Monday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m.
Montague House — 814 Oakland Drive
The semester is winding down, but contract negotiations are heating up!
Take a break from your grading, bring your signs, and let’s show our WMU-AAUP bargaining team that we have their backs!
Before the faculty disperses for the summer, we need a strong show of support for our team as they prepare to bargain economic articles in May. A large turnout will send a strong message to the team that the faculty is behind them and alerts the administration that we are ready to take action as needed. All bargaining-unit faculty should plan to attend this important event. We also welcome retired faculty as well as students, staff, alumni, family, friends, and other allies.
Easy parking at Walwood Hall and WMU Lot 10 or 11 (the Little Theater). Please don’t park at the medical school. Their management is not nice about it.
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“Campus Organizing and Building Your Contract Action Team”
Kira Schuman, National AAUP Senior Program Officer
Two sessions (attend either one):
Wednesday, February 22, at 4 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m.
Both sessions are in 207 Bernhard.
Kira Schuman, national AAUP senior program officer, will lead two training workshops on campus next week to help WMU-AAUP faculty develop new strategies for engaging and mobilizing colleagues during our 2017 contract campaign and beyond. Both sessions will focus on:
- educating colleagues about union issues
- activating and mobilizing the faculty to get the best contract possible
- effective messaging for faculty engagement and community awareness
- building and sustaining campus and community coalitions.
All dues-paying members of the WMU-AAUP bargaining unit are invited to participate.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about union organizing from one of the best!
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Letter to the faculty from WMU-AAUP President Lisa Minnick
November 18, 2016
Many thanks to all who participated in the vote this week on whether to approve the proposed WMU-AAUP Resolution in Solidarity with Western Michigan University Students.
I am please to report that the faculty has voted overwhelmingly to join the WMU-AAUP Association Council, Executive Committee, and officers in approving the resolution.
Here are the results:
- Yes: 173 (92 percent)
- No: 11 (5.85 percent)
- Abstain: 4 (2.1 percent)
Total number of votes cast: 188
This resolution is only the beginning of the actions we can and must take to make visible our shared commitment to stand with our students, as well as with our faculty and staff colleagues, during these challenging times. From here, we must turn our words into action. As many of you know, a variety of efforts by faculty, staff, students, and community members are already underway, and I encourage you to learn more about their plans and consider joining the organizers in collaboration.
For the WMU-AAUP chapter, approving and sending forth this resolution is a meaningful first step as we embark on the new project that is now before us. I look forward to working together with all of you to maintain and enhance our thriving intellectual community here at Western. This community is of course based on our core values of academic excellence, shared governance, academic freedom, and higher education as a public good, and we are going to need to work actively to protect these values and insist on their primacy in the coming months and years. At the same time, we are also going to need to work a lot harder to emphasize and prioritize the values of diversity, inclusion, respect, and empowerment so that our campus is a place that is safe for all of us — faculty, staff, students, and everyone else — to be who we are.
Many thanks to all of you for your wisdom, courage, and willingness to take a stand for justice.
Lisa C. Minnick
On behalf of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, I invite all members of the WMU-AAUP bargaining unit to participate in sessions set for next week to discuss the presidential search now underway at WMU.
A number of opportunities have been scheduled for faculty and other members of the campus community to participate in these conversations. Members of the search committee and representatives of Parker Executive Search, the firm engaged by the PSAC, will be in attendance at all sessions to answer your questions and listen to your suggestions. The PSAC will use your input to craft the position description and recruit promising candidates.
A session exclusively for members of the WMU-AAUP bargaining unit is scheduled for next Wednesday, November 16, at 2pm, in room 210 of the Bernhard Center.
If you are not able to attend the WMU-AAUP session, I encourage you to try to make it to one (or more) of the other sessions.
