail your name, and home address to email@example.com OR call Election America at (888) 914-5654 with your home address.
Information about the election—including candidate biographies and campaign statements—is posted at on the AAUP’s website at http://www.aaup.org/about/elected-leaders/elections/2015-election-information/2015-candidate-information.
UConn AAUP Chapter’s very own Diana Rios, Chapter President and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and El Instituto, is running for a slot in the “At-Large (4yr)” category. Please vote for her and make your voice heard.