These include three sessions for which attendance is open to all members of the university community (all three in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center):
- Tuesday, November 15, 5:30-6:30pm
- Wednesday, November 16, 9:30-10:30am
- Thursday, November 17, 2:30-3:30pm
In addition to these open meetings, sessions are also scheduled for various constituency groups on campus, including students, staff employee groups, and other constituencies. Several of these sessions may be of interest to WMU-AAUP faculty, including the following:
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Diversity Affinity Groups (242 Bernhard)
Wednesday, November 16 (all meetings in 210 Bernhard)
- 8:30-9:30am: International Education Council/HIGE
- 1-2 pm: Extended University Programs
- 2-3 pm: WMU-AAUP faculty
- 4-5 pm: Faculty Senate
Thursday, November 17 (all meetings in 204 Bernhard)
- 12:30-1:30pm: OVPR/research focus and Centers/Institutes
- 1:30-2:30pm: Emeriti and Western Association of Retired Faculty
The input of the Board-appointed faculty is going to be critical throughout the search process. Please plan to attend one or more of these discussions sessions next week, and please encourage colleagues to attend as well.
More information about the search is available here and will be updated regularly.
Lisa C. Minnick
Information about ballots, candidates, and voting procedures
Ballots for the 2016 WMU-AAUP presidential, vice presidential, and Executive Committee election will be arriving in the HOME mailboxes of dues-paying bargaining-unit members via U.S. mail beginning Saturday, October 22, 2016, and continuing through the week.
Your individual ballot will include the candidates for chapter president and vice president, along with your college’s candidate(s) for the WMU-AAUP Executive Committee, as well as a proposed change to the chapter’s constitution and bylaws regarding an adjustment to the dates during which officer elections are held.
If you don’t receive your ballot at your home address by Wednesday, October 26, please contact the WMU-AAUP office at 345-0151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure your contact information is up to date.
Completed ballots must be received by the auditor’s office in the self-addressed, stamped envelope enclosed with your ballot no later than 12 noon on Monday, November 14.
Thank you for participating in this important process.
2016 Candidates for WMU-AAUP President and Vice President:
President: Dr. Lisa Minnick (English and Gender & Women’s Studies)
Vice President: Dr. Carol Weideman (Human Performance and Health Education)
2016 Executive Committee candidates:
Note: Executive Committee terms are staggered, with the terms of half the seats expiring in even-numbered years and the other half in odd-numbered years.
College of Arts & Sciences — Humanities (2-year term through 12/31/18)
Candidate: Dr. Ashley Atkins (Philosophy)
College of Arts & Sciences — Social Sciences (to complete term ending 12/31/17)
Candidate: Dr. Whitney DeCamp (Sociology)
Haworth College of Business (2-year term through 12/31/18)
Candidate: Dr. Bruce Ferrin (Marketing)
College of Education and Human Development (2-year term through 12/31/18)
Candidate: Dr. Tim Michael, Human Performance and Health Education
College of Health and Human Services (2-year term through 12/31/18)
Candidate: Professor Susan Kay Nelson, APRN-BC (Bronson School of Nursing)
Executive Committee members whose terms continue through 12/31/17:
College of Arts and Sciences – Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Todd Barkman (Biological Sciences)
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Dr. Betsy Aller (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering)
College of Fine Arts
Dr. Andrew Hennlich (Frostic School of Art)
Dr. Sharon Carlson (University Archives)
Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (05/31/17)
Professor Tudy Boldin (CELCIS)
Executive Committee members rotating off 12/31/16:
Serving on the WMU-AAUP Executive Committee involves a significant time commitment and a tremendous amount of responsibility. Our four outgoing members are people of courage, vision, wisdom, passion, and — thankfully and necessarily — humor. We are going to miss working with these amazing colleagues. Please join us in thanking them for their outstanding service. They brought a lot to the table, and their extraordinary efforts will be paying dividends to the chapter and to the faculty for years to come.
College of Arts & Sciences — Humanities: Dr. Kent Baldner (Philosophy)
College of Arts & Sciences — Social Sciences: Dr. Bilinda Straight (Anthropology)
Haworth College of Business: Dr. Dan Farrell (Management)
College of Health and Human Services: Dr. Mary Peterson (Audiology)
All bargaining-unit faculty are invited to the WMU-AAUP Fourth Friday Happy Hour this Friday, September 23, 5-6 pm, at Arcadia Ales.
As we plan and prepare for contract negotiations next spring, these happy hours are an opportunity to enjoy the company of faculty colleagues, build solidarity, and discuss negotiation priorities in a fun and family-friendly environment.
Dues-paying members: Your first drink’s on us. Hope to see you there!
Arcadia Ales is located at 701 E. Michigan Ave. Click here for a map.
This is the first of two Fourth Friday Happy Hours this semester. The next one is Friday, October 28, also at Arcadia